Syracuse unable to stop Boston College’s top player, Sam Apuzzo

first_img Published on February 16, 2019 at 4:35 pm Contact Kaci: klwasile@syr.edu Comments Syracuse knew going into the game against Boston College, it was going to be challenged. Not just because the Eagles are the No. 1 ranked team in the country but because of reigning Tewaaraton Award winner Sam Apuzzo.Apuzzo’s last-second goal against the Orange last season handed SU a 13-12 loss. Two years ago, it was Apuzzo’s five goals and two assists that led Boston College over SU in the first round of the NCAA tournament. She’s an offensive weapon the Orange have seen multiple times before, and one they still haven’t figured out how to stop. In what could be the last time No. 11 Syracuse (2-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) faces a No. 1 Boston College (2-0, 1-0) team led by Apuzzo, the Orange allowed seven goals to the senior attacker, as well as two assists. She helped BC dominate in draw controls —18-10 over SU — and accounted for a third of the won draws. While the defense was successful in the opening 20 minutes, it was unable to contain Apuzzo for the full 60 minutes. “Basically everything about her makes her dangerous,” SU goalie Asa Goldstock said. “She’s so creative.” Syracuse was the first on the board but Apuzzo responded during the Eagles ensuing possession. The defense worked to shut her down for the first 15 minutes of the game as the Orange went on a 7-2 scoring run. Apuzzo didn’t record a shot during the run before she put another goal on the board for the Eagles. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGait gave the defense credit after the game for its performance in the first half, holding the top-ranked team to two goals in the opening 20 minutes. Goldstock recorded seven saves in the first half, more than double the three saves per game she averaged in SU’s first two matchups. Once Apuzzo scored her second goal, BC was able to go on a three-goal run to end the half and a 6-1 run through most of the second half. “As a player, she’s very shifty.” Alexa Radziewicz said. “We as a unit did very well against her,” Apuzzo’s first goal of the second frame gave BC its first lead, one it would maintain for the final 24 minutes of the game. Dancing the crease near SU’s goal, the attacker swung her stick around her body and shot the ball past Goldstock and into the net.  She hit two more before SU was able to retaliate. It was Apuzzo’s ability to catch and shoot that made her a threat to SU’s defense. There were times when she’d be open and a teammate would pass her the ball before anyone in Orange could tell Apuzzo had possession.“We needed to talk a little more,” Radziewicz said. “In that second half they obviously made an adjustment. I think we did really well in the defense we were in but if we had just made a bit of an adjustment then we’d be fine.”Apuzzo dominated in draw control, too. Junior Emily Hawryschuk started the game in the center, lining up against Apuzzo. When the whistle blew, Apuzzo flicked her stick, knocking the ball toward her teammate, giving BC the opening possession. Based on how the draw control is set, players can figure out which direction the ball is most likely going, Hawryschuk said,  something Apuzzo was able to take advantage of. Apuzzo won six of BC’s 18 draw controls and helped in the majority of the team’s other 12 controls. The three players that lined up at the draw for SU against her combined for one draw control. After she scored BC’s 14th goal, Syracuse was able to get in two more goals and cut BC’s lead to two with 40 seconds left. It was Apuzzo’s skill during the final draw control that sealed the victory for the Eagles. The whistle blew and she reached her stick up quicky, tipping the ball toward a teammate. BC won its final possession, and held onto the ball to win. “She has the ability to completely fake me out or be everywhere on the field at once,” Goldstock said. “We were trying to find her. She scored seven goals on us. It was really important for us to find her on the field but once we’d find her, two seconds later she’d be on the other side of the field.”center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

After fast start, Syracuse is failing to play up to potential against ranked opponents

first_imgYounes Limam’s body language hasn’t changed all season when addressing the media. The fifth-year Syracuse head coach stands with his arms crossed and mulls over each question before responding. Regardless if SU has just won or lost, Limam believes in his team, he said, and defends their play.This year, No. 32 Syracuse (10-6, 3-4 Atlantic Coast) hasn’t had the same success it did last season, countering Limam’s early expectations of his team. He’s said multiple times this season that the Orange have the potential to win all six singles matches and take all seven points in a match. Wins against then-No. 30 Virginia Tech and then-No. 3 Georgia Tech showed the Orange could do it last season. But the results haven’t come in 2019 with just one win against six ranked opponents.“I’m a big believer on playing a tough schedule,” Limam said. “It’s only going to get harder the next couple of weeks, and our ultimate goal is to be ready in May and at the end of April.”Since defeating then-No. 9 Michigan in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend, Syracuse has had opportunities to defeat top teams — then-No. 19 Virginia, then-No. 16 Ohio State, then-No. 7 Pepperdine — but hasn’t capitalized.In SU’s loss on Sunday to then-No. 15 Wake Forest, it happened again. The depth Limam raved about, third singles and down, lost their matches. The Orange dropped both first and third doubles in tiebreakers, but the SU head coach still felt his players played some of their best tennis all year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“You look at every match, the main thing is to compete hard, extremely hard from start to finish,” Limam said, “and I think we’ve done that the last two matches. Now we need to have that same mentality on a daily basis.”To create day-to-day intensity, Syracuse has turned to with the idea that every point is a deuce point. It creates an “urgency,” Limam said, and the mindset that there are “no points off” against ranked teams.After a loss to No. 37 Georgia Tech on March 3, Syracuse started practicing doubles with more intensity, Dina Hegab said. Fast starts are key because the matches are only one set, and top teams won’t relinquish early leads. And slowly, the Orange’s doubles play has followed suit.“We played one of our best doubles this past weekend, and just came up a little bit short,” Limam said. “But I’m very pleased on the direction that the team is headed.”As Syracuse starts the brunt of its conference play, it’ll face five top-25 opponents in the span of less than a month, including three-straight starting on Sunday against No. 15 Florida State. When SU earned its highest ranking in program history earlier this year at No. 10, its rise as a top program in the ACC was being quantified. Coming out of its ranked stretch of games with a winning record would improve its ranking, which has dipped 22 spots.As the questions began this week, Limam stayed loose even though SU was coming off another loss on Sunday. He continued to defend his team’s performance and repeated what he has preached all season.“I still go back to, we are a deep team,” Limam said. “We’re going to have a very special team when everybody plays at their potential.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on March 19, 2019 at 10:57 pm Contact Arabdho: armajumd@syr.edu | @aromajumder last_img read more

Ravi Shastri: Feud against Sourav Ganguly is only ‘chaat and Bhelpuri with mirch and…

first_imgAdvertisement 9fzj3NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs8937hzWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ea631xo( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 2v5a1Would you ever consider trying this?😱boz77Can your students do this? 🌚iRoller skating! Powered by Firework Indian team coach Ravi Shastri gave a biting reply to all the media outlets who spread rumors about his and currently appointed BCCI president, Sourav Ganguly’s relationship. Since 2016, media has been publishing reports about their bad blood, which Ravi has finally addressed. In 2016, Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) which included other eminent cricket players apart from Sourav, had picked Anil Kumble over him. This caused a back and forth between the two.Advertisement Cut to 2019, and it seems all is well between them. He called all those speculations and ‘chaat and Bhelpuri with mirch and masala’ to sell copies. He further clarified that these rumors have no grounds and that there is no feud between him and Sourav. It is all in the past for Ravi. A few days back Sourav also came out to tell all the cricket fans that everything is good between him and Ravi.Advertisement Ravi’s bluntness is not surprising as the head coach of the Indian team has always been quite blunt about his opinions. He expressed his adoration for Sourav and considers his growth from an Indian captain to a BCCI president to be outstanding. He further expressed how glad he was that there was BCCI in place now. He is of the opinion that for the past three years when BCCI was not there, international cricket had reached new grounds. He is welcoming of the change and is glad that the President is none other than Sourav Ganguly.He has been quoted as saying, “Oustanding (Sourav as BCCI president). First of all, I am thrilled that there is a BCCI in place. We played three years without a BCCI, which allowed the ICC to take off to another level.”Advertisement The 57-year-old did not stop there, as he had more to say about the former Indian team captain, “What he (Ganguly) has done as a cricketer, I have got utmost respect. He took over Indian cricket at the most troubled times, post the match-fixing era when the Indian cricket was in shambles. You needed the faith of the people to comeback and I respect that. And if people don’t respect that, to hell with them.”Sourav Ganguly returns to a very familiar venue – but in a different avatar!Ravi Shastri reveals which superstar he wanted at number 4 for India in the World Cup   Advertisementlast_img read more

TRAINER MIKE MITCHELL SUCCUMBS TO BRAIN CANCER AT AGE 66, AFFABLE CONDITIONER RANKS AMONG ALL-TIME WINNINGEST TRAINERS IN CALIFORNIA

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Apr. 15, 2015)–Trainer Mike Mitchell, an iconic and dominant figure on the Southern California racing landscape for nearly 40 years, passed away Tuesday, at his home in Monrovia following a lengthy battle with brain cancer at age 66.Born April 25, 1948 in Bakersfield and the son of a trainer, Earl Mitchell, Mike Mitchell worked for legendary trainers Farrell Jones and Willard Proctor prior to taking out his first trainer’s license in 1974. Married in 1982 to the former Denise Weaver, Mitchell is survived by his wife and their two daughters, McCall (Rounsefell) and Shea (Leparoux).Known primarily as a wizard at the claim box, Mitchell had a finely tuned ability to analyze the way races would be run and the ability to communicate pertinent pre-race information to those in his employ.“The thing about Mike that I loved about him, was he had so much faith in himself, so much confidence,” said retired Hall of Fame jockey Laffit Pincay, Jr. “He was one of my biggest supporters and we had a lot of success together. He knew his horses and every time he told me a horse was doing well, they ran that way. When I rode for Mike, he never gave me instructions and when I rode for him, I had a lot of confidence. He was a great trainer with claiming horses and with stakes horses. He was one of the best I ever rode for.”Santa Anita’s leading Winter Meet trainer in 1992-93, and again in 2007-08, he handed his stable over to his longtime assistant, Phil D’Amato on April 21, 2014 and retired due to his illness as Santa Anita’s fifth all-time leading trainer with 659 wins, behind only Bobby Frankel, Charlie Whittingham, Bob Baffert and Ron McAnally.Mitchell’s first Santa Anita stakes winner was Johnny’s Image, who won the 1978 Santa Catalina Stakes (now run as the Robert B. Lewis), and he saddled a total of 20 overall stakes winners at The Great Race Place, his final added money Santa Anita win coming with Egg Drop in the Grade II Goldikova Stakes in 2013.“Mike was a very aggressive guy when it came to where he was placing his horses,” said veteran jockey agent, Scotty McClellan, who represented several top riders during Mitchell’s career, including Darrell McHargue, Chris McCarron, Alex Solis, Corey Nakatani and Joe Talamo. “He always ran them in live spots. There were a lot of times a horse would run good and I’d be looking for a race for $40,000 (claiming), and he’s looking for a race for 25 or 32 (thousand). He did phenomenal with his claims over the years and if he said he had a runner, believe me, it was a runner.”McClellan also touched upon the kind of person Mitchell was.“As competitive as he was, Mike loved to laugh,” he said. “He just loved to laugh and hear new jokes–and play practical jokes. He was a great trainer and a great person as well–One of the best I’ve ever been around.”Mitchell, who won his first race at Bay Meadows in 1974, won 21 overall training titles in Southern California. In addition to his two Santa Anita Winter Meet titles, he won four training titles at Santa Anita’s Oak Tree Meeting; in 1983, 1995, 1996 and 2004. He also took seven overall Hollywood Park titles that included the 1982, 1985, 1993 and 1997 Spring/Summer Meets, and Hollywood Park Fall Meets in 1983, 1996 and 2011.Del Mar’s all-time leading trainer with 476 seaside wins, Mitchell won seven Del Mar titles; 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1995, 1996 and 2011. He was also leading trainer at Fairplex Park in 2008.“I haven’t seen too many guys that were ever better with a condition book than Mike,” said TVG’s Kurt Hoover. “He knew where to place his horses and when to run ’em. In addition to that, I’ve known several people that had great success with Mike as their trainer, but they all say that along with racing success, the fun they had with both Mike and Denise was just as important.“On top of all of his professional achievements is the fact that he had a great family. You could see that they all genuinely enjoyed being together. He was just an all-around good man.”Although known (and feared) as one of the top claiming trainers of all-time, Mitchell also developed a number of stakes winners, including the top sprinter Kela, who provided him with his first Grade I win, in the 2004 Bing Crosby Handicap at Del Mar.His greatest stakes success came late in his career with Irish-bred Obviously, who won five graded stakes, including the Grade I Shoemaker Mile, between August, 2012 and August, 2013. Obviously also finished third for Mitchell, behind eventual Horse of the Year Wise Dan, in the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita.In addition to his wife and two daughters, Mitchell is survived by a twin sister, Cheryl, and brothers Earl, Jr., Guy and Casey. Funeral services are pending. A SIX-TIME LEADER AT SANTA ANITA & OAK TREE, MITCHELL WON 21 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TRAINING TITLES & SADDLED A TOTAL OF 20 OVERALL STAKES WINNERS AT THE GREAT RACE PLACElast_img read more