NCAA lacrosse fans know JoJo Marasco well. You don’t wear No. 22 at Syracuse University without having some cred. But if you’re a Toronto Beaches fan, chances are you’re familiar with Marasco as well. He played 11 games for your Junior A club in 2012 and came away with 15 points (3-12). But more than that, he came away with a knowledge of the box game and a hunger for more of it. “My draw to box lacrosse is that it is a lot like hockey and I played that sport all my life,” Marasco told ILIndoor as he prepares for Monday’s National Lacrosse League draft. “I also love lacrosse and playing indoor is a very exciting game. I really enjoyed my experience with the Toronto Beaches and I was able to learn a lot about the game from the great coaches I had.” So how does a guy from Westchester County in New York get the indoor bug?
It helps when you play at SU, a school with a solid field tradition that also has plenty of bragging rights when it comes to the box. At the urging of former SU greats Regy Thorpe and Gary Gait, Marasco went north in 2012 to play and learn the game with the same team that Casey Powell also cut his indoor teeth with.
“It was an honor to play for the organization and can not thank the coaches and staff enough for the opportunity,” said Marasco. “I was able to learn so much about box lacrosse and really enjoyed living and spending time in Toronto.”
And not unlike many guys who return the field after learning the finer points of the indoor game, Marasco found the experience elevated his overall game.
“Box lacrosse improved my game from my junior year to senior year. I was able to improve my vision, shooting and stick skills.”
Marasco has skill, no doubt. More important, he’s got a motor and a hunger to learn and expand his horizons. The NLL affords him that opportunity and like many of the SU greats before him, Marasco is ready to take his game inside and to another level.
Weight: 195 pounds
From: Somers, N.Y.
Junior A: Toronto Beaches
What do you feel your greatest asset is that would allow you to translate your game to the NLL? The opportunity to play well with teammates and develop chemistry. I also believe my vision and ability to pass the ball will help me in the indoor game.
One word to describe your game? Unselfish.
What role/position do you see yourself playing in the NLL? Offense or transition.
What current or former NLLer would you most closely compare or model your game after? David Earl.
Your greatest accomplishment during your lacrosse career? Being able to play with my team in a National Championship game. Also having the opportunity to try out for Team USA.Chavez is an avid lacrosse player in Rochester and a journalist for the Democrat and Chronicle as well as a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at email@example.com or go to RochesterSports.com.
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