Syracuse field hockey opponent preview: What to know about Princeton

first_img Published on November 15, 2019 at 10:42 am Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @CraneAndrew Facebook Twitter Google+ After returning to the NCAA tournament for the 11th time in 12 seasons under head coach Ange Bradley, No. 13 Syracuse (12-6, 3-3 Atlantic Coast) earned a first-round matchup against No. 9 Princeton (13-4, 7-0 Ivy) Friday at 2:30 p.m. in Storrs, Connecticut. The Orange lost in the first round of the ACC tournament to Louisville, but used three wins against top-5 teams during the regular season to finish No. 10 in RPI and earn an at-large bid. Charlotte de Vries led the SU offense with 15 goals — three short of the all-time record for a Syracuse freshman set by Martu Locarinca (18) in 2008.Princeton clinched the outright Ivy League title for the 26th time in program history by defeating Penn last Saturday.Here’s what to know about the Tigers ahead of the Friday afternoon matchup.All-time series: Princeton leads, 11-10Last time they played: Syracuse knocked off the Tigers, 1-0, on Oct. 1, 2017 at J.S. Coyne Stadium behind an Erin Gillingham goal 12 minutes into the game. Goalie Borg Van der Velde held Princeton scoreless in the cage — one of nine shutouts during her freshman season — by saving both shots on goal. It marked the seventh consecutive win for the Orange against the Tigers, and Syracuse ended up losing in the first round of the NCAA tournament that year to Michigan, 1-0.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Princeton report: The Tigers enter their 15th consecutive tournament seeking a third national semifinal appearance in four seasons. They defeated six ranked teams — Wake Forest, Duke, Albany, Penn State and Harvard — this season and enter the game against Syracuse on a 10-match winning streak dating back to Sept. 28. For the second time in three years, they ended conference play without a loss, evidence of the perennial contender head coach Carla Tagliente has produced during her four seasons in New Jersey. Princeton’s offense is highlighted by Clara Roth, Sammy Popper, Hannah Davey and Ali McCarthy and ranked fourth in the country for goals per game during the regular season with 3.29.At the other end of the field, senior Grace Baylis started all 17 games for the Tigers in her fourth year as their primary goalie. She notched three shutouts on the season and has a goals against average of 1.85, the former tied for first in the Ivy League with Cornell’s Maddie Henry. How Syracuse beats Princeton: In order to advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2016, Syracuse needs to construct a consistent offensive attack against the Tigers. In three regular season wins against top-5 opponents, the Orange gave up 60 combined shots but only two goals. SU’s backline of Claire Webb, SJ Qugley and Olivia Graham has done a relatively good job of clearing the ball off rebounds, although SU head coach Ange Bradley reiterated multiple times this season that giving up 20 or more shots isn’t a good path to take. But Syracuse has been able to escape with victories over Connecticut, Duke and Louisville because of Sarah Sincke’s play in the cage. The freshman from Eindhoven, Netherlands held ACC-leading totals in both total saves and saves per game, eventually earning the starting job after splitting time with Syd Taylor early in the season.What has lacked this season, at times, are offensive chances created by someone other than freshman Charlotte de Vries. Secondary scoring did pick up over the final conference games — with Sarah Luby and Carolinn Hoffman both taking home ACC offensive player of the week honors — but has been an issue at times too. SU forwards need to create space in the final third by pulling defenders away from the play and opening lanes for a midfielder to pierce the defense’s middle or down the sideline. The Orange will need to crack a veteran goaltender in Baylis, but they have before.Stat to know: 56 — The number of goals the Tigers’ offense has scored this season. SU, by comparison, has 36. Four players have scored more than nine goals this season for Princeton, and just one has for the Orange.Player to watch: Clara Roth, No. 20Roth leads the Tigers’ offense with 14 goals and 38 points in her junior season, and has emerged as the focal point of an offense much more balanced in scoring than Syracuse’s. Four multi-goal games — including a hat trick against Brown on Oct. 15 — vaulted Roth to the top of the points standings, and her 10 assists also rank second on the Tigers. If the Tigers defeat the Orange on Friday, then Roth will likely be involved on Princeton’s goals. Whether that means knocking a shot past Sinck or setting up a tally off an entry pass, she’ll look to add to a goal total that more than surpasses her previous two seasons. Commentslast_img read more

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Driving ambition to prepare Donegal for Irish Open 2018

first_imgDonegal could be showcasing golf-themed landscaped roundabouts by the time visitors arrive for the Irish Open 2018.Inishowen Councillor Paul Canning asked Donegal County Council to allow for a golf-themed design to be manicured on roundabouts on the main roads to Ballyliffin Golf Club, where the tournament will be hosted.Cllr Canning suggested that the expertise of Donegal’s golf course greenkeepers could be used to create signature designs for promotion. Speaking at the July sitting of the Donegal County Council meeting, Cllr Canning said: “We have a number of roundabouts leading to Ballyliffin, there is an onus on us to manicure the design of the actual roundabouts to advertise the Letterkenny golf club as well as the Irish Open.”John McLaughlin, Director of Service, Roads and Transportation, said additional planting and landscaping could be done to show the county in the best light. Proposals could be developed by Council parks staff for consideration for the 2018 Budget, he replied.Hats off to Rory McIlroyCllr Martin Harley said the opportunity gained by Donegal hosting the Irish Open must be welcomed. “We have to take our hats off to Rory McIlroy, without his backing it wouldn’t be coming to Ballyliffin. We have to welcome this opportunity to the county and we can work with all the businesses to make this a great year for golf and businesses in Donegal.”Don’t inflate prices“I would ask that all businesses don’t price themselves out of it that people come here for a good deal and don’t go away with sour tastes in their mouth,” Cllr Harley said.“It is a great family day out. It is a great opportunity for kids to see people at the top of their sport.Planning team Cllr Bernard McGuinness also welcomed the upcoming arrival of the prestigious tournament to Donegal.He said the sooner an implementation plan was started the better. He stated the Council should bring all authorities and interested parties into a dedicated council team.“The one big question we have is roads and how to manage the traffic. I have no doubt the our team in the county will rise to that occasion. We need to get all this together. It is going to take time and the sooner we start the better,” Cllr McGuinness said.World watching Cllr John Ryan said all stakeholders need to get involved before Donegal is showcased to the world.“It’s quite unique from a coverage point of view. A soccer game is 90 minutes, this goes on for four days. Ballyliffin and Donegal will be highlighted on a very large stage.“You’re going to get people all over the US and Europe that are watching the showcase and wanting to come to Ballyliffin.”“Now is the time to get all the stakeholders together to make sure we put ourselves on the map correctly,” Cllr Ryan  said.Liam Ward Director of Service with Donegal County Council said there is no question the Council will be more than willing to play its part in the success of the year.Driving ambition to prepare Donegal for Irish Open 2018 was last modified: July 24th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Ballyliffin Golf ClubCllr Bernard McGuinnessCllr John RyanCllr Martin HarleyDonegal County CouncilPaul Canninglast_img read more

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