MLAX : Orange offense improves in pair of scrimmage victories

first_imgAs Syracuse cycled the ball around its offensive end, Stephen Keogh saw his opportunity. A lane opened up in the middle of the Maryland zone, and the senior slashed through it toward the goal.Sophomore attack JoJo Marasco caught a pass even with the goal line and caught a glimpse of Keogh cutting to the cage.The senior Keogh made the catch as he reached the crease and whipped a shot behind his back into the bottom corner of the net for the score, just more than a minute into the action.It only took one possession for the Orange to display a chemistry that was lacking in its first two scrimmages a week ago. Thursday, No. 1 SU knocked off No. 6 Maryland 11-9 in the Carrier Dome as both teams’ starters played for most of the game. Syracuse’s first team then watched from the sideline as the backups pulled out a 10-6 win over Canisius. But against Maryland, it was SU’s first attack line of Keogh, Marasco and redshirt junior Tim Desko that shined for Syracuse after struggling a weekend ago.‘Last weekend, it was kind of sloppy,’ Keogh said. ‘But we cleaned up things this week in practice. I think we just got the chemistry down. … We’re just going to keep working all week, but it was nice to finally click today.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textKeogh and Desko led the Orange with three goals each, and Marasco added two goals and two assists. Marasco found Keogh for SU’s first two scores, and Desko added the next Syracuse tally with a low shot through the Maryland goalie’s legs.But as the first attack unit thrived, the defensive unit gave up some uncharacteristically easy goals that allowed the Terrapins to stay in the game. After taking a 5-3 lead just after halftime, Maryland stormed back to even the score at seven after three quarters.They even took an early lead in the fourth before Desko banked in a sharp angle shot off the Maryland goalie’s foot.‘I just took every opportunity that came to me and just dodged well,’ he said. ‘I did what I can do.’After the Desko score, Joel White put the Orange in front with a rare goal from a defensive specialist. And then it was all Marasco.With about six minutes left and SU still clinging to a one-point lead, the sophomore charged down the left side of the offensive zone as a Maryland defender struggled to stick with him. Marasco appeared ready to take the ball behind the goal but instead whipped a shot behind his back that caught the Terrapins goalie off guard. The shot sailed straight into the top of the goal to extend the Orange lead.And he wasn’t done there.As Syracuse took possession with two minutes to play, Marasco took possession of the ball and refused to give it up. He held on to it, running around the Maryland zone with no intention of moving toward the goal. When the Terrapins finally decided to try to get a turnover with a double team, Marasco simply outran the defenders and beat the goalie to put the game out of reach with 39 seconds left.For head coach John Desko, this was the type of performance he wanted from the first offense. In his mind, the key was leaving the unit in throughout the scrimmage to develop that chemistry it was missing against Hofstra and Le Moyne.‘I think the fact that we pretty much kept the first group out there for the whole game let us get in a rhythm,’ he said. ‘We kind of ran one offense and one set of plays. … I think it worked well.’It worked to the tune of eight goals for the Orange’s first attack unit. And for Marasco, Keogh and Desko, it was a much better result Thursday.‘We just played really well together, and we were relaxed out there,’ Marasco said. ‘Finally, we took some time on the clock and moved the ball around, and it just came together for us. … It was very fun, and I’m happy with our attacks playing that well.’zjbrown@syr.edu Comments Published on February 10, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Tipperary lose out to Galway in NHL Final

first_imgGalway ran out 3-21 to 14 point winners of today’s National Hurling League Final against Tipperary at the Gaelic Grounds.Galway took an early lead in the game with points from Joe Canning and Jason Flynn. Flynn’s attempt on goal in the opening half was well saved by Darren Gleeson – but Galway were still up 11 points to 5 at half time.Tipperary had their work cut out in the second half as Galway came out all guns blazing with a Jason Flynn goal inside the first minute of the second half – making up for his saved opportunity in the first half. Photo © Tipperary GAA He followed that up with a second goal in the 56th minute of play to put Galway 12 points ahead. Cathal Mannion then got Galways third goal ten minutes later.Tipp were never given the opportunity to get going in the game, and Galway ran out easy 16 point winners.Speaking afterwards Tipp Manager Michael Ryan said they simply weren’t preparedAudio Playerhttp://tippfm.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/MikeRyanPostNHLF.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

Gemma beats Ôhorrendous’ weather to retain title

first_img30 Mar 2015 Gemma beats Ôhorrendous’ weather to retain title England international Gemma Clews beat both the field and atrocious weather to retain her title in the Delamere Comboy Scratch. She scored two-over par 75 around her home course of Delamere Forest in Cheshire, to win by a stroke in what were described as “the most horrendous conditions imaginable.” The scratch event, which was started last year, should be played over 36 holes but organiser Jackie Hesketh recounted how the competition was reduced to 18 holes after two failed attempts to start the first round. “We eventually managed to get them out at the third attempt, after making it a one-round competition.” she said. “Shortly after they had all started and the rain had stopped, the wind speed got up to 40mph, the balls were moving on the greens and the gazebo for the starter on the first tee took off and landed halfway down the first fairway! “The Delamere members did a wonderful job in clearing rain from a few greens and all the competitors appreciated the effort that everyone went to and thoroughly enjoyed the course.” Clews (Image © Leaderboard Photography), who is a member of the England Golf women’s squad, was one shot clear of regional squad player Billie-Jo Smith of Lincolnshire and Surrey’s Iona Stephen. Leading scores Par 73, CSS 76 R/O 75  Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest) 76  Billie-Jo Smith (Woodhall Spa); Iona Stephen (Wentworth) 77 Eloise Healey (West Lancashire) Click here for full scoreslast_img read more