Marasco returns to familiar role, but Syracuse looking for more from midfield

No. 7 Orange getting contributions from others, but could use few more leaders

March 16, 2012|By Edward Lee

As a freshman, JoJo Marasco found a spot on the midfield, squeezing out nine goals and eight assists in 10 games. As a sophomore, he flourished as a starting attackman, registering 23 goals and 18 assists.

This season, as a junior, Marasco has returned to the midfield, where he ranks second on No. 7 Syracuse in assists (five) and third in points (nine). It’s a role that he is re-familiarizing himself with.

“It’s been an experience, and I’m embracing it,” said Marasco, an honorable-mention All American last year. “But I really do like the midfield this year. I’ve done the whole year from fall to spring, practicing and working with my linemates. I’m starting to feel very comfortable with it. It’s a big change. You do have a lot more room on top dodging, and you’ve got to work on your shot for good accuracy and to be able to shoot from a little farther out. It’s a different type of game, but being able to play both positions has helped me.”

Marasco’s production has overshadowed those of fellow starters Bobby Eilers and Hakeem Lecky. Eilers, a senior, has scored three goals, while Lecky, a redshirt freshman, has scored twice. Other midfielders like junior Luke Cometti (three goals), redshirt junior Ryan Barber (two goals and one assist) and redshirt freshman Henry Schoonmaker (2, 1) have also contributed, but coach John Desko said he is looking for more take-charge efforts.

“[I]f you look at the midfield, we’d like one or two more guys to stand out, but by committee, it’s been OK,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of middies scoring. … It’s pretty spread out, which we like, but we definitely would like one or two more guys to step up and take over.”

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