Syracuse advances to NCAA tournament final with 3-1 win over Connecticut

first_img Published on November 20, 2015 at 1:57 pm Contact Sam: | @Sam4TR ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Syracuse wasted no time Friday in forcing Connecticut to play a game in which it couldn’t keep up.Two minutes in, the Orange’s attack forced a penalty corner. Alma Fenne gathered the errant insertion two yards behind the arc, looked left and right before winding up. Her shot from the top of the circle found the wooden backing at the bottom of the goal. It gave Syracuse a quick 1-0 advantage.“We came right at ‘em,” SU head coach Ange Bradley said. “… (Coming out fast) was a major point of emphasis for us in our team prep to … control the momentum.”The aggressive play at the outset allowed the Orange to dictate tempo, forcing Connecticut out of its comfort zone. Bradley focused on starting strong, she said, because she knows UConn likes to score early. She learned in SU’s 1-0 loss in the 2014 national championship that after scoring, UConn gained control and dropped back in stifling defense.But Connecticut never got the chance to drop back.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThree-hundred and fifty two days after its national title hopes were shattered by the Huskies, this time it was Syracuse (20-1, 6-0 Atlantic Coast) ousting previously undefeated Connecticut (22-1, 5-0 Big East), 3-1, in the do-or-die tournament and advance to the national championship game.“I didn’t care who we played,” said Fenne, who did not play in last season’s NCAA tournament  loss. “… (But) I can imagine some of the girls have a very good feeling (by beating UConn).”Though SU gained an early 1-0 advantage, it didn’t pack down in a Connecticut-style defense. The Orange remained on the offensive, using one of its backs to push up the field. Zoe Wilson rushed forward on offense all afternoon, distributing to the midfielders and seeding far passes up to forwards.The push paid off when forward Emma Russell corralled a long, lofted pass from midfielder Laura Hurff. Russell dribbled in on the left side and poked the ball past Connecticut goalie Nina Klein 20 minutes into the first half.“We played the ball forward into our midfield and forward line and let them do the pretty work,” Wilson said.Down 2-0, the Huskies pushed harder, attempting longer passes and rushes without a number advantage. Backs Lies Lagerweij, Roos Weers and Wilson played tight defense or aggressively stepped up to intercept passes.The Huskies struggled to counter SU’s back line. Connecticut scored its only goal on a penalty stroke. In four second-half penalty corners, SU goalkeeper Jess Jecko made lunging saves on two and her defenders blocked the other pair of shots.After Wilson stopped UConn’s shot on its third second-half corner, she made a long-hit up the sideline to Russell.Russell dribbled up the field with Fenne on her right side. Russell feinted a drive toward the left side of the goal and Klein dove forward — just as Syracuse expected. The Orange had seen the tendency in film study throughout the week and used Klein’s aggressiveness against herself. After coaxing her out of position, Russell slid a pass to Fenne, who scored her second goal with 10 minutes remaining.The speed at which Syracuse advanced the ball, a facet of SU’s game Bradley said it honed in ACC play throughout the season, was another difference which led to the win.“(Connecticut hasn’t) played that kind of speed in their schedule throughout the season,” Bradley said.The aggression Friday was one of SU’s focuses heading into the NCAA tournament. Bradley and multiple players said it was an unenergetic first frame that chalked up SU’s loss in the ACC championship game.In the postgame press conference, Fenne sat red-cheeked and smiling, her two goals the difference on the afternoon.“(Connecticut put) really hard pressure on us,” Fenne said. “But we were able to play out of it.“… I don’t care who we play in the finals. We’re going to get the national championship here.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Philippines falls to Vietnam in bronze medal match

first_imgFILE PHOTO – Jaja Santiago of the Philippines attacks the defense of Vietnam during their women’s volleyball match in the 29th Southeast Asian Games. The Vietnamese prevailed, 26-24, 25-12, 25-23. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR — The Philippine women’s volleyball team — a squad of big-name players steep in drama and intrigue — wound up with an uneventful fourth-place finish Sunday.Taking on Vietnam for the bronze medal match, the Nationals fought long and hard but in the end showed obvious lack of chemistry to yield, 25-27, 25-22, 25-20, 25-21, in the Southeast Asian Games here.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters But the Vietnamese had more blocks, 14-5, and superior floor defense that proved to be telling. Vietnam also led in attacks 66-55.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Vicente said he still doesn’t want to talk about the putting up a new team although he was tasked by the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas to groom a team for the long haul.“Let’s not completely disband the team. Maybe we can add more players,” added Vicente.The Philippines won over Malaysia but lost to Vietnam in the group stage, pitting the Nationals against Thailand in the semifinals.After losing to Thailand in the semis, the country once again faced Vietnam which we have previously defeated in the Asian Championships but were now suddenly unstoppable.“They all played great. All of them,” said Vicente at the mixed zone looking at Valdez who was being interviewed beside him.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasioncenter_img NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Jaja Santiago exploded with 20 points, Alyssa Valdez 17, Jovelyn Gonzaga 12 and Aby Marano 9 for the Philippines which went one set up and 20-17 in the second set.But Vietnam would always have an answer through unstoppable Tran Thi Thuy and Nguyen Thin Ngoc Hoa who unloaded 26 and 20 points, respectively.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingPH coach Francis Vicente noted the improvement from two years ago when the Nationals failed to make the final four.“The fighting mode is there but still needs more. But I’m happy. Maybe in the next SEA Games (Philippines 2019) the results would be different. Maybe we’ll be up there on top,” said Vicente. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Malacañang hails Filipino SEA Games medalists View commentslast_img read more

Lahiri jumps to title contention in Taipei

first_imgAnirban Lahiri put himself into a good position to clinch a second title this year when he jumped to tied second position and just one shot off the leader after the third round of the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC) in Taipei City on Saturday.Lahiri carded a four-under 68 to move to nine-under 207 for 54 holes.The leader was Filipino Miguel Tabuena, who shot into the lead, with a sensational sevenunder-par 65. One behind him besides Lahiri is Asian Tour legend Thaworn Wiratchant (68) of Thailand.Daniel Chopra 69), Veteran Yeh Wei-Tze (65) and Prom Meesawat (68) are tied third at eight-under 208.Among other Indians, Rahil Gangjee jumped to tied 13th with a round of 69 and Rashid Khan slipped a bit to tied 16th after a round of 72 and a total of three-under 213.Chiragh Kumar made a handy move upwards with a round of 69 and he was tied 10th at twounder 214. Jyoti Randhawa had a rough back nine with three bogeys and his card of 74 saw him slid to tied 46th, down from overnight 26th.Lahiri, feeling the effects of jetlag, posted six birdies and one bogey after 13 holes but lost momentum when he bogeyed hole 16. Then he had three pars.Lahiri, who has four titles, including one this year, on Asian Tour, said he was happy at being in contention but lamented his finish. “I am happy because I am playing well. But I am a bit disappointed because I was one-over par in the last five holes. I am in a good spot and I am looking forward to tomorrow.”advertisementlast_img read more

Japan Enjoying State Cup

first_imgThe New South Wales State Cup has a different feel to it in 2012, with the Japan Men’s and Women’s Open teams travelling to Port Macquarie for the event. Their attendance at the event is all part of their preparation for the 2015 Federation of International Touch (FIT) World Cup. The Men’s Open team told this morning that they are enjoying their State Cup experience so far, having landed in Australia earlier this week. “This is our third day, we had a bit of a run around yesterday. We’re having lots of fun.”Japan made the semi finals of the 2011 World Cup and finished the tournament in fourth place behind Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. They are hopeful that coming to events like this will help them improve for the next World Cup event, to be held in a location in New South Wales in 2015. “We are developing our team towards the 2015 World Cup and we want to get as much experience as we can before 2015.”“In last year’s World Cup, Japan participated in Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Men’s 30’s and Men’s 35’s but here today we only brought Men’s Open and Women’s Open and only half of our team participated in last year’s World Cup.”Japan has made a good start to the event, defeating the Ryde Eastwood Hawks 7-6 and losing to the Wallsend Wolves by two touchdowns, 5-3.The New South Wales Touch Association would like to thank the Japan Men’s and Women’s teams for taking part in the event and wish them the best of luck for the tournament. Related LinksJapan Enjoying State Cuplast_img read more

Noida all set to go plasticfree

first_imgNoida: Noida is all set to go “plastic-free” as the Noida authority has adopted several environmental friendly options under their initiative “Say No to Plastics” which has been started from Wednesday. Noida authority CEO, Ritu Maheshwari said that the main purpose of initiative is to make people aware to switch over to cloth bags and completely do away with plastic bags when they go to purchase groceries. Under the drive, the authority distributed cloth bags during Jansunwai at Noida Authority premises at Sector-6. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”To make people aware about the negative environmental impacts of plastics and encourage them to use environmental friendly alternatives, the Noida Authority has come up with ‘Say No to Plastics’ initiative under which the authority proposes to make Noida a plastic-free zone. Under this drive, awareness will be created among Noida residents regarding negative impacts of using single use plastic bags and also encourage them to switch over to sustainable options available. This will reduce the plastic waste to be generated and it will also be good for city’s long term environmental health,” said Maheshwari.last_img read more