Syracuse women’s lacrosse overcomes poor performance at the draw circle to slip past USC, 12-11

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse’s Kayla Treanor and Southern California’s Michaela Michael stood at midfield. Sudden-death overtime in the NCAA quarterfinals was about to begin and the two stars were getting ready for the biggest draw of the game.Treanor has been a force in her first full season at the draw circle, leading the country by a wide margin with 197 draw controls coming into the game. She relished the opportunity to be in this clutch situation.“When the game gets down to the wire it comes down to who can get control of the draw,” Treanor said earlier in the season. “You feel that pressure a lot, it’s definitely an added pressure, but it’s nice to have control over that.”But USC controlled the draw. And even though the Trojans came into the matchup as the 26th-ranked team in draw controls, that one marked No. 14 on the game. The Orange only had 11.Entering the game, the No. 4 seed Syracuse (19-5, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) had won more draws than its opponents in 18 of its 23 games. But SU didn’t find that same success in this matchup. Instead, the SU defense created timely turnovers and found success on the clear and in its transition offense. Those factors helped lead the Orange to a 12-11 victory over fifth-seeded USC (20-1, 6-0 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) in the NCAA quarterfinals in the Carrier Dome.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It was just getting (the balls) on the circle and trying to come up with them as a unit,” USC head coach Lindsey Munday said. “… and Michaela did an incredible job of where we wanted her to get it.”The Trojans won seven draws to Syracuse’s four in the first half. Without as many possessions, against the country’s No. 1 defense, the Orange would have to find a way to salvage as many goals as possible.Syracuse scored just five goals in the first half, but that way came via transition opportunities after a successful clear. SU’s first goal came on a free position. After that, the next four goals all came immediately after the Orange successfully cleared the ball. Three of those four came in less than a minute after the clear, and two of those three came within nine seconds of the clear.“They pressure down so it leaves people open if you can kind of get through their pressure ride,” senior defender Mallory Vehar said. “I don’t think we cleared as well as we’d like to but there were some transition goals which were good.”SU, and specifically Vehar, found success causing turnovers in key moments of the game. Vehar caused a turnover with just over two minutes left in the half and USC leading by one, and it led to the Orange’s tying fifth goal. Soon after the Trojans won the opening draw in overtime Vehar caused another turnover.Syracuse’s defense wasn’t perfect against the Trojans, but it made big plays when it needed to and helped the Orange overcome its lack of success in other areas.“We’ve dominated the draw and lost a game before. It comes down to it’s a lot more than just the draw,” Treanor said. Comments Related Stories Halle Majorana propels Syracuse to 12-11 overtime win against USC in NCAA quarterfinalcenter_img Published on May 21, 2016 at 8:14 pm Contact Tomer: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langerlast_img read more

HOMECOMING DINNER THIS FRIDAY FOR GARDA MEMORIAL CHARITY CYCLISTS

first_imgGarda McCallionGarda McLoughlinA HOMECOMING dinner is being held this Friday for 90 cyclists who are taking part in a charity cycle in memory of two Gardaí killed in the line of duty here in Co Donegal.Former colleagues and friends of the late Gardai Robbie McCallion of Letterkenny Garda Station and Garda Gary McLoughlin who was attached to Buncrana are on their way up to Malin Head from Mizen Head.They are due to come through Letterkenny on Friday afternoon on their way to Malin Head. They will return to Letterkenny on Friday evening for the homecoming dinner at the Clanree Hotel.Tickets for the dinner are priced at 20 euro and are available to buy from the sergeants’ office at Letterkenny Garda Station.This Thursdxay cyclists will return to County Donegal and will spend the night in Donegal Town. On Friday the cyclists will take part in the final leg of the event, travelling from Donegal town to Malin Head.A short stop off in Letterkenny has been planned to visit Tara Court on the Ramelton Road, and hold a short reflection in memory of Robbie. The cyclists will then make their way to Lisfannon, Burt where there will be a similar short reflection in memory of Gary. The benefiting charities are:Donegal Hospice.The Jack & Jill Foundation.Cuisle Centre, Roscommon (Respite Centre run by the Irish Wheelchair Association).Beaumont Hospital ICU. Mayo/Roscommon Hospice.The organisers would ask the public to support the event and the dinner at the Clanree this Friday.Sponsors, including Hegarty’s Ford, Letterkenny, The Pulse, Letterkenny, Desmond Motors, Derry are thanked sincerely.The late Garda Robbie Mc McCallion passed away in Beaumont Hospital on 7th April 2009 after being struck by a stolen car at Tara Court ,Letterkenny on 26th March 2009. He was 29 years of age. The late Garda Gary Mc Laughlin passed away at Letterkenny General Hospital on 14th December 2009 following a traffic collision at Lisfannon, Burt the previous day. He was 24 years of age.HOMECOMING DINNER THIS FRIDAY FOR GARDA MEMORIAL CHARITY CYCLISTS was last modified: September 9th, 2014 by John2Share 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:CHARITY CYCLEGarda Gary McLoughlinGarda Robbie McCallionlast_img read more