MLAX : 3 keys for Syracuse to advance past Duke in 1st round of NCAA tournament

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on May 8, 2012 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Strong play from Bobby Wardwell in netEvery game Bobby Wardwell starts in goal for Syracuse, he gets a little better. And for Wardwell, that’s a good thing because he’s about to start the biggest and most important game of his young career.The freshman started off his SU career with a rocky performance in a 10-9 win over Princeton. He allowed three straight goals in the opening eight minutes before settling in to make nine saves the rest of the way.That was back on April 7, and since then, Wardwell has gone from an experiment to a force in the net.Wardwell has allowed an average of six goals in his last three starts and is coming off a superb seven-save performance against St. John’s, where he shut out the Red Storm in the first half and allowed a stingy three goals in 54 minutes of action.On Saturday, he will be starting in a game that will either extend the Orange’s season or send it home. He’ll be relied on for a strong performance in Durham, N.C., against a Duke attack that averages just more than 11 goals per game. The Blue Devils are loaded with offensive weapons. Four different players have scored at least 27 goals this season.Wardwell needs to step up, and he has to find his comfort zone immediately. Giving up early goals will put Syracuse in a hole that will be tough to climb out of. If he’s able to avoid early blunders, he’ll give the Orange confidence and momentum that could propel it to a win and the quarterfinals.Win the faceoff battleAll year long, Syracuse head coach John Desko has said his team has a chance to win if it can win 50 percent of a game’s faceoffs. The Orange was demolished in the faceoff X in five of its seven losses this season – going just 66-of-158 (41.8 percent) – and allowed its opponents to dominate possession time. In all, Desko has tried seven different players at the X in search of some consistency.SU finally seems to have found an answer to its lingering problem late in the season. The Orange edged both Villanova and St. John’s by one in the faceoff battle last weekend at the Big East tournament. With an advantage on draws and ground balls in both games, Syracuse blew away both teams by a combined score of 27-10 to win the conference tournament championship and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.The Orange will need to stay hot at the X to have a chance to upset No. 3 seed Duke. SU outworked the Blue Devils on draws by three in one of its most impressive performances of the regular season, despite falling 12-10 at the Big City Classic on April 1. Faceoff specialists Ricky Buhr and Chris Daddio combined to go 14-of-25 that day to help the Orange play the Blue Devils down to the wire. And they have played a large part in Syracuse’s turnaround, winning 22-of-39 draws in SU’s run through the Big East tournament. If Buhr and Daddio can hold their own in the faceoff battle Saturday, the Orange has a chance to pull off the upset. But if they revert to their old ways, it will be an uphill battle at Koskinen Stadium.Stay hot offensivelyJohn Desko could do nothing but praise the Syracuse attack following two must-win victories in the Big East tournament last weekend. The Orange used a balanced offensive effort, featuring 11 different goal scorers, to blow out Villanova and St. John’s to claim the inaugural Big East tournament championship.Attack Tommy Palasek set the tone for the offensive explosion, notching four goals and six assists, while midfielder Bobby Eilers scored four goals in SU’s 15-6 win more than the Wildcats and another two in the championship game.The recent success will need to continue if the Orange hopes to upend No. 3 seed Duke when the teams square off in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. The Blue Devils yield more than nine goals per game but boast an offense that scores more than 11 goals per contest. Syracuse will need a sound performance from its attack to stay in the game.When the Orange squared off against Duke on April 7 in MetLife Stadium, two slick saves by Blue Devils goaltender Dan Wigrizer on Palasek and attack Collin Donahue in the final quarter were arguably the difference in a 12-10 SU loss.In the Big East tournament, the Orange attack had its way. Desko lauded his offense’s near-flawless execution. The two decisive victories were a breath of fresh air for the SU head coach following an up-and-down regular season from the offensive unit.And if Syracuse maintains that efficiency in the attacking zone against the Blue Devils, it will be in position to battle Duke into the fourth quarter once again.-Compiled by The Daily Orange Sports stafflast_img read more

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Giants’ Larry Baer suspended after video surfaces of him knocking wife out of chair

first_img“At my direction, the Department of Investigations conducted an investigation into the March 1, 2019 video-recorded incident involving Larry Baer,” commissioner Rob Manfred wrote in a statement. “I also personally met with Mr. Baer.  Based on my review of the results of the investigation, I have concluded that Mr. Baer’s conduct was unacceptable under MLB policies and warrants discipline.  In determining the appropriate level of discipline, I find that Mr. Baer should be held to a higher standard because as a leader he is expected to be a role model for others in his organization and community.  Based on my conversation with Mr. Baer, it is clear that he regrets what transpired and takes responsibility for his conduct.”In the incident in question, Baer was caught on a video submitted to TMZ in an argument with his wife over a cell phone. Related News Giants president and CEO Larry Baer has been suspended without pay by MLB after a video surfaced of him knocking his wife out of a chair during a public altercation.MLB announced Tuesday it has banned Baer from operating in any capacity with the Giants until July 1. Giants CEO Larry Baer taking ‘personal time’ away from team after domestic incident Baer went to take the phone away from his wife and knocked her to the ground in the process. The San Francisco DA has said the Giants CEO will not face criminal charges for the incident.The Giants released a statement following MLB’s announcement on Tuesday.”We thank Commissioner Rob Manfred and the staff at Major League Baseball for their timely and careful review and assessment of the matter involving Giants CEO Larry Baer,” the statement read. “We share the Commissioner’s concern and disappointment in Mr. Baer’s conduct as it does not represent the values of the Giants organization.”We also want to thank the fans, partners and members of the community who have taken the time to reach out to us and express their perspectives on the matter. We very much value and respect the sentiments.”The Commissioner has imposed what we believe to be appropriate disciplinary measures and we will work with Major League Baseball and Mr. Baer to ensure that all aspects of the disciplinary program are completed. Mr. Baer has apologized for his unacceptable behavior and has recommitted himself to undergo the necessary counseling program to ensure that this never happens again.”center_img Giants CEO Larry Baer won’t face criminal charges over altercation with wife, DA says Baer released a statement as well.”I respect and accept the Commissioner’s decision and appreciate the fair and thorough process undertaken by MLB and the Giants. I made a serious mistake that I sincerely regret and I am truly sorry for my actions. My unacceptable behavior well short of what must be demanded of every person, particularly someone in my position and role in the community.”I will now immediately begin the significant work ahead of me to listen and learn from my mistakes and to seek professional advice. I am committed to doing what it takes to earn the trust and respect of the many people impacted by my actions.”last_img read more

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