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Syracuse defense shuts down Albany in 15-3 win

first_img Comments Published on February 15, 2020 at 12:11 pm Contact Roshan: rferna04@syr.edu | @Roshan_f16 Asa Goldstock banged the metal handle of her stick against the right goal post midway through the first half. She made sure she had the entire cage covered, then locked in on the Albany attack eight meters away. Seconds later, she extended her stick to the right to make a save.Monday, after conceding 14 goals and then getting benched by head coach Gary Gait, Goldstock threw her stick and gloves on the sidelines in frustration. The confidence wasn’t there. But Saturday, as she stood up to the challenge to make one of three saves on the day, it was clear that she rediscovered whatever was missing against Stony Brook. “Maybe I had a good game, but also I only saw three shots,” Goldstock said. “It’s mostly the defense getting all the stops — they got way more saves then I did today.” That lockdown performance from Syracuse’s (2-1) defense and Goldstock, paired with the team’s ability to balance patience with electric individual play on the transition, helped the Orange beat Albany (0-1) 15-3. It was the first time since 2017 that Syracuse held its opponent to three or fewer goals. Saturday morning, after the No. 4 Orange conceded 17 goals in last Monday’s one-goal loss to Stony Brook, they kept a clean sheet in the first half and did not concede until 11 minutes into the second half. Goldstock recorded her first career shutout. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAll game, SU’s defenders crowded the 12-meter arc, hustling to get numbers back and face the ball. Tight man-marking and pressure from the defensive unit limited the number of shots Goldstock had to face from within eight meters. Goldstock had so much faith in Kerry Defliese and Allyson Trice that the goalkeeper even vacated her net when Albany was attacking on two separate occasions to intercept a pass. “The difference (between today and Monday) is we’re getting those transition goals,” Goldstock said. “We’re getting the ball to the offense and they’re scoring, and when they score we feel better.” The Orange took full advantage of the transition and the counterattack when opportunities presented themselves. At the end of the first half, Sam Swart collected a loose ball at SU’s 10-yard line — 10 seconds later, she was at the Albany 10-yard line. Sprinting the length of the field at full speed, the Great Danes defense had no option but to foul Swart as she entered the 8-meter arc. She scored on the ensuing free position play. Jordan Phelps | Staff PhotographerSingle-handedly, Swart’s efforts ignited the counterattack goal. But SU didn’t run full speed at Albany for the entire game, the way Swart did for the team’s eighth goal. “That goes back to my teammates and cutting open and moving around. That’s why it worked,” Swart said. The Orange picked their moments. They showed patience and composure, moving the ball around Albany’s cage until an opportunity for an offensive spark presented itself. Against an Albany team playing in its season opener, SU controlled possession around the Great Danes’ goal for multiple minutes at a time, connecting on as many as 15 passes. With less than nine minutes remaining in the first half, the Orange swung the ball from right to left and behind the cage and in front, eventually finding Megan Carney. Running from left to right around the 8-meter arc, she rounded her defender and found a wide-open lane to shoot. Just like Swart’s play late in the first half, Carney took the opportunity to bring the offense to life with an electric individual play. And just like Swart, it worked.  In addition to outshooting Albany 33-12, the Orange spent the majority of the game in the Great Danes’ half of the field. Even Goldstock spent time in Albany’s half. For Syracuse’s fourth goal, she carried the ball past midfield before she connected on a 30-yard pass which flew over Albany’s entire midfield. Quick transitional passes from SU’s midfielders got the ball to Hawryschuk, who found a wide-open Carney for her first goal of the night. She’d finish the game with a team-high 5 goals. Swart, who slotted three goals, combined with Carney to make up for Emily Hawryschuk’s quiet two-goal performance. After struggling to take full advantage of the free position in its first two games, SU’s composure was on display as it scored on three of five of its chances during the first half. Defensively, Syracuse applied pressure on the free position and cut off Albany’s players, making them “easy shots to save from the goalie position,” Goldstock said. Gait said the team had a “long week of reflection” to learn from the Stony Brook loss. “Our defense certainly stepped up,” Gait said. “We just didn’t have a let down. We stayed mentally focused for the first 30 minutes and held them scoreless, so we did a really great job.”center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Dodgers on wrong end of shutout in Cincinnati

first_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Things went further awry in the third after leadoff singles by Tucker Barnhart and Nick Senzel. Joey Votto bounced a ground ball to Corey Seager at shortstop but Seager’s throw to second baseman Chris Taylor was wide of the base and sailed into right field.“I know with Votto we have the infield obviously shifted over so it took some time for CT to get over there,” Roberts said. “Softly-hit ball, trying to throw to a guy who’s in motion, trying to get the forceout there. I really couldn’t tell how much of a misfire it was, if it was, or if CT just couldn’t get to the bag.“It was just one of those things that we just didn’t execute.”Buehler was almost out of the jam with no more damage when he got Eugenio Suarez to pop out and struck out Winker. But Yasiel Puig (who struck out in all three at-bats Friday) dropped a full-count single into center field to drive in two runs.Center fielder Alex Verdugo started to charge the softly-hit single but pulled up to play it one the hop instead, throwing too late to get Votto at home.“It looked like it was off the end of the bat, weakly hit,” Verdugo said. “Off the bat, I took a couple hard steps in, running in hard. I felt I had a better play getting it on the bounce and throwing the second runner out. Now seeing what I see, obviously both runners scored, I think I probably would have just gone there and gone for the dive.“Just one of those things, fastball down, end of the bat, big swing but off the end of the bat. I felt like I had the right read, the right jump. … Even if I did dive I think it would have been bang-bang. It would have been one of those with a very low catch percentage on the play.”All three runs in the inning were unearned and Buehler allowed no more over the next three innings, retiring 10 of the 11 batters he faced after Puig’s two-run single.But the Dodgers’ offense never came to life against Mahle or three Reds relievers, spreading out their six hits and not getting a runner past first base after the third inning. CINCINNATI — It defies proper spelling but Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park leaves the space between ‘Ball’ and ‘Park.’ But it does provide another way for baseballs to leave the yard.Even in this age of home runs, the Reds’ home field annually ranks among baseball’s most accommodating venues. It turned stingy Saturday afternoon, however, as the Dodgers were shut out by right-hander Tyler Mahle and the Reds bullpen in a 4-0 loss.After hitting four home runs Friday night, the Dodgers managed just six hits Saturday, all singles.“Mahle just had our number really. We just couldn’t get anything going,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “I thought early the fastball — he was running it in on our guys and beating us in. Then I thought we started getting the handle on him. He wasn’t striking his breaking ball. I thought we took some good swings. I thought (Matt) Beaty had some good at-bats today.“Outside of that he just found a way. Not a bunch of punch (five strikeouts in six innings). We just didn’t get a whole lot of good swings off against him.”It was only the 12th time in their first 47 games that the Dodgers didn’t get off any home run swings — but they lost eight of those 12 games (while going 26-9 when they hit at least one home run). It is an unsurprising split in baseball’s powerball era.“The homer — that’s in our mix offensively. It is,” Roberts said. “I do think that getting on base by way of walk and situationally I think we’ve been pretty good this year. But, yeah, you look around the league teams that don’t homer don’t win a lot of games. So I think that definitely applies to us certainly.”The Dodgers have hit 74 home runs this season, second in the National League behind the Milwaukee Brewers. But their pace has slowed considerably from the unsustainable early barrage of 24 in their first 10 games (a franchise record).center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season “It’s hard to go into a game where you say you’re trying to homer,” Roberts said of the losing record without homers. “You understand it, that we’re better when we do homer. We win more games. But our approach, our plan is still our plan and that’s to put the barrel to it, swing at strikes. When we do that, yeah, we do homer. But to go into it trying to homer, I definitely advise against that.”Coming into Saturday’s game, it had been Dodgers pitchers putting up the zeroes. But a 24-inning scoreless streak ended when Jesse Winker hit a solo home run on the ninth pitch of his at-bat against Dodgers starter Walker Buehler in the second inning.“The Winker homer, I take my chances on that pitch really to anybody,” Buehler said of the 2-and-2 fastball. “It was at the top of the zone, kind of my strength.”Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco last_img read more