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September 16, 2020

Goaltending position ‘wide open’ 6 games into the season

first_img Published on October 24, 2018 at 11:20 pm Contact Danny: dremerma@syr.edu | @DannyEmerman Facebook Twitter Google+ Heading into the season, Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan had “no idea” who his starting goalie would be. “We had two girls (Ady Cohen and Maddi Welch) that didn’t play last year, so basically, from our viewpoint, it’s very much wide open,” Flanagan said. “I’d give Maddi, being a senior, with more experience, maybe a slight edge.”Flanagan also referenced former goalie Edith D’Astous-Moreau, who played in the team’s final game last season — a 3-2 loss to Mercyhurst in the CHA semifinal. D’Astous-Moreau was Flanagan’s projected starter, but she left the team for personal reasons and now studies urban planning at Université de Montréal, she said. Without D’Astous-Moreau, Syracuse (2-4-0, 2-2-0 College Hockey America) has not settled on a starting goaltender, six games into the season. Both goalies, Cohen and Welch, have started three games, each winning once and losing twice. Cohen has the slight edge in save percentage (.889 to .852) and has conceded eight goals to Welch’s 12. Welch has 69 saves overall and Cohen has 64. Cohen, 5-foot-6, has a smaller frame, but she is more agile than the 5-foot-7 Welch, Flanagan said. A year after then-senior Abbey Miller, the former CHA goaltending trophy winner, started 29 of SU’s 36 games, the Orange has faced a goalie competition. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCohen grew up in Boynton Beach, Florida, and fell in love with hockey after seeing the Florida Panthers mascot on television. Welch, on the other hand, was born into a hockey family in the hockey hub of East Amherst. Her dad played goalie at The College at Brockport, and her three sisters also play hockey. Last weekend, both goalies picked up wins against Lindenwood University, with Cohen conceding four goals on 16 shots and Welch allowing three goals on 20 shots. Both goalies played well over the weekend, Flanagan said, but “surrendered a couple goals they’d like to have back.”“That’s a position I’m going to fight for until the end of the year,” Welch said. “Regardless of whether I’m the starter or not, I’m still going to fight, I’m still going to practice as hard as I can every day.”Laura Angle | Digital Design EditorOn Tuesday, Cohen started against No. 7 Cornell, allowing three goals and making 29 saves in the 4-1 loss. Cohen and Welch push each other in practice by supporting each other, often with gestures as simple as fist bumps after drills, Cohen said.“We learn a lot from each other,” Cohen said. “We support each other always, and it’s good to just watch each other in practice. We take notes from each other, and it’s just a good relationship to have.”Welch and Cohen both spent years under Miller’s tutelage. Miller, SU’s leader in career goals against average (2.02) and shutouts (11), has kept in touch with both goalies. She has given advice to Welch after games via text and chatted with Cohen outside the team bus after the Orange’s 5-1 loss to No. 6 Boston College on Oct. 6. Miller said most of her advice pertains to the mental side of goaltending, especially as Welch and Cohen fight for playing time. “Keeping your head in it ,and don’t let coach’s decision on who’s going to play affect you too much, because if you let that get in your head, you’re not going to be as successful,” Miller said. Flanagan said he’s flexible in his approach to the goalies. In the past, he’s ridden one “hot hand” for most of the season, but he’s also played tandems in net. He is open to continuing to platoon the goaltenders and believes the skaters support both goalies. “Maybe someone will emerge as a starter,” Flanagan said, “or we might be in a situation where we’re just kind of rotating, alternating.” Commentslast_img read more

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August 26, 2020

Lakers’ Luke Walton pushing for Brandon Ingram to be more of a vocal leader

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error EL SEGUNDO — Once the Lakers gathered in the locker room, coach Luke Walton did not just express his displeasure with his team’s play.He became so disgusted with the Lakers’ 30-point halftime deficit to the Clippers on Tuesday that he informed his starters they would begin the second half on the bench. Walton then turned to rookie forward Brandon Ingram.“It (stinks) for you that you have to sit out, too,” Walton said. “You’re out there playing your tail off.”Ingram had just 10 points on 5-of-8 shooting in 21 minutes, leaving Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell to openly question Walton’s tactic. As Russell said, “I don’t think he deserved that.” Before Ingram finished with a team-leading 21 points and five rebounds while shooting 8 for 14 from the field against the Clippers, Walton found the normally quiet Ingram be just as incredulous.“He looked mad, but he should’ve been mad,” Walton said. “I think he understood it.”That’s because the Lakers (20-52) enter Friday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves (28-42) at Staples Center with Walton wanting Ingram to take on a bigger leadership role.“It’s part of your responsibility to make sure everyone is ready to play,” Walton said. “It’s unfair that it happened for him with the way he was playing. I thought it was important to keep the message that this was about team first and individual second.”After scheduling practice on a previously scheduled day off on Wednesday, Walton called Ingram’s effort “awesome.” Walton added Ingram “busted his tail” and finished first in most of the team’s sprints. Though Ingram has allowed his work habits to speak louder than his soft words, Walton wants Ingram to raise his voice.center_img “Even if you’re playing well yourself, we need more out of you. Grab someone by the jersey, lift your teammates up,” Walton said. “It was more his work ethic that allows him to be that guy. I don’t know how vocal he’s ever going to get. But we’re going to keep pushing him to keep seeing what we can get out of him with that side of the leadership role.”Finger pointingAfter the Lakers lost to Cleveland on Sunday by only five points, Walton told his players he “was really proud of the way they played.” Walton openly wondered if that praise contributed to the Lakers’ 24-point loss to the Clippers.“Maybe that let up a little bit on that hunger and desire to get that win,” Walton said. “It shouldn’t be the case.”Walton has praised his players even in losses if he feels they have shown growth in their play.“That’s the message we give, but we still want to win a game,” Walton said. “We’ve been doing this for a long time. It’s nice to get rewarded with wins every once in a while.”Taking attendanceMagic Johnson wished he could honor the Lakers’ past by attending Shaquille O’Neal’s statue unveiling on Friday outside of Staples Center. But as the Lakers’ president of basketball operations, Johnson wants to help the team’s future. So instead of attending O’Neal’s statue unveiling, Johnson will be in Michigan to scout the NCAA Tournament game between UCLA and Kentucky.Injury updateLakers center Timofey Mozgov missed the end of Wednesday’s practice after spraining his left ankle. Though the Lakers technically listed him as questionable for Friday’s game against Minnesota, Mozgov will not play after receiving healthy scratches in the past eight games. Walton has shut him down for the rest of the season to give more minutes to his younger players.last_img read more

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January 18, 2020

Clippers snap home skid against Warriors with 121-116 OT win

first_imgGolden State lost for just the third time in 14 games.The starless Clippers improved to 6-1 at home.Thompson’s 3-pointer tied it 116-all in overtime, interrupting Williams’ run of 10 straight points for the Clippers.“He’s been playing the same game for like 10 years now,” Shaun Livingston said of Williams. “He’s just a handful to guard.”Down 106-95, the Warriors closed regulation on an 11-0 run, with Thompson scoring their last eight points. His second 3-pointer in the spurt tied it at 106.The Clippers crashed the boards — every player grabbed at least one — and they dominated in the paint, 62-36.Williams’ 3-pointer gave Los Angeles its largest lead of 101-87 after they didn’t go up by double digits until Harrell’s basket to open the fourth.The Warriors were held to 20 points in the third when they were outscored by six.“I told our guys to empty the gun at the beginning of the third,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “Our whole goal was to get more shots than them.”The Clippers shot 60 percent and led 64-61 at halftime. LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “It’s not about the run they go on,” Harrell said. “It’s about how we handle it. We stayed after it and kept going after them.”The Clippers snapped a seven-game skid against the Warriors at Staples Center, where they last won on Dec. 25, 2014.“Unfortunately we lost, but we’ll see them again at least three more times and that’ll be different,” Klay Thompson said.Kevin Durant had 33 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for the Warriors before fouling out with 3:46 left in the extra session. Thompson added 31 points, but was just 5 of 16 on 3-pointers on a night without injured fellow Splash Brother Stephen Curry.“Everything changes without Steph,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “He’s one of the best offensive players in the history of the game so you take him out and they don’t have to worry about as much.”ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell, right, celebrates after scoring as Golden State Warriors forward Kevon Looney watches during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 121-116 in overtime. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — Lou Williams couldn’t hit a lick in regulation, so of course he had the ball in crunch time.The Los Angeles Clippers wouldn’t have it any other way.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Williams scored the Clippers’ final 10 points in overtime after they blew a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter, and they hung on Monday night to beat the Golden State Warriors at home for the first time in nearly four years, 121-116.Williams recovered after shooting 3 of 16 in regulation, when the Clippers were scoreless over the final 5:15 while the Warriors ran off 11 straight points to force overtime tied at 106-all.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“There would be no point for me to be on the floor if I didn’t have confidence,” said Williams, who finished with 25 points.Montrezl Harrell added 23 points off the bench and rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 18. View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew TIP-INSWarriors: They fell to 39-60 in regular-season games without Curry (left groin strain), who missed his second straight game and didn’t make the quick trip. … F Draymond Green returned to the lineup after sitting out two games with a right foot-toe sprain. … G Livingston was back after being out seven games with right foot soreness. … They haven’t left California during a seven-game stretch that concludes Tuesday.Clippers: Hall of Famer Bill Russell sat courtside with owner Steve Ballmer.UP NEXTWarriors: Host Atlanta on Tuesday in the second game of a back-to-back, their third of the season.Clippers: Host San Antonio on Thursday, their second straight division-leading opponent.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wall, Beal lead Wizards to 117-109 victory over Magic Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

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