Syracuse down to No. 13 in Inside Lacrosse poll

first_img Published on March 12, 2018 at 4:00 pm Contact Matt: mdliberm@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (3-2, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) fell seven spots in the Inside Lacrosse rankings to No. 13 following an 18-7 thrashing at home against now-No. 10 Johns Hopkins last Saturday.Just as the Orange dropped seven spots following the loss, the Blue Jays jumped seven spots following their win. SU’s other loss this season came at the hands of now-unanimous No. 1 Albany, who knocked off No. 2 Maryland, 11-10, on Saturday.Elsewhere around the ACC, Duke (6-1) remained at No. 3 this week following a 13-9 win against No. 8 Loyola. No. 4 Notre Dame (3-1) rose seven spots following it’s 11-9 win over No. 5 Denver and No. 14 North Carolina (6-2) fell five spots after being limited to just six goals and doubled up, 12-6, against Hoftstra.Syracuse is now 2-2 this season against ranked opponents, with wins against Army and Virginia and losses to Hopkins and Albany. The Orange has a chance to improve that record on Sunday when it travels to New Jersey to take on No. 18 Rutgers. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Syracuse survives inconsistent performance from Sophie Dandola

first_imgSophie Dandola was in the midst of her fifth meeting in the pitcher’s circle in the third inning alone. Some were just Dandola and catcher Gianna Carideo, another time Miranda Kramer walked to the mound in her blue jacket, attempting to calm down the flustered Dandola. But by her fifth visit, her smile was wiped away. Syracuse (12-18, 2-4 Atlantic Coast) won both of its games on Wednesday over Niagara (1-14), 12-4 (5 innings) and 7-5. Yet Dandola, who has been an important second starter at pitcher this season, struggled with her control and emotions in the Orange’s home-opener. As a starter in the second game, she pitched 4.1 innings, allowing six hits and four walks. She was relieved by Miranda Hearn in the fifth inning and allowed five total runs, three earned. “I could have done better in a lot of areas,” Dandola said. “It was not my strongest outing, I didn’t have control of my pitches.”Dandola tries to keep herself motivated with “self-talks” in the circle. Sometimes, it’s riling herself up after a big strikeout, as she did in the second inning when she struck out Madison Rastello swinging on a changeup. Dandola had allowed a run in the previous at-bat, but she tried to hype herself up afterward. “When she goes from 0 to 100 with her emotions, she tends to not pitch that well,” SU head coach Shannon Doepking said. “The mound visits are to prevent that.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOther times, Doepking and Dandola said, Dandola lets her emotions take over. In the third inning, prior to any coaches’ visits to the circle, Carideo tried to calm her down. Dandola ran deep counts to the first four batters in the inning, falling behind to the first three of them quickly.Dandola’s strength is pitching to ground balls, Doepking said, which usually works well for SU except on Wednesday, when Niagara “booted it (the ball) all over the field.” The Orange made three infield errors that extended innings and made Dandola’s performance more difficult to get out of. After a strikeout to start the third, Dandola walked Kelsey Harrigan on just five pitches. As the Niagara dugout chanted, “Three balls, three balls, three balls” to try to get into Dandola’s head when the count was 3-1, Carideo stepped out in front of the plate a few times on the toss back to Dandola, trying to help her regain control. It didn’t work at first. Harrigan advanced to second on a passed ball early in the count to the next hitter. That at-bat resulted in a ground out to Dandola, who looked off the runner at second before firing to first. The next ball hit to her, though, she made an errant throw past first baseman Alex Acevedo and Harrigan came around to score.Then came another mound visit.“I’m kind of just like doubting myself, trying to stay calm,” Dandola said. “Trying to keep my thoughts in check. I think about the good or bad moments, it changes your mental state.”After the second mound visit, Dandola high-fived every one of her infielders. At 3-2, she got ahead of the fourth hitter in the inning with a first-pitch strike. Dandola did exactly what she wanted to do, force a ground ball, but Anya Gonzalez made a throwing error from shortstop. An unearned run scored, and the game was tied at three. Next, another walk as Dandola started to unfold. She wasn’t giving out high-fives anymore. She focused in and struck out Jennifer Timm. The next inning, a relatively stress-free inning, boosted her confidence, Dandola said. In the fifth, Dandola’s lack of control ended her night early. A walk, a passed ball, another walk and a single loaded the bases. After a second single brought a run in, Doepking turned to Hearn to get out of the jam.With inconsistency from ace Alexa Romero and Dandola, Hearn closed out Syracuse’s second-straight win with no runs in the middle innings. Even though Syracuse got by because of its pitching depth Wednesday, Doepking said Dandola has to manage her emotions better in the future. “I think Sophie, there is a lot of growing taking place with her,” Doepking said. “She’s super competitive and super hard on herself, if we can get her to chill a little bit to be honest she’ll be effective.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 27, 2019 at 11:16 pm Contact Anthony: amdabbun@syr.edulast_img read more

Munster host Ospreys as Ulster travel to Italy

first_imgUlster have made 10 changes to their starting side for the trip to Italy to face Zebre in a 3pm kick-off.And Munster head coach Anthony Foley will be hoping to a large crowd at Thomond Park as they play host to an Ospreys side that have made a strong start to the Pro12 campaign and will be targeting a return to the top of the table.Kick-off in Limerick is at half-past six.last_img

Loughmore to defend title against Thurles Sarsfields

first_imgThat’s after today’s two semi-finals at Semple Stadium, where Tipp FM kept you updated across the afternoon.Loughmore- the defending champions- had too much for Mullinahone, beating the South champions Mullinahone by 3-22 to 0-14.Thurles Sarsfields booked their place in the decider, by defeating Templederry Kenyons by 0-18 to 1-11 in today’s first semi-final.  In today’s results from around the county;South U21 B Hurling Group 2 (Monroe): Grangemockler Davins 3-06 Anner Gaels 5-14West Junior B Hurling Group 1 (Golden): Rosegreen 1-10 Solohead 1-07West Intermediate Football Championship (New Inn): Golden-Kilfeacle 0-04 Rockwell Rovers 5-17West Under 21B Hurling Championship Group 2 (Bansha): Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams 2-11 Lattin Cullen Gaels 1-16North U21 A Hurling (Moneygall): Toomevara 0-12 Roscrea 3-12North U21 A Hurling (Cloughjordan): Burgess  0-10  Kildangan  5-17Elsewhere, Cratloe await the Tipperary County Hurling Champions in the semi-finals of the Munster Club Hurling Championship.They beat Waterford’s Ballygunner by 3-07 to 1-10 at Walsh Park this afternoon.last_img read more

League Cup sem-finals resume

first_imgThe winner will face either Sheffield United or Tottenham who play tomorrow. The second leg of tonight’s League Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Liverpool is finely poised.It’s 1-1 going into the clash at Stamford Bridge.Kick off this evening is at 7.45.last_img

Benteke set for Anfield

first_imgThe striker is expected to have a medical at Anfield in the next 48 hours.Meanwhile, Manchester City have invested more money in English talent.They’ve completed the signing of highly-rated 18 year old, Patrick Roberts from Fulham. The total transfer fee is likely to arrive at 11 million pounds.last_img

Euro 2106 line-up complete

first_imgAfter Sweden and the Ukraine booked their places in France last night, the seedings have been finalised.The Ukraine claimed a 3-1 aggregate win over Slovenia to secure a place among the second seeds, while Sweden will be in Pot 3 after a 4-3 victory over both legs of their play-off tie against Denmark.Joining Ireland in Pot 4 will be Turkey, Iceland, Wales, Albania and Northern Ireland.last_img

Tipp schools in Harty Cup action

first_imgBoth games get underway at 1.30. Our Lady’s Templemore take on Castletroy Community College in Toomevara while Nenagh CBS meet De La Salle Waterford in Toomevara. Most interest will probably centre on the fortunes of the two Tipp teams in the Dr Harty Cup Quarter-Finals.last_img

Van Gall not concerned over Rooney injury

first_imgHis side are in Denmark to face Midtjylland in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie.Whoever wins the trophy also qualifies for next season’s Champions League.Van Gaal says it may be their best route to get there.last_img

Dunne makes good start at BMW International

first_imgHe shot an impressive opening round of 69.Oliver Fisher leads by 1 on 6 under after an opening round of 66.last_img