You could argue that there is no number more steeped in tradition in college sports than the No. 22 at Syracuse University’s lacrosse program.

Gary Gait wore it. Then the Powell brothers (Casey, Ryan and Mikey). Most recently, both Dan Hardy and Cody Jamieson.

Next season, it will be worn by former Somers two-time all-American JoJo Marasco. Marasco informed me this morning he has been issue No. 22 for the 2011 season.

Marasco had requested the number last season, his freshman year at the ‘Cuse, but was issued No. 1 instead. Cody Jamieson wore No. 22 last season, after Dan Hardy had worn the double-deuce jersey for four years.

Marasco enjoyed a standout freshman year with the Orange with 17 points in 10 games. Marasco, who missed the final five games of last season with an injury, ended his varsity career as Somers’ all-time leading scorer with 212 goals and 104 assists.

Update: Be sure to check out the Q&A with JoJo Marasco on his reaction to continuing the ‘Cuse No. 22 tradition by clicking here.

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11 Responses to “From Somers to Syracuse: No. 22 now belongs to Marasco”

  1. SU 4ever says:

    Wow! Amazing news. What an honor for Jo-Jo.

  2. SirLaxalot says:

    I know there was a spirited debate between fans from LI and CT as to who was the best player of a group of seniors that included Jo-Jo, Matt White, Connor English. I think we have our answer now for sure even though most felt then it was indeed Jo-Jo – taking away nothing from the fine talents of the other guys.

  3. Just sayin says:

    This is impressive. Way to go Jojo…

  4. LI Guy says:

    SirLaxalot – Gotta say, your comment is on the money.

  5. LaxMax says:

    Great to see a kid who thrives on the pressure and expectations that come with wearing that jersey.

  6. fazlax says:

    you worked hard for it. you earned it.keep shining kid. you are the only player my son was truly impressed with when he was checking you. [trying to keep up with] best of luck my man

  7. big_time_national_news says:

    Congrats, Jo Jo!

    Wow, this is huge.

    Has Section One ever had a #22 before Jo Jo? I think he’s the first right?

    Stay healthy, work hard and have a great time!

  8. Tusker Mom says:

    Congrats Joe! Keep up the great work!

  9. LBLax says:

    Yeh kiddd

  10. CircLax says:

    Just saw this article. Must have missed it when it came out… Yeah JOJO!

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