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SU’s defense during penalty corners adds to early-season success

first_img Published on August 29, 2018 at 9:24 pm Contact Kaci: [email protected] When the clock hit zero at the end of Sunday’s game, Syracuse led 1-0. But the game wasn’t over. Albany was awarded four penalty corners, which meant four chances to tie. SU committed an infraction which awarded the first corner. Again and again and again the Orange failed to clear the ball out of the circle, committing an infraction each time and extending the game one more shot.But the defense finally prevailed, as it always has this season.Syracuse (2-0) has not allowed a team to score off a penalty corner yet, despite already facing 18 across two games. And so far, infractions still have been the only thing that can hurt the Orange. SU’s only allowed goal this season came as a result of a penalty shot, which is awarded as a result of a more serious infraction.“The set pieces are becoming an even bigger part of our game now,” junior defender Claire Webb said. “The corners, both attack penalty corners and defensive penalty corners are both really big parts of our game because the attack can capitalize on that. If it’s a one goal game, it’s even more important, so it’s definitely a big part of our game.”Penalty corners are awarded when a member of the defense commits an infraction: committing an intentional defense in the circle against a player without possession, a defender sending the ball over the backline intentionally or when a defender gets a ball lodged in their uniform or equipment, among other things.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWebb is one of the five players that finds herself in the cage during the penalty corners. She is joined by senior defender Roos Weers and sophomore goalie Borg van der Velde, along with two other Syracuse defenders. All the players in the cage don facemasks for protection — Weers has the tendency to rip hers off following the initial deflection before going to fight for the ball and clear it out of the circle.In the season opener against Vermont, SU only committed five infractions that awarded penalty corners, as well as a more severe infraction that caused the penalty shot that gave Vermont its lone goal. But against Albany, SU allowed the Great Danes to run 13 plays from the corner.“It was us not moving and sloppiness,” head coach Ange Bradley said after the Albany game. “Once we figured some things out in the second half, we were able to open them up.”Despite allowing so many corners, SU’s defense has held firm. Many players say that they practice both the offensive and defensive sides of the penalty corners often, which has provided the success, including van der Velde who said: “It’s just practice.”“We kind of get together and just instill that belief,” Webb said. Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

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Brandon Ingram eyes return to the court on Wednesday

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersOfficially, Ingram has a bruised right quad, and tendinitis in his left quad.“It’s different,” Ingram said. “I don’t know what it means to sit down. I don’t know what it means to sit out. I just try to listen to my body. I try to listen to my trainers and see what they have for me and just go through it.”In 30 games this season, Ingram has averaged 16 points on 44.7 percent shooting. He is also averaging 5.5 points, 3.3 assists and nearly one steal per game – all up from his rookie season.Ingram is listed as questionable to play against Memphis, but all signs are pointing to him making a return against the Grizzlies.“He looked really good,” Coach Luke Walton said after Tuesday’s practice. “I almost ‘silly-fined’ him for looking so good today (and) for not playing last night.” KUZMANIA – Walton had to laugh when he heard that Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma was one of only five rookies to score over 30 points on Christmas since 1976.“I saw it is one of those weird stats,” Walton said. “I love the random day stats. There are four games on the day of Christmas and it is normally the most elite teams in the league. And normally the most elite teams don’t play rookies huge minutes.”Kuzma meanwhile, scored his 31 points in 41 minutes against the Wolves and is averaging 39.8 minutes over his last five games.Only LeBron James in 2003 (34 points), Bill Cartwright in 1979 (33) and Patrick Ewing in (32) scored more as rookies on Christmas.“I am not trying to take away from what Kuz did. I thought Kuz was very good last night and very good all season for us.”Kuzma has not, however, hooked his coach up with one of the 1,000 “Kuzmania” shirts he sold through his personal website. Even Lonzo Ball had one in his locker prior to Monday’s loss.“I don’t know if my players don’t like me,” Walton joked, “but they all have their own companies and I don’t have … they don’t give me any of it. I was hoping for some gift bags from the players for Christmas, but I didn’t get any.”That means no Kuzmania, no Big Baller Brand.“Still waiting,” Walton said.MINUTIAE – Kuzma isn’t the only rookie playing major minutes for the Lakers. Lonzo Ball, before spraining his shoulder over the weekend, was averaging 33.9 minutes per game. That’s second among all rookies, trailing only Ben Simmons of Philadelphia, who averages 36.3 minutes a night.Neither of the Lakers rookie stars has balked at the minutes.“It is really impressive,” Walton said. “It really is. They’ve played more minutes than I thought I wanted to play them going into the season, but they’ve done a really nice job of not showing fatigue yet.”The coach said he may need to start tempering their time on the floor, however. The Lakers don’t have multiple days between games until January 24-25.“Obviously the dog days are coming,” Walton said. “This next stretch is tough for everybody in the NBA. As of right now they’re both really good with it.” EL SEGUNDO – If Brandon Ingram gets the final say, he will be back on the court Wednesday when the Lakers host the Memphis Grizzlies.“I can’t sit anymore,” Ingram said.The second-year forward has missed the last two games, losses to Portland and Minnesota, due to injuries to both quadriceps – one suffered on Dec. 22 at Golden State, another two nights earlier in Houston. After going through Tuesday’s practice, Ingram said that he would play in the Lakers’ next game barring a setback.The life of an injured ballplayer is new for Ingram, who has rarely been injured in his young career. He appeared in 79 games as a rookie, missing three with knee tendinitis. In Summer League, he appeared in just one game before being shut down by a right leg cramp as a precaution.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more