Fast reactions from No. 6 Syracuse’s 19-6 win over Siena

first_img Published on February 11, 2017 at 6:30 pm Contact Charlie: csdistur@syr.edu | @charliedisturco For the fourth consecutive year, No. 6 Syracuse (1-0) opened the season with a victory over Siena (0-1), this one ending 19-6. Despite a slow start in which SU only led by one with just over four minutes remaining in the first quarter, a 9-0 run in the middle of the game propelled Syracuse another win against the Saints.Here are three quick takeaways from Syracuse’s season-opening win.Syracuse’s defense would be fine even without Nick MellenThe Orange started three new defenders on opening day with Nick Mellen still out due to injury and the graduation of two seniors. At times in the first quarter, the defense struggled to keep Siena away from the net. The Saints would drive inside and find themselves with just goalie Evan Molloy to beat.The struggles from the defense early showed with Siena’s third goal of the game. Senior defenseman Joe Arcarese picked up the ball and ran down the sideline. He pushed toward the goal and began falling, but had enough time get a shot off, putting the ball past Molloy and cutting the deficit to one.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHowever, after that goal, Syracuse went on a 9-0 run. And when Siena would begin to press on the Orange, SU’s defense found stability. The trio of Tyson Bomberry, Scott Firman and Marcus Cunningham accumulated nine ground balls and caused two turnovers, helping jumpstart the offense.After Siena’s third goal of the game with 4:18 left in the first quarter, the defense buckled down and allowed just three goals over the next two and a half quarters.Jordan Evans and Nick Mariano are making up for loss of Dylan DonahueLast season the offense ran through now-graduated Dylan Donahue. He was the “quarterback” of the team, as SU head coach John Desko said.With the loss of Donahue, senior Jordan Evans was expected to step up and become the new quarterback. He was the most experienced on attack and sported SU’s legendary No. 22 jersey. In SU’s season-opening win, he and Nick Mariano, the Orange’s leading scorer last season, facilitated the offense.On one play, Siena goalie Aaron Lewis ran out of the net, trying to clear the ball. He turned and tried to pass across the field, only to be stopped by Evans. Quickly picking up the ball, Evans found a wide open Mariano, who had an open net in front of him. On another, Mariano sat behind the net and found Evans slashing toward Lewis. He fired a pass in and Evans scored his third goal of the game.Neither player brings the exact same skill set as Donahue and they may need each other’s help to run the offense. But today, the two worked together and created countless opportunities for the Orange.Amid all questions entering the year, Ben Williams is the one constantThere were a lot of unknowns with Syracuse entering the season. Half of the team’s top six scorers had graduated and a brand new defense was starting the first game.But SU still had Ben Williams. Williams has been one of the most reliable players for SU throughout his career. Today was not different. Syracuse’s FOGO won 15-of-22 at the X and helped create a smooth transition for SU on offense.After winning the faceoff and getting a few steps on the opposition, Williams would find Evans, who would look in front of the Siena goal, trying to create a quick goal for the Orange. He did so on multiple occasions, one play ending up in the hands of Nate Solomon. Solomon, facing away from the goal, did a quick behind the back flick and scored SU’s sixth goal of the game.Williams is among the best in SU history at the X. Winning 68 percent of faceoffs today against Siena only proved how vital he is when it comes to jumpstarting Syracuse’s offense. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Scenic awarded Best Luxury River Cruise Line Accolade

first_imgScenic awarded Best Luxury River Cruise Line AccoladeScenic awarded Best Luxury River Cruise Line AccoladeScenic Luxury Tours & Cruises is thrilled to be recognised by Cruise Passenger readers as the Best Luxury River Cruise Line for the third year running.Scenic Group Executive General Manager Aleisha Fittler said the accolade was particularly special as it was voted for by past and potential Scenic guests.“Our guests are at the forefront of all we do, especially when it comes to planning new product innovations,” Ms Fittler said.“This year we introduced some wonderful new additions – Scenic Culinaire and a Salt Therapy Room – to our ships in Bordeaux and the South of France, and in 2018 we will debut the next step in our evolution, our first ocean ship Scenic Eclipse, which we hope our guests will love just as much as our river cruises.”The annual Cruise Passenger Reader’s Choice Awards have been operating for more than 20 years, and this year attracted almost 10,000 votes.The win caps off a successful year for Scenic, with the cruise line also taking home the inaugural honour of Best Luxury River Cruise Brand at the prestigious Luxury Travel Gold List Awards, as well as an Outstanding Contribution Award from the China National Tourist Office for its support of the China-Australia Year of Tourism 2017.For more information, call 138 128 or visit scenic.com.auSource = Scenic Luxury Tours & Cruiseslast_img read more