Syracuse’s improved offense comes from net presence

first_img Published on February 25, 2019 at 12:09 am Contact Arabdho: | @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


first_imgAodh Ruadh GAA News:FootballAodh Ruadh extended their unbeaten league run to seven games in Buncrana, but it required some late heroics from Diarmaid McInerney to secure the points. The hosts were in good form and put up a good battle especially in the first half where they ran Ballyshannon ragged.Aodh Ruadh had opened the scoring with a goal from Barry Mulligan, but after that the Scarvey men took ownership of the game and the interval scores were 1-10 to 1-2 in their favour.The visitors had the wind behind them in the second period and a Seamus Kane goal provided Aodh Ruadh with the ideal start to the half.The Ernesiders confined the homesters to just one point in the second 30, while steadily eating into their lead. Diarmaid McInerney got the equaliser with a few minutes of normal time left, before stepping up to nail a tricky 30 metre dead ball to give Aodh Ruadh full points. We have a team sheet and pictures from the game up on Aodh Ruadh have one of their biggest games of the season to date this Sunday when they host promotion rivals Milford in Father Tierney Park. The senior game throws in at 3pm and is preceded by the reserves at 1.30pm.Under 14s continue their build-up to the championship game against Dungloe on July 7th. Training this Wednesday at 6.30pm with challenge game for the coming weekendThe under 12s play Four Masters this Wednesday in Father Tierney Park at 6.30pm. The is the last game of the round robin stages of the league and will determine which of the sides enjoys home advantage for the Southern Minor Board league final so a large Aodh Ruadh support for this one would be much appreciatedOur sincere condolences to under 10 coach James Bradshaw on the untimely passing of his brother Stephen. Our thoughts are with the family at this time.The under 8s had a good outing last Saturday in Donegal town. The As and Bs both had good wins over Dungloe. The Bs maintained their good start to the season with a draw against Four Masters. The As played really well against Four Masters, growing into the game as it went on. Our panel on the day was: Che Barron, Ben Daly, Stephen Doran, Anton Duffy, Cormac Finnegan, James Gallagher, Joseph Gibbons, Tom Holland, Sadhbh Hughes, Toirleach Hughes, Donagh Kelly, Tomás Keown, Sean Maguire, Jayden McGrath-Clyne; Dara McGloin, Garvey Meade, Bobby Melly, Ted O’Donnell, Dara O’Mahoney, Sean O’Neill, Corey Sheridan, Dathai Sheerin, Corey Sheridan, Alan Vaughan and Shay Winters.  We are down a couple jerseys, so if you happen to turn up one in your young fella’s gear, let us know! Training continues this Friday for the under 8s and under 6s from 6.30pm to 7.30pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. Karl Lacey will be head coach at the Lenovo Skills Hub football camp which commences on Tuesday, June 23rd and runs to Thursday June 25th from 10.30am to 2.30pm in Tír Chonaill Park, Donegal town. The camp is open to 13-16 year olds. Along with playing the games and expert coaching, a section of each day will be used to show best practice in Lifestyle choices such as nutrition, fitness levels, preparation for games, sun smart, and general advice from the inter-county players present. The camp costs €50 for one child with a reduced rate for second, third, and fourth. This can be paid on the day. We encourage all players to attend this camp as it has proven a useful developmental experience for players in the past. If anyone needs a lift contact Alan Sweeny on 0868052816.Euro-Shot ChallengeSheets will be going out over the next week to all underage players for Bord na nÓg’s inaugural Euro-Shot Challenge. The concept is simple, points win prizes. The more points your team scores, the more chance they have of winning a special team prize. There are three prizes on offer. The under 8s and under 10s will be competing for a team trip to Castle Adventure Open Farm. The under 12s and under 14s will face off for a team outing to Bundoran Cineplex. Meanwhile the under 16s and under 18s are competing for a beach party and barbecue sponsored by Kernan’s Spar. Shots are a €1 a go with the Euro-Shot Challenge taking place on Sunday 12th July in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. The more lines you sell, the more shots you get. But the important thing is putting the shots over the bar, which makes this fund-raiser a great way to hone one of the most important aspects of our games. All players will have to take a minimum number of shots, so even if you only score one point, it could be the one that wins that wins your team the prize. There are individual prizes for the top scorers in each team, while the overall highest scoring team will take home the handsome Euro-Shot Challenge Plate. To make it easier to sell lines, there are also two tickets to the Ulster final up for grabs, with the winners being drawn on the day of the Euro-Shot Challenge, a week before the final. Our special thanks to Kernan’s Spar, Eclipse Cinemas, Castle Adventure Open Farm and the Donegal Democrat for their sponsorship of this fund-raiser. Euro-Shot Challenge sheets can be downloaded directly from Aodh Ruadh senior hurlers returned to Ulster Táin League action on Friday evening against Setanta at the Cross. Lying second and third respectively in the league there was a lot to play for and the Aodh Ruadh men made their presence known from the outset with a well taken point from play by Kieran Kilgannon. Both teams traded points with Conor McNeeley and Jack Matthews getting on the scoreboard before Kevin Loughlin deflected a long range free into the back of the net to give the Ballyshannon men a three point lead going into half time on a scoreline of 1-6 to 0-6. The Aodh Ruadh men found it difficult to maintain the free flowing hurling of the first half and an early goal by the home side drew the sides level. Both sides fought tirelessly throughout the game until a fortuitous goal by Setanta near the end of the game proved the decisive score. Setanta emerged victors at the end of an evenly contested game on a scoreline of 2-10 to 1-10. Despite the loss the Aodh Ruadh men can take a lot of pride in the way they performed on the day. There was some excellent performances from Barry Farragher in defence, Kieran Kilgannon in mid-field and Jack Matthews in attack. Next game is against Strabane’s Ná Seamroga on July 5th.Last Sunday the second All-County blitz for the under 8s and under 10s was held in the Centre of Excellence in Convoy. Once again we had the largest numbers of all clubs present. We had 24 under 8s and fielded three teams. Each of the teams did very well winning the majority of their games. The hard work being put in at training is being reflected in the blitzes this year. All of the squad is doing very well and the improvement over this year is very evident. We had nine under 10s and again they did very well with a very young team the majority in their first year at this level. They won three of their five games. It was the under 8s first time wearing their new jerseys sponsored by Loughlin Heating and Plumbing and they played as well as they looked. All in all it was a great day despite the poor weather. Many thanks to all the parents who brought the lads and lassies to the blitz and gave them great support throughout the day. We have pictures from the blitz up on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page.The under 12 and under 16 leagues begin this Thursday with both teams in action at home. The under 12s take on neighbours Four Masters while the under 16s play Letterkenny Gaels.Training every Sunday at 12 noon for all underage groups. For any information required in relation to underage hurling please contact John Rooney 086-2587793.LadiesThe under 14s commence their A championship campaign this Tuesday, 23rd June in Father Tierney Park against Naomh Conaill. Throw in is at 7pm, all players to be at the park for 6.15pm. This team has gone unbeaten this year and this game will be a good test of the side’s progress. We would like to see a big showing of Ballyshannon support up at the park to cheer the girls on. Under 14 training continues on Tuesdays and Thursday from 6pm to 7pm.The under 12s hosted Killybegs in Father Tierney Park last Wednesday for an enjoyable game. We have pictures from the match up on 12, under 10 and under 8 training continues on Mondays from 6pm to 7pm.Summer CampAodh Ruadh Summer Camp 2015 runs on Monday 6th July-10th July and Monday 13th July-17th July. The camp runs from 10am to 3pm daily. Each week the camp will cater for all ages from 6 to 14, both BOYS and GIRLS. Activities include skills training, fun and games, Gaelic football, camogie, rounders, hurling and swimming. Applicants should bring a packed lunch as no one will be allowed to leave camp during the day. The camp runs from 10am to 3pm. Cost is as follows: One child €70; Two children €120; Three children €180; Four children €200. For further information contact Sylvester Maguire on 0860532495.Reunion for 1990 Community Games championsThere will be a reunion on Saturday 29th August in Bridgend Bar for the 1990 Donegal and All-Ireland winning Community Games team of Aodh Ruadh. The team who won the county title that year were Stephen Ward, Paul Rafferty, Kenneth McGurren, Martin Gallagher, Sean Maguire, Anthony Sheerin, Gavin Rogers, David Greene, James Shannon, Brendan Boyle, Dermot Fox, David Hoey, Sean Perry, Matthew Hughes, Christy Coughlin, Barry Travers and Jamie McCauley. Michael ‘Sticky’ Ward was captain while Jim Kane was manager. Contact Sean Perry (0879105013) or Jim Kane (0862849425) for further details regarding this event.Cash for ClothesJuvenile Hurling Committee are having our annual clothes recycling campaign for the month of June. We are looking for all used clothes, shoes, handbags, bed linen, etc. For any information in relation to this recycling campaign please contact John Rooney 086-2587793, Tara Keenaghan 086-3331903 or Fionnula Gillespie 087-6668634.Club kitWe now have official club shorts available to order. They are O’Neill’s, so top quality kit. Kids sizes (24 and 26) cost €18, while adult sizes (28, 30, 32, 34,  36 and 38) cost €22. We’ll have samples available and images on Contact Chris Kelly on 0868813553 to place your order. Our navy blue soft shell jackets are also back on sale. We now have three youth sizes available. Ages 7-8 priced €40; ages 9-10 priced €40; and ages 11-12 priced €45. All jackets will have the Aodh Ruadh and GAA crests, plus the child’s initials on the sleeve. We are also able to order Ladies soft shell jackets with pink Aodh Ruadh crest and GAA logo. We are also selling adult jackets. You can check out samples of the shorts and jacket on For further details call Chris on 0868813553.Folk Festival launchAll are invited to a free concert in the Abbey Centre on Thursday 25th June at 8.30pm to launch the 38th Annual Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional Music Festival. Come along and enjoy a night of music, song agus craic with one of Ireland’s most vibrant bands from Belfast – the Rapparees. Enjoy a glass of wine, some refreshments and a great night of entertainment – all brought to you by Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional Music Festival.Abbey Centre BingoThe winner of last week’s €400 jackpot was Mrs Foley of Kinlough. This Friday is the June Big Bingo at 9pm in the Abbey Centre with a massive €3,000 prize fund Books priced at €15 for full book, €8 for a half bookor get the book and a half summer special for €20. The game seven summer snowball is now €400 on 49 numbers or less. Plus we still have our spot prize on 42 to be won!Aodh Ruadh LottoThere was no winner of last week’s Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot of €6,200. The winning numbers drawn were 7, 8, 9, 12, 13 and 17. In the lucky dip €20 went to: Brendan Barron, Corker; Holly, Emma and Callum O’Neill, c/o O’Neill’s; Gethins family, Finner; and Caroline Patton, Creevy. Next draw in The Lantern with a Jackpot of €6,300 on Sunday at 8.30pm.The lotto team for McCosker’s Centra this Saturday is: BORD NA NÓG.You can receive the club notes by e-mail every Tuesday morning. To subscribe, enter your details on the website,, or e-mail your request to is the weekly e-mail newsletter from Aodh Ruadh GAA Club. If you have received it in error, please contact us at us on the social mediaFacebook: Aodh Ruadh CLGTwitter: @aodhruadh.GAA NEWS: HEROIC PERFORMANCE FROM DIARMAID MCINERNEY ENSURES AODH RUADH VICTORY was last modified: June 24th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Aodh RuadhGAANoticesSportlast_img read more