Syracuse’s ride and defense forces turnovers in 21-4 win over Colgate

first_imgMary Rahal jumped into the passing lane. Colgate was trying to advance in transition, but Rahal thrust her stick out to cause the turnover.She planted, turned and carried the ball from SU’s 20-yard line into the attacking zone. Twenty-five yards from the net, she dished to freshman Bianca Chevarie who took a step before passing to Meaghan Tyrrell at the right block. In one motion, Tyrrell turned to her right and passed the ball across the crease to Megan Carney, who promptly deposited it for her second of the game.Throughout the game, promising Raider attacks turned into Syracuse goals within seconds. The No. 4 Orange (5-1) caused turnovers at will in their 21-4 win over Colgate (2-1). SU’s 16 caused turnovers were the most in a game since Feb. 12 of last season, when the Orange forced 20 in a win over Binghamton.“A couple times we had great opportunities to score and we didn’t recover and they scored,” Colgate head coach Kathy Taylor said, “So it almost feels like a 2-goal swing.”From the outset, the Orange seemed poised to impose their will. Senior Emily Hawryschuk controlled the opening draw and scored 17 seconds later. But, Colgate answered with a draw control of their own and a goal 30 seconds later. Senior defender Kerry Defliese referred to the goal as a “wake-up call.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFollowing two Syracuse fouls, midfielder Sam Swart caused SU’s first turnover of the game. The junior gathered the ground ball and carried past midfield before passing to Hawryschuk. Her shot was stopped, but Chevarie scooped up another ground ball and set up SU’s second goal of the game.Three minutes later, senior Lila Nazarian gave chase to a Colgate midfielder carrying toward the Syracuse net. While her efforts didn’t show on the stat sheet, she forced Colgate’s Olivia Duarte to drop the ball multiple times before eventually turning it over to SU’s Allyson Trice.On the Raiders’ ensuing offensive possession, Defliese lunged in front of a Colgate pass from X out to the right side. Defliese hustled for the ground ball and pushed it upfield to Swart for the clear.“I think that’s our defense wanting to have that mentality we come into every game with,” Defliese said, “Starting with that fire in the beginning led our defense to many caused turnovers.”Swart’s progress was then halted, and she subsequently lost possession. But, Hawryschuk rode Colgate’s Grace Bowers for 15 yards before dislodging the ball from her stick — and the stick from her hands. Hawryschuk took the ball back toward the Colgate net, finding Chevarie for the freshman’s second goal of the season.Syracuse controlled the ensuing draw but lost possession on the attack. The Raiders tried to clear but failed again. This time, Chevarie turned Colgate over on the ride, and two passes later it was 4-1 Syracuse with 22:02 minutes to play in the half. Taylor was forced to call a timeout.“My team went back to carrying the ball which really played into Syracuse’s ability to strip the ball from my players,” Taylor said, “and we need to really embrace moving that ball and not running with it.”Even after the timeout, Taylor could tell that Syracuse was “wearing (Colgate) down.” The Orange had 11 caused turnovers to Colgate’s two in the first half. Syracuse was first to 13 of 19 ground balls in the half as well.“Every time you put effort in there’s an opportunity to turn the ball over,” head coach Gary Gait said.Less than three minutes into the second half, Asa Goldstock, Hawryschuk and a number of other Syracuse starters left the field. Even without their more experienced riders and defenders in, Syracuse’s second-team continued to disrupt Colgate passers and carriers.“That second group of defense went in, turned the ball over several times and did a great job on that,” Gait said, “So it’s just nice to see that the practice (the defense) put in every day pays off.” Comments Published on February 24, 2020 at 9:27 pm Contact Tim: Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Dodgers poised to use their stash of starter/relievers in 2018

first_imgGLENDALE, Ariz. – The Dodgers got 126 games out of their top five starters in 2017, all but 36 starts going to either Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill, Alex Wood, Kenta Maeda or Hyun-Jin Ryu.That was a light load compared to 2016, when a plague of injuries necessitated a total of 54 starts from 10 different pitchers other than the top five.In any event, the Dodgers are not counting on their main quintet to shoulder 100 percent of the load. Rookie Walker Buehler might be the future ace of the rotation, but Manager Dave Roberts recently capped him at 140 to 150 innings in a best-case scenario this year. That could limit Buehler’s availability for making spot starts, at least early in the season.Now, with Wilmer Font being targeted for the bullpen after his most recent start, the lines between the Dodgers’ rotation depth and bullpen depth have blurred. Ross Stripling, Brock Stewart and Font were the first three pitchers Roberts mentioned Wednesday as potential fill-in starters in case of injury. All three are potential middle-inning relievers as well. Rather than jetting pitchers between Triple-A Oklahoma City and Los Angeles, the Dodgers seem poised to rely more than ever on their stash of “slashes” – starters/relievers – to fill inevitable rotation needs as they arise.“If you look at the last couple years, and I would say maybe the last three years under Andrew (Friedman, the Dodgers’ president of baseball operations), that’s something that he believes in, that we believe in, and we’ve kind of done that over the course of the last couple years,” Roberts said. “For me, just having that ability to weather the optionality – that’s one part of it – and also the ability to have guys come out of the ’pen, make starts but also to come out of the ’pen.”Stewart and Stripling are at least in familiar positions. Each was drafted and developed by the Dodgers as a starter, and each rode the bullpen pine much of last season. Stripling started only two games, Stewart four.“I wouldn’t say I was comfortable going back and forth,” Stewart said. “But you know what we preach here and you’ve heard the cliché, ‘get comfortable being uncomfortable.’ That’s kind of what I’ve told myself. You’ve got to also tell yourself it’s the same game, whether you’re starting or relieving you’re trying to get outs. You’re doing the same job.”On its own, the idea may be nothing new. In practice, though, the Dodgers’ hybrid starter/relievers have spent little time in the rotation. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Most of the Dodgers’ spot starts last season went to Brandon McCarthy (16), Yu Darvish (9) and Julio Urías (5). In 2016, the majority went to Alex Wood (10), Bud Norris (9), Brandon McCarthy (9), Rich Hill (6) and Mike Bolsinger (6) – all of whom spent little or no time in the bullpen.McCarthy was traded to the Atlanta Braves in December. By the time Darvish signed with the Chicago Cubs in February, the front office was content to carry on with its in-house talent despite a robust list of available free agent starters. The Dodgers acquired Henry Owens, Zach Neal and Manny Banuelos as depth, but none started a game in the majors last season. Neither did Font.That leaves Stewart, Stripling and Font in a purposely precarious position, slashes in a truer sense than ever.“I’m kind of hanging out,” Stripling said. “Whenever they hand me the ball, in whatever role, I’ll get guys out.”HYNES JOINS PLAYER DEVELOPMENTPitcher Colt Hynes, whom the Dodgers released in February after a season split between Double- and Triple-A, has retired to take a position in the Dodgers’ player development department. He will be will the new minor league rehabilitation coordinator.Hynes, 32, appeared in 27 games in his major league career, all with the San Diego Padres and Toronto Blue Jays. The left-hander pitched 23 games (four starts) for Double-A Tulsa in 2017, going 6-1 with a 3.70 earned-run average. He also made three appearances for Triple-A Oklahoma City, allowing five runs in 6 ⅓ innings.ALSOMonday, Corey Seager will take the field in a game for the first time this spring, Roberts said. Seager will play five innings in the field in a minor league game and also get four to six at-bats. The Dodgers have tried to limit Seager’s throws as he recovers from an injury to his right (throwing) elbow that bothered him last season. … Seager could see his first Cactus League action in the field on Wednesday against the Colorado Rockies. … Dodger pitchers are expected to begin hitting in Cactus League games Monday. Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to start that game against the Milwaukee Brewers.last_img read more