Kevin Rice: ACC lacrosse competition ‘as good as it’s going to get’ for Syracuse

Syracuse attackman Kevin Rice calls in to chat about his near-record setting day against Siena and shares his thoughts on the 2014 lacrosse season with host Wesley Cheng on the Juice on the Cuse podcast hosted by SNY.tv. TJO Senior Columnist Jim Stechschulte also joins the podcast to talk about SU’s improbable win over Pitt.

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Here are some highlights from the interview:

The Juice Online: Kevin, you nearly tied a school record with eight assists in the season opener in the win. What is it like to have a performance like that?

Kevin Rice: It was nice. Especially the first game of the season, it’s always nice. Both individually and as an offense to get going on the right foot. I think it was a total team offensive performance. We had 12 different goal scorers so I think we were doing a good job.

TJO: Is this a sign of things to come? It seems like the offense this year is going to have more games like that where you put up a lot of points.

KR: The great thing about our offense is our depth right now. It doesn’t need to be just Dylan and I scoring eight points a piece for us to be successful. We have weapons at every spot and we put in good team effort, so on any given day anyone can step up.

TJO: Are you going to miss playing in the Big East, or are you looking forward to new rivalries in the ACC?

KR: Of course you’re going to miss some of the traditional rivalries, like playing Georgetown each year. You’re definitely going to miss that, but it’s exciting moving into the best conference in lacrosse. Every team right now is ranked in the top 10, so the competition is as good as it’s going to get.

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Rundown:

1. Intro
2. Syracuse attackman Kevin Rice calls in
3. Monster game against Siena
4. Improvement in face-offs
5. Old Big East, new rivalries in ACC
6. Senior Columnist Jim Stechschulte calls in
7. Ennis’ shot to top Pitt
8. Impact of Keita’s absence
9. Final thoughts and wrap up

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About Wes Cheng

Wes has worked for Rivals.com covering the New York Knicks, as well as for Scout.com covering Syracuse athletics. Wes has also worked for the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) and reported on the NBA and MLB for the New York Sportscene. A native of Long Island, New York, Wes graduated from Syracuse University in 2005. Follow him on Twitter @ChengWes.
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