The No. 2 Johns Hopkins Blue Jays (7-0) flew by the the No. 5 Syracuse Orange (3-2) in Baltimore, 11-7 on Saturday afternoon. Johns Hopkins jumped out to an early 4-1 lead and never looked back. There was even a 20-minute span of time when the Orange didn't score a goal at all. They couldn't get anything going on offense and the defense struggled to stop the Hopkins sharp shooters.
Here are three thoughts from the game:
1. This team demonstrates shades of the 2007 Orange.
In 2007, the Syracuse Orange went 5-8 and didn't make the NCAA Tournament. It was a reloading year and Syracuse had trouble finding an identity. The team lacked leadership and struggled because of it. After losing so many seniors from last season, the Orange resemble its 2007 version. That year, Syracuse lost to Johns Hopkins 17-9. The next two years, the Orange went on to win two straight national championships. So a down year might just be what this Syracuse team needs to climb back to success.
2. Face offs and extra man unit are the biggest weaknesses.
Syracuse continued its struggles at the X today, picking up just 7-of-20. Chris Daddio (6-for-12) and Ricky Burh (1-for-5) both struggled so coach John Desko employed the same strategy as last week, putting in long pole Brian Megill to take a few. That strategy didn't work this week as he went 0-for-2.
The extra man unit went just 2-for-7 on its chances Saturday and it was a huge momentum killer. Whenever it looked like the Orange was about to get back into the game, it couldn't capitalize with an extra man on the field. There were a few instances where the Orange got a good shot, but most of the time Syracuse wasn't even threatening. That unit needs to be improved if the Orange wants to be successful this year.
3. Desko found his man in the net.
Desko made a statement today. Goal keeper Matt Lerman struggled in the first half, allowing 7 goals and just saving 1 shot. But Desko decided to leave Lerman in for the second half and the remainder of the game. Even though Lerman didn't have a spectaular performance, Desko stuck with him. I think this will be a huge confidence booster for Lerman and we will see improvement in his game over the next couple of weeks.
The Syracuse University men's lacrosse team won a 9-8 thriller against St. John's on Saturday at DaSilva Memorial Field in Jamaica, New York. It was a cold day in southern New York, but that didn't stop both Orange and Red Storm fans from showing up in full force. The game was close throughout, but the Orange had a slight 2-1 advantage after the first quarter. The Red Storm surged in the second and took a 4-3 lead into halftime, thanks in part to two goals from Kevin Cernuto. The game was tied at 5-5 after the third quarter, and then in the fourth, with 1:25 left, Tim Desko found the back of the net and sealed the Orange victory.
Here's three thoughts from the game:
1. Kevin Drew is officially back.
Before this season started, many weren't sure if Kevin Drew would take the field this season after offseason trouble with the law. He wasn't seen during the preseason scrimmages or the first two home games against Albany and Army. But last weekend against Virginia, Drew took the field and wasn't much of a factor. This week's game against St. John's was a different story. Drew came out and scored two goals on his only two shots. He also helped the Orange clear the ball. If the goalie or one of the close defensemen can get the ball to Drew, he will singlehandedly clear it. Orange fans should be happy that he's back because he will make a big difference this season. After the game, coach John Desko said he is still catching up on his conditioning but helped in a big way today.
2. Ground balls and face-offs are becoming an issue.
After starting the season with a couple of solid performances at the X, the Orange seem to have lost it. Last week against Virginia, the Orange struggled, and those struggles continued today. Chris Daddio, the go-to face off guy, got just 3-of-12 face-offs. Ricky Buhr, the backup go-to face-off guy, got just 2-of-5. So coach Desko finally acted and put a long stick, Brian Megill, at the X to take face-offs. Megill was able to win 3-of-4 face-offs and kept the Orange in the game in the fourth quarter. His long stick allowed him to reach further than his opponent and pick up the ball before the wings got involved in the play. But I doubt coach Desko wants Megill taking face-offs for the rest of the season, so this needs to get sorted out as soon as possible.
3. The Orange are still searching for their identity in net.
Will it be Matt Lerman or Dominic Lamolinara? No one really knows. Neither of them shined today, and the race for the starting job is still a dead heat. Each goalie let four goals in today. Lerman had six saves through the first two quarters, and Lamolinara had two saves through his half. Lerman let by some really easy ones, but Lamolinara wasn't challenged like Lerman was. Either way, the Orange's next opponent is their rival Johns Hopkins, and without a solid goalkeeper, the Blue Jays will be tough to beat.
Syracuse (2-1) led Virginia (5-0) 6-4 at halftime after going on a 4-0 run to end the first half, but the Cavaliers overpowered the Orange in the second half and secured the 14-10 victory at Klockner Stadium. Sophomore attack Derek Maltz scored three goals and registered 2 assists. Tim Desko also had 3 goals, one of them was a highlight-worthy between the legs shot in front of the net that sparked the first-half run.
1. The defense is starting to click.
Virginia's offense features its fair share of weapons. One of those weapons is 2011 Tewaaraton Trophy winner Steele Stanwick. The senior attack was Brian Megill's assignment today and Megill wasn't intimidated. Stanwick scored just one goal and it was on a defensive switch when Megill wasn't guarding him. David Hamlin and Matt Harris were also dynamic today. The Orange have developed a hard-nosed, physical defense that forces turnovers and features big hits. By the end of the season, this defensive unit has the potential to be special.
2. Can the Orange win faceoffs?
It sure didn't look like they could today. Syracuse won just 8-of-28 faceoffs after having such a great performance last week against Army. The wing play was starting to come around and the Orange was really starting to pick up ground balls. But today, everything changed. Coach John Desko was forced to play two long sticks at the wings in an effort to pick up more ground balls off faceoffs, which impaired them offensively.
3. Syracuse has no identity between the pipes.
The Orange goalie woes continue. After an incredible first half with six saves, stunting the Cavailers offense, Matt Lerman was given the nod to start the second half. Earlier in the week, coach Desko said he would start sophomore Dominic Lamolinara in the second half no matter what, but Lerman's performance convinced him otherwise. Desko finally thought he had found his man in the net. But in the third quarter, Lerman collapsed and gave up six goals. So in the fourth quarter, Lamolinara came in cold and didn't make a save. One of these two really needs to step up as the go-to guy within the next couple games.
The Syracuse men’s lacrosse team mounted a comeback in the final minute of the fourth quarter Sunday to beat No. 7 Maryland 11-9 in the first scrimmage of the afternoon. The Orange then fell to Canisius 11-10 after a Golden Griffin goal with one second left on the clock.
The last time Syracuse played against Maryland was during the quarterfinals of last year's NCAA tournament. The Orange lost in overtime in that game.
On Sunday, Maryland came out firing and scored two goals on goalie Matt Lerman, who played in the first half of the Maryland scrimmage. Goals from Orange midfielders Hakeem Lecky and Luke Cometti tied the game before the Terrapins scored two more to take a 4-2 lead after the first quarter. The final goal of the quarter came with a second left on a desperation shot from 30 yards away, and the Orange finished the quarter down by two.
In the second quarter, Maryland scored two more goals to extend the lead to 6-2. The Orange had five shots on goal but couldn’t find the back of the net. At the half, Lerman took a seat and former Terrapin Dominic Lamolinara took over. The sophomore transferred from Maryland after his freshman season last year and is excited to wear Orange.
“I wanted to go to Syracuse before going to Maryland.” he said. “I came up here to visit my junior year, and it was a perfect fit for me. It just didn’t work out [before].”
Lamolinara started off strong and only gave up one goal on five shots in the third quarter. That’s when the Orange offense came to life, with two quick goals from Tim Desko and Collin Donahue. Kevin Rice and Tommy Palasek both added unassisted goals to bring the Orange within one.
Syracuse eventually tied the score in the fourth quarter, but then Maryland scored two more goals to retake the lead with three minutes left. Scott Loy scored and cut the Maryland lead to one. With 49 seconds left, Bobby Eilers scored off an assist from JoJo Marasco to tie the game at 9-9. Rice scored the go-ahead goal with 16 seconds left in regulation to win.
The second-half comeback against Maryland can be credited to good goalkeeping, offensive execution and solid play at the X. The Orange won six of eight faceoffs in the fourth. However, the Terps played the final quarter with mostly backups, so the numbers are slightly misleading.
Head coach John Desko played primarily backups against Canisius and gave the starters a break after a hard-fought Maryland game. The Orange led by as many as five goals in the third quarter, but Canisius went on to score six unanswered goals on their way to victory.
“We’re definitely not in midseason form,” Desko said. “But mentally we’re ready to go, and as coaches, we’re going to spend a lot of time the next couple days watching film and evaluating what we saw on the field.”
The Orange will take the field at the Carrier Dome next Sunday at 2 p.m. for its first regular-season matchup against Albany.
The Orange men's lacrosse team took the field at the Carrier Dome for the first scrimmages of the year on Sunday. The annual exhibition games against both Hofstra and Le Moyne featured a variety of different scorers and gave Orange fans a look at the season to come. In the first scrimmage of the day, the eighth-ranked Orange defeated 14th-ranked Hofstra 7-5. In the second, Syracuse cruised passed Divison II Le Moyne, 11-5.
1. The Orange have a cast of stars waiting in the wings...
After losing so much talent, many expected Syracuse to have a tough time rebuilding this season. But waiting on the sidelines in the shadows of the senior seven last year were a cast of stars that Orange fans will soon know the names of. Sophomore Derek Maltz will be the man on the crease this year. He found the back of the net in both scrimmages today and looks promising as a starting attacker. Another guy to watch out for is redshirt freshman Hakeem Lecky. He scored one goal today in the first scrimmage and it looks like he will be starting on the first midfield line alongside veterans JoJo Marasco and Bobby Eilers.
2. A fairly solid defensive performance...
The Orange only gave up 10 goals between the two scrimmages today. Starting on close defense this season will be junior Brian Megill, sophomore Matt Harris and redshirt junior David Hamiln. Megill was named All-Big East second team last season and looks to carry that performance into this year. Harris played in 16 of 17 games last season and Hamlin saw time replacing John Lade when he went down with injury. Overall, it's a good defensive line that will get even better as the season progresses.
3. Goalie Battle Over?
A few different goalies saw action today but Matt Lerman, the front runner for the position, started each game. Lerman recorded two saves in two quarters of action in the first game, and one save in the one quarter he played against Le Moyne. But it was Maryland transfer Dominic Lamolinara who shut down the Hofstra offense in the third quarter of the first scrimmage. He recorded five saves and looked good in his one quarter of action. Last week at practive, coach John Desko seemed pretty set on Lerman as his keeper, but don't be surprised if Lamolinara sees minutes this season.
The Supreme Court decided today to hear the case challenging President Obama's 2010 health care bill. The Supreme Court will hear appeals from the decision by the United States Court of Appeals 11th Circuit in Atlanta. The court said the plan oversteps congressional power and it can't "regulate commerce" or "lay and collect taxes," according to the New York Times.
The Health Care Plan aimed at getting health insurance for all uninsured Americans. The plan also prohibited insurers to deny a patient coverage due to a pre-existing condition. The controversial part is that the plan requires most people to purchase health care by 2014. If they don't, they face a tax penalty.
"This is going to be the most heavily covered Supreme Court case in history," Washington lawyer Thomas Goldstein told USA Today. "This will run from today until summer."
The case in scheduled to be heard by March and the ruling would be delivered by the end of June. This is significant because it is right on the eve of the 2012 Presidential elections and will likely be a focal point of campaigns.
The National Federation of Business is one of the main opponents of the law.
"For the small-business community, this comes not a day too soon," said Dan Danner, the company's CEO, to CNN. "The health care law has not lived up to its promises of reducing costs, allowing citizens to keep their coverage or improving a cumbersome system that has long been a burden to small-business owners and employees, alike. The small-business community can now have hope; their voices are going to be heard in the nations highest court."
But White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer says he thinks the law will hold up.
"We know the Affordable Care act is constitutional and are confident the Supreme Court will agree," he said in a news statement to CNN.
Many have called this the marquee piece of legislation during President Obama's term.
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A group of planes had to be diverted from their scheduled destinations this weekend because of an unusual October snowstorm that affected a lot of the northeast. After equipment failures at airports in Newark and New York City that would have made it difficult to land in low visibility, planes were diverted to Bradley International Airport in Hartford, Connecticut where they waited for hours to be let inside.
Once landing in Hartford, the planes couldn't be taken to gates because the airport was unprepared for them. However, according to the New York Times, an airport representative was unavailable to comment on the matter. A JetBlue spokesman told that New York Times that roughly 700 passengers were involved and that the planes were diverted due to a "confluence of events."
"There's been no real explanation as to why we've been sitting her for seven hours," passenger Andrew Carter told USA Today.
The Associated Press reported that the bathrooms on board became backed-up and unusable and the crew ran out of snacks and bottled water to serve the passengers during the last few hours.
The carriers who stranded passengers could face major fines. Last year, the Transportation Department developed a Passengers Bill of Rights that would prevent passengers from being on the tarmac for more than three hours. According to USA Today, the department hasn't enforced the rule yet, but if they did, JetBlue and American Airlines could face fines of $27,000 per passenger.
Passenger Roseann Kozma gave CNN an inside look on what was happening in the plane:
"A couple passengers are fighting and there's a baby in here that's been crying the whole time," she said.
"They tell us that were going to be going in soon, going in soon, going in soon -- and it just never happens," another passenger, Todd Bailey, said to CNN.
According to CNN, passengers on one of the planes broke into applause when the door finally opened and they chanted, "Let us out!" repeatedly.
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It was a sad day for not only IndyCar fans, but sports fans all around the world on Sunday. Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner and familiar face in the racing world, Dan Wheldon, died after a 15-car collision at Las Vegas Motor Speedway just 11 laps into the final race of the season.
Wheldon was rushed to University Medical Center after the crash and the news of his death was delivered by IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard shortly after.
"IndyCar is sad to announce that Dan Wheldon has passed away from unsurvivable injuries," Bernard said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family today."
When the news of Wheldon's death was announced, Bernard and the drivers decided to cancel the remainder of the race. Instead, the drivers who weren't involved the in collision participated in a five-lap salute to honor Wheldon.
"We all had a bad feeling about this place, in particular just because of the high banking and how easy it was to go flat," driver Oriol Servia said, according to CBS News. "We knew it could happen, but it's just really sad."
Other drivers were worried about reaching speeds of 225 m.p.h. on this particular track.
"The fact of the matter is, you're dealing with very, very fast automobiles," Sports Illustrated writer Jon Wertheim said, according to CNN. "There is, unfortunately, an assumption of risk when you get into one of those race cars."
Safety has recently been a major concern in IndyCar racing. According to USA Today, Wheldon was working with IndyCar and the car company Dallara to add more safety features. The most important of those features is bodywork covering the rear tires, which would prevent cars from being launched in the air, like Wheldon's was on Sunday.
"Dan was a true professional and a great ambassador for the sport," British Driver Derek Warwick said, according to CBS News. "He was highly focused in the way he approached his racing and a real perfectionist."
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Rooney delivered his final rant last night after being on the show for more than 30 years, but he made it clear he wasn't done writing.
"...I'm not retiring, writers don't retire. And I'll always be a writer," Rooney said last night during his segment.
The 92-year-old has made a living telling audiences exactly what is on his mind. However, audiences haven't always agreed with what Rooney has said. He has been involved with plenty of controversies over his career, including a suspension from the show in 1990. The suspension came after Rooney made comments about race and homosexuality, but the suspension was later rescinded by CBS.
That wasn't the only incident in Rooney's career. Throughout his time on "60 Minutes", he went on various tirades on every subject from political corruption to how much he hated computers. Rooney followed suit last night, talking about how much he hated when people recognized him in public places.
Rooney admitted during his final segment that there have been many times during his career when he has been wrong. He even told Morley Safer during an interview preceding his segment that he was sorry for the times he offended people. But regardless of all that happened during his years on television, Rooney has no regrets.
"If I had my life to live over again, I'd be on television, I'd get on "60 minutes" if I could and I'd do a piece every week of my own," said Rooney to Safer during his interview.
During his final moments on the show, after thanking his viewers, Rooney had just one last request.
"...If you do see me in a restaurant, please, just let me eat my dinner."
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