X-ED OUT: Maryland doubles up Syracuse thanks to dominance at faceoff X

first_img Published on February 22, 2014 at 5:51 pm Contact Josh: jmhyber@syr.edu For Syracuse, it was a nightmarish flashback to one of the most heartbreaking losses in program history.On Saturday in the Carrier Dome, the same plague that troubled the Orange against Duke in last year’s national championship game resurfaced once again. No. 2 Syracuse (2-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) lost 19-of-27 draws against No. 5 Maryland (3-0, 1-0), and fell to the Terrapins 16-8 in front of 5,283 in its first-ever ACC contest.“It’s been a concern for us in the past,” Syracuse head coach John Desko said. “But I think Chris (Daddio) has come a long way. We’ve changed some technique there. I think a couple of times we jumped and we shouldn’t have, because that put us in man-down situations.”Syracuse’s problems at the X have been heavily discussed, dissected and analyzed since the loss to Duke last May. But despite bringing in a new faceoff specialist — Mike Iacono — and spending more time practicing draws than ever before, SU once again struggled to take control of the ball.The Orange had no answer for Maryland faceoff specialist Charlie Raffa. The junior scooped up loose ball after loose ball. He beat Daddio. He beat Iacono. He beat Daddio again before beating Austin Wentworth.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter keeping Syracuse in the game in the first quarter, Daddio was outplayed in the second. Syracuse went from being up 4-2 to trailing 10-4, due in large part to its inability to gain possession at the X.“Right before that run, I gave a little high-five to Charlie and I saw something in his eyes,” Maryland goalkeeper Niko Amato said. “And boom. He went down and won a faceoff and scored and made continuous plays after that.”Raffa won 9-of-13 faceoffs in the second quarter. With SU trailing 5-4, Daddio was flagged for an illegal procedure. On the man-up advantage, Terrapins attack Connor Cannizzaro threw a bouncer past Tom Grimm and SU goalie Dominic Lamolinara and into the net.“He’s a great faceoff guy,” Daddio said of Raffa. “He got a good start. We were going back and forth for the first couple and then he started getting away a little bit and I got caught in a game of catch-up. That’s the last thing you want to do against a kid who’s better than decent.”On the ensuing faceoff, Iacono took his first draw of the match and was whistled for a procedural penalty. UMD’s Joe LoCascio found Jay Carlson, who put a shot by Lamolinara from five yards out.On the next draw, Raffa won it cleanly and went straight through the SU defense, beating Lamolinara with a shot from 10 yards out. SU defender Bobby Tait stood still in disbelief.Iacono won the next draw, which was met with a sarcastic cheer from the home crowd.On Maryland’s next possession, Matt Rambo came around a screen and fired a shot past Lamolinara. Bobby Wardwell came in for Lamolinara after the Maryland native yielded nine goals to his former team.But for Raffa, it didn’t matter who was in net. On the next draw, he beat Iacono down the field and took it through the defense himself. Raffa put a shot by Wardwell for his second goal of the game.“Charlie got into a pretty good groove,” Maryland head coach John Tillman said. “Anytime you get possessions it just allows you to get into a rhythm offensively and it can, at times, make the other team a little more uncomfortable.”Trailing 14-5, the Orange sent Wentworth to the X. The result didn’t change. Raffa won another draw and Maryland scored another goal.“I knew that that would be a big part of the game,” Raffa said. “We worked on it all week so I thought that really helped out.”But it wasn’t just faceoffs. Maryland beat Syracuse in every facet of the game. Maryland had 36 groundballs to Syracuse’s 17. Fifty-five shots to Syracuse’s 32.Despite blowing out Siena in its season opener, Syracuse only held a 15-13 edge at the X. SU was able to dominate the X against Albany on Sunday, but that was against a trio of inexperienced faceoff specialists. With the Orange facing six of the top teams in the country this year, it’ll have to find an answer at the X soon.“I think the best thing about today is that we can’t play any worse all-around. It’s never one guy or one position,” said attack Kevin Rice. “If one guy is having a down day then the rest of the team has to step up. I just think as a team, collectively, we need to step it up.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Lou Williams is 3rd Clippers player to leave the bubble

first_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Those two are healthy for the restart, but the Clippers now have huge holes elsewhere – including, now, the absence the three-time Sixth Man of the Year, who’s a leading voice in the locker room and who this season was averaging 18.7 points per game.“This year so far, we really have not caught a great break as far as being able to work together,” Rivers said. “I got to say this team so far, they keep impressing – me as, well – with their ability to figure out a way of playing together even though we don’t have a lot of minutes on the floor playing together.”Rivers also addressed the unique challenges created by the protocols put in place to finish the season on a closed campus during the coronavirus pandemic.“I think we all knew that we could start the league,” Rivers said. “The key is can we finish? I think that will be the big thing.“I think what the league has learned that teams have already known, it’s more than basketball that comes up. Guys have life going on. Whether it be a family problem, a kid problem, a wife problem, anything, there’s issues that come in these guys’ life.“We give guys days off all the time because of it. No one really notices it. Now when you’re in the bubble and you leave, it really targets it. I think in a good way in this, the public actually sees that the NBA players actually are human and they do have regular life issues going on.“The problem is usually with the life issues you can come back to the team and play the next day. Now with the life issue, you have to quarantine for 48 hours or four days. That’s very tough.“But we have to do that to make sure everybody stays healthy. It’s a tough one. It’s a tough blow for teams now when a family issue does happen because you don’t just get them back, you lose them for about a week. That’s different. But we’re all under the same thing.”Related Articles Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ Even down so many players, a league source confirms that the Clippers will stick with the 15 players they included on their restart roster, despite a tweet  from the G League on Thursday that featured a photo of Clippers’ forward-center Jonathan Motley with the note: “paint beast Jonathan Motley is headed to Orlando with the @laclippers.” Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime center_img What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Lou Williams is the latest Clipper to leave the bubble, according to a league source. The veteran guard joins teammates Montrezl Harrell and Patrick Beverley as having departed with an excused absence.The Clippers, who are considered among the title favorites in Orlando, Florida, also continue to await the arrival of guard Landry Shamet and center Ivica Zubac, who have yet to be seen on the NBA campus, where the league is slated to restart its suspended season July 30.Williams played well in the first NBA action in four months during the Clippers’ opening scrimmage game Wednesday, when he led all scorers with 22 points in 17 minutes off the bench.After the game, the Clippers guard expressed his support for Harrell and Beverley and spoke of the “interesting” experience of playing without fans. The team also posted a short video of Williams sauntering down the hallway, pleased after the exhibition victory: “Undefeated in Orlando. Keep goin’. Twenty-six more to go.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Before the league convened in Orlando, Florida, the NBA and its players agreed on rules permitting players to leave campus for certain circumstances, such as the birth of a child, a death in the family or other medical or personal emergencies, according to ESPN.If his absence lasts seven days or fewer, Williams – like Beverley and Harrell – reportedly will quarantine for four days upon returning to the NBA bubble if he has a negative test each day he’s outside the bubble, per ESPN.Although Coach Doc Rivers declines to comment on the specifics of his players’ whereabouts if they’re apart from the team, he acknowledged after practice Friday that it’s a challenge without his full roster on site.“It’s different, there’s no doubt about that,” Rivers said. “I do think it always hurts your team when you don’t have all your guys. Today we have a practice, a lot of our guys aren’t there. That’s never healthy for your team, especially a team that really hasn’t been together. We’re a new team.”This season, the Clippers (44-20 and seeded second in the Western Conference) are incorporating superstars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, both of whom were limited to start the season. George also missed the first 11 games as he finished rehabbing his shoulders following offseason surgery.last_img read more