Jordan Evans and Nick Mariano orchestrate offense in No. 6 Syracuse’s 19-6, season-opening win over Siena

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ The question mark surrounding Syracuse’s offense loomed heading into its season opener. The Orange had lost top points scorer and “quarterback” Dylan Donahue to graduation. Before the season, SU head coach John Desko said senior Jordan Evans, the most experienced attack and wearer of No. 22, needed to step up.On Saturday, Evans did just that, helping facilitate the offense like Desko asked. And he was not alone. Senior Nick Mariano mirrored Evans’ production as the duo filled the quarterback gap to combine for six goals and nine assists. The pair orchestrated No. 6 Syracuse’s (1-0) fourth consecutive season-opening win against Siena (0-1), 19-6.“(Evans and Mariano) played well and finished well,” Desko said. “They played well together because of how they understand the offense.”On three separate occasions, Evans and Mariano were a part of putting together three or more consecutive Syracuse scores. The duo assisted each other twice during a five-point streak mid-game that pushed SU’s lead to double-digits and the offense clicked in the team’s first game without Donahue since 2013.In the third quarter, Siena’s goalie Aaron Lewis picked up the ball off the ground and darted to his left. Evans ran at Lewis, who tried turning and firing the ball across the field to his teammate. When he began to pass, Evans knocked his stick deflected the ball down.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textQuickly, he scooped up the ball and found Mariano already cutting toward the empty net. Lewis ran back and dove block the shot. It was too late. Mariano registered his third goal.On 12 different scoring plays for SU, Evans or Mariano had assisted or scored. Evans’ career-high eight total points was quickly followed with Mariano’s career-high of seven. For Mariano’s six shots on goal, Evans was right behind with five. The two seemed to riff off each other’s momentum as SU quickly pulled away after a slow start in the first frame.“End of the first quarter, Nick and I looked at each other,” Evans said, “and I told him this is the best I’ve played with a duo since I’ve been (at Syracuse).”While Mariano or Evans had possession, the rest of the team ran off-ball cuts toward the net. Keeping their heads up and quickly making decisions led to multiple opportunities. Like one particular goal from Brendan Bomberry to put SU up 10 with 6:16 to go in the third quarter.Mariano saw Bomberry cutting right around the cage and instinctively pulled the defenseman toward him. Mariano lofted a pass high that Bomberry reached to grab. The junior transfer wound up and made it 13-3.“It was all with our guys off ball,” Mariano said. “Our offense is facilitated through everyone; it doesn’t matter who is gonna get the points.”There doesn’t need to be a singular quarterback, Desko said, that the offense needs to run through. Instead, it seems Syracuse has two signal-callers working in tandem.And Mariano and Evans are entering just their second year together as teammates. If Saturday’s performance is any indication, the pair might continue SU’s offensive success without a hiccup.“It’s good to have someone else who really knows the game inside-out,” Evans said, “and knows where to be at the right time.”Evans is not Donahue. Neither is Mariano. But that did not matter in Syracuse’s season opener. Comments Published on February 11, 2017 at 8:36 pm Contact Charlie: | @charliedisturcolast_img read more

Where is Todd McShay? ESPN draft analyst reveals he’s recovering from coronavirus, won’t be on TV

first_imgMcShay is the director of college football scouting for ESPN’s Scouts Inc. He started working for ESPN in 2006 to cover the NFL Draft. He made his first appearance on ESPN’s draft telecast in 2009 and has been a fixture on the main event coverage since 2011, according to ESPN.”I’m so sorry to tell you I won’t be working the NFL Draft this year, McShay wrote on Twitter. “I’m home recovering from coronavirus. For now, I just want to say I miss you all – my teammates at ESPN who have been incredibly supportive, my friends in the league, and the fans who have made the Draft what is is today.”McShay was a key NFL Draft contributor to Sporting News through “The War Room,” a start-up scouting publication created by former NFL scout Gary Horton. ESPN purchased “The War Room” in 2006 and converted it into Scouts inc. ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay said Wednesday that he won’t be working the NFL Draft this year because he’s at home recovering from the novel coronavirus.— Todd McShay (@McShay13) April 23, 2020MORE: The seven safest NFL Draft picks for 2020center_img McShay didn’t specify a timetable for when he got the virus, but said he will “be back” to his job “thanks to the tireless work of healthcare workers and first responders. You are truly our nation’s heroes.”The 2020 NFL Draft will begin Thursday at 8 p.m. ET and will broadcast live on ABC, ESPN and NFL Network. “In the meantime, I’ll be watching and I hope you will be too,,” McShay wrote. “I also hope (host Trey) Wingo and crew will help me out and do their part to keep (Mel) Kiper (Jr.) in line!”last_img read more