First, there was former Johns Hopkins goalie and ESPN analyst Quint Kessenich, who wrote in an online fall ball piece for the magazine:
“Will Syracuse step up after a 9-8 campaign? The Orange appear to have lost their edge.”
And then former Orange player Paul Carcaterra (1994-97), another ESPN analyst who took apart the Syracuse offense in the magazine’s October issue.
“Syracuse is in desperate need of offensive players who can break a defense down,” said Carcaterra. “The Orange defense will be rock solid and give the offense chances to win games. Dodgers who can score are the biggest concerns.”
Syracuse ranked 33rd nationally last season in shot percentage and 23rd in scoring offense. Jo Jo Marasco led all Syracuse midfielders in 2012 with 12 goals, but he may move back to his natural position of attack.