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Opening Day Brings Fresh Start to Chiefs Baseball

April 3, 2014

New management hopes to reinvigorate fan base Photo and slideshow by Kayla Chadwick By Jordan Greer SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Newhouse Sports Media Center) – Although the Syracuse Chiefs’ Opening Day game resulted in a 4-1 loss to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, a new energy was palpable throughout NBT Bank Stadium. After a 2013 campaign in which the […]

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New management hopes to reinvigorate fan base

Photo and slideshow by Kayla Chadwick

By Jordan Greer SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Newhouse Sports Media Center) – Although the Syracuse Chiefs’ Opening Day game resulted in a 4-1 loss to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, a new energy was palpable throughout NBT Bank Stadium.

After a 2013 campaign in which the organization lost nearly one million dollars and the Chiefs finished last in the International League North, fan morale was at an all-time low.

“When you come to the park and see 300 people, it really depresses you,” said Drew Utton, a lifelong baseball fan who has not supported the Chiefs in recent years. “The previous regime did nothing. The promotion schemes were terrible and the advertising was non-existent.”

Former Chiefs general manager John Simone was removed from the organization last year after the team experienced its lowest paid attendance since the new stadium opened in 1997. Former Auburn Doubledays general manager Jason Smorol took John Simone’s old post, and the challenge of bringing excitement back to Syracuse baseball.

Based on the reaction of the 6,661 fans in attendance, Opening Day did just that.

“We came out to support the new regime,” said Brian Darby, a Chiefs fan who had lost faith in the old management. “We needed a change. We needed a spark.”

Smorol immediately provided that spark by being more active in promotions and advertising in the community. Nancy Miller, the director of sales at the Candlewood Suites Syracuse-Airport, says her hotel is working with the Chiefs this year to offer tickets and products to families who stay at the Syracuse-Airport location. She believes reaching out to fans will bring them back and put the team on the right track.

“It is much more family friendly and exciting for the future,” Miller said. “I think a big thing is the enjoyment and affordability of games.”

These types of connections with local businesses in addition to game day promotions are all part of the plan to bring back pride, and fans, to NBT Bank Stadium. The Opening Day buzz was not lost on the Chiefs.

“The atmosphere was outstanding,” Chiefs manager Billy Gardner said. “It was all good and well organized. Jason (Smorol) and his staff did a great job.”

While the first game of the 2014 season could be considered a success for Smorol, it remains to be seen whether this success is sustainable. But some fans are already buying in.

“Before we would rather drive to see Auburn or Binghamton play,” Darby said. “Now we are here for Opening Day and hopefully a whole bunch after this.”

“A Weird, Creative” Broadcaster

April 3, 2014

Kevin Brown steps into the spotlight with increased role in 2014 By Mike McCann NEWHOUSE SPORTS MEDIA CENTER (Syracuse) – Normal college students spend a lot of time stressing over that big decision post graduation: will I get a job? How much money will I make? Where will I go in my life? Not Kevin Brown. […]

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Kevin Brown steps into the spotlight with increased role in 2014

By Mike McCann NEWHOUSE SPORTS MEDIA CENTER (Syracuse) – Normal college students spend a lot of time stressing over that big decision post graduation: will I get a job? How much money will I make? Where will I go in my life?

Not Kevin Brown.

A 2011 graduate of Syracuse University, Brown, 24, began his fourth season calling Syracuse Chiefs’ games Thursday. While the Chiefs may have lost the game (4-1 to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders), Brown is winning in the profession as a young broadcaster ready to make his mark.

“This year is my first with an increased role as Director of Media and Public Relations,” Brown said in the NBT Bank Stadium Press Box following the game. “[It’s] going to be brutal on some days, but in the long run it’s really nice…I wanted that, I wanted to do more.”

Brown works alongside Jason Benetti, and has for all four years now with the Chiefs. To say Brown is in Benetti’s shadow may not be a fair description of Brown’s role compared to Benetti’s; but in the past, Benetti has been “the guy” while Brown has been “the other guy.”

That, like many aspects of the Syracuse Chiefs organization, is changing.

Beginning this season, Brown’s role has increased. In the past, he would call three innings of play-by-play and six innings of color commentary with Benetti working the opposite.

Now, Benetti and Brown will split the innings more evenly, with one working five innings of play-by-play and four innings of color commentary, dependent on the game. That thought excites Brown.

“This year is more innings, more work, and more headaches,” Brown laughed. “But I think it will be more rewarding in the long run.”

His greatest influence

Brown and Benetti work together on most every broadcast. And with 144 games a season, the two spend a great deal of time together.

“Nobody has had more of an impact on what I’ve done as a broadcaster than him,” Brown said. “It’s not even close…he has such a creative mind, I have a creative mind, and being around creative people just makes you better.”

Benetti was quick to agree with Brown, citing the duo’s creativity as something that adds a great deal to their broadcasts. Yet at first, Benetti said that while Brown’s ability was there, his voice still needed some refining…not anymore.

“I give up the play-by-play and there’s just not going to be any drop off,” Benetti said. “That’s the coolest part of working with him this season, because it’s like having a seasoned professional sitting next to me, which I do…it’s not even like that, because whatever age he is, he sounds like he’s 40.”

Away from the game

Benetti and Brown spend a great deal of time off the field as well, which has strengthened their friendship a great deal.

“The thing that’s good and bad for both of us is when we go on the air, the cheesy banter is the same thing that we do off the air,” Benetti said. “For him, it’s really a person who’s mind can just blossom in any [field].”

Where does that mind of blossom the most? Cinema.

“I’m a huge movie geek,” Brown said. “I have that weird, creative mind and I like being transported to somewhere that I’m not, and I think the power in movies to do that probably overwhelms me more than anything else.”

Future aspirations

While Brown has called Chiefs’ games for four years now, whether he’s doing it for the next four years remains to be seen.

“I would love to do play-by-play on a network level,” Brown said. “I think it would just be fun to do anything on that level–football, basketball, baseball, whatever.”

And Brown’s partner doesn’t think anything is out of the question for Brown.

“[Brown] could do 9,000 things outside of play-by-play,” Benetti said. “The only limit is in decision making.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orange Men Hold Off Binghamton 10-8

April 2, 2014

Story and Video by Rilwan Ameen Photos by Jennifer Ready SYRACUSE (Newhouse Sports Media Center) — An 11-time NCAA National Champion usually does not face many crises in its storied program history. But with a 4-3 start to the season, and 0-3 in its first year in the ACC, the #8 Syracuse Orange (6-3 overall, […]

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Story and Video by Rilwan Ameen

Photos by Jennifer Ready
SYRACUSE (Newhouse Sports Media Center) — An 11-time NCAA National Champion usually does not face many crises in its storied program history. But with a 4-3 start to the season, and 0-3 in its first year in the ACC, the #8 Syracuse Orange (6-3 overall, 1-3 ACC) men’s lacrosse team needed its thrilling 11-10 win against Notre Dame in the worst way.

So coming off of the emotional win Saturday, the Syracuse Orange came into Wednesday night riding a wave of momentum and looking to avert to another crisis against a Binghamton (3-6 overall, 1-0 America East) team coming a momentous victory of its own over Hartford on Saturday, 11-10.

The Orange climbed two spots in both the Inside Lacrosse (#7) and the USILA coaches’ poll (#8) this week with its first ever win in the ACC and triumph over a top-ten ranked conference rival.

But what many did not foresee in their next game was a scrappy Binghamton Bearcat team despite its 3-5 record giving Syracuse a run for its money.

Binghamton played with heavy hearts as the Bearcats’ primary goalkeeper Junior Max Schefler was out due to a death in the family, as Head Coach Scott Nelson revealed to the media.

It was a valiant substitute effort by freshman Tanner Cosens as he made some acrobatic saves in the first half.

“We gave Tanner his chance for his first college experience at the Carrier Dome on a Wednesday night and he did great,” Nelson said. “We’re very proud of him.”

Back and forth

Binghamton struck quickly attacking the net and Syracuse’s defense and it paid off with senior attacker Matt Springer scoring on an unassisted goal at just the 14:12 mark in the first period.

The theme of the night for SU was quick responses as attacker Dylan Donahue answered right back for the Orange with an unassisted goal to break any momentum Binghamton sought in the early going.

But errant passes early on led to some struggles for SU around the goal which the Bearcats took advantage of.

Tucker Nelson led Binghamton in points in the game with four (3 assists and one goal), keeping Binghamton within striking distance. He scored a bouncing unassisted goal at the net at the 1:37 mark of the first period.

Nelson said he was proud of his team’s performance overall against a calculated Syracuse squad.

“It was a good back-and-forth game, it was slower paced… I was a little surprised… Syracuse really took their time out there,” Nelson said.

Both teams were unrelenting as it was a one-possession game throughout the first half. Chris Daddio took the blame for a hot Binghamton start. He lost all six faceoffs in the first quarter and the Bearcats led 3-2.

“The beginning of the game was a bit of a poor start on my part… the first five and six minutes of the game got out of hand and I had to calm myself down a bit,” he said.

But Daddio rallied to finish ten- 10-of-22 at the X and also picked up seven ground balls.

“The flow of the game kind of went with the faceoffs,” SU Head Coach John Desko said. “Chris got out and relaxed, straight getting down with Dylan Donahue and it was a good release for him. It helped us down at the offensive end of the field.”

Down one and with the restless home faithful chanting ‘We are SU’ Syracuse rose to the occasion. The Orange outscored Binghamton 3-1 in the second quarter to hold a 5-4 advantage at the half. But despite out-shooting Binghamton at goal attempts by eight (19-11),the Orange still trailed on faceoffs seven to four.

Changing angles gives Orange breathing room

“At halftime the coaches told us to change the angles of our dodges because their defense was packing it in and they were double-teaming a lot,” Loy said. “Once we did that, we started to get more movement and we started putting the ball in the back of the net.”

Unselfish ball movement got the Orange men the opening they needed to pull away, finding creases in Binghamton’s backside defense leading to a three goal surge, the end of which came with  Randy Staats scoring at the 4:48 mark in the third.

“We played a pretty even game up until then. I thought that the six minute spurt in the third, really hurt us when they got up by three,” Nelson said.

“Things we had done well all night, we didn’t do well in that stretch.”

SU led 9-6 at the end of the third, in what seemed to be Syracuse’s first time for breathing room all evening.

A balanced effort for SU led the turnaround as the Orange had seven different players in on the scoring.  Kevin Rice led SU overall with four points (two goals, two assists), along with Randy Staats, and Dylan Donahue all contributing in the winning effort with two goals apiece.

In addition teammates Nicky Galasso, Billy Ward, Scott Loy and Hakeem Lecky all scored on  Cosens.

As a converted attack midfielder Galasso says the flow of the Orange continued the Syracuse groove.

“When you have a good match-up you’re going to take it, being overplayed you move a bit and then feel a bit more comfortable”  Galasso said.

Bearcats make it close

But the Bearcats scored the first two goals of the final quarter making it a 9-8 game with 7:22 left.  Kevin Rice’s final goal on an open net effectively ended the contest with 38 seconds remaining at 10-8.

After this one, it seems SU is getting a grasp of playing in tightly-contested games and continues to grow stronger from each game experience, while Binghamton can only wonder, “What if’?”

“They’ll be a lot of what ifs after this one, especially after I look at the film, but I’m sure they can say the same thing,” Nelson said.

Desko said he was pleased with his team’s effort in guarding against a letdown after a big win.

“It was a good win for us, I was impressed with Binghamton,” Desko said. “They did a good job… I never say this about a loss but my hats off to them, they played pretty well coming into the Carrier Dome.”

With tough one possession losses throughout the season, Binghamton’s Dan Mazurek said he feels the team has good reason to remain confident.

“Everyone in the locker room is still positive… we’re on each other to get better everyday in practice, we’ll be okay,”Mazurek said.

Syracuse leaves the Carrier Dome next, facing off against No. 2 Cornell next Tuesday April 8 in Ithaca. The draw is set for 7 P.M.

Extras

Syracuse Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach John Desko and players Chris Daddio, Scott Loy and Nick Galasso address the media after SU’s 10-8 victory over the Binghamton Bearcats at the Carrier Dome: click here: SYR Post-Game Presser

Binghamton Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Scott Nelson and player Dan Mazurek address the media after BU’s 10-8 loss click here: BING Post-Game Presser

Rilwan Ameen’s post-game report click here: Rilwan Ameen post-game report

Photo slide show by Jennifer Ready : SYRvBING: 4/2/14 Game Photos

Game Notes:

  • Fairly clean game played from both sides: at the half both Syracuse and Binghamton had no penalties and no 30-second goals/warnings (Violations)
  • Binghamton’s first score of the game came just 50 seconds in and in the second half opened with a netter in the opening two minutes
  • Binghamton’s T.J. DiSanto helped the Bearcats win their first four faceoffs but injured his hamstring and did not return to action
  • Binghamton had eight different goal-scorers on the night
  • Binghamton won 12-of-22 face-offs in the game
  • The Orange held the advantage in shots (31-25) and in groundballs (28-24)
  • SU gives Binghamton its first road loss of the season
  • Syracuse’s three losses have been to top ten teams – #3 Duke, #4 Maryland and #9 Virginia
  • Syracuse currently has the #3 ranked RPI (which measures strength of schedule based off of opponents’ records) in the nation: according to MLAX RPI Rankings
  • Carrier Dome crowd attendance for the game was 1,847 per SU Athletics

 

Undefeated No More: Orange Derails the Great Danes

April 1, 2014

Photo by Rilwan Ameen By Ethan Joyce SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Newhouse Sports Media Center)– In its matchup against Albany, Syracuse’s women’s lacrosse team  faced a foe similar to itself—a fast-attacking team that wasn’t used to losing. The Great Danes came into the game as one of the only three remaining undefeated teams in the nation. But fortunately for […]

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Photo by Rilwan Ameen

By Ethan Joyce SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Newhouse Sports Media Center)– In its matchup against Albany, Syracuse’s women’s lacrosse team  faced a foe similar to itself—a fast-attacking team that wasn’t used to losing. The Great Danes came into the game as one of the only three remaining undefeated teams in the nation.

But fortunately for the Orange, Alyssa Murray and Kayla Treanor racked up ten points between them in a 13-11 win.

Coach Gary Gait expected the Great Danes would be tough to defend, but he didn’t expect them to be so efficient—Albany scored 11 goals on just 15 shots.

“I give credit to Albany for putting pressure on us on the [offensive] end,” Gait said. “That was one of the best shooting displays that I have seen. Nice execution on their part.”

A constant issue for Syracuse was defending senior Allie Phelan, who had five goals on the day. After watching her score her fourth and fifth goals with roughly ten minutes to go, Syracuse fired back with a goal from Treanor to give the Orange an 11-9 lead.

Throughout the game, Albany kept attacking the Orange defense. But instead of panicking, Syracuse’s approach on defense never changed.

“[Our pressure] was working the whole game, so we didn’t really change anything up at the end,” said Kailah Kempney, a junior attacker for Syracuse. “(We) just tried to keep doing what was working.”

On offense, the Orange started both halves quickly. Syracuse scored three goals within the first eight minutes of the second and one in the first minute of the game. But Albany slowly chipped away at the lead. A coast-to-coast goal by Maureen Keggins and another quick goal by Sarah Martin cut the Syracuse lead to three with 20 minutes left in the game.

The game maintained a back-and-forth nature as Albany continued to bring the score closer. But Gait said that he didn’t want that pressure to affect his team.

“We could have tried to hold the ball for the last ten minutes and probably tried that game, but… we wanted to play lacrosse and execute, and we did,” Gait said.

For the better part of the first half, Albany’s defense looked helpless. Goaltender Anna Berman and her teammates barely had time to react to the Orange’s blazing attack. But in the last ten minutes of the first half, Albany slowed Syracuse’s offense and created more fast break opportunities for itself.

Albany’s head coach, John Battaglino, felt his team could have won if a few things might have fallen its way.

“That win is a credit to them (Syracuse),” Battaglino said. “But we just never felt we were out of it. We just needed to possess the ball a little bit longer and make good decisions.”

Phelan scored three consecutive times for Albany near the end of the first half, helping her team close what was a 7-2 deficit. All game, she continuously found ways to knife her way into SU’s defense.

Kayla Treanor attacked early and often for the Orange—she had two assists and one goal within the first ten minutes.

The Orange ends this seven-game home series with six wins, pushing its record to 11-1 overall. The team next game will be away at Virginia Tech on April 5.

Video
Syracuse post-game press conference
Albany post-game press conference

Photo slide show by Rilwan Ameen:

http://sce2014.blogspot.com/

 

Syracuse Chiefs Manager, Players Speak to Media Before Opening Day

April 1, 2014

Video edited and organized by Jordan Greer By Staff SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Newhouse Sports Media Center) — Prior to Opening Day for the Syracuse Chiefs this Thursday, manager Billy Gardner and players Ryan Tatusko and Steven Souza Jr. spoke about their outlooks on the upcoming season. Hear their comments below and check back to the Newhouse Sports Media […]

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Video edited and organized by Jordan Greer

By Staff SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Newhouse Sports Media Center) — Prior to Opening Day for the Syracuse Chiefs this Thursday, manager Billy Gardner and players Ryan Tatusko and Steven Souza Jr. spoke about their outlooks on the upcoming season.

Hear their comments below and check back to the Newhouse Sports Media Center website for updates and game stories throughout the Chiefs’ 100th season in the International League.

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Billy Gardner

Ryan Tatusko

Steven Souza Jr.

 

Orange Women Beat Duke; Murray Passes 300

March 30, 2014

Story by Jennifer Ready Photos by Norman Seawright III SYRACUSE N.Y. (Newhouse Sports Media Center)— Senior Alyssa Murray reached a major collegiate milestone Saturday afternoon, recording her 300th career point to lead No.3 Syracuse in a 19-15 victory over No.8/9 Duke and improve its record to 10-1. “I’ve had a great career here mostly because of […]

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Story by Jennifer Ready

Photos by Norman Seawright III

SYRACUSE N.Y. (Newhouse Sports Media Center)— Senior Alyssa Murray reached a major collegiate milestone Saturday afternoon, recording her 300th career point to lead No.3 Syracuse in a 19-15 victory over No.8/9 Duke and improve its record to 10-1.

“I’ve had a great career here mostly because of everyone around me,” Murray said after the game. “I’ve had great people feeding it to me throughout my career and people who can catch my passes and finish. So I owe it to my teammates.”

Murray joins former SU players Katie Rowan and Christina Dove on Syracuse’s all-time scoring list, ranking third with 301 total points. She tallied seven points, on three goals and four assists against the Blue Devils.

Along with Murray, the Orange offense saw ten different players finish in the net. Sophomore Kayla Treanor notched five points with four goals and one assist. Katie Webster, Erica Bodt, Taylor Poplawski, and Kailah Kempney all recorded a pair of goals while Amy Cross, Gabby Jaquith, Brenna Rainone and Lisa Rogers all registered single tallies.

“I thought our team played very well, executed and built a substantial lead,” Head Coach Gary Gait said. “It was great and allowed an opportunity for some of our other players to get in there, when that happens against a top ten team its just awesome. We are very thrilled with the performance of everybody, especially our core players that provided that opportunity for those other players.”

The Orange led 10-7 at half-time but it was Duke that started the game with a 2-0 lead. Just 3:24 into action, junior Taylor Trimble and senior Sydney Peterson connected with the back of the net to give the Blue Devils an early advantage.

But Alyssa Murray struck with 22:56 remaining in the half. The Orange and the Blue Devils traded the lead early on but with the game knotted 4-4, a goal from Kayla Treanor sparked the Orange on a 3-0 scoring run and Syracuse kept its lead the remainder of the game.

Duke’s Taylor Trimble answered to the Syracuse run netting her second goal of the afternoon to make it a two-point game, 7-5. Following a goal from Kempney for the Orange, the Blue Devils responded with two unanswered goals from Kerrin Maurer and Maddy Acton to make it a tight 8-7 game.

With less than a minute left in the half, Webster and Treanor rattled off swift goals to give Syracuse a 10-7 half-time advantage.

The Blue Devils were the first to strike in the second half. Midfielder Maddy Morrissey notched a goal just 57 seconds after the draw. However, Kailah Kempney retaliated with 26:02 left to play and started the Orange on a 5-0 run allowing Syracuse to break away from the Blue Devils with a 15-8 lead.

Following a goal from Trimble, Kayla Treanor recorded her 36th goal of the season and Alyssa Murray netted a pair of goals to give SU a wide 18-9 lead.

But the Blue Devils then went on a run to outscore the Orange 6-1 with 7:56 left in the game. It was not enough to defeat the Orange, Syracuse clinched the 19-15 victory over the Blue Devils in their first ever meeting in.

Midfielder Amy Cross led the Orange with three ground balls and one caused turnover. Syracuse goalkeepers Alyssa Costantino and Kelsey Richardson shared time in the net. Costantino had one save in the first half and Richardson had three saves and one ground ball in the last 30 minutes.

Syracuse will host Albany Tuesday night at the Carrier Dome, the draw is set for 7 p.m.

To watch the post game press conference with Head Coach Gary Gait, Alyssa Murray, Kayla Treanor and Kelsey Richardson click here.

Slide show here: http://sce2014.blogspot.com/2014/03/syracuse-wlax-v-duke-photos.html

Syracuse Upsets Notre Dame at the Dome

March 29, 2014

SYRACUSE 11, NOTRE DAME 10 Box Score  Video Report and Highlights Post-Game Press Conference By Pete Sweeney SYRACUSE N.Y. (Newhouse Sports Media Center)— Kevin Rice scored four times and Chris Daddio won 15 of 24 faceoffs as the No. 9 Syracuse Orange lacrosse team (5-3, 1-3 ACC) defeated the No. 7 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (4-3, 2-1 […]

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SYRACUSE 11, NOTRE DAME 10
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Video Report and Highlights
Post-Game Press Conference

By Pete Sweeney SYRACUSE N.Y. (Newhouse Sports Media Center)— Kevin Rice scored four times and Chris Daddio won 15 of 24 faceoffs as the No. 9 Syracuse Orange lacrosse team (5-3, 1-3 ACC) defeated the No. 7 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (4-3, 2-1 ACC)  Saturday at the Carrier Dome.

“I thought we played great defense today,”Syracuse Head Coach John Desko said after the game. “I thought Daddio was terrific on the faceoff. What a difference a week makes.”

Last week, Syracuse was embarrassed when it was tripled up by the Duke Blue Devils, 21-7 in Durham. In that game, Syracuse won just seven of 31 faceoffs and tried to get something going by using five different players at the X.

Today, it was all Daddio, and even though it appeared that he had, Daddio said he didn’t change a thing.

“I didn’t make many adjustments,” he explained after the game. “I just came out more confident to try to forget about the beginning of the season.”

Daddio’s play today is a promising sign for the Orange. Considering Syracuse’s ability to seemingly score-at-will at the offensive end, faceoffs have been the one glaring weakness for the team, which entering today was 0-3 in the ACC.

“It’s a great win for us,” Desko said. “For Notre Dame to come in with all the success they’ve had, such a stingy defense, for us to [score] double figures, come out with a W for the ACC regular season and just to have a win like this to put in the record books is great.”

Senior Derek Maltz scored the first goal of the game for the Orange two minutes and seventeen seconds in.  His hat trick led the Orange to take a 7-5 lead into the locker room at the half. Dylan Donahue also had three goals for the Orange.

Syracuse began the fourth quarter with the game seemingly in control—up 8-7, the Orange had possession of the ball thanks to a last-second unnecessary roughness call on Notre Dame at the end of the 3rd quarter. Syracuse started the fourth with Dylan Donahue scoring on that advantage and led 9-7. Quickly after, Kevin Rice would add another to make it 10-7.

Things changed for Notre Dame when Matt Kavanagh found Will Corrigan for a goal with 9:19 to play. Corrigan’s goal was the start of a three-goal run for the Fighting Irish.

With the game tied at ten and under three minutes to play, Bobby Wardwell made a key save on Notre Dame’s Trevor Brosco. On the ensuing Syracuse possession, Kevin Rice ripped home the game-winning goal with 2:05 to play.

“At that point, I thought it was the game with the way that Chris (Daddio) was winning faceoffs,” Rice said after the game. “We were making them work for everything.”

He was right. Notre Dame had one final chance when Matt Kavanagh drove to the net with less than a minute to play, but Brandon Mullins stayed right with him. The play resulted in a crease violation on Kavanagh and time ran out for the Irish.

Next Game

Next up for the Orange is the Binghamton Bearcats on Wednesday at the Carrier Dome. Game time is 7 p.m.

Orange Women Take Northwestern at Last

March 23, 2014

Story and Photo by Christopher Landers Just two minutes had gone by in the second half, and the game was tied, but a palpable sense of dread started to fill the Carrier Dome. Northwestern — the Big Bad Wolf of women’s lacrosse, 11-1 all-time against the Orange and 9-0 over the last seven years (including […]

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Story and Photo by Christopher Landers

Just two minutes had gone by in the second half, and the game was tied, but a palpable sense of dread started to fill the Carrier Dome. Northwestern — the Big Bad Wolf of women’s lacrosse, 11-1 all-time against the Orange and 9-0 over the last seven years (including twice in the NCAA tournament) — had managed to tie the game on two quick goals out of the locker room despite trailing for the first 30 minutes. A game that had seemed in hand was now anything but, and it would only be natural for doubt to begin settling in.

But then a remarkable thing happened: Syracuse’s senior class, a group that had never known victory against this program on any field, made a stand. Alyssa Murray scored the go-ahead goal that sparked a late 4-0 run and the Orange (9-1, 2-1 ACC) finally got the purple monkey off its back with an 11-7 win over the No. 7 Wildcats (4-3, 1-1 ALC) on Sunday. 

Northwestern is in the midst of a bit of a down year (by its standards, at least) and this is just one more step in Syracuse’s push for a national title. But the Orange still proved something to itself, and the players now have the knowledge that at their best the can beat anyone, anywhere.

“I think it’s just sort of, ‘Ugh, thank god, finally,’” Murray said. “They’ve proven in the past they know how to win no matter what the circumstance, no matter what players they have on the field, and I think that’s very telling of our team this year. We were able to dig deep.”

The game was a contrast in styles — Northwestern’s patient, possession-heavy attack against Syracuse’s high-octane offense. And for much of the first half, the Wildcats controlled tempo, exercising patience against the Orange’s matchup zone and keeping the ball away from its own net. Northwestern was in possession for minutes at a time, probing and prodding, looking for an opening but more than willing to keep searching if one didn’t present itself — and it often did after forcing the Orange to defend for so long. So despite Syracuse’s success against the Wildcats man-to-man – particularly senior Katie Webster, who torched her defender for two first-half goals — Northwestern hung around and trailed just 6-4 at halftime.

“We knew they were going to try to slow it down on us, take time off the clock,” head coach Gary Gait said. “In the first half they had a lot of possessions, but we got after it and got some turnovers in that second half and it made the difference.”

Northwestern struck quickly after the break, coming up with two quick goals as Syracuse came out flat. And just like that, though it had felt secure just 90 seconds earlier, the game was tied at six — and the same painful script began to be written, another close loss to the Wildcats. This time, though, Syracuse had an answer.

After a crucial faceoff win, Webster found Murray cutting through the middle for an easy finish to retake the lead. From that point forward, the Orange turned it into its style of game and never looked back — Northwestern committed three consecutive turnovers and the game’s pacing and spacing opened up, turning into the up-and-down track meet Syracuse always wanted. The Orange ripped off three more goals in less than ten minutes, taking a 10-6 lead with 12 minutes to play, and cruised to the finish line from there. Amy Cross had two goals during the run.

“I think we played really well in transition,” Webster said. “Especially when we get the ball from 30[-yard line] to 30, we’re just all involved.”

“We just got the defense on their heels a little bit,” Murray said. “We were trying to take the wind out of their sails and that just started a big run for us.”

Gait’s biggest concern afterward seemed to be bringing his team back down to Earth after such a huge weight had been lifted.

“Today was about getting this done for our seniors, and they’re very happy,” he said with a smile. Then he paused and almost sheepishly added, “There are definitely still areas to improve in if you look at the stats, ground balls, those areas.”

The ultimate goal has yet to be reached for this team, but that didn’t make Sunday any less sweet.

Postgame news conference from cuse.com: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0LxZ-10mdc&list=UUOBlh9E4bgmCWrDhuQGEkQA

 

 

End of the Line

March 23, 2014

DAYTON 55, SYRACUSE 53 Video Report By Pete Sweeney BUFFALO, N.Y. (Newhouse Sports Media Center)— When Tyler Ennis hit the 40-foot three-pointer to beat the Pittsburgh Panthers on February 12, it appeared as if Syracuse had some sort of magic on its side—it even began to feel like maybe, just maybe, Syracuse would never lose. Tonight, […]

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DAYTON 55, SYRACUSE 53

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By Pete Sweeney BUFFALO, N.Y. (Newhouse Sports Media Center)— When Tyler Ennis hit the 40-foot three-pointer to beat the Pittsburgh Panthers on February 12, it appeared as if Syracuse had some sort of magic on its side—it even began to feel like maybe, just maybe, Syracuse would never lose.

Tonight, with his team down two against Dayton as the final seconds ticked away, Ennis found himself in a similar position. Just like in Pittsburgh, he dribbled furiously down the court and needed to fire up a three for the win.

This time though, the ball wouldn’t drop and Syracuse was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament.

“This is a tough loss, as they all are this time of year,” Syracuse Head Coach Jim Boeheim said at the post-game news conference. “But that’s what happens. Somebody gets beat on the last play, and tonight it was us.”

All game long, nothing went right for the Orange. The shooting woes that took a one-day absence in the team’s win against Western Michigan Thursday made an unwelcomed return.  Syracuse shot just 39 percent from the field and made no three-pointers in ten attempts.

“The only thing we could make was a layup,” Boeheim said.

One of the major elements of the Flyers’ win was their ability to shut down Jerami Grant. Grant, who usually is highly involved in the Syracuse offense, didn’t take his first field goal attempt until there were 10 minutes and 23 seconds left in the second half. By the time he fouled out with less than 30 seconds to play, he had scored only four points on two for three shooting.

“It’s very disappointing,” Grant said after the game. “This is the most important part of the season [and] to come out and have a game like this, especially for me, [to] have one of my worst games of the season is definitely tough.”

The other usual scoring threats for the Orange were out of sync as well.  C.J Fair, Tyler Ennis and Trevor Cooney were a combined 12 of 41 from the field.

“When you don’t come ready to play for 40 minutes, this is what’s going to happen,” Cooney said in a post-game interview.

Despite the stale offense, the Orange was never more than seven points away from Dayton. With 9:28 to go in the second half, Syracuse even had the lead, 36-35, after a wide-open Michael Gbinije layup. In the nine minutes that followed, the lead changed three more times.

Down one with 18 seconds to go, Syracuse pressed Dayton well enough to get Jordan Sibert to step out of bounds. When Syracuse got the ball back, Tyler Ennis had the ball on top of the key.  Rather than driving the ball, he opted for a jump shot that clunked off the rim.

Dyshawn Pierre got the rebound and was quickly fouled by Gbinije. After Pierre made one of two free throws, Ennis got the ball back again for his chance at redemption.

“I thought I had a really good look.”Ennis said of the final shot. “I didn’t think I had enough time to get to the basket so I think the look that I got…everybody was happy with it.  I thought it was good.”

In this instance, though, he was wrong. The ball rimmed out, and so too did Syracuse’s season.

Video

Jim Boeheim, CJ Fair and Baye Keita Press Conference

C.J. Fair post-game interview

Tyler Ennis post-game interview

Trevor Cooney post-game interview

Jerami Grant post-game interview

Michael Gbinije post-game interview

Photos from Michael Silver here:

http://sce2014.blogspot.com/2014/03/orange-exit-photos-from-buffalo.html

 

Game Notes

– The game against Dayton marks the final game for four Syracuse seniors: Russ DeRemer, Nolan Hart, C.J. Fair and Baye Keita. CJ Fair finishes his final season with the Orange averaging 16.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists.

– CJ Fair reflecting on Syracuse after the game: “I didn’t really know what to expect from college. I came here and I was welcomed from the community and the players, and from there I grew as a person each day, on and off the court.”

– After starting the season on a 25-game win streak, Syracuse went 3-6 the rest of the way.

– Syracuse’s point total of 18 in the first half was the lowest of any half this season; The final total of 53 for the game was the second worst scoring output of the season (The worst was vs. Miami on January 4).

– Both Jerami Grant and Tyler Ennis declined to comment on their status for next season after the game.

–  Syracuse did not make a three in a game for the first time since 1995.

–  At half, Dayton led Syracuse, 20-18. In it, the two teams combined to shoot 33 percent from the field (15 for 46).

– Dayton made 19 of 46 field goals (41 percent) and was 7 of 16 from the three-point line (44 percent).

– Dayton, which prides itself on depth, ran 11 players onto the floor. Syracuse used it’s typical seven-man rotation.

– This game was the second in a row that Dayton needed a missed buzzer beater to advance (On Thursday, Ohio State lost to Dayton after missed buzzer-beater by Aaron Craft)

– Dayton moves onto the Sweet 16. The Flyers will play the winner of Kansas and Stanford next week in Memphis.

Syracuse vs. Dayton: The Maui Makeup

March 21, 2014

Video Preview By Pete Sweeney BUFFALO, N.Y. (Newhouse Sports Media Center)—When you’re in Buffalo, N.Y., it’s nice to have a reason to think about the warm weather of Maui, Hawaii. Back in November, Syracuse and Dayton took part in the Maui Invitational and for a while, seemed to be on a collision course towards meeting […]

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By Pete Sweeney BUFFALO, N.Y. (Newhouse Sports Media Center)—When you’re in Buffalo, N.Y., it’s nice to have a reason to think about the warm weather of Maui, Hawaii.

Back in November, Syracuse and Dayton took part in the Maui Invitational and for a while, seemed to be on a collision course towards meeting in the tournament championship.

“I thought [Dayton] was the second best team out there,” Syracuse Head Coach Jim Boeheim said after Syracuse’s win Thursday.

At that time, though, it wasn’t to be. In its semifinal matchup in the tournament, Dayton held a 10-point lead against then No. 18-ranked Baylor for what felt like the entire game. A late surge from Baylor spoiled that idea, however, and Syracuse wound up playing and beating the Bears in the championship game instead, meaning the matchup fans thought they would see wouldn’t get to happen, at least this season.

Oh, the magic of the NCAA Tournament.

Fast forward four months later and travel the 4,628 miles from Hawaii to Buffalo and what college basketball fans thought would happen there and then is happening here and now.

To get to Syracuse, Dayton had to upset No. 6-seed Ohio State on Thursday.

The Flyers won with a last-second, game-winning shot by senior Vee Sanford and the upset was celebrated by the Flyers with a team dog-pile on the court. But now, Sanford says that their attention is concentrated on playing Syracuse.

“It was a very big shot personally, but…I want to focus on tomorrow. As a team, we want to focus on tomorrow,” Sanford said Friday. “It was a good win, but now it’s Syracuse we’ve got to focus on.”

You don’t have to tell Dayton’s head coach, Archie Miller. He’s already got his eyes on the Orange.

“They’re very good and they’re very big,” he said. “You’re going to have to be organized. They thrive on steals. They thrive on the defense creating offense.”

Miller has done his homework. Syracuse advanced to play Dayton by forcing 13 turnovers against Western Michigan Thursday, something the team looks to continue against the Flyers.

“That’s the best feeling at the end of the day,” Trevor Cooney said on Friday, “when you win with defense.”

The Orange defense will need to stay sharp because the Flyers rank 60th in field goal percentage (47%) and 98th in the country in scoring (73 PPG).  In addition, they have tremendous depth. Much unlike the Orange, no player on the Flyers averages 30 or more minutes per game.

Back in Hawaii, the Orange nearly played the Flyers in a game that would have meant nothing more than a good start to the season. Now, its for that same season to continue.

“In this tournament, [you can] lose to a really good team, it can happen any time and that’s just the way it is,” Boeheim said. “It can happen any time to any team in this tournament. It’s as simple as that.”

How Trevor Got His Groove Back

March 20, 2014

SYRACUSE 77, WESTERN MICHIGAN 53 Video Report By Pete Sweeney BUFFALO, N.Y. (Newhouse Sports Media Center) — A matchup against the Western Michigan Broncos was just what the doctor ordered for the Syracuse Orange. “Whenever you get off to a good start…it’s always good,” Jim Boeheim said after the second round NCAA tournament game Thursday. “When you […]

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By Pete Sweeney BUFFALO, N.Y. (Newhouse Sports Media Center) — A matchup against the Western Michigan Broncos was just what the doctor ordered for the Syracuse Orange.

“Whenever you get off to a good start…it’s always good,” Jim Boeheim said after the second round NCAA tournament game Thursday. “When you get that separation [early], it’s always easier.”

But “good” is an understatement. The Orange came out firing, resembling the team that started the season 25-0 for the first time in weeks.

“Our problems have been more on the offensive end in the games that we’ve lost or the games that were closer maybe than we would have liked them to be,” Boeheim said. “We struggle sometimes to score.”

Not today.

The offense exploded, opening the game on a 17-4 run. By the end of it, Syracuse scored 77 points, the most in any non-overtime game for the team since December 28 against Villanova.

As the offense clicked, so did the defense. The Orange forced the Broncos to turn the ball over 13 times and held them to just 21 points heading into the locker room at half.

The best news of the day for Syracuse was the reappearance of Trevor Cooney. A key player for the Orange, Cooney has struggled of late, shooting only 25 percent over his last five games. But after hitting his first three-pointer of the game, it seemed as though he regained a bit of his swagger.

“It’s just good to see one go in,” he said at the post-game news conference. “That just adds to your confidence a little bit, and I was able to get into a good rhythm, and guys found me in good spots.”

Cooney finished with a team-high 18 points, making seven of 11 from the field with four made three-pointers.

C.J. Fair and Tyler Ennis had tremendous games offensively for the Orange as well. Fair recorded his third double-double of the season, finishing with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Ennis, like Cooney, looked to be back to his old self, scoring 16 points with six assists.

Another crucial part of the team’s win was the curbing of Broncos leading scorer David Brown (19.4 PPG). Jim Boeheim’s 2-3 Zone held Brown to just nine points on ten shots.  As a unit, the Syracuse defense forced 13 turnovers with eight steals and six blocks.

Dayton

With the win, Syracuse advances to the third round of the NCAA Tournament and will play Dayton on Saturday. Game time is 7:10 p.m.

Boeheim on Dayton: “[Dayton’s] got a very, very well-balanced team with a lot of guys that can play and put the ball in the basket…I was tremendously impressed with Dayton in Maui.” Dayton gave up a late lead against Baylor in the Maui Invitational, losing by one. Baylor then lost to SU.

Video

Jim Boeheim post-game press conference
Trevor Cooney and C.J. Fair post-game press conference
Tyler Ennis post-game interview
– Michael Gbinije post-game interview

 Photos

Slide show by Michael Silver: http://sce2014.blogspot.com/2014/03/photos-from-ncaa-round-2-in-buffalo.html

 

Game Notes

– Western Michigan scored lower than 53 points only twice this season (1/14 loss against Eastern Michigan, 12/7 loss against Northwestern).
– Western Michigan only made 17 of 49 shots from the field today (35%).
– Syracuse’s three-point percentage (7/17; 41%) was the best since the game against Pittsburgh (6/14; 43%) on February 12th.
– Thirteen players entered the game for the Orange, including Ron Patterson, who made two of three shots from behind the arc.
– Four three-pointers is the most Trevor Cooney has made since he made nine against Notre Dame on February 3rd.
– This season, when Trevor Cooney scores eight points or more, the Orange is 25-1. The lone loss was to Virginia when he had 12. In games that hasn’t happened, the Orange is just 3-4.
– Announced attendance at the First Niagara Center: 19,260

Orange Women Over Harvard 17-4

March 19, 2014

By: Chelsea Brobst Photos by: Jillian Thaw             The Syracuse women’s lacrosse team started the second half of the regular season with an easy win over Harvard at the Carrier Dome Tuesday night. It was the fourth straight game at home and with a score of 17-4, No. 3 Syracuse showed why it has been […]

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By: Chelsea Brobst

Photos by: Jillian Thaw

            The Syracuse women’s lacrosse team started the second half of the regular season with an easy win over Harvard at the Carrier Dome Tuesday night. It was the fourth straight game at home and with a score of 17-4, No. 3 Syracuse showed why it has been one of the top-ranked teams this entire season.

            Just like the last time these two teams met in 2012, Alyssa Murray, now a senior, contributed five points, this time on two goals and three assists. Murray started the scoring with less than three minutes gone in the first half. The Orange would go on to score another four straight in the following four minutes. In total, 12 different Syracuse players scored in the win.

            The Ivy League Defensive Player of the week, Kelly Weis made 12 saves in goal for Harvard. But even she could not stop the number of threats on the Syracuse offense. The depth of the scoring ability did not go unnoticed by Murray. “People finding success all over the field between the midfield and attack, it’s going to help us in the long run.”

            Junior Devon Collins agreed with Murray about the need for scoring depth. “We’re trying to get everybody involved more now and it’s kind of harder of now for the defenses to keep focus when there are threats coming from all over instead of just a couple of players, they have to pay a lot more attention.”

            Coach Gary Gait was proud of the way his attack unit competed. “Our attack picked it up a little bit,” Gait said. “I thought the effort level on the attack was better and I think that was the key, the defense and the offensive players willing to work as hard as the defensive players.”

            The Syracuse defense once again shut down the opposing team. Alyssa Costantino, the ACC Co-Defensive player of the week, and Kelsey Richardson split time in the cage. Richardson made five saves in the second half. Harvard freshman, Marisa Romeo who leads the Crimson with 20 points, was held to a single assist. Freshman Megan Hennessey, second leading points scorer, was limited to only two goals.

            The game also marked the return of Lisa Miller, former Syracuse Head Coach and current coach at Harvard. Gait credits Miller with the current success of the Syracuse program. “She did a great job building this program and taking it to a very competitive level. We are just trying to build off what she started. She’s a great coach and I just appreciate everything she did for the Syracuse program when I took over.”

            With the loss, Harvard now falls to a record of 3-3 on the year and will look to get back above .500 when it takes on Yale this Saturday. The Syracuse women, now 8-1, will begin to prep for Northwestern, the team that defeated them in the National Championship game two years ago. Northwestern has won ten in a row against Syracuse and lead the series 11-1.

             Syracuse split a pair of home games against Top Five teams over spring break, losing to No 2 Maryland 12-10 and beating No.4 Florida 17-12.

            Murray hopes to use the momentum from the Harvard game against a very tough Northwestern defense. “I think today is a good start and a good way to prep for Northwestern, because in the past they’ve played a high pressure defense which really makes you have to focus and not make mental errors.”

            The No. 7 Wildcats come to the Carrier Dome this Sunday for a 1 p.m. start time.

Press Conference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmUOexFwWl4&feature=youtu.be

Slide show by Jillian Thaw: http://sce2014.blogspot.com/2014/03/select-photos-from-syracuse-vs-harvard.html

 

 

 

Reasons for Orange Optimism

March 17, 2014

Video Report By Pete Sweeney SYRACUSE, NY (Newhouse Sports Media Center)—With a field of 68, there are many ways to be entered into the NCAA Tournament. Some teams make it look easy. Take Wichita State.  The Shockers walked into the tournament after completing an undefeated, 34-0 season. Some teams struggle early, come on right at […]

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By Pete Sweeney SYRACUSE, NY (Newhouse Sports Media Center)With a field of 68, there are many ways to be entered into the NCAA Tournament.

Some teams make it look easy. Take Wichita State.  The Shockers walked into the tournament after completing an undefeated, 34-0 season.

Some teams struggle early, come on right at the perfect time and storm into the tournament with a vengeance. Here’s looking at you, Louisville, Michigan State and Virginia.

Other teams need a miracle. The Big West Tournament Champion Cal Poly Mustangs were 10-19 and in the midst of a three-game losing streak entering their conference tournament. Three wins later and we’ll be watching them on TruTV as our play-in appetizer Wednesday.

For Syracuse, its way to the tourney was a rather peculiar one. For a while, it seemed as though the Orange could do no wrong—25 wins and no losses and a unanimous #1 ranking in the polls. In the final minutes of close games, the Orange would always find a way—that was until Boston College entered the Carrier Dome.

Now losers of five of their last seven games including an early exit in the ACC Tournament to NC State, the Orange players have to be feeling down on themselves. Right?

Apparently not, at least according to Jim Boeheim.

“I think they’re very confident,”he said at a press conference on Sunday. “They won 27 games this year,”

The 27 wins earned Syracuse a #3-seed in the South Region and a tenth overall ranking in the entire tournament by the selection committee. The seeding means that the Orange will square off with #14-seeded Western Michigan in Buffalo on Thursday.

Western Michigan (23-9, 14-4 MAC) punched its ticket by winning the Mid-Atlantic Tournament Championship Sunday against Toledo.

Headed into the matchup Thursday, Boeheim seems calm. While the offense has not been good as of late, he said he believes that there is still reason to be optimistic. That optimism comes from what he is seeing on the defensive side of the ball.

“Overall we’ve played very consistently this year on the defensive end,” he explained. “We’re one of the better defensive teams in the country. Defense is important all the time and I think it’s especially important in the NCAA tournament. We’re probably one of the best teams in the country [in] fewest turnovers, and I think that’s important when you get to tournament play.”

Senior forward C.J. Fair agreed.

“Our offense isn’t going to be there every night. Our defense is our advantage. If we play the defense we’re capable of playing I think we [can have] another final four run and build from there.”

With all the different roads teams take to get into the NCCA Tournament, the coming and going of Selection Sunday means a return to uniformity in college basketball. No matter how they got there, every team is now back to 0-0, six wins away from glory and one loss away from demise.

“You’re guaranteed one game and you got to fight to get that extra game,” Fair noted. “So we’re going to fight.”

Video

Jim Boeheim Full Press Conference

CJ Fair Full Press Conference


Notes

– Boeheim: Jerami Grant is at full strength.

– Trevor Cooney shot on Sunday, expected to practice Monday and be full strength for Thursday against Western Michigan.

– Boeheim plans to watch tape on Western Michigan beginning tomorrow. Said “They’re a really good team in a good conference and they won the tournament.”

– Boeheim was asked about “teams to beat” in the tournament and he mentioned Louisville, Michigan State and Florida as the ones that look the best to him right now.

Orange Sports in Pictures – Field Hockey

March 8, 2014

Michael Silver has been shooting still photos for Citrus TV all this academic year. Here is his look at the Field Hockey teams’ 8-1 win over Monmouth last fall. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.514949881932887.1073741845.339612276133316&type=3

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Michael Silver has been shooting still photos for Citrus TV all this academic year. Here is his look at the Field Hockey teams’ 8-1 win over Monmouth last fall.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.514949881932887.1073741845.339612276133316&type=3

Yellow Jackets Spoil SU Senior Night

March 5, 2014

Syracuse loses final home game  Story, photo and videos by Max Berkowitz This was a night where Syracuse Senior’s Baye Moussa Keita, C.J. Fair, Russ DeRemer, and Nolan Hart were supposed to celebrate and enjoy their last night stepping on the Carrier Dome hardwood as players. No. 7 Syracuse (26-3, 13-3) hosted Georgia Tech (13-16, 4-12). […]

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Syracuse loses final home game 

Story, photo and videos by Max Berkowitz

This was a night where Syracuse Senior’s Baye Moussa Keita, C.J. Fair, Russ DeRemer, and Nolan Hart were supposed to celebrate and enjoy their last night stepping on the Carrier Dome hardwood as players.

No. 7 Syracuse (26-3, 13-3) hosted Georgia Tech (13-16, 4-12). Georgia Tech is a team that has struggled mightily in ACC play, and was also riding a four game losing streak.

But, tonight was a different story. The orange lost to the Yellow Jackets 67-62. The loss puts Syracuse in a tie with North Carolina for second place in the ACC.

This is also the first time the Orange has lost back-to-back home games to unranked opponents in 12 years.

 

Injuries hurting down the stretch 

Jim Boeheim usually sticks to a seven man rotation towards the end of the season. He planned on doing that this year. But, injuries got in his way.

Jerami Grant, one of Syracuse’s top scorers, was out of the lineup with a sore back against Georgia Tech.

“Obviously, injuries are a part of basketball, but we are a team that needs all of our parts,” Boeheim said. “I think we’re a very good basketball team. Without all of our parts, I don’t think we are. I think that was pretty evident tonight.”

The Orange had to rely on freshman Tyler Roberson who got his first career start in place of Grant. He added two points and three rebounds in 23 minutes of play.

“He’s not ready to play,” said Boeheim. “The reason he didn’t play is because he’s not ready. He doesn’t know the defense. He doesn’t know the offense. He cannot help us right now.”

 

Cooney not hitting

Meanwhile Trevor Cooney couldn’t buy a bucket from downtown. He went 1-for-8 from the three point mark against Georgia Tech. He made the lone three pointer with less then two minutes to go in the game.

“I think since Notre Dame he has had trouble getting it going,” Boeheim said.

In his last five games he has shot 7-for-37 from beyond the arc. That equates to a dismal 18.9 percent from three.

“I think for six or seven games, our offense has not been good enough,” said Boeheim. “We have not shot the ball well. We’re getting in a hole.”

Syracuse scored 23 points points in the first half. It was the lowest total in a first half this season.

 

Georgia Tech “de”zoned the 2-3 zone

Georgia Tech was relentless from the start. The Yellow Jackets kept a balanced attack on offense and broke down the patented 2-3 zone. Tech shot 47 percent from the field, compared to Syracuse’s 39 percent..

Tech spread the ball and had 18 assists on the night. Syracuse only had ten.

“We let Georgia Tech get too comfortable,” senior forward C.J. Fair said. “Once they got comfortable in the first half they were making shots and making plays.”

The Yellow Jackets had three scorers in double digits. Two of them were big men. Daniel Miller, Georgia Tech’s center, finished with 15 points and went 7-for-10 from the field. Most of his baskets were easy layups and dunks. Not to mention he added six blocks. Miller came into this game ranked second in blocks in the ACC with 2.3 per game.

Robert Carter Jr. added 12 points mostly on easy baskets down low.

Georgia Tech’s senior guard, Trae Golden, a transfer from Tennessee, had an efficient scoring night as well. He went 8-for-8 from the line and made six key free throws down the stretch.

 

Little help for Fair and Ennis

 

CJ Fair was one of the few who picked Georgia Tech’s defense apart. He tied his career high with 28 points. The last time he scored 28 as against Duke on Feb. 1. Fair is now 16th on the all-time scoring list at Syracuse University.

Fair went 12-for-25 from the field. He also made a couple of three pointers, going 2-for-5 from the beyond the arc.

The freshman guard, Tyler Ennis, was the other bright spot. He added 18 points and 7 assists. He uncharacteristically took 17 shots from the field.

“I have told him we need you to take 15 to 18 shots now,” Boeheim said.

With Grant out, the offense needs Ennis to step up.

 

Looking ahead

Syracuse plays at Florida State on Sunday, March 9 at 2 p.m. to close out the regular season.

Jim Boeheim news conference: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOlksttgDRg&feature=youtu.be

C.J. Fair postgame: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MxqPugFKRE

Trevor Cooney postgame: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGKPs-8ngvM

Tyler Ennis postgame: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgnnI9ZoE9k

 

 

 

 

 

High School Teams Learn from Graduate Talent

March 3, 2014

Story, photo and videos by Norman Seawright III –    Le Moyne College’s women’s lacrosse team is 1-0 after a weekend win over Bentley 15-6 and travels next to LIU Post for a game Wednesday. Our Norman Seawright visited with the Dolphins just before the start of the season.    (Syracuse) Dana Anderson, defensive player for […]

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Story, photo and videos by Norman Seawright III – 

 

Le Moyne College’s women’s lacrosse team is 1-0 after a weekend win over Bentley 15-6 and travels next to LIU Post for a game Wednesday. Our Norman Seawright visited with the Dolphins just before the start of the season.

  

(Syracuse) Dana Anderson, defensive player for the Le Moyne Dolphins lacrosse team, is on the sidelines, wearing her team jacket emblazoned with #12 and passionately yelling while a player on her team scores on a fast break.

 She isn’t injured. She isn’t serving a suspension. For this match in the 5th annual 5v5 Brine Valentine’s Day Shootout, she’s coaching the West Genesee Wildcats—her former teammates.

 “I’m excited to be on the other side of it,” Anderson said. “It’s definitely a good feeling to be able to take the skills that you received from your high school coaches and your college coaches and showcase those.”

 The Le Moyne Dolphins’ women’s lacrosse team plays host to training camps throughout the year that teach fundamentals and use competition in drills, rounding out the experience with tournament-style play that lets the players show off their skill.

 “You get to see them evolve,” Anderson said. “I’ve coached them ever since they were this little, and now I’m able to coach them in this tournament while I’m in college.”

 Each squad is matched with a Dolphins player. In West Genesee High School’s case, Anderson was an easy pairing.

“I love watching the girls play,” Anderson said. “I just love making connections with other girls I don’t get to coach as much.”

The Wildcats respond well to her—after all, at least some of the players, like Hannah Elmer (who has committed to SUNY Cortland), have shared the field with her before.

“She had that leadership role already in high school,” Elmer said. “I like playing for her.”

While she keeps an eye on promising talent, Dolphins Head Coach Beth Hewitt sees the camps as classic examples of learning through instruction for her players.

“For us, that’s the most fun part,” Hewitt said. “To see the girls go back to their high schools, work with some of their old friends, and I think a lot of these high school players look up to these college players as well.”

The Dolphins have some friendly competition while coaching against each other.

When asked if they take some coaching tactics from her, Hewitt laughed and said, “hopefully!”

As for Anderson’s Wildcats…they left the shootout as champions.

Video report here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImbskA7zJfA

 

Orange Women Stay Unbeaten; Top Towson 12-7

March 2, 2014

Story and video by Kayla Chadwick Photos by Max Berkowitz It was a one-goal game through the first half and well into the second, with Syracuse and Towson trading the lead. But perhaps the Orange women didn’t want to disappoint Coach Gary Gait, so they scored five unanswered goals in the last 11 minutes of […]

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Story and video by Kayla Chadwick

Photos by Max Berkowitz

It was a one-goal game through the first half and well into the second, with Syracuse and Towson trading the lead. But perhaps the Orange women didn’t want to disappoint Coach Gary Gait, so they scored five unanswered goals in the last 11 minutes of play to keep their undefeated 2014 alive, and earn Coach Gait his 100th career coaching win.

 Towson managed to keep things close for so long partly because of the spectacular effort by goalkeeper Kelsea Donnelley, whose eight saves forced the Syracuse attack to get creative.

 “She’s a good goalie, and we knew she was a solid goalie,” Gait said. “We did our homework, we knew what what we needed to do, and unfortunately sometimes we don’t execute.”

 Donnelly made things particularly frustrating for Syracuse attacker Kayla Treanor. “We came out a little flat in the first half,” she said. “So [we were] just working on regrouping, taking quality shots, and executing when we have the ball.”

 Treanor did just that, scoring five of Syracuse’s 12 goals, and keeping her status as the leader in points and goals scored for the Orange. The only other Syracuse player to score multiple goals was midfielder Katie Webster, with three.

 “We were realizing timing on cuts better in the second half, in the later part of the second half especially,”Syracuse attacker Alyssa Murray said.”Once we settled in and realized what would be open and what opportunities we could take advantage of, that’s when we really started to click.”

 Murray had a goal in the first half, putting Syracuse up 3-2 at the time, and also notched four assists.

 With 14 minutes left in the game, Towson tied things up 7-7, and it looked like the Tigers might even force overtime – but Treanor, Gabby Jaquith, Devon Collins, and Kailah Kempney had other plans, scoring the last five Syracuse goals to take the lead permanently.

 The game might have been tense right up until the end, but Coach Gait was all smiles when asked how it felt to have earned his 100th career coaching win. “It’s been a lot of fun over those years, getting to know a lot of great young athletes, and working with some great coaches,” he said. “I’m just happy to still be doing it.”

 With that milestone under his belt, and an undefeated season to protect, Gait and the Orange will have a week free from competition before taking on Maryland in the Carrier Dome on Monday, March 10 at 7 p.m.

Watch postgame comments from Coach Gait, Treanor, and Murray here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivwRuWEOzLk&feature=youtu.be

Slide show by Max Berkowitz here:

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Mike Tirico: In the Moment

March 2, 2014

Photos by Kayla Chadwick He comes dressed casually with a cup of Starbucks in his hand to share his time, experience, advice and a few laughs with several dozen students and others who showed up in the Miron Room in Newhouse I at midday Saturday. Mike Tirico ’88 is a guy who enters to little […]

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Photos by Kayla Chadwick

He comes dressed casually with a cup of Starbucks in his hand to share his time, experience, advice and a few laughs with several dozen students and others who showed up in the Miron Room in Newhouse I at midday Saturday. Mike Tirico ’88 is a guy who enters to little fanfare, sits down and chats with early arrivals and is as approachable as can be.

When he is introduced as one of our most successful and loyal alums he tries to deflect the praise. Then, just hours after being inducted into the WAER Hall of Fame, he proceeds to show why he deserves the accolades. Animatedly discussing his experiences from WAER to WTVH-5 to ESPN and ABC, he tells the audience golf is the easiest sport to do because “you don’t have to say a lot.” That brings chuckles.

He takes them through his preparation for Monday Night Football, pointing out that if you miss prep time because of one thing or another, you make it up late at night or early in the morning. He talks of Jon Gruden’s brilliance in getting the crew ready for games. He explains that it’s a good idea to take some of your children’s books on the road so you can read to them and put them to bed through Skype.

And when the Q&A is over he greets each person enthusiastically, posing for pictures, shaking hands, saying “thanks for coming” until the last person in line gets a chance. 

Saturday night Tirico will be a speaker in WJPZ’s tribute to Dr. Rick Wright. Sunday morning he’ll fly out and Tuesday he’ll call Illinois vs. Michigan. But at the moment, in that room, he is there and evidently very happy to be there with the people who have come to meet him.

 

 Here is the story in photos from Kayla Chadwick.

http://sce2014.blogspot.com/2014/03/mike-tirico-in-moment.html

Follow link and click on any photo to start slide show.

 

A Day to Remember: Making the Calls

February 28, 2014

(Syracuse) They came from all over the country this Wednesday to the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium to take part in Making the Calls: The State of Diversity in Sports Media in 2014. It was the Newhouse Sports Media Center’s major event for spring semester and drew representatives of ESPN, Fox Sports, Gannett, the Syracuse Post-Standard, The […]

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(Syracuse) They came from all over the country this Wednesday to the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium to take part in Making the Calls: The State of Diversity in Sports Media in 2014. It was the Newhouse Sports Media Center’s major event for spring semester and drew representatives of ESPN, Fox Sports, Gannett, the Syracuse Post-Standard, The Tallahassee Democrat, CSN Sports Houston and more. Emanuel Adjekum, Howard Chen, Donna Ditota, Roy Hamilton, Chris Kluwe, Kathy Kudravi, Beth Long, Gerry Matalon, Don McPherson, Sinhue Mendoza, Jason Murray, Natalie Pierre, Neal Powless, Anish Shroff, Virgil Smith, Ron Thomas and Nick Wright. We’re working on the video of the panel discussions and will post them soon. For now – a slide show by Kayla Chadwick.

Click on any photo to start the slide show at link below.

http://sce2014.blogspot.com/2014/02/making-calls-day-to-remember.html

Orange Women Crush Pitt on Senior Day

February 23, 2014

Story and Videos by Kayla Chadwick Photo by Rilwan Ameen The Carrier Dome was the place to be this afternoon for the last Syracuse women’s basketball home game of the regular season, and the players’ friends and families were treated to a commanding win by the Orange. The first half of this Senior Day matchup […]

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Story and Videos by Kayla Chadwick

Photo by Rilwan Ameen

The Carrier Dome was the place to be this afternoon for the last Syracuse women’s basketball home game of the regular season, and the players’ friends and families were treated to a commanding win by the Orange.

The first half of this Senior Day matchup was all about the Syracuse defense, as it held the Panthers scoreless from the floor for the first 18 minutes, until Pitt freshman Chelsea Welch knocked down a three-pointer.

Sophomore Guard Brittney Sykes said the Orange didn’t realize just how effective its defensive efforts had been: “But we did realize they were shooting from the field and they were missing them, and we were fighting for rebounds… But as for knowing they were one for 22, you wouldn’t really know.”

Despite Welch’s last minute heroics to close out the half, Pitt went into halftime trailing Syracuse by 15 points (26-11). Syracuse helped its cause by keeping the pressure on the Panthers, inducing multiple shot clock violations, and staying aggressive under the basket.

In the second half, Pitt came out seemingly determined to turn things around. Panthers junior Brianna Kiesel scored a three-pointer just seconds after retaking the court – but Syracuse answered on its very next possession with a three from Brianna Butler. Despite allowing the Panthers to score more frequently in the second half than the first, the Orange would continue to control the pace of game.

In a game where 13 Syracuse players saw playing time, and nine scored for the Orange, Brianna Butler led the charge, scoring 16 points – including four three-pointers. Other top scorers included Briana Day (14 points), Brittney Sykes (10 points), Shakeya Leary and La’Shay Taft (7 points each).

Syracuse never trailed, keeping a commanding lead throughout the game, and defeating Pitt by a final score of 67-36.

It was the last regular season home game for seniors Rachel Coffey, Taft, Phylesha Bullard, and Leary, but the Orange have a solid core of young talent ready to carry the torch into next season and beyond. “It’s very nice to see the sophomores and freshman [step up],” Coffey said. “It opens up the future.”

After the game, Coach Quentin Hillsman praised his players for their win-first attitude: “I don’t know how they do it, because as a player, I wouldn’t know how to do it. They’re just very unselfish players, and they want to win.”

But Hillsman isn’t content with blowing out Pitt for the final regular season home game, “We just have to get there and win this last game,” he said. The Orange will head to North Carolina next Sunday to take on Wake Forest in the last ACC matchup before the tournament.

Watch the postgame remarks from Coach Hillsman, Brianna Butler, Sykes, and Coffey here.

More photos from Rilwan Ameen here:

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