Published on January 22, 2018 at 4:30 pm Contact Billy: firstname.lastname@example.org | @Wheyen3 Facebook Twitter Google+ Amaya Finklea-Guity earned Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Week honors for her performance during Syracuse’s (15-5, 3-4 ACC) two games last week.The 6-foot-4 freshman center averaged 12.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game as SU split its two games.In a road loss at Miami, Finklea-Guity scored 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting to go along with a career-high three blocks.Sunday, Finklea-Guity tied for the team-high with 14 points on 6-for-10 shooting in a win over Pittsburgh in the Carrier Dome. She finished second on the team with eight rebounds, as well.Between the two games, Finklea-Guity averaged 30 minutes a game, well above her season average of 23.7 minutes per game. It was the second-highest minute total she’s played in consecutive games this season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt was the first weekly honor of the season for Finklea-Guity. She becomes the second Syracuse starter to be named Rookie of the Week this season after Digna Strautmane earned the honor on Dec. 11. Comments
For Wisconsin women’s hockey, a final test remains in the regular season.Heading to face WCHA foe Bemidji State, the No. 6 Badgers (19-9-2, 15-9-2 WCHA) will be facing the opponent who spoiled their season home opener and inaugural game at LaBahn arena back on Oct. 19. The Beavers (6-22-2, 5-20-1 WCHA) shut out UW in game one of the series 1-0, and went on to tie the Badgers in game two.But what has transpired since this early season meeting is an opposite tale.Wisconsin went on to win its next five games, and since has boasted a 17-6 record. Early season struggles scoring were highlighted in the earlier matchup but have since ceased to exist.Last weekend Wisconsin swept Minnesota-Duluth (14-13-3, 13-12-1 WCHA) – a team that had shut UW in the weekend prior to the Beavers success in Madison – and recorded six goals on the weekend.While Wisconsin has been on an uphill climb, the Beavers have yet to see such success. The team has struggled to find consistency, finding itself with a loss in every series since its journey to Wisconsin’s capitol. Adding to the team’s hardship has been a schedule consisting of three successive ranked teams to close out regular season play – first against then No. 9 North Dakota (22-10-0, 17-9-1 WCHA), most recently at No. 1 Minnesota (32-0-0, 26-0-0 WCHA), and now Wisconsin.What bodes well for the Beavers is what transpired last weekend against Minnesota. After a punishing 8-0 loss in game one, Bemidji State nearly gave Minnesota its first loss, or tie for that matter, taking the game to overtime, but falling 3-2 on a Gopher power play goal.Despite being outshot 44-14 in the game, Bemidji State showed both its ability to capitalize on opportunities, and fend off offensive dominance by the nation’s best team.At stake for both teams this weekend is the change to move up in WCHA rankings, earning a better seed in the conference tournament beginning the following weekend. Third-place Wisconsin secured home ice for the first round, and could find itself the number two seed with wins this weekend and a loss, or two, by No. 8 North Dakota – who currently holds a two-point advantage over UW.For Bemidji State, playoffs on the road is a given, but a combination of success against the Badgers and losses by St. Cloud State (9-20-3, 5-19-2 WCHA) would move them out of last place and more importantly keep them from traveling to face undefeated Minnesota.Also up for grabs is momentum, something any team wants to have driving them into post-season play.Continued offensive dominance will be key for Wisconsin – which outshot the Bulldogs last weekend 79-50 – if it hopes to come away victorious. The Badgers are 7-0-2 in games this season where they have put 40 or more shots on net. History is on the side of Wisconsin, who holds a dominating 49-4-3 all-time record over Bemidji State.But with the performance by the Beavers against Minnesota, it will be no easy victory for the Badgers.A win this weekend would also put head coach Mark Johnson at 300 career wins at Wisconsin. Game one is set for Friday night at 7 p.m. and game two will begin Saturday at 4 p.m., both being played at Bemidji’s Stanford Center.
Published on November 10, 2018 at 7:50 pm Contact Adam: email@example.com | @_adamhillman With around thirty seconds remaining in the Class B state quarterfinal, Skaneateles head coach Joe Sindoni stood by the referee and tapped his shoulders twice, calling his final timeout. The Lakers trailed by five points and Skaneateles senior quarterback Pat Hackler trotted over to Sindoni. Before Sindoni could open his mouth, Hackler demanded that the ball be in his hands.“When you got a kid like that and he’s done so much for you, when he says ‘I got it,’ you believe that he’s got it,” Sindoni said.On fourth down and three, Hackler scrambled left and high stepped past the first down line to the three-yard line.Two plays later, as the clock ticked under five seconds, Hackler glanced to the clock behind him, seeing it drop below two seconds. He snapped the ball and followed his right guard, past the arm tackle of a Chenango Forks defensive tackle and across the white goal line at Cicero-North Syracuse stadium. Sindoni put his hands on his head with his mouth gaped open, an assistant coach threw off his headset and sprinted towards the stands, and senior Areh Boni laid chest first on the five-yard line. “That’s an old play we used to run. We don’t really have that in our playbook anymore,” Hackler said. “We ran up and were tough.”Halfway through the fourth quarter, Chenango Forks was dominating the line of scrimmage, leading the Lakers by 12 points, 26-14. The trio of Blue Devil running backs: senior Jeremiah Allen, senior Matt McDonald, and sophomore Lucas Scott, hurdled diving cornerbacks, shredded arm tackles, and stiff-armed linebackers. The three running backs accounted for all four Blue Devil touchdowns.Then, the unpredictable occurred. Chenango Forks was driving, near the 50-yard line, but a toss fell through Allen’s hands. Skaneateles senior defensive tackle William McIntyre snatched it and sprinted down the Laker sideline. With a cornerback by his side, he jogged into the end zone, cutting the lead to one score.Six and half minutes later, No. 2 Skaneateles (11-0) came back to win 27-26 over No. 1 Chenango Forks (10-1).“I haven’t seen Josh McIntyre run that fast all year long. He’s going to run sprints like that because I’ve never seen him run like that,” Sindoni said. “It was a huge turnaround in the game.”Following the 31-point victory over Cazenovia in the Carrier Dome last weekend, senior Nick Wamp and Sindoni’s voice trembled as they discussed the Chenango Forks rushing attack.“They’re very, very impressive,” Sindoni said. “We know we got to have our A game just to be able to compete with those guys.”On the very first drive of the game, their concerns became reality.Standing in the wing-T formation on the Skaneateles 37 yard line, Scott sprinted through a gaping hole. With a blocker in front of him, he dashed his way into the end zone on the fourth play of the game.The Blue Devil rushing attack appeared unstoppable, even into the fourth quarter. That was until the second to last possession.Chenango Forks held the ball close to where Allen had dropped the pitch only one drive earlier. On a third down and long, Scott pounded his way past the 50-yard line, setting up a fourth down and short.Scott pushed away a diving defender and followed his blockers toward the 45-yard line. Two Skaneateles defenders latched onto his ankles as Hackler drove his shoulder into the 6’3 fullback. Scott fell back, half a yard short of the first down. The Lakers, with two timeouts and less than two minutes remaining, had one chance to win the game.“It was a heart and a muscle play,” Hackler said. “That’s all it was.”Hackler, in his final opportunity to extend his high school career, outsprinted and muscled his way past defenders into the red zone.As the clock struck zero, Hackler stretched his arm past the goal line, finishing the six-minute comeback.“I said if we don’t get in here, we’re going to have a little bit of time so we have to get right on the ball,” Hackler said. “I trusted my line to make their blocks and they did.“It was a crazy game.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+