Syracuse’s season ends with 4-3 overtime loss to Mercyhurst in CHA championship

first_imgBUFFALO, N.Y. — Nicole Renault lay on the ice, her body sprawled out in front of goalkeeper Jenn Gilligan, who sunk her head down. Thirty minutes earlier, the senior duo was as happy as they’d been all year after a game-tying goal forced overtime with 30 seconds to go.But as they skated off the ice, the reality of defeat overthrew the glimmer of promise that was present for Syracuse throughout the game, and the season as a whole.The Orange (19-14-3, 14-4-2 College Hockey America) seemed destined to win its first ever CHA tournament championship. It had the returning senior class, one of the strongest in program history, and the development of its young underclassmen, including reigning CHA Rookie of the Year Stephanie Grossi. But, for the second straight time, the Orange’s season ended with a loss in overtime in the title game, this time to Mercyhurst (19-10-5, 14-3-3), 4-3, on Saturday evening at the HarborCenter in Buffalo, New York.“That’s what we gotta figure out,” SU head coach Paul Flanagan said, his head down, looking at the ground. “Just what it takes, that whole recipe to finish games, finish teams off.”Grossi, the hero of Friday’s triple-overtime thriller against Penn State, pushed the Orange out in front late in the second period.. The routine group hug that Syracuse does after every goal turned into a dog pile and the usually reserved Flanagan jumped up and high-fived assistant coach Brendon Knight.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut the Lakers responded quickly as Jenna Dingeldein and Sarah Hine scored within 29 seconds of each other to end the second period. Then, to start the third, Gilligan tried to grab a puck that skated behind the net but it snuck back toward Rachel Smith who poked it in past a diving Gilligan to open up a 3-1 lead. All of a sudden, the momentum that Syracuse had worked so hard to seize was ripped away.This wasn’t the first time the Orange seemed to jump ahead of its competition only to realize that it wasn’t as far ahead as it thought. SU was chosen to finish first in the CHA in a preseason coach’s poll. But the Orange struggled out of the gate, dropping three of its first five games on the year. Consistency was the issue for Syracuse, as SU couldn’t string together even just a three-game winning streak for most of the season.But things changed against Mercyhurst, which Syracuse beat for the first time in program history just last year. An overtime victory over the Lakers at the end of January sparked the Orange. The inconsistency that plagued the team throughout the whole season melted away just when it looked like Syracuse’s season was going to end as just another average effort. The Orange ended the campaign playing better hockey than it did all year long, and headed into the playoffs on a seven-game winning streak.“I think we started figuring it out as a team,” said freshmen Allie Munroe. “We were kind of late to do that … but I think once we got on that winning streak, everyone was on board.” Facebook Twitter Google+ Courtesy of Ryan Ballinger | College Hockey America The Orange had flipped the script on its season and had a chance to flip the script on the championship game. With just under three minutes left, Munroe found the back of the net to make it a 3-2 game. The same Orange bench players that were shell-shocked earlier nearly had to restrain themselves from falling over the boards.Flanagan looked over, still stoic. He was happy with the score but he knew that his team still needed one more goal to force overtime.That one came with 29.7 seconds left. Alysha Burriss corralled the puck from a Munroe rebound and snuck it past Mercyhurst’s Sarah McDonnell. It looked like Mercyhurst scored 20 seconds later, but it was ruled off after review, to the sound of applause and yells of “Yes!” from the Syracuse side. The Orange had rallied back near the end, just like it did during the regular season.Mercyhurst controlled momentum throughout much of the overtime. Save for a few Orange breakaways, the Lakers were in possession of the puck for most of the frame. As Gilligan made save after save to keep SU alive, the rest of the team grew increasingly frustrated. Renault put her stick over her head after missing a shot, Sibley put her head down in disgust on the bench after doing the same and Flanagan pumped his fists in anger after a blown Orange opportunity.But as the first overtime was winding down, Syracuse still had a chance to extend the game. That chance wouldn’t come. Dingeldein scored a goal with 4:54 to go in the frame. Mercyhurst skated towards the back corner to embrace in victory, and with each other. Many Orange players, including Sibley, put their head down during the postgame ceremony, unable to look on as the Lakers received their championship t-shirts and hats.The back-and-forth championship game mirrored the up-and-down season that Syracuse just finished, leaving the Orange still looking for the way to finish its season on a high, rather than a low.“I don’t know,” senior Melissa Piacentini said when she was asked what the missing piece is for the Orange. “I wish I did know.” Comments Published on March 5, 2016 at 6:08 pm Contact Tomer: | @tomer_langerlast_img read more

Women of Troy look to continue success in Oregon

first_imgAfter defending its home court against both Arizona schools last weekend, the women’s basketball team looks to take that momentum and energy on the road this weekend. The team will first face No. 9 Oregon on Friday, who will be coming back from a road sweep in Washington, before taking on No. 15 Oregon State on Sunday. Last season, the Trojans surprised everyone, especially Oregon State, by breaking their seven-game losing streak with a 70-50 win against the Beavers. The team is looking to do the same and more this time around. Forward Kristen Simon is one of three seniors on the Trojans’ squad. Tucker Judkins | Daily Trojan“They know better than me because they did it last year,” head coach Mark Trakh said. “So, I’m going to ask them, ‘How did you beat Oregon State in front of 6,000 people?’ and they’re going to tell me and I’m going to say, ‘You’re going to do the exact same thing, OK?’ So, they know. [They did] it last year, so that’s what we are going to rely on: their experience from last year.”All the starters, except graduate student guard Jordan Adams, who was out with a knee injury her senior year, played against the Oregon schools’ last season. In addition to experience, the starters have been averaging close to the full 40 minutes per game. With that, not only are the players’ stamina improving, but they have also been using every minute to keep practicing for the tough games to come.“I feel like I’m in great shape,” senior guard Sadie Edwards said. “I look at it as a blessing. When I’m not in the game, I am itching to go back in … Being out there as much as I am, it makes me prepared. We’ve been in close games, we’ve got a tough weekend coming up, but there isn’t much that we haven’t seen and [the coaches] do a really good job with calling timeouts and getting us rest when we can, so I feel good about it.”The players will have to bring that spirit to Oregon with them as they are taking on two tough teams back to back. Oregon’s sophomore guard Sabrina Ionescu is averaging 19.4 points per game in comparison to USC senior forward Kristen Simon’s 17.5. However, the Trojans have recently shown a balanced effort from all their starters — each are contributing points, rebounds and assists. Along with that, bench players, like forwards sophomore Ja’Tavia Tapley and junior Marguerite Effa, have slowly seen an increase in playing time and are making plays for their teams when they come in. “We are getting a really balanced effort and we’re playing together,” Edwards said. “Sharing the basketball is fun. When you play together, you play as a team, you defend. I think it’s a lot easier to go out there and play.”The chemistry of the team is tangible. The bench is cheering in response to every point made and the team’s constant communication on the court is audible. Their season hasn’t been perfect, but Trakh is excited for where the team is headed and is only hopeful for what the future brings; he has seen positive progress from the beginning of the season until now. “I think it took a while to evolve there, to think rebounding, defense, assists, the team chemistry, how you relate to your team,” Trakh said. “And it’s ongoing. We’re going to keep working every day. Everything is not perfect right now, but we can work with them and they can work with each other, but I think it’s good right now and I think we are in a good place headed into our last four games.”last_img read more

Betsson hires Richard Scott as Head of Global Trading

first_img StumbleUpon Related Articles Ricahrd ScottStockholm-listed European sports betting operator Betsson AB has confirmed the appointment of Richard Scott as its new Head of Global Trading. Scott joins the multi-brand operator from UK betting firm Gala Coral, where he held the position of Head of Football Trading for Coral’s sports betting division (2013-2017).Updating the market, Betsson HR detailed that Scott would be officially joining its operations by the end of the month, and will report directly to former Coral colleague Nick Maurice who acts as Betsson Group Trading Director.Issuing a short statement on the appointment of Scott, Nick Maurice commented on the hire“I’m delighted to be working with Richard once again and to be welcoming him to the trading team at Betsson. We’ve invested a lot in our sportsbook over the past year, and that includes investing in the right people.”This week, Betsson governance posted its full-year 2016 trading update, in which the company detailed corporate growth despite being impacted by severe European currency fluctuations and unfriendly football results in Q4 2016.Betsson governance detailed that following a turbulent 2016 for its sports betting division, it would aim to recover its position by strengthening its multi-brand strategy across regulated European markets. Share Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Share Andy McCue returns to betting with Betsson AB June 22, 2020 Submitlast_img read more