When No. 6 Syracuse needed stops, Evan Molloy stymied St. John’s comeback attempts

first_imgNEW YORK — As Syracuse’s offense fell into its worst state of the season and SU’s early lead dissipated with every St. John’s possession in frigid temperatures, the Orange’s staple in net provided much-needed relief. Only two SU goals in the second and third quarters placed an extra reliance on Evan Molloy in goal.When St. John’s won back-to-back faceoffs, fired back-to-back shots or set a series of screens, Molloy was there. When SJU reeled off a few long possessions or recovered a rebound in front of the goal, Molloy was there to make big stops. On Saturday, in a 9-8 victory over St. John’s, Molloy rescued a fledgling SU defense that’s struggled to stop even impotent offenses.Molloy entered Saturday with a 50 percent save percentage, right in the middle of the NCAA leaderboard. But the saves he does have this season — those down the stretch against then-No. 9 Virginia last Saturday and a handful this week — have enabled the Orange to stick around and either stage a comeback or avoid a near upset. The 2016 ACC Tournament MVP spearheaded the Syracuse defense Saturday afternoon in the No. 6 Orange’s (4-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) win over SJU (1-5) at DaSilva Memorial Field in Queens.“In the fourth quarter I stepped up a little bit,” Molloy said, “and made the saves I had to.”The Red Storm entered Saturday 63rd among 69 NCAA teams in scoring offense (7.4 goals per game). Though SJU fell down 5-0 early and committed 15 turnovers, the Red Storm hung around with Syracuse from quarters two through four, outscoring SU 7-4 over that stretch.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTemperatures hovered in the 20s, with 19 mile-per-hour winds and a real-feel of about 12 degrees. Nick Mariano, Brendan Bomberry and Brad Voigt scored two goals apiece to lead Syracuse to victory one week before its annual showdown at No. 7 Johns Hopkins, a game during which SU will likely need a third straight valiant effort from Molloy.The redshirt senior is 11-3 as starting goalie since he earned the starting job only midway through last season. On Saturday, he picked up a ground ball, caused a turnover and saved nine shots. St. John’s tallied 37 total shots, none better than its last score.With 53 seconds on the clock, SJU pulled the game within one score. A pair of players shielded Molloy’s vision and the shot came low and away on the right-handed Molloy, who had to twist his stick to his left. The ball sizzled to the low pipe. For the fourth consecutive game, SU and its opponent traded goals and stayed near-even up until the buzzer sounded.“There’s not a lot you can do with a shot like that,” Syracuse head coach John Desko said.Molloy’s nine total saves is two fewer than St. John’s and three off his season high (Virginia, 12), but nearly each of his saves Saturday came on an open shot from fewer than 12 yards out. SJU’s screens in front of the goal, fast style of play and attack-centered offense did not relent.In the first half, Molloy made a save but gave up the rebound. An SJU player recovered before a swooping Marcus Cunningham and Scott Firman took the ball. One ran into the other amid a scrum. As the ball popped out, Molloy already headed out of the goal to start the clear. An SJU attack picked up the loose ball and let off a quick shot. Molloy laid out to make the save.“He’s a good quarterback, barking out the defense,” Desko said. “He’s playing with a lot of confidence. He sees the ball well. He’s been playing well all year long.”In Syracuse’s only loss of 2017, a 14-13 stunner against Army two weeks ago, Molloy allowed all 14 goals. One of which came as the game-winner from a right-hander going to his weak side. The same happened on Saturday. To get on the board and end SU’s 5-0 streak, a righty darted left and fired a ball past Molloy’s stick.In the second quarter, during which St. John’s tallied 17 shots and three goals, Molloy turned the ball over. Later, he threw a weak outlet pass that led to a turnover and score.“There are times when we have lapses,” Molloy said. “I’m definitely guilty as well.”But when No. 6 Syracuse needed stops, Evan Molloy blocked St. John’s comeback attempts. SU avoided an upset against a team it hasn’t lost to in 11 tries since the series began in 1990, and that’s largely credit to Molloy’s play in the cage. He saved three shots in the final minutes to stymie St. John’s last-second rally.“The goalie’s the hardest position in what the weather can issue,” said senior attack Jordan Evans, who had one goal and one assist. “Standing there in the cold and trying to make quick movements and quick saves? It’s a difficult task. He made some great saves when we needed it.” Comments Published on March 11, 2017 at 5:18 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Anthony Rendon expected to miss first Opening Day with Angels

first_imgIf the Angels place him on the injured list, he’d need to miss at least seven games.Despite the season being just 60 games long, Maddon said the Angels don’t want to push Rendon and have him suffer a more serious injury.“You don’t want to bring him back early and lose him for the whole year,” Maddon said.The Angels are likely to use David Fletcher at third and Tommy La Stella at second for the games that Rendon is unavailable. It’s also possible that Luis Rengifo, who has a hamstring issue, could be ready to go by Opening Day, so he could get into the lineup. Most likely Rengifo would play second against a lefty, with Fletcher at third.ALSOJulio Teheran came out of Tuesday night’s bullpen session well, Maddon said. Maddon said pitching coach Mickey Callaway “liked a lot what he’s seeing.” Teheran is next scheduled for a two-inning simulated game. Teheran, who tested positive for the coronavirus in June and was two weeks late to camp, has said he thinks he’s only a week behind. … Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone ANAHEIM >> It looks like Anthony Rendon’s debut with the Angels won’t come on Opening Day.Rendon, who signed a seven-year, $245-million deal with the Angels in December, has been out for a week because of oblique tightness that is now expected to keep him out when the Angels open their season in Oakland on Friday.“He more than likely may miss a couple in Oakland,” Manager Joe Maddon said Wednesday. “We’re not ready to do anything more than that.”Maddon said Rendon “is on a pretty good path,” and “keeps getting better,” but that progress apparently hasn’t been enough to get him into the lineup for the first couple games, at least, of the four-game series in Oakland. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Reliever Taylor Cole has been out with a right shoulder injury. …Jo Adell was unavailable to play on Wednesday night after suffering a cut on his head in an off-field accident…Maddon said his biggest issue with the safety protocols so far has been that wearing a mask causes his glasses to fog up. He said his son told him to try shaving cream on the glasses, which didn’t work. He has ordered a product that skiers use. “There’s only one thing that’s annoying about all this to me, and that’s it,” Maddon said.Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter last_img read more

Will Man City ever have a better chance to win the Champions League?

first_imgMoreover, the Champions League has rarely been so open for a new winner.Manchester United, Tottenham, Ajax and Porto are the sides to have so far booked their place in the quarter-finals, none of whom made the last eight last season.Real Madrid, winners for four of the past five seasons, are already out, as are free-spending Paris Saint-Germain.Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus look set to follow unless they overcome a 2-0 deficit against the notoriously hard to beat Atletico Madrid, while one of Liverpool — City’s Champions League conquerors last season — or Bayern Munich — semi-finalists in six of the past seven seasons — will also be eliminated this week.In his seven seasons at Barca and Bayern, Guardiola never failed to make the Champions League semi-finals. Only once in their history have City made the last four when they lost to Madrid three years ago.Guardiola has used that crutch to repeatedly play down City’s chances of challenging for the Champions League in his three years in Manchester.“Comparing to Barcelona, (Real) Madrid, Bayern Munich they have historically incredible results, we cannot compare,” Guardiola said as recently as Friday.However, three years into his reign, City’s time to win the Champions League should be now, starting with seeing off Schalke with ease in the last 16, second leg on Tuesday.Share on: WhatsApp Pep Guardiola thinks race wide openManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | “We are still not ready to fight for the latter stages, that is the reality,” Pep Guardiola’s reaction to beating Schalke 3-2 in the first leg of Manchester City’s Champions League last 16 tie was not that expected for the competition favourites.City manager Guardiola was frustrated that after taking an early lead in Gelsenkirchen, his side conceded two penalties to a side ranked 14th in the Bundesliga before Nicolas Otamendi’s red card left the Premier League champions to play the final 22 minutes with 10 men.“We gave away the first penalty, we gave away the second penalty, we gave away the red card. In this competition that is not good, too many things. When it happens in other stages, it is over.”The fact City still had the individual talent to come from behind a man down thanks to a brilliant Leroy Sane free-kick and Raheem Sterling’s injury time winner shows why they remain on course for a historic quadruple of trophies this season.However, for the varying degrees of glory retaining the Premier League title or winning the FA Cup would bring to add to the League Cup won last month, it is the Champions League that City and Guardiola most desire.The Catalan coach had to field questions before the first leg against Schalke over his failure to win the competition since doing so in two of his first three years in charge of Barcelona in 2009 and 2011.Over a decade into the club’s Abu Dhabi-backed ownership after billions of pounds invested and three domestic titles, conquering Europe remains the mountain City still have to climb.They may also never get a better chance than in the next few months.– Ban to come? –A UEFA investigation launched this week into allegations City broke financial fair play rules risks the sanction of the club being banned from the Champions League for a season.last_img read more

Feathers Are Flying on Port Peninsula

first_imgFacebook5Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Port of OlympiaThe Port of Olympia is constructing two osprey nesting platforms for next season, but an osprey pair got ahead of the plan. The photo shows a nest built atop a light pole on the terminal. See two small white eggs at the photo’s center.Just steps from downtown Olympia, the Port Peninsula’s trails and parks beckon the community to the waterfront. For everyone’s enjoyment, Black Hills Audubon Society (BHAS) and Port of Olympia have partnered to attract more nesting birds to this urban saltwater parkland.This year, the partners found success with purple martin boxes installed on pilings just north of the marine terminal. Birds have nested in about half of the boxes. Also, new swallow boxes in trees along Marine Drive are ready for next season’s house hunters.Twelve BHAS volunteers logged 45 hours constructing the nest boxes. The Port handled the installation at sites selected by BHAS.BHAS members and Port staff were hatching plans for an osprey nesting platform when a pair nested on a light pole on the marine terminal. Staff disconnected the light to protect the two eggs.For the 2016 nesting season, the Port is planning to construct and install osprey nesting platforms on two prominent concrete light poles on the terminal. The community will be able to view the southern platform from the Port Plaza, and the northern platform from the Hearthfire Restaurant and NorthPoint parking areas.last_img read more