Welcome to our brand new series, Who Does It Better? We will showcase one match-up each week in which we put two people, places or even things up against each other and ask you, the reader, Who Does It Better? It’s all good-hearted fun though, and that should be pretty prevalent by our match-ups. Know of a good match-up we should feature? Let us know!
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As lacrosse continues to boom, so does its presence on major media networks like ESPNU, CBS Sports, and even NBC Sports. Since ESPN has become the main provider for television coverage since CSTV left the scene, they have been able to showcase some of the most knowledgeable announcers for our sport. We all know Quint Kessenich, and people either seem to love him or hate him. In the past few years, we have also had one other big lacrosse-minded individual stepping onto the scene – Paul Carcaterra.
While we fully recognize the efforts of Eamon McAnaney (a personal favorite of mine), Mark Dixon, Matt Ward, Evan Washburn and other great lacrosse personalities, we wanted to stick to the main two guys with lacrosse backgrounds in this week’s Who Does It Better?
Please remember! This is all in good fun, we love everyone featured in this series and couldn’t be more appreciative of their contributions to our great game!
Quint is the veteran on the scene, and has been working with ESPN to cover men’s lacrosse since 1993. Over the years we have witnessed him take a bigger role within ESPN and begin to cover college football and basketball as well.
Quint’s personality and commentary has pushed him into the position as THE main commentator for lacrosse games around the country each and every spring. His commentary itself has always been heavily disputed as both good and bad for the sport and has been criticized and hailed throughout his time on the television – dating back all the way to his first gigs as a color commentator. He is honest, open, and not afraid to bring down a team or two.
As a four-time all-American goalkeeper for Johns Hopkins and a two-time winner of the Ensign C. Markland Kelly, Jr Award for being the nation’s best goalie, there is no doubt that Quint knows what he is talking about.
Whether you like him or not, you can’t dispute that he is a key figure for lacrosse on television.
Paul is a little newer to the lacrosse media scene, beginning his career with CBS College Sports back when it was CSTV in 2005 and then jumping on board with ESPN for the 2010 season, and growing into a much bigger role as the years passed by. Today we can find him down on the sideline, giving us the all the important updates and vital information from each game.
As a player, Paul was an All-American at Syracuse, where he helped to lead Syracuse to the 1995 National title. After college he played with the New Jersey Pride and was also a part of Team England in the 1998 World Games.
Paul has been the go-to guy for sideline reporting at lacrosse games and has been a fantastic presence on the field, giving great insight into huddles and quick interviews with coaches. Maybe it’s his position on the field or just his personality, but Paul is a much less controversial sportscaster and focuses on giving us the most intimate look at each game as possible.
So lax nation, Who Does It Better? Quint or Paul, the Alum for Hopkins or Cuse, the man in the booth, or the man in the huddle?