Orange’s Ryan Raposo sinks URI in NCAA tourney opener
Orange's Ryan Raposo sinks URI in tourney opener
The Syracuse Orange lost the battle for shots on goal but converted 3 of 4 opportunities to score in the team’s tournament opener over Rhode Island. Sophomore Ryan Raposo lead the Orange attack, scoring 2 goals(Including the game-winner) and assisting on the third.
While the game maintained an entertaining back-and-forth feel, the Orange looked lethargic in the game’s opening. The visiting Rams imposed their will, bringing energy and grit from kickoff. The Rams won the time of possession and completed passes battle early while capitalizing in the 31st minute from an Uri Tamburini score off a corner kick. Following the opening goal, the Orange woke up, however, and decided they were not going to lose.
The team dominated the rest of the first half by scoring twice in breakaway situations. Head coach Ian Mcintyre enlisted Ryan Raposo as the savior the team desperately needed, and he did not disappoint. Raposo, while leading the team’s offensive attack, became a vocal leader as well. Following the Rhode Island goal, Raposo called a team huddle on the field and inspired his teammates to give everything. A new look Orange team proceeded to control the ball for nearly 80 percent for the rest of the first half.
The reinvigorated Orange played with pride in the second half, picking up where they left off. Powered by the duo of Raposo and substitute Luther Archimede, the team seized control and finished the Rams in the 87th minute.
It was a very encouraging win to begin tournament play as the Orange now travel to Queens, NY to face in-state opponent, St. Johns. St. Johns has a record of 13-4-1 on the season, but has not won a game since October 19th and should be expected to come out hungry. The Orange should feel good about tonight but must play a strong 90 minutes to advance this Sunday.