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

Rejuvenated Police host on-form Mbarara City in SUPL tasty fixture

first_imgPolice (in White) have not lost any of their last 5 League gamesStarTimes Uganda Premier LeaguePolice FC vs Mbarara CityStarTimes Stadium, LugogoFriday, 30-11-2018 @04:00pmLUGOGO – Police FC will be hoping to maintain their surge up the StarTimes Uganda Premier League (SUPL) table when they host Mbarara City at the StarTimes Stadium on Friday afternoon.The Cops who endured a miserable start to the league that saw them lose all of their first three games, have been in good form of late and they go into Friday’s encounter on a five game none losing streak.That decent run of form can easily be attributed to the fact that they are now scoring goals unlike in the first three games in which they managed only three goals. Currently, they average just under two goals per game.Against Mbarara, they come up against one of the leagues’ most inform teams at the moment. The Ankole Lions have won their last three league games on the trot and have a chance of going temporary top of the pile with a victory on Saturday.At the start of the day, Mbarara sit only two points behind joint leaders KCCA FC and Vipers so victory over Police means they will go one point ahead of them (KCCA and Vipers).Team News:The hosts are set to miss the services of winger Ben Ocen who reportedly sneaked out of the country for a stint in India as well as defender Tayimour Kimera.For the visitors, they have no major absentees and will rely on the services of Paul Mucurezi who scored the winner against Bul last time out, to try and see them over the line.Match Facts:This will be the third meeting between the two sides ever since Mbarara returned to the top flight last year.In the other two match-ups, Mbarara have collected four points off the Cops including a goalless draw in the reverse fixture last season.Police heads into Friday’s encounter minus defeat in their last five games (W3 D2). The last time they lost a league game was in the 3-1 loss at home to express mid last month.At home however, they have been less impressive of late, winning only one of their last five games (D2 L2). The only victory in that period was the 2-1 come-back win over Tooro United in their last fixture.For Mbarara, they go into the game having lost only two League games this season (W5 D1).However, away from home, the Ankole Lions have been in wanting form so far, winning only one of their four fixtures this season (D1 L2). The victory was in the 2-0 defeat of Paidah Black Angels in their last game on the road.The other League game on Friday:-Nyamityobora FC vs SC Villa, BetWay Mutessa II Stadium-Wankuluku @04:30pmComments Tags: Mbarara Citypolice fcStarTimes Uganda Premeir Leaguetoplast_img read more