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first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 1, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13 With an ice bag pressed to the side of his head, Robbie Hughes trudged across the field. Seventy-five yards. Then back again. On the heels of Wednesday’s 5-1 blowout loss to Siena and with a ‘little bump’ — actually the size of a ping pong ball — sticking out of his head, the Syracuse freshman defender looked gassed. ‘After the final whistle tonight we wipe the slate clean, and we go again,’ he said. ‘And we work hard.’ The sooner the Orange can wipe the slate clean, the better. Players and coaches have a lot of goals to erase from their minds.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Not since 2003 had SU allowed an opponent to score five goals in a game, and unfortunately for new head coach Ian McIntyre, it happened in his debut. Syracuse (0-1-0) dropped its 2010 season opener Wednesday night to Siena in front of 1,231 spectators at SU soccer stadium. The Saints (1-0-0) scored three of their five goals on set pieces and took advantage of an inexperienced Syracuse lineup that is still searching for the right combination ‘We started seven new guys,’ McIntyre said. ‘I think we played over 10 new guys. A lot of them made their collegiate debuts. But that’s not an excuse, and we don’t want to use that as an excuse.’ McIntyre doesn’t want Wednesday’s result labeled a product of new faces in new places, but that might be the problem. Twenty of the 30 players on SU’s roster are new to the program this season, and 11 of those saw playing time. Siena took advantage early of a defensive unit that hasn’t seen much time on the field together. The Saints got on the board just five minutes into the game on a header by Falko Friedrichs off of a corner kick. Friedrichs was all alone at the six-yard box with no Orange defenders around. Siena’s second goal was much the same. Just minutes before the half, Friedrichs headed in another after, connecting with a flip throw from teammate Joey Tavernese. Again Friedrichs found himself alone in front of the goal. Two instances of miscommunication by the Orange defense. Two goals for the Saints. ‘I think a little bit of naivety and some poor defending cost us ultimately,’ McIntyre said. After the half, SU came out with energy and dominated the opening minutes. The increased pressure on the Saints defense led to a goal from freshman Brett Jankouskas in the 49th minute, after a cheeky back-heel pass by sophomore midfielder Mawuena Agbossoumonde. But the shaky SU defense would be exposed again. This time by speed. Siena striker Emery Welshman, the fastest player on the field, scored two goals and an assist, all in the second half. Welshman got in behind the Orange defense twice in the second half, resulting in two Saints goals. ‘He’s one of those guys that when we play the ball up to him and he turns, we can’t get there to support him because he’s so quick,’ Siena head coach Gareth Elliott said. ‘He definitely has some jets.’ SU’s team isn’t at full strength. Defender Konrad Andersson tore his meniscus and midfielder Nick Roydhouse, who was All-MAC second team in 2009, was suspended. ‘There were a couple of guys that we expected to play (for Syracuse) that didn’t play,’ Elliott said. ‘… It’s very difficult if coach McIntyre doesn’t know his strongest starting 11 right now because, then, we’re not going to know the strongest starting 11.’ In addition, the Orange is still toying with its formation. Tonight’s lineup came out in a flexible 4-3-3 alignment from defense to forward. But Hughes admitted the number of attackers and midfielders still isn’t set in stone. The Orange may use different lineups in hopes of finding a unit that clicks by the time Big East play gets underway on Sept. 25. Despite Wednesday, McIntyre has time. ‘We’ve got a lot of faces that we’re trying to work out,’ he said ‘… I think a little bit of naivety and some poor defending cost us ultimately.’ Mjcohe02@syr.educenter_img Commentslast_img read more

first_img Comments John Desko can watch as much tape of Syracuse’s opponents as he wants. But when it comes down to it, sometimes it doesn’t matter.‘I’ve seen this all year long,’ Desko said. ‘I’ve watched a lot of tape on the other teams, and the team that I’ve just watched tape on that play us are a different team when they play Syracuse. We bring out the best in everybody.’As the No. 1 Orange (6-0, 1-0 Big East) prepares to head to Philadelphia to play No. 11 Villanova (7-1, 0-0) on Saturday at 7 p.m., it’s once again expecting to play in a playoff-like game. That’s what happens when teams promote their games against Syracuse to be the most important of the season. For the Orange, though, it’s simply a matter of having to adjust.With a perfect start thus far, it hasn’t had much of a problem doing so. Desko said Villanova likely scheduled a night game on Saturday so the high school teams in the area can play their games during the day and then watch the Wildcats battle the Orange at night.‘That’s what we’ve been seeing so far, is just a challenge every week,’ Desko said. ‘And that comes with being No. 1 and comes with wearing an Orange jersey.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse has to go in prepared for everything because it never knows what exactly teams are going to throw at it. In seemingly every game, teams play better against Syracuse. And that’s been the case even more when it comes to opposing goaltenders, some of whom have struggled all season long until they play SU. All of a sudden, they become forces in between the pipes.Against Georgetown on March 12, Syracuse struggled getting the ball past Hoya goaltender Jack Davis. Going into the game, Davis was allowing an average of 14 goals per contest. Against the Orange, he was a completely different player. The game went into overtime, when Syracuse scored to get a 9-8 win. On paper, the game could have been a blowout.In Villanova’s biggest game of the season, getting the ball past goaltender Billy Hurley won’t get any easier. Hurley is allowing only about eight goals per game. It’s a challenge Syracuse has grown accustomed to.‘I think that a lot of the weekends we play, it’s been the game of the year for the other team,’ Desko said. ‘Hopefully, we’re getting used to that. … And that’s a good thing. If we survive it, it makes us stronger.’First, though, Syracuse has to break through Villanova’s stifling defense. Desko said he expects the Wildcats to play both man-to-man and zone defenses. It’s zone defenses, though, that have given Syracuse a problem all year.‘A lot of people want to take that shot from the outside and get that goal, and then that leads to mistakes,’ Keogh said. ‘When we call timeouts and Coach talks about patience and looking for that one shot, it’s worked for us so far.’But Keogh said instead of waiting until the fourth quarter to be patient and find the right shot, the Orange needs to do it from the very beginning. In practice, the SU coaches get the offense ready to see both styles of defense. Of course, whatever defense Villanova plays will be its best. That’s been the story of the Orange’s season.Although Villanova isn’t one of Syracuse’s most formidable opponents, it has the potential to be as tough a game as any the Orange has played. The Wildcats have already beaten three ranked opponents in Drexel, Pennsylvania and Princeton.‘We really need to buckle down,’ SU long-stick midfielder Joel White said. ‘I don’t think we’ve played a 60-minute game yet, and I think it’s going to be real tough for us.’Every game has been tough because of the way opponents ratchet up their level of intensity to try to be the one to take down Syracuse. That won’t be any different on Saturday.For Desko, there isn’t much of a drawback in playing opponents’ highest level of play. For a team aiming to win its third championship in four years, it’s only a benefit in the long term.Said Desko: ‘What doesn’t kill you hopefully makes you better.’cjiseman@syr.edu Published on March 23, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_isemancenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_img Published on February 21, 2018 at 10:35 pm Contact Matt: mdliberm@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ The first two weeks of No. 16 Syracuse’s (1-1) season could not have been more different from each other. The Orange opened the season with a 21-4 shellacking of Binghamton (0-3), where 12 different players scored for SU.The Orange followed up its massive opening-day win with one of its worst losses in decades. Then-No. 4 Albany (1-0) thrashed the Orange, 15-3, in the Great Danes first game of the season, earning its second win against the Orange in program history and handing SU its worst home defeat since a 19-6 loss against Cornell in 1987.This Saturday, SU finishes up its opening home stand against No. 9 Army (3-0), which is coming off a 9-7 win against No. 13 Rutgers. One key piece that may be missing, though, is Army’s “top defender,” Johnny Surdick, Army head coach Joe Alberici said. Surdick missed last Saturday’s contest against Rutgers due to an injury. In his place, senior long-stick midfielder Jon LaMonica moved to defense, finishing with a team-leading 14 ground balls. Alberici is “hopeful” Surdick will play on Saturday, but that is to be determined.The last two seasons, Army and Syracuse have split their matchups. Syracuse won, 9-8, in 2016 and lost, 14-13, in 2017. In last year’s contest, SU had to play without its all-time faceoff leader in Ben Williams, but it had veteran go-to scorers in Nick Mariano and Sergio Salcido. This year’s Syracuse team is much different, while Army’s is much of the same.Veteran attackAdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhile Syracuse lost three of its top-five scorers from last season, the Black Knights return all but one of their top-five scorers, including 2017 USILA All-American Honorable Mention David Symmes, who played hero last season against SU, putting a game-winner past Evan Molloy with 0.5 seconds remaining.“Symmes is an impressive athlete,” Alberici said. “Great size. Good speed. Shoots the ball hard.”So far this season, the senior ranks third on the team with nine points — six goals and three assists. Tied for first are Nate Jones and Conor Glancy, who each have tallied 10 points through their first three games. Both seniors found the back of the net last year against SU. Army returns all but two players who scored in last season’s game.Still, Army isn’t the same offensive juggernaut that Albany is. Last week, Syracuse’s defense was exhausted in the second half, sophomore defender Nick Mellen said.“We can’t say let’s do what Tehoka (Nanticoke) did,” Alberici said. “We just don’t have that guy.”The Black Knights do not have a Nanticoke-type talent, but they do have a diverse, experienced offense that can attack its opponents in many different ways.Battle at the faceoff XThen-freshman Danny Varello first made his name as a collegiate faceoff specialist against Army last season, winning 10-of-17 faceoffs against Dan Grabher, the fifth-leading faceoff specialist in the country at the end of the 2017 season. Against Binghamton two weeks ago, Varello dominated, winning 15-of-17 en route to being named to the USILA Team of the Week.“He dominated,” Binghamton head coach Kevin McKeown said following the game. “It’s tough to win a ball game when you don’t have the ball.”Syracuse suffered a similar fate last Saturday against Albany. Varello folded, winning 3-of-13 against TD Ierlan, and SU rarely possessed the ball in its three-goal performance.Varello struggled mightily to win the ball against Albany, and has struggled with turnovers in both games. Against the Bearcats, Varello turned the ball over on 20 percent of his face-off wins.Ahead 4-0 in the first quarter, Varello won the faceoff against Binghamton’s Brendan Patterson. After the win, two Bearcats midfielders double-teamed Varello. Instead looking for the easy pass back to his defense, Varello tried to force a one-handed pass to a midfielder, resulting in a turnover.On Saturday, Army will bring that same pressure.“Our goal will be to try to make it a 10-man game as much as we can,” Alberici said.Plus, Army’s faceoff specialist, John Ragno, doubles down as a short-stick defensive midfielder as well. A good athlete, Alberici said, Ragno is especially tough to beat when the ball is on the ground, plus his win percentage at the faceoff X is one of the best in the country at 67.6 percent.“We’re going to rely on him to make it scrappy,” Alberici said.Do-it-all playersRagno isn’t Army’s only multi-dimensional weapon. Sophomore midfielder Matt Manown has become one of Alberici’s go-to players as a two-way midfielder.Manown is one of the best defensive players on the team, Alberici said, and his offense is only getting better. Manown led the Black Knights with four points against Rutgers — two goals and two assists.A former hockey player, Manown will work defensively to eliminate easy shots around the crease from the likes of Nate Solomon and Brendan Bomberry.“Whatever it is you ask him to do, whenever, it’s a nod and he’s going to do it to his best ability,” Alberici said. “We anticipated Matt to be that two-way midfielder for us that would go back defensively and get stops when we needed them. At a loose ball pile, he comes off ripping again and again and again.”What the coaching staff did not anticipate is Manown to rank fourth on the team in scoring, just two points behind Symmes, creating a more diverse offense than even Army thought it had.But for all the talk about SU’s struggles against Albany, Alberici knows there is more to SU than what people saw on Saturday. The first half, he said, was much closer than the scoreboard indicated, and the missed opportunities that Syracuse couldn’t capitalize on was what made the team struggle so badly in the second half. But Army isn’t Albany. And the loss to the Great Danes is in the past. Alberici knows SU isn’t focused on it anymore, and he knows his team cannot focus on it either.“We need to set the tone,” Alberici said. “What happened last week shouldn’t dictate what happens in this game. That’s going to be before we step on the field.” Commentslast_img read more

first_imgFlights in and out of Donegal Airport at Carrickfinn today have been cancelled due to Storm Emma. Aer Lingus has cancelled the regional flights connecting Donegal to Dublin and Glasgow on Friday 2nd March.Due to the Red Alert for very heavy snow, all airlines at Dublin Aiport have suspended flights until Saturday morning. Snow crews have been working around the clock to clear the runway as blizzard conditions struck the capital. Stormy conditions on the airfield @DublinAirport right now #stormemma #BeastFromTheEast pic.twitter.com/oVD4d566bo— Dublin Airport (@DublinAirport) March 1, 2018Many flights have been cancelled at Glasgow Airport also. A statement says: “Our teams worked through the night clearing snow from the airfield. A large number of flights have been cancelled for today so our advice to passengers is not to travel to the airport until they have checked the status of their flight with their airline. For flight information visit https://www.glasgowairport.com/flight-info/ “Featured image via Donegal Airport   Storm Emma grounds all flights at Donegal Airport was last modified: March 2nd, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:aer lingusDonegal AirportFlightsTravellast_img read more