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Replenished women’s hockey opens season vs. RPI

first_imgThe Badgers, with head coach Mark Johnson and 2 Olympians back in the fold, hope to improve.[/media-credit]With head coach Mark Johnson, senior forward Megan Duggan and junior forward Hilary Knight returning to the team after a year at the Olympics, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team is finally back together and hoping to get back to their winning ways.Last season Wisconsin had what could be called an off year. Missing its head coach and two offensive leaders, the Badgers played to a 18-15-3 record. After fighting all the way into the national championship the previous four seasons, Wisconsin faced a heartbreaking loss to Ohio State in the first round of the WCHA playoffs, and any further postseason hopes the squad had were squashed.“I think we learned a lot, struggling a little bit last year,” junior forward Brooke Ammerman said. “I think it’s made us tougher. We were a young team, but now we have a lot of upperclassmen and coach Johnson back and a couple Olympians, so I think we’ll be stronger.”Clearly the Badgers are more confident this year, with stronger chemistry and two more players from the 2009 National Championship team.Although Wisconsin wants to bounce back from last year, Johnson doesn’t think the team has anything to prove this season.“There were circumstances last year that not only the coaching staff, but also the players had to go through, and coming off a national championship – things happen in our world you can’t control,” Johnson said. “We’re jumping in a boat right now and we’re going fishing, but we don’t know what we’re going to catch. We’re going to have a good time and become the strongest team we can be. Some nights it’s going to look real good and other nights we’re going to have to work and it’s going to be a struggle, but that’s how you develop.”While they say they’re just trying to improve this year and become the best team they can be, the Badgers will always have hopes to go to another national championship.“That’s why we do what we do,” Johnson said. “But that’s no different from anyone else in the country. Everybody starts Friday night and everybody’s goal is to be playing in the last game at the end of the season. One of the underlying goals is to take this group of players and make them the best team they’re capable of becoming. If they’re able to win a championship, you know what, that’s awesome.”“You can’t jump ahead too far, you have to take it in baby steps,” Duggan added. “You can’t just be looking at that 40th game right now, we haven’t even played our first. That’s everyone’s dream, to win a national championship, but a lot goes into that. I’m excited to just progress and get there eventually if we can.”Friday night, No. 5 Wisconsin opens its season at the Kohl Center against Rensselaer Polytechnic.“We’re really excited,” Ammerman said. “The first game’s always the best. A bunch of parents come out, and the freshmen, it’s the first time seeing their jerseys. We’re all hungry to get back on the ice and we’re all excited because we’ve been practicing really well. It should be a strong start.”With all the pieces put back into place, the team is excited to finally get the season underway, with the first four series all at home.“Having that home ice advantage – practicing, not having to travel, getting good rest – it’s going to be good for us,” sophomore defenseman Saige Pacholok said. “We have to perform on the road as well, but we’ll take advantage of that right now.”Friday night’s season opener will be the first time UW and RPI has ever met on the ice. RPI finished last season with a 16-15-6 record and returns nine forwards along with two goaltenders.“I don’t know too much about their program,” Duggan said. “I know for some reason they won their league either last year or the year before and obviously that’s tough to do. I’m an east coast kid so I know the [ECAC] is pretty powerful. I think you can’t underestimate your opponents in any game. I think we need to bring what we bring. We need to prepare ourselves as best we can and just do what we do and not focus on what they’re doing. That’s how we’ll be successful.”last_img read more

MLAX : SU struggling to keep possession late in games

first_img Comments Published on March 29, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13 JoJo Marasco was one move away from being in the clear. With less than 80 seconds remaining in Saturday’s 5-4 win over Villanova, Syracuse head coach John Desko put the ball in the stick of the sophomore attack with his team up by a goal.The task was simple: run out the final 1:17 and preserve a victory.‘I thought I was going to be able to run out the clock,’ Marasco said. ‘Coach told me not to make too many moves, and I was going to make that last move and just run it behind. Hopefully outrun them.’But a well-timed check from Villanova’s Brian Karalunas poked the ball free, and the Wildcat defender took off downfield to set up the tying goal.It’s a series of events that has reared its ugly head twice so far already against the Orange, and the season is only at its midway point. Two weeks before Marasco’s blunder, midfielder Jovan Miller lost the ball in a game against Georgetown that allowed the Hoyas to sprint downfield and score to send the game into overtime. An inability to protect the ball late in games isn’t a good sign for a team hoping to make push to the final four.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the Orange’s first trip away from home of the season on March 12 against Georgetown, Desko called timeout when his team had possession with 1:16 to go. Much like this past Saturday, he entrusted Marasco to essentially play keep-away from the Hoyas defense and not make a mistake.But when Marasco was double-teamed with 43 seconds left, Desko called another timeout and assigned the task to Miller. He was harassed by GU’s Gerry Reilly and dropped the ball. Reilly sprinted downfield, ripped a shot from the right of the goal and stunned Syracuse by tying the game with five seconds left.‘We expected as a defense knowing that we were going to keep the ball up top and try and keep it from going behind,’ SU goaltender John Galloway said after the eventual win over Georgetown. ‘We knew if anything went wrong, they had an opportunity to get the ball up the field quickly.’And in both those chances the Orange had to preserve the game, it has gone wrong. Miller and Marasco each turned the ball over, and the opponent took advantage with a long sprint the other way to set up a transition goal.Though Galloway knows those chances are possible, he’s 0-for-2 in save situations this season. It’s something the senior certainly isn’t pleased with thus far.‘Whatever happened there, you just have to make that save,’ he said.Close games mean smaller rotationOf the Orange’s seven wins, five of them have come by a combined seven goals. Three have come by one goal. And two have come in overtime.Put simply, there hasn’t been any room for error.‘It’s been difficult with the kinds of games that we’ve been in,’ Desko said following his team’s win over Albany on March 15. ‘We’ve been in these one- and two-goal games, and you bring somebody in and they’re cold. They turn the ball over, and you kind of question yourself.’And with those thoughts playing through his head, the SU head coach has kept his younger players off the field for the most part. Of the 54 players on Syracuse’s roster, only 25 have made appearances in at least five games this season. Much of the monster 19-member freshman class hasn’t gotten a chance to gain any experience.Though the team’s record remains perfect at 7-0, Desko said he needs to find ways to get these younger players on the field. At any given moment, a starter can go down. And with a bench that is filled with inexperience and youth, a drop-off in ability is likely to follow.‘If we had an injury, we’ve got to get some of these guys some game experience for the future,’ Desko said. ‘I think that’s the silver lining that we’ll take out of it.’The silver lining he spoke of was a game against Albany in which the Orange cruised to a comfortable 18-13 victory. Desko was able to mix in a wealth of younger players and finally give the future of his program some minutes.Eleven different players scored for Syracuse in that game, and nine different players tallied an assist.‘It was great tonight that these guys could get in and feel comfortable and find their way,’ Desko said following the game.Chris Daddio is one freshman, though, who has been making his presence felt on the field this season, despite all of the close games. He’s appeared in all seven games SU has played, taking 47 faceoffs for the Orange. He’s won 21 of them — second most behind senior Jeremy Thompson.Daddio’s best moment of the season came in that game against Georgetown. After the Hoyas stunningly sent the game to overtime, Daddio won the opening faceoff. SU never relinquished possession, and a few minutes later Stephen Keogh netted the game-winner.It was an important play by a first-year player that didn’t go unnoticed by one of the veterans.‘Daddio comes out as a freshman and makes a great play to get the ball back to me after winning the faceoff,’ Galloway said. ‘It’s one thing on the stat sheet, but that probably won us the game.’mjcohe02@syr.edu— Staff writer Zach Brown contributed reporting to this article.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more