The Top 100 athletes countdown continues with an SU legend who bleeds Orange more so than almost anyone else on this list.
Syracuse fans knew what Dylan Donahue was capable of all along. He went to high school at West Genesee in the shadow of the Dome. His father and three uncles played for SU. One of those uncles is Tim O’Hara. The lacrosse world met Donahue in his freshman season when he racked up three goals and an assist in the 2013 National Championship loss to Duke.
Had the Orange won the title in 2013, Donahue likely would have been higher on the list. Then again, he led Syracuse to a first round exit in 2014, and two straight quarter finals losses to cap off his career.
But the attacker could score with the best of them. He ranks 7th in program history with 143 career goals. His 50 goal season in 2015 was the first by a Syracuse player since Tom Marechek netted 53 in 1991. He went on to be a Tewaaraton Award semifinalist in his senior year.
The accolades alone are enough to land him a spot on the list, but when you combine the legend of the Donahue family tree he becomes a no-brainer. That, more than anything else, separates Donahue from the 20 athletes that came before him on the countdown.