Balanced Orange prepares for No. 4 Virginia, nation’s leading scorer

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ In the past 13 games, forward Elly Buckley has been unstoppable for No. 4 Virginia.No matter which team has lined up on the opposite sideline, she has had her way offensively. The senior from Australia already has 17 goals and 40 points, both of which lead the country.In fact, she has singlehandedly outscored the Cavaliers’ opponents by four goals prior to this weekend.But as No. 5 Syracuse (8-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) prepares to face Buckley and the rest of the No. 4 Cavaliers (12-1, 1-1) on Saturday at J.S. Coyne Stadium at 1 p.m., the team is confident that strength in numbers can trump the explosiveness of one individual.The Orange also faces Monmouth (3-6) on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Coyne.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“When another team looks to play us, they don’t have just one player that they need to shut down,” sophomore Emma Russell said. “They have like four, five, six … everyone on the field basically.”Lauren Brooks leads the team with seven goals, but Russell, Leonie Geyer and Alyssa Manley are right behind her at six tallies each.Junior Jordan Page said that scoring goals and winning games is much easier with many players that can execute on offense.“When you look at a scouting report for us, you never know who could score on any given day,” Page said. “It definitely helps. It makes a balanced attack and it makes it hard for an opposing team to pick out one person to really watch for.”In no conference is that ability to execute more important than the ACC. As Syracuse found out on Sept. 20, sometimes it’s possible to dominate an opponent and still lose big.“There’s so many intangibles,” head coach Ange Bradley said, “like North Carolina outshot Duke 35 to something like 11 and they lost the game. Us outshooting (Boston College) a lot to a little and we lost the game. There’s just so much that goes into it.”Bradley said that being in the ACC teaches players that no game can be taken lightly. For the Orange, that includes its nonconference tilt with Monmouth.“It’s all the learning curve of going into this league that you’re always on the line,” she said. “You have a job to do one day at a time. First is Virginia and when we finish with Virginia, we’ll get ready for Monmouth.”Thus, the current focus still lies on the Cavaliers.Page said full effort is required on defense to shut down Buckley’s attack and take her out of the game.If the Orange can do that, it can win a statement game in front of the home crowd and send a message to the rest of the conference.“We’ve always been a top five program in the country,” Page said. “But coming into the ACC after a loss to Boston College, I’m sure teams are underestimating our ability to play there. It would be a huge win.”It would also prove that against a well-balanced attack, no one player is unstoppable.“Our team as a whole has fantastic players, and I think we can kind of use each other to shut her down,” Russell said. “The key to this weekend will be working as a team and making sure we do that for the full 70 minutes both days.” Comments Published on October 3, 2013 at 1:16 am Contact Tyler: [email protected]last_img read more

Los Angeles Dodgers frustrated by non-call in ninth in loss to San Francisco Giants

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “(Kelly) blocked him,” Mattingly said. “The third base coach is not allowed to block the runner from continuing in. It’s obviously interference. They missed the call, basically. I don’t know who’s supposed to be watching but they weren’t watching.”The explanation Mattingly received from third base umpire Fieldin Culbreth was simple: “He was watching the play.”Blanco told reporters that he did make contact with Kelly, “but I was already stopping. It wasn’t like he stopped me. I was already on the base. It wasn’t like he grabbed me.”Frustrating as it was, the Dodgers’ ninth-inning jam was of their own making.Buster Posey led off the inning with a one-out single off Chris Hatcher (0-2), whose next pitch hit Justin Maxwell. Howell relieved Hatcher and allowed an opposite-field single to Brandon Belt, loading the bases when Blanco stopped at third. Even Howell admitted that losing the game on a coach’s interference would not have been satisfying.“They still got the hits they needed,” Howell said. “That would have been luck. That would have been just straight lucky. I don’t know if (Blanco) was going to run or not. It’d be nice to get ‘em out truly, not from a coach touching somebody. I’d rather just get ‘em out.”And yet, that might not have been the most frustrating part of the loss.After Hatcher’s pitch hit Maxwell, it ricocheted off the helmet of catcher A.J. Ellis, then off a knuckle on his bare (right) throwing hand. Ellis had to leave the game after he was unable to make a couple of short throws back to first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.Ellis told reporters after the game that X-rays on his hand were negative.Alex Guerrero’s pinch-hit, two-run home run brought the Dodgers back from a 2-0 deficit in the sixth inning against Madison Bumgarner. The Giants got both their runs off Clayton Kershaw in the third inning, using the same brand of small ball they used to strike first Tuesday. Joaquin Arias led off the inning with a single. Brandon Crawford walked and Bumgarner bunted both runners over.Norichika Aoki then hit a ground ball to shortstop, where Jimmy Rollins elected to throw to first base to get the sure out. Crawford advanced to third base and score on a single by Matt Duffy. The starting pitchers but did not figure into the decision. It was the first time the reigning regular season MVP and World Series MVP opposed each other on the mound. Both pitchers saw their workdays end at 9:19 p.m., when Guerrero pinch hit for Kershaw and hit Bumgarner’s final pitch for a home run to left field.center_img SAN FRANCISCO — They say you can throw both teams’ records out the window when the Dodgers play the Giants.They didn’t say anything about the rulebook.Dodgers manager Don Mattingly had a few reasons to be frustrated after the Giants won, 3-2, on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning Wednesday at AT&T Park. Chief among them: a non-call by the umpires after Giants third base coach Roberto Kelly appeared to interfere with Gregor Blanco as Blanco rounded third base on a single to left field.Blanco tagged up and scored when the next batter, Joe Panik, flew out to center field, ending the game.last_img read more

Chelsea set to sign Bakayoko from Monaco

first_imgThe deal had been slightly delayed as Bakayoko has been recovering from minor knee surgery that he underwent at the end of last season.Bakayoko helped Monaco win the French title last season for the first time in 17 years, making 51 appearances as Leonardo Jardim’s side also reached the semi-finals of the Champions League.His arrival at Stamford Bridge could pave the way for Nemanja Matic to leave the club.Sky Sports News HQ understands Manchester United have identified the Serbia international as a target as they look to strengthen their defensive midfield options.But Chelsea are understood to be reluctant to sell Matic to United after Jose Mourinho secured the signing of Romelu Lukaku ahead of them.By Sky Sports0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko is set to join Chelsea. PHOTO/SKY.LONDON, United Kingdom, Jul 13 – Chelsea have agreed a SH 5.3B (£40m) deal with Monaco for midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, according to Sky sources.Sky Sports News HQ understands the 22-year-old will have a medical later this week ahead of his move to the Premier League champions.last_img read more