MLAX : Syracuse looking to find identity in season’s 1st scrimmages

first_img Published on February 1, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: rjgery@syr.edu Comments When Syracuse takes the field in the Carrier Dome on Sunday, it will be searching for an identity. After losing seven starters and All-Americans from last season’s roster, the Orange enters the season as an unknown in college lacrosse for the first time in years.With the first scrimmage of the season this weekend, Tommy Palasek hopes to see the team begin establishing its identity.‘I think we’ve been doing a pretty good job figuring it out,’ Palasek said. ‘But as far as everyone else is concerned, I mean really no one’s seen us play since Maryland, so we have a whole new team for the most part. I think that we’re getting there.’Syracuse will be back in action for the first time since falling to Maryland in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals last May, taking on Le Moyne and Hofstra in a pair of scrimmages at the Carrier Dome on Sunday. The exhibition matchups will serve as a chance for the Orange to evaluate its progress two weeks before its season opener against Albany. With seven holes to fill going into the season, the tune-ups will also be a crucial to solidifying the starting lineup.Head coach John Desko said he is close to determining the starters and lineups on the field after nearly three weeks of practice.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRight now, the head coach said goaltender Matt Lerman will start in net. On close defense — where the team must replace two starters — Desko listed four candidates to join veteran Brian Megill, who is currently battling injuries. And in the midfield, 10 different players are in the mix to see significant playing time. JoJo Marasco, Hakeem Lecky and Bobby Eilers appear to be set as the starters thus far.Though Desko has an idea of his plans heading into the season, there is still some uncertainty surrounding the final roster. And Sunday will allow him to mix and match players on different lines to see how different combinations respond in game situations.‘We see some different things happen in game situations and how different players react. Some rise to the occasion, some take a step back,’ Desko said. ‘And we see how well those have learned the offenses and defenses when they get in a game situation, so that tells us a lot in these types of scrimmages.’With 10 players fighting for time at midfield, Desko said he actually feels more comfortable with the line as a whole than he did heading into last season. Though they don’t have the same experience as last season’s group, which included three All-Americans, Desko said the intense competition has them clicking and learning the offense.The constant battling every day has started to form the identity the Orange is searching for.Bobby Eilers remembers a grueling team workout before leaving for Winter Break. At 6 a.m., every player did six-minute squat holds, grimacing in pain while pushing each other to finish the exercise that left their legs shaking.‘The whole team did it and everyone lasted six minutes, and that’s just what we’re kind of like this year,’ Eilers said. ‘We’re all just sticking together and doing things together, and it’s paying off. We’re meshing very well out there.’Eilers said he hopes that togetherness translates to success on the field for the Orange, specifically in the midfield.The defense — which ranked third in the nation in scoring defense and set a school record for man-down efficiency last season — has been Syracuse’s identity in recent years while the offense has struggled. But the senior wants to see the offense pick up its production this year and return to SU’s old ways when the Orange seemed to go on a scoring outburst every game.Palasek feels the Orange has the ability to achieve that. After a few weeks of practice, the attack characterizes Syracuse as an unselfish group that is always looking for the next pass and has the athleticism to get up and down the field.And though SU won’t know its identity until the regular season begins, Palasek is confident this group will continue the program’s success the same way it always has.‘We’re just trying to stick with the Syracuse way,’ Palasek said. ‘And that’s always been the Syracuse way and play unselfish, and we’re just trying to keep that identity.’rjgery@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Ezekiel Elliott to discuss Las Vegas incident with Roger Goodell, report says

first_img Brett Favre’s grandson meets favorite quarterback Aaron Rodgers “I think that the main thing is that I don’t see anything that needs supporting,” Jones told the Dallas Morning News. “In terms of his status with us, (it) has not been impacted in any way. And frankly, I know how conscientious he has been in the offseason, and that’s good enough. No, I don’t see that having any consequences for us.”Elliot previously has been suspended for an off-field altercation in which he was accused of abusing his ex-girlfriend, though he wasn’t arrested or charged.The latest incident comes after Dallas picked up the fifth-year option on Elliott’s rookie contract that will pay him $9.1 million for the 2020 season. He is set to make $3.9 million in 2019. Robert Griffin III: Ravens’ new offense will shock people in 2019 Elliott was handcuffed at the Electric Daisy Carnival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in May after a shoving incident with an event staffer. Elliot had been seen arguing with his girlfriend in the parking lot of the event before the altercation.Elliott’s attorney, Frank Salzano, told TMZ Sports that his client was detained but not formally arrested or charged. Related News “Security misconstrued and overreacted to the situation,” Salzano said. “He was cuffed as a precautionary measure. He was released with no charges. He left Vegas that night and went to his [youth football camp in Dallas] on Sunday.”Cowboys owner Jerry Jones later said he doesn’t see the NFL taking any action against Elliott, though the upcoming summit is an indication that he could face discipline for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. Could another suspension be on the horizon for Ezekiel Elliott?The Cowboys running back will have a meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in New York on Tuesday regarding an incident at a music festival in Las Vegas earlier this year, ESPN reported, citing an unidentified source. Saints’ David Onyemata gets 1-game suspension, report sayslast_img read more

Draymond Green gets ejected for arguing a call in Warriors return: ‘I’ll never let a grown man tell me not to talk’

first_imgDraymond Green on the ejection: “I disagreed with the call and I’ll never let a grown man tell me not to talk.”— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) November 12, 2019It’s Green’s “If you feel like you got the call wrong — or right — don’t tell me not to talk,” Green said post game. “I’m a grown man. I got my own kids. So that’s what happened.” In 22 minutes played, Green had four points on 2-of-7 shooting from the floor, as the Warriors fell to 2-9 on the season. Welcome back, Draymond Green.The Warriors forward has never been one to shy away from controversies on the court, and on Monday night, it was no different: In Green’s first game back since injuring his left index finger, he was handed his eighth career ejection and the first of 2019. In the fourth quarter of the Warriors’ 122-108 loss to the Jazz, Utah’s Mike Conley barreled over Green, and Green took issue with the foul call — he was charged with two technical fouls and an early shower.NBA MOCK DRAFT 2020:Knicks pick star guard at No. 1; LaMelo Ball lands with HawksAndddd Draymond Green just got ejected. pic.twitter.com/LuLR8l3YeU— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) November 12, 2019 Green couldn’t peel himself away from arguing with the referee who made the call, and it proved for naught, as he was sent to the locker room with just over eight minutes left in the game.There was some question on the foul, and it appears as though Green reached for the ball initially before Conley ran him over. Following the game, Green “expounded” on the call.last_img read more

Winners of White House Prize for Young Scientists Share Some Advice

first_imgThis week the new winners of the most prestigious U.S. government prize for young scientists were honored at the White House, although they had to cool their heels as President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin exchanged some harsh words. The 102 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers recipients also had some advice to those hoping to follow in their footsteps. Read about it on Science Careers.last_img