Mike Leveille's unforgettable week

Chicago Machine midfielder Mike Leveille hasn't stood still in more than a week.

The Delmar native and newly minted Major League Lacrosse player traveled from Foxborough, Mass., to Chicago with stops in Syracuse, New York City and Washington, D.C., in between.

With a schedule like that, it's not hard to believe that Leveille hasn't had any time to digest what's happened during that stretch winning the NCAA Division I national title with Syracuse, being named the Tewaaraton Trophy winner and getting drafted into MLL.

This week has been crazy, and it hasn't all sunk in yet," said Leveille hours after he made his Machine debut in an 18-14 loss to Washington Sunday in Chicago. "I'm just glad I was able to help my team win a national title and be part of the tradition at Syracuse."

The trip began May 24 in Foxborough when Leveille led one of the biggest comebacks for Syracuse this season. He scored five goals, including the tying goal late in the fourth quarter and the game winner in the second overtime, as the Orange overcame a 9-4 deficit and beat Virginia 12-11 in the NCAA Tournament semifinals.

"We'd been in similar situations earlier in the year " not necessarily that bad," said Leveille. "We just told ourselves to hang in there and keep going."

Leveille said his winning goal was a case of throwing the ball on net and getting a good bounce off the Gilette Stadium turf.

"I got to the middle of the field and tried to get one on net," he said. "Fortunately, it found its way to the back of the net."

Leveille and his Syracuse teammates had less than 48 hours to recover from that game and face defending champion Johns Hopkins in the finals. This time, the Orange used a balanced attack to beat the Blue Jays 13-10 to win their 10th national championship, with Leveille contributing a goal and two assists.

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