Syracuse’s improved offense comes from net presence

first_img Published on February 25, 2019 at 12:09 am Contact Arabdho: armajumd@syr.edu | @aromajumder Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img UPDATED: Monday Feb. 25, 2019 at 1:04 p.m.Put the puck on net. Get to the dirty areas. Fight for rebounds. Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan and his players have preached those things since the beginning of the season. In nonconference play, the Orange struggled to execute. They rarely spent extended time in the offensive zone, and when they were able to set up in the attacking third of the ice, they couldn’t create what Flanagan called, “Grade A chances.”This past weekend, Syracuse (10-19-3, 10-6-2 College Hockey America) scored 10 goals in two wins against Lindenwood. It was a convincing sign of the strides the Orange offense has made since winter break. Even in losses, SU has often outshot its opponent and ran into stellar goalies, like in a home-and-home against the Rochester Institute of Technology in which Syracuse fired 84 shots but scored just once. But as of last weekend, its shots are getting in the net.“Sometimes you overthink it,” junior forward Anonda Hoppner said, “and don’t realize that all you have to do is get the puck to the net and generate chances.”Syracuse netted five goals Saturday against Lindenwood. To open SU’s scoring, Kelli Rowswell handled the puck behind the Lions net after the Orange’s initial shot was blocked. Anticipating a short-side attempt from the SU junior, Lindenwood’s goalie, Sophie Wolf, dove. With the goalkeeper out of position, Rowswell wrapped around the cage and stuffed the puck home.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnother helpful bounce led to Syracuse’s second goal. Emma Polaski’s blocked shot fell to Victoria Klimek, who fired it with Wolf out of position. Abby Moloughney took a weak wrist shot from the top of the faceoff circle later in the game, and the goalie couldn’t get enough of her glove on the shot to keep it out.Chances have opened up for the Orange because of better puck possession and improved transitions from defense to offense, Flanagan said. Early in the season, neutral-zone turnovers and off-target passes led to opportunities going back the other way with a player advantage. Making tape-to-tape passes has paid off in recent games. SU defenders have sprung wingers to carry pucks into the offensive zone with more room to work with.“We’re looking for different options,” Jessica DiGirolamo said. “Coach always tells us you have this play here or this play here, it just depends. So keep your head up and find the right play.”Anna Henderson | Digital Design EditorPolaski took advantage of the improved passing in a 3-2 overtime win against Robert Morris on Jan. 18. Allie Munroe entered the zone alone and was forced to cut back, waiting for support. Polaski charged across the blue line, and Munroe hit her in stride. SU’s leading goal scorer “hammered it home” on a one-timer, she said.When the support doesn’t come immediately, Orange players are able to hold the zone and set up their offense. Defenders such as DiGirolamo and Munroe tend to pinch at the blue line to hold the puck in the offensive zone. Once set up, Syracuse playmakers can be more active in searching for incisive passes.Polaski sent a cross-ice saucer pass to DiGirolamo, who caught and fired a shot top-shelf in one motion Friday night against Lindenwood. Those types of plays have occurred increasingly in the last month.“We look for each other out on the ice,” DiGirolamo said on her and Polaski. “I just feel like we have a lot of chemistry.”Syracuse has beaten every CHA opponent except for RIT this season, and in most cases, it has happened due to offensive outbursts. The Orange have scored less than three goals only in two of their 10 conference wins. In three out of four games against RIT, SU averaged a goal a game.In its most recent series against the Tigers, SU’s lack of scoring came with scoring chances. Syracuse’s season-high in shots (44) came in a 1-1 tie with RIT in the second game of a home-and-home. The night before, in Rochester, the Tigers’ goalie recorded a 40-save shutout.In both games, Syracuse held the possession advantage as well as the shooting advantage. For the last five minutes of regulation at Tennity Ice Pavilion, the puck barely left the RIT defensive zone. Lauren Bellefontaine was denied on an easy chance close to the net, and then, on a power play, Brooke Avery hit the pipe, and the puck came down on the goal line before bouncing out of the crease. Syracuse still isn’t finishing all of its chances, but “the more shots you take, the more chances that you’re going to put it in,” Moloughney said.“As long as you’re going in there being like, ‘You got to be desperate, I gotta play desperate,’ that means you’re going to work harder,” Moloughney said. “You’re going to work super, super hard because you just want to get the puck in the net.”CORRECTION: The text in the first graphic was misstated. Syracuse scored two goals per game in its first 30 games, not four five-goal games. The Daily Orange regrets this error.last_img read more

Muhamed Bikić: Once Journalist, forever Journalist!

first_imgBorn on May 23rd 1973 in Sarajevo, where he finished elementary and high school, and then graduated from the Faculty of Law in Sarajevo. Mr.Bikić finished master studies at the Faculty of Sports and Physical Education, on the topic “Attitudes and personal traits of national team players in team sports and of sports journalists in BiH”, also in Sarajevo. He is one of the founders of the idea of sports law in BiH, and his master thesis was precisely about that, where he sublimed sports, law, journalism and psychology. He is a longtime sports journalist in written and electronic media.Loyal readers know you as an extraordinary journalist and connoisseur of sports, both in BiH and in the world. Moreover, they know you for the books you have written and for the show “As exkluziv”. Can you tell us how your love for sports was born and when you started doing shows?I have been in this job since I was a student and I have always loved sports and football. I was almost a rising star for Željezničar, of Igman from Ilidža. However, spending five continuous years in the army impacted on my sporting career. Truth is, I used to imagine myself as a good attorney, but I never managed to definitely decide and say ‘enough’ to journalism and go to an office. The unwritten rule is that attorneys are the best journalists, and there is also the famous saying ‘once a journalist, always a journalist’. I started editing and hosting shows on Hayat TV: “Sportski vremeplov” and “Hayat Sport”, and now on TV Alfa “As exkluziv”. In terms of other electronic media, I was working for TV Sarajevo and I worked in printed media for “Dnevni avaz”, “Ljiljan” and in “Avaz sport” where I still work. I also write for the web portal “Al Jazeera Balkans”. I have written books such as “Hadžijsko drvo”, “Po(r)uka” and “sportskivremeplov.ba”.[wzslider autoplay=”true”]In the show “As exkluziv” you had an opportunity to talk to many famous individuals from the world of sports. Can you single out two of the most important shows and share details with our readers?So far, I have hosted 115 episodes of the show. It all started with the legendary Ivica Osim, then there was Safet Sušić who left for Mundial in Brazil almost straight from the studio, then Mehmed Baždarević, who told his life story in “As exkluziv” right after being appointed the coach of BiH national football team. Our guest for the 100th episode of the show was Amel Tuka, currently the best BiH athlete. This project received numerous recognitions and the greatest recognition of them all is the judgment of the auditory, because this show is one of the most commented on via social networks and is being watched all around the world. Everyone eagerly anticipates the show on Sunday at 8 p.m. and if they do not make it on time, they can watch the show on YouTube.May 2, 1996 is the date remembered by the majority of people in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is the day when Sarajevo and Željezničar played their first derby after the end of the war in BiH. That day was especially emotional because the former President Alija Izetbegović started the game. Can you share with us the memories of that day?I spent the entire period of aggression on BiH in Sarajevo, as a member of the Army of RBiH and precisely at the Square of Heroes, near the stadium of Željo. Many people dreamt about the day of the return on Grbavica. Destiny wanted several of us, who were near Grbavica during the aggression and watched Željo’s stadium, our pride, as in Tifa’s song “Grbavica”, to witness that historical sport event in different roles. Edin Sprečo, the legend of Željezničar, member of the first champion generation and active in the defence of Sarajevo and BiH, got out onto the field together with the first president of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina Alija Izetbegović, who kicked the game off. The final result of the 66th league match was 1:1. On that May 2nd, nearly 20.000 spectators gathered at the almost completely demolished Grbavica. The entire western wooden stand no longer existed, because it completely burned on May 4, 1992. The north stand was still in function although devastated as well, but it was somehow prepared to host the blue and Bordeaux fans who left the devastated Grbavica that day satisfied. The truth is that war scars were visible in every corner of the Valley of Cups, on the east and south stands, but the joy, pride and satisfaction were in the air. Because, the city derby is eternal and the Grbavica song is eternal as well…In your expert opinion, what is the current situation of football in Bosnia and Herzegovina? Can you make a short analysis?Regarding the national championship, I believe that the quality of BiH football will increase with the shortening of the league. This past season showed that a step forward was made. However, more investments must be made in BiH football and infrastructure because good results cannot be expected without adequate conditions.BiH is rich in talented football players who are appreciated in great clubs around the world. Those same football players, when invited by the coach, play for the national team. In your opinion, when will BiH play in the World Championships again? Is talent enough, or football cannot exist without politics?Qualifying for Mundial in Brazil was a great success. We almost qualified for the Euros, but I hope we will be participants among the best national teams in the world again. Talent? Of course it is important, but a lot of work and persistence are needed, too. When it comes to politics, I always avoid it in my shows and any public performances. There is no room for politics in sports.Interview by Zejna SYlast_img read more

Tom Brady lowers price on Massachusetts mansion by $8 million

first_imgThat’s $8 million lower than the original asking price.5 Bedrooms.7 Bathrooms.3-Car Garage.Wine Room.Gym.Spa.Guest House.Yoga Studio.The Brookline home of Tom Brady & Gisele Bündchen is on sale for $39,500,000.The mortgage is $147,422 a month.The next available tour is today at 3:30pm: https://t.co/tu7JcM3ZGr pic.twitter.com/aDFKPyLC0a— Only In Boston (@OnlyInBOS) August 6, 2019The 5-bedroom, 5 bath mansion has a three-car garage, a pool and a driveway that can handle up to 20 vehicles.Brady’s next-closest property is nearly three hours from Foxboro, at Silo Ridge Field Club in Armenia, New York.MORE: Tom Brady admits his future with Patriots is unknownCould this mean the Patriots star is on his way out of New England?At age 42, Brady might become a free agent for the first time in his 20-year NFL career. Tom Brady appears to be a motivated seller.The Patriots quarterback and his wife Gisele Bündchen have lowered the asking price on their Massachusetts mansion to $33.9 million, according to The Los Angeles Times. The six-time Super Bowl champion was not ready to discuss his future after the Patriots’ 20-13 loss to the Titans in the NFL playoffs on Saturday.”I don’t know what the future looks like, and I’m not going to predict it,” Brady said when asked whether he’ll return to the Patriots in 2020. “I wish we would have won tonight, and I wish we would have done things better over the course of the season. But we just didn’t get the job done.”“I don’t know what the future looks like, and I’m not going to predict it.” – Tom Brady on whether he’ll be back with the Patriots in 2020 pic.twitter.com/ON0jpTWONd— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) January 5, 2020Brady also said it is “pretty unlikely” he will retire before the 2020 season.last_img read more