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Shut-down defense, late run propels Syracuse to win over Maine

first_img Published on November 13, 2012 at 11:45 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 For nearly 30 minutes, Maine gave Syracuse a scare. With 11:19 minutes remaining, the Black Bears were hanging around, trailing by just seven points. Then the Orange proved why it was the team with NCAA tournament hopes and Maine was 0-2.SU went on a 17-0 run over the next 8:41 and held the Black Bears to just four points on one field goal the rest of the way.“Our man-to-man won us the game today,” Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “When you keep people in front of you and you guard, that’s your offense you’re going to have and you’re going to have those kinds of runs.”That run fueled Syracuse in a 68-44 win over Maine on Tuesday night in Orono, Maine. The team used its athleticism and depth to get out in transition and defeat the Black Bears. Orange center Kayla Alexander managed a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Elashier Hall keyed the decisive run offensively for the Orange with nine points, seven of which came on jump shots.Hall kick-started the run with a jumper with 10:08 remaining. On the very next possession, Hall knocked down a 3-pointer to stretch the SU lead to 12. Maine didn’t cut the lead to single digits for the rest of the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Black Bears actually matched up with Syracuse in the size department, which is why Hillsman said he insisted on getting out in transition and settling for jump shots instead.“We pushed the ball and we got into our offense early,” Hillsman said. “I thought that was the key. We had to get some early offense and not have to really shrink the floor and cause us problems getting the ball inside.”As they did in the season opener, the freshmen’s contributions both on the floor and in providing depth made the run possible.For the second straight game, Brittney Sykes, Brianna Butler and Cornelia Fondren all started. Sykes led the freshmen with 29 minutes, with Butler right behind with 24. Fondren played just 14, but went 3-for-3 from the field, including a 3-pointer.“We need them,” Hillsman said. “We need their contributions, we need their depth on the court and we have to do everything we can to keep them in the game and keep them playing.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Syracuse men’s soccer has the weapons to replace lost scoring

first_img Related Stories Syracuse men’s soccer has a ‘good problem’ at forwardGallery: Syracuse men’s soccer survives Loyola Marymount scare with 2-1 OT winOvertime corner-kick goal pushes Syracuse past Loyola Marymount, 2-1 With a straight face and an unwavering demeanor, Ian McIntyre offered a simple solution for how to replace last year’s top two goal scorers.“We’ve spoken to the NCAA and they’ve allowed Ben Polk and Julian Buescher to come and play for us,” he said matter-of-factly.Syracuse’s head coach was joking, of course. Polk and Buescher, who combined for almost half of the Orange’s goals in last season’s College Cup run, play Major League Soccer. They’re not coming back. The reality is No. 6 Syracuse (2-0) has lost its top two goal scorers and 57 percent of its scoring overall. To pick up the load, SU will look to a talented group of youngsters and a few older statesmen.This is nothing new. Last year, the Orange was tasked with replacing 70 percent of its production. All it did was score 44 goals, win the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament and advance to the national semifinal for the first time in program history.Three days into this season, the Orange had already scored five goals from four different players. A different player assisted on each goal. It’s that spread, balanced attack that will take this team as far as it can go.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Last year we were depending maybe a little bit too much on Julian and Ben,” senior midfielder Oyvind Alseth said. “In order to be successful, we need to spread those goals out more. Midfielders didn’t score enough last year, apart from Julian.”Rather than relying on only a couple of forwards, SU will look to five seniors with considerable playing experience. Alseth and Chris Nanco both started in all 25 games last year. Liam Callahan started in 24 games and, while Kenny Lassiter started only one game, he played in 19. Newcomer Sergio Camargo scored four goals and had five assists last year at Coastal Carolina, earning him second-team conference honors.Alseth has not yet scored, but he assisted on Sunday’s game winner over Loyola Marymount, and he’s generated good looks on goal. Nanco scored SU’s first goal of the season and Callahan, Lassiter and Camargo either scored or assisted on a goal in the season opener last Friday. Those five seniors totaled 13 goals last year and are expected to step up.Tack on a group of newcomers who have already seen time in the early going, and the offensive attack could be even deeper. Freshman forward Johannes Pieles, who hails from Germany, has already notched a two-goal game, including an overtime game winner. He has also assisted on a goal.Freshman midfielders Mo Adams and John-Austin Ricks, sophomore midfielder Jonathan Hagman and freshman Hampus Bergdahl also will provide attacking options. Louis Cross, a defender, assisted on Nanco’s lone goals this year.“We’ve got a lot of goals in them,” Alseth said. “Collectively, we’re going to be able to replace those.”That’s just what Syracuse did on Sunday night. Pieles, playing in Lassiter’s place, headed the ball into the net to beat LMU, 2-1, giving SU a 2-0 start to the season.“We’re certainly unproven,” McIntyre said, but “we’ve got some new blood.” Comments Published on August 29, 2016 at 9:28 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Groy set to step in for injured Konz

first_imgCenter Peter Konz (66) has been constantly peppering Ryan Groy, a utility man of sorts for the Badger offense, with questions regarding the Illini’s defense all week in preparation.[/media-credit]The first time Ryan Groy stepped into a starting role on Wisconsin’s starting offensive line, he might have had an excuse for a mistake.This time, with starting center Peter Konz sidelined two to four weeks with a dislocated ankle? There’s little margin for error.Wisconsin, now ranked No. 17 in the BCS, controls its postseason destiny after the losses by Ohio State and Penn State this past weekend. Should the Badgers win out, they’ll represent the Big Ten Leaders division in the conference’s inaugural championship game Dec. 3. After that, a BCS bowl berth is beyond feasible.Konz suffered his injury in Saturday’s 42-13 win at Minnesota when running back Montee Ball was tackled into Konz’ left leg as the 6-foot-5, 315-pound junior center was making a block on the edge. Konz immediately crumpled to the ground, and after several minutes without much movement, was carted off the field. Fortunately for the Badgers, x-rays found no surgical damage anywhere in Konz’ ankle.So with a road game at Illinois looming Saturday and the season finale at home against Penn State the week after, Groy slides into a role he’s well accustomed to. Earlier this season, Groy filled in for left guard Travis Frederick when he sprained his MCL in Wisconsin’s season-opener against Nevada-Las Vegas. That was after spending the majority of last season as a fullback where he started two games, with some spot duty along the offensive line mixed in.“It’s hard, but it’s also very, very beneficial,” Frederick said, who’s bounced between guard and center himself. “When you have a position like that where you know three [different] positions, that’s just more that you know about the game in general. You see a look, you can see it from a center standpoint and you can see it from a guard standpoint. Even from [Groy’s] standpoint, you can see it from a fullback standpoint. You know where people are going and the way the things move better as a whole.”At 6-foot-5, 320 pounds, Groy’s figure bellows “center.” But as evidenced by his experience as a fullback, the Middleton native boasts stunning mobility for one of the biggest linemen on one of the nation’s biggest offensive lines.When he was thrust into the forefront of the offense following Frederick’s injury, both Konz and left tackle Ricky Wagner, unprovoked, labeled him the team’s quickest offensive lineman.“I’ve seen a huge change between last year and this year in just his ability to understand the defenses,” Konz said of Groy, with clear emphasis on “huge.” “It’s one thing to memorize plays, but it’s another to change those plays in the middle of the game or practice. That’s something he’s going to be able to do.”Indeed, when Groy suited up for his first start along the offensive line in Week 2 against Oregon State, the Badgers missed nary a step in a 35-0 shutout that saw UW gain 397 yards of total offense, 208 of which came on the ground. The offensive line cleared gaping holes for Wisconsin’s running backs, who together averaged 5.1 yards per carry.Saturday against the Illini, however, Groy will be charged with proving he’s more than an athletically gifted big man – he’ll need to set Wisconsin’s offense against Illinois’ 12th-ranked scoring defense.“Right now, I’ve been a center for the last couple of weeks,” Groy said. “I’ve been in this position; instead of going in and having to know three positions, I’m going in knowing I’m just center. I’m just preparing for that.”Lying behind Konz on Wisconsin’s depth chart for most of the season, Groy has witnessed a lineman widely perceived to be one of the nation’s best centers. Konz is on the watch list for the Rimington Trophy, given annually to the nation’s top center, and he very well could be a high NFL draft pick if he chooses to leave UW after this season.“He’s just very aware of the game and the defense he’s going against,” Groy said of Konz. “He’s a really athletic guy, and his knowledge of the game is really something that I admire and I’d like to follow.”The first step in doing so comes in this week’s preparation, as Groy said that Konz, Frederick and several other linemen have put in extra film sessions to prepare for Illinois. Konz admitted to peppering Groy relentlessly over how to handle whatever Illinois might throw at him, from run blocking to zone schemes and safety blitzes. When Groy didn’t hesitate on any answers, Konz knew he had found the key to prepping his substitute.“The biggest thing was comfort. At this point, for me, there’s telling him every single in and out of what I’ve learned. It’s not going to sink in, and I know that. You’ve really got to go through some experiences, you’ve go to go through some losses and personal hard times in the game, on the field, to be able to pick up some of these,” he said. “But as far as him feeling comfortable – because I know he can play as good as anybody in the Big Ten if he’s feeling comfortable – just him knowing it in his own mind is the key to this week.”last_img read more