Orange splits pair of games at tournament in Las Vegas

first_img Published on September 17, 2012 at 2:23 am Contact Trevor: | @TrevorHass Facebook Twitter Google+ The temperature was in the 90s on Sunday morning in Las Vegas, Nev.A 10:30 a.m. start was scheduled months in advance in anticipation of the inevitable sweltering heat.Cal State Fullerton (2-6) weathered the blistering conditions and defeated Syracuse (6-2) 3-1 in the UNLV Nike Invitational.“I don’t have a thermometer here right now, but it’s funny to watch games where people have umbrellas out, but it’s not raining,” Syracuse head coach Ian McIntyre said. “Not a cloud in the sky. We’re in the desert.”CSF scored twice in four minutes in the first half and held on for the win despite a goal in the fourth minute from SU’s Ted Cribley.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange left for Chicago on Thursday morning. After a layover in Chicago, the team traveled to Las Vegas later that evening.Despite the trek across the country,Syracuse opened the tournament on Friday night with a 1-0 win over host UNLV on a goal in the 20th minute from Stefanos Stamoulacatos.The game started at 7:30 p.m. and ended past 9 p.m. After a day off on Saturday, the players woke up bright and early Sunday morning to face CSF and came up a bit short.“We’ve got a good team and a fit team, but there’s a difference between Vegas and Syracuse,” McIntyre said. “The kind of soccer we play, we like to press and we work very hard, so it was a real strain on our guys.”McIntyre says that the time of day and the heat were factors, particularly toward the end of the game.“There’s a reason why you have to play the games at this time of day,” he said. “There’s a difference between a 7 o’clock game and when it’s mid day. The locals understand. They’re all in the shade. Our guys worked hard, just perhaps ran out of a little bit of steam today.”Despite the loss to CSF, McIntyre is pleased with the road trip and he encouraged his team to think about the big picture and not dwell on the loss.McIntyre asked his players if they would have taken a 6-2 start back in August when the team was still coming together.He said the response was a definitive “absolutely.”“It’s a testament to how far we’ve come that we’re disappointed to only get a split on the road when we travel out to the West Coast,” he said.After extending its winning streak to four with the win over UNLV, the Orange had a chance to win its second consecutive tournament by beating CSF.McIntyre said the game could have gone either way, but the Titans came out and played physical and desperate soccer and earned the win.“It was kind of a crazy game today,” McIntyre said. “You never like to lose games. It’s tough to go on the road and play against two good teams. I know their records may not reflect that, but both Fullerton and UNLV are two very solid programs.”The Orange will square off against Seton Hall in the team’s Big East opener at 7 p.m. Sept. 22 at SU Soccer Stadium. After a grueling nine-day, four-game road trip with a break in the middle, the Orange will return home to open Big East play.McIntyre says that conference games will be a measuring stick for the Orange and that the past two tournaments have been good preparation for what’s to come.“Ultimately, that’s how we’ll be measured,” he said. “Can we put points on the board this year to get us into the Big East tournament?” Commentslast_img read more

Syracuse softball takes rubber game, 8-4, against Virginia

first_img Published on April 10, 2016 at 4:35 pm Contact Matthew: | @MatthewGut21 Related Stories Syracuse softball splits doubleheader with Virginia Syracuse won the rubber game of its weekend series at Virginia on Sunday, downing the Cavaliers 8-4 in Charlottesville, Virginia. SU (19-17, 6-8 Atlantic Coast) and UVA (13-27, 3-9) split Saturday’s doubleheader.A second-inning rally put the Orange in front 6-0. Two Virginia errors and six Syracuse singles led to the breakout inning in which Syracuse batted around the order.Eight SU batters recorded at least one hit in the game. In all, SU banged out 13 hits. Sammy Fernandez, Maddi Doane, Sydney O’Hara, Alicia Hansen and Danielle Chitkowski each had multi-hit games.In the circle, Jocelyn Cater got the nod. After tossing four shutout innings, Cater didn’t record an out in the fifth, allowing four runs. O’Hara relieved the senior and allowed just one hit in the final three frames. She struck out seven and notched her third save of the year.Thanks to the sixth inning rally, Cater got the win despite allowing four runs. She improved to 9-6 on the year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textO’Hara hit her fifth home run of the year, a solo shot to right field in the fifth.Since getting swept by No. 10 Florida State, the Orange has won seven of its last 10.Syracuse is back at SU Softball Stadium on Wednesday for a nonconference doubleheader against Canisius. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more