Syracuse struggles against packed-in Lindenwood defense in 2-0 win

first_imgNicole Renault grabbed the puck just moments after the opening faceoff. She skated past the blue line, expecting her Lindenwood defender to step up and force the puck loose before she would make a pass to Danielle Leslie, who was cutting through the middle of the zone.But that defender stayed back, playing closer to the net than Renault had anticipated. Her pass to Leslie was subsequently cut off, and the Lions began to take the puck in the opposite direction.Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan knew his team wouldn’t have the same offensive success as it did on Friday, when the Orange scored six goals against Lindenwood. While Syracuse’s defense provided enough stability for a 2-0 victory, its lackluster offense had trouble overcoming a packed-in defensive unit from Lindenwood (8-22-4, 5-11-4 College Hockey America), a problem the Orange (18-13-3, 14-4-2) has struggled with throughout the season.“It was a little frustrating,” Renault said. “They put a lot of people in front of the net. It was hard to get through. We just had to use (our two goals) to push us forward.”Syracuse stuck to its usual offensive game plan in the first period as the Orange tried to use the net as a tool to open up shot opportunities.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut it never worked for SU. Megan Quinn’s pass in front of the net to Heather Schwarz was intercepted before she even touched the puck. Two minutes later, Jessica Sibley tried her often-successful strategy of creating space with her body near the crease. But a trio of Lindenwood defenders surrounded the junior, preventing her from touching the puck until play was called dead.The only instance in which SU’s net-based strategy worked was with sophomore Stephanie Grossi, who quickly fired a rebound off her own shot from the right faceoff circle. The puck flew into the net before any Lions could crash and deflect it out of the crease.After that goal, Sibley said it was near-impossible to score on Lindenwood’s defense.“They had a lot of people in front of there,” Sibley said. “It’s hard to get shots through. And if you were right in front of the crease, they were all around you. They really packed it in.”In the second period, Flanagan’s offense adjusted by having his defenders shoot more from longer distance. Syracuse’s defenders took 18 shots in the frame, but none found the net.Quinn’s shot from the blue line was deflected by a mass of Lindenwood defenders. A slap shot from Renault resulted in an easy glove save for Lions goalie Nicole Hensley. And one of Larissa Martyniuk’s shots was blocked by Holly Dietzler.But Sibley was able to take advantage of Lindenwood’s tight-knit game plan in the second period. She skated down the center of the ice with Melissa Piacentini on her left. Sibley faked a pass to Piacentini, drawing the entire defense away from her. She then fired a backhanded shot into the top right corner of the net for SU’s second, and final, goal.Other than the two goals, Syracuse had trouble answering to a defensive strategy that has cost it games earlier in the regular season. And as the team heads into a bye week before the conference tournament, Flanagan plans on figuring out a solution to his team’s weakness on offense.“You need to be resourceful and get your hands on it and find that opening,” Flanagan said. “It’s everybody’s hacking and whacking. You don’t want to get in a situation where you’re just trying to jam it. That just gets frustrating.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 20, 2016 at 7:49 pm Contact Chris: cfthomse@syr.edulast_img read more

March Madness 2019: Three takeaways from Michigan State’s victory over Duke in the Elite Eight

first_img March Madness 2019: Three takeaways from Auburn’s Elite Eight win over Kentucky After narrow escapes against UCF and Virginia Tech in its previous two tournament games, the Blue Devils ran out of luck.Here are three takeaways from the No. 2 Spartans’ huge win against the NCAA Tournament’s overall No. 1 seed.Cassius Winston picked the Spartans up again and againMichigan State ended the first half on a 13-0 run to take a 34-30 lead at the break, with All-American point guard Cassius Winston taking control, scoring eight of those points and picking up assists on the other five points.Best way to respond to a 12-0 run? A 13-0 run of your own! 💪 #MarchMadness | @MSU_Basketball pic.twitter.com/jkQbCgYjRV— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 31, 2019Winston came through the entire game for the Spartans, ending with 20 points and 10 assists. But with the game on the line with 35 seconds to play, 6-7 senior Kenny Goins calmly nailed a 3-pointer to provide the winning points.What a CLUTCH 3️⃣ to put @MSU_Basketball up ✌️! #MarchMadness | #Elite8 pic.twitter.com/OX5Dpe9OgL— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 31, 2019Forward Xavier Tillman pitched in 19 for the Spartans.Michigan State protected the ball wellThe Spartans, now 32-6, had been careless with the basketball in this year’s NCAA Tournament, with a minus-14 in turnover margin in their first three games. But that script dramatically flipped against the Blue Devils, as Michigan State forced 17 turnovers and turned the ball over only seven times (Duke had been plus-8 in turnover margin in its first three games). Duke had a better shooting percentage from the floor and from long distance and outrebounded the Spartans 42-31, but those extra possessions they picked up were critical.Duke probably had its most talented team ever … but not its best teamThink of all the great Duke teams through the years, loaded with stars such as Grant Hill, Christian Laettner, Shane Battier, Johnny Dawkins, J.J. Redick, etc. The 2018-19 Blue Devils might have been the greatest collection of talent ever in Durham. Williamson is the likely No. 1 pick in the NBA draft, and it’s not hard to envision RJ Barrett, Cam Reddish and Tre Jones all making future NBA All-Star appearances.They were incredibly fun to watch, with Williamson (24 points, 14 rebounds, numerous blocks and altered shots against the Spartans) providing one highlight after another, including this explosive drive and dunk. Kentucky’s John Calipari on loss to Auburn: ‘Never entered my mind we weren’t going to win’ Michigan State overcame a brilliant game from Duke star Zion Williamson to edge the Blue Devils, 68-67, in the East Regional final at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.The victory sends the Spartans to Minneapolis for the Final Four, Michigan State’s 10th appearance in the national semifinals, but first since 2015. They’ll face the surprising Texas Tech Red Raiders in one semifinal, while Auburn and Virginia meet in the other.center_img Zion is just EXPLOSIVE! 💥 #MarchMadness | @DukeMBB pic.twitter.com/hqQWyZYwcp— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 31, 2019But despite that array of talent, and Duke’s sterling 32-6 record, this didn’t feel like the best Duke team ever. They didn’t shoot the ball well from outside. While they made some sensational defensive plays at key moments — Williamson especially — they didn’t seem as solid on D as previous Blue Devils squads. In short, they felt more like an all-star team, a collection of talent, than a team.That situation is normal in today’s one-and-done atmosphere in college basketball. And that’s why, despite the heroics of Williamson and RJ Barrett (21 points against MSU), another team based on one-and-done talent is going home without an NCAA championship. There’s a lesson there somewhere, perhaps. Legendary Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, who entered the game with a 1-11 career record against Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, could barely contain his joy afterward.”It’s a dream come true … we’ve got some warriors here,” Izzo told CBS Sports after the game. Related Newslast_img read more

It’s Columbus Day, so don’t expect your mail today

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It’s Columbus Day and that means that cold cash you need deposited will have to wait for the next day. Nor can you send out that love letter to your honey.But if you need to pay your city light bill, no problem!All federal offices including the post office and the banks are closed today in observance of Columbus Day. As you know the schools are in full throttle. Also, the city offices are open as well. By the way, Happy Columbus Day! Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Larry · 304 weeks ago Just what the government needs is another day off, like they don’t seem to work enough anyway. Report Reply 0 replies · active 304 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Chad Johnson might become a kicker in the XFL, hoping for NFL return

first_imgChad Johnson announced Tuesday he’ll have an opportunity to prove himself to the XFL soon.Johnson was a dominant wideout during his 10 seasons in the NFL, finishing with 11,059 career receiving yards, placing him 36th all-time. Even though he was a six-time Pro Bowler and three-time, first-team All-Pro as a receiver, he was mostly known for his on-field antics. Most notably he legally changed his name to Chad Ochocinco to represent the two numbers on his jersey (8 and 5). He had a number of creative touchdown celebrations including playing golf with a pylon, putting on a Hall of Fame jacket and holding up a “Please don’t fine me again” sign.MORE: XFL rosters | XFL schedule | XFL rulesBut some may not remember that Johnson had the makings of a great kicker: He only had a few opportunities in the NFL to showcase his kicking skills, but he looked like he could have been a legitimate placekicker in the NFL. Here he is in 2009 kicking an extra point in a preseason game.He also handled the kickoff in that game, launching the ball to the 9-yard line.“I went out there and did what I do. I just kicked,” Johnson said at the time. “Everyone has to remember, I’ve always said that soccer is my No. 1 sport. I think Ronaldinho would be proud of me right now.”In December, Johnson posted a video of himself kicking field goals, saying he can make kicks from 60 yards. In that post he also said, “I’m going back to the [NFL] as a kicker next year, I spoke with Goodell and I will get the opportunity. I’m good from 60 & 70 yards if I had a cleat on my plant foot.” View this post on Instagramcenter_img I’m going back to the @nfl as a kicker next year, i spoke with Goodell and i will get the opportunity. I’m good from 60 & 70 yards if i had a cleat on my plant foot.A post shared by Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) on Dec 20, 2019 at 3:19pm PSTJohnson briefly played semi-professional soccer as well, joining Boca Raton FC in March of last year.When announcing that he’ll be trying out for the XFL, Johnson added on Twitter that he hopes this opportunity could potentially lead to an NFL job.Johnson is 42 years old, so a return to the NFL isn’t too far-fetched, although it would be quite a surprise. We’ve seen plenty of 40-year-old kickers in the NFL before, including current Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri who is 47. But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, we need to realize that Johnson stills needs to do well in the workout next week.last_img read more

Inaugural CENTER Stage Awards & Gala Raises $80K

first_imgSubmitted by The Washington Center for the Performing ArtsThe Washington Center for the Performing Arts hosted its inaugural CENTER Stage Awards & Gala on Thursday, July 28. The format of the event was kept under tight wraps, and the 175 guests attending were treated to an element of surprise when they entered the main theater to find the stage had been extended over the entire orchestra (lower) level, to create a ballroom-type atmosphere. The event featured Steve Bean as auctioneer and Cheryl Selby as emcee, and included a cocktail hour, full dinner catered by Pelligrino’s, an awards ceremony, and live auction.Studio One dancers were among the performers at the Gala. Photo credit: Kathy Strauss MediaGuests were entertained throughout the evening by performances by organist Sharon Stearnes on the Andy Crow Wurlitzer organ, a beautiful ballet duet by Ballet Northwest, dancers from Studio West, a dazzling acro-dance performance by Studio One, and the evening was kicked off by Masterworks Choral Ensemble. Jill Barnes, Executive Director, said, “The entire evening was spectacular, and we were honored to showcase the incredible artistic talent in the community.” Barnes added, “Not only did Masterworks perform to welcome the guests into the theater, many of them stayed and volunteered after their performance!”The Washington Center provided two awards for Excellence in the Arts. The Commitment to the Arts award was given posthumously to Andy Crow, who passed away earlier this month and had given so much during his lifetime to music education and restoring organs. The Achievement in the Arts award was given to Bud and Mary Johansen who started the Johansen School of Dance in Olympia and trained students in ballet for over 40 years. “We were so delighted to award Bud and Mary Johansen and honor Andy Crow,” says Barnes. “The awards were heartwarming and meaningful.”Bud and Mary Johansen were honored for their extensive contributions to the arts in our area. Photo credit: Kathy Strauss MediaOverall, the event raised $80,000, including funds to overhaul and upgrade a system which assists patrons with hearing loss. “We are delighted to have raised enough to immediately begin expanding our assisted listening program. We were touched to have such outstanding support from donors, especially Panorama, in making this a reality. Panorama understands the importance of keeping those with hearing loss active and engaged, and we are honored to have their support.”The Washington Center’s goal is to have the new system installed by October. “With the help from so many donors, we’re looking forward to proving this additional level of accessibility for patrons,” says Barnes. “We are looking forward to – and have already started – planning an equally spectacular awards and fundraising gala for next year.” Facebook74Tweet0Pin0last_img read more