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Fresh legs, multiple lines the key to Syracuse’s strong play in the midfield

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 21, 2018 at 11:08 pm Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcCleary It happened fast. In Syracuse’s season opener against Connecticut on Feb. 9, UConn players barreled past SU’s back line and put SU in a 2-0 hole 1:24 into the game.But as the game wore on, the pace of play caught up to UConn’s starters. Before the speed slowed down SU, the Orange made a switch.“Our depth and ability to use two and three midfield lines took its toll,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “You saw the exhaustion on their starters. They were tired and they made a lot of mistakes.”In its first two games, No. 5 Syracuse (2-0) has used a multitude of different lineups in the midfield and made frequent subs in an attempt to stay fresh as opponents tire out. The new rule allowing free movement for players after whistles has sped up the game by lessening the amount of stoppages in any given game. It’s also allowed the Orange to tap into its depth in the early going.“We got three, even four lines of girls that can play,” redshirt senior Taylor Gait said. “Fresh legs is always great when you run up and down the field.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAgainst Connecticut and again against Oregon nine days later, Syracuse used 13 players listed as midfielders on the official roster, changing starting groups for each game. Gary Gait said cycling new players in and out of the game is one of his biggest emphases going forward.Players are still adjusting to the faster pace. Freshman midfielder Sam Swart said that the college game was “faster than (she) expected” and, with the whistle blowing less frequently, she’s hardly found time to stop and collect her thoughts.“You don’t have any moments to breathe, you just go,” Swart said. “The whole game was a blur… I feel like I didn’t even take one breather.”But the adjustment from high school to college wasn’t the problem. The game has changed. Swart remembers talking to fellow midfielder Gait after the game and even she, a fifth-year senior, said to Swart that it’s a “totally different game” than she’s used to playing.The movement affects the midfield the most, sophomore attack Nicole Levy said. Though Levy said it hasn’t affected her game so far, senior attack Riley Donahue notices the speed of the game changing so there’s “never a standing moment.”But the Orange players have yet to feel the effect of the faster game because Gary Gait was ready for it. Syracuse has used constant switches throughout games to make sure players are getting the rest needed for the Orange to go the distance in games.On Feb. 18, Oregon came out of the second-half gate and moved fast. After scoring the first three goals of the frame, Syracuse started to lose its early lead. But following a few switches in personnel, the Orange got back on track and cinched up a 17-11 win.The substitutions were important to the midfielders. With the game moving faster than ever, SU has found new ways to keep individual fatigue from affecting its play. Luckily for Syracuse, players and coaches alike are confident that this year’s team is deeper than in year’s past.“Our coaches usually don’t let us get to the point where we are super tired,” midfielder Kelzi Van Atta said. “We’re subbing on the fly so everybody is fresh all the time.”The new faces getting involved will be a common thread throughout the year, as Syracuse aims to give itself the advantage over shorthanded teams. Gary Gait said the rules this year make it difficult to have just one midfield line, so SU prepared two, senior Neena Merola said. Others, like midfielder Gait, said SU has more than two.“Our team does a lot of subs really fast, which is awesome. I think it’s the way our coaches prepared it,” Swart said, “they knew (it) was going to be fast.”So far this year, everything has happened fast, but Syracuse thinks it has the formula that will allow it to catch up. Commentslast_img read more

Kershaw dominates, Bellinger 2 HRs, Dodgers drop Angels 7-4

first_img LIVE TV COMMENT Associated Press Television News FOLLOW US Clayton Kershaw allowed one hit over seven brilliant innings, Cody Bellinger hit a pair of two-run homers and the Los Angeles Dodgers opened the Freeway Series with a 7-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.Justin Turner had two hits and drove in a run as the surging Dodgers opened this star-studded annual interleague series with their first win over the slumping Angels since 2018. The Dodgers (14-7) also moved back into sole possession of first place in the NL West.Anthony Rendon homered in his fourth consecutive game for the Angels. Rendon also drew two walks from Kershaw (2-1), but he was the only Angels hitter to reach base against the Dodgers’ longtime ace.Kershaw struck out six and improved to 7-2 in his career against the Angels while decreasing his interleague ERA to 2.23 — the lowest in major league history among pitchers with at least 15 starts.The left-hander also retired Mike Trout three times, dropping the three-time AL MVP to 2 for 16 in his career against Kershaw, including a current 0-for-14 skid since 2014.Bellinger, the other reigning league MVP in this matchup, broke out of a season-long slump with his 12th career multi-homer game, connecting in the sixth and eighth innings. Bellinger headed to Anaheim in a 4-for-26 slump, and he hadn’t homered since Aug. 3.Tommy La Stella had a two-run single in the eighth for the Angels, who have lost five of seven. La Stella ended the Dodgers bullpen’s streak of 21 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings, but Dylan Floro got Trout to fly out with two runners on, ending the rally and Trout’s 0-for-4 day.Shohei Ohtani doubled and scored on pinch-hitter Brian Goodwin’s two-out double in the ninth. The Dodgers were forced to use closer Kenley Jansen, who struck out Jason Castro for his fifth save.Thanks to Kershaw’s arm and plenty of timely hitting from his teammates, these Los Angeles-area rivals continued their march in opposite directions for another year. The Dodgers have won seven straight NL West titles, while the Angels have posted four straight losing seasons.No fans were on hand for this perpetually well-attended series between two big-budget franchises with a combined five former league MVPs in their lineups alongside a wealth of young talent.This series also is the first meeting between the clubs since Mookie Betts joined the Dodgers and agreed to a contract that will keep him playing 32 miles from Trout for at least the next decade.Patrick Sandoval (0-2) pitched six-hit ball into the seventh inning for the Angels, but remained winless in 12 career major league starts.Kershaw faced the minimum 12 Angels through four innings, but Rendon led off the fifth with a homer into the short left field porch. The $245 million free agent’s slow start at the plate has been counterbalanced by his solid on-base percentage and now his homer streak, the longest by an Angels third baseman since Jack Howell in 1987.Bellinger’s first homer put the Dodgers up 4-1 in the sixth. Edwin Rios doubled and scored on Corey Seager’s groundout in the seventh.Bellinger connected again off Ryan Buchter in the eighth.TRAINER’S ROOMDodgers: C Will Smith sees mild improvement in his stiff neck, but still missed his second straight game. He could be headed to the injured list, manager Dave Roberts said. Smith initially got hurt last week in San Diego.Angels: SS Andrelton Simmons won’t return this weekend from his sprained ankle, manager Joe Maddon said. The four-time Gold Glove winner hasn’t played since July 27.UP NEXTWalker Buehler (0-0, 4.40 ERA) makes his Angel Stadium debut against Halos opening day starter Andrew Heaney (1-1, 4.26 ERA), who hasn’t faced the Dodgers since 2018.Image credits: AP SUBSCRIBE TO UScenter_img Last Updated: 15th August, 2020 10:21 IST Kershaw Dominates, Bellinger 2 HRs, Dodgers Drop Angels 7-4 Clayton Kershaw allowed one hit over seven brilliant innings, Cody Bellinger hit a pair of two-run homers and the Los Angeles Dodgers opened the Freeway Series with a 7-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night First Published: 15th August, 2020 10:21 IST WATCH US LIVE Written Bylast_img read more