It's been a bittersweet week for the Orange after the devastating news of losing highly touted transfer Nicky Galasso to injury.
News broke on Tuesday that Galasso will miss the upcoming 2013 season due to a lower body injury that will require surgery.
Galasso transferred from the University of North Carolina earlier this month. After two seasons with the Tar Heels, he recorded 65 points (30 goals, 35 assists) and earned ACC Freshman of the Year in 2011.
"It's disappointing and tough on the group," said Head Coach John Desko. "We were excited to see what he could do out there."
Syracuse will be moving forward without Galasso in the lineup. The team is disappointed, but they will move ahead with the same squad that they had in fall ball.
The loss gives a chance for other players to step up and fill the shoes on offense. Coach Desko noted that the younger players gained experience last year and one that has shown improvement is sophomore Kevin Rice.
"He's kind of a quarterback guy behind the goal," said Coach Desko about Rice. "He has good vision and ability to finish the ball."
Senior JoJo Marasco is one of many Orange players who feels the offense looked good over the weekend in winning scrimmages against Hofstra (15-10) and Holy Cross (16-6). The team is still getting everyone acquainted with the offense, but they looked relaxed throughout the games.
Marasco is expected to be on the field for majority of offensive possessions, whether he be at the normal midfield or on attack.
"JoJo is comfortable playing behind the goal and in front of the goal," Coach Desko said. "What we did in the fall and in scrimmages is what you're going to see more of in these first couple games."
The Orange will travel to Ohio for a set of scrimmages this weekend to take on Ohio State and Robert Morris, a rare road trip for the Orange as far as scrimmages go, and the first time they'll ever face Ohio State.
"It's real exciting to get out there and play against someone new," said Marasco.
Syracuse will then have two weeks off before the regular season opener. The Orange ope to use that time to their advantage, to look things over and get ready for their debut against the Great Danes of Albany.