Against Albany, Syracuse’s week-long ground ball focus worked

first_img Comments At the postgame press conference, after Syracuse beat then-No. 15 Albany, goalkeeper Nate Siekierski sat on the podium and squinted. A reporter read aloud the faceoff stats where the Great Danes edged the Orange by one. Siekierski, who had faced 48 shots from SU, gave up 13 scores and allowed a player who hadn’t recorded more than two goals in a game in his three-year career to put in six. That stat, and the allusion that Albany had the edge in the possession category, didn’t add up.“We got worked. I was just looking at that stat,” Albany head coach Scott Marr said of SU’s ground balls advantage. “That’s a tell-tale sign of why you lose a game by eight goals.”

No. 17 Syracuse (1-1) captured a bounceback victory by executing a gameplan it set out over the course of the week in practices and film sessions. With the addition of a bevy of ground ball drills, SU laid the framework to dominate possession, which allowed its offense to come alive.Prior to the week, SU players and coaches said the difficulty of facing Colgate in its first game of the season was the inability to scout them appropriately. This was a new Raiders team — far different than the team the Orange dominated 17-5 a year earlier — and it was under the leadership of a new coach: Matt Karweck.But the Orange hadn’t had a chance to scout themselves, either. Colgate dominated possession, and it started on successful faceoffs. It continued with turnovers and mishandled pickups. Even when the Orange had the ball, it gave the ball back soon after with bad passes and shots right to the chest of Colgate goalkeeper Connor Mullen. The Orange failed to convert on many of their 50/50 opportunities, too.The few times the Orange possessed the ball for a large stint led to doorstep opportunities and long-distance strikes from way outside the crease. Syracuse showed it had what it takes to score, it just needed the ball.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Colgate had a lot of possessions. They had a lot of shots,” SU head coach John Desko said after the loss to Colgate. “Again, we didn’t have … we didn’t know what they were going to do offensively or defensively.”Anna Henderson | Digital Design EditorAfter the game, the Orange noticed one glaring stat: Colgate outworked SU on ground balls 31 to 25. Though just a slight advantage, the Raiders’ ability to maintain possession tired out the Orange defense and limited Syracuse’s offensive opportunities, Desko said. So SU made ground balls the focus moving forward.While practices typically consist of a typical routine mixed in with a few “more interesting” passing drills, SU defender Tyson Bomberry said, the Orange included “at least one” ground ball drill into every single practice after Colgate.“I think we just made an emphasis this week to make sure we play you through the whistle,” Bomberry said. “Sometimes when a ball gets knocked down, everyone has to play through the whistle and get the ball and clear it. Or pick up the ball and start the offense again.”The Orange did one-on-one, two-on-one and three-on-two drills. Coaches tossed balls at all different angles, Syracuse faceoff specialist Danny Varello said, and SU players battled. Albany brought similar uncertainty because Saturday was its first game of the season — a similar lack of information that plagued the Orange a week ago.Syracuse dominated on ground balls Saturday. In addition to improved production on faceoffs, it took advantage of a Great Danes unit that lost one of the country’s top faceoff specialists in TD Ierlan. SU kept with loose balls early and often in the game, and it helped the Orange maintain possession.Syracuse used a number of players on weakside help to deny Tehoka Nanticoke of a lane to the goal. When he fell to the ground, an SU player always trailed to scoop up the loose ball. Long offensive opportunities were prolonged by SU’s ability to stick with its own shots after deflections. When SU lost the ball, there was a player there to scoop up the error.After the game, when prompted about ground balls and whether or not they were sick of them or not, SU players chuckled and buried their heads into their chest. The Orange focused more on it than they ever had in the past, Desko said, and it worked.“When you win a game and you look at the film and it’s like, ‘Ah, we should work on that a little more,’” Desko said. “But they’re not as glaring as when you lose.” Published on February 20, 2019 at 1:10 pm Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcClearycenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Friday, Nov. 1 – Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013

first_imgSaturday, November 2, 2013•5:33 a.m. Brian K. Love, 39, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with battery law enforcement.•8:22 a.m. Hit and run accident at 16th and A, Wellington involving an unknown vehicle and a fixed object/ street sign owned by the city of Wellington.•10:18 a.m. Officers took a report of a juvenile report of a known subject in the 800 block. N. G, Wellington.•11:30 a.m. Non-Injury accident in the 200 block N. U.S. 81, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Jimmy D. Galloway, 88, Blackwell, Okla. and a fixed object/sign owned by city of Wellington.•1:20 p.m. Ralph S. Embree, Omaha, Neb., was issued a notice to appear charged with speeding 66 mph in a 45 mph zone.•2:59 p.m. Brian J. Conrad, 44, Wellington, was arrested and charged with driving while license suspended and expired registration.•4:04 p.m. Non-Injury, hit and aun accident on private property in the 1100 block. N. A, Wellington, involving an unknown vehicle and a parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by Jordan R. Smith, Wellington.•5:49 p.m. Officers took a report of a domestic disturbance of a known subject in the 1700 block. N. C, Wellington.•6:45 p.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 1100 block. W. 8th, Wellington.•10:34 p.m. Michael R. Bonham, 34, Wellington was arrested and charged with domestic battery and criminal damage to property in the 200 block E. South, Wellington. Wellington Police Notes: Friday, Nov. 1 – Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013: Friday, November 1:•On October 31, 2013, William E. Moore III, 26, Wellington was served a summons to appear charged with two dogs at large, dog bite violation and vicious dog.•On October 31, 2013, Noble L. Shockley, 31, Wellington was served a summons to appear charged with theft.•9:57 a.m. Shanea I. L. Wolf, 22, Wellington was arrested and bonded of a city of Wellington Warrant for theft.•10:16 a.m. Windon J. Senn Jr, 72, South Haven, was issued a notice to appear charged with expired registration and no proof of insurance.•10:40 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of vehicle in the 200 block S. Jefferson, Wellington.•June L. Hearlson, 83, Wellington was served a summons to appear for a charge of keeping of more than four cats.•10:50 a.m. Darin R. Greenwood, 31, Argonia, was issued a notice to appear charged with defective trailer lights.•12:13 p.m. Officers investigated Identity theft of an unknown suspect in the 1200 block S. Jefferson, Wellington.•Christina N. Brehe, 30, Wellington was served a summons to appear for a charge of theft.•3:25 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of keys in the 1300 block. Huron, Wellington.•4:42 p.m. Officers investigated criminal false information of a known suspect in the 1000 block. N. Vandenburgh, Wellington.•5:04 p.m. Ronald G. Dick, 65, Wellington was arrested and bonded on a city of Wellington Warrant for battery and disorderly conduct.•5:10 p.m. Hit and run accident at Harvey and Poplar, Wellington involving an unknown vehicle and a fixed object/street sign owned by the city of Wellington.•7:35 p.m. Officers investigated a domestic battery, criminal threat and probation violation in the 900 block. W. 7th,  Wellington. Sunday, November 03, 2013•1:26 a.m. Garry B. Morgaridge Jr, 39, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with driving under the influence of alcohol.•5:45 a.m. Non-Injury accident in the 1500 block. N. C, Wellington involved a vehicle operated by Jack L. Stonehocker,  51, Wellington and two parked and unoccupied vehicles owned by Gary L. Terry, Wellington.•6:25 a.m. Non-Injury accident in the 1500 block. N. C, Wellington involved a vehicle operated by Jack L. Stonehocker, 51, Wellington and a parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by Brandi J. Peterson, Wellington.•6:50 p.m. Jack L. Stonehocker, 51, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with inattentive driving.•2:22 p.m. Richard D. Nicholson, 27, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with speeding 57 mph in a 45 mph zone (radar) and driving in violation of restrictions.•3:16 p.m. Officers investigated battery and criminal damage to property by known subject(s) in the 200 block. S. C, Wellington.•3:42 p.m., Juvenile female, 16, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with failure to yield, driving in violation of restrictions and no proof of insurance.last_img read more