A special halftime ceremony to honor All-American goalie and 2015 Spirit of Tewaaraton Award recipient Oren Lyons will take place Thursday, April 2 during the Syracuse vs. Albany lacrosse game.
Lyons, and former teammates Jim Brown and Roy Simmons Jr., led the Orangemen to a perfect season in 1957. Lyons, Brown and Simmons (as a coach) were later inducted in to the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
The members of Lyons’s 1957 Syracuse Orange lacrosse team, as well as members of the 1983 and 2014 Iroquois Nationals will convene for the on-field tribute at the Carrier Dome.
Before Lyons received the Spirit of Tewaaraton Award, former Syracuse lacrosse coach and 2009 Spirit of Tewaaraton Award recipient Simmons said in a release, “[Oren] was a terrific lacrosse player. But more than that, he’s a teacher, a mentor, and an ambassador, not just of the game of lacrosse, but of Native American culture. What he’s done to raise awareness of indigenous causes and other human rights issues has had an immeasurable impact on our society. I’m proud to call him a life-long friend.”
Lyons was raised under the traditions and practices of the Iroquois on the Seneca and Onondaga reservations in New York. He developed his goalkeeping skills by watching his father, Oren Lyons, Sr., block shots from some of the quickest hands in the game.
The faceoff between Syracuse, No. 2, and Albany, No. 9 begins Thursday at 7p.m. on ESPN.