Central Michigan head coach Enos previews matchup against Syracuse

first_img Related Stories D’Abbraccio: Bye week benefits Syracuse now, but would be better used amid 9-week stretch of games Published on September 8, 2014 at 11:42 am Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbb Central Michigan prevailed over Purdue, 38-17, on Saturday, but Boilermakers’ quarterback Danny Etling ran for a touchdown and 53 yards — which tied for the team-high in the game.With Syracuse’s (1-0) Terrel Hunt preparing to face the Chippewas’ defense on Saturday, CMU (2-0) head coach Dan Enos knows his defense has to improve its perimeter tackling and better contain dual-threat quarterbacks.Hunt accumulated 25 yards on the ground on three carries in the Orange’s season-opening win over Villanova before being ejected late in the second quarter.“Quarterback’s very athletic, that presents challenges,” Enos said of Hunt during the Mid-American Conference coaches’ teleconference on Monday. “We gave up some rushing yards last week to Purdue’s quarterback and I know Syracuse is going to look at that and that’s an area we’ll have to improve in.”Still, Enos was pleased with how his defense applied pressure on Purdue’s signal callers and forced turnovers. Central Michigan picked off two passes, returning one 57 yards for the first touchdown of the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEnos said Syracuse is a well-coached team, especially at offensive line, and poses a threat in plenty of areas on the field.“They do a good job of getting the ball on the perimeter offensively. And defensively, a lot of blitzes, zone pressures, a lot of different looks and they’re very aggressive on defense,” Enos said. “They’re very talented, very good defensive line and linebacking corps.“Again, we have a very difficult schedule and it’ll be another big challenge for us this week.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Syracuse controls 1st period, but loses to RIT, 7-4

first_imgJessica DiGirolamo snatched the puck out of the air and dropped it to her feet. Intercepting the attempted clearance, she skated back to the center of the offensive zone and tried to feed a pass to her open teammate in front. An assist would have been her second point of the night and put Orange up two goals, but her pass didn’t connect. DiGirolamo and Syracuse (1-10-0, 0-1 College Hockey America) dominated their opposition in the early minutes of Friday night’s conference battle against RIT (3-5-1,1-2), but the 7-4 score hardly reflected it. Controlling play and outshooting their opponent 14-3 in the first period alone, the Orange should’ve gone into the locker room with a sizable lead on their way to a second win of the year. The score after one, however, was just 1-0, a lead the Orange would quickly lose in the second period. Despite letting up four goals in the final frame on their way to a 7-4 loss, it was the opening period – the only one they won – they may most regret.“Those are the moments that we need to capitalize on,” forward Lauren Bellefontaine said. “In order to get that lead when we can.”Just 1:35 into the contest, freshman Madison Beishuizen blocked a shot in the defensive zone and gathered the puck. Rushing past the two RIT defenders, she found herself on a breakaway. With a chance to take an early lead, she fanned on the shot attempt and the puck rolled wide. Under 10 minutes later, DiGirolamo scored the game’s first goal compliments of a pair of RIT deflections. The puck ricocheted off the Tiger forward stepping in front of her shot, and then again off a skate to the right of the crease. With RIT kicking the puck into its own net, it looked like the early bounces were going to go the Orange’s way. But that didn’t continue for the rest of the game. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We don’t really play well against this team,” DiGirolamo said. “We wanted to come and get a good start at the beginning, just to make sure we got some confidence going.”Despite a late breakaway after a cross-ice Shelby Calof pass, the Orange failed to light the lamp a second time in the opening period. Eight and a half minutes after DiGirolamo’s opening goal, the score remained 1-0.While coach Paul Flanagan criticized the team’s fundamentals and work ethic, he admitted a bigger first period could have changed the game’s dynamic.“Obviously in hindsight it probably would have been a different ball game if we get up two or three,” Flanagan said. “Maybe they get back on their heels.”Despite first period dominance, Flanagan said he didn’t necessarily think his squad deserved more than what they got.“I thought we missed the net a lot,” Flanagan said. “We were shooting wide and we were shooting high.”Ignoring the missed opportunities, having a lead is never a bad thing. It was only the third time this season Syracuse has finished the first period leading. But coming out of the locker room to play the remaining 40 minutes, it quickly became apparent the Orange hadn’t gotten enough.RIT would out-score SU in the second period 3-2, then pile on four more scores in the final frame.“We came back out in the second, we wanted to do the same things,” DiGirolamo said. “But things didn’t go our way.” Comments Published on November 2, 2019 at 12:16 am Contact Mitchell: mbannon@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more