No. 2 Syracuse beats Hobart, 17-11, for sixth straight victory

first_img Published on April 5, 2017 at 10:15 pm Contact Charlie: csdistur@syr.edu | @charliedisturco UPDATED: April 6, 2017 at 5:46 p.m.GENEVA, N.Y. — From 1987 through 2016, Syracuse has had its way with Hobart. All but twice the Orange captured the Kraus-Simmons Trophy. But that didn’t stop a group of students from throwing eggs at the team bus pregame or the chants that followed after.Hobart kept the first quarter tight, trailing by just one goal. The student section responded during the layover with an expletive-laden chant. The game remained bitter in the second quarter, during which Nate Solomon scored his third goal of the game with three Hobart defenders draped around him. The sophomore attack’s celebration prefaced a one-minute unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.“I lost my cool,” Solomon said before glancing toward SU head coach John Desko. “I’ll never do that again.”No. 2 Syracuse (8-1, 3-0 Atlantic Coast) struck first and never trailed in its 17-11 win on Wednesday night, even with Hobart (4-6, 1-1 Northeast) keeping the game close at Boswell Field. It extended the Orange’s dominance over Hobart since 1987, now having won 29 of the last 31 contests. Solomon and senior Nick Mariano both tied career highs as SU ended its program-record streak of seven consecutive one-goal games.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMariano has led Syracuse’s offense during its six-game winning streak. He scored four goals and added three assists in the win, playing from the midfield for most of the game and drawing a short-stick defender. That gave him more room with which to work. During SU’s man-up opportunities, he scored three of his four goals.Mariano tied his career high in points at Syracuse, which came in the season opener against Siena. That was the last time an SU game wasn’t decided by one goal. The reigning two-time ACC Offensive Player of the Week, Mariano has strung together three straight games of three-plus goals.“It’s being up top a little more,” Mariano said. “It’s allowing me to be a little more free and get a short stick most of the time.”Colin Davy | Asst. Photo EditorFor three quarters, Hobart kept the game close. Up by three with under seven minutes in the third, Syracuse had a man-up opportunity and the chance to pull away. Man-up specialist Brad Voigt found the ball in front of the net, but he passed it off to the side, where Mariano stood unguarded. A top shelf shot put the Orange up by four. A little over three minutes later, Mariano scored again.“The pattern has been, for the last couple of years,” Hobart head coach Greg Raymond said, “fight with those guys for three quarters, keep it close. But this year, that didn’t happen.”As Mariano transitioned more toward the midfield, junior Brendan Bomberry joined senior Jordan Evans and Solomon on attack. The offense worked the ball around, finding most of its goals coming from off-ball cuts toward the net. Solomon took advantage of the opportunities, making acrobatic shots to extend Syracuse’s lead.Solomon’s first goal came two minutes and 52 seconds into the second quarter off a pass from senior midfielder Sergio Salcido, who finished with four assists for the second straight game. Stumbling toward the ground, Solomon turned and underhand-shoveled the ball past Hobart goalie Jackson Brown.“He’s a right spot at the right time kind of guy,” Raymond said. “That kid is a very opportunistic player, and he’s good in early offensive sets. Plus, he’s great off-ball too.”The sophomore capped off his three-goal second quarter with a pass from Paolo Ciferri in transition. Solomon faked a shot as three defenders converged. Knowing he’d get hit, Solomon ripped a shot past Brown.What happened after was left unclear, though Desko said Solomon talked trash to the opposition. The following quarter, Solomon re-entered and forced a turnover. He picked up the ground ball and, despite taking a hit, remained on his feet, charged toward the goal and scored.“Nate was pretty courageous,” Desko said. “He put himself in some situations off dodges where he knew he was going to get hit, but he held his poise the finish the ball.”As it did last year, Syracuse pulled away from Hobart down the stretch. With 8:52 left, Hobart scored to pull within three. The rest of the game was all Syracuse, which ended on a 4-1 run that dominated possession.Holding onto a safe lead and the clock winding down, the Orange sent out its backups. Dom Madonna replaced Evan Molloy, who made 17 saves in net, while the third midfield line made an appearance and added a goal — a Riley O’Sullivan score with 38.5 seconds remaining.After the game, Ryan Simmons ran over to grab the trophy named partially after his great grandfather. The rest of the team surrounded Simmons in celebration. In the middle of the sea of Orange stood Solomon and Mariano, the duo that contributed on 65 percent of SU’s goals.The teams’ 103rd matchup ended like many before it. And the Kraus-Simmons trophy will spend its fourth year in a row in Syracuse.CLARIFICATION: In a previous version of this post, the number of years that Syracuse and Hobart have competed for the Kraus-Simmons trophy, since the second matchup, was unclear. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Meet Steve Ballmer, the potential new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers

first_imgTHE BALLMER BIOName: Steven Anthony BallmerAge: 58Born: March 24, 1956, in Detroit, Mich. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Family: Married Connie Snyder in 1990. They have three sons.Net worth: An estimated $20.7 billion, according to Forbes.Education: Graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1977, which is where he met Microsoft founder Bill Gates.Background: Was hired at Procter & Gamble as a product manager, but enrolled at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Was lured to Microsoft by Gates in June 1980 as the company’s first business manager. Became CEO in 2000 and oversaw the company’s annual revenue balloon from $25 billion to $70 billion. Announced in August 2013 he would step down within 12 months. Announced his retirement as CEO on Feb. 4, 2014.Sports: Aligned with hedge fund manager Chris Hansen in January 2013 in an attempt to buy the Sacramento Kings and relocate the franchise to Seattle. The effort fell through in April 2013 after the NBA’s relocation committee unanimously recommended that the owners reject it.last_img read more

Yahoo Fantasy Football Picks Week 5: NFL DFS lineup advice for cash games

first_imgLast week’s Yahoo daily fantasy football cash lineup featured some hits (Cooper Kupp, Austin Ekeler, Will Dissly) and misses (Adrian Peterson, Phillip Dorsett). We’ll look to bounce back with a bunch of bounce-back picks for our Week 5 NFL DFS cash lineup.Three of our four receivers (Marquise Brown, Will Fuller, John Brown) have a tournament feel to them, but they all play the majority of snaps and see a high volume of targets, so their floors are still cash-game worthy. We also have a pair of running backs who score a lot of steady amount of points — just in different ways. David Johnson does a ton of damage as a pass-catcher while Leonard Founrette has become more active in the receiving game while showcasing elements of the ground-and-pound workhorse he was drafted to be. WEEK 5 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerThe key to our team is Lamar Jackson, whose rushing ability should provide stability and give us a little room for error if one of our receivers doesn’t hit. WEEK 5 DFS LINEUPS:Y! cash | Y! GPP | FD cash | FD GPP | DK cash | DK GPPWeek 5 Yahoo NFL DFS Lineup: Picks, Advice for cash gamesQB: Lamar Jackson, Ravens @ Steelers ($37). Jackson has posted at least 21.2 Yahoo points in each of the first four games, topping out at 33.6 in Week 1 and averaging 28.1. After an uncharacteristically quiet rushing day in Week 1, he’s had at least 46 yards on the ground every week since. That kind of floor makes him perfect for cash games, and against the Steelers, who entered Week 4 allowing just under 20 fantasy points per game (FPPG) to QBs, Jackson also has a high ceiling.RB: David Johnson, Cardinals @ Bengals ($30). Johnson gets the top matchup on the board and has posted at least 100 total yards or a touchdown in every game this year. Despite no huge outings, he has RB1 upside at RB5 pricing, making him another solid cash-game option.WEEK 5 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endRB: Leonard Fournette, Jaguars @ Panthers ($23). Fournette is coming off a career game, which worries us a bit, but given his RB13 pricing, he’s tough to ignore in cash games. Carolina is allowing the 12th-most FPPG to RBs, which includes a healthy 4.8 yards per carry to RBs. Fournette should once again get the ball early and often in this road tilt. WR: Adam Thielen, Vikings @ Giants ($28). Thielen was a complete non-factor against the Bears, but after voicing his displeasure with the Vikings lack of passing early this week, we expect a bunch of targets against the lowly Giants. It’s easy to forget Thielen had at least 10 Yahoo points in each of Minnesota’s first three games, and with the Giants allowing the third-most FPPG to WRs, he should easily surpass that mark this week. WEEK 5:Top waiver pickups | FAAB planner | Trade values | Snap countsWR: Marquise Brown, Ravens @ Steelers ($24). Brown has seen a dip in production the past two weeks, but he’s still getting regular targets (16). We know the kind of playmaking ability he possesses, and given Pittsburgh’s inability to cover virtually everyone this year, we think Brown can get back on track.  WR: Will Fuller, Texans vs. Falcons ($14). Fuller is definitely more of a GPP play, but the targets are decent (at least six in each of the past three games) and he should have had TDs in each of the past two weeks but Deshaun Watson couldn’t quite connect with him on time. Fuller will get his soon, and given his low price and favorable matchup against a Falcons defense that was just roasted by A.J. Brown and Corey Davis, he’s usable in cash games this week. MORE WEEK 5 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup builder TE: Tyler Eifert, Bengals vs. Cardinals ($15). This is so chalky it almost hurts, but until the Cardinals can stop giving up TE touchdowns, we’re going to keep picking TEs against them. Eifert saw five targets in each of the first two games but only one look in Week 3, so perhaps we’ll swap him out if he’s ignored on Monday night against Pittsburgh, but for now he looks like a safe, high-floor value.FLEX: John Brown, Bills @ Titans ($15). Brown is another receiver with a “boom-or-bust” reputation, but with an average of 8.5 targets per game, his floor is higher than you might think. This pick could change if Josh Allen (concussion) is ruled out, but even in a fairly tough matchup, we think Brown can come through. D/ST: Jacksonville Jaguars @ Panthers ($14). Kyle Allen showed some flaws in Week 4, losing three fumbles and taking three sacks against Houston. Even without Jalen Ramsey, Jacksonville is coming off a bit of a disappointing game in Denver, recording just one INT and no sacks, but the week before it had nine sacks against Tennessee. This defense always has upside against shaky QBs.last_img read more