With so many changes happening to the football program, it is easy to forget that Syracuse does have other sports on the hill.
The 2013 season for Syracuse Lacrosse has officially begun with the team having its media day Tuesday in the Carrier Dome. Syracuse finished last year uncharacteristically at 9-8 and is excited to get on the field and prove itself and uphold the Orange tradition. While last year’s disappointing season could be blamed on some inexperience, Coach John Desko doesn’t think that will be the case this year.
“The group in general, offensively and defensively, with the guys we have back we are going to be more experienced to the start of the season than we were a year ago,” said Coach Desko at his Tuesday afternoon press conference.
A lot of that experience falls to the team-elected co-captains, featuring senior defenseman Brian Megill, senior midfielders JoJo Marasco, defensive midfielder Joe Fazio and junior attackman Derek Maltz. All of those players have ample on-field experience. Maltz led the team in goals last year with 28 and Megill had a SU single-season record 37 caused turnovers.
“What is important is winning a national championship.” said Co-captain Steve Ianzito. There are also some rule changes that the players have to adjust to coming into this year, as well.
The team generally seems excited about the changes, especially Coach Desko.
“I think they are a step really in the right direction,” said Coach Desko at his press conference.
“Absolutely,” said junior midfielder Chris Daddio when asked about the new rules and whether they can help SU’s up-tempo offense.
One big story heading into this season is the junior transfer from North Carolina, attackman Nicky Galasso. Galasso was a monster in his freshman season at UNC, recording 56 points and 32 assists, both UNC freshman records. He injured his foot as a sophomore and only recorded nine points in limited time on the field. Now he will be suiting up in Orange and all off-season he has expressed his excitement to arrive at Syracuse and he continued that attitude Tuesday.
The Orange has a scrimmage against Holy Cross and Hofstra on January 26th at 10 a.m., but open up official play with a home contest against Albany at 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 17th.