3 1st-period goals doom Syracuse in 5-2 loss to Cornell

first_imgSyracuse goalkeeper Jenn Gilligan skated away from the net to the corner of the rink before slowly looping back around and settling back in front of the net. Seconds later she smacked her stick against the goalpost.Two Cornell goals in 49 seconds had turned a 1-0 deficit into a blowout.“I felt bad for Jenn,” Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan said. “Kinda, (the defense) left her hanging. Out to dry so to speak.”Syracuse (5-7-1, 3-1-1 College Hockey America) struggled to contain a dynamic Cornell (2-4-1, 1-2-1 Ivy) offense that struck like lightning Saturday night at the War Memorial Arena. SU’s defense allowed five goals — tied for most on the season — on 13 shots en route to a 5-2 loss.“It’s really tough starting out a game like that …” Nicole Renault said. “It’s hard to get a lot of energy going when you’re already down a goal.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe avalanche began just one minute and eight seconds into the game. Cassandra Poudrier sent a slap shot from the right side of the ice that flew into the top left corner of the net unscathed.The Cornell attack didn’t let up, and Syracuse’s defense struggled to prevent the pressure down the middle of the ice and down the wings, an issue that plagued the Orange all afternoon.“We were backing off,” Flanagan said. “I know I looked up a number of times when they’d posted a player in the neutral zone, we were 10 or 12 feet away.”In the 13th minute, Kaitlin Doering found herself one on one staring straight at Gilligan and the nearest Syracuse defender a step behind her.The lack of defensive pressure allowed Doering to fire an uncontested shot that went just wide of the goal. It was one of many golden opportunities for Cornell that left Syracuse scrambling to regain its footing.“I think that stunned you,” Flanagan said. “That’s like going, it’s getting a left jab, right jab, left jab before you even know what’s going on. And so I think they were stunned.”Syracuse adjusted in the second period. The eight shots allowed in the first period were reduced to just one. Syracuse eliminated the long passes and deflections off the wall that had its defense retreating in the first period and replaced it with the production it had been lacking.But each time Syracuse shut down Cornell, the Big Red came back.In the fifth minute of the third period, Cornell’s Sydnee Saracco split two defenders and passed it up ahead to Pippy Gerace. Gerace pulled the puck in and out with her stick before flipping it past Gilligan on the right side of the net to push the lead back up to three.“It’s on my shoulders,” Flanagan said. “I didn’t get the team ready. That’s the bottom line I think. The team wasn’t prepared, I think Cornell was and we get 3-0 and we just couldn’t dig ourselves out of that hole.”Another goal by Brianna Veerman with four and a half minutes remaining and Syracuse down by two was just window dressing, as the Cornell lead was never in jeopardy.The slow start left the Orange dazed, and defensive miscues in the first period proved too much to overcome.“It’s one of those games where no matter what you try and do,” Gilligan said, “the puck just keeps going by you.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 14, 2015 at 7:52 pm Contact Matt: mralex01@syr.edulast_img read more

Nigeria Open Receives Positive Reviews From ITTF As Tennis Body Confirms 2018 Dates

first_imgThe 2017 ITTF Challenge Nigeria Open has garnered rave reviews from tennis body, International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) after more than 29.35m viewers watched the five-day tournament worldwide making it the ITTF Challenge with the most coverage globally.The successes recorded has prompted the international table tennis body to put their weight behind the tournament while also confirming that next year’s edition will be held from August 8 to 12.Nigeria Open is the second highest prize money tournament behind the Spanish Open on the ITTF Challenge series calendar and the latest edition attracted over 20 countries across the world.The aforementioned statistics were revealed by CSM Media Research-KantarSport, which was contracted by ITTF to monitor television viewership of its tournaments.According to the firm, over 29.35m watched Nigeria Open on Supersport Channels globally.Kantarsport revealed that the Nigeria Open was mostly watched on Supersport channels via the following statement:“The ITTF Challenge events, we found in our worldwide sports programs tracker (within all channels we monitor), the Belarus Open (aired on Belarus TV-5 Sports: that channel reaches 6.2 of the 6.9 m Belarussians), as well as the Nigeria Open 2017. The Nigeria Open was shown live and non-live on Super Sport 9 & Super Sport Blitz (South African channels) as well as on Pan-African channel Super Sport 5 (which we track in Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa). It might have been telecast too on some channels or OTT platforms that are not included into our tracke.“Supersport 9 in South Africa is a PAY-TV channel received by 19.7% of all TV households (13.65 m TV HH / 45.00 m TV ind.) so it is available to a potential of 8.86 m. viewers. As for SuperSport 5, it reaches 11.4% or 5.13 m potential viewers. No such information is available for Nigeria (no measurement at all), nor Senegal (a French company just started measuring Dakar, 1.71 m TV users).” the statement further read. RelatedTABLE TENNIS: 2019 Nigeria Open Seamaster ITTF Challenge Plus Gets Improved Prize MoneyMay 13, 2019In “Table Tennis”Nigeria Open Is a Model to Others, Says ITTFAugust 7, 2019In “Table Tennis”Lagos is the Center of Table Tennis in Africa – Wahid OshodiMay 29, 2019In “Table Tennis”last_img read more