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August 8, 2012

Syracuse swoops in to steal H-W's Burr

If there’s anyone that knows the feeling of a momentum shift, it’s a lacrosse faceoff specialist.

Two or three consecutive wins in the faceoff X can get a lacrosse team running downhill ... and this summer, Hamilton-Wenham’s Elliott Burr experienced the recruitment equivalent of such a momentum swing.

Burr, the Generals’ do-it-all midfielder who excelled at faceoffs, had settled on doing a post-graduate year at Phillips Andover after graduating from Hamilton-Wenham this spring. But some outstanding faceoff work at a couple of big camps and tournaments this summer put recruiters from Syracuse University on Burr’s trail — only they had no intention of waiting another year to lock him up.

Syracuse was unable to offer Burr an athletic scholarship, but they did offer him a chance to compete for the faceoff midfielder position when he gets into camp.

”I was at the Nike Blue Chip Lacrosse Camp down in Baltimore, and Syracuse saw me. Then they saw me the next week at a different camp, called and said they were looking for me to come in right away,” the 18-year-old Burr said. “After that, I went to the campus and looked at the facilities and loved everything.

”It took about a week for me to decide that I wanted to commit. I’m going in two weeks.”

All told, the complete transformation from heading off to Phillips Andover to becoming a freshman at Syracuse will be less than three weeks.

Most incoming freshmen spend their entire summers preparing for college. Burr doesn’t have that luxury now.

”The coaching staff and admissions has helped a lot getting my situation set for housing,” Burr said. “They’ve made it a lot easier, but I still have to buy books and register for classes in a short amount of time.”

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