Defense-1st strategy not enough in 5-2 loss to No. 6 Cornell

first_img Published on January 29, 2019 at 11:01 pm Contact Danny: dremerma@syr.edu | @DannyEmerman Despite the 5-2 result, Syracuse — for even a short period — demonstrated a formula to beat faster, stronger and more talented teams. By committing to a defensively oriented gameplan predicated on forwards skating back on the defense and generating chances on counter-attacks, Syracuse (6-17-2, 6-5-1 College Hockey America) took an early 2-0 lead on No. 6 Cornell 14-2-5, 5-2-1 Ivy League) before losing momentum and surrendering five unanswered goals. “Just trying to adapt to their speed,” center Brooke Avery said of the commitment to pinching back on defense. Center Lauren Bellefontaine, who was key in dropping back on defense and winning the puck in the neutral zone, set up Syracuse’s first goal. Four minutes into the game, she dropped off a pass on the left wing for Allie Munroe, who carried it behind the net into Gretzky’s office and put a wraparound shot on net. Munroe’s shot was deflected and finished by Anonda Hoppner.On one play in the second period, Bellefontaine tracked back on defense to help freshman defenseman Shelby Calof double team a Cornell forward in the deep corner. The trap led to a turnover and counter-attack. Bellefontaine recorded four blocks in the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Because they have a lot of speed on their team,” Bellefontaine said, “(And) a lot of skill, they like to dangle around players, so it was very important for us to be in the right place at the right time so they wouldn’t get by you.”Ally Walsh | Staff PhotographerTo go up 2-0, winger Emma Polaski got back on defense to capture a steal in the neutral zone. The ensuing back-and-forth combination between her and Abby Moloughney on the counterattack led to Polaski’s team-leading tenth goal of the season.Another one of SU’s best chances started on defense. Early in the first period, defenseman Allie Olnowich won possession in the back and angled a pass off the board perfectly to Polaski streaking through an open space in the neutral zone. Later, forward Victoria Klimek got two breakaway chances by leaking out after defensive stops. Cornell’s Grace Graham cut Syracuse’s lead in half nine minutes into the first period with a wrist shot from the slot. Goalkeeper Allison Small (25 saves) didn’t react in time. Cornell would tie it in the second period with a deflected shot from the blue line. Syracuse’s defensive strategy faltered further when two forwards missed assignments in the D-zone to open the third period on a Cornell power play, which made it 3-2. A miscommunication on the back end led to Cornell’s fourth goal, where goalkeeper Allison Small (25 saves) couldn’t hold on to a shot under pressure. A minute later, an over-the-top lob pass found a streaking Amy Curlew for a breakaway which she finished.“The most glaring aspect of the third period was they were more fit than us,” Flanagan said. “They just looked like they were wheeling pretty good and were making crisp passes, and they just seemed to have more energy.”With Kristen Siermachesky (upper body) and Lindsay Eastwood (illness) watching from the bleachers, SU played Logan Hicks, typically a forward, heavy minutes in the back. Dakota Derrer, another SU defenders it relied on earlier in the year, ended her Syracuse career with a concussion on Nov. 5. Hicks last played defense as a freshman before transitioning to forward, but she said she was comfortable.“Everybody was helping out,” Hicks said. “We were really focusing on … getting everyone involved in the d-zone, making sure we got it out and not getting stuck in our own end too long.” On one play, a Cornell forward had a step on Hicks through the blue line, but Hicks recovered and cut off the angle, eventually deflecting her shot off the boards. Hicks recorded two blocks in the game. The Orange contained one-on-ones in the first two periods, but struggled as the game progressed because of fatigue, Flanagan said.Big Red forward Maddie Mills, who leads Cornell in goals with 14, entered the game ranked 18th in the country in points. The SU defense limited her to just one shot on goal. The Big Red, who average an 11th-best 3.15 goals per game, entered the third period with two scores before exploding for three in the third. Head coach Paul Flanagan attributed their slow start to being “half asleep.” Cornell woke up, and Syracuse’s defensive strategy fell apart. Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Josh Hart eager to return to lineup and help Lakers reach defensive goals

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“He was in the training room getting treatment this morning,” Coach Luke Walton said, “so he feels better.”Hart still had a noticeable lump on his left hand, although he said it was no longer tender. Once he is back, he said, he’ll be back.“It’s not like it’s going to break again,” he said. “I think it’s just how much I can tolerate the pain and I just won’t tell them how much it hurts if it does.”A swingman who averages 6.6 points per game and emerged as the Lakers’ best perimeter defender, Hart joked he hoped to score 40 points in each of the remaining games in homage to Kobe Bryant, who in 2004 hit the mark in a record nine consecutive games.“That,” Walton joked, “is not a good goal. If he starts playing like that he will be on the bench. He’ll be watching us play defense.” The reality is that having Hart back could help the Lakers check off the remaining goals they have this season. Without a postseason run on the horizon, Walton challenged his team at the All-Star break to be a top-10 defense over the final 25 games.“We have those type of goals set up so even though the playoffs are not within reach, there are still things we are striving for,” Walton said.Entering Thursday, the Lakers ranked 12th over that span, allowing 105.6 points per 100 possessions. On the season, they rank 13th overall, allowing 106.2 per 100.It’s notable growth for a team that ranked in the bottom two in that category each of the past three seasons.“We want to be a top 10 defensive team,” Hart said, “and that’s something I pride myself on and I want to go whenever I’m out there I want to help on the defensive end.”center_img EL SEGUNDO — With his team recently on the road for nine days, Josh Hart filled his time with video games and physical therapy. When the Lakers played, Hart watched from his living room.“It was weird because obviously I watched the games and that kind of thing,” Hart said. “But you kind of don’t feel like a part of it. … For a minute I forgot I was on the Lakers. I’m like, those guys look good out there. I forgot (that was the team) I’m on. I play for them, I’m No. 5 for them.”This week brought good news for the rookie from Villanova, who has been sidelined for the past 14 games with a broken bone in his left hand. After playing three-on-three on Tuesday, Hart was upgraded to questionable for Friday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks and could be thrown into heavy action immediately.The Lakers announced Thursday that Lonzo Ball will be questionable against the Bucks after an MRI confirmed the rookie point guard suffered a left knee contusion in the Wednesday’s win over Dallas.last_img read more

Sumner County under tornado warning until 4:45

first_imgFrom the National Weather Service…A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR CENTRAL SUMNER COUNTYUNTIL 445 PM CDT… LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…WELLINGTON…OXFORD…BELLE PLAINE…PERTH…MAYFIELD…WELLINGTONAIRPORT AND RIVERDALE. LAT…LON 3707 9772 3739 9751 3740 9715 3721 97153706 9743TIME…MOT…LOC 2107Z 228DEG 31KT 3715 9749 IMPACT…MOBILE HOMES WILL BE HEAVILY DAMAGED OR DESTROYED.SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO ROOFS…WINDOWS AND VEHICLES WILLOCCUR. FLYING DEBRIS WILL BE DEADLY TO PEOPLE AND ANIMALS.EXTENSIVE TREE DAMAGE IS LIKELY. AT 405 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADOWAS LOCATED 9 MILES NORTHWEST OF SOUTH HAVEN…AND MOVING NORTHEASTAT 35 MPH.center_img HAZARD…DEVELOPING TORNADO AND HALF DOLLAR SIZE HAIL. SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED ROTATION. TORNADO…RADAR INDICATEDHAIL…1.25INlast_img read more

LEADING SOLICITOR SLAMS PLANNED CLOSURE OF HOSPITAL CHAPEL

first_imgA leading Donegal solicitor has strongly condemned plans to remove the Chapel at Letterkenny General Hospital and replace it with a ‘Peace Room.’ Since the hospital was flooded in July, the Chapel has been closed because of severe damage.But it has now been revealed that the Chapel may not re-open. Letterkenny-based solicitor Cathal Quinn has condemned the plans saying this is not the first time the HSE have acted the wishes of the Catholic population.“It should come as no surprise to us that the latest Catholic target of the HSE is our Chapel in Letterkenny General Hospital (LGH), and with it the permanent public presence there of the Blessed Sacrament for the adoration and immeasurable consolation of its Catholic staff, patients, their loved ones, and those bereaved.“Many of us have not forgotten that it was the HSE that compelled the Catholic Chaplains of the LGH to remove a tabernacle housing the Blessed Sacrament from a “shared” prayer space for those of all faiths in the Donegal Hospice, claiming that its presence there was inconsistent with their notion of such a shared space.“And what does the HSE now propose to substitute for our Chapel in the LGH – why, a shared prayer space for the use of those of all faiths, of course, where, once again, and in keeping with the HSE’s idea of consistency, there will prove to be no room for Jesus in the reserved Blessed Sacrament. “If nothing else, the HSE’s announcement might be considered seasonal,” he said. LEADING SOLICITOR SLAMS PLANNED CLOSURE OF HOSPITAL CHAPEL was last modified: December 19th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cathal QuinnchapelHSEletterkenny hospitallast_img read more