Women’s hockey: Badgers dominate Syracuse in a convincing weekend sweep

first_imgIn a stunningly lopsided pair of contests this past weekend, the No. 1 Wisconsin Badgers (17-1-0, 7-1-0 WCHA) defeated the Syracuse Orange (4-12-1, 4-3-0 CHA) at LaBahn Arena. Similar to Syracuse’s past out-of-conference games this season, the Orange were completely outmatched by the offensive output of their opponent.While Syracuse is certainly no stranger to out-of-conference losses this season, the Badgers truly opened the floodgates in Madison unlike anything else the Orange had faced all season. This performance was a unique spot within the Badgers season as well. Scoring a grand total of 15 goals through the two games, they eclipsed their previous best offensive production of 11 goals against the Mercyhurst Lakers.Yet the full picture of Wisconsin’s dominance is not confined by their season-best goal production, as the Badgers also allowed just two goals over the extent of the two-game series.The Wisconsin defense has only allowed two or fewer goals during a weekend series four other times this season. Furthermore, the Wisconsin defense yielded just 21 Syracuse shots over six full periods of hockey. Even with an extremely efficient shot to goal conversion rate, Syracuse would have been hard-pressed to keep up with the offensive prowess of the Badgers.A perfectionist’s craft: Wisconsin kickers detail their training regimen, how they deal with outside stigmaIt’s 8 a.m. on a Tuesday morning in the McClain Center, and Wisconsin football spring practice is underway. The defensive Read…Multiple members of the Badger squad contributed to the 15 aggregate goals attained over the weekend, as eight different players put the puck in the back of the net at least once. The most notable scorer for the Badgers was senior Emily Clark who netted a hat-trick in Saturday’s 9–1 victory.The general takeaway from this series is that, while the Badgers certainly put on a unique performance in terms of the sheer amount of goals they scored, it’s simply a continuation of what the Badgers have done all season. With the second most goals scored in the nation and the No. 4 ranked scoring offense, high levels of goal output have certainly not been absent from the Badgers’ season.Moving forward, however, look for the Badgers to continue to improve on the defensive side of the ice. In their last nine games, half of the total number the Badgers have played this season, their defense has allowed only seven goals. Compared to a 13-goal total for the first nine games of the season, the Badgers have made impressive strides to fill any defensive gaps which previously existed.last_img read more


Jalen Carey knows exactly how to deal with a broken finger injury: Train his weak hand

first_img Published on April 8, 2018 at 8:52 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 NEW YORK — The injury bug that swarmed over nearly half of the Syracuse rotation for much of last season — Bourama Sidibe, Howard Washington and Matthew Moyer each fell victim and missed significant time — has trickled into the offseason and hit incoming freshman Jalen Carey.Carey, a four-star guard and 2,000-point scorer from Immaculate Conception (New Jersey) High School, is out for about eight weeks with a broken middle finger on his right hand. But an injury involving Carey’s right arm is not unique, as he broke it as a 6-year-old after he tried to block his father’s shot in a pick-up game. Carey’s father utilized that injury to develop his son’s left hand, his weak side.For several months that year, Carey dribbled exclusively with his left hand. He didn’t have an option because his right arm was wrapped in a cast. Carey and his father credit his ability to drive left so well to his intense dribbling workouts, which trace back to that right-arm injury 12 years ago.So it comes as little surprise that Carey is not more than “a little frustrated” that he didn’t play this weekend in the 2018 Jordan Brand Classic, a high school all-star game played at the Barclays Center in front of dozens of NBA scouts. Carey will replicate his post-injury workout routine from his early years by training every day with his left hand over the next eight weeks.“Just lefty work,” Carey said. “Work my off hand with my dad, my trainers. I won’t take shots with my right hand or anything. Hopefully, I’m back in quicker than eight weeks.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCarey committed to Syracuse last October, choosing to join former commit Darius Bazley and the Orange despite offers from national champion Villanova, Kansas, Indiana, Notre Dame and Connecticut, plus about two dozen others.As of less than two weeks ago, he was supposed to pair up with Bazley as one of two Syracuse commits in the Jordan Brand Classic. But neither represented SU in the game. Bazley decommitted on March 29, and Carey broke the finger on Wednesday in a workout near his home.Some of the best players in the country on Sunday night described Carey’s game — what he would have displayed in the Jordan Brand Classic, as well as what he will bring to Syracuse starting in the fall. They described him as a do-it-all player and combo guard who can defend well on the perimeter.“Jalen’s nice,” said Bazley, a five-star forward. “He’s a tall guard. He can really shoot the ball, he has a good feel for the game. He’s really smooth. I think he’s going to excel at Syracuse.”Coby White, a North Carolina commit and the all-time leading scorer in North Carolina high school basketball history who ranked No. 19 in his class, once played against Carey when they were 16. Carey scored 20 points, White estimated, from nowhere in particular on the floor. He scored from 3-point range, midrange and via dribble drives.“He killed us. He gave us buckets,” White said. “He is straight buckets. He’s from Harlem, so he plays with that chip on his shoulder.”But nobody saw Carey play this weekend. A four-star and ESPN Top 100 commit, he was performing a jumping exercise last week with a light dumbbell for resistance. He slipped on a mat below, and the weight slipped from his hands and fell on his middle finger. His finger swelled up and the tip was crooked, he said.Over the next month or two, Carey will run sprints, perform hundreds of pushups every day and do pull-ups in a nearby park while strengthening his left hand.“My game could elevate more than what it is now,” Carey said. “I’m not a big fan of lifting. Just perfecting my craft … Usually I have injuries and I play through it. But this one, I had to tell my mom to take me to the doctor.”Carey, who sat courtside in a black jumpsuit at the Jordan Brand Classic, will arrive at SU in the second summer session, beginning July 2. Several members of his family were at Barclays Center on Sunday afternoon, following a practice session Saturday morning at the Brooklyn Nets practice facility.A large billboard on 34th Street in Manhattan featured Carey, to which he wrote on Twitter: “Growing up in a rough place, to seeing billboards with my face.”“Just taking it all in,” Carey said. “Seizing the moment, enjoying every bit of it. I’m going to be expected to do major things next year.”Carey added that he wants to wear No. 0 with Syracuse next season. Because, in his mind, that’s how many defenders will be able to guard him. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more