Georgia Allen leads Syracuse to 1-0 win against Northeastern

first_img Published on September 2, 2018 at 4:10 pm Contact KJ: kjedelma@syr.edu | @KJEdelman After Northeastern (2-4) outshot and outperformed Syracuse (3-2) for 80 minutes on Sunday, Georgia Allen found herself open 10 yards from the net for a score. In only her second game since returning from the U20 England national team, Allen gave SU its only goal of the day en route to a 1-0 victory. The Orange started the game on the defensive. Because it could not match the speed of Northeastern early, SU was outshot by the Huskies, eight to two in the first 28 minutes.NU had its best opportunity to score in the first half off of a Mikenna McManus corner kick 24 minutes into the game. As the ball crept to the right side of the goal, the Huskies’ Eve Goulet got off a header past SU goalie Jordan Harris. A yard next to Harris, Taylor Bennett sniffed out the potential shot from the middle of the net and cleared the ball to the end line. Five minutes later, Clarke Brown twisted in the air to shoot an off-balance right-footer. While the ball was on target, NU’s Nathalie Nidetch rolled on top of the ball to keep the score leveled.SU opened the second half with a change in the net. On Thursday against Harvard, Harris was replaced after allowing three goals in the second half. Despite not allowing a goal in the first half along with two saves on Sunday, Lysianne Proulx replaced Harris. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange opened the second half on the offensive, unlike how SU had begun the game. Kate Hostage opened the second half with a 14 yarder that was caught by a diving Nidetch. Proulx made her presence known in the 60th minute when she dove right off an Emily Evangelista shot to save a near-goal. Most of the second half was dictated by both team’s backlines, but Proulx was still challenged in the net. In the 83rd minute, Allen took advantage of a mistake in the Huskies’ defense. Off a Sydney Brackett short cross, Allen found herself uncovered from 10 yards out. Allen cocked back her right leg before shooting a missile past Nidetch. As the minutes ticked and the Huskies got desperate, NU couldn’t muster a shot in the remaining time after Allen’s goal. After splitting a pair of games on the road in New England, SU will continue its five-game road trip in Happy Valley when the Orange take on Penn State on Thursday. Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Battle’s hot streak, Chukwu’s inefficiency and more from Syracuse’s 63-55 win over Cornell

first_img Published on December 1, 2018 at 10:00 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Comments From his third-row seat behind the basket, Syracuse Director of Athletics John Wildhack turned to his left and smiled. “Let’s just get the win,” he said to a friend nearby. Wildhack was only half-joking. The Orange were up four points with four minutes remaining against Cornell, a team to which SU hasn’t lost in 50 years. Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim had thrown his jacket. His tie had been loosened. The Carrier Dome crowd was getting antsy. Big Red point guard Matt Morgan put on a shooting clinic, scoring 26 points and nearly leading Cornell to a major upset. But behind junior guard Tyus Battle’s team-high 26 points, Syracuse (5-2) beat Cornell (4-4), 63-55, Saturday night in the Carrier Dome. The Orange have won three consecutive games and could squeeze into the Top 25 after beating No. 16 Ohio State earlier this week. Against the Big Red, sophomore forward Oshae Brissett scored 19 points. Cornell’s Jimmy Boeheim, the oldest child of Syracuse’s head coach, scored nine points, including his second career 3-pointer in front of the Orange bench. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHere are four quick takeaways from the game. Battle’s hot handIt didn’t matter where he was on the floor. It didn’t matter who was guarding him. Nor did it matter whether he was shooting off the dribble or shooting on the run. Battle got cooking early and found his jumper, not hesitating to rise into his shot from 3-point range and the 17-foot area. He drove a handful of times, too, assembling his most impressive game of the season. His shot has wavered this season, but Saturday the shot appeared fluid and quick.Battle’s strong scoring display is important for a Syracuse team that needs his consistent production to win games. Especially on nights when Elijah Hughes and Marek Dolezaj score only four and two points each, respectively. Where’s Paschal?Paschal Chukwu, Syracuse’s 7-foot-2 center in his second season as a starter, has struggled through the first seven games of his senior year. He didn’t attempt a single shot against Oregon two weeks ago and didn’t score until the beginning of the second half against Cornell, whose tallest player is five inches shorter than him. Chukwu scored just three points Saturday, though he did block a Jimmy Boeheim shot that would have tied the game at 52 with about five minutes left. The block prompted a loud roar from the crowd. Yet for the majority of his minutes this season, Chuwku hasn’t been aggressive, active or efficient in his time. It’s imperative he develops into, at minimum, the player he was last season come conference play. That means someone who alters shots, scores off offensive rebounds and doesn’t shy away from going up strong inside. Morgan’s proving groundMorgan couldn’t help himself. Contested 3-pointer after contest 3-pointer poured through the net. The Carrier Dome crowd was in an awe after every one that he drained. The senior point guard, Cornell’s leading scorer, put on a show that kept the Big Red within a bucket or two late in the second half. His shooting display was an anomaly against the Orange, but it does raise questions over how well Syracuse can guard perimeter shooters. Several times Boeheim fumed after a Morgan 3-pointer. Even still, SU held Cornell to 55 points. Taking care of the tuneups While the Orange lost two of their first four games for the first time in 31 seasons, SU has now won three in a row. One win came against No. 16 Ohio State on the road. The other two versus Colgate and Cornell at home. SU’s six remaining nonconference games come against stronger teams than the latter two. But the Orange are projected to win out the rest of its nonconference schedule, per kenpom.com, and head into the ACC opener at Notre Dame with an 11-2 record. The Orange play next on Tuesday night in the Carrier Dome against Northeastern. Then, SU hosts Georgetown on Saturday afternoon. center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more