Sloppy play, mental lapses plague Syracuse in losses to Florida State, Miami

first_imgAnother weekend passes and two more losses are added to the record. That’s what Syracuse has been dealing with all season.Head coach Leonid Yelin said it’s not a lack of talent, but rather mental ineptitude.“Absolutely, absolutely, absolutely. 150 percent,” Yelin said. “If it’s everyone saying, ‘I don’t want to make mistakes,’ no one wants to make mistakes. Everyone is afraid to make mistakes.”Syracuse tends to stick with every team that it plays, but in crunch time it always seems to fall short. The Orange (5-9, 0-2 Atlantic Coast) dropped two four-set matches this weekend, falling to No. 17 Florida State (9-4, 2-0) on Saturday and Miami (Fla.) (9-3, 2-0) on Sunday.Unforced errors often result from a lack of a strong state of mind, Yelin said. This trend was exemplified in Saturday’s match against No. 17 Florida State. In Syracuse’s first match in the Carrier Dome this season, it came out to a hot start, taking the first set 25-19.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe second set was an even contest until about halfway through. Syracuse pulled within three on a service error by the Seminoles, but that was the closest the Orange would get. Florida State scored six straight points, ending with a 25-16 beat down.The final two sets saw more of the same for Syracuse, as it was outscored 50-26 over the last two sets.“We came into the second wanting it even more and we burned ourselves out,” outside hitter Gosia Wlaszczuk said. “We couldn’t stay constant in the game. It was just about us, not them.”The second match of the weekend saw more of the same.In the first set against the Hurricanes, SU went up 16-15. Outside hitter Silvi Uattara sent a vicious spike straight into the chest of Miami outside hitter Misty Ma’a. The Hurricanes scored seven straight points, four of which were on unforced errors by Syracuse. The set ended with Miami scoring 10 of the final 12 points, which culminated in a 25-18 victory.“These are just some things that happen that just build off each other,” setter Erica Handley said. “We have to minimize our errors and just keep pushing to not let them get on the rolls that they do.”The second set showed what the team is capable of, Yelin said, as it won the set 25-22.During the final two sets, though, Syracuse fell back into the rut it can’t seem to get out of.The third set started with four straight points for the Hurricanes, two coming off of unforced errors by Syracuse. The Orange brought it to within two at 11-9, but that was as close as it would get.SU ended up dropping the set 25-19. After pulling within two, Syracuse lost all semblance of order on the court, looking disorganized and committing unforced errors.The final set of the weekend epitomized the Syracuse season.In a back-and-forth match, Syracuse tied the set at 17 with a stout block attempt by middle blocker Lindsay McCabe. But Miami scored eight of the final nine points to win the set 25-18.Yelin believes the team is a work in progress and needs to develop mental fortitude.“It is impossible to gain or lose skills in that matter of two or three days,” Yelin said. “It is all about the mental preparation and how mentally you can handle yourself.” Comments Published on September 30, 2013 at 1:54 am Contact Eric: Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Storify: Fans react to wild win over Central Michigan

first_img[View the story “Syracuse community reacts to wild win over Central Michigan” on Storify] Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 19, 2015 at 5:15 pm Contact Sam: | @Sam4TRlast_img

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: | @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

Federal decision shocks dismays casino foes

first_imgThe revelation late Thursday afternoon that the federal government has removed a major hurdle blocking the Cowlitz Tribe from constructing a casino complex near La Center caught officials and opponents of the plan off guard. La Center Councilwoman Linda Tracy said she was saddened and disappointed by the news.“It is going to pretty much devastate La Center, easily, because we don’t and can’t offer what a tribal casino can,” she said.The decision by the Bureau of Indian Affairs to allow the tribe to establish a reservation on 152 acres of land along Interstate 5 west of La Center drew criticism from activists and officials who had opposed the measure. It was welcomed by a union official as a source of good construction jobs and spark for economic development.As proposed, the casino would include a gas station, event center, hotel, restaurants and shopping. Tracy predicted that Clark County residents will head there for entertainment and goods because prices will be lower than at non-tribal establishments, and the county will also lose money because the land will be taken off the tax rolls.La Center relies heavily on the success of its four non-tribal cardrooms to fund city services. Taxes from cardrooms make up about $3 million of the city’s $4 million general fund revenue. The city is working to annex land to stretch city limits west to Interstate 5 to allow for industrial development along the I-5 corridor and help the city to diversify its tax base.last_img read more

AOT announce new general sales manager

first_imgThe AOT Group Limited is delighted to announce that Neale Herridge has accepted the position of group general manager sales – ATS Pacific Limited.Neale will be based in the ATS Pacific Sydney office and will be responsible for the Group’s sales activities for ATS Pacific’s Australian, New Zealand and Fijian businesses.He will commence on Monday 16th February 2015, and will bring with him a wealth of experience dealing with wholesale customers around the world on behalf of Accor Hotels where he has worked for the last 23 years.Neale has worked extensively with ATS Pacific and ATS Pacific’s clients around the world over many years.Neale will report directly into the Group general manager ATS Pacific, Stuart Neels, and work very closely with Stuart, Ken McTague, general manager ATS Pacific New Zealand and Brad Rutherford, general manager ATS Pacific Fiji.AOT Group chief executive officer Andrew Burnes, said that he is delighted to have Neale on board and looks forward to future growth.“I am confident we will continue to grow our ability to provide better customer service to our clients around the world and to assist those clients in growing their business to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and the South Pacific,” Mr Burnes said.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more