Costantino, Richardson stymie Connecticut offense with superb performances in net

first_img Published on March 22, 2013 at 8:16 pm Contact Josh: Syracuse goalkeepers Alyssa Costantino and Kelsey Richardson have shown over the course of the season, especially in SU’s last two games, just how lethal of a tandem they are. Syracuse head coach Gary Gait has a unique luxury of choosing between two high-quality goalies, and lately his choices have been spot on.Richardson, a sophomore, allowed no goals in the first half in No. 6 Syracuse’s (4-2, 1-0 Big East) 18-7 victory over Connecticut (6-1, 0-1) on Friday at the Carrier Dome. Before UConn scored at the 25:28 mark of the second half, Richardson and Costantino  held opponents scoreless for 67 minutes and 31 seconds, dating back to SU’s win over Towson on March 9.Gait said the scoreless streak was a result of a strong combined effort by his goalkeepers and his defense.“In both games our ride has been tremendous,” Gait said. “We’ve caused a ton of turnovers and have limited the number of opportunities that the other team has had. And until the last ten minutes of the game [today] we did an unbelievable job of limiting their offense and the number of shots they had.”Connecticut scored four goals in the last minute and 19 seconds of the game, long after the outcome had been decided and when many SU reserves were on the field. The quick burst turned an 18-3 rout into a more respectable 18-7, making the goalkeeping and defensive stats look worse than they actually were.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange defense held the Huskies to 18 shots, with only five coming in the first half. Becca Block, Natalie Glanell and Katie Webster held UConn leading scorer Lauren Kahn (who came into the game with 16 goals, 14 assists) virtually silent. Kahn took just two shots, one of which came with a minute and 39 seconds remaining when the game had been long decided.Richardson faced five shots in the first half and two in the second, allowing just one goal in 45 total minutes before being replaced by Costantino at the 15:49 mark of the second half. The sophomore finished with six saves.“I credit that a lot to my defense,” Richardson said. “And the ride. The attack played awesome riding. And our defense, they had a lot of what would have been fast breaks, but our defense got back in, defended well, and gave me a lot of pressured shots. Which are easy saves.”The Orange held a 13-1 lead when Costantino entered.Connecticut midfielder Catherine Gross hit the post with 9:17 remaining in the first half; Richardson made a nice stick save on UConn midfielder Elizabeth Brown on a free-position shot with three minutes left in the first half to preserve the shutout. For the first half, the Huskies didn’t come closer to scoring than that.SU’s scoreless goalkeeping streak came to an end when Huskies midfielder Morgan O’Reilly scored at the 25:28 mark of the second half.With the Orange leading 16-1 at the 13:41 mark, Gait “reached deep” in his bench and gave several inexperienced players the chance to play. The Huskies outscored the Orange six to two for the remainder of the game.Connecticut’s second goal of the game, which came from the stick of Carly Palmucci, didn’t come until the 11:02 point of the second half. Gross scored a free-position goal moments later to make it 16-3.The four-goal onslaught started with a free-position shot goal from attack Ally Fazio, followed by goals from O’Reilly, Katherine Finkelston and O’Reilly again.And apart from the last minute of the game, an outlier that will sway the stats to look worse than reality, Costantino and Richardson made saves when they needed to.“I thought Regy Thorpe put a great plan together,” Gait said. “…Our team did a great job and really made it tough for them to score.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

USC emerges victorious at Bruin Wave Invitational

first_imgThe USC women’s golf team notched another victory on Tuesday, overcoming an eight-stroke deficit in the final round of the Bruin Wave Invitational. Freshman Annie Park was also a winner, finishing 1-under for the tournament and claiming her first collegiate individual title.The win is the squad’s second in a row after last week’s Sugar Bowl Invitational in New Orleans, and its third of the season. USC head coach Andrea Gaston was thrilled with the team’s effort.“It’s exciting to come back and win the tournament,” Gaston said. “Especially against the Bruins.”As usual, the road to victory was not easy. Archrival and host UCLA had marched ahead of the No. 1 Trojans during the second of Monday’s two rounds, capitalizing on a poor 13-over 301 performance from their top-ranked crosstown foe. Fortunately, the Trojans had jumped to an early lead in the first of the day’s rounds, helped by the excellent efforts of eventual individual tournament champion Park. Her 4-under 68 on the first 18 kept the possibility of a comeback win in the cards. The freshman posted an even-par effort over the first 36 holes, making her one of only two players at the El Caballero Country Club in Tarzana, Calif., to manage such a feat.“El Caballero is an extremely challenging course, and required a lot of patience,” Gaston said. “Sometimes a bogey is a good score.”It was on day two that Park and her team made their move, getting consistent, steady efforts from multiple golfers during the final round. Park’s 1-under set the tone, while freshman Kyung Kim, junior Sophia Popov and sophomore Doris Chen turned in solid scores just above par.Kim finished her 72 holes in seventh place at 7-over, while Popov and Chen tied for 10th just one stroke behind. Park’s collective 1-under gave her a four-stroke win over Pepperdine’s Marissa Chow, while day one leader Lee Lopez of UCLA faded in the final round with a 7-over 79.The Trojans now receive a much needed break and will not return to action until the end of the month at the San Diego State Farms Invitational in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.“This is another great win for our team,” Gaston said. “Now we have about three weeks to go back to work and prepare for our next tournament.”last_img read more

Syracuse ice hockey takes down Mercyhurst, 2-0, and moves into 1st-place tie

first_imgSyracuse (10-10-3, 6-1-2 College Hockey America) defeated Mercyhurst (9-8-4, 6-1-2), 2-0, on Friday afternoon at War Memorial Arena. The Orange pulled itself into a tie with the Lakers for first place in the conference, with each team having 14 points.In the first period, only two penalties were called — one on each team — and only 13 total shots were taken between the two teams.The scoring started in the second period. With a little over 15 minutes gone, Lakers senior J’Nai Mahadeo was called for a checking penalty. One minute and five seconds later, captain Nicole Ferrara put the puck in the back of the net to give Syracuse a 1-0 lead. It was her team-leading 10th goal of the season.The Orange got an insurance goal with 7:27 gone in the third period when sophomore Emily Costales scored to give SU a 2-0 lead that it would hold for the rest of the game.Thirteen penalties — seven on Mercyhurst and six on Syracuse — were called throughout the game. The Orange averages just 3.1 penalties a game and its opponents average four.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGoalie Jenn Gilligan recorded her second straight shutout. She hasn’t allowed a goal since late in the second period in a game against Colgate on Jan. 4.The Orange finishes this two-games series with Mercyhurst on Saturday at 3 p.m., again at War Memorial Arena. A win would put Syracuse in sole possession of first place. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 15, 2016 at 7:29 pm Contact Tomer: | @tomer_langerlast_img read more

‘Huge issue’ with some refereeing decisions – Kearns

first_imgNeilan also had to be escorted from the field by Gardaí after the full-time whistle, to a chorus of boos from Tipp fans in the Old Stand.Kearns spoke to Tipp FM Sport about the ref after the game… Liam Kearns has a ‘huge issue’ with how Tipp’s game against Armagh in the football qualifiers was reffed.However, he has admitted that the refereeing did not cost Tipperary the game.Roscommon’s Paddy Neilan was heavily criticised for not using the advantage rule correctly on both sides, and Kearns also pointed out that Tipperary were continuously penalised for diving.last_img

Iker Casillas Stable after Suffering Heart Attack at Training

first_imgHe was also part of the national squad that won two successive European Championships, in 2008 and 2012, and the World Cup in 2010.A Porto statement read: “Casillas suffered an acute myocardial infarction during Wednesday morning training session held at the PortoGaia training centre in Olival.“The work session was promptly interrupted to provide assistance to the Porto goalkeeper, who is currently at the Hospital CUF Porto. Casillas is well, stable and his heart problem (is) solved.”His former club Real Madrid published a statement, sending their former keeper “all the courage of the world”.“Real Madrid wants to transmit all their support to their beloved captain Casillas,” the statement read.“Casillas has taught us throughout his professional career to overcome the most incredible challenges to enhance the glory of our club.“It has taught us that giving up does not fit into our philosophy of life and has shown us countless times that being stronger the harder the challenge is, the way to achieve victory.“Real Madrid want to see their eternal captain recovered as soon as possible and send him all the courage of the world.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Iker Casillas Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas has been taken to hospital after suffering a heart attack at their training ground, the club has said.The 37-year-old is “stable” in hospital and remains under observation.Spain goalkeeper Casillas won three Champions League titles, and La Liga five times, at Real Madrid.last_img read more

A.J. Pollock’s ‘bad three games’ land him on Dodgers’ bench for Game 4

first_imgSHORT-TIMERSWith Beaty replacing Pollock, Gavin Lux starting at second base as he has against right-handed pitching and Will Smith back at catcher after Russell Martin caught Hyun-Jin Ryu on Sunday, the Dodgers’ starting lineup for Game 4 featured three rookie position players.It is not the first time Roberts has written three rookies onto a postseason lineup card – Corey Seager, Andrew Toles and Julio Urias started Game 4 of the 2016 NLCS against the Chicago Cubs. But it is the first time three rookie position players started a postseason game for the Dodgers since Seager, Joc Pederson and Kiké Hernandez started Game 5 of the 2015 NLDS against the New York Mets.Roberts said he never even gave a thought to the experience level of the trio as he was making out the Game 4 lineup.“I believe in the players. I believe in the talent,” Roberts said. “There’s guys every year across baseball who are young players who make an impact. The service time, I have no hesitation running those guys out there.”Roberts said “the overriding decision is what gives you the best chance to win tonight” and he has no fears that any of the Dodgers’ young players will be overwhelmed by the moment.Related Articles Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start “But it’s something that I haven’t at all lost confidence in A.J. and know that he’ll figure some things out.”Roberts said the NLDS slump reminds him of the funk Pollock was in at the start of the season. Pollock was batting .223 in late April when an elbow injury sidelined him for more than two months.“Yeah, it does. And that’s why I feel confident he and our hitting guys will clean it up,” Roberts said. “But it’s very clear … that they’re spinning him (throwing breaking balls). Going forward, that’s what teams are going to do until he adjusts. That’s just a fact.”Roberts said the slump “came out of nowhere.” Over the final two months of the regular season, Pollock batted .297 with an .887 OPS.“It’s a bad three games,” Roberts said. “I expect considerably better going forward. Getting back to simplifying. I talked to him today. He’s worked through some things mechanically. But he’s fine. His head is good.” How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img WASHINGTON — Taken individually, A.J. Pollock’s at-bats in the first three games of the Dodgers’ National League Division Series were not pretty. Added together, it gets even uglier.Pollock was 0 for 11 in the first three games with nine strikeouts. Not surprisingly, the veteran outfielder was not in the starting lineup for Game 4, replaced by left-handed hitter Matt Beaty against Nationals starter Max Scherzer on Monday night.Pollock faced Scherzer as a pinch-hitter in the fourth inning — and struck out to make it an 0-for-12 series for him.“I think right now he’s struggling with spin,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “And I think that there’s more chase in there than there has been in the second half of the season, for whatever reason – mechanical, maybe a little bit of pressing. So I think that to give him a blow, get Matt in there, get as many left-handed bats against Scherzer as possible, I think gives us the best chance to win tonight. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “Fortunately, we have had young players as part of our roster in past years that we felt confident could handle this stage,” he said. “And Matt Beatty, Will Smith, Gavin Lux, are no different. So, we just expect them to do what they can do.”KELLY CALLReliever Joe Kelly failed to retire any of the four batters he faced in Game 3, walking three, throwing a wild pitch and giving up a single. Roberts said there was no physical issue with Kelly, who pitched very little in the final two weeks of the season due to an “overall body situation” that was never explained.“To be honest with you, looking at the scoreboard, I think he was just too fine,” Roberts said, referring to the 8-2 lead Kelly was trying to protect at the time. “I thought he should have gone after (Anthony) Rendon more. He got too fine, kind of led to the walk, led to another walk then the base hit.”Roberts said Kelly was available to pitch in Game 4.last_img read more

Joel Embiid injury update: 76ers star’s status uncertain for game vs. Rockets

first_img#Sixers coach Brett Brown said Joel Embiid’s status for Friday’s game vs. #HoustonRockets has yet to be determined.— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) March 6, 2019″It’s all about long-term preservation and making sure I’m ready not just for the playoffs, but also for the next 15 years,” Embiid said last weekend, via ESPN.Brown said the star didn’t “feel like he was ready to go” after returning to practice Monday. Related News Joel Embiid injury update: 76ers star (knee) doesn’t feel ‘ready to go,’ coach Brett Brown says “He really does feel restricted with some of his movements,” Brown said at the time. “There’s a little bit of soreness I think still. You could see in this practice environment that he hasn’t played for a while.” Joel Embiid’s status for the 76ers’ matchup with the Rockets on Friday has yet to be determined, coach Brett Brown told reporters.The 24-year-old star has been dealing with soreness in his left knee and will miss his seventh straight game when the 76ers face the Bulls on Wednesday. Brown said earlier this week there was a chance Embiid could meet the team in Houston. Embiid is averaging 27.3 points and 13.5 rebounds this season. He’s shooting 48.2 percent from the field and 29.5 percent from 3-point range.The 76ers will enter their matchup against the Bulls in fourth place of the Eastern Conference with a 41-23 record. They’ve won five of their last seven games.last_img read more

NHL playoffs 2019: Hurricanes rookie Andrei Svechnikov’s surge not enough in Game 1

first_imgJust over two minutes later, Svechnikov was back at it, receiving a dazzling feed from Lucas Wallmark and netting a one-timer from the circle past Holtby. Svechnikov became the youngest player since the Philadelphia Flyers’ Dainius Zubrus in 1997 to notch two goals in a postseason game.Andrei Svechnikov (19 years, 16 days) became the youngest player to score at least two goals in a playoff game since Dainius Zubrus (18 years, 329 days in Game 5 of 1997 CSF w/ PHI) . #NHLStats #StanleyCup— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 12, 2019The goal cut the Canes’ deficit to 3-2 but was not enough to dig Carolina out of the early hole. Washington was powered by two first-period goals from Nicklas Backstrom and a historic marker from NHL goals leader, Alex Ovechkin. Most 19-year-olds do not score two goals in their Stanley Cup playoffs debut. Then again, most teenagers are not Andrei Svechnikov.The second overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft made his presence felt Thursday, netting two goals in a memorable third period. Svechnikov’s first score came as he drove around Capitals defenseman John Carlson and flicked the puck past Braden Holtby to get Carolina on the board. NHL PLAYOFFS 2019:Series preview | Eastern Conference previewlast_img read more

Marc Staal injury update: New York Rangers defenseman undergoes surgery for infection in ankle

first_imgThe 13-year veteran will miss two weeks following ankle surgery, the team announced Saturday. He will be re-evaluated in two weeks following the surgery in order to treat an infection in his ankle.UPDATE: Marc Staal underwent a surgical procedure for an infection in his ankle and will be re-evaluated in two weeks.— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) November 9, 2019MORE: Gary Bettman calls Olympics ‘incredibly disruptive’ to NHL season Marc Staal has had a roller coaster of a 2019-20 campaign — playing in 11 of the team’s 14 games, a healthy scratch in three games spanning Oct. 29 through Nov. 4.Now, he will be missing time as an unhealthy scratch. Staal played both ends of a back-to-back against the Red Wings and Hurricanes on Wednesday and Thursday, logging 18:19 and 16:56 TOI respectively.He has just one goal and one assist on the season with his lone tally marking the first of the season for the Rangers.Marc Staal wrapped up that play nicely. #NHLFaceOff— NHL (@NHL) October 3, 2019His three healthy scratches were the first of his career. Staal is under contract with the Rangers through 2020-21, earning $5.7 million AAV.last_img read more


first_imgNOTES: The winning owner is William Koch of Woodland Hills (Little red Feather Racing or RM Racing). Today’s on track attendance was 38,647. EDDIE TRUMAN, GRAND YODELER, SECOND: “I was hoping she had it there at the end. We were solid, even opened up some and I was just hoping we could hang on. I think six and a half is maybe pushing it a little but it’s the first time we’ve run her so hey . . .“I hope she can move forward off of this but even if she stays here, I’d be happy.” RAFAEL BEJARANO, JENNA’S FAITH, SIXTH: “My horse broke pretty sharp from the gate and I let her go. I didn’t even send my horse. I let her go a half-length behind the five (Bad Ju Ju). The other horse (second-place Grand Yodeler) was chasing me. I was really comfortable in the race. I’m really disappointed in the way she stopped. She had been training much better in the morning.” JOCKEY QUOTES PHILIP D’AMATO, SHEER PLEASURE, WINNER: “She did what she did last time, only this time with a jockey on her back. Tyler got her out there, swung her wide and she just launched. It was vindication for the last race. I think the longer, the better with this filly. She has a lot of upside to her. I didn’t know if we were going to get there. I know from training her that she gets stronger as the race gets longer. She was picking up steam and we nailed her at the very end. OWNER BILLY KOCH, SHEER PLEASURE, WINNER: “We told Tyler there was a lot of speed and I was a little worried they weren’t going that fast. I saw they posted up 22.1 and I knew we had a lot of horse. He made one move where he went in between horses, right here as they turned for home, and I was like, ‘I know we have run.’ Once he got her in the clear, she just took off and came after that horse. She’s not the biggest filly in the world by any means, but she has such a big heart and she tries so hard and she has so much ability. That was what was so disappointing about the last race. When she dropped the rider at the start, she’s so smart; she galloped out 10 lengths, turned around and came back to the winner’s circle like she won the race.“I’m so lucky to have a trainer like Phil D’Amato and partners like we have in this filly. They are fantastic. I get so much joy out of watching them, I don’t think about me.“For a partnership that is trying to grow and bring new people into the sport, anytime you can have a race like this on a big day, it really draws attention to you. It’s all about winning, let’s be honest. When you win a race like this, it absolutely helps. We want to grow the sport. We want more people to come into the game and experience it and realize you don’t have to be Kaleem Shah to have a huge day. This is a massive day for us for a filly with a really, really bright future.” TRAINER QUOTES TYLER BAZE, SHEER PLEASURE, WINNER: “She kind of got lost out there. She was out there by herself and was so wide she almost didn’t see that horse to her inside. I angled her in and let her drift in pretty good. She got down and really took off that last hundred yards. I hit her twice and she really had a burst.“I watched her last race, when she stumbled and Martin (Garcia) fell off. I watched her race at Los Alamitos and I’ve worked her a couple of times in the morning. I just wanted to be patient today. There was a ton of speed in the race and I didn’t know how she would take dirt in her face but really after the first eighth of a mile it didn’t bother her. It was just a matter of pulling the trigger at the right time; she’s really a nice filly.” -30-last_img read more