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Boeheim’s Army: Mission 1 Completed 87-59

Boeheim’s Army: Mission 1 Completed 87-59

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Story and photos by Nicole Jones

PHILADELPHIA, PA. — Syracuse fans started filling the stands at Philadelphia University early on Saturday evening, anticipating Boeheim’s Army’s first win of the summer. The gym’s air space filled with whispers about the turnout of fans in orange shirts. The fans and players looked locked, loaded and ready to go.

They were. But it would take a while.

Swagger and Honoring Pearl

From the start of warm-ups, Boeheim’s Army established a presence on the court. A presence that gives off a swagger about them like as if the players knew this wouldn’t be their last game in The Basketball Tournament (TBT). Each player competing for the $2-million but also playing in remembrance of the life of the late SU basketball alum Dwayne “Pearl” Washington who died in April. The team took the court with orange warm-up shirts decorated with the name “Pearl” in white script.

With a March Madness-style tournament like this in the middle of the summer, you don’t get to scout your opponent before going into the first couple of games. “It’s more about what we do, not what they do,” coach Ryan Blackwell had said heading into game one. Blackwell was expecting nothing less than a win and that’s exactly what he got as Boeheim’s Army blew open a game that was tight at halftime for an 87-59 win.

Slow start, strong finish

With this team being bigger than last years team, based on Syracuse basketball standards, Boeheim’s Army had a slow start in the first half. Leading by 10 early on did not satisfy the Orange fans. Basketball City NYC wasn’t going to roll over and die either, coming within three of Boeheim’s Army at one point.

Although they never trailed behind their opponent, the fans wanted more. By the time the second half came around more is exactly what they got, Boeheim’s Army playing its game and its game only. Great ball movement, high energy, help side defense across the board, alley-oops and dunks. Boeheim’s Army won the rebound battle 50-32.

The final statistics show that this game was played by a team of unselfish alums and the adopted Purdue point guard Willie Deane who led the team with five assists and ten points. Seven players scored in double digits. Hakim Warrick just missed a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds. Baye Moussa Keita had 13 and eight and C.J. Fair chipped in 13 and seven.

 

Devendorf speaks

Mic’d up during the game was, Eric Devendorf. He was also the leading scorer with 14 points in 25 minutes of game play. Having stretched the lead to 14, Devendorf told his teammates, “This is where we step on they necks,” The Daily Orange’s Matt Schneidman reported.

 

“I think the first win is the hardest win,” Devendorf said after the game. “It’s a relief to get that over with. Now we can get ready for tomorrow.”

Game two will take place at Philadelphia University against a Philadelphia-based team No. 10 seed 20th & Olney at 4:15pm.

Covering Boeheim’s Army

Covering Boeheim’s Army

Staff report/photos SYRACUSE, N.Y. — A collection of former Syracuse University men’s basketball players heads for Philadelphia this weekend to play in The Basketball Tournament and a chance at a $2 million prize. Six grad students from the Newhouse Sports Media Center –  Nicole Jones, Jake Lapin, Andrew Leffler, Jacquline Mundry, Kelsey Snider and Aubrie […]

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — A collection of former Syracuse University men’s basketball players heads for Philadelphia this weekend to play in The Basketball Tournament and a chance at a $2 million prize.

Six grad students from the Newhouse Sports Media Center –  Nicole Jones, Jake Lapin, Andrew Leffler, Jacquline Mundry, Kelsey Snider and Aubrie Tolliver came to the Melo Center Thursday evening to watch half a dozen of the players scrimmage against current Orange team members to get ready for the tournament and interview them as well as former SU player Ryan Blackwell, who is serving as coach and Newhouse and SU Law grad Kevin Belbey, who is general manager.

Their stories are posted below. Here is a look at some what they saw and the reporters at work.

Winningest Orange Player is Back and Hungry For More

Winningest Orange Player is Back and Hungry For More

Story by Nicole Jones Photos: Staff, Nicole Jones SYRACUSE, N.Y. —  Brandon Triche says he is focused and ready go. Triche started every game in his SU career and was part of more Orange wins than any other player – 121 – then played in Italy and with the New York Knicks’ summer league team […]

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. —  Brandon Triche says he is focused and ready go.

Triche started every game in his SU career and was part of more Orange wins than any other player – 121 – then played in Italy and with the New York Knicks’ summer league team in 2014.

But Triche tore his ACL in January 2015 and had to sit out more than a year, missing a chance to be part of Boeheim’s Army last summer, Now he is back and he says better. Having been cleared to play again just three months ago Triche says he is excited to be a part of this summer’s $2 million dollar challenge.

The attention this tournament receives is perfect for Triche, he’s been trying to get his name back on the map since his injury. “$2 million is a great incentive,” Triche said in a courtside interview after a series of scrimmages against current SU players at the Melo Center. “It’s fun and incredible. It’s like an older person’s March Madness.”

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The Basketball Tournament

64 teams are involved in four regionals.  Each game will be streamed live for the world to see. With the prize winnings doubling from last year all bars have been raised. The thought of millions of people watching doesn’t faze Triche one bit.

“Playing for SU is the highest level right after the NBA,” Triche said. TBT isn’t far from that level as well, each team is stacked with big name college alumni players, professional players from overseas and ex-NBA players.

Boeheim’s Army is the definition of stacked with Terrence Roberts, Darryl Watkins, Baye Moussa Keita, Eric Devendorf and Purdue alum Willie Deane practicing together and others expected to join in this weekend in Philadelphia. For loyal Orange fans are all over the country, this tournament is a great chance for to watch players they haven’t seen in years.

Expectations are higher than a year ago when Boeheim’s Army lost by four in the Elite 8.
“The best part about this is playing with these guys,” Triche said.  It’s not often that you hear alumni of a school like Syracuse getting together to play again while naming their team after their college head coach.

Boeheim’s Army, the No. 2 seed in the Northeast Regional will go up against No. 15 seed Basketball City NYC in the first game this Saturday July 16 at Philadelphia University. Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m.

Devendorf: Only One Thing Has Changed

Devendorf: Only One Thing Has Changed

Story by Aubrie Tolliver Staff photos SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The trophy from the 2003 National Championship glistens in its glass shrine. Banners, trophies and pictures line every inch of the walls. But early Thursday evening the Carmelo Anthony Center featured more than the usual pieces of Syracuse sports history— well-known alumni of the Syracuse basketball […]

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Story by Aubrie Tolliver
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The trophy from the 2003 National Championship glistens in its glass shrine. Banners, trophies and pictures line every inch of the walls. But early Thursday evening the Carmelo Anthony Center featured more than the usual pieces of Syracuse sports history— well-known alumni of the Syracuse basketball team in action on the court.

Members of Boeheim’s Army returned home to their alma mater this week to prepare for the first round of The Basketball Tournament (TBT), scrimmaging against current members of the SU team.
One very recognizable face on the court is that of Eric Devendorf, the shooting guard from Bay City, Michigan. He played in the 2006-2009 seasons with the Orange and will be sporting the number 23 on his Army jersey, just like the one he wore on Syracuse.

Devendorf

Devendorf played with the Army in last year’s TBT, where the team was one win away from cracking the top four but fell to the City of Gods—a team that features two former NBA top-10 draft picks—in the Northeast Regional Championship game.

Still the Same Guy

During his college career, Devendorf averaged 14.5 points a game with a 43.6 shooting percentage. Head Coach Jim Boeheim gave him a starting spot just six games into his freshman season.

But, his stats aren’t the only thing that Syracuse fanatics reminisce about. Another was watching the hot-headed, trash-talking, all-or-nothing entertainer they came to know and love. Orange fans can still picture him standing on top of a table in Madison Square Garden after making a shot that seemed to have beaten Connecticut in regulation in the Big East tournament, but was waved off. Syracuse went on to win the game in a classic six overtimes.

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And not much has changed in that regard. Devendorf was tossed from a TBT game last season after getting into a verbal altercation with an opposing player.

Devendorf says he plays with the same amount of intensity that he did while wearing Orange.  The only thing that has changed about his game, he says, is his age. He’s now 29.

“I got a little bit older so maybe a little bit slower,” Devendorf chuckled, “but I still like to attack the bucket and make those shots.”

Devendorf just concluded his season with the Super City Rangers in the New Zealand National Basketball League.

 

Boeheim’s Army

As for The Basketball Tournament, Devendorf says the team will have a better ball-handling this year and an offense that is going to be able to take shots. Brandon Triche joins Devendorf and Purdue alum Willie Deane as backcourt players this year. That’s not all.

“Our front-court height is definitely an advantage,” Devendorf said. “I think we definitely have one of the bigger teams.”

Devendorf is referring to the addition of Darryl Watkins, the 7-foot-tall center who blocked 112 shots his senior year at Syracuse. Baye Moussa Keita and Terrence Roberts also are on hand,

“Bigger and better” is how General Manager Kevin Belbey describes this year’s team as well, which is due to some key acquisitions such as Watkins and Triche. And C.J. Fair and Hakim Warrick are expected to join Boeheim’s Army in the pursuit of the $2 million prize awaiting the team that finishes the tournament a perfect 5-0.

Starting off as the No. 2 seed in the Northeast Regional, Boeheim’s Army’s first game is scheduled to tip off at 7:30 p.m. at the Gallagher Center at Philadelphia University in Philadelphia, Pa. on Saturday.

Terrence Roberts:”A Lot of Prayer, a Lot of Hard Work”

Terrence Roberts:”A Lot of Prayer, a Lot of Hard Work”

By Jake Lapin Staff photos  SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Some familiar faces gathered in the Carmelo K. Anthony Center on Thursday. Yes, current Syracuse men’s basketball players were there scrimmaging, but they were not the people half a dozen student reporters were looking to focus on The spotlight, rather than on Coach Boeheim’s current players, was on […]

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By Jake Lapin
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Some familiar faces gathered in the Carmelo K. Anthony Center on Thursday. Yes, current Syracuse men’s basketball players were there scrimmaging, but they were not the people half a dozen student reporters were looking to focus on The spotlight, rather than on Coach Boeheim’s current players, was on their competition – Boeheim’s Army.

Boeheim’s Army is a collection of Syracuse basketball alumni who come together to compete in The Basketball Tournament, a winner-take-all contest in Philadelphia. Players from the past decade who played for Boeheim join forces to create a tournament team in pursuit of the $2 million prize.. Among them is Terrence Roberts, 31, a former Orange power forward whose journey to get back to basketball has been a long and challenging one.

“The Knees Feel Good”

Roberts, 6’9″, has undergone four knee surgeries since his playing days in the Carrier Dome. He bounced around from league to league in Europe and Korea, unable to stay healthy and find a basketball home. After several years of persistent rehabilitation, his health is finally back to normal, for now.

“The knees feel good,” Roberts said in a courtside interview following the scrimmages. “They are way better than expected, honestly… A lot of prayer, a lot of hard work and rest and relaxation.”

Roberts just finished up this past season with the Super City Rangers of the National Basketball League in New Zealand, his first professional action since 2013. He teamed up there with former Syracuse teammate and fellow Boeheim’s Army member Eric Devendorf. The Rangers lost in the Grand Final championship last month.

Reunions

Roberts has also reunited on the court with former teammate and longtime friend Darryl “Mookie” Watkins, who also happens to be his son’s godfather.

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“Mookie’s been a family member of mine pretty much since we’ve been in high school,” Roberts said. “We’ve known each other for the longest, so it’s always a pleasure.”

Watkins helped Roberts through his financial struggles during his rehabilitation, and the two kept in touch throughout Roberts’ comeback in New Zealand.

Boeheim’s Army is a great place for reunions, but basketball is still first priority. For Roberts, expectations in Philadelphia this weekend will be high. “We just want to go in, play hard,” Roberts said. “The teams are a lot tougher this year, so we’ll go in, play hard, and look to come out with two W’s.”

As members of the current squad head out of the gym, the former Orangemen reminisce about old times over bags of ice draped around their knees. This ragtag bunch consists of ten players who play in seven different countries around the world. Pickup games in the Melo Center are fewer and further between for them nowadays, yet the Syracuse basketball fraternity lasts a lifetime. That’s how Boeheim’s Army, separated for 51 weeks out of the year, marches into battle, reunited once again.

Second-seeded Boeheim’s Army will take on the fifteen-seed Basketball City NYC this Saturday at 7:30 pm EST.

 

Mookie Watkins Joins Boeheim’s Army

Mookie Watkins Joins Boeheim’s Army

By Jacqueline Mundry  Staff photos SYRACUSE N.Y.— The Carmelo Anthony Center is always full of banners, but on Thursday evening it was also full with familiar faces. Former players played a few games of organized pickup with current players in preparation for the first round of The Basketball Tournament in Philadelphia on Saturday. The team […]

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By Jacqueline Mundry 

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SYRACUSE N.Y.— The Carmelo Anthony Center is always full of banners, but on Thursday evening it was also full with familiar faces.
Former players played a few games of organized pickup with current players in preparation for the first round of The Basketball Tournament in Philadelphia on Saturday.
The team is coming back “bigger and better” and ready to win, according to General Manager and Boeheim’s Army organizer, Kevin Belbey. Part of that has to do with some new members, including Darryl “Mookie” Watkins.
The Basketball Tournament is broken up into four regional brackets with single game elimination, therefore, teams need to win the first two games in their division to move on to the Super 16.
This is the second year that former Orangemen, calling themselves Boeheim’s Army, have gotten together for a chance to win the grand prize which is now $2 million. Last year the team made it to the regional semifinals before being knocked out by City of Gods, which is the number one seed in the region this year.
Watkins had the opportunity to play for Boeheim’s Army last year but didn’t decide to join until now.
“I saw how big it was and I wanted to be a part of it this year,” Watkins, 31,  said sitting barefoot at courtside after the scrimmages.
The seven-foot-tall Watkins played for Syracuse from 2003-2007 starting in 67 of his 106 appearances. He is best known for his shot blocking ability on the court.

Since 2007 Watkins has played on a variety of teams including the Sacramento Kings. In 2009, Watkins went to play overseas and since then he has been on a different team every season, until he signed with ASVEL Basket of France’s LNB Pro A League.He has been an all-star in France and this past year won a championship with his team.

Together Again

Being back home at Syracuse, Watkins has the opportunity to catch up with old friends including Eric Devendorf and Terrence Roberts (with Watkins below), with whom he played as a student.

“It’s easy to just come together and play the game that you know and that you live to play,” Watkins said.

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Watkins said he is very excited to be back at Syracuse with his former teammates and friends where he can reminisce on his time in orange,

“Everywhere we went we always had a lot of fans that supported us, whether we were in New York or just went down South, or in the West Coast, we always had somebody wearing orange. And I loved that part of it,” he said.

He also noted how proud he is to be a Syracuse alumnus, “to this day if I tell somebody that I went to Syracuse, it’s like their eyes light up.”

 The team is confident going into The Basketball Tournament mainly because many of them have played together before and they have a lot of team chemistry.
“Judging from a couple pick up games, I think we play well together,” Watkins said.
Coach Ryan Blackwell, a former SU player himself, indicated is just as confident as Watkins is with the team’s ability to win it all.
“With the addition of (Brandon) Triche, with the addition of CJ Fair, Mookie Watkins, we’re a little bit bigger, more athleticism, and more guys we can go to down the stretch.” Blackwell said.
The number two seed, Boeheim’s Army will take on the number 15 Basketball City NYC at 7:30 on Saturday for the chance to advance round two. The finals will be aired on August 2 on ESPN.
Baye Moussa Keita: “I’m Always Learning.”

Baye Moussa Keita: “I’m Always Learning.”

By Kelsey Snider  Photos by Kelsey Snider, Staff SYRACUSE, NY —  The squeak of the shoes and the pounding of the basketball on the floor let you know Boeheim’s Army was back in the Melo Center this week. On Thursday night, former Syracuse players were in the gym practicing for The Basketball Tournament which starts in Philadelphia on Saturday, […]

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By Kelsey Snider 
Photos by Kelsey Snider, Staff

SYRACUSE, NY —  The squeak of the shoes and the pounding of the basketball on the floor let you know Boeheim’s Army was back in the Melo Center this week. On Thursday night, former Syracuse players were in the gym practicing for The Basketball Tournament which starts in Philadelphia on Saturday, Once again, Baye Moussa Keita was at home under the basket.

This is the second year that Boeheim’s Army will compete inThe Basketball Tournament (TBT). TBT works just like the NCAA tournament, meaning there are 64 teams in total, with 16 teams in each region. The teams are working for a chance to win 2 million dollars. If Boeheim’s Army wins, they will give $50,000 of their winnings to the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation.

Except for Purdue alum Willie Deane, Boeheim’s Army consists of former Syracuse players all of whom trained under Coach Jim Boeheim. The team started in 2015 and the choice of name seemed obvious.

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Key contributor, then and now

One of the key players will be the 6’10” center Keita, who played for Syracuse from 2010-2014. He had only eleven starts while at SU, but played in 137 games, one of the few players to play that many for Syracuse. At the end of his senior year, Keita was honored with an award named after him by Boeheim. It will be awarded to future players who best represent the program in the classroom, on campus and in the community, and who display an unselfish commitment to the team.

Following his career at SU, Keita went on to play overseas professionally. He played in Belgium and will now play in his second season with Horsens IC in Denmark. Horsens IC won the league championship last year with Keita’s strong presence on defense.

Keita was ranked sixth in the league in rebounding and second in blocked shots. At the end of season, he was named Defensive Player of the Year. Keita said playing overseas has helped get him ready for this weekend and the weekends to come in the TBT.

 

Experience counts

“I’m always learning with the game of basketball,” Keita said in an interview following the scrimmages, “I’m always learning with these guys which is really great.”

This will be Keita’s second year playing for Boeheim’s Army. Keita said having played last year in the TBT will help give him the upper hand in knowing what some of the teams will do this year. With the first game of The Basketball Tournament right around the corner, Keita says since most of the team played for SU, they know the system already and the strengths and weaknesses of each player.

Keita said playing on this team not only means the chance of winning $2-million, but it means getting to play with some of Syracuse’s greats.  During Thursday night’s practice, you could tell that the players were not afraid to challenge each other and hold each other to a high standard

“I was starstruck at the same time I was like this is a really great experience because I’m learning from one of the best guys I’ve ever played with under the Syracuse jersey,” Keita said.

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Strength and Strategy

General Manager Kevin Belbey says the team is bigger and better this year with the additions of 7-foot center Darryl “Mookie”Watkins, point guard Brandon Triche and small forward C.J. Fair, who is expected to join the team during the tournament. Boeheim’s Army will stick to using the famous 2-3 zone defense as well as the offensive system that the players used while at SU. Coach Ryan Blackwell, another former SU player, says the Army will focus more on its game strategy, rather than trying to put a ton of focus on their opponents.

On Saturday, Boeheim’s Army, No. 2 seed, will face No. 15 seed, Basketball City NYC at 7:30 pm EST in Philadelphia, Pa. for the first round of The Basketball Tournament.

Willie Deane: Odd Man In

Willie Deane: Odd Man In

By Andrew Leffler Staff photos SYRACUSE, N.Y.  — Every army needs a general to lead it to battle. A general must be poised yet selfless. When the going gets tough, a general must be able to adapt, even if it means leaving his own comfort zone. These traits are all indicative of former Purdue point […]

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SYRACUSE, N.Y.  — Every army needs a general to lead it to battle. A general must be poised yet selfless. When the going gets tough, a general must be able to adapt, even if it means leaving his own comfort zone.

These traits are all indicative of former Purdue point guard, Willie Deane, who will lead Boeheim’s Army in this years The Basketball Tournament (TBT) which opens play in Philadelphia on Saturday night.

A world perspective

After falling short on fulfilling his aspirations to join the NBA, Deane took his talents overseas. Playing abroad, Deane says he learned much more than basketball. He learned to adjust.

It “opened my mind to a lot of different things,” Deane said in a courtside interview Thursday, after scrimmaging against current Syracuse players at the Carmelo Anthony Center. “I was able to experience a lot of different cultures, ethnicities, and languages.”

Deane has traveled the globe. Visiting Egypt was a childhood dream of his, he said. International basketball has given him different perspective on life. “It has allowed me to see things most people in the States have only seen on National Geographic.”

It was while playing in Russia that Deane  realized that basketball is a language in itself. With no translator, and speaking not a word of Russian, he had to find some way he could be in touch with his teammates. This is when his skills as a point guard stepped in.

“I was able to communicate with guys through basketball and we didn’t speak the same language, but we were able to get on the same page when we were on the court.”

Connecting to Orange

Playing international basketball for over a decade, Deane had gotten to know former Syracuse guard Eric Devendorf, now a teammate on Boeheim’s Army. And as a New York native he was well-acquainted with Syracuse basketball.

“Here everyone knows me. They had a chance to see me in high school. Everyone here is familiar with me, and they have welcomed me with open arms.Even though I did not go here, [Syracuse] makes me feel like I did.”

Syracuse alum, and Boeheim’s Army General Manager Kevin Belbey said he was unsure of the impact Deane would have on the team, until “Willie came out and blew everyone’s expectations away.”

“He is everything you want in a point guard,” Belbey added. “He is calm and collected. Makes the right decision at the right time. He knows when to score, when to pass.He is a quiet leader who is a perfect point guard in my eyes. Not only is he a great player, he’s a great person.”

As Boeheim’s Army prepares for battle, with minds set on winning The Basketball Tournament, the
troops will be looking to the only non-SU alum on the roster to help turn hope their hard work and camaraderie into enough to win it all.

 

My Time With the Chiefs in Pictures

My Time With the Chiefs in Pictures

By Kaimeng Yang The Syracuse Chiefs are the local Triple-A baseball team, the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals. With the help of Professor John Nicholson, I had a 2-month capstone internship with the Chiefs this summer. I worked as an on-site photographer. I was in charge of the photo coverage of every home game. […]

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By Kaimeng Yang

The Syracuse Chiefs are the local Triple-A baseball team, the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals. With the help of Professor John Nicholson, I had a 2-month capstone internship with the Chiefs this summer. I worked as an on-site photographer. I was in charge of the photo coverage of every home game. By the end of the internship I have more than 20 photos published on Syracuse.com and Milb.com. It has been a great internship and experience.

Before this internship, I knew nothing about Triple-A baseball. Now I am aware that it is a very serious and intense game. Most players on the team are playing hard to get into the Major Leagues. It is the platform for top young player like Trea Turner who ws just called up to the Nationals to practice his skills and build up experience. It is also the game for MLB veterans like Steve Lombardozzi to have a second chance.

I had always heard that working in the sports media will kill most of my leisure time. I really felt this during this internship but I have no regrets. Night games usually do not end until about 9:30 and reporters have to spend another hour to wrap up their photos and stories. Everyone in the press box seems to enjoy the job. Reporters can put up the game story really fast after the game, and a few games into the internship I was able to help them with my photos. The fast writing skills take years of training and confidence in their work.

The Chiefs have the smallest market among all Triple-A teams, but every staff working hard to get a better attendance. The Chiefs’ Director of Community Relations and Social media Jeff Irizarry  and Professor Herm Card, who is also the Chiefs;’ official photographer, helped me a lot through the internship. This is very good memory and experience. I am glad that Professor Nicholson helped me get this position.

Here are 30 photos I really like from my internship.

Terps Dominate Orange Women Again in NCAA Semi

Terps Dominate Orange Women Again in NCAA Semi

CHESTER, PA..- Less than a week after the Maryland men ended Syracuse’s season, the number one nationally ranked Maryland women put a dramatic end to Syracuse’s season Friday night in the NCAA semifinals. The Terrapins dominated across the field during their 19-9 victory over the Orange. With the win, Maryland keeps its perfect season alive. […]

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CHESTER, PA..- Less than a week after the Maryland men ended Syracuse’s season, the number one nationally ranked Maryland women put a dramatic end to Syracuse’s season Friday night in the NCAA semifinals. The Terrapins dominated across the field during their 19-9 victory over the Orange. With the win, Maryland keeps its perfect season alive.

Terps start fast and keep going

Maryland’s offense was firing on all cylinders from the first draw. Taylor Hensh scored for the Terps just 41 seconds into the first half after Maryland won the first draw. Fast forward to the second half with just over a minute left, the Terps were still firing as Hensh scored again already up 18-9. Hensh was one of three players to finish the night with four goals.

Taylor Cummings and Megan Whittle, who were face-guarded at the beginning of the game, also put up four goals each. Cummings and Whittle combined for six goals in the second half. Zoe Stukenberg finished with a hat trick for the Terps. Maryland went on two 5-0 runs; one in each half. Maryland scored on 10 of 13 shots in the first half. The Terps were four of five on free-position shots.

“We’re lucky enough that we have seven people on the field that can score,” Cummings said. “At the beginning, they were shutting off Meg, Zoe and I and that allowed the four other people to have so much room to work. They were able to create space for themselves and put the ball in the back of the net. When you have”


Gait: “We played exposed.”

“Our team played toughed,” Syracuse Head Coach Gary Gait said. “It is incredible for a team to onto that field with that level of confidence as a defending national championship team. I was impressed with the confidence they showed making few mistakes. They shot incredibly well today, 10-for-13 in the first half and it was hard to answer that. I think we felt tight in the first half, and we played exposed. You can’t do that against the best team in the country.”


Syracuse’s offense was led by Riley Donahue who finished with a hat trick for the Orange. Donahue scored less than a minute after Hensh’s first goal; false hope of a game that would be back and forth. Syracuse trailed 10-4 at the half and opened the second half with of back-to-back goals, also false hope of a comeback. Nicole Levy and Halle Majorana each scored two goals for Syracuse while Kayla Treanor was held to only one. Syracuse did win the draw battle, though, winning 16 of 30 while Treanor set a new single season record of 217 draw controls.

Mercer: “I love playing Syracuse.”

Alice Mercer was matched up with Treanor on Maryland’s defensive end. Mercer finished with three ground balls and three caused turnovers. Maryland won the ground ball battle, 14-7.

“I love playing Syracuse,” Mercer said. “It’s always a fun game. Regardless of score, it’s always a battle. As far as playing against Kayla, she’s a great player. She’s proven that time and time again. She wasn’t going to let up. I had a lot of help even though it was my matchup. We played a really good team defense.I just played her square and we were ready to send the early double when she came into our eight.”

Megan Taylor made seven saves of the 16 shots on goal for the Terps. Maryland cleared a perfect 13 of 13 times.


Tough night for Orange in goal

Allie Murray began the game in goal for the Orange but was replaced by Bri Stahrr after 35 minutes in cage. Murray made zero saves of the 13 shots on goal during her time between the pipes. Stahrr made three saves on nine shots. Syracuse tallied 57 fouls and seven yellow cards. Three of the yellow cards were handed out in the final three minutes of the game. Maryland had a three-man advantage at one point.

“I think we left Allie in a vulnerable situation, especially early in the game,” Gait said. “We tried to not give them a lot of space but they were able to get good shots off. Like I said earlier, 10-for-13 in the first half that is pretty impressive. It is actually pretty amazing shooting to be honest. They did a heck of job and that just made it tough.”

 

One more for Maryland

With the win, Maryland improves to 22-0 and will go on to face North Carolina in the National Championship game on Sunday. With the loss, Syracuse finishes 19-6.

Maryland Eliminates Syracuse Men in NCAA Quarterfinals

Maryland Eliminates Syracuse Men in NCAA Quarterfinals

Story and photos by Kerry Bretti PROVIDENCE, R.I.-  Nationally ranked No. 1 Maryland won its 15th consecutive game Saturday while handing No. 6 Syracuse its final loss of the season in quarterfinals. The Terrapins beat the Orange 13-7 to advance to the NCAA semifinals in Philadelphia next weekend. “Hats off to Maryland,” Syracuse head coach John […]

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Story and photos by Kerry Bretti

PROVIDENCE, R.I.-  Nationally ranked No. 1 Maryland won its 15th consecutive game Saturday while handing No. 6 Syracuse its final loss of the season in quarterfinals. The Terrapins beat the Orange 13-7 to advance to the NCAA semifinals in Philadelphia next weekend.

“Hats off to Maryland,” Syracuse head coach John Desko said. “The tempo they played, the way they played today, they just played a complete lacrosse game.

 

Syracuse scores first but Terps take control

Syracuse scored the first goal of the game but it was the only time the Orange would lead. The Terrapins jumped on a 4-1 lead to end the first quarter, then 7-3 at the half. Maryland led 9-6 at the end of the third, and made a final statement in the fourth, winning the quarter 4-1 (again) and ultimately winning the game, 13-7.

Defensively they’re really tough,” Desko said. “Their goalie played great. First-team All-American… We knew we were going to have to have pretty close to a perfect game today and we didn’t.”

 

Great goalie

 

Maryland goalkeeper Kyle Bernlohr is credited with the win, saving eight of the first ten shots he saw. Bernlohr faced 22 shots on cage and made 15 saves. Dan Morris replaced Bernlohr with just over one minute remaining and saved the one shot he saw.

“Kyle had his best performance in today’s game,” Maryland head coach John Tillman said. “He was huge for us. When Syracuse had opportunities you’ve got to give Kyle credit, he came up huge for us.”

Plenty of shots but not many goals

Syracuse’s offense took a total of 40 shots against Maryland. Tim Barber led the Orange in scoring with two goals and one assist. Nate Solomon followed with two goals and Sergio Salcido also had two points on one goal and one assist. Syracuse went one for five on extra-man opportunities.

“I gotta give it to them, they played great defense but everything we worked on in practice was there,” Dylan Donahue said. “We just didn’t capitalize at the end. It is frustrating, [Bernlohr] played a great game but that’s something you can’t think about, just gotta keep shooting, keep playing your game. It’s just unfortunate we didn’t get enough goals.”

“Our whole team was in the game the whole time, I don’t think there was ever a time we thought we couldn’t come back,” redshirt senior defenseman Brandon Mullins said. “I just don’t think we could ever get over that hump.”

 

Terps offensive leaders: Rambo, Young, Maltz

Maryland’s offense was led by Matt Rambo with four goals and two assists. Pat Young recorded a season-high four goals, while Bryan Cole finished with four assists. Dylan Maltz, who transferred from Syracuse to Maryland added a hat trick for the Terrapins.

Maryland scored on two of four man-up opportunities.

Syracuse goalkeeper Evan Molloy made four saves on 17 shots on cage.

Brandon Mullins caused three turnovers on the defensive end for the Orange and picked up three ground balls.

Syracuse’s Ben Williams won 15 of 24 face-offs, including each of the six in the third quarter. Maryland won five of six in the fourth quarter when it pulled away. Will Bonaparte won six of 13 face-offs for the Terps and Austin Henningsen won three of 11.

Syracuse picked up 38 ground balls to Maryland’s 23. The Terps had 12 turnovers to Syracuse’s eight.

“Not our cleanest performance, but the kids found a way,” Tillman said.

 

Next

With the win, Maryland improves to 16-2 and will face No. 5 Brown in the semifinals next Saturday in Philadelphia. The Bears beat Navy 11-10 in the second game at Brown on Saturday.

Syracuse finished at 12-5 for the season.

 

Second Half Surge Leads SU Men Past Albany, 11-9

Second Half Surge Leads SU Men Past Albany, 11-9

Story and photos by Kerry Bretti SYRACUSE, N.Y.– In a tale of two halves, the No. 8 Syracuse men’s lacrosse team rallied past Albany to win 11-9 at the Carrier Dome Sunday night and secure its spot in the quarterfinals against No. 1 Maryland next weekend. The Great Danes lost to the Orange in the […]

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Story and photos by Kerry Bretti

SYRACUSE, N.Y.– In a tale of two halves, the No. 8 Syracuse men’s lacrosse team rallied past Albany to win 11-9 at the Carrier Dome Sunday night and secure its spot in the quarterfinals against No. 1 Maryland next weekend. The Great Danes lost to the Orange in the Carrier Dome earlier this season, 16-7.

Great Danes start strong

Albany came out firing in the first half, grabbing the first five faceoffs and first two goals securing a 6-2 lead at the half. The Great Danes outshot the Orange in the first two quarters, 21 to 12. Albany’s goalie Blaze Riorden looked strong early, making six saves of the eight that were on cage in the first half.

“That was a hell of an effort by us,” Albany Head Coach Scott Marr said. “This is probably the hardest place to play in college lacrosse. For us to come in here and play the way we did and put on a good show for the fans across the country, like I said I’m extremely proud of my kids.”

Orange turns it around

The Orange won the second half, proving to be the deciding factor. Ben Williams won eight of twelve faceoffs in the second half, giving the Orange more possessions than in the first. Syracuse outshot Albany 27-13 in the second half, outscoring the Great Danes 5-1 in the third quarter and 4-2 in the fourth.

“Once you look at the scoreboard at halftime you realize this is it, we’ve got to do something here,” SU midfielder Sergio Salcido said. “That’s when we all stepped up and started making plays.”

“We knew they were going to throw a punch but we thought that if we hit them with the first punch they wouldn’t have a chance to gain momentum. In a place like this, they get a couple goals and the crowd gets into it,” Albany midfielder John Maloney said. “It’s not like we gave up or didn’t give 100 percent effort, it’s just that some things didn’t go our way.”



Scorers

Salcido led the Orange in scoring with a pair of goals and two assists. Tim Barber followed with a two goals and one assist and Jordan Evans also had two goals. Nick Mariano, Derek DeJoe, Matt Lane, Joe Gillis and Dylan Donahue each added one goal.

“They’re a matchup nightmare,” Riorden said of Syracuse’s depth. “It’s the fact that they can run five or six attackmen in a game and still have success on the offensive end.”

Albany scoring was led by Maloney with two goals and one assist, followed by Connor Fields and Adam Osika who each added a pair of goals. Seth Oakes finished with one goal and one assist. Neither team had any penalties and thus no man-up opportunities.

Even at the X

Despite the difference in numbers by half, Williams and Albany faceoff man Zach Ornstein split the faceoffs 12 of 24. Williams finished with four of ten in the first half and eight of 14 in the second. Ornstein finished with six of ten in the first and six of 14 in the second.

“It’s just five faceoffs,” Williams said. “You’ve got to take them one at a time. I don’t look up at the scoreboard, I don’t like how we keep track of faceoffs on the scoreboard anyway so just one at a time and we chipped away at it.”

“Ben Williams and their whole unit; they work hard week in and week out,” Ornstein said. “They have a ton of guys, Coach Donahue even. They just work hard. They don’t get nervous. We win the first five faceoffs, they win the next five. [Ben Williams] is a very calm and content faceoff guy. He doesn’t let the pressure get to him. He’s just a grinder.”

Between the pipes

Evan Molloy also improved during his time in goal for the Orange, saving seven of 13 in the first before saving five of eight in the second. Again, Riorden saved six of eight shots during the first half but dropped to three of 12 in the second while Syracuse was taking more opportunities on cage.

With the win, Syracuse improves to 12-4 and will advance to the NCAA quarterfinals where the Orange will face Maryland in Providence, Rhode Island on May 21.

“I think the type of game it was, you know rolling our sleeves up in the second half and really getting after it will help us next week,” Syracuse Head Coach John Desko said.