Lacrosse honors spring up for Mike Leveille

The last three months have been exciting if you're a sports fan from the town of Bethlehem.

From a Delmar resident leading his college lacrosse team to an NCAA title and earning a major award along the way to the local high school baseball team rallying around one of their coaches on their way to the Section II semifinals, a lot happened on the local sports scene.

The big story this spring took place 130 miles from Bethlehem in central New York where Delmar native Mike Leveille had the week of his young life. The Syracuse University senior helped the Orange win the NCAA men's lacrosse title with a Most Outstanding Player-level performance.

First, Leveille scored five goals, including the game winner in overtime, in Syracuse's 12-11 semifinal victory over Virginia. Then, he netted a goal and assisted on two more in the Orange's 13-10 championship game win against Johns Hopkins.

That wasn't all that happened to Leveille that week. Two days after winning the national title, he was picked third overall by New Jersey in the Major League Lacrosse Draft and then was traded to Chicago, where he joined his older brother, Kevin. The day after that, Leveille was named the 2008 Tewaaraton Trophy winner, an award given to the top collegiate lacrosse player in the nation.

"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 earlier this month 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."

Leveille wasn't the only Delmar native making waves on the national collegiate lacrosse scene. Syracuse junior Katie Rowan was a Tewaaraton Trophy finalist after posting the best numbers of her three-year college career. The Bethlehem Central High School graduate led the nation in scoring with 142 points (73 goals, 69 assists) as she helped the Orange reach the national semifinals for the first time in school history.

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