FH : Freshmen midfielders Page, Hussey earn ample playing time for Orange

first_imgWhen Jordan Page arrived at Syracuse this fall, she quickly learned not to let others push her around. In earning an opportunity to start at midfield as only a freshman, Page has picked up some other important lessons about playing at the collegiate level right away.‘To not stand back and to be aggressive and not let someone push you around,’ Page said. ‘Be strong on the ball and to just have confidence when you play and to know that you’re going to do what you need to do.’Fellow freshman midfielder Stephanie Hussey feels the same way. She said playing for SU has taught her to remain humble regardless of status or year on the team.Both Page and Hussey have applied the lessons they’ve learned early this season on the field. The two United States U-19 team members have already made key contributions in their young Syracuse (9-2, 3-0 Big East) careers. Despite being freshmen, they have each played in at least 10 of SU’s 11 games this season. Page reached a new height by scoring her first career goal in a win over Rutgers on Sept. 16, and Hussey has notched one assist so far.Playing time at Syracuse is not purely hierarchical. Senior Martina Loncarica, who started every game as a freshman in 2008, said if SU’s freshmen work hard, they can earn spots in the starting lineup.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘We have a certain fitness standard, and everyone needs that standard so everyone is capable enough of playing good hockey, so they can earn their starting positions,’ Loncarica said.Page has already earned a role as a consistent starter for the Orange. But rather than getting caught up in her individual accomplishment, Page is keeping her focus on the team.Each player has her own role, whether it is in a starting position or off the bench, Page said. And each player must be ready to contribute when her number is called during a game for the team to achieve its ultimate goal of winning.Even when Page and Hussey were high school seniors still searching for the right school for them, they were impressed by the strong team chemistry at Syracuse.‘The fact that the girls have been so helpful and everything actually makes the transition 10 times smoother,’ Hussey said.Hussey said she instantly felt comfortable upon her arrival. She didn’t feel like a recruit, she felt like she was part of the team.Page’s reasons for choosing SU were similarly based on the strong team dynamic. She was also excited by the community’s strong support of the athletic programs.The support system provided by Page’s veteran teammates has eased the transition, she said.Loncarica is one of those veterans. And it was even harder for her to adapt her freshman year because, unlike Page and Hussey, Loncarica isn’t from the United States. An added obstacle was her transition from life and field hockey in Argentina to life and field hockey in Syracuse.Loncarica had to adapt to both a new culture and a new level of competition as well.‘Biggest challenge, just everything,’ Loncarica said. ‘Getting adapted to a new culture and getting to play in a different environment.’Loncarica had to adapt to the faster pace of the college game coming from a high school level in her home country that was not very competitive.Page has had those same difficulties in her time with SU. She said her experience on the national team has helped her cope with the change in the speed of the game, but she is still adjusting to other challenges that come with playing in college.‘My other experiences have really helped me with the pace of the game, but the physicalness is always a new thing coming from high school,’ Page said.For Syracuse to progress as far as it wants to in the Big East and NCAA tournaments, contributions from freshmen such as Page and Hussey are essential. The Orange’s 9-2 start to this season is partially a credit to the early contributions from the freshman class.But there are still challenges ahead for the freshmen to be ready for the bigger games later this season.‘I think the biggest challenge is just trying to find where I fit,’ Page said, ‘and I think just having confidence and playing to my ability. But I have been doing pretty well, and I have really enjoyed playing.’eadreeso@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Published on October 3, 2011 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

Stats Perform nets EPL and SPL data rights deal

first_img Scott Longley – Confusion reigns over FDC’s second betting rights deal July 14, 2020 Belgian Pro League live betting streaming deal for Stats Perform August 21, 2020 Submit Share Related Articles Stats Perform has confirmed that it has secured the official rights to collect and distribute match data for English and Scottish professional football leagues, sanctioned by Football DataCo.The data agreement will cover over 6,000 matches per season, including the English Premier League, EFL Championship and all Scottish Premier League (SPL) games. Further deal provisions will allow Stats Perform to supply Football DataCo data and statistics to broadcasters, media and entertainment organisations. The partnership sees Stats Perform deepen its football data portfolio, in which it will be allowed to supply Football DataCo’s official ‘player tracking data’, AI-powered ‘insight data’  provisions for broadcasters and further ‘player market data’ for fantasy sports and bookmakers. Stats Perform Chief Rights Officer Alex Rice commented on the partnership: “Millions of English and Scottish football fans and bettors have enjoyed trusted media, broadcast, fantasy and betting experiences powered by Stats Perform’s opta data for the past seven years.”“We are honoured that our investment in collecting and distributing the fastest, most accurate detailed event data with the utmost professionalism has again been recognised by Football Dataco.”Further to its data arrangement, Stats Perform detailed that it will collaborate with the development of FootballDataCo’s new AI-driven ‘FDC Data Labs’ – its new innovation studio formed with sports data collection experts Second Spectrum to bring new viewer experiences to life. A key directive for FootballDataCo, FDC Data Labs seeks to revolutionise all components of football viewership and audience engagement by optimising data collection for all key  business verticals – media, broadcasters, entertainment and sports betting.“Extending our partnership with Stats Perform was an obvious choice,” said Adrian Ford, FDC General Manager.“The opta data brand is strong and the business has a deep understanding of football, vital factors for our Leagues who want the best and most trusted data. Stats Perform will build on these strong foundations and continue to drive innovation through our FDC Labs partnership, using data to tell new stories for fans who have an appetite for greater insight into the beautiful game.” Share StumbleUpon Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020last_img read more