Richard Ishmael, St John’s and Saints top District 11 Inter-School cycling

first_imgAS the North Georgetown, District 11, completed the cycling component of their Inter-School Championships, Richard Ishmael, St John’s College and St Stanislaus College (Saints) emerged winners of their respective zones, when the competition concluded yesterday at the National Park, Thomas Lands. Richard Ishmael prevailed with 126 points, to end with a massive lead over Chase Academy in Zone One. Other competitors were from GTI and Queen’s College (QC). Chase ended with 62 points, just ahead of GTI,’s 57 points. QC brought up the rear with 28 points.Over in Zone Two, St John’s had literally no competition and took a stress-free win with 103 points. Saints ended with 76 points, some 53 points in front of Brickdam.Zone Four, comprises the primary schools of the District and they do not take part in the cycling segment of the competition.As the day’s competition played out on the National Park circuit, St John’s and Richard Ishmael bagged big wins in the Boys’ Under-14 category, where St John’s Meshack Roberts and Brandon Low took the top two spots, respectively, in the 800m.Low also went on to win the 2000m race, where Saints’ Remar Alexander ended in second place. Ishmael’s Dino Boutere led the 1500m, while QC picked up a second-place finish thanks to Damani Everseley.Teslon Ward won the 3000m for Ishamel as well, and his schoolmate Kelon Matherson finished second.In the Boys’ Under-16Saints took several top spots in the Boys’ Under-16 category, with Jeremiah Sampson winning the 800m, Jason Khan the 1500m, and Brandon Chin the 2000m. Also in the 2000m Saints’ Joshua Sammy took second place.However, Ishmael’s Orlando Giddings triumphed in the 1000m, and St John’s Levon Mariano secured the win in the 3000m. Mariano also finished second in the 1000m.Chase’s Briton John and Nigel Duguid were the best riders of the Boys’ Open category where they traded wins in the 800m and 2000m events.John dominated in the 800m and Duguid finished second. However, it was Duguid who had the endurance to prevail in the 2000m race, John settling for the second-place position.For the Girls, St John’s Jahniah Kelvin ruled the Under-16 category, taking the 800m and 2000m wins.Chase’s Andriska Mickle won the Open 800m race, where she was followed by Kewanna Barker of Ishmael.last_img read more

Cricket News India-Pakistan bound by ICC agreement, foresee no boycott threat for World Cup: Dave Richardson

first_imgIndia will take on Pakistan in Manchester on June 16 in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.The Pulwama terror attack killed 40 CRPF jawans.India wore army-style camouflage caps during the Ranchi ODI against Australia. highlights New Delhi: The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 encounter between India and Pakistan in Manchester on June 16 is the marquee clash of the tournament. However, there are growing calls for India to boycott the game after the Pulwama terror attacks in February which killed 40 CRPF jawans. Players like Gautam Gambhir, Sourav Ganguly and Harbhajan Singh have called for India to boycott the clash while Vinod Rai, the head of the Committee of Administrators (CoA) has called for ‘isolating Pakistan.’ Rahul Johri, the CEO wrote a letter to the ICC calling for member nations to snap ties with ‘nations that support terror’, which was an indirect dig at Pakistan.However, ICC CEO Dave Richardson has made it clear that he foresees no threat for the India vs Pakistan clash as both teams are bound by an agreement. “For ICC events, all teams have signed a members’ participation agreement which requires them to participate in all the matches of the tournament and (in case of) any unjustified non-compliance with that provision, the playing conditions will kick in and the points will be awarded accordingly (to the other team). The ICC’s motto is clear we don’t want to mix politics with sports,” Richardson reiterated. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. The Pulwama terror attack continues to be an emotional topic for India and their sporting personalities. Recently, Indian cricket team players wore army-style camouflage caps during the Ranchi ODI against Australia in order to pay tribute to the armed forces and also raise funds for the families of the CRPF jawans who were killed. However, Pakistan raised an objection with the ICC accusing India of politicizing the game but Richardson said permission was taken by the BCCI to sport the caps.“In this case, it was a one-off consent. It was granted subject to the message around the wearing of the caps simply being sympathy with the people, who had lost their lives in the (Pulwama) attack and in particular, to help them raise funds for the families of the people who had lost their lives,” Richardson said.The decision on whether the India vs Pakistan World Cup game will go on will now depend on the decision the Narendra Modi government takes.last_img read more

Narine cops feature 25-mile cycle road race in Berbice

first_imgTHE Flying Ace Cycling Club, in collaboration with the Guyana Police Force `B’ Division (Berbice), held its feature 25-mile road race for cyclists living or based in Berbice last Sunday.The much-anticipated race which attracted 10 starters wheeled off from the corner of Main and Alexander Streets, New Amsterdam, to Rose Hall Town Arch then returned to finish at the place of origin.After a swift start which saw the riders challenge one another, Balram Narine broke away from the pack and signalled his intention in the vicinity of Number 1 Road.Narine led the race from then on. His closest rival was Adriel Ross, who looked determined but could not muster enough energy to catch Narine.Narine comfortably rode away with the win, in excess of 2 miles ahead of his closest competitor Adriel Ross, who came in second. Sybome Fernandes took third place, Ralph Seenarine fourth, Donovan Fraser fifth and Ajay Gopaul sixth.In addition Balram Narine took the two prime prizes that were up for grabs.There was also one female rider, Shenika Teixeira, who pedalled her way from starting point, Kris Jagdeo’s residence, Number 1 Road and proceeded to the finish at Alexander Street, New Amsterdam.The BMX riders had their chance to shine when they took off in front of the Berbice High School, going on to finish at Alexander Street.In the 6-9 age groups for the BMX riders, Lumesh Singh skilfully wheeled his way to first place as Arafaan Blair took second and Gregory Daniels third. In the 9-12 category, Gemal Daniels took first position, Daniel Blair second and Malachi Devanand third.Club coach Randolph Roberts and Senior Superintendent Edmond Cooper, Second-in-Command of `B’ Division, were the persons in charge of the activity, which forms part of the Guyana Police Force Road Safety Month.last_img

Pinnick Wants Eagles to Play with Passion

first_img“This is a very crucial match and the players know so. The Cameroonians are not coming here to simply appraise the serenity and beauty of the city of Uyo; they are coming to contest the three points.“The Super Eagles must throw everything – their body, heart and spirit – into the game. Those three points are very important to our FIFA World Cup qualification campaign, and I am confident we will get them.”Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr has already announced that former junior international Ikechukwu Ezenwa, who penultimate weekend captained the Nigerian team to qualify for next year’s African Nations Championship, will start in goal. Two other former junior internationals Dele Ajiboye and Dele Alampasu are also available in the goalkeeping department.In skipper John Mikel Obi, Victor Moses (both returning after missing the Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa in June), Oghenekaro Etebo and John Ogu (midfield), Odion Ighalo, Anthony Nwakaeme and Aaron Samuel (frontline), Rohr also has the personnel with the physique and stubborn mentality to match the Lions and even more.Germany-based Leon Balogun, who also missed the clash with South Africa, returns and is likely to pair Olympic bronze medallist William Ekong in central defence, with another Olympic bronze medallist Abdullahi Shehu, as well as Elderson Echiejile, Tyronne Ebuehi, Uche Agbo and Chidozie Awaziem also available for Rohr in the rearguard sector.England-based Wilfred Ndidi and Turkey-based duo of Ogenyi Onazi and Mikel Agu are also available in midfield, with Ahmed Musa, Moses Simon and Kelechi Iheanacho able to offer pace and invention in the attack.Friday’s match will kick off at 5pm. Both teams clash again at the Stade Omnisports Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaounde on Monday, starting from 6pmShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and Member of the CAF Executive Committee, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick has charged the Super Eagles to commit heart, soul and spirit to today’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against the Lions of Cameroon in Uyo.Pinnick, who is also a Member of the Organising Committee for FIFA Competitions, said yesterday that the much-respect Nigerian spirit that conquers so many adversities will see the three-time African champions through, but insisted the Eagles must approach the game with a never-say-die mentality at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium.last_img read more

After hectic March, Maragos to lay low with family on draft day

first_imgAfter visiting with many NFL teams, Chris Maragos hopes to hear his name called on draft day.[/media-credit]Since his last football game in late December, former UW free safety Chris Maragos has been busy working on improving his status for the NFL Draft. At the same time, Maragos has split his focus between football, school, planning a wedding and getting married.After the University of Wisconsin held its Pro Day on March 10, Maragos’ life became far busier than even he could have imagined. But his time became less focused on training for speed and agility drills than on becoming a better football player.As a part of its series on Maragos’ NFL Draft preparation, The Badger Herald sat down with Maragos this week to discuss his training over the last month.Below is part five in a five-part series****Editor’s note: Due to unexpected conflicts that arose in Maragos’ schedule during the month of March, this series has been shortened from the original plan of eight parts. We apologize for the change in plans.Badger Herald: It’s been more than a month since we last checked in with you after Pro Day, could you bring us up to date on what’s going on with your NFL Draft preparation?Chris Maragos: Well, I spent Monday and the first part of Tuesday in Detroit visiting the Lions, which was a real good time. I got to see some of my old buddies including DeAndre Levy, so it was really good to see them and then I just got to visit. I flew down right after that to Jacksonville here and I’m just getting ready to visit here tomorrow with the Jaguars.BH: Can you give us some more details on your first NFL visit with the Lions? How did it go for you?CM: Well, first you do all your physicals and you go through the whole medical deal so they can make sure everything’s good in that regard. Then, you meet the coaching staff and you get to tour the facilities and they just kind of give you a run down of the organization and what they’re all about and everything like that.It’s really extensive and it was a pretty cool deal. We watched film, and there were a couple other guys in from different schools as well, so it was great to meet them. Pretty much, you just get a feel for what is going on there and obviously they’re getting a feel for you too.BH: Do you have anything else scheduled with other teams beyond the Jacksonville visit?CM: Well, I also worked out with Kansas City a week ago, but tomorrow is actually the last day that anybody can visit any NFL team with it being a week before the draft starts.BH: What has your agent told you, or what have you learned about your status in the visits?CM: I think I probably get a better feel for it, now that I’m here, than my agent would. But all the feedback I’m getting is very positive. They all like the way that I play and they heard that I had a really good Pro Day.They’re definitely excited about the possibilities in the future, and I am as well. But it’s just going to depend on the draft on what teams like me and what if they have a pick during or around the area of the draft where my stock is and if I’m the guy that they want to take at that time. It can go any which way, so I’m just waiting and hoping to get my name called.BH: Do you have any plans already for what you’re going to do during the draft?CM: I think just my wife and I and my parents and my brother are going to hang out for the draft. I don’t think we’re going to have a draft party or anything crazy like that. We’re just going to kind of lay low with this and just hang out with each other. We’re really just going to try and enjoy the weekend.I don’t think we’re going to have a lot of people, because when you do that can get really crazy. And I don’t really want a lot of people around because you just never know what’s going to happen with the draft.BH: But you do still plan on watching the draft even though it’ll just be with immediate family?CM: Oh yeah, we’ll definitely watch it together at our house. We’ll just keep it real simple and enjoy each other’s company, just the five of us.last_img read more

MBB : Syracuse vs. Iona preview

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 17, 2010 at 12:00 pm After a full week of rest, Syracuse (10-0) will return to the Carrier Dome Saturday to take on a red-hot Iona (7-3) team that has reeled off seven straight victories.‘It’s really nice,’ freshman forward C.J. Fair said of the team’s undefeated start after its win over Colgate last weekend. ‘But we still have a lot of work to do. A lot of good teams are coming up on our schedule, so we just have to continue the good work.’Syracuse is coming off tying its highest margin of victory under head coach Jim Boeheim with a 57-point victory over Colgate last Saturday. With three nonconference games left, the Orange is looking to get off to a perfect start heading into the Big East schedule for the second consecutive season.Here’s a look at how SU matches up with Iona:POINT GUARDScoop JardineAdvertisementThis is placeholder text6-2, 195, JR, 13.2 PPG, 6.2 APGJermel Jenkins5-11, 185, JR, 12.1 PPG, 3.8 APGJenkins is the start of a Gaels starting five which rarely exits the game. All five of the Gaels starters are averaging at least 28 minutes per game. Syracuse, in comparison, has three players averaging more than 28 minutes. One of which is Jardine (30.1) and because of his length he has a huge advantage here over Jenkins.SHOOTING GUARDBrandon Triche6-4, 205, SO, 8.6 PPG, 3.1 APGScott Machado6-1, 180, JR, 13.7 PPG, 8.0 APGDespite struggles throughout the first ten games of the season, Triche has a better shooting percentage than both Joseph and Jardine at 40 percent. Machado has been a better shooter statistically on the year than Triche, but once again, the size of Syracuse will prevail easily as Triche physically towers over Machado.SMALL FORWARDKris Joseph6-7, 210, JR, 13.1 PPG, 4.9 RPGKyle Smyth6-4, 185, SO, 12.8 PPG, 2.2 RPGSmyth is the sharpshooter for the Gaels, shooting at a 45 percent clip from 3. But he is a constant no-show in the physical aspects of the game, evidenced by his 2.2 rebounds per game. The story is getting old, but the Orange has a size advantage here, and Kris Joseph will have a field day around the basket versus a shooting guard inhabiting the small forward position for the Gaels.POWER FORWARDRick Jackson6-9, 240, SR., 14.0 PPG, 12.5 RPGMike Glover6-7, 215, JR., 22.1 PPG, 9.6 RPGThis should be the key matchup in the game, with SU’s best player through 10 games facing Iona’s top player. Glover scores and rebounds but does give up some size to Jackson, who has been dominating opponents in the paint so far this season.CENTERFab Melo7-0, 244, FR., 2.1 PPG, 2.2 RPGAlejo Rodriguez6-8, 235, SR., 6.3 PPG, 7.6 RPGThough Melo has easily been the least productive of SU’s starters, Rodriguez has been very efficient for Iona this season. He’s Iona’s only starter not averaging double figures in points, but he rebounds the ball well and shoots the ball at a 62 percent clip.COACHJim Boeheim839-293, 34 seasonsTime Cluess7-3, 1st seasonBoeheim has the clear advantage here in terms of experience, but Cluess currently has Iona on a seven-game winning streak and appears to have the Gaels on the right path. Boeheim is finally starting to see his squad reach its potential with two big wins in its last two games.FREE THROWSIona will be coming to the Carrier Dome for the first time in 27 years in Saturday’s games.The two teams’ latest matchup was in the first round of the 1998 NCAA Tournament, when No. 5 seed SU took on the No. 12 Gaels. The Orange prevailed, 63-61.STAT TO KNOWSyracuse’s defense is giving up 57.2 points per game, good for 19th in the nation.BIG NUMBER34Minutes per game averaged thus far by Rick Jackson. Through 10 games last season, he was averaging 23.9 minutes per game.FORTUNE COOKIE: Gael-forced winsBEAT WRITER PREDICTIONSAndrew L. JohnSyracuse 95, Iona 56A week off shouldn’t slow down Syracuse in this one.Brett LoGiuratoSyracuse 82, Iona 58Despite seven straight wins, Iona is not worthy.Tony OliveroSyracuse 77, Iona 50This may be the first game where some start to appreciate the depth SU has, due to the lack of depth of the Gaels.— Compiled by The Daily Orange Sports staffcenter_img Commentslast_img read more

How 3 former Syracuse female athletes are continuing their careers overseas

first_imgMcCabe is well aware of Americans’ perception of a professional volleyball career.“Like, oh professional level, it’s not like a very common thing,” she says.But playing with five international players at Syracuse last year and facing talented opponents from overseas, McCabe knew otherwise.“In Europe, it’s the opposite.”She got a second-hand look at why the volleyball culture in Europe is comparable to that of a major sport in the U.S. It inspired a process that started with SU head coach Leonid Yelin helping McCabe construct a 15-minute highlight tape on YouTube and video of her playing a full game.Yelin reached out to coaches he knows overseas and showed them film, gauging the level of interest McCabe could garner. Based on their feedback, he then contacted coaches from prospective teams to get a sense of their interest.McCabe eventually signed with an agent, before inking with Béziers Volley, which plays in the top women’s league in France.She finished her SU career second in program history in blocks (590) and first in block assists (508). Now, she’ll go up against American national teamers and other top players in the world.“I’m starting at the bottom again like I’m a freshman,” she says, laughing. Comments Unlike LaCombe and McCabe, Visser didn’t graduate from SU. Though she had 11 goals and 17 assists in her one year in orange, she won’t get paid to play professionally and she’ll still attend college in the Netherlands. Her team is completely independent from the school even though they have the same name.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs a freshman last year, Visser said the fitness-oriented practices and watchful eye over her at SU were too much.“My life will be less controlled by other people!” she said via Facebook message. “I mean that because university and sport was connected, they knew everything I did, every class I wasn’t attending, every grade, they knew who my friends were etc. They were my second mom and I hated it.”Visser says being 18 and not being paid to play isn’t the worst scenario – she hopes to change clubs and get paid after she gets her Bachelor’s Degree in Society and Health.“Who doesn’t want to do what she loves and make enough money to enjoy life?” she said. “Unfortunately, with field hockey, that is not possible.”But the schedule of a non-paying profession – only training three times a week in the evening and having one game on a weekend – is how Visser prefers it.Field hockey is the second most popular sport in Netherlands behind soccer, Visser says, but clubs are just starting to make enough money to pay athletes more. For now, though, she’ll stick with a lifestyle that isn’t possible in America.Allie LaCombe, EHV Sabres, AustriaBryan Cereijo | Staff Photographer Published on August 30, 2015 at 10:38 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman Two months ago, LaCombe was interning with the Fort Myers Miracle, the Class A Advanced minor league baseball affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. She didn’t plan on ending her summer at professional hockey tournaments in Slovakia and Germany.Playing the sport after college was always her dream, but she didn’t know if it was possible.LaCombe led the nation in faceoff percentage her senior year, but she’s always desired a career in sport management – she’s worked with the Miracle, the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins and SU Athletics. But when a girl from her home state of Minnesota who played in the same league as the EHV Sabres told LaCombe the team had an opening, she contacted the coach, sent highlight tapes and eventually signed the contract.“It was kind of a different process than college was,” LaCombe said. “Usually colleges find you but this, I kind of found them.”LaCombe only plans to play one year in Austria since she wants to return to her desired profession, but sees it as a chance to gain insight into the inner workings of a professional team.The National Women’s Hockey League in the U.S. is entering its inaugural season this fall, but financial restrictions prevented LaCombe from attending tryouts for the league and staying in the United States to play.Regardless of how long she sustains her career or where she’s playing, LaCombe takes pride in her profession despite its lack of recognition.“To say that you played professionally as a woman, I mean, it’s such an honor to me,” LaCombe said. “It’s not like I’m going to the NBA or the NHL but it’s pretty cool to say.”Lindsay McCabe, Béziers Volley, FranceJessica Sheldon | Staff Photographercenter_img This summer, Rakeem Christmas, Chris McCullough and Alex Bono all had their face on national TV after going from Syracuse to the pros. The former big-name Orange male athletes were each drafted into the top American professional leagues in their sport.But for three former SU female athletes who also turned pro, they’ll be across the Atlantic Ocean. Lieke Visser (field hockey), Allie LaCombe (ice hockey) and Lindsay McCabe (volleyball) know they’re not in the spotlight. But each has found a professional team in Europe, showing that athletic futures after Syracuse female sports do exist.Lieke Visser, Wageningen, NetherlandsKelli Mosher | Staff Photographer Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Marek Dolezaj provides limited Syracuse team new options in small-ball lineup

first_img Published on February 4, 2018 at 7:52 pm Contact Tomer: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langer Earlier this season, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim sounded excited about the Orange’s size on defense. With 7-foot-2 Paschal Chukwu and the athletic 6-foot-10 Bourama Sidibe, Boeheim said his defense had the rim protectors it was missing a year ago.And for much of nonconference play, he was right. Chukwu averaged 3.2 blocks per game in that span while Sidibe had three multi-block games.Things have been vastly different in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Other than an unexpected breakout against Pittsburgh on Jan. 27, Sidibe has been mostly a nonfactor as he remains limited with knee tendinitis. Chukwu excelled in heavy minutes early in league play but has racked up just four points and 13 rebounds over his last three games.“I can’t explain what’s happening to him,” Boeheim said after the home loss to Virginia. “… Tonight, he could have played 50 minutes and would not have scored a basket.”With Sidibe unable to go in the most recent Virginia game, Syracuse had to make an unfamiliar adjustment: playing Marek Dolezaj at center.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAt 6-foot-9, 180-pounds, Dolezaj doesn’t provide the same interior presence as the centers. But he’s arguably Syracuse’s (15-8, 4-6 Atlantic Coast) most active big man on defense and can step out better than other bigs to defend the high post. He spaces the floor on offense and has been more aggressive of late, with two of his five highest-scoring games coming in the last four games. That small-ball lineup will be key against Louisville (16-7, 6-4) on Monday night, especially with Sidibe potentially unavailable again off the quick turnaround.“Marek’s really the only guy I thought that was moving and was pretty good out there tonight,” Boeheim added. “We’ve got too many guys that are playing minutes that are not productive. And if we play 18, 19, 20 minutes, and you can’t get a shot up, then we’ve got to figure out something else.”Kevin Camelo | Digital Design EditorDolezaj’s game is predicated on doing small things that don’t show up in the box score, like diving for a loose ball or rotating over on defense to take away a look. He did that several times as a forward in the zone on Saturday, getting out in the face of UVA sharpshooter Kyle Guy while helping to hold UVA to 30 percent from deep.With Chukwu in, though, UVA abused the high post. De’Andre Hunter scored 11 first-half points, either pulling up from midrange if Chukwu stayed back, or blowing right by him if he tried to step up.So the switch was made to bring Dolezaj in. Dolezaj immediately marked Hunter and kept him from getting to the bucket, limiting him to just one field goal attempt in the second half.“I feel like he’s a lot better defender when that guy will catch the ball in the middle,” forward Oshae Brissett said. “And he did a great job stopping him.”Still, there were holes that opened up when Dolezaj swapped positions. Three times in the second half, and twice in a row, Hunter got the ball in the high post and was immediately greeted by Dolezaj. Hunter then found a cutting Mamadi Diakite from the right side and fed him the ball.Each time, Diakite slammed the ball eye-level with the basket. After the third one, Diakite shrugged as he ran down the court, seemingly shocked at how open he was repeatedly getting.On offense, Dolezaj started off the season as a pass-first player from the high post. But with opponents sagging off him, he’s had to become more of a threat and become more aggressive.“It’s a work in progress,” assistant coach Adrian Autry said. “He’s starting to understand it. And I hope that he can continue to build on this game. We need production in other spots. He gave us nine points against the best defensive team in the country.”Syracuse’s first bucket against UVA was Dolezaj confidently stepping into a 15-footer. To start the second half, he fed the ball to Chukwu in the post. When Chukwu was doubled, Dolezaj aggressively cut toward the middle, got the feed and slammed home the dunk.There still needs to be more consistency on that end — Dolezaj air-balled a 10-footer off a pick-and-roll in the same game. Still, his ability to stretch the floor opens up driving lanes for Syracuse’s penetration-heavy offense.“He can make a lot of plays from that position,” point guard Frank Howard said. “His shot is getting there, he’s getting more confident with it. He hit that baby jumper. I think Marek played great tonight.”Dolezaj said he’s comfortable with playing the five from the few times SU used the set in non-conference play. Still, he said it was a bit tougher against a more physical Virginia team, and it’ll only get tougher as ACC play progresses.The Orange’s Slovakian forward has made strides this year in improving his offense and his activity. With Syracuse likely down to six available players, he’ll have to do it from a new position.“I’m trying to be aggressive to the basket,” Dolezaj said. “I must do it every day. I think I can do it every game and I must keep working.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Coming off hiatus, cross country team looks to build

first_imgTyler Kowta | Daily TrojanAfter a three-week break, women’s cross country will compete on Saturday at the UC Riverside Highlander Invitational. With a goal of gradual and consistent improvement, head coach Patrick Henner says the team will continue to refine racing tactics at the meet.“One of the biggest or most important skills we’ve been working on is learning how to build intensity throughout the race,” Henner said. “So to start mentally and physically relaxed, and then as you move through the 5K race this Saturday, try to build intensity every 1,000 [meters] so that you’re running your hardest in the last 1,000.”Henner said the strategy builds on the same race plan from the UNLV Invitational, where the Trojans placed fourth overall. He noted the team’s top three finishers — junior Amber Gore, junior Lauren Maurer and freshman Jennifer Daly — executed this plan well at UNLV. On Saturday, Henner expects the trio to build on this success, while he also looks for improvement from the back half of the team.“My philosophy is that to have a really good cross country team, everybody has to go out and execute the race plan and give a really good effort,” Henner said. “And that’s something that’s always 100 percent under your control. So, if you can do that, and you have all your top five or seven do that, then the scoreboard’s going to take care of itself.”After the Highlander Invitational, the Trojans will compete at the Cal State Fullerton Titan Invitational before moving on to their Pac-12 conference meet and NCAA West Regionals. Instead of viewing these meets as an end, Henner said he wants the team to focus on the overall process of the season.“Distance running is a long-term investment,” Henner said. “It’s not a short-term game. So we just want to look to get better physically and mentally, every single training block, every single race, and really not look at the end of the season as the end of anything. It’s just like, ‘Hey, that’s a building block, now we can move into indoors and keep working on those same skills.’”last_img read more

No. 18 Syracuse defense spurs comeback in 3-2 double overtime win over Lafayette

first_img Published on September 2, 2019 at 10:29 pm Contact Danny: dremerma@syr.edu | @DannyEmerman Syracuse head coach Ange Bradley hopes her team has time between classes on Tuesday to take ice baths. Monday night’s home-opening match against Lafayette was the Orange’s third in four days, and it showed in the first quarter. Syracuse started slow, often firing careless passes out-of-bounds or to adversarial sticks. The Leopards out-shot SU three to one in the first quarter and put the Orange in a 2-0 hole. “We weren’t connecting,” freshman forward Charlotte de Vries (one goal, one assist) said. “We weren’t passing stick-to-stick. Our defensive structure was off.”Eventually, SU found its rhythm. The Orange out-shot Lafayette 12-0 after halftime. In addition to completely reducing Lafayette’s shot attempts, SU’s back line displayed more discipline in the second half, allowing zero penalty corner opportunities. Led by the defense, No. 18 Syracuse (3-0) came back against Lafayette (1-1) to win its third game of the weekend.Trailing by two goals, Syracuse still wasn’t clicking at the start of the second quarter. Facing no pressure off the opening center pass, Carolin Hoffman knocked a pass to nobody in particular. Later in the quarter, midfielder Laura Graziosi’s pass bounced out of bounds as her intended target jogged off the field for a substitution. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut late in the second quarter, de Vries found a rebound off a penalty corner and cut the Leopards’ 2-0 lead in half. SU entered halftime trailing 2-1 and still with fewer shots (six) than Lafayette (eight). Syracuse needed its back line, led by underclassmen Olivia Graham, Hailey Bitters and Marie Sommer, to step up. For the rest of the game, Lafayette didn’t put a shot on net. “We were able to move the ball and we settled down a bit,” Bradley said. “In the beginning, it was a hot mess. We were able to settle down and control the game.” Amy Nakamura | Co-Digital EditorSU leaned on those underclassmen more than usual because senior captain Claire Webb is sidelined with a hand injury. Neither Bradley, de Vries nor Graziosi attributed the defense’s improved second half with any tactical changes, more so a change in mindset. “We just kind of all got together as a team (at halftime) and decided that we’re not losing this game,” de Vries said. She also assisted on sophomore Tess Queen’s game-tying deflection goal in the third period. Goalie Sarah Sinck, who made a career-high 11 saves in Sunday’s 1-0 win over UMass Lowell, only had to make three saves against the Leopards.An interception to start the second overtime period allowed SU to pin Lafayette deep in their own corner. After stealing the ball out of the corner and rushing down the goal-line, Bitters sent a pass across the shooting circle for Graziosi, who finished it off. Because of a steadier back line, Graziosi said, the forwards had more scoring chances — including the deciding goal — in the second half and overtime periods.With the 3-2 win, the Orange can enjoy their well-earned ice baths on Tuesday undefeated. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more