Published on April 5, 2011 at 12:00 pm Comments Casey Powell lit the fire for all the mocking and badgering back in October. JoJo Marasco has only added fuel to the flames since then.After the current Syracuse lacrosse team took on the SU alumni squad in the Carrier Dome, Powell — a four-time All-American in his time at SU — looked at Marasco as they walked off the field and yelled out, ‘JoJo, 2-2 easy, right?’Powell was referring to the No. 22 Syracuse jersey. Marasco, the current owner of the legendary Orange lacrosse No. 22, liked the phrase so much he put it on T-shirts for his close friends and family to wear.And six months later, the sophomore still hasn’t heard the end of it from his Orange teammates.A Marasco mistake in practice is greeted by jeers of, ‘JoJo, you’re 2-2 soft.’ When he dodges past a teammate and finishes with a goal, they want to know, ‘Was that 2-2 easy?’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEvery single practice. Marasco said he hears it 15 to 20 times daily.‘I guess that’s the price you pay for taking the jersey,’ he said. ‘I just keep playing my game, let it happen. It’s fun.’But as much as Marasco and his teammates have taken to the ‘2-2 Easy’ slogan, it is, for the most part, inaccurate. It may look easy at times for the sophomore, especially now that he is officially next in line to build upon the legacy of Syracuse’s No. 22. As SU continues its perfect start to the season, Marasco sits tied for the team lead with, ironically, 22 points.But ‘2-2 Easy’ implies Marasco’s talents are all natural. That he can succeed with minimal amounts of effort. That he doesn’t have to work to be the best.And to those who know him best, that could not be further from the truth.‘He’s probably the hardest-working kid I’ve ever been around,’ said former SU All-American Paul Carcaterra, who has trained with Marasco for the past three summers. ‘That’s why I continue to work with him — because he’s passionate about his training, he’s passionate about the way he approaches the game.‘He wants to be an elite player. That kind of fuels his fire.’But Marasco’s first season at Syracuse — his first year working to establish himself among the elite — did not go as planned.He came in and asked to wear No. 22 immediately. The coaches didn’t give it to him. Instead, that honor went to Cody Jamieson, who was the hero for the Orange when he scored the game-winning goal in the 2009 national championship game against Cornell.And for the first chunk of that season, it seemed like a brilliant decision.As he struggled to adjust to the college game, Marasco was labeled an overly confident or even cocky freshman. At Somers High School in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., he was the focal point of the offense.At Syracuse, the offensive scheme was vastly different. After a goal and two assists in the Orange’s opening contest, Marasco was held to one point through the next four games.‘They asked him to do a lot of things offensively that oftentimes aren’t within a team concept,’ Carcaterra said of Marasco’s time at Somers. ‘It was more of a ‘give the ball to JoJo’ approach to offense and let him do his thing. And that’s not really what college lacrosse is about.’But after that fifth game in his freshman season, something clicked.He scored twice in a 9-8 win over Hobart. He dished out four assists the following game against Villanova. He tallied his first career hat trick against Princeton in the Konica Minolta Big City Classic two games later.He was reshaping his season and showing everyone glimpses of the talent that made him a top five recruit. He displayed that perhaps it wasn’t so absurd to let him wear that No. 22. At some point.But three days after his hat trick against the Tigers, Marasco’s season came to a crashing end. He suffered a leg injury against Cornell, and it knocked him out for the rest of the season. He might have been able to return late in the NCAA tournament, but Army upset the Orange in the first round as Marasco watched from the sideline.‘It was pretty tough just being on the sideline,’ Marasco said. ‘And having the season I was, kind of coming into my own. It’s just tough, watching us lose like that and not being able to do anything.’But that injury and the time he missed only enhanced Marasco’s drive. It strengthened the will of a sophomore who had a personal trainer since he was in ninth grade.He continued that last summer, along with an excessively heavy dose of lacrosse. Marasco worked at Carcaterra’s lacrosse camp, played on the same summer league team as the former Orange star and worked out with him individually on skill development three times a week.And Marasco’s coaches and teammates have taken notice.‘You can tell,’ SU senior midfielder Josh Amidon said. ‘He’s carrying the ball up better, passing, feeding, shooting a lot better. He’s finding the back of the net a lot more. You can tell that he’s put in his time.’Marasco is currently tied for the team lead with 22 points. His teammates said his vision has improved, he’s stronger, he’s quicker and he’s a better leader, among the many other praises.But what hasn’t changed is that brash confidence, the trait that led him to ask for the No. 22 as a freshman. And in defender Brian Megill’s mind, Marasco could not wear the number without it.‘When everyone’s coming up to you saying, ‘Oh, JoJo, No. 22,’ you’ve got to have some sort of cockiness about you,’ Megill said. ‘You can’t lay low when people make fun of you. Or if you’re not doing well, you’ve got to keep your head on your shoulders and do the next play.’But Carcaterra sees another reason beyond confidence that pushed Marasco to ask for the legendary jersey. He said twice that Marasco was the hardest-working player he has ever seen. And Carcaterra — a former All-American himself — has played with Casey and Mike Powell, among other lacrosse greats.And he believes Marasco wanted that No. 22 to push himself even harder.‘I think that’s his approach to wanting that number,’ Carcaterra said. ‘It had nothing to do with him feeling like he was the best or he was confident. I think it was almost to put more pressure on himself to be great, because he wants to be great.’Both Marasco and Carcaterra agreed he isn’t there yet. The mentor would like to see Marasco use his instincts more often and create highlights off feeling rather than through structured plays.And he believes Marasco has the potential to do that. His expectation for the sophomore is to be one of the best players in the country and to leave a lasting mark on Syracuse lacrosse. He said those are also Marasco’s goals for himself.And the sophomore knows it won’t be ‘2-2 Easy’ to get there.‘It’s a great feeling to be up there with some of the greatest to ever play here in the country,’ Marasco said. ‘I still have a lot of work to get my name up there, hopefully be like them.’[email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+
Liverpool boss Klopp: 6 points are nothing. We’re creating our own historyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp isn’t getting carried away after victory over Newcastle United.The Reds have been installed as the new title favourites after they comfortably beat Newcastle 4-0 and Manchester City lost for successive matches, going down 2-1 at Leicester City.Now six points clear at the top of the table, Klopp said: “That means nothing. We play Arsenal and City. I had no idea how any other teams were playing, I didn’t even know where they were playing.”Afterwards I got the results and I can say it didn’t do a lot for me. It is just information. It’s good that we have six points than other teams, or seven, but that is pretty much all.”Klopp added: “We want to create our own history. It is the first Liverpool team in the Premier League unbeaten (at the halfway stage of the season).”All good numbers but there are 19 games to go. So we play Arsenal, we play City, we play Tottenham. We play all of them again. There is a long way to go, we all know that.”We have to win our games we have to be focused, we have to be really in the mood and have tunnel vision and see where it leads us to.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was slapped by a man during a roadshow in Moti Nagar in New Delhi constituency. Police said the man has been taken into the custody and an investigation into the matter is underway. Kejriwal was atop an open jeep when a man wearing a red t-shirt jumped onto the vehicle and slapped the chief minister. DCP (West) Monika Bhardwaj said the man has been identified as Suresh, 33, and he deals in spare parts in Kailash Park.
OSU redshirt junior guard Kam Williams (15) shoots the ball during the Buckeyes’ game against Northwestern on Jan. 22. The Buckeyes lost 74-72. Credit: Nick McWilliams | Sports EditorKnowing what you’re going to get every night from your team as a head coach should be affordable. The 40-some practices in the preseason coupled with another 100-or-so and over 20 games played is more than enough time on the court to find an identity as a team.It was alarming, at the end of the nonconference season, that OSU had won by just two points against mid-major University of North Carolina Asheville. That came just days after OSU beat Youngstown State by 37 and allowed a season-low 40 points on defense. It’s back-to-back contests like those that hasn’t permitted the OSU fan base to have excitement for its men’s basketball team.The Buckeyes were winners of three out of four heading into their matchup with the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday night, in Iowa City. With a win, OSU would have been tied for sixth in the Big Ten standings. Instead, the Buckeyes played one of their worst games of the year, losing convincingly 85-72. OSU never led in the final 31 minutes of the game.Coach Thad Matta’s team had played like that before. The team came out of the gate, unfocused, not ready to compete for 40 minutes like the players have discussed at length this season. But against Iowa, it was clear that the Buckeyes most substantial issue this season is stringing together productive performances.“You hope there’s a certain standard that guys are going to hold themselves and their teammates to,” Matta said. “This team has had a tendency to go back and we sort of start over and I think that’s been one of the challenges with this group of just continuing to demand as much as we possibly can.”Matta continued to insist on Monday that the Buckeyes have played some “really good basketball” — which they have.OSU played its best game of the season against Minnesota just three days prior to the debacle at Iowa. Against Minnesota, the Buckeyes were the team out to a double-digit lead in the first half. They were able to make stops and free throws down the stretch anchored by 19 points each from senior forward Marc Loving and redshirt junior center Trevor Thompson.At Iowa, the story couldn’t have been more different.Thompson had zero points and six rebounds. He fouled out of the game after just 13 minutes on the floor.Loving scored nine points and was 4-of-11 shooting in 32 minutes of action.Matta has had teams like this before. In 2013, OSU, ranked No. 13 at the time, lost at No. 20 Wisconsin by 22. It dropped Matta’s team to 8-5 in conference, but the Buckeyes rallied to finish second in the conference, won the Big Ten tournament and were five points away from a second consecutive final four appearance.Matta said the 2012 team had a similar struggle, finishing the regular season at 4-3. Yet that team found a way to turn the edge and make the Final Four.The argument can be made that those teams were vastly talented than the current OSU roster, but it’s true that Matta has had teams that surpass inconsistency. However, each time the 2016-17 Buckeyes have showed any sign of becoming a consistent team, they’ve fallen flat.“Sometimes it just has to click,” Matta said. “We got a great opponent (Tuesday) night in Maryland and we’re going to have to play 10-times better than we did the other night.”Matta said he doesn’t believe that this team, currently tied for 11th in the Big Ten at 3-6, will just lay down through adversity and fall off a cliff. He believes that all the problems are mendable, it’s just a matter of when the team buys into the message.“They’ve got to want to shake themselves out of it,” Matta said. “This is where the tough get going.”
OSU senior forward David Gust (17) skates toward the puck while Michigan State defenseman Carson Gatt (18) looks to slow Gust in a game on March 3 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Lantern photographerAfter finding themselves dumbfounded and on the wrong side of 5-4 scoreline in Game One Friday night, the No. 13 Ohio State men’s hockey team relied on its Big Ten-leading powerplay efficiency to carry them to a victory in Game Two.Converting on 3-of-4 powerplay opportunities, the Buckeyes (18-10-6, 9-8-1-1) closed out their home slate of the 2016-17 season with a 5-3 win over the Michigan State Spartans (7-22-3, 3-13-2-0) on Senior Night.Senior forwards Nick Schilkey and David Gust, junior forward Kevin Miller and sophomore forwards Mason Jobst and Dakota Joshua all found the back of the net for OSU in the victory. Jobst, Joshua and Schilkey also registered assists in the game, as well as three helpers from senior defenseman Josh Healey and one from sophomore defenseman Tommy Parran.Senior goaltender Matt Tomkins proved effective between the pipes for the Scarlet and Gray despite allowing three goals, notching 22 saves.“I just think our guys were going to be determined to win a hockey game tonight for a lot of reasons,” said OSU coach Steve Rohlik. “I think most importantly it was the group in the room — they just weren’t going to let each other down tonight, and I think that was our attitude.”The OSU penalty kill was on display early in the first period, as Joshua entered the penalty box twice in the first six minutes. But after warding off two Spartan powerplays, the Buckeyes earned one of their own and quickly capitalized on the opportunity.Jobst took a pass from Healey, and the sophomore fired a wrister from the slot into the top corner to put the Scarlet and Gray up 1-0 with 7:55 remaining in the period with his 16th goal of the season and second of the series. Schilkey also recorded a helper on the play, his 13th of the year.The lead, however, quickly disappeared as Michigan State freshman forward Sam Saliba cashed in on a power play just 36 seconds later to tie the game at one with his second goal of the weekend.With three minutes left in the first, the Spartans found themselves on the penalty kill for a second time — and the nation’s most efficient powerplay offense again took advantage of the extra man.Off a pad save from Michigan State freshman goaltender John Lethemon, Gust one-timed the rebound from the point into the back of the net to put OSU in front 2-1 heading into the first intermission with his 15th goal of the season and third point of the series. Healey and Schilkey each notched their second assist and point of the game on the goal.Out of the locker room, the Scarlet and Gray lead swiftly vanished as the Spartans tied the game at two just 52 seconds into the period when freshman forward Patrick Khodorenko tapped in a pinpoint pass from outside the crease on the powerplay. Less than two minutes later, the Scarlet and Gray regained the lead as Miller’s shot deflected over Lethemon and trickled into the net to put OSU back in front 3-2 on the junior forward’s 10th goal of the season. With 16:18 remaining in the period, however, the visitors netted their third goal of the night on the rush as Saliba buried his second of the contest.Chances remained abundant for both sides throughout the final 10 minutes of the period, but as the horn sounded around the Schottenstein Center, the Buckeyes and Spartans entered the locker room in a 3-3 deadlock.Five minutes into the final frame, it was the OSU powerplay again. Jobst pushed a pass to Joshua behind the Michigan State net, and the Dearborn, Michigan, native carried the puck to just outside the crease and wristed a shot past Lethemon for his 10th goal of the season and second point of the night. Healey also notched his third assist of game on the go-ahead goal.With time winding down, both OSU and Michigan State produced opportunities to extend or cut the lead. The Spartans emptied their net and controlled the puck with less than a minute remaining, but a sloppy pass in the neutral zone turned into Schilkey adding another for the home side with an empty-net goal with under 10 seconds left.After 60 minutes, OSU captured three important conference points on Senior Night to close out the home slate of the season with a 5-3 victory. “I think we just played a better team game tonight, especially in the third,” Healey said. “The boys knew what was on the line… and every win is important, so we just came out in the third, locked it down and did everything we could to limit their chances.”One series remains on the schedule for the Scarlet and Gray, as they will travel to the Kohl Center for two conference clashes with the Wisconsin Badgers. With that, Rohlik said his team will have to continue to make adjustments down the stretch, and that refining skills in certain parts of the game will lead to more success on the ice.“We’ve got to still become a better five-on-five team,” Rohlik said. “We’re understanding that it takes a lot of hard work five-on-five to get to the dirty areas, and I think if we can improve in that area, if we can improve on the (penalty kill), I think our best hockey is still ahead of us.”
Reserve goalkeeper Sergio Romero is not expected to be out for long after sustaining an injury in a collision with Diego Costa while on international dutyRomero was in goal for Argentina at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano, when he collided with the former Chelsea forward. The 31 year-old initially tried to resume playing, but had to be replaced by Willy Caballero as Argentina succumbed to a humiliating 6-1 thrashing without Lionel Messi.But contrary to initial fears, the Argentina FA have announced that the damage to the goalkeeper is minimal. Despite this, it is still unclear as to when Romero should be fit to return to Jose Mourinho’s side.“Sergio Romero suffered a trauma to his right knee.“The tests done have ruled out any serious bone or ligament damage.” read the statement, according to Goal.Since joining United in 2015, Romero has found himself restricted in appearances at Old Trafford due to David de Gea’s consistent spectacular displays in goal.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…The Argentine has made a total of 37 appearances for the club this season, with nine of those coming from this season, across all competitions.Romero’s last game for United came in their 2-0 win over Brighton in their FA Cup quarter-final clash and he recently spoke of how he prepares for games, despite the lack of recent action.Romero told United Review: “The fact that Jose [Mourinho] allowed me to play in the Europa League [last season] showed the confidence he had in me.“I never leave anything to chance. I always work hard to be ready for when my chance comes.“My priority is being ready 100 per cent, in good shape both physically and mentally, because I’m not just fighting for many things for my club.“I’m also fighting for many things at international level, so I’m someone who has his head in the right place to perform well.”
The Swedish superstar has been linked recently with a return to Italian Lega Serie A team AC Milan and he does not deny the rumorsLos Angeles Galaxy Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been linked recently with a move to AC Milan.But Rossoneri sporting director Leonardo has already ruled out the forward’s return to the Italian Lega Serie A.Nonetheless, Ibrahimovic was asked by reporters how he feels about this possibility.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“There are always rumors. The whole world wants me. It’s okay,” the Swede said as quoted by Sport 360.But AC Milan sporting director says otherwise:“We cannot deny it was more than a brief thought going through our minds when we first arrived, as he is extraordinary and has very specific characteristics, but right now it’s not possible.”Ibrahimovic spent two seasons with the Rossoneri, scoring 56 goals in 85 matches and winning the 2010-2011 Scudetto.
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