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.’[email protected] Comments Published on February 10, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Day two of Open 2016 tees off

first_imgPhil Mickelson has parred the first hole of his second round at the Open Championship in Royal Troon.Mickelson is 3 clear on 8 under. Patrick Reed and Martin Kaymer are tied for the second on 5 under. Rory Mc Ilroy doesn’t start his round until after 2 and he’s on 2 under while Padraig Harrington is 1 under and starts at twenty five past one.Darren Clarke starts at twenty to one on level par while Paul Dunne and Shane Lowry are out after 1 on 6 and 7 over.Graeme McDowell is 4 over after 1 hole of his second round.last_img

AEK, Apollon Drew with Austria Vienna, Everton 2-2

first_imgEverton’s campaign suffered another blow when it could only draw with Apollon 2-2 at home in Group E.Everton rallied to 2-1 ahead and looked set to rebound from its previous 3-0 loss to Atalanta. Apollon looked buried when Valentin Roberge was sent off for a stamp in the 86th minute. But two minutes later, Hector Yuste headed home a free kick to salvage a draw at Goodison Park.Atalanta leads Group E with four points following a 1-1 draw at Lyon, and Everton remains on the bottom with one point.Patrick Cutrone scored the match-winner deep into stoppage time for Milan against Rijeka.Milan looked in control at 2-0 with Andre Silva’s fourth goal in two group matches. But Rijeka scored twice in six minutes at the end.After AEK Athens drew with Austria Vienna 2-2 in the other Group D match, Milan has a two-point lead over of AEK.—-Olivier Giroud scored his 100th goal for Arsenal as the Gunners beat BATE Borisov 4-2 to go two-for-two in Europa League group play on Thursday.Arsenal rested nine front-line players including Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette for the English Premier League and still had enough firepower at a venue usually hostile to visitors. Within 25 minutes, Arsenal was a decisive 3-0 up through two goals by Theo Walcott and Rob Holding.Giroud sent the goalkeeper the wrong way from the spot in the second half.“Welcome to the 100 club!” tweeted Walcott, who has scored 107 for Arsenal.Arsenal leads Group H with six points, two ahead of Red Star Belgrade which won at Cologne 1-0.Mirko Ivanic and Mikhail scored for BATE, the Belarus champion.AC Milan scored four minutes into overtime to edge Rijeka of Croatia 3-2, and Everton was held by Apollon at home to 2-2.Lazio won a second straight Group K game after beating Zulte Waregem 2-0, while Marseille lost at Salzburg 1-0.In Borisov, Jack Wilshere broke down the left and provided a perfect cross for Walcott to net from close range in the ninth minute, just a minute after he hit the post.BATE goalkeeper Denis Scherbitski blundered in the 22nd when his clearance found Walcott at the edge of the area to score his second with a low shot.Just three minutes later, Holding scored his first goal for Arsenal following a corner kick.Ivanic reduced the deficit for the hosts with a header, Giroud restored the three-goal margin, and Gordeichuk finished off the scoring.NO CHEERS FOR LAZIOLazio won in an empty home stadium, UEFA punishment for when its fans racially abused a Sparta Prague player in 2016. Lazio beat Zulte Waregem of Belgium 2-0 thanks to Felipe Caicedo’s first-half header and substitute Ciro Immobile’s last-minute goal.LIGHTS OUT IN NICEThe Nice-Vitesse match was suspended in the second half for more than 15 minutes due to floodlight failure. Nice was already up 2-0. When the lights came back on, Alassane Plea scored his second. Nice, like Lazio, has two wins in Group K.OTHER GROUPSMarseille’s loss at Salzburg was its first in six games in Europe this season, and Zenit St. Petersburg defeated Real Sociedad 3-1 to make it two wins from two and a three-point lead in Group L.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more