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COMING IN

BY THE NUMBERS

MARK DIXON ESPN LACROSSE ANALYST

JOHN DESKO SYRACUSE HEAD COACH

BEAT WRITER PREDICTIONS CHARLIE DISTURCO Regular-season record: 10-3 MVP: Nick Mariano X-Factor: Jordan Evans Despite losing two of its top four scorers from last season, Syracuse’s roster is filled with talent. Jordan Evans has the potential for a breakout year and could easily become the leader he was once expected to be. Nick Mariano already led the team in goals last season, and his move to attack will only bring an uptick in his all-around production. The key is to fill the hole Dylan Donahue left. That starts and ends with Evans and Mariano.

SAM FORTIER Regular-season record: 11-2 MVP: Ben Williams X-Factor: Jordan Evans One of Syracuse’s toughest challenges this season will be replacing “quarterback” Dylan Donahue, crucial for a unit as young as the Orange. Head coach John Desko has said he expects Evans to fill the role. The former No. 1 recruit’s career as No. 22 could end like that of JoJo Marasco, unspectacular until his senior season. SU needs his production and leadership if it is to make a serious run at ending a programrecord long title drought.

MATTHEW GUTIERREZ Regular-season record: 10-3 MVP: Ben Williams X-Factor: Team defense This is a young unit that uses 2017 as a springboard for the next two seasons. With only one returner at attack, an inexperienced defense and a handful of question marks, Syracuse falls short against the best teams — at Johns Hopkins, at Notre Dame and at North Carolina. The midfield is the team’s strength, and that will power SU to quality wins, but Syracuse’s longest-ever national title drought continues at least one more year.

623 25% quarterback

Of the returning players, Evans has scored a quarter of the team’s goals. He’s SU head coach John Desko’s “quarterback” this season.

Despite losing three of its top six scorers, Syracuse has five returning players who are looking to see an uptick in production 8

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matt lane

27

nate solomon

Syracuse will have to replace almost half of its offensive production that graduated after last season

nick mariano

40.2%

29

goals scored

EVERY YEAR YOU THINK IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD BUT YOU GET MIDWAY INTO THE SEASON AND YOU REALIZE EVERYONE ELSE HAS HAD A GRADUATION, TOO. THAT FIFTH YEAR (REDSHIRT) GIVES US SOME DEPTH AND PLASMA.

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jordan evans

(NICK) MARIANO IS A MATCHUP NIGHTMARE IN A LOT OF WAYS. HE’S BIG, HE’S STRONG, HE’S FAST. QUICK, I SHOULD SAY. NOT NECESSARILY A BURNER, BUT HE’S QUICK.

sergio salcido

THEY SAID IT

Nate Solomon was a prolific high school scorer and is third all-time in points scored in a high school career

12.7% role player

Jordan Evans scored 27 goals last season, accounting for 12.7 percent of the team’s offense

MEN’S DEPTH CHART

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3

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JORDAN EVANS

NATE SOLOMON

NICK MARIANO

27 GOALS, 8 ASSISTS

8 GOALS, 2 ASSISTS

35 GOALS, 11 ASSISTS

22

45

44

SERGIO SALCIDO

BRENDAN BOMBERRY

MATT LANE

29 GOALS, 24 ASSISTS

19 GOALS, 14 ASSISTS

8 GOALS, 6 ASSISTS

21

43

18

NICK MELLEN

MARCUS CUNNINGHAM

TYSON BOMBERRY

38 GROUNDBALLS, 14 CAUSED TURNOVERS

3 GROUNDBALLS, 2 CAUSED TURNOVERS

4 GAMES

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EVAN MOLLOY 7-2, 53.7 SAVE PERCENTAGE

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