Syracuse football recruiting: 4-star safety Eric Burrell includes SU in top five

first_imgFour-star Class of 2016 safety Eric Burrell included Syracuse in his top five schools on Sunday night.Duke, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Boston College round out Burrell’s top five.Thank you to all the coaches that have recruited me ?— Eric burrell (@EricBurrell_) September 21, 2015The 5-foot-11, 170-pound McDonough (Maryland) High School product is ranked as the 16th-best safety in the class by’s composite rankings. He plans to make his announcement in a few months.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textClass of 2016 safeties Will Harper and Scoop Bradshaw have verballed to the Orange. SU’s current roster includes six safeties in their first two seasons. Comments Published on September 20, 2015 at 10:33 pm Contact Paul: | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Beat writers predict Syracuse basketball to roll against Elon

first_imgSyracuse (2-0) squares off with Elon (2-1) at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome on Saturday, and here’s how The Daily Orange beat writers see the game unfolding.Sam Blum (2-0)Syracuse 80, Elon 62Welcome to ParadiseWell, not quite yet. All that stands between Syracuse and a trip to the beautiful Bahamas is a an Elon team that is looking to start SU’s “vacation” off on the wrong foot. The Battle 4 Atlantis officially starts on Saturday, and the Orange wrings in the Thanksgiving season with a fast, fun and frenetic win over the Phoenix.Jesse Dougherty (2-0)Syracuse 79, Elon 57Ordering the PhoenixElon has a lot of shooters and will be able to spread out Syracuse’s zone, but the lack of a low-post threat will make it harder for those shooters to find space. If Syracuse commits to letting penetration set up perimeter looks, the Phoenix will have trouble competing from the start. But if the Orange settles for long jumpers early, the visitors will have a sliver of hope until right before halftime, when a sizable run ruins all the fun.Matt Schneidman (2-0)Syracuse 73, Elon 58Elon-gatedSyracuse’s length will be too much for a Phoenix team whose strength is on the outside. Trevor Cooney and Malachi Richardson have shown an ability to create and draw fouls when their shots aren’t sinking, posing a second layer to an SU offense already with more weapons than last year. The Orange cruises to the Bahamas with an easy win, avoiding the early upset other national names have suffered. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 21, 2015 at 12:59 pmlast_img read more

Syracuse offense scores nine runs in 18-9 loss to No. 2 Florida State

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 8, 2017 at 9:30 pm Contact Matt: Syracuse entered the bottom of the first inning down 4-0. After Florida State took an early 1-0 lead, SU starter Alexa Romero surrendered a three-run home run to deep right field. SU looked outmatched early against the No. 2 team in the country.But SU responded. Five hits, a walk and a wild pitch tied the game at four. The Orange would keep competing even when falling behind by large deficits.“We were seeing the ball well today,” Orange first baseman Sydney O’Hara said.Syracuse (19-13, 3-7 Atlantic Coast) lost to No. 2 Florida State (36-1-1, 16-0), 18-9 on Saturday afternoon, as the Seminoles blasted five home runs. But despite the lopsided score, SU’s offense showed reasons for optimism. The nine runs were tied for the third-most in a game this year, and they came on a season-high 15 hits.“If we would’ve said we’d score nine runs,” head coach Mike Bosch said, “We would’ve probably signed up for that and thought we’d have a great chance to win.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFSU’s starter, Meghan King, had given up just 15 runs all season and no other team has registered more than seven hits against her. The redshirt sophomore entered this Saturday’s game with a 0.75 ERA and a record of 16-0. Florida State, as a team, has 19 shutouts in 38 games.Sammy Fernandez led off the bottom of the first with a line drive to left field and then Alicia Hansen singled by beating out the throw on a three-foot dribbler. After a wild pitch, a Sydney O’Hara single, a walk and Rachel Burkhardt single, Hannah Dossett ripped a two-run double to tie the game at four with runners on second and third. The inning ended with the two runners stranded, but Syracuse bounced back.A few relatively uneventful innings ended when SU took a beating in the fourth.The Seminoles put up seven runs in the frame, and again, hope looked lost.But the Orange continued to rack up runs.Alyssa Dewes, who has struggled all season, doubled on a line drive to deep center field. After Fernandez advanced Dewes on a groundout, Hansen drove Dewes in on a single. O’Hara followed Hansen by hitting a single to deep right field, but when the right fielder, Carsyn Gordon, tried to field the ball, it bounced off of her leg for an error. O’Hara advanced to third on the error and Hansen scored.With O’Hara on third, Faith Cain reached first on another FSU error, and O’Hara came in to score. Still with only one out, SU quickly scored three runs and had a runner on base. After a Bryce Holmgren walk and a Rachel Burkhardt strikeout, Dossett reached on a fielder’s choice, but a botched catch sent Cain home. But Cain was thrown out by a mile to end the inning at 12-7, leaving two runners on base and nearing the top of the lineup.FSU added two more runs in the fifth, but couldn’t separate from the Orange. In the bottom of the fifth Hansen sent a ball deep to center field. FSU’s center fielder, Morgan Klaevemann climbed the wall to make a catch, but Hansen’s ball was too far, landing just in front of the Seminole team bus.The sophomore rounded the bases, arms out, mimicking an airplane. The team ran out to greet her at home plate, all players bouncing up and down. There was still life in the game.“I don’t hit a lot of home runs,” Hansen said, “so I just did what came to mind.”Florida State left two runners on base in the sixth, and faced a dangerous SU lineup. After two easy outs, the Orange put two runners on. Dewes, who hit well earlier in the game, struck out on three straight pitches, leaving two runners on. SU abandoned ten runners on base Saturday.FSU capitalized in the seventh, scoring four more runs, including the team’s fifth home run. SU’s bats fell short in the seventh, falling 18-9.“An opportunity lost,” Bosch said. “An opportunity to have a big win.” Commentslast_img read more

Does she get on base?

first_imgIt’s been beat into player’s heads over and over. The batting cage repetitions are focused on creating the best hitting techniques for all players, but one mistake can cut a session short.“We work on pitch selection all the time,” senior Sydney O’Hara said. “If you swing at a ball, you’re out, and if you let a strike go by, you’re out. It’s game-like.”Syracuse (24-15, 6-9 Atlantic Coast) stands at third in the ACC with a .387 on base percentage, only .004 short of second place North Carolina and not far out of first place Florida State, with .458. The Orange, which is among the bottom in the home run rankings, scores most of its runs from having people on base.“Be aggressive, but be aggressive with strikes,” sophomore second baseman Alicia Hansen said. “If you want to swing at the first pitch, do it, but make sure it’s a good pitch.”Syracuse takes advantage of this aggressive mindset to give its players more opportunities to score. After contact, players are told to run out whatever they can. Whether SU pops one up to the pitcher, grounds a slow-roller to the second baseman or hits one high into the outfield, the team always expects the ball to drop in its favor. This mindset has gotten them on base in situations that almost certainly appeared as sure outs.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Fluke things happen,” said sophomore shortstop Sammy Fernandez, the team’s leadoff hitter. “You always want to try to get that extra base if you can.”O’Hara, who leads Syracuse in batting average and the country in on base percentage, notices when her team starts to swing at pitches they shouldn’t. She used constant examples of the games versus Boston College, where she and others on the team would swing at balls out of the zone and how that contributed to the low run total and total number of people on base.Being able to extend at bats is important to the Orange.  An important skill they go over is the two-strike approach at the plate. According to O’Hara, as well as assistant coach Alisa Goler, it is the hardest thing to master. This can be tied back to the cage work the Orange do that punishes just one mistake at the plate, as a mistake with two strikes will.The extensive work in the cage and the aggressive style of SU hitters leads to greater production. Goler is confident that if Syracuse can deliver runners on base, the results will show.“The game always knows,” Goler said. “It knows if you put in your time, it knows if you’re lazy and not doing it, and I know with the work that they’ve put in that when they’re in the box, with runners on base, good things are going to happen.” Comments Published on April 17, 2017 at 10:41 pm Contact Michael: | @MikeJMcCleary Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Freshman scoring leads the way for No. 7 Syracuse

first_img Published on September 6, 2017 at 8:20 pm Contact Josh: | @Schafer_44 Facebook Twitter Google+ At the beginning of each of the last three seasons, Syracuse head coach Ian McIntyre has faced a similar issue: a scoring loss.In 2015, the program lost 70 percent of the prior year’s production. The following year, it entered the season without 57 percent of the scoring from the season before. This season, Syracuse replaces 67 percent of its scoring from the team last year which ended in the NCAA quarterfinals against North Carolina. To start the year, Syracuse brought in 16 new players while only retaining 12.“We knew going into the season that we would need to be a little bit patient and we would evolve,” McIntyre said on Aug. 30, following his team’s first two matches of the season.Now four matches into the season, that evolution has begun.Freshman forwards Tajon Buchanan and Petter Stangeland provided match-winning goals to seal victories for the Orange on its opening weekend. In No. 7 Syracuse’s most recent game against Northwestern, Buchanan added another goal to make the freshman forward’s goal contribution worth nearly 25 percent of the team’s scoring output. Syracuse (3-0-1) enters Atlantic Coast Conference play against No. 11 Virginia (3-0) Friday in Charlottesville having scored eight goals, four of which involved the freshman forwards.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“They both add that kind of new aspect that we need,” sophomore defender John-Austin Ricks said. “We need that attacking mentality kind of player.”Andy Mendes | Digital Design EditorFrom the first match the freshman have done just that. In overtime of Syracuse’s first match this season, junior transfer Hugo Delhommelle lobbed a pass from the right side of the field toward the back left post for a streaking Buchanan. In stride, the Colorado native smashed the ball past Sascha Otte, the Saint Louis goalkeeper.In similar fashion, Stangeland’s first career goal also decided a match. Stangeland replaced Buchanan in the 76th minute and it only took him 14 minutes to find the back of the net. Following a red card on Sondre Norheim in the 90th minute, Stangeland finished on an opportunity in front of the Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville net to give the Orange the lead with less than 30 seconds remaining.“We had more creativity this year than we did last year,” junior goalkeeper Hendrik Hilpert said.The creativity Hilpert discusses challenges the junior goalkeeper because he can’t predict what the new-look offense is doing in practice, he said. For Stangeland, practice has been a main source of the play while he’s working back from a preseason injury. He’s yet to start a match but has tallied a shot on goal in each of Syracuse’s last three games.Andy Mendes | Digital Design EditorMeanwhile, Buchanan has started in all four matches for SU, compiling two shots on goal, both finding the back of the net. This past Sunday against Northwestern, Buchanan capped Syracuse’s 18-minute, three-goal flurry. As Johannes Pieles crossed the ball, the 6-foot forward launched his body far above Northwestern goalkeeper Miha Miskovic. Buchanan swung his head and guided the ball into the back right corner of the net.Earlier in the game, Buchanan threaded a pass across the crease to a streaking Jonathan Hagman who tapped home his second goal of the season, tying him with Buchanan for the team lead. The junior forward is the only returning member of the top four goal scorers from last season, when he scored five goals.The freshmen may not replicate the production of program stars like Chris Nanco, a current member of the United Soccer League, and Sergio Camargo, who plays for Toronto FC, immediately. But they are chipping away.“We lost some good players last year,” Hagman said. “But the new guys, from what I’ve seen so far, they’re ready for this.” Commentslast_img read more

Wisconsin earns split with Northwestern

first_imgZhao Lim / The Badger HeraldIf Wisconsin softball head coach Yvette Healy was looking for a signature win this season, the Badgers found her one in splitting a weekend doubleheader with tough Big Ten foe Northwestern. The Badgers rallied for an incredible 9-8 win in the first game but fell short of the sweep in a 2-0 loss.In the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader, the Wildcats drew first blood, jumping out to an early 1-0 lead when Jordan Wheeler hit a single up the middle to score Marisa Bast from second.In the third, the Wildcats chased Badger freshman Amanda Najdek (2-2) off the mound as Najdek struggled with control, walking three Northwestern batters, including one across the plate.“I needed to focus on my mechanics,” said Najdek. “It’s all about trusting myself; I was doubting out there. I need to focus on never letting up.”Healy opted to remove Najdek for sophomore Meghan McIntosh, who came into the bases-loaded jam and in two pitches forced a Wheeler fly to left, which was easily caught to end the inning.“I just really looked at hitting my spots,” McIntosh said. “I focused on jamming them to start, and then I worked outside. I got those ground balls today I was looking for.”McIntosh continued her string of recent strong outings, giving Wisconsin a four-inning stretch where zero Wildcats crossed the plate.“Even though Meghan didn’t get the win, it was one of her best performances of the year,” Healy said. “We’re so proud of her; we just need to keep her focused in on continuing her success.”It was an inning that Northwestern saw replayed throughout the game, as the Wildcats proceeded to leave 12 runners on base.“I think Randy Schneider, our assistant, put together a terrific gameplan against them,” Healy said. “It was a lot of preparation. Northwestern is a great team who’s played a great schedule.”Offensively, the Badgers struggled to get a read on Northwestern pitcher Sammy Albanese (5-4), as the right-hander breezed through the Badger lineup, spreading out three hits across seven shutout innings“We were moving around in the box a little bit trying to break her rhythm up,” Healy said. “We were trying to put some bunts down. We didn’t have an answer to her today; if we could have found one it would have been a different outcome.”The Badgers rallied in the first game from an 8-2 deficit in the fifth inning with six runs in the bottom of the sixth. Tying the record for the biggest comeback in program history, the Badgers came from behind once again to snatch a 9-8 victory.It looked ugly for Wisconsin early. Freshman pitcher Cassandra Darrah felt the bite of the Wildcat bats as Northwestern pounced on the Badger ace for six runs in the first two innings. Down 6-0 entering the bottom of the second inning, Najdek took the reigns to guide the Badgers the rest of the way.“We just kept battling,” Najdek said. “We went after the batters early, and I was able to get ahead in the count. I’m happy Coach has the trust in me that I can perform in those situations.”As Najdek turned in a solid five innings, the Wisconsin bats slowly but surely began to heat up.It began with a sixteen-pitch at bat for Badger third basemen sophomore Shannel Blackshear, who blasted the last pitch out of the park for a solo home run to make it 6-1. Junior Karla Powell responded with a home run of her own in the fourth to make it 7-2. Freshman Michelle Mueller ripped a triple in the fifth, scoring on a past ball to make it an 8-3 game.Then the floodgates opened.The bottom of the sixth proved disastrous for Northwestern, as Wisconsin scored an unprecedented six runs in the frame to take the lead for good, 9-8.“We might be their only unranked team they’ve lost to this season,” Healy said. “It just shows if you keep playing hard and working, you’ll find ways to get breaks sometimes, so I’m very excited for our team.”With two runners on, Stephanie Peace loaded the bases on a sharply hit ball off the third baseman for a single. In another big situation, Blackshear played the role of hero again, hitting a single up the middle that scored the first two Badgers of the inning.With the bases loaded again two batters later, Healy opted to pinch-hit senior Dana Rasmussen. Rasmussen had not batted the entire game, but the Madison native came through with the biggest hit of her career, smashing a three run triple to tie the game at eight apiece.“That was a huge source of pride for her; she’s worked really hard these last three years,” Healy said. “She was having a hard time deciding if she would be able to play this year with how much work it is, with how demanding her major is. She put the work in and she deserves every bit of success she gets, so that was a fun thing to see.”After Rasmussen tied the game, junior second baseman Jordan Skinner put down a bunt that was thrown erratically by the Northwestern infield, allowing Rasmussen to score the eventual game-winning run, giving the Badgers their twentieth win on the season.last_img read more

Rumpel and Badgers tame Seawolves, sit above .500

first_imgThe Wisconsin men’s hockey team entered the rink Saturday night looking for its second WCHA sweep of the season after winning 4-0 Friday against Alaska-Anchorage.They had to work for it, but the Badgers accomplished what they wanted at the Kohl Center.In a 3-2 game, the highlight reel play of the night was also the most important goal of the game. Tied at 2-2 with just over four minutes to play in regulation, UW center Mark Zengerle found teammate Joseph LaBate at center ice, who proceeded to pass the puck to Justin Schultz flying down the right wing.It looked as if Schultz would take the puck all the way to the net, but instead dumped it off at the last second for LaBate, who was crashing hard to the net and put it away for the game-winning goal.The win put the Badgers (11-10-2, 6-9-2) two games above .500 for the first time all season and added to a season-best stretch of five wins in their last six games.“We hope [the winning streak] helps us mature as a team,” UW head coach Mike Eaves said. “One of the things that we felt was frustrating after the first period tonight, we didn’t come out and play nearly as hard or as effective as we needed to, which was disappointing.”Apart from the exciting game winner, most of the game’s entertainment was contained to a three minute and 15 second span in the second period when both teams exploded.UAA got the scoring barrage started, earning its first lead of the series with a goal from Austin Coldwell just over three minutes into the period. The Badgers answered immediately with a goal just 16 seconds later from Tyler Barnes and a goal from Derek Lee a little more than a minute after Barnes’ quick response. But UAA wasn’t about to go away, getting a game-tying goal from Curtis Leinweber less than two minutes after the Badgers took the lead, tying the game at 2-2.“The nice thing about that part of the game, it got the crowd into it and there was some energy back in the building again,” Eaves said. “Then it was a couple of heavyweights throwing punches at each other trying to find a weak spot and take over.”Game one Friday night marked a historical stretch of play by Rumpel and the resurgence of an offense that had been shut out 3-0 in its previous game against Minnesota State.Winning 4-0 in front of more than 10,000 fans who braved Friday’s snow storm, the Badgers scored once in the first period, twice in the second and recorded one final tally in the third period as Rumpel put the finishing touch on his second shutout in three games. Friday’s game marked the first time a rookie Badger goaltender has had multiple shutouts since the 1980-81 campaign when Terry Kleisinger accomplished the feat.“He looks a lot more confident [than at the beginning of the season] for sure… He was doing great before break for us, and ever since break he’s been locking the door for us,” Zengerle said.Despite the wide margin of victory for Wisconsin, the game had a relatively uneventful feel, as a back and forth pace dominated much of the action. The first penalty of the contest didn’t even occur until the second period as there were a total of just four power plays in the entire game.“The first period seemed… very methodical, but that’s not the level of energy we need to play with,” Eaves said. “We said to the boys, ‘You know fellas you battle so much harder against each other all week and then you come out in the game and they want to do things right,’ but there has got to be that level of compete and energy.”Zengerle, who had his 20-game point streak halted last weekend, broke the monotonous tempo with his tenth goal of the season midway through the first period to put Wisconsin up 1-0. Zengerle also went on to score his team-leading 34th, 35th and 36th points of the season.“[Zengerle] is playing to his strengths and his strengths are his ability to see the ice, and he really has the innate ability to know what he is going to do before he gets the puck on his stick,” Eaves said. “That’s what good offensive players do.”All-American Justin Schultz, who had been held scoreless in three consecutive contests, complemented Zengerle by collecting three points of his own including the Badgers’ final goal and assists on the goal by Zengerle and a second-period score by Jake McCabe.“I think those guys like Mark [Zengerle] and Justin [Schultz], they know they are going to be back on the score sheet,” Eaves said. “It is part of who they are, the fact that they weren’t is a rare thing.”Wisconsin’s other goal was scored by Frank Simonelli barely 40 seconds into the second period to put the Badgers up 2-0.last_img read more

Badgers aim to stay dominant over Panthers

first_imgLast week, Wisconsin’s men’s soccer team found itself in a tight rivalry match on the road against Marquette. The Badgers fought into two overtimes, but eventually the No. 9 team in the nation prospered and the Golden Eagles claimed the spot of top soccer program in the state.This week, Wisconsin gets a second chance to prove their dominance over other in-state teams as rival University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (5-4-2) comes to Madison Wednesday night.This installment of the rivalry will represent the thirtieth-straight year these teams have faced each other. Over the past 29 years, Wisconsin has compiled a record of 14-9-6 against Milwaukee including victories in the last four affairs, not allowing a goal to the Panthers since 2007.Their superiority in the rivalry has Wisconsin feeling a hint of exclusivity needs to be protected in Wednesday’s game.“This is definitely one of [the in-state rivalries],” freshman defender Adam Lauko said. “Coach [John Trask] said something [Monday] about how all those guys want to be here, so we have to show them they don’t belong.”The Badgers are certainly looking forward to extending their dominance, and with some fighting words nonetheless.With a season record of just 3-5-3 and winless in the Big Ten, any momentum is exactly what Wisconsin is looking for as just seven games remain on the regular season schedule.The Badgers are coming off a shutout loss at No. 14 Indiana last weekend and a victory could go a long way in helping prepare for another Big Ten opponent, Michigan, next weekend.The Hoosiers triumphed with a score of 2-0 in a game that featured few opportunities for the Badgers. Trask noted Indiana dominated the game, but the experience was one that the team could learn from.“There’s a reason Indiana is ranked around the top ten, and on that day, they were better than us,” Trask said. “Hopefully our guys learned good lessons on the speed of play needed to compete against those top teams in the country.”They will get their first test of quality speed Wednesday night at the hand of Milwaukee midfielder Laurie Bell.Bell just won the Horizon League Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week award for the second time already this season. His five goals are second best in the Horizon and his tally of four assists tie him for the top spot in the conference. He has attempted more shots than anyone in the league (41), which is almost twice as much as the leading Badger, Chris Prince (23).While Bell is an integral part of the Panthers offense, the Badgers are not particularly concerned with specific efforts to deter Bell’s effectiveness.“We haven’t really been focusing on him very much,” junior defender Paul Yonga said. “We just want to make sure we are doing the right things and focus in on us. We know if we play well and stay focused on that, we’ll be able to get a victory.”In addition to the defense of starters Lauko and Yonga, stopping Bell may come from a less-than-likely source Wednesday.A not-so-new guy will be in goal for the Badgers, much like he has been against Milwaukee the last two seasons. After losing his starting position to freshman Chase Rau in the season’s first game, Max Jentsch will start his second game of the season as the Badgers’ goalkeeper.Although he hasn’t played in more than six weeks, Jentsch is a familiar back end to the Wisconsin defense. The junior retained the starting position in the second half of his freshman season in 2009 and started throughout most of the 2010 season. He has plenty of experience with 26 career starts, and Coach Trask is giving him another chance.“As we said, [goalie] has been a competitive position and we’re going to give Max the game Wednesday,” Trask said. “It’s time to get Max back in the game, it has been awhile, and he has been playing great in practice.”A goalie switch midseason may seem reactive or as more of a demotion of the former starter Rau, but the Jentsch switch shouldn’t throw the Badgers off very much. At least they don’t think it will.“We played with Max all last year and we’re all used to him,” Yonga said. “Max is a good goalie and a leader out there as a junior. I think we’re all comfortable with either him or Chase in goal.”With just a handful of games remaining, the Badgers will look to win not only the Milwaukee game, but many more as the season progresses. Their struggles through the first half of the season have them in a must-win situation in order to boost their NCAA tournament resume.“Almost every game for the rest of the year is a must-win,” Lauko said. “Last year the team had ten wins, and if we want to get to ten wins, we pretty much have to win out.”last_img read more

Badgers looking to sweep Wisconsin soccer competition

first_imgAfter battling UW-Milwaukee this past Sunday, the UW-Madison women’s soccer team is now sitting on its first shutout of the season. With another match right around the corner, the Badgers, now holding a 5-1-1 record, welcome UW Green Bay to the McClimon Soccer Complex this Wednesday at 7 p.m. Their win against in-state rival, Milwaukee, has set the tone for this week: Win Wisconsin.Sunday’s game showed the tight defense that the team has focused on, only allowing Milwaukee one shot for the entirety of the game. Meanwhile, the Badgers had a total of 17 shots, eight of them being on goal.“We were looking to be a little bit cleaner in our possession and our attack end,” head coach Paula Wilkins said. “It got a little messy in the end, but the biggest excitement was that we were able to get a shutout.”It was just what the team needed to move forward as it prepares to face UW Green Bay.Redshirt junior Kodee Williams, who scored the first goal Sunday against Milwaukee, was pleased with the team’s overall performance.“Looking ahead to our game on Wednesday, we just wanted to build on what we had this past game and in our previous games,” Williams said. “I think we have stepped it up a lot from our Vanderbilt game.”After Sunday’s game, freshman Rose Lavelle earned Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week honors. Lavelle has started in all seven games this season. She assisted on two of the three goals scored in the win against Milwaukee on Sunday. Lavelle is currently third in total points (12) and is tied for second with sophomore Kinley McNicoll in goals (3).With another home game right around the corner, the Badgers prepare to take on UW-Green Bay. Although the Green Bay Phoenixes are not as big of a rival as the Milwaukee Panthers, the possibility of sweeping the state is motivation enough.“We got two wins against Marquette and now against Milwaukee,” Lavelle said. “Now we want to win Wisconsin and beat Green Bay as well.”In her six seasons with the Badgers, Wilkins has yet to steal all three wins over their in-state Division I rivals. Wisconsin took a step in the right direction after defeating Milwaukee, but it all comes down to tomorrow’s match against UW-Green Bay.With three wins, two loses and three ties, the Phoenixes have not been as consistent as the Badgers this season. Even so, Williams and the rest of the team are still looking at this like any other game.“We have to respect every opponent,” Williams said. “It’s just another game that we know we are going to have to fight hard in. We know that we have to keep playing hard until the game is done.”last_img read more

Defense looking for repeat performance against Illini

first_imgAs the first half of the football season finished out with a thundering victory over Northwestern, there remains a key aspect still waiting for Wisconsin: winning on the road.Although the Badgers have competed well in both of their 2013 road contests, and even if they felt one of those losses was unmerited and unfair, a road victory has escaped their grasp in each attempt. Wisconsin (4-2, 2-1) is hoping to buck that trend Saturday under the lights in Champaign against Illinois (3-2, 0-1).At this point in the season, the Badgers have to like their chances. Now more than two weeks removed from their last loss on the road, the Badgers are looking to build off what they thought was their most impressive performance against the Wildcats in a 35-6 victory. It was the first time the defense had seven sacks in nearly a decade. It was also the first time this defense felt whole this season.“It took awhile to figure it all out,” defensive coordinator Dave Aranda said. “The previous couple of weeks I was asking some of the guys to do some things we used to last year, and it ain’t last year.“I think we’ve identified the guys with certain skill sets that can help us win and we’re putting them in the position to do that.”Those players that come to mind are redshirt sophomores Michael Caputo and Tanner McEvoy. McEvoy has made the well-documented move from quarterback to wide receiver and now starting free safety. Meanwhile, Caputo has moved around in a quieter fashion, from free safety up to the “F” linebacker position.The two moves have benefited the Badgers in just a few weeks. McEvoy is able to use his 6-foot-6 frame and athleticism to lengthen the secondary. The shorter Caputo is a better tackler and was used in various blitz packages against the Wildcats. Together the two combined for seven tackles.“We’ve got the people in the right spots, and I think we’re asking them to do the right things,” Aranda said. “As coaches we’ve identified the guys that can do the right jobs, and that really came through last week.”It certainly did against the Wildcats, where the 3-4 defense finally showed its most aggressive face. Following Saturday’s game, redshirt senior linebacker Conor O’Neill noted that many 3-4 schemes remain that Wisconsin has yet to show. Aranda agreed they’ve still got a few cards left to play.Though he enjoys setting the tempo as a defense, Aranda said Illinois will bring a different type of offense, one the Badgers will have to adapt to throughout the game. The Illini, under a new offensive coordinator, bring many different formations to the field, with anywhere from 1-5 wide receivers on the field.“They’re kind of a team that does a little bit of everything,” senior nose guard Beau Allen said. “They do a lot of goofy stuff and different stuff with their personnel and grouping … We’re expecting them to do some different stuff and pull all the stops out.”At the center of that goofy offense is senior quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase, who Allen actually played against twice at Minnetonka High School. Scheelhasse is a quarterback Allen knows well. He’s spent many snaps chasing after Scheelhaase, a dual-threat quarterback that has started for the Illini since 2010.Scheelhaase has preferred his time in the pocket more this season, however, rushing for just 42 yards on 40 attempts through five games. Throwing the ball, he has already tossed eight more touchdowns in 2013 than during all of 2012.Allen said the focus on Scheelhaase will come down to getting after him like the Badgers did against the pair of Wildcats quarterbacks last week. By flushing Kain Colter and Trevor Siemian out of the pocket, Wisconsin picked up a few of those sacks and forced their only turnover, a first quarter interception by freshman cornerback Sojourn Shelton.Shelton likes the idea of Wisconsin’s front seven moving Scheelhaase around. He wouldn’t mind grabbing another interception.“We know he’s going to throw it,” Shelton said. “We just have to be in the right positions at the right time and just make the plays. We know the ball is going to be in the air and we’re going to have the chance to break on it and make a play.”And those type of plays might be needed Saturday night. Although Illinois has not won a Big Ten game in more than two years (Oct, 2011), the Illini have played Wisconsin into some difficult contests over the years.Last season, it took 21 fourth quarter points for Wisconsin to finally pull away at home. That came one year after former quarterback Russell Wilson and former running back and Heisman candidate Montee Ball found their offense trailing the Illini by 10 at halftime. Regardless of record, it never seems to be a cakewalk for Wisconsin against Illinois, and that’s something UW has kept in mind this week.“You’ve got to think, it’s a night game, at their place … they’re probably going to wear some cool uniforms, stuff like that,” Allen said. “You can’t take any team in the Big Ten lightly, ever. That’s a huge mistake that some teams make sometimes.”last_img read more