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LAX analyst Paul Carcaterra adds SiriusXM radio show to duties

Paul Carcaterra (Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images)
Paul Carcaterra (Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images)

ESPN lacrosse sideline reporter/analyst Paul Carcaterra’s schedule got a little busier this spring.

In addition to his responsibilities on ESPN’s college lacrosse coverage, he is also co-host of a new weekly show exclusively on SiriusXM College Sports Nation (Channel 91). The Lacrosse Show with Paul Rabil and Carcaterra airs each Tuesday (7-8 p.m. ET) throughout the year, giving lacrosse fans a regular weekly source for the latest news and analysis of the game.

Listen to a clip from Carcaterra’s show here:

On Sunday, ESPNU exclusively will unveil the bracket during the hour-long 2014 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship Selection Show Presented by Northwestern Mutual at 9 p.m. ET. Coverage of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship across ESPN2, ESPNU and WatchESPN begins with first-round games on Saturday, May 10, and concludes with the national title game on Monday, May 26, from M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

Over the next several weeks, Rabil and Carcaterra will examine the country’s best teams leading up to, and during, the championship.

Front Row caught up with Carcaterra as he prepares for the final month of the season.

How did the SiriusXM Radio opportunity present itself?
Sirius contacted me early in 2014 in regards to being part of a weekly lacrosse show. They have multiple people in their corporate office who have a strong interest in the game and understand that the sport is trending upwards.

ESPN lacrosse analysts Paul Carcaterra and Quint Kessenich are doing a weekly Spreecast – a social video platform that connects people through conversation. The duo looked back at the regular season. Looking ahead, they focus on the NCAA Championship.

Did you ever play against Paul Rabil?
I only played in some exhibition type tournament games with Paul. I am 11 years older than him, therefore, the opportunity to play with him while we were both in our primes didn’t present itself. Paul is a great ambassador for the game. He’s bright, driven and understands the sport on multiple levels.

How have you seen the sport grow since your playing days?
It is the fastest growing team sport in the nation with participants in every region of the U.S., not just the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions like when I was growing up. From an exposure and media standpoint, the sport is taken much more seriously. From ESPN’s commitment to televising multiple games a week during the season, plus additional platforms such as online, radio and social media, the sport has so much more to offer players and fans now.

What is your favorite part of ESPN’s coverage of college lacrosse?
I love working with our ESPN lacrosse crew. Everyone on the production and remote side are wonderful and passionate people. The access as an analyst that I have during the week and on game day is incredible and is supported by our crew. Additionally, the level of competitive games we do is off the charts.

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