3rd set comeback propels Syracuse to win in ACC opener

first_imgWith the match tied at one set apiece, Syracuse found itself down 23-18 in the third set. To win and go up two sets to one, Boston College needed just two more points. The Eagles never got one.A 7-0 run by the Orange — thanks in part to five of Kendra Lukacs career-high 18 kills on the match — not only won the set for Syracuse, but it tipped the rest of the match as well. Lukacs’ dominance paired with two timely substitutions keyed the Orange run, and SU (9-5, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) beat BC (3-8, 0-1), three sets to one, on Wednesday night in the Women’s Building. Syracuse changed its setter and one of its middle blockers in the midst of a third set run by the Eagles and immediately saw results. The new setter was Jalissa Trotter, Syracuse’s opening-day starter at the position. Trotter had been injured for the past couple weeks and Annie Bozzo replaced her for the last few non-conference games.“We just felt, with the tempo of the game, we have to change,” said head coach Leonid Yelin. “We didn’t (plan) this … it just happened. We have to make these kind of changes, because the whole goal is winning.”Trotter tallied 20 assists in just two sets on Wednesday, good for second on the team, but wasn’t the only change to the Orange rotation in the third set. Freshman middle blocker Dana Gardner, having only played 14 total sets in Syracuse’s first 13 games, was thrust into the spotlight to play in the biggest match of her career. The Knoxville, Tennessee native only had one kill in three sets, but Yelin thought her production went further than the box score.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Dana, she did exactly what we asked,” he said. “We know she’s not gonna jump through the roof, but she does a solid job.”If not for Lukacs’ heroics, though, the surprise effectiveness by Trotter and Gardner would’ve been all for naught. Lukacs’ five kills during the pivotal Orange comeback included three in a row to end the third set. And she wasn’t done. The sophomore added four more kills in the fourth set, two of which came consecutively to break a 22-all tie and give Syracuse two match points. “One of the hardest things is coming back after a break or after a timeout and coming back with that same mentality,” Lukacs said. “A huge part of whether you’re up or down is just making sure you maintain that momentum and bring it into the next set.”Anastasiya Gorelina also set a career-high in kills with 20, and for her, a deficit like the one the Orange faced against BC changes how she plays.“I start playing with my heart,” she said. “Like I jump higher. I don’t know exactly what changed inside, but it’s something like…” Gorelina snapped her fingers. “… and (then) I (know I) need to be more aggressive.”Whatever happened inside Syracuse on Wednesday, it translated into the first conference win of the season for the Orange. “It’s a two-part season,” Yelin said. “Hopefully three parts.” He smiled. “It’s the preseason, then there’s the conference. It’s the second part. “Winning today was very important.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 20, 2017 at 10:02 pm Contact Eric: erblack@syr.edu | @esblack34last_img read more

Maple Leafs vs. Bruins results: Score, highlights as Bruins win Game 7, send Maple Leafs home once again

first_imgGoaltenders react to controversial interference call in Maple Leafs-BruinsShould Maple Leafs have been called for interference on go-ahead goal?Maple Leafs’ Auston Matthews continues stellar postseason in Game 5 win While the lopsided 5-1 score may not have been fully indicative of how the Maple Leafs played, the Bruins once again took advantage of mistakes by the Leafs defense. After Frederik Andersen didn’t hug the post for Boston’s first goal, Marcus Johansson grabbed yet another Game 7 error by Jake Gardiner to give Boston a 2-0 lead. In the third period, Sean Kuraly went right around Toronto’s top pair of Ron Hainsey and Morgan Rielly and gave the Bruins a much-needed insurance goal. John Tavares scored the lone Leafs goal, his second of the postseason. Some of the Leafs’ other top players, including Auston Matthews, struggled to break through against netminder Tuukka Rask. It also didn’t help Toronto that its special teams once again failed — the Leafs went 0 for 2 on the power play The Maple Leafs will have the summer to reflect as they once again failed to get out of the first round of the playoffs. The last time they advanced? The 2004 postseason. Not a good look for an Original Six team and the last Canadian team to bow out of this year’s playoffs.Sporting News tracked scores and highlights from Game 7 between the Maple Leafs and Bruins. Maple Leafs vs. Bruins: Recap, highlightsFinal score — Bruins 5, Maple Leafs 19:35 p.m. — Three stars of the game: 3. Joakim Nordstrom; 2. Sean Kuraly;1 Tuukka Rask.9:33 p.m. — One of the best parts of hockey, the handshakes at the end of a series. Third period — Bruins 5, Maple Leafs 1Shots: Bruins 32 Maple Leafs 339:33 p.m. — A little meetup at the horn before coaches shake hands.9:33 p.m. — GOAL. Bergeron adds an empty-netter with one second remaining. Bruins lead 5-1.9:32 p.m. — One minute left and the Leafs need three. Needless to say, Toronto’s season is done. 9:28 p.m. — GOAL. The dagger as Charlie Coyle scores the empty-netter. Bruins lead 4-1.9:27 p.m. — Leafs pull Andersen with three minutes remaining.9:27 p.m. — Leafs come close as the puck goes off the skate of Chara and off the post.9:27 p.m. — Nylander’s line with some good pressure but again, kept to the outside.9:25 p.m. — Leafs kept to the perimeter and can’t get anyone to the slot for a rebound or pressure on Rask.9:22 p.m. — Eight minutes remaining on the Maple Leafs’ season. Can they tie it up or will it be the third time Boston wins a Game 7 matchup?9:16 p.m. — Crowd serenading Andersen again.9:09 p.m. — Sloppy change by the Bruins as they are called for too many men. Leafs head to the power play and are 0-for-1 thus far.9:09 p.m. — Great tricky snapshot by Tavares stopped by Rask.9:04 p.m. — GOAL. Sean Kuraly gets past the Leafs’ defense and then snaps it past Andersen. Bruins lead 3-1..@kurals9 makes it 3-1 early in the third period of #Game7. #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/twAVa469SZ— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) April 24, 20199:01 p.m. — Puck drop. Third period is a go.Zach Hyman leads both teams with 5 shots on net. Bruins with 14 blocked shots and 8 in the 2nd period to give you an idea of the pressure Toronto brought. #leafsforever— Paul Hendrick (@HennyTweets) April 24, 2019Second period — Bruins 2, Maple Leafs 1Shots: Bruins 19, Maple Leafs 258:43 p.m. — As the horn sounds, a little pushing and shoving at the Leafs’ bench, where a linesman holds back Marchand.Chara with a left hand to the chops of Tavares. #Leafs pic.twitter.com/DYwMhdqvN6— Michael Augello (@MikeInBuffalo) April 24, 20198:38 p.m. — Brad Stevens is there cheering for the Bruins, Justin Bieber for the Leafs. No Drake sighting..@celtics coach Brad Stevens is in the house tonight. pic.twitter.com/5E1rZBqBCt— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) April 24, 20198:29 p.m. — Tyler Ennis skates in and is stoned by the blocker of Rask. Starts the Leafs swarming but they can’t get one past the Bruins netminder.8:24 p.m. —  A disappointing two shots on goal during the man advantage for Toronto.8:21 p.m. — We have our first power play as Carlo is called for cross-checking.8:19 p.m. — Heinen point shot stopped and then Marchand is just absolutely robbed by Andersen. 8:16 p.m — Nylander backhand scoring chance is knocked away by the chest protector by Rask.8:15 p.m. — Matthews’ line comes out firing, and off a giveaway and some fancy passing, Matthews just misses a goal from the slot while falling down. Could this be the year the Leafs come back?8:13 p.m. — GOAL. Turnover in the Bruins’ end. John Tavares gets the loose puck and fires it past Rask’s blocker. Bruins lead 2-1.JOHNNY TORONTO! #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/qH3hME0UpC— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) April 24, 20198:11 p.m. — Now the Bruins control the play as the Leafs are just standing around. They don’t get a quality scoring chance, though.8:09 p.m. — Leafs come out strong and Marner’s between-the-legs redirect is denied.8:08 p.m. — Period No. 2 is underwayBack for the second. #NHLBruins pic.twitter.com/TgPyioCb2J— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) April 24, 2019First period — Bruins 2, Maple Leafs 0Shots: Bruins 11, Maple Leafs 127:49 p.m. — With time winding down Andersen makes a key toe save.7:48 p.m. — Fans serenading “Andersen” and then turn to ‘”Tuuu” when Rask stops John Tavares.7:46 p.m. — GOAL. Jake Gardiner with a reverse … to a Bruin … as Marcus Johansson skates out and fires it off the blocker of Andersen.  2-0 Bruins.Make it 2-0 on @mjohansson90 ‘s goal. #Game7 #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/waNuyaSVvJ— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) April 23, 20197:38 p.m. — GOAL.  Joakim Nordstrom from the goal line finds the tiniest bit of daylight as Andersen doesn’t hug the post. 1-0 Bruins.The @NHLBruins strike first in Game 7. #TORvsBOS here: https://t.co/G9ziycoCrp pic.twitter.com/pGHfLltzWS— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) April 23, 20197:34 p.m. — Carlo and Connor Brown exchange hellos after the whistle.7:31 p.m. — Both teams playing a cautious game right now.7:26 p.m. — William Nylander redirect goes just wide as the Leafs are getting chances.7:23 p.m. — Rask stones Marner on back-to-back shots from the slot.7:20 p.m. — Trevor Moore — and the linesman — crushed by Torey Krug in front of the Leafs bench.7:16 p.m. — Auston Matthews in the slot is stoned by Rask. The best scoring chance for either team.7:15 p.m. — Leafs’ line of Tavares, Hyman and Marner does a good job of controlling the puck deep in Bruins territory.7:12 p.m. — Bruins come out strong and Brandon Carlo with two shots on goal (one deflected) early on.7:10 p.m. — Puck drop! Game on!7:10 p.m. — Frederik Andersen (0-3 in Game 7s) vs. Tuukka Rask (2-2).Pregame7:06 p.m. — Anthems.7:04 p.m. — Fire vs. fire.Mike Babcock starts Hyman-Tavares-Marner.Bruce Cassidy responds with Marchand-Bergeron-Heinen.Off we go…— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) April 23, 20197:01 p.m. — Your banner people.The Super Bowl MVP is in the house! @Patriots WR @Edelman11 and @SpOlympicsMA athlete Meghan Colby were tonight’s fan banner captains. pic.twitter.com/Bbl3OrXkCb— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) April 23, 20196:45 p.m. — Line rushes.#Leafs lines in warmup (Game 7 vs. Boston)Hyman-Tavares-MarnerJohnsson-Matthews-KapanenMarleau-Nylander-BrownEnnis-Gauthier-MooreRielly-HainseyMuzzin-ZaitsevGardiner-DermottAndersenHutchinson— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) April 23, 2019Marchand-Bergeron-HeinenDeBrusk-Krejci-PastrnakJohansson-Coyle-KuhlmanNordstrom-Kuraly-AcciariChara-McAvoyKrug-CarloMoore-GrzelcykRask— Amalie Benjamin (@AmalieBenjamin) April 23, 20196:40 p.m. —  Friendly reminder that Marleau (2), Kapanen, Demott, Bergeron (1), Marchand (1), DeBrusk (2), Pastrnak and Heinen all scored in 2018’s Game 7. Two of Bergeron’s other goals were in 2013 vs. the Leafs.#LeafsForever players who have scored in an NHL Game 7:Marleau 4Kapanen 1Dermott 1Andersen .840 sv% (3 GP) #NHLBruins players who have scored in an NHL Game 7:Bergeron 5Marchand 3DeBrusk 2Pastrnak 1Heinen 1Krug 1Rask .845 sv% (4 GP)— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) April 23, 20196:30 p.m. — Warmups have begun:Here we go. #NHLBruins pic.twitter.com/9izglEVojP— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) April 23, 20196:23 p.m. — Fair to say, the ice will be on point tonight.The Garden is excessively cold. Thanks, Brad Marchand.— Marisa Ingemi (@Marisa_Ingemi) April 23, 2019Related news linksMaple Leafs must fix suspect penalty kill against Bruins in Game 7Brad Marchand saves Bruins’ season, criticizes TD Garden ice ahead of Game 7Maple Leafs must end 68-year drought to top Bruins in Game 7Frederik Andersen keeps Leafs in game with unbelievable glove save It’s one of the most exciting things that can happen in sports — a Game 7 — unless you ask the Toronto Maple Leafs.Once again, Toronto could not get past the Boston Bruins in a Game 7. It happened in 2013, it happened in 2018 and it happened again in 2019.last_img read more