Palasek's slow start doesn't concern Syracuse
Tommy Palasek presumably transferred from Johns Hopkins to Syracuse for more and better opportunities.
So far, however, the junior attackman has yet to crack the starting lineup in the No. 1 Orange’s first two contests of the season. Palasek posted two assists in the team’s season-opening win against No. 18 Denver, but he was shut out in a victory over No. 13 Army on Sunday and has yet to score a goal after taking four shots.
Still, Syracuse coach John Desko said Palasek has been a valuable addition to the offense.
“He’s a pretty good dodger,” Desko said Tuesday. “Of all the attackmen, he has very good vision. He knows where other people are within the offense and on the field, which is pretty good considering that he’s only been with us for a couple months. Sometimes it takes not only getting to know the offense, but the characteristics of the other players. So I think that will even improve as the season goes on and once he becomes more and more comfortable in an orange uniform. He’s a pretty good dodger, and we can do different combinations when we put him out there with our other attackmen as far as bringing [sophomore attackman] JoJo [Marasco] to the midfield. He comes in and gives you another dodger and a good feeder. So I think people, depending on their defensive personnel, will have different thoughts if they have to switch one defenseman to a different attackman. We can invert with him and bring him in through the midfield and invert with him. He makes people come up with a game plan.”