Published on June 28, 2016 at 11:58 pm Contact Charlie: email@example.com | @charliedisturco Related Stories Syracuse field hockey becomes 1st women’s team in school history to win national championshipGallery: Syracuse field hockey wins national titleJess Jecko’s late saves help lead Syracuse to national championship winEmma Russell sets points record en route to national championship winHow Ange Bradley finally got the national title she’s been chasing for 25 years The Syracuse field hockey team’s 2016 schedule was released Tuesday morning. The Orange is slated to play nine teams that participated in last year’s NCAA tournament, including Atlantic Coast Conference rival North Carolina, whom the Orange defeated in the national championship game in 2015.Fresh off its first national championship in program history, the Orange will display its championship banner during its home opener against Boston College on Sept. 9.The Orange starts the season with three games at neutral locations against Temple, Maryland, and Liberty. The team’s first road game will be against Hofstra before returning for its first pair of home games.The last game of the season will be on Oct. 30 against Indiana. Overall, Syracuse will play 16 games with six staying within the Atlantic Coast Conference.Below is the full 2016 schedule:AdvertisementThis is placeholder textACC games in bold* – Neutral LocationsFriday, Aug. 26, 1 p.m. – vs. Temple*Sunday, Aug. 28, noon – vs. Maryland*Saturday, Sept. 3, noon vs. Liberty*Sunday, Sept. 4, 1 p.m. – at HofstraFriday, Sept. 9, 3:30 p.m. – vs. Boston CollegeSunday, Sept. 11, 2 p.m. – vs. StanfordSaturday, Sept. 17, 5 P.M. – at Wake ForestFriday, Sept. 23, 6 p.m. – at North CarolinaSunday, Sept. 25, 1 p.m. – vs. PennFriday, Sept. 30, 3:30 p.m. – vs. LouisvilleSunday, Oct. 2, noon – at BucknellFriday, Oct. 7, 5 p.m. – vs. DukeSunday, Oct. 9, 3 p.m. – at CornellSaturday, Oct. 15, 3 p.m. – at VirginiaSunday, Oct. 23, 1 p.m. – at Boston UniversitySunday, Oct. 30, 1 p.m. – vs. Indiana Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Ausmus said he “would be lying if I said I wasn’t concerned” about the 33-year-old.Cozart spent the past four weeks mulling mechanical changes to his swing and speaking to coaches on possible modifications. When asked if this could evolve into a career-altering injury, Cozart paused for a moment.“It’s kind of looking that way,” he said, rubbing his forehead.SIMMONS BACK ON REHAB ASSIGNMENTShortstop Andrelton Simmons continued his rehab assignment with Class-A Inland Empire on Tuesday after suffering a Grade 3 ankle sprain in late May. The 29-year-old’s recovery was slowed last week when trainers detected a “noticeable limp” during another rehab assignment in Orem, Utah.Simmons was scheduled for just one rehab game so far, Ausmus said, and he was expected to play seven innings Tuesday.“Literally, the old adage (of one day at a time) is true,” the manager said with a smile.OFT-INJURED ALEX MEYER RETIRESPitcher Alex Meyer announced his retirement on Instagram on Tuesday after the righty suffered multiple shoulder injuries. The former first-round pick of the Nationals last pitched two years ago for the Angels, throwing one of his finest games in what would be his last. In seven scoreless innings against the team that drafted him in 2011, he gave up just one hit and one walk in a 7-0 victory on July 19, 2017.“I never thought in 2017 I was throwing my last pitch, but not everything goes how we expect it to,” Meyer wrote on Instagram. “After multiple surgeries and countless hours of rehab, the end of the road for my baseball career has come.”ALSOPitcher Trevor Cahill will be activated Wednesday, Ausmus said, but he will not necessarily start in the second game of the six-game homestand. Ausmus had not settled on a Wednesday starter when asked by reporters before Tuesday’s game. Cahill has been on the IL since Jun 9 with right elbow inflammation.UP NEXTAngels (starter TBD) vs. Reds (RHP Tanner Roark, 5-6, 3.47), Wednesday, 5 p.m., Fox Sports West, 830 AM Since being placed on the IL about a month ago, Cozart said he’s received almost every possible treatment allowed on his shoulder. Yet his range of motion is still limited to just lifting his left arm to shoulder height and stretching it across his chest, he demonstrated to reporters in the clubhouse on Tuesday.“Not only do I have pain, but it’s affecting (me) to where I can’t even be half of what I can be out there, so it’s just super frustrating,” the infielder said. “I don’t have an answer for you.”He’s hoping Meister will give him a clear answer about what to do next. The news doesn’t have to be all positive, Cozart said, he just wants it to be clear.“I just want, like, a firm answer on how we’re going to do the rehab and get after it,” Cozart said.Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone ANAHEIM — Brad Ausmus didn’t realize what he had done when he set his lineup for Tuesday’s game against the Reds. The Angels manager innocently listed Albert Pujols as hitting sixth, but instead ended an 18-year streak for the slugger.It was the first time since 2001 – Pujols’ rookie season – that he batted lower than fifth. Ausmus said he wasn’t aware of the streak heading into the game.“He’s one of the greatest hitters ever. I’m not surprised,” Ausmus said of Pujols’ rare position toward the bottom of the order.The Angels’ first-year manager said improved health prompted the lineup switch, along with hoping to mix right-handed and left-handed hitters. Right-handed-hitting left fielder Justin Upton, nearly two weeks removed from the turf toe injury that cost him 71 games on the IL, batted fourth Tuesday. Shohei Ohtani has yet to pitch after Tommy John surgery but returned in May as a designated hitter. “We have Ohtani back, Upton back,” Ausmus said. “Throw (Tommy) La Stella in there. He’s exceeded what our expectations were by a lot. That’s all that is.”La Stella, a finalist for the All-Star starters election, is hitting .297 this season with 43 RBIs and 15 home runs this season.COZART CALLS REINFORCEMENTS FOR SHOULDER INJURYAfter four “frustrating” weeks on the IL, infielder Zack Cozart will see Rangers team doctor Keith Meister on Monday for another opinion on his surgically repaired left shoulder. He has already consulted with the Angels’ physician Steve Yoon, who spoke with surgeon Neal ElAttrache but hasn’t seen any progress since undergoing a procedure last year.ElAttrache told Cozart his shoulder would feel different after the surgery tightened the labrum that had been loose for nearly a decade. The procedure worked, but Cozart admitted Tuesday he didn’t fully understand how difficult the process would be.“I would hope that I would have an answer, or OK, it might be going slow, but I’m progressing to where I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but right now, I don’t really see it,” Cozart said. 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The NFL doesn’t suffer from the same talent gap as college football. The Chiefs and 49ers don’t get the first two picks in the 2020 NFL Draft. It’s not a comparison that fits, because college football relies on recruiting more than anything else.Five schools have mastered that in the CFP era. They continue to stockpile the nation’s best players at programs that are ready-made for national title runs. College football is cyclical, sure, but look how long Saban has kept the wheels spinning in Tuscaloosa. Swinney, Day, Smart and Orgeron are rolling, too.If you want to break the wheel, then you have to find a way to consistently break up those teams in recruiting. Until that happens, expect more of the same in January. National Signing Day affirmed what continues to be the overwhelming theme of the College Football Playoff era. Only a select few schools can truly say they can win a national championship.Those schools — there are five — are, unsurprisingly, at the top of 247Sports’ Composite team rankings for the 2020 recruiting class. And they are going to dominate the sport again in 2020 and beyond. You don’t have to wait until next January to complain about it. Just look at what Alabama, Georgia, Clemson, LSU and Ohio State are doing on the recruiting trail: Those five schools combined to reel in 19 five-star recruits and 72 four-star recruits (14.4 per school) in this year’s class.MORE: Georgia, Alabama once again lead top-10 recruiting classesThe schools comprising the rest of the top 25 totaled 10 five-star recruits (Oregon landed three) and 206 four-star recruits, an average of 10.3 per school.Those five powerhouses have the most difference-makers, and that accumulation of talent — even if it’s one five-star recruit and three four-star recruits per cycle — continues to create a gap in the competition that shows on fall Saturdays. Yes, the rankings matter. Until there’s a sizable shift in recruiting between the haves and have-nots, don’t expect anything to change in the CFP era, even if it expands to eight teams. Consider the following trends:— Alabama has eight No. 1 classes since 2011, and the classes continue to remain strong under Nick Saban. Even if the Tide didn’t finish with the top class in 2020, they’re continuing the greatest continuous recruiting run of all time. Five-star quarterback Bryce Young, the No. 2 overall player in the class of 2020, should keep that going.— Georgia has put together four straight top-five recruiting classes under Kirby Smart, including the No. 1 class in 2018 and, now, 2020. Florida finished No. 8 this year — its highest mark in that four-year stretch.— LSU is back in the top five for the first time since 2017 after winning the CFP championship under Ed Orgeron. The Tigers have put together back-to-back top-five classes, which was the standard under Les Miles and Saban before that.— Clemson brought in the most five-star recruits (five) this cycle, including quarterback DJ Uiagalelei. Dabo Swinney is recruiting at the highest level, and nobody else in the ACC has a top-10 class.— Ohio State didn’t drop off from the Urban Meyer recruiting level with Ryan Day. The Buckeyes landed three five-star recruits, while Penn State and Michigan failed to land a single five-star player in this cycle.The rich got richer, and it’s easy to see why. Those five schools can offer the best chance at a national championship, complemented with the best three-year developmental plan to the NFL. All five were among the top 10 highest-producing schools when it came to NFL Draft picks in the 2010s. It’s a safe bet they’ll start this decade with the top five spots.MORE: Updated top-100 recruit rankings for 2020They do it better than everybody else, and are pulling away from everyone else trying to break through. Is anybody close even close?— Oregon might be the best longterm bet, considering how well Mario Cristobal has done in the Pac-12 (and how well he has recruited California).— Oklahoma and Texas have each put together three straight top-10 classes in the Big 12, but they must be in the top five more often. The Big 12 remains the only Power 5 conference that has not won a Playoff game.— Notre Dame has not had a top-five class since 2013.— Penn State and Michigan are the next-best bets in the Big Ten, but both slipped out of the top 10 this year.— Texas A&M, Auburn and Florida have the sixth-, seventh-and eighth-ranked 2020 recruiting classes, and are still trying to catch up in the SEC. Those are ranked fourth, fifth and sixth in the SEC, respectively.Those nine schools have combined for one Playoff victory since 2014. Not a national championship — a single Playoff victory, which came when Oregon beat Florida 59-20 in the first-ever Playoff game. The Ducks were then routed by Ohio State 42-20 in the first Playoff championship game. The Buckeyes had better players and better recruiting classes.Those five schools have accounted for 11 of the 12 Playoff championships appearances, too.MORE: Updated recruiting class rankingsIs that bad for college football? That depends on whom you ask. The championship games are heavyweight fights, flush with NFL talent. But they have also become regionalized and repetitive over the last five years. An eight-team Playoff field would help freshen up the field, but it wouldn’t eliminate the lack of parity. You still have to beat those five schools.Fans expecting something in the realm of the NFL playoffs would be sorely disappointed. Upsets such as Tennessee-Baltimore in the AFC divisional playoffs happen at the NFL level. At the college level, Tennessee hasn’t beaten Alabama since 2006.