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

Syracuse basketball opponent preview: What to know about North Carolina

first_img Published on March 31, 2016 at 12:01 am Syracuse (23-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) will face off against its second straight conference opponent, when it plays North Carolina (32-6, 14-4) in the Final Four on Saturday at 8:49 p.m. in Houston. The Tar Heels haven’t lost a game since Feb. 27, a stretch that includes a win over Syracuse.The matchup guarantees an ACC team will have an opportunity to play for the national championship. Syracuse is playing in its first Final Four since 2013 and hasn’t won a championship since 2003. UNC’s 19 Final Fours is the most of any school, and it will be its first since 2009.Here’s everything you need to know about the Tar Heels.All-Time SeriesSaturday will mark the 12th all-time meeting between the two schools. Syracuse is 4-7 and has lost the last three meetings.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLast Time They PlayedSyracuse held ACC-leading UNC close at the Dean Dome on Feb. 29, before eventually falling 75-70. Four players scored in double-figures for the Orange, led by 17 points from Michael Gbinije. The Orange had a chance to tie with 10 seconds to play, but instead of taking a 3 to tie, Gbinije drove to the basket and lost the handle. That spelled the end of SU’s upset bid.“I didn’t make a good decision given the outcome,” Gbinije said after the game.The Tar Heels had 19 offensive rebounds compared to 21 on the defensive end but scored just 16 second-chance points because of it. Syracuse shot just 5-of-20 from behind the arc and North Carolina shot 6-of-25.The North Carolina ReportAs hot as Syracuse is right now, North Carolina is hotter. It hasn’t lost since it fell to Virginia on Feb. 27, a stretch that has since included an ACC tournament championship and a run to the Final Four. For much of the regular season, the biggest UNC criticism is that is wasn’t able to beat the best teams. Now, the Tar Heels have compiled wins over Duke, Notre Dame (twice), Virginia, Indiana and Providence in the postseason alone.The Tar Heels have the best offensive efficiency in college basketball, per, and play basketball at a pretty fast pace — much different from SU’s last opponent, Virginia. UNC has scored at least 83 points in every NCAA Tournament game this year, including 101 in the Sweet 16 win over Indiana. They have the ninth-best block percentage, third-best offensive rebounding percentage and almost never shoot 3-pointers. The Tar Heels score just 19.9 percent of their total points from behind the arc. They also don’t get to the line that much. Brice Johnson leads the Tar Heels in scoring at 17.1 points per game. But the Tar Heels have three more players that average more than 12 points per game.How Syracuse beats North CarolinaThe Orange has done a good job this season of forcing the Tar Heels to shoot from the outside. UNC took 17 first-half 3s in the Feb. 29 game, which was out of character. But UNC had too many second chances, which Syracuse will have to limit. If the game becomes a shootout, SU will probably lose, so the goal should be to keep the game in the 70s and hope that Malachi Richardson is, once again, unguardable.The Orange will need Tyler Roberson to stay plugged in, Trevor Cooney to get good looks at the basket — something he’s typically done against UNC — and make them. Bottom line: It will take a complete effort and a really strong zone defense.Stat to KnowNorth Carolina has not been a good 3-point shooting team this season, but has been absolutely dreadful since the start of conference play. As a team, combining both the nonconfernece and conference seasons, UNC is a 32.1 percent 3-point shooting team. In conference play, it’s shot just 88-of-311 (28.3 percent).Player to WatchMarcus Paige is the one player that actively looks to shoot from the outside, but has done so poorly in the ACC schedule. If he goes off, like say, London Perrantes did, this won’t be good for Syracuse. But if he’s limited like he has been for the majority of the year, the Orange will put itself in better position to get a good win and advance to the national championship game on Monday. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Why the Lakers’ 2019 NBA playoff odds are next to impossible

first_imgDateTeamRecordMarch 9vs. Celtics40-26March 12at Bulls19-48March 14at Raptors47-19March 15at Pistons33-31March 17at Knicks13-52March 19at Bucks49-16March 22vs. Nets34-33March 24vs. Kings32-32March 26vs. Wizards27-38March 27at Jazz37-28March 29vs. Hornets30-35March 31at Pelicans30-38April 2at Thunder40-26April 4vs. Warriors45-20April 5at Clippers38-29April 7vs. Jazz37-28April 9vs. Trail Blazers39-26Meanwhile, the Clippers (18th-toughest remaining schedule) and Spurs (21st) travel relatively easy roads down the stretch. The latest projections show the last two teams in the West playoff field will finish around 44-45 wins, meaning the Lakers would need to go 14-3 for the mere possibility of reaching the first round. (And that’s without mentioning the Kings or the additional help the Lakers need.)Good luck with that.Vegas sportsbooks are already operating as though the Lakers have been eliminated.Yep, we’re all done here. Vegas knows.The dreaded triple-X odds for Lakers to make the playoffs.Westgate has taken the prop off the board after the Lakers’ loss to the Clippers last night.— David Payne Purdum (@DavidPurdum) March 5, 2019 The Lakers are still mathematically alive in the race for the 2019 NBA playoffs, but not even IMF agent Ethan Hunt would accept this mission. After losing to the Nuggets on Wednesday night, the Lakers are 6.5 games out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with only 17 games left on their regular season schedule. This latest blow came only days after a brutal defeat at the hands of the Clippers, one that prompted reporters to ask LeBron James what he expects the team to do when — not if — it is eliminated from postseason contention. MORE: LeBron, Lakers have one inexcusable reason for missing playoffs”Continue to be a professional, and be as great as you can be every single night, no matter the circumstances,” James said. “‘Cause someone is always watching.”Asked what he expects from the team’s motication if the Lakers get eliminated, LeBron said he doesn’t know, but said for himself: “Continue to be a professional, and be as great as you can be every single night no matter the circumstances. ‘Cause someone is always watching.”— Kyle Goon (@kylegoon) March 5, 2019Notice that James didn’t scoff at the question or shut it down by informing media members the Lakers will make the playoffs against all odds. He seems to be resigned to the fact that Los Angeles is already done, and well, he’s right.The Lakers are buried in the Western Conference standings.If we weren’t talking about the Lakers and LeBron, this team would have been written off before falling to the Clippers. That loss just reinforced what was already known.Los Angeles is now closer to the Grizzlies at No. 14 than the Spurs in the No. 8 slot. The Lakers are down to a less than one percent chance of reaching the postseason, according to FiveThirtyEight’s latest projections, the same odds as the Pelicans, a team that has placed its top-five player on a minutes restriction.Playoff seedTeamGames back1.Warriors—2.Nuggets23.Rockets54.Thunder5.55.Trail Blazers66.Jazz87.Clippers88.Spurs8.5—Kings12.5—Timberwolves15—Lakers15—Pelicans16.5—Mavericks18—Grizzlies19—Suns30.5The Clippers and Spurs already own tiebreakers against the Lakers.The battle for LA was important not only because the Lakers needed to rack up as many wins as possible, but also because of the tiebreaker implications.NBA tiebreakers are first determined by head-to-head records, then by division records. The Lakers could even the season series at 2-2 with one more head-to-head game remaining on April 5, but the Clippers (11-3) are far superior to the Lakers (7-6) within the Pacific Division.As for the Spurs, San Antonio already took three of the four matchups against the Lakers, so that head-to-head tiebreaker is gone.The Lakers’ remaining schedule is brutal.It’s a rough road ahead. The Lakers face the 10th-toughest remaining schedule, according to Tankathon, and only five of their final 17 games come against teams under .500. last_img read more

Tenth Futsal World Cup of BiH Diaspora in Sweden

first_imgTenth Futsal World Cup of BiH Diaspora in organisation of World Association of BiH Diaspora will be held in Swedish town of Västerås from 3- 5 May 2013.After Linz, who organised this event three times, then Antwerp, Munich, Birmingham, Luxembourg, Velika Kladuša, Bielle, this year Federation of BiH Associations of Sweden will host this year’s event.Västerås is a city located 100 kilometres northwest of Stockholm, and 60 kilometres southwest of Uppsala.There are five BiH associations in Västerås, which has the population of 140 000 people, and it is the sixth largest town in Sweden..last_img read more

USA mystified by ’15 Donald Trumps’ jibe at Rugby World Cup

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp “It’s going to be like 15 Donald Trumps out there, so we’ll have to be on our job, because we know they’re going to give it everything they’ve got,” said the Australian coach.It wasn’t the only tongue-in-cheek comment from Jones, who also described Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido as “closer to Russia than you probably want to be”. England fans at the rugby World Cup. England take on USA todayTokyo, Japan | AFP |  USA coach Gary Gold said he was mystified by a comment from England’s Eddie Jones that the Eagles would play like “15 Donald Trumps” when they meet at the Rugby World Cup.“I’ve absolutely no idea what he means by that,” Gold said, ahead of Thursday’s game in Kobe.“We’re just a team that’s really got to focus on our own processes at the moment. We’ve got to worry about what we do when we get onto the rugby field.“At this stage, with all due respect, we’re not a good enough rugby team to be making comments or answers to questions like that. I don’t know what it means.”Jones made the comment when he was describing how the USA are “going to come out all guns blazing” for the Pool C clash, their opening game of the tournament.last_img read more

Turner and Broadhurst top the Brabazon Trophy qualifiers

first_img16 May 2017 Turner and Broadhurst top the Brabazon Trophy qualifiers Somerset’s Matt Turner won the southern qualifier for the Brabazon Trophy with 66 at Littlestone, Kent – which included a stunning front nine of eight-under par 28. In the north, Warwickshire’s Sam Broadhurst – son of Senior Open Champion Paul Broadhurst – topped the leaderboard on five-under par at Sandiway, Cheshire. They each led 31 players into next week’s English men’s open amateur stroke play championship at Woodhall Spa, the home of England Golf. The 62 qualifiers will join over 80 exempt players to challenge for one of amateur golf’s great titles on the famed Hotchkin course. Turner (pictured top), from Burnham and Berrow, was five-under for the round and won the south event by a shot from Todd Clements (Braintree, Essex). He commented on his remarkable front nine: “I’ve never had nine holes like that before, everything went in. It was some of the best golf I’ve ever played.” He started with three consecutive birdies, holing out from 3ft, 10ft and 15ft, before parring the fourth. A ‘standard’ birdie followed on the par five fifth, where his second shot finished on the front edge. He holed out from 15ft for another birdie on the sixth, then chipped in for eagle three on the seventh. The eighth provided yet another birdie where he holed from about 8ft, before he reached the turn with a par at nine. “I was thinking ‘don’t mess up!’” said Turner. “I knew the back nine was going to be a lot tougher because it was straight back into the wind.” He had two bogeys and a double on the way home before signing off with a birdie on 18th. His score sees him into the Brabazon Trophy field for the second year in a row. At Sandiway, Broadhurst, pictured right (Atherstone) booked his second appearance in the Brabazon when he carded 65 to win by two shots from Kieron Harman of Wales and Thomas Hamson (Notts). He had just one bogey on his card, alongside four birdies and an eagle on the fourth, where he hit his second to within a foot of the hole. “I’m really happy with the score. I felt I struggled for the first few holes but after that I struck it really nicely and holed some clutch putts,” he said. Broadhurst is at college in the USA and hoping to follow his father into professional ranks. “That’s the dream and if I keep shooting rounds like today and holing putts you never know.” Meanwhile, he caddied for his father in last year’s Senior Open and will be back on the bag this summer in both The Open and the Senior Open. “It should be a good two weeks,” he said. “I know his game quite well and he trusts me, I like to think.” Click here for full scores from the southern qualifier Click here for full scores from the northern qualiferlast_img read more

Westport Winery Doubles Gift Shop, Tasting Bar and Adds Produce

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin1 Submitted by Westport WineryIn response to increasing popularity Westport Winery has doubled the size of their gift shop and tasting bar. “We’ve been struggling to accommodate all those who want to try our wines as we’ve grown so much in the past six years. Because we can’t add on to the building we’ve reallocated space inside in an effort to better serve everyone,” winery co-owner Kim Roberts said.Local firefighter and concrete contractor Kelly Niemi was tasked to craft the new tasting bar. “Our current bar is made from PaperStone, an amazing product developed here in Grays Harbor. We wanted to make sure we used another locally crafted product on this bar.” When the winery opened Niemi created custom concrete sinks in both of the winery’s public restrooms.With the addition of the second tasting bar, the winery took the initiative to increase their retail options as well. “We’re adding a lot of non-GMO foods, vegan and gluten-free options, and more local products,” Roberts said. “Since we grow so many fruits and vegetables we’re also adding a new section of fresh produce.”One big change that was suggested by their guests is an increased availability of to-go products from their restaurant. “So many people have asked us to make their trip home after work or on their way to the beach more convenient. We’ve got soups, sandwiches, and salad dressings available in our grab-and-go case right from our kitchen to theirs.” The winery is also adding a fresh juice bar to their diverse selection of fresh food for their guests.Our restaurant has always had the name, Farm to Fork, even though we haven’t capitalized on it in the past. All these changes in the winery give us the chance to further enhance the nature of who we are and what we do. We make fresh food with local products and offer them on a daily basis. It’s a new kind of convenience store. We’re local, healthy and focused on quality.Westport Winery and Vineyards By-the-Sea with its unique sculpture garden and grape maze is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. These award-winning wines are exclusively available at this location. The winery and bakery are open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The restaurant is open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for dinner on Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information contact Westport Winery at 360-648-2224.last_img read more