Small-town athlete making big impact for SU lacrosse

Syracuse University sophomore Kevin Rice is not the biggest athlete on the lacrosse field, and he comes from a small town in Skaneateles, but his play on the field is anything but small for the SU lacrosse team.

Rice, who plays attack, is second on the team in points this season at 40. He's also second in assists with 23. His 17 goals are among team leaders as well. He's come up big in clutch situations, most notably scoring the game-winning goal in SU's thrilling 9-8 overtime victory over Virginia in the Carrier Dome on March 1.

Since he's from Central New York, Rice says he's seen SU greats up close, as he strives to paint his own legacy as an SU lacrosse player.

"I'm a local kid and when you decide to come to Syracuse you think of guys like...[John] Galloway, Jovan [Miller], Joel White and you know the guys from the local area high schools that have had good careers here, that's something you want to replicate," Rice says.

Head SU lacrosse coach John Desko said he was impressed by how hard Rice works both in and out of the classroom, saying that he works hard with the strength and conditioning program both in-season, and during the summer.

"Kevin's gotten better and better," Desko says. "He's an outstanding student in the classroom. He's a 4.0 student, he came out of Skaneateles with very high grades and he could have gone just about anywhere in the country academically and it doesn't always translate to on the field, but in his case it does. He's a real student of the game."