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MLAX : SU feels pressure with NCAA tournament bid at stake against St. John’s in conference final

first_img Published on May 4, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: rjgery@syr.edu Comments VILLANOVA, Pa. – The weight is still heavy on the Syracuse players’ shoulders. A win over Villanova in the Big East tournament semifinals was only the first step toward reaching the NCAA tournament.Ricky Buhr expressed the desperation for his team, knowing its season is down to one game against St. John’s on Saturday. Win and SU earns an automatic bid to the tournament. Lose and the season ends with the proud program on the outside looking in for the first since 2007.But head coach John Desko was quick to step in with a different message.‘We haven’t approached it that way,’ Desko said after his team’s 15-6 victory over Villlanova on Thursday. ‘We’ve approached it as a great opportunity this week to come out and hopefully have two lacrosse games under our belt in the Big East tournament.’Third-seeded Syracuse (8-7) now has just one game left to play in the Big East tournament, when it faces No. 4 seed St. John’s (8-6) in the championship at noon on Saturday. The Red Storm upset top-seeded Notre Dame 8-7 in the first game on Thursday to set up a surprising final matchup with the Orange. SU defeated St. John’s 9-8 when the teams met on March 10 during the regular season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNearly two months later, both entered the postseason with slim chances to receive an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. But after Thursday, the winner of the championship game will lock up a spot in the field.For Syracuse, a win would erase a disappointing regular season in which the Orange finished 7-7 and struggled in every facet of the game. And while Desko tried to diffuse the pressure surrounding his team heading into the postseason, SU midfielder Bobby Eilers called Syracuse’s position ‘do-or-die.’After practice Friday, close defender Brian Megill said Syracuse can only focus on its game against St. John’s.‘We’re only guaranteed 60 minutes of lacrosse for the rest of the season,’ Megill said. ‘There’s no more, no less when that first faceoff starts so we’re coming out, we’re leaving it all on the field and we’re having no regrets.’Desko said he anticipates a competitive game with a Red Storm team enjoying its most successful season in program history. St. John’s is confident coming off its upset of Notre Dame, in which goaltender Jeff Lowman made 13 saves and the Red Storm offense overcame a 4-of-18 faceoff performance to outplay the Fighting Irish.SJU employed a similar formula combining stellar goaltending with efficiency on offense to take the Orange to the wire in a back-and-forth game in March.But Desko also expects to see a different team on Saturday.‘We got to be ready, we got to know who they are, we got to know who their personnel are because it has been a long time since they played them,’ Desko said.Syracuse got a glimpse of the Red Storm as they put the finishing touches on their upset win over Notre Dame on Thursday.Waiting beyond the end zone, the Orange looked on as they waited to take the field for the second game of the day. The SU players saw St. John’s hold off Notre Dame in a frantic finish for a one-goal victory before jogging onto the field as the Red Storm celebrated and the Irish players consoled one another.Heading into Saturday, the scene represented a golden opportunity for Syracuse.The Orange lost to Notre Dame, the No. 2 team in the nation, last weekend, but the Red Storm’s upset changed the entire conference tournament, opening up a chance for a team to sneak into the NCAA tournament.Goaltender Bobby Wardwell said SU doesn’t see the Red Storm as any less of a challenge.‘I think we all know that St. John’s is a great team and they’ve done a lot this season so far,’ Wardwell said Friday. ‘We had a one-goal game with them at the beginning of the season, so now we just have to come out and be ready for battle.’For Desko, the opportunity to fight for an NCAA tournament bid is all his team wanted coming into the weekend. But for his players, the success of their season depends on them seizing that opportunity.Syracuse knows its season comes down to one game on Saturday. And it’s not ready to breathe a sigh of relief yet.‘There’s definitely no weight off our shoulders yet. We’re still stuck in the woods and we just need to get out in order to make the playoffs,’ Buhr said. ‘Hopefully we’ll come out on top and then it’s a new season.’rjgery@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Syracuse women’s basketball falls one spot to No. 21 in AP Top 25 poll

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 13, 2017 at 2:26 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Syracuse fell to No. 21, down one spot from No. 20, in the Week 15 Associated Press Top 25 poll released Monday afternoon.Last week, SU (18-8, 9-4 Atlantic Coast) lost at then-No. 14 Duke by 17 points, then blew out North Carolina, 95-64, on Sunday afternoon. Redshirt senior guard Brittney Sykes continued her strong season against UNC, scoring a career-high 34 points. She also handed out three assists, grabbed six rebounds and blocked two shots for an SU team that has won five of its last six. Alexis Peterson, the ACC’s leading scorer, added 27 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.Seven ACC teams ranked inside the Top 25: No. 4 Florida State, No. 7 Notre Dame, No. 13 Duke, No. 14 Louisville, No. 15 North Carolina State, No. 16 Miami and No. 21 Syracuse. Connecticut, amid a 99-game win streak, remains tops in the nation.Syracuse, which has three regular-season games left and places sixth in the ACC standings, plays next on Sunday against the No. 7 Fighting Irish in the Carrier Dome. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

New Japan G1 Climax 29 Final match grades: Kota Ibushi and Jay White create masterpiece to end five-week tournament

first_imgHere are match grades and a recap, courtesy of SN’s Steven Muehlhausen.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearNew Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax 29 Final GradesKarl Fredericks and Clark Connors def. Ren Narita and Yota Tsuji Muehlhausen: The opening bout of a card is designed to whet the fans’ appetite. These four guys battled like they were the headliners and were treated as such for the effort they put into everything they did. Watch out for Fredericks and Connors in the future. They have star potential written all over them.Grade: BJushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask and Jeff Cobb def. Lance Archer, Taichi and Yoshinobu KanemaruMuehlhausen: How dare Taichi try to rip off the mask off of the legendary Liger? He’s really come into his own as a heel like the one you would want to see the babyface get his hands on. An excellent showcase for Cobb teaming with Liger and Mask to be able to get the rub from two veterans and be the one to get secure the pin for his team with the tour of the islands.Grade: CWill Ospreay, SHO and YOH def. Taiji Ishimori, Chase Owens and Yujiro Takahashi Ospreay was the showcase and came through in a big way. The crowd treated him as a big-time superstar, and there’s no reason why a year from now, the Englishman won’t be the top foreigner in New Japan. He has an uncanny connection with the fans that you cannot teach. Combine that with his once in a lifetime skill set and he’s on his way to achieving the aforementioned goal in the next 365 days.Grade: BJuice Robinson and Toa Henare def. Jon Moxley and Shota Umino Muehlhausen: Nothing to the tag team bout. It helped set up a confrontation between Moxley and Robinson with the result being Moxley sending Robinson crashing through a table to continue their feud.Grade: C-Hirooki Goto, Toru Yano, Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma and Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Tetsuya Naito, EVIL, SANADA, Shingo Takagi and BUSHI Muehlhausen: A fun eight-person bout where everyone had an opportunity to have their moments with Sanada finally getting a much-needed pin as he shifts gears toward a match against IWGP heavyweight champion Kazuchika Okada.Grade: CKENTA, Tomohiro Ishii and YOSHI-HASHI vs. Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa) and Bad Luck Fale Muehlhausen: The grade isn’t geared towards the match, but what happened during the action and afterward with KENTA turning his back on his partners and then the man who brought him back to the company in Katsuyori Shibata and joining The Bullet Club. Not sure if KENTA is the answer to the floundering group who used to be the premier faction in wrestling.Now KENTA has two tailor-made programs with Ishii and what seems to be a returning Shibata from a career-threatening injury. KENTA/Shibata at the Tokyo Dome at Wrestle Kingdom on Jan. 4 or 5? New Japan will need big matches to get people in for two shows. That would definitely sell a lot of tickets.Grade: AZack Sabre Jr. and Minoru Suzuki def. Hiroshi Tanahashi and Kazuchika OkadaMuehlhausen: All types of fun with Suzuki being the star of the match and controlling the action when he was in there with Okada and Tanahashi.Perfect final five minutes between Suzuki and Okada that saw great transitions that ended up with Suzuki pinning Okada clean in the middle of the ring and giving him another jolt in his career that looked to more towards the end than receiving another chance to win the IWGP heavyweight title. Afterward, Suzuki challenged Okada for a shot at the belt.Okada looks to have the rest of his year lined up now in programs with Suzuki, Sanada and Ibushi.Grade: B+Kota Ibushi def. Jay White Muehlhausen: What a fantastic finale to end the G1 Climax 29.The beginning of the tournament started with Ibushi suffering a left ankle injury in the very first match and battling through five weeks of the best tournament in pro wrestling and competing at a premiere level that few would be able to compete at. The story of the match couldn’t have been told better with White having to battle it out alone without his Bullet Club teammates and Ibushi struggling to do every move on just one leg, with White trying to do everything in his power to try and ensure Ibushi wouldn’t walk again.Stories don’t need to be complicated and that’s what made this one of the best matches of the year. Give two people a canvas and let them paint the picture as they see fit and what we saw was a masterpiece between two extremely talented artists. Bravo.Grade: A+++ The New Japan Pro Wrestling’s G1 Climax 29 Final came to a close on Monday from Budokan Hall in Tokyo.What was to be a pretty good show turned into one of the best shows of year featuring one of the best matches of 2019 with Kota Ibushi and Jay White taking you on an emotional rollar coaster ride and Ibushi coming out on top to win the tournament. The win puts Ibushi in the main event of Wrestle Kingdom 14 on Jan. 4, 2020 against whomever the IWGP heavyweight champion is at that time.last_img read more