The wait is over. Former UNC Attackman Nicky Galasso has chosen Syracuse as his new home. A lot has been made about how the move affects Syracuse, but what about North Carolina? Well, Tar Heel fans, no need to worry. Your team will be just fine.
First of all, UNC returns all three of its leading scorers from last season. Oh, and they're all attackmen. Marcus Holman, Joey Sankey, and Jimmy Bitter combined for 169 points in 2012, which was more than a quarter of the team's offense.
With that kind of production returning, the Tar Heels are in great shape offensively going into the 2013 season. Galasso is a fantastic player, but there's a surplus of players on this team that can make it seem like he never left. Especially with a guy like Holman.
Sankey and Bitter are sophomores and will lead the team in the future, but right now, this is Holman's team. The senior's a team captain for 2013, after ranking in the top-two in the ACC in points, goals, and assists per game. Holman has the potential to make a run at conference player of the year with another output like that.
This is no knock on Galasso. He's a great addition for Syracuse and will be very productive. But in UNC's case, the loss of the attackman hurts a lot less with all the talent they have at the position.