WLAX : Orange breaks out for 19 goals in season-opening win over Colgate

first_img Published on February 16, 2011 at 12:00 pm Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Within the first six minutes of Thursday’s season opener against Colgate, the Syracuse women’s lacrosse team scored three times. In the last six minutes of the first half, it scored four. And after a 10-minute halftime came another three uncontested goals.Syracuse (1-0) scored early and often in the team’s 19-14 win over the Raiders (0-1) on Thursday. The Orange was dominant offensively, shooting at any open opportunity. The offensive leaders were no surprise. They came in the form of senior Tee Ladouceur and sophomore Michelle Tumolo, who have traditionally been a strong pairing up front for the Orange.The first game of the season was a chance for SU head coach Gary Gait to get a look at how his team handled game situations. The veterans took the reins, particularly on offense, and the freshmen showed promise.The defense wasn’t as strong, but senior goalie Liz Hogan was missing between the pipes due to a red card she received at the end of last season. This allowed freshman goaltender Alyssa Costantino to get some time along with the rest of the new class.‘It was good to see the depth of our team and the different players and what they had,’ Gait said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the debut game, Gait tried to give everyone a chance to get time on the field. He said the game had less structure than games in the future will. A direct result of his attempt to see how each new member of the team plays.Now that he has that information, however, he will look to tighten up the team and find more definite positions for the players.‘We’re going to focus on more organization,’ Gait said. ‘We’ve given them a chance to kind of freelance and just play lacrosse, and now we’ll work a little more with them.’Ladouceur led the team with six goals and an assist. She was involved in almost every aspect of Syracuse’s offense, whether she was scoring or drawing a foul. Tumolo took a less prominent role, leading the team in assists but scoring only once.The two veterans made a dominant pair up front, with Tumolo assisting on two of the senior’s goals. They have developed a chemistry that allows them to play together seamlessly. At one point, they even pulled a trick play in which they did a quick handoff behind the goal, disguising which player actually had the ball from the Colgate defense.‘We have not only that play, but a couple of other trick plays up our sleeve where we kind of fake people out like that,’ Ladouceur said. ‘And that’s where it makes it fun.’Some of the freshmen stepped up to join some of the more seasoned members of the team in producing the win. Kate Webster showed her speed in the midfield and jumpstarted the second half with a goal after only 20 seconds.Freshman Alyssa Murray, back from a nine-month hiatus due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury, proved she is an offensive power. Murray notched two goals in her Syracuse debut and shows promise of even more improvement as the season wears on, Ladouceur said.‘She’s only been playing the college game for a month, and that was the real test out there, and she passed it with flying colors. A-plus-plus-plus-plus-plus,’ Ladouceur said. ‘She was not only assisting, but she was scoring goals, and she was hustling back on defense. And no matter what happened, if she missed the net, she kept her head up and was working hard for it the next time.’Murray and her fellow freshmen will get a chance to play in a much more structured way Sunday at Stanford. Tumolo said the first game’s experience will help them be more comfortable and join the veterans in leading the offense.‘I think they did awesome,’ Tumolo said. ‘They definitely will show a lot more, though. I mean, it’s our first game. It’s their first game as a ‘Cuse player, so I think after this game they’ll be more relaxed.’alguggen@syr.edulast_img read more

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Baseball narrowly avoids getting swept at home

first_imgBefore the inning came to a close, Stubbs was walked home to make the score 7-1. Pitchers senior Quentin Longrie and junior Chris Clarke each threw a scoreless frame to end the game, securing the win for the Trojans. The Trojan baseball team lost two of three games against Grand Canyon University at Dedeaux Field over the weekend. The weekend dropped the Trojans to 4-6 as they look ahead to a Tuesday matchup against Loyola Marymount. The first pitch is at 3 p.m. Afterward, USC will face a gauntlet of games over the weekend against Oklahoma State, No. 16 Michigan and No. 2 UCLA. “The guys [have] just got to keep rolling with some confidence — go up there and just compete, compete, compete,” head coach Dan Hubbs said. “We need good outings from our pitching, we don’t hurt ourselves and if we do those things, we will be able to win the games 2-1 and 3-2 until we get things rolling offensively.” Outfielders junior Matthew Acosta and sophomore Jamal O’Guinn would chip away at the deficit in the fifth inning with a pair of RBIs that cut GCU’s lead to 4. The second game of the series was rained out on Saturday, which meant a doubleheader for the two teams the next day. With the win, the Trojans avoided a series sweep, hoping to establish some momentum and tighten things up defensively before a tough slate of games. Junior pitcher Austin Manning is the only member of the Trojan pitching staff to not allow a run this season. (Michelle Mankoff/Daily Trojan) In the second game of the day, the Trojans scored early with a sacrifice fly by O’Guinn that pushed junior outfielder Blake Sabol across home to give USC its first lead of the series. After GCU walked Stubbs to load the bases again, Acosta pushed 2 runs across by hitting a looper into right field. Sabol and Thomas both scored, bringing the game to 6-1. In the sixth inning, USC took back the lead with a RBI single from senior infielder Chase Bushor. A run on a walk by Sabol put the Trojans ahead by 2 runs by the end of the inning.center_img Grand Canyon would tie things up in the fourth with a solo home run over right center from redshirt sophomore first baseman Cuba Bess. Unfortunately for the Antelopes, their offensive success ended there. USC trailed early after giving up 7 runs in the first three innings to start the day. In the fourth inning, freshman infielder Emilio Rosas put the Trojans on the board with a single that split the gap over right center field. GCU sophomore pitcher Zach Barnes responded with a great stretch, retiring nine consecutive batters to set up sophomore pitcher Coen Wynne with a 4-run lead. Wynne pitched a scoreless ninth to close the game for the Antelopes 7-3. USC’s struggles began on Friday in a 4-2 defeat against a GCU team looking to bounce back after three consecutive losses. The game was a defensive stalemate, as both teams went scoreless after five innings, but GCU finally broke the game open at the top of the sixth with a 4-run inning. The two teams entered the eighth inning with the Trojans up 3-1, and USC’s offense put the game away by surging for 4 runs. With two outs left in the bottom of the seventh inning, sophomore infielder Ben Ramirez started the Trojans’ scoring with a ground ball single up the middle that put redshirt junior catcher CJ Stubbs on third. The rally continued when junior infielder John Thomas floated a ball over center field that cut the deficit to 2 runs, but the Trojans’ bats cooled down for the rest of the game. With the bases loaded, a wild pitch by GCU senior pitcher Nick Ohanian allowed Bushor to take home and expand the Trojans’ lead to 3. “Hitting is contagious, and obviously getting guys on base was the biggest thing no matter what it was — with the walk, hit by pitch or even the hit,” Acosta said. “Hitting is contagious, getting on base is contagious and I’m just happy that we did it all with two outs, and just keeping it going was the biggest thing.” Acosta led the Trojans with 3 RBIs on the day, going 3-for-7 with two doubles and a run. Junior pitcher Connor Lunn picked up the win in relief with three scoreless innings in which he gave up one hit, walked one and struck out two.last_img read more

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