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Syracuse improves on power play heading into Cornell game

first_imgWhen Caitlin Roach scored her second goal of the season on a power play against Union on Oct. 26, it gave Syracuse a 2-0 lead en route to a comfortable 5-2 win at Tennity Ice Pavilion.Had it not been for the series of events that occurred afterward, the goal might have easily been forgotten.Ten minutes later, on the next Union penalty, Margot Scharfe connected. Seconds later it was Nicole Ferrara who put one in the back of the net on the power play. Melissa Piacentini connected on the last power-play opportunity to top off the scoring in the third.Five Dutchwomen penalties led to four Syracuse goals. It was tied for the most power-play goals in a game in program history.“You can’t rely on your power play every night like that, and certainly in past years it’s been anemic,” Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan said. “It’s nice to see them getting goals, and I think a lot if it is nothing too extravagant. It’s really just getting pucks on net.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThat game against Union may have been an anomaly, but the Orange has taken care of business on the power play front all season. It has converted on 18.2 percent of its opportunities. That number is a vast improvement from the 12.7 percent last season, and SU will look to continue that trend Tuesday against Cornell at 7 p.m. at OnCenter Complex.“Our power plays have been working,” sophomore Nicole Renault said. “We work on them all the time in practice. I think with time they’ll get better.”With 16 power-play goals on the season, the Orange is just five from last season’s total of 21. Aside from 19.5 conversion percentage in 2009-10, this season is shaping up to the best season in terms of power plays ever for the Orange.And everyone has gotten in on the action.The 16 goals have been split up among 10 different SU players. Jessica Sibley, who leads the team in goals with six, has scored a team-high three goals on the power play.Syracuse has connected on at least one power play during 12 of its first 13 games on the season, including eight during a five-game winning streak that spanned Oct. 19 to Nov. 10.Even with the ability to convert on opponents’ penalties, Scharfe, whose 10 career power-play goals are the most of anyone on the team, said there was still room for improvement in the area.“Just getting bodies in front and capitalizing on the rebounds is something we need to work on,” Scharfe said.Flanagan doesn’t shy away from discussing the importance of scoring on the power play, noting that one or two plays can change the outcome of a game.“A lot of games in our sport are so close,” Flanagan said, “2-1, 3-2, and the special teams, on the one end if you kill the penalties, you’re going to have a lot of success.“But you’ve got to be able to execute on the power play.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 3, 2013 at 12:34 am Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3last_img read more

Brittney Sykes drafted by the Atlanta Dream with the 7th pick in the 2017 WNBA Draft

first_img Published on April 13, 2017 at 7:43 pm Contact Tomer: [email protected] | @tomer_langer Brittney Sykes was selected by the Atlanta Dream in the first round (seventh overall pick) on Thursday night.The former Syracuse guard was the first Syracuse player drafted. It’s the highest an Orange player has ever been drafted. Kayla Alexander was drafted eighth overall in 2013.Sykes averaged 13.4 points per game and 5.9 rebounds per game over her career. This past year she had career highs with 19.2 points and 7.8 rebounds on her way to being selected to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference First Team. She finished her SU career third in scoring.The Newark, New Jersey, native missed nearly all of the 2014-2015 season after suffering from her second torn ACL. She came back the next year, spending most of it recovering and regaining trust in her game and her body.She debated leaving and entering the WNBA draft after the conclusion of last season, but decided to stick around. She frequently said throughout the season that staying was the best thing she could have done. In that time she also worked on developing her 3-point shot, something that will be crucial in the pros.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I think she is an athletic talent, and I think she will exploit that athletic talent and challenge on someone’s roster,” Dallas Wings head coach Fred Williams said. “She’s a player that really intrigues a lot of the scouts and a lot of the coaches within the league.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more