A full breakdown of Syracuse’s ACC semifinal matchup with Clemson

first_imgNo. 15 Syracuse (12-5-2, 3-4-1 Atlantic Coast) will face No. 2 Clemson (15-1-2, 6-1-1) at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in South Carolina in the semifinal of the ACC tournament. The winner will play either Notre Dame or Wake Forest in the ACC championship game on Sunday.Here are four things you need to know before the Orange takes on the Tigers.Sweet RevengeClemson defeated Syracuse, 1-0, in the only meeting between the two teams this year on Oct. 17. The Orange and Tigers were gridlocked in a scoreless game until SU midfielder Oyvind Alseth coughed up the ball near midfield with less than a minute remaining.Alseth was the last man back because Syracuse was coming off a corner kick, so Clemson’s Kyle Murphy streaked down an open field to score in a one-on-one chance with SU goalie Hendrik Hilpert.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter the game, Alseth crouched down on the field, covering his head with his jersey and wiping his face.“For the team and for myself personally the ending of that game was tough,” Alseth said. “I’ve been waiting for a moment to redeem myself ever since that game and now the chance is here. I just have to seize it.”Syracuse succeeded in its first revenge game against North Carolina on Sunday. SU had blown a 1-0 lead in the final 17 minutes the first time it played the Tar Heels, but emerged victorious on Sunday after penalty kicks to advance in the ACC tournament.One common goalSU has only been shutout once this year, against the Tigers and goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell. The junior tallied four saves — three in the second half — but the Orange didn’t present as many challenges between the posts as it could have with 11 corner kicks to Clemson’s three.Dating back to the team’s last matchup three weeks ago, Tarbell’s allowed two goals combined in five games since.“We have to test the goalkeeper much more than we did before,” SU forward Chris Nanco said. “See what he’s made out of.”Ben Polk, Nanco’s counterpart on the Orange’s front line, fired off three shots on goal against Clemson, only to be turned away by the ACC’s leader in save percentage and shutouts. Alseth was the only other SU player to record a shot between the posts.Even against an elite netminder, Nanco said familiarity will benefit Syracuse’s attack from better knowing how deep Tarbell prefers to stay in the net or when he chooses to come out. It’s a matter of execution for a Syracuse team that’s averaged the fourth-most goals per game, still behind the second-place Tigers.“If you give a team like Clemson time, it turns good players into great players,” Polk said. “ … We know (Tarbell’s) good.“Still (have to) test him. Anything can happen.”Saving graceSyracuse head coach Ian McIntyre said along with Tarbell, Orange freshman goalkeeper Hendrik Hilpert is one of the top goalies in the conference.Hilpert, who has started every game in net for Syracuse since coming back from a preseason injury on Oct. 2, holds a 1.05 goals-against average and a 66.7 save percentage. He’s coming off a season-best four-save performance in which he made multiple acrobatic stops.While Hilpert has been between the posts, he and the SU defense have registered two shutouts and never allowed more than two goals in a game.“There are two good goalkeepers,” Hilpert said. “We will see who’s the better one in this game.”In SU’s first matchup with Clemson, Hilpert made three desperation saves in the first half, including two that he punched just over the crossbar. He was perfect against Clemson’s then-top scoring offense until Alseth’s turnover left him out to dry in the final minute.“Last time, it was tough for them to do something against us,” Hilpert said. “We had very good defense against them. It was difficult for them to shoot a goal.”More than a hopeThe biggest difference between Syracuse now and when the Orange lost to the Tigers in the first matchup is the confidence of the team, Hilpert said.Before beating UNC on Sunday, Syracuse was winless in four matchups against ranked teams this season. SU tied then-No. 23 Louisville on Sept. 11, lost 3-1 against then-No. 7 Wake Forest a week later and blew the lead against then-No. 2 North Carolina on Oct. 10.When the Orange defeated UNC to advance to the semifinals against the Tigers, Hilpert said the team realized they could win against the top teams in the country instead of just playing close.“We were coming from hoping to be a good a team. This was our goal at the beginning,” Hilpert said of the feeling prior to the first game against Clemson. “But now we know that we are a good team. Now we know that we can win against Clemson.“I think Clemson will face a much better opponent on Wednesday. We’re ready for them.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 9, 2015 at 10:20 pm Contact Jon: [email protected] | @jmettuslast_img read more

Dodgers and Kenta Maeda get better of Zack Greinke again, 3-2

first_img“We’ve had a little bit of success against him,” Roberts said. “Today, he still pitched pretty well. But I was impressed with the at-bats we put on him. I thought we grinded more today, the way we’re capable of doing. So to be able to get him at 100 pitches through six and get to the ‘pen, I thought our guys did a really good job and (were) really only one hit away from getting him out earlier.”Chase Utley lashed Greinke’s first pitch into right field for a double, then scored two batters later when Justin Turner hit a triple. Turner scored when Diamondbacks catcher Welington Castillo let a pitch from Greinke go between his legs.The Dodgers put together another run-scoring rally in the fourth inning using one hit, a walk and an errant double-play turn by Jean Segura. Adrian Gonzalez had led off the inning with a single and trotted home on Segura’s wild throw.“They’re a tough team to pitch to because they don’t have a lot of holes,” Greinke said of his former mates.Asked about a pause he seems to have added to his delivery, Greinke flashed classic form.“That’s a really long answer and I don’t want to spend five minutes talking about it,” he said, ending the interview with that.Only one of the three runs off Greinke was earned, but the Dodgers needed all of it.Maeda allowed just one run in each of his two head-to-head matchups with Greinke, but Maeda was not at his best in this one. He needed 94 pitches just to get through five innings. But he allowed just that one run on three hits and three walks while striking out six and continuing to look like a bargain even as his cost rises.“It just seemed he was on the edges a little bit too much and I think missing with his fastball,” Roberts said. “With Kenta you can tell. When there’s a rhythm, he’s getting ahead of guys with his fastball, throwing the slider. But he’s around the zone, getting ahead, in a good rhythm. He didn’t really have it until the fourth inning.“It was a grind for him tonight. But he still found a way, like he seemingly always does, to give us a chance to win a baseball game. That’s a sign of a great competitor, which Kenta is, and a winner.”Maeda’s contract calls for a base salary of just $3 million this season but includes a series of performance-based incentives. The irregular nature of the contract was prompted by “irregularities” in Maeda’s physical, none of which have been evident in his performance.By reaching 160 innings for the season Friday, Maeda (15-9) collected another bonus, pushing his total earnings this year to $9.65 million. Another $1.5 million awaits when he makes his 30th start of the season Wednesday against the San Francisco Giants.Greinke (12-7) will make $34 million in the first year of his six-year, $206.5 million deal with the last-place Diamondbacks. PHOENIX >> It was not an “either-or” proposition. The Dodgers could very well have signed Kenta Maeda even if they had re-signed Zack Greinke last winter.But that hasn’t stopped Greinke’s two starts against the Dodgers (and, coincidentally Maeda) over the past two weeks from having the feel of two people formerly in a relationship awkwardly running into each other.The Dodgers have certainly moved on, heading toward a fourth consecutive NL West division title. They absorbed seven walks by Maeda and six relievers who stranded 11 runners on base to beat Greinke again Friday night in a 3-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.“Wasn’t great. It was alright,” Greinke said after the game, sticking to his usual low word count. Greinke’s mood in a well-paid but certainly unsatisfying first season in Diamondbacks … grey? silver? pewter? … might be peaking out in his choice of walk-up music. Commentary on the Diamondbacks’ mislaid plans for contention, just a song or a cry for help, he has started using “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” by Green Day.Greinke has walked a lonely road with the Diamondbacks, posting his highest ERA and WHIP since establishing himself with the Kansas City Royals.Two starts ago, he gave up a career-high five home runs in his first start at Dodger Stadium since leaving for the big bucks and sunsets of Arizona. Since returning from a six-week stay on the DL with an oblique injury, he is 2-4 with a 6.44 ERA for a team playing out the string with dark clouds hanging over its future.“I know there’s a big difference in the home and road splits. This is a tough place to pitch. But on the road he’s still the Zack Greinke we’ve all known he is,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said generously. Greinke’s ERA is a run lower on the road — but it is still over 4.00.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Ravens QB Lamar Jackson says team’s offense this year will be ‘totally different’

first_imgRavens coach John Harbaugh made headlines earlier this week by suggesting Jackson might run the ball more than 139 times in 2019, but Jackson countered that notion Thursday on “The Rich Eisen Show.”“Absolutely. I put on weight,” Jackson said (via ESPN.com) when asked if he could replicate the last season’s rushing production. “But I don’t think I’ll be running as much as I did last year. There were a lot of (run-pass options) and a lot of sudden changes in last year’s game. This will be totally different.” Related News Andrew Luck injury update: Colts QB (calf) remains off field but is ‘getting some work’ Jackson declined to go into detail about Baltimore’s new-and-improved offensive approach though.“I can’t talk about it,” Jackson said. “Each and every day we’re looking better and better in what we’re doing, whether it’s RPO, running the ball with our backs, or the pass game, it’s all looking incredible right now. But you’re going to have to see when it’s game time. Practice is going to be practice; games are going to be games.”Should we “take the over” on @Lj_era8 rushing attempts this #NFL season, like John Harbaugh suggested?The @Ravens QB wasn’t exactly giving away the game plan: pic.twitter.com/r0TZnV6uAH— Rich Eisen Show (@RichEisenShow) August 1, 2019Jackson has completed 99 of his 170 career NFL passing attempts for 1,201 yards and six touchdowns with three interceptions. It’s safe to say that the Ravens will try to even things out and monitor the volume of his rushes moving forward, as he was among the league leaders in fumbles (12) in 2018. He fumbled in nine games last season.”I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised that Lamar is not going to be running 20 times a game,” Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said in May. “That’s not what this offense is about.” It appears Baltimore could have some serious changes on the way offensively, according second-year quarterback Lamar Jackson.Jackson, 22, set a single-season NFL record for quarterback rushing attempts last year, with 147. He reached that mark despite starting only seven games as a rookie (though he played in all 16).center_img Broncos’ Drew Lock calls debut against Falcons a ‘learning game’ Baltmiore traded Joe Flacco to the Broncos to make room for Jackson to shine and added Mark Ingram to the backfield this offseason. It also signed star safety Earl Thomas to a four-year deal to bolster its defense.Jackson adding a new dimension to his game could help the Ravens win the AFC North for a second consecutive season and push them deeper into the playoffs. They were eliminated by the Chargers in the first round last postseason.last_img read more