Syracuse coach hospitalized

March 19, 1995|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,Sun Staff Writer

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Syracuse lacrosse coach Roy Simmons Jr. was taken to a nearby hospital yesterday for "complications of possible pneumonia" just before the No. 1 Orangemen played No. 2 Johns Hopkins.

Simmons had complained of a cold earlier in the week during an interview but was at the Carrier Dome yesterday watching the Hobart-Army game, which preceded the Hopkins-Syracuse matchup.

But during halftime, Simmons, 59, was rushed to the hospital. His condition was unknown last night.

"He came in early in the morning, and we discussed some things," said John Desko, a longtime Syracuse assistant who replaced Simmons yesterday. "Then, an hour before the game, he felt very strongly about getting this thing checked out."

"It was tough, really tough playing without Coach Simmons," said Syracuse midfielder Roy Colsey. "He's a great person and a great motivator who gets us fired up for big games."

When Hopkins coach Tony Seaman walked out on the field yesterday and didn't see Simmons, he thought the Syracuse coach was trying a new way to motivate his team.

"At first I thought he was faking," said Seaman. "I thought he had told his players that he didn't want to be with them or something. Then, right before the game, he would come through the roof with a parachute on or something."

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