Staff Report : Syracuse ice hockey gets weekend sweep

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 24, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img The Syracuse ice hockey team (4-2-1, 0-0-0 CHA) earned its first weekend sweep with two victories over Union (1-5, 0-0-0 ECAC).The Orange started its first road trip of the season with a 3-1 win Friday and followed it with a 5-0 blowout of the Dutchwomen Saturday. SU was dominant in both games, outshooting Union 27-13 and 32-13 in each game.After a scoreless first period in the opener, junior Lisa Mullan found the back of the net 8:26 into the second. The Orange held an 18-1 shot advantage in the period but only managed the single goal. Freshman Margot Scharfe added to the lead with a goal three minutes into the final period. Union scored late in the third to cut the lead to 2-1, but it proved to be too little too late. Junior Megan Skelly put the game out of reach with an empty-net goal with 36 seconds left to finish the game.Junior goalie Stephanie Jones made 12 saves for the win in her first career start.It was never close Saturday as the Orange jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first period. SU piled on three more goals en route to an easy victory. Seniors Stefanie Marty and Julie Rising scored the first two goals, and senior Ashley Cockell recorded two goals in the second period to give the Orange a commanding lead. Sophomore Kelly Welch scored the fifth and final goal of the game. SU took advantage of the power play, going 2-for-4 on the day.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFreshman goaltender Jenesica Drinkwater saved 13 shots for her first career shutout. Isabel Menard had five assists on the weekend.The Orange will look to extend its three-game win streak when it goes to Columbus, Ohio, to take on Ohio State on Oct. 29 and Oct. 30. The Buckeyes (4-2-0, 2-2-0 WCHA) are No. 9 in the nation but lost two tough games to conference rival and No. 2 Wisconsin over the weekend.Women’s soccerSyracuse lost a pair of games this weekend to Marquette and South Florida. The two losses cost the Orange a bid in the Big East tournament, and Pittsburgh snatched up the final spot with two wins this weekend.SU (6-9-5, 3-6-2 Big East) saw its postseason hopes thrashed when it lost 2-1 to South Florida (11-4-3, 6-3-2) on Sunday. This loss was preceded by a 2-0 loss to No. 16 Marquette (14-3-2, 11-0-0) Friday.After a defensive struggle during the first half Friday, the Golden Eagles broke through in the 64th minute when a low shot by Maegan Kelly found the back of the net. Marquette punched another goal through to widen the lead in the 81st minute. Rosie Malone-Povolny headed the ball past SU goalkeeper Brittany Anghel on a free kick.The Golden Eagles outshot Syracuse 16-5 in the contest. Marquette had 6 shots on goal, and the Orange had 4. Anghel made 4 saves on the game.On Sunday, the Orange was unable to overcome a 2-0 deficit in the first half to defeat the Bulls. South Florida scored goals in the 30th and 41st minutes. Venicia Reid opened the scoring for the Bulls, and Chantelle Goodson would put the game out of reach with her goal toward the end of the first half.SU cut the lead in half when Rosina Callisto scored on an unassisted goal in the 62nd minute. The goal gave Callisto a career-high six points on the season. The Orange saw more scoring chances in the second half but was only able to find the back of the net once. Anghel made two saves in the game, and SU was outshot 13-9 on the game.The Orange finished the season tied in sixth place in the American Division. The Orange posted 11 points in the Big East portion of the season, falling just two points shy of the Panthers for fifth place. SU’s six victories were the most for the team since the 2007 season.VolleyballThe Syracuse volleyball team hit a speed bump this weekend, losing to Notre Dame and DePaul on the road. SU was swept by Notre Dame 3-0 on Saturday and fell to DePaul 3-2 on Sunday.The team now has its first two-game losing streak of the season and falls to 22-5 and 3-5 in Big East play.SU’s 3-5 record in the Big East will be tough for the team to overcome, especially after losing to Big East bottom-feeder DePaul.Against Notre Dame, Hayley Todd recorded seven kills, but no Orange player had double-digit kills.Against DePaul, Todd again led the team in kills with 21. Noemie Lefebvre added 15, and Lindsay McCabe chipped in with 13. But their efforts were not enough, as SU lost in five sets against a team it expected to beat.The team has a tough climb ahead of it with Pittsburgh and West Virginia coming to Syracuse this coming weekend to take on an SU team that is suddenly reeling.Since the Orange’s record start to the season (17-0), it has managed a record of just 4-5. SU will need to recover quickly if it has any hopes of getting a top-five seed in the Big East tournament — a seed that once looked to be a given.Now the team has a lot of questions to answer before its next Big East games, both of which now appear to be must-wins.—Compiled by The Daily Orange Sports stafflast_img

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