Perhaps the most striking element of how Syracuse Men’s Lacrosse and Duke adapted this season is balance they boast. Duke has a 50-goal scorer in Jordan Wolf, but all three of its starting attackmen have at least 45 points and its top six midfielders each have at least 20 points.
Syracuse, a program long known for its stars, doesn’t have a player with more than 33 goals. The Orange collected only one of their 11 national titles without a 40-goal scorer (Casey Powell had 39 in 1995).
Perhaps most tellingly, Syracuse’s signature player this year is a JoJo Marasco, a midfielder who topped the 40-assist mark.
“There’s no Powells or Gaits running around out there, just a bunch of great hard‑working young men that know they’re going to be in tight games and have found a way to win most of them,” Denver coach Bill Tierney said after the Orange edged his team 9-8 in Saturday’s semifinals.
Now, one more contest remains for a pair of teams accustomed to success that nonetheless might have been discounted in late winter.
“You come to Syracuse to win a lot of lacrosse games,” Marasco said. “We knew we were going to have a great year this year.”
Come Monday afternoon, either the Orange or the Blue Devils will wind up with a season they’ll never forget.
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