Orange misses out on scoring chances in 2-1 loss to Clarkson

first_img Published on October 14, 2013 at 1:05 am Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+ Paul Flanagan crossed his arms and shook his head. The Syracuse head coach was frustrated. With 24.5 seconds left in the game and Syracuse down a goal, Jessica Sibley was called for a checking penalty, fettering any chance the Orange had of a miraculous comeback against No. 3 Clarkson. Syracuse stayed competitive all night against the superior Golden Knights, but couldn’t come through when it counted. “Now we need that combination of competing like that and executing,” Flanagan said. “You get a two on one or any type of opportunity, you need to execute.”Syracuse (1-3) lost to Clarkson 2-1 in front of 234 fans at Tennity Ice Pavilion on Friday night. On Saturday, the two teams played again in Potsdam, N.Y., with Clarkson (5-0) cruising to a 4-0 victory. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn Friday, the Golden Knights outshot the Orange 41-18. Every time Syracuse got the puck on offense, there was a sea of green and gold Clarkson jerseys there to take it right back. “You just have to manage the puck,” Flanagan said. “But in fairness to our kids, there’s a lot of pressure on you. There are two players bearing down on you, coming at a pretty high rate of speed.”Clarkson struck first on a Carly Mercer goal with 1:40 left in the first period. Then she made it 2-0 with more than 16 minutes left in the third.The best scoring opportunity for Syracuse came with 11 minutes left in the second period and SU down 1-0. Melissa Piacentini drew the attention of the Clarkson defense, leaving Nicole Ferrara wide open to the left of the net. Piacentini fed Ferrara the puck, but the forward’s shot wasn’t well placed and Clarkson goalie Erica Howe made the save look easy. “It’s definitely frustrating,“ Ferrara said. “Melissa made a really nice pass, and I shot it into the goalie a little bit. I wish I could do it over.” It was one of several missed opportunities on the night for Syracuse. The Orange scored just once on five power plays, the last of which was a five-on-three. For the first 40 seconds of that power play, Syracuse was in control of possession and Clarkson was scrambling. Nicole Renault got a shot off and put it past Howe to send the Syracuse faithful into its first frenzy of the night. “It definitely brought the energy up on the bench,” Renault said. “We saw we could get that goal, and that goal was the one goal difference, we just kept pushing.”With 1:21 still remaining on the power play, Syracuse couldn’t regain that same poise. Clarkson continued to clear the puck, and the Orange didn’t get another shot off.“That’s something we have to get better at,” Flanagan said. “A lot of games in our sport are so close, 2-1, 3-2. You’ve got to be able to execute on the power play.”Flanagan said that while he’s never satisfied after a loss, he thought his team did a good job of sticking with a perennial powerhouse. “Our competition level, I’m really pleased,” Flanagan said. “Our execution, we’ve got a long way to go. Certainly the girls aren’t sitting in (the locker room) satisfied at all. “You can look at the shots, but if we executed a little bit better on a couple of occasions, who knows?” center_img Commentslast_img read more

Dodgers’ Dave Roberts has no regrets, but did Astros seize momentum going into Game 3?

first_img Wording of Nelles bill revised You can certainly make that case. The Astros were in danger of falling behind the Dodgers two games to none in this World Series with a loss Wednesday night. Instead they came home from Los Angeles having spit with the Dodgers. And the best offense in baseball during the regular season regained its swagger by rallying against a bullpen that was on a postseason-record scoreless streak and hanging a blown save on Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen.That kind of victory can give a team some serious momentum – right?“If we lost, I would have said no. Since we won, I’d say – absolutely, this will be a big swing,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said with gusto. “It’s 1-1. It doesn’t mean anything is decided. Tomorrow is a huge game. But I’m not sure yesterday wasn’t a huge game or Game 1 wasn’t a huge game or Game 7 in the (ALCS) wasn’t a big game.“We’re coming off one of the most epic baseball games in any of our careers, probably for you guys, too. So that feels good. It will feel good right up to first pitch and then it will be a new game.”It did not feel good to the Dodgers. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts acknowledged before his team worked out in Houston that “last night hurt.”But Roberts expressed no regrets about his handling of the Dodgers’ pitching in Game 2. Along the way to the 7-6 defeat in 11 innings, Roberts used nine of the 12 pitchers on the Dodgers’ postseason roster.The outcome pushed Roberts’ moves under a microscope. But he didn’t do anything in Game 2 that deviated from the managerial style he has shown in two seasons as manager – including last postseason when he was hailed as a forward thinker when it came to bullpen use.“The way we’ve done things all year long, I know our players understand it, believe in it,” Roberts said. “I know I believe in it. And you just can’t really get caught up in just chasing results, you have to kind of really believe in the process, and I know I do.”He pulled starter Rich Hill after only four innings Wednesday, tipping over the first domino that led to Brandon McCarthy – essentially a non-combatant in the major leagues since July – losing the game in the 11th. But 75 times this season, the Dodgers’ starting pitcher lasted five innings or less.Wednesday’s decision was not about innings or even pitch count (60). The Dodgers have been reluctant to have Hill face a lineup three times. Of the 562 plate appearances against Hill during the regular season, only 107 were batters facing Hill more than twice. In his three postseason starts, Hill has faced just one batter a third time in the same game (Jon Jay in Game 2 of the NLCS).Hill’s short start would have been less highlighted if Ross Stripling and Tony Watson had given Roberts more value. The two combined to throw five pitches and got only two outs.Watson got both of those on one pitch, an inning-ending double play in the sixth. But Roberts had opted not to double-switch when he brought Watson into the game (it would have most likely cost him one of his corner outfielders, Yasiel Puig or Joc Pederson, who homered off Justin Verlander) so the left-hander was done at that point.That meant Roberts had to turn to Stripling – who has been less effective later in the season – to start the seventh with a 3-1 lead. He walked Marwin Gonzalez on four pitches and Roberts went to Brandon Morrow earlier than he would have liked. And when Morrow gave up a leadoff double in the eighth, Roberts went to Jansen.Roberts said Thursday he would make all the same moves again.“That’s what I believe in – when you do things, would you do it over again if you had another opportunity?” Roberts said.“It just didn’t work out. And that’s baseball. That’s a heck of a ballclub over there, and they’re going to keep fighting. I hope we get the opportunity again to have Kenley in the ninth with a one-run lead. Yeah, there’s tough decisions that affect, obviously, the game going forward. But I can’t look back and regret a decision I made.” HOUSTON — Game 2 on Wednesday night was the kind of game you can’t help reliving.“When I was getting off the plane with (Houston Astros veteran Carlos) Beltran, I was talking to him and I was like, ‘What was going through your head when (Jose) Altuve hit that homer?’” Astros third baseman Alex Bregman said Thursday at Minute Maid Park, sounding like Chris Farley interviewing Paul McCartney on “Saturday Night Live” years ago.“He was like, ‘We were going crazy in the dugout.’ Then I was like, ‘What about when (Carlos) Correa hit his? What about when they hit theirs? And they hit their (other homer)?’ We were just going back and forth.“It was an incredible game. It was just fun to be a part of and it gave us a little bit of momentum.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error An equal voice Cal High’s senior project program wows Tomko becomes a Padre Narbonne finds its focus in 2nd half Last bridge victim’s remains are found Help sought in fugitive hunt Related Articles K-Rod likely gone in ’09 LAPD: Film director isn’t at fault in death South Bay retrospective last_img read more