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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
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 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

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, 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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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 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.

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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:

http://sce2014.blogspot.com/2014/02/su-pitt-womens-college-basketball-in.html

Maryland Throttles SU Men’s Lacrosse

February 23, 2014

Story and Video by Max Berkowitz Photo by Kayla Chadwick  Two of the most storied programs in Division I lacrosse faced off for the first time in the Atlantic Coast Conference today at the Carrier Dome. The last time Syracuse and Maryland played at the Carrier Dome was in 1983 when the Terrapins defeated the Orange 12-5 […]

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Story and Video by Max Berkowitz

Photo by Kayla Chadwick

 Two of the most storied programs in Division I lacrosse faced off for the first time in the Atlantic Coast Conference today at the Carrier Dome. The last time Syracuse and Maryland played at the Carrier Dome was in 1983 when the Terrapins defeated the Orange 12-5 in the NCAA playoffs. This will also mark the first and last time they face off as ACC rivals as Maryland will become part of the Big Ten Conference next year.

Syracuse (2-0, 0-0 ACC) came into this game ranked No. 1 in the USILA Coaches Top 20 Poll, and Maryland (2-0, 0-0 ACC) were not that far behind at No. 7. The Orange also came into this came looking to extend its three game home winning streak.  

That streak ended today. The Orange lost its first game of the season 16-8. 

 

First Quarter: Orange gets a lead

Syracuse started off well by being aggressive early and often. The Orange scored two goals on its first three shots. Kevin Rice  and Dylan Donahue both scored unassisted goals. The Orange finished the first quarter with a 3-2 lead and was on pace for another double-digit offensive game. 

 “To their credit, in the first, they made some one on one plays,” said Maryland head coach John Tillman. “We didn’t get there.”

Even though Syracuse held a lead after the first quarter, there were some troubling signs. Maryland dominated shots on net 15-8 and was also winning face-offs 4-2. 

 

Second Quarter: Terps take over 

At the start of the second quarter Maryland’s Charlie Raffa was hit with a rare unsportsmanlike conduct penalty off of a face-off and Syracuse had a man up. Syracuse’s Derek Maltz took advantage and scored at the 12:37 mark to give the Orange a 4-2 lead. After that, the Terps  dominated the faceoff circle, went on an 8-0 run and never looked back.  

“On offense we were watching the defense play defense almost the entire second quarter,” Syracuse head coach John Desko said. “You had to play catch-up because you were down so many goals and force things. Shoot a little too quickly and they valued their possessions and played well.”

 Most of Maryland’s goals came off faceoff penalties.

“A couple of the times we jumped and it put us in a man down situation,” Desko said.

The Terps ended the first half with 28 shots on net. They also won the faceoff category 9-4.

Maryland players pride themselves on their defense and said that was the reason they ended up scoring ten goals in the second quarter.

“(We) Threw multiple looks at them and kind of switched it up,” Maryland’s goalie Niko Amato said. “Stalled their offense a little bit. Just mixing up defenses kept them on their heels.”

 

Third Quarter: more of the same

The Terps kept the momentum early in the second half.  Within the first three minutes of the third quarter Maryland scored. That goal gave Maryland’s Jay Carlson a hat trick and Maryland a 13-5 lead.

Maryland went on another scoring surge with another three goals to take a 16-5 lead. Henry Schoonmaker finally stopped the bleeding with a little less than two minutes to go to make it 16-6 heading into the fourth quarter. 

 Part of Maryland’s continued success in the third quarter was due to its zone defense.

“We knew we were going to throw some zone in there to mix it up,” Tillman said. “We asked the middies to play good on ball-defense and to help each other. Sliding them where they need to slide. Because they are so dynamic.”

Maryland continued its dominance on the faceoff 5-1 in the third quarter. The Terps also had 16 shots, compared to four for the Orange.

 

Fourth Quarter: too little too late
The Orange played better in the final quarter but Maryland already had the game well in hand. SU didn’t allow a single point, tied the faceoff category 1-1, had ten shots on goal and was not penalized.

Randy Staats scored a goal off a Donahue assist with 6:16 left in the game to cut the deficit to 16-7.

 And on the last play of the game Schoonmaker scored off another Donahue assist to quietly register a hat trick.

 

End Result

Maryland had a whopping 55 shots on net. It also won the ground ball game 36-17 which led to some easy goals. Syracuse wound up losing the faceoff battle 19-8.

 

Next Opponent

Syracuse’s next game is away against the University of Virginia on Saturday, March 1.

Syracuse News Conference: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dGfCgTsl2g&feature=youtu.be

Photos by Kayla Chadwick here:

http://sce2014.blogspot.com/2014/02/su-maryland-mens-lacrosse-in-pictures.html

 

25-1: All Good Things Must Come to an End

February 20, 2014

Story and video by Michael Silver Photo courtesy suathletics.com (SYRACUSE) – For the third straight game it came down to the wire for the Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team. Three was not the magic number this time however, as the No. 1 team in the nation lost its first game of the season. Boston College […]

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Story and video by Michael Silver

Photo courtesy suathletics.com

(SYRACUSE) – For the third straight game it came down to the wire for the Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team. Three was not the magic number this time however, as the No. 1 team in the nation lost its first game of the season. Boston College (7-19, 3-10) stunned the Carrier Dome crowd and walked away winners in overtime, 62-59.

After a buzzer-beater win against Pittsburgh and a late possession layup to pull out another victory last week, the Orange men found themselves in a hole once again, but this time could not find the answer.

“We lost our defense, we allowed them to shoot threes,” Coach Jim Boeheim said.

Discussing the offensive woes seen over the last few weeks, the SU coach was blunt.

“We’re not putting the ball in the basket…we have to score more, we’re not going to win games shooting 32 percent. It’s really simple, it’s not complicated.”

The Eagles combined to make 11 three pointers on 22 tries, while the Orange long ball was dreadful, missing the mark 10 out of 12 times.

Tyler Ennis did his best to keep his team’s perfect record intact but knew a letdown was inevitable.

“We’ve been in a lot of those [close] games, and you want to expect to win them all but its not realistic that you’re going to pull out a bunch of games that come down to the last five minutes.”

Ennis had 14 points, eight rebounds and six assists but a late, uncharacteristic, turnover forced SU to intentionally foul and eventually to lose.

Trevor Cooney who has been on a cold streak of late, was shut down by the BC defense. He scored 5 points on 2 for 8 shooting, including 1 for 6 from downtown.

Asked if he was disappointed in the school record, 25-game win streak coming to an end, Cooney was forthright.

“It’s disappointing,” he said. “I’m not looking at the streak. I’m looking at the loss, no one likes to lose.”

CJ Fair had a rough start to the game but continued to battle on the boards and get opportunities. He finished with a double-double, 20 points and 11 rebounds but shot poorly from the field, going 7 for 23.

“I thought I could have been more efficient…a lot of my shots I thought were going in. My touch was a little off,” Fair said.

Syracuse (25-1, 12-1) now heads on the road for its next three games. The first, a rematch with Duke Saturday night after their instant classic earlier in the month.

 

Slow start offensively
Fair started one for six and the Orange could not score the first four minutes of play, while the Eagles equally struggled, leading early, 4-0. Once the senior forward got into the scoring column he kept shooting, going 4-12 in the first 20 minutes. Jerami Grant showed his explosiveness in the paint with a couple of 3-point plays and tallied seven points. He finished with 11 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals. BC’s Lonnie Jackson went 2 for 3 from deep to pace his squad with six points before recess.

 

Second half pace picks up
Whatever head coach Jim Boeheim said during intermission evidently sparked his players. Cooney hit a three ball and Fair got an easy lay up to cap a 12-0 run from the first half. It forced BC’s Coach Steve Donahue into a quick timeout.

His motivational speech seemed to pay off just the same, as the Eagles sharpshooters Joe Rahon, Eddie Odio and Oliver Hanlan started making shots from the outside and tied the game at 41 with eight minutes to play. With the scored tied at 50, Syracuse had the ball on the last possession. Rakeem Christmas took an off balance shot in the paint, and it rolled off the rim forcing overtime.

 

Bonus Ball
Oliver Hanlan hit a quick three to start. Patrick Heckmann next nailed a corner three, and Christmas responded with a pair of free throws making it 56-54 BC. Tyler Ennis went coast to coast after a steal for a lay up to tie things up just under two minutes to play. He split a pair of free throws to give the Orange a brief one point lead, but Heckmann’s cut to the basket and lay up of his own gave BC the lead once more.

Ennis would turn the ball over on the next possession in traffic. SU then fouled Lonnie Jackson, two trips to the charity stripe and four points later the Orange found themselves down three. A last second heave by Cooney was short as the horn sounded to the dismay of 26,716 fans in attendance.

Game Notes

-25 game win streak was the longest ever for Syracuse basketball.

-First home loss to an unranked opponent since 1/25/11 vs. Seton Hall. A 46 game streak snapped.

-First regular season loss to an unranked opponent since 2/13/13 at UConn.

-Throwback night: Nike unveiled old school uniforms with a new school twist for seven NCAA teams in 2014. Hailed as the hyper elite dominance uniforms, Syracuse donned orange jerseys with cursive script on the chest and blue shorts with a block “S” on its side.

Jim Boeheim Postgame News Conference

Player interviews here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jknSn_8uhw

Orange Women’s Lacrosse Easily Over Canisius

February 17, 2014

Story and video by Chelsea Brobst Photo by Donato DiRenzo II   The Syracuse University women’s lacrosse team hosted Canisius College Sunday. It was only the second ever meeting between the two teams and while it was not quite as lopsided as the previous meeting, Syracuse once again won by a significant margin with a […]

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Story and video by Chelsea Brobst

Photo by Donato DiRenzo II

 

The Syracuse University women’s lacrosse team hosted Canisius College Sunday. It was only the second ever meeting between the two teams and while it was not quite as lopsided as the previous meeting, Syracuse once again won by a significant margin with a score of 18-6.

            SU dominated the last meeting on Feb. 20, 2008, winning 24-3. That game featured current Assistant Coach Katie Rowan, who had six goals and three assists. While no one on the Orange had that many points, Senior Alyssa Murray, the Lacrosse Magazine Division I Preseason Player of the Year, led the team with two goals and four assists. The two goals moved Murray into a tie for fourth place on the Syracuse all-time goals scored list.

             Eight different players scored for SU. Sophomore Kayla Treanor added three goals and two assists for a team-high 20 points on the season. >

Freshman Taylor Poplawski also came away with five points on four goals and one assist.

            “It really feels great to be able to contribute to the team in that way, but a lot of the effort does go to the defense….to a lot of the other players to be able to see me, get me open and get me the opportunity to score,” Poplawski said after the game.

            Head Coach Gary Gait called Poplawski an “impact player” and noted the strength that she, Murray and Treanor add to the team. “We have a solid attack, Gait said. “I think the last few years our attack has been, if not the best, one of the best in the country.”

 The attack group accounted for 13 of the goals scored for the Orange.

            Syracuse outshot the Golden Griffins 40-14 for the game and won 17 draw controls compared to the Canisius’ nine controls.

Canisius certainly tried to create chances to score. The team had 23 turnovers compared to 19 for the Orange. The Griffs also had fewer fouls than Syracuse. But the effectiveness and speed of the Syracuse offense proved to be too much.

 While it was a solid performance, Gait still sees plenty of room for improvement. “I think on the offensive end we can be a little more patient. I think we rushed it a bit. I think we can focus on the execution. Our draw controls were solid today…just timing more than anything.”

 And although Syracuse was never in danger of losing this game, Murray said it was still very important for the rest of the season.  “Now is really the practice time that is crucial to get better as a team,” Murray said.

 Gait agreed. “Good opportunity to see what we’ve been putting in, in the offseason. They mean a lot for improving when we get to the middle of our season.”

He expects contributions from everyone on the team when it comes time for the big ACC matchups.

The Orange will next travel to Charlottesville, Virginia to take on UVA in its first ACC matchup. The game is set for Feb. 23 at 1 pm. It is the first of six games that Syracuse will play against Top Ten opponents.

 

News Conference Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVlEnXZWYLY&feature=youtu.be

Photo slide show by Donato DiRenzo II here:

http://sce2014.blogspot.com/2014/02/picture-slideshow-womens-lax-vs-canisius.html

 

 

Orange Returns the Favor: Beats Albany in OT

February 17, 2014

Story and Photo by: Mason Walling The second ranked (Inside Lacrosse/N0 1. USILA Coaches Poll)Syracuse men’s lacrosse team survived a thriller Sunday as downing number 11/10 Albany in overtime by a score of 17-16 at the Carrier Dome. “This could come down to whoever has the ball last, and fortunately we had the ball last,” Head Coach John […]

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Story and Photo by: Mason Walling

The second ranked (Inside Lacrosse/N0 1. USILA Coaches Poll)Syracuse men’s lacrosse team survived a thriller Sunday as downing number 11/10 Albany in overtime by a score of 17-16 at the Carrier Dome.

“This could come down to whoever has the ball last, and fortunately we had the ball last,” Head Coach John Desko said.

The victory is a bit of redemption for Syracuse, which lost to Albany a year ago in double overtime.

Henry Schoonmaker was the hero for the Orange as he scored the game-winning goal 28 seconds into the overtime period. Schoonmaker scored both the first and the last goal of the game, in what were his first two points of the season.

“I think this is my first time that I’ve got an overtime goal,” Schoonmaker said, “I’ve tied it up before, but never got the overtime.”

In the first quarter, the Orange jumped out to a quick 5-1 lead behind goals from Schoonmaker, Matt Harris, Dylan Donahue, and two from Billy Ward.  However, it didn’t take long for the Thompson trio – brothers Miles and Lyle Thompson, along with cousin Ty Thompson – to bring the Great Danes back into the game.

The two teams traded goals until Donahue scored with 6:30 remaining in the first half to put Syracuse up 8-5.  The Danes would go on to score four goals unanswered to take the lead 9-8.  Randy Staats ended the night with five goals for SU, one of which came just seconds before halftime knotting the game up at nine a piece.

The second half saw more of the same back and forth, as the game was tied at eleven midway through the third.  From that point, Syracuse went on a five goal tear capped off by a Staats hidden ball trick score.

Just as the crowd thought the Orange had secured a win, the Great Danes came storming back with five goals of their own.  Ty Thompson scored the fourth goal while the Great Danes were playing a man down to bring Albany within one, and John Maloney fired the shot that tied the game at 16.

With inside a minute to play and Albany on offense, Miles Thompson got off a shot that was saved by Bobby Wardwell and scooped up by Tom Grimm.  Syracuse called a timeout with twelve seconds left in the contest, but failed to get a shot off on a designed isolation play for Hakeem Lecky.

“We had ten one-goal games last year,” Coach Desko added, “And if you are watching the basketball team, we aren’t trying to mimic them.”

For the Great Danes, Ty Thompson finished with five goals, while Lyle and Miles each scored one goal and had five and two assists, respectively.  John Maloney added three goals, and Ryan Feuerstein ended with two.

The Orange were led by Staats’ five goals, followed by three apiece for Donahue and Ward, and two for Schoonmaker and Scott Loy.

Syracuse improves to 2-0 on the season and will kick off ACC competition by hosting Maryland on Saturday, February 22nd.

For highlights and post-game, click here!

More photos from Jack Fitzsimmons here:

http://sce2014.blogspot.com/2014/02/pictures-from-syracuse-v-albany-mens.html

25-0: Another Game, Another Near-miracle Finish

February 16, 2014

Story and Videos by Jack Fitzsimmons Photo courtesy suathletics.com Rakeem Christmas came up with a key steal off a late-game trap, and C.J. Fair scored on a goaltending call on the ensuring break with 6.7 seconds left to lift the Orange to a 56-55 victory over North Carolina State Saturday night at the Carrier Dome.  It was […]

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Story and Videos by Jack Fitzsimmons

Photo courtesy suathletics.com

Rakeem Christmas came up with a key steal off a late-game trap, and C.J. Fair scored on a goaltending call on the ensuring break with 6.7 seconds left to lift the Orange to a 56-55 victory over North Carolina State Saturday night at the Carrier Dome.  It was the second stunning win for SU in as many games after Tyler Ennis’ buzzer beater to beat Pittsburgh on Wednesday.  Syracuse extended its school-record winning streak to 25 games and maintained a half-game lead in the ACC standings (12-0 vs 12-1 for Virginia), while the Wolfpack dropped to 16-9 (6-6 ACC).

The win for Syracuse ensures it will remain #1 in the polls, but for N.C. State, the loss will resonate as a missed opportunity to add a signature win to its tenuous NCAA Tournament resume.

 

A chance missed

N.C. State certainly had the chances to leave the Carrier Dome with the win. The Wolfpack led for much of the back-and-forth second half, and never trailed by more than one point over the last 23:45 of the game. Unfortunately for the Coach Mark Gottfried’s team it only managed to score three points over the final 3:53, with those coming on free throws by Ralston Turner (13 points, 3-8 from three) with just more than a minute left.

ACC leading-scorer T.J. Warren was spectacular in defeat (23 points) and Kyle Washington recorded a double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds). But after the top three scorers, the rest of the Wolfpack combined for just five points in 102 combined minutes of playing time.

 

Syracuse struggles

 Even though the Orange won, the game was not particularly pretty offensively for Syracuse either. The team shot just over 35-percent from the field, and connected on just two of 12 attempts from three-point range.

Tyler Ennis may have finally reminded fans that he is, in fact, a true freshman with four turnovers, four fouls, and only nine points. Trevor Cooney hit two three-pointers in the first half, but finished with a rather pedestrian eight points. And even though he would eventually win the game for the Orange, C.J. Fair struggled for most of the night (5-16 from the field, 0-3 from beyond the arc, 1-2 at the line).  To his credit, Fair was more than willing to take responsibility for the low offensive output.

“We gotta do better on offense,” he said after the game. “I think it starts with me…If I get things going earlier, throughout the game I think it makes my teammates’ jobs easier.”

 

Christmas in February

In a game that featured three potential First Team All-ACC players (Syracuse’s Fair and Ennis and N.C. State’s Warren), the player of the game was unquestionably the Orange’s Rakeem Christmas. Christmas led Syracuse with 14 points and also recorded 12 rebounds and seven blocks. Most importantly, it was his steal at the end of the game that set up the game-winning layup.

“We keep our composure all the time,” Christmas said about the decisive play. “We don’t let things get to us, and we just want to go out there with our defense and see what happens from there.”

Running the table

Syracuse is now only six wins away from completely a perfect regular season, but the road won’t get any easier. First up, the Orange will play host to a Boston College team that is probably tougher than the record indicates. The Eagles held a five-point lead with about ten minutes to play the last time these two met on January 13th in Chestnut Hill, before a 16-1 run that eventually led to a 10-point Syracuse victory. That game will tip-off at 7pm on Wednesday at the Carrier Dome and be televised on ESPN 2.

After the home game against BC, the Orange will play four of the last five games on the road. The next two Saturdays pose particularly interesting obstacles for the Orange: first at Durham for a rematch with #8 Duke at Cameron Indoor on the 22nd, and then in Charlottesville on March 1 to take on #17 Virginia in a game that could decide the ACC regular season title.

 

Videos:

Rakeem Christmas Postgame: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrioXXajxIQ

 C.J. Fair Postgame: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmX71ykhuo0

 Trevor Cooney Postgame: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=he6Xdv0dqIE