Syracuse faces Robert Morris in weekend series with conference crown at stake

first_imgNine seconds stood between Syracuse and a 2-1 victory over Robert Morris. Even with senior forward Jessica Sibley in the box, it appeared the Orange would kill the penalty and escape that late November night with a victory. Then RMU’s Kirsten Welsh beat SU goalie Abbey Miller for the tie. The game ended that way and the Colonials won, 2-1, the next day.“I think everyone’s pretty disappointed in the last effort when we went and played Robert Morris,” sophomore defender Allie Munroe said.That weekend served as a microcosm of Syracuse’s season through its first 20 games: Right on the cusp, but never enough to push over the edge.The Orange (9-10-5, 8-2-2 College Hockey America) has a chance to break through against the No. 7 Colonials (16-2-6, 9-1-2) this weekend. A sweep of Robert Morris this weekend would vault Syracuse into first place in the CHA standings and move the Orange one step closer to a first-round bye in the conference tournament.“Right now,” junior forward Emily Costales said, “I think it’s the biggest weekend of the season.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe two teams enter the weekend in first and second place in the conference, respectively, with only two points — a win — separating them. A tie and an SU win would leave both teams tied for first and, if the Orange lose one of the two games, it will end up right back where it started: two points behind or worse.“We’re really looking for revenge this weekend,” Munroe said, “but also just focusing on us and focusing on getting first place and those two wins.”The biggest challenge facing SU is slowing down RMU’s Brittany Howard (39 points) and Jaycee Gebhard (33), the two leading scorers in the CHA. Together, the linemates have combined for 72, more than Syracuse’s top four point scorers combined. RMU also has the sixth leading scorer in the conference in Amber Rennie (21 points) and two players tied for ninth, Maggie Lague and Welsh (17 points each).“I think it’s just — obviously keeping an eye on (Gebhard and Howard) — giving them a few extra taps on the knees just to get them kind of angry,” Costales said. “Hopefully draw a few penalties.”The Orange enters the the weekend on a four-game tear. Over the last four games, SU has outscored its opponents by a combined margin of 15-2. Syracuse also outshot its opponents by a 142-59 margin.As the Orange heats up at just the right time, Robert Morris has faltered of late, winning only two of its last four and dropping a home game to Lindenwood, a team SU outscored 16-0 on the season.Despite the chance to reach first place, Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan noted the Orange will still have six conference games after playing RMU.“It’s certainly not do or die,” Flanagan said. “It’s not the last weekend of the regular season. Two points behind, home weekend, we’re very excited to have (RMU) come in. Our destiny is in our own hands.”Syracuse’s best chance at table-turning the CHA standings starts on Friday night.“It’s a huge weekend for us,” Munroe said. “We’re on a four-game win streak right now and we’re just trying to focus on Friday, but obviously in the back of our heads we know that first place is on the line. It’s a huge weekend.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 25, 2017 at 10:35 pm Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @A_E_Grahamlast_img read more

Cowboys’ Jason Witten uses Coach K’s Kobe Bryant story as motivation

first_img Baker Mayfield slams Texas, QB Sam Ehlinger and fuels Red River Rivalry Gerald McCoy angry Bucs gave his No. 93 to Ndamukong Suh Jason Witten is entering his second stint in the NFL with a certain “mamba mentality.”The longtime Cowboys tight end shocked everyone when he stepped away from a cushy gig in the “Monday Night Football” booth to strap his helmet back on and rejoin Dallas. Now back at field level, Witten is finding new ways to motivate himself at age 37. He said a recent trip to Duke with a few teammates included a dinner with hall of fame basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski. During the meal, Krzyzewski told a story from his USA basketball days that resonated with Witten.“My favorite was that Kobe (Bryant) came up to him and said, ‘Whoever the best offensive player is, I want to guard him,’” Witten said (via USA Today). “He said he’s only had two people ever look at him that way: Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant. I think that says a lot. We think Olympic basketball scoring in this day and age, and he’s talking about I want to guard the best guy. Related News View this post on Instagramcenter_img NFL finalizes pass interference replay rule for 2019 “It says a lot about what makes those guys great.” Back in the Dirt. #KPGA post shared by Jason Witten (@realjasonwitten82) on May 3, 2019 at 1:06pm PDTWitten has said he’s come back “to win games,” and much like Bryant on that Olympic team, he’s willing to do the not-so-glamorous stuff necessary to accomplish that goal.Reports from the Cowboys practice facility in Frisco, Texas, indicate Witten is making his presence felt by not only catching the football but by coaching younger players, as well. He said he’s still knocking some rust off, but he’s clearly enjoying the process with training camp set to begin in late July.“I love all that it entails,” Witten said at the close of minicamp. “From the preparation individually, the grind of going through it, spending time with those guys, day and night — from meetings to the rookie jokes that happen. And then on the field, just seeing that product start to come together and see the team come together. There’s nothing like it, in my opinion.”last_img read more