Monday Morning Quarterback: SU Men’s Lacrosse

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Twenty-seventimes the Syracuse Orange and Princeton Tigers have met on the lacrosse field.Syracuse has always played a run and gun style, moving the ball quickly, whilePrinceton has normally played more controlled and methodical. But under two-yearman Chris Bates the tigers have changed their stripes. Head Coach John Deskosays,”I think they look more like us than what they used to look like, which isgreat to see. I think their kids are enjoying the change and adjusting well.That’s a dangerous group out there and their going to win some lacrosse gamesand I think it’s good for the game of lacrosse.”

One playerthat’s been great for Desko’s team is senior attackman Tommy Palasek, whotransferred to Syracuse after two years at rival Johns Hopkins. Palasek nettedthe game winner for the Cuse on Saturday. Desko says, “Heseems to really be coming into his own right now dodging, feeding, riding,dodging with the ball feeding just really well rounded hurting the other teamin a lot of different ways.” Palasek says, “Our team the whole gamewe were riding them hard, they were successful at times with clears butsometimes you could see there was confusion. Our guys didn’t let up at themidfield line fortunately I was just standing 10 yards from the cage, Timmymade a great pass through the middle of two defenseman and I just turned andshot it.”

On the other endof the field freshman Bobby Wardwell made his first career startfacing off against one of the best goalies in all of college lacrosse, Tyler Fiorito.Wardwell says, “Umm it was exciting, I was pretty rattled after they hitthe first couple of pipes but the rest of the team kind of calmed me down andwe all got back into it and defense played great today, offense played greattoday, Daddio did a great job on the face offs, getting those big faceoff winsfor us before the forth quarter and going down getting those goals.” Deskoadded, “I think to watch him play from the first quarter to the end of thegame you could just see him grow and the confidence grow and I think it speaksfor how mentally tough the kid is and what a competitor the kid is.”

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