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Women’s hockey buries Lindenwood in opening series

first_imgIn their first series since winning the national championship in March, the Badgers swept the Lady Lions with 24 goals and no reply over the weekend at the Kohl Center.[/media-credit]Scoring 24 goals in the first series of the season is nothing to complain about.Extending its unbeaten streak from last season with a 13-0 win over the Lindenwood Lady Lions, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team has gone 29 games without a loss.Nearly every Badger scored on the weekend, as all four freshmen found the back of the net. The only goalless Badger was sophomore Natalie Berg, who had four assists.“It was really good,” said freshman defenseman Katarina Zgraja, who scored her first career goal Friday. “After you get your first goal, you’re more comfortable with the puck and you just feel good.”Wisconsin held advantages in experience, talent and overall conditioning over Lindenwood, and senior forward Hilary Knight’s second goal of the game epitomized the series.Twenty seconds after her first goal, Knight took the puck up the ice following the faceoff. She flipped the puck over the last defender and shot it past Lindewood’s goaltender, Taylor Fairchild, putting the Badgers up 2-0.“I always practice lifting it up and knocking it down and try to be a little creative – add a little spice to what we’re doing,” Knight said. “I like to have fun, and fortunately, that time it worked out.”Knight and junior forward Brianna Decker each finished the day with a hat trick, while senior forward Brooke Ammerman and freshman forward Katy Josephs scored two goals apiece.Head coach Mark Johnson was pleased to see contributions from most of his team so early in the season.“Everybody got their feet wet, everybody had a lot of ice time and it’s nice to see everybody make a contribution,” Johnson said. “It’s good. If I’m a freshman, I got to play a lot, I made a contribution, so those jitters that maybe young kids have hopefully may be eased a little bit.”In the drubbing, Wisconsin outshot Lindenwood 72-3. For the weekend, the Badgers put 132 shots on goal to Lindenwood’s 14.Both sophomore goaltender Alex Rigsby and junior Nikki Kaasa saw time in net this weekend. Both games, Kaasa relieved Rigsby in the third period, facing about as many shots as Rigsby had in the previous periods.“Yeah, my dad made a comment after the game on Friday, ‘Not a lot changed as you went out on the ice in the third period,’” Kaasa said. “My defense, everybody played great this weekend, especially with us being short on players, definitely a good week to get our feet wet.”Friday night’s season opener could not have set the tone for the weekend in a better way.After watching a 2010-11 season recap video and finally dropping their national championship banner, the season opener was undeniably emotional for the Badgers. Nevertheless, UW was able to stay focused in skating to an 11-0 shutout win.“[Knight] and I both looked at each other after the banner dropped and we said we got the chills,” Decker said. “We know it’s the start of a new season and we just have to be ready to go.”The game began slowly. Both teams had only practiced for about a week with their coaches, so things weren’t expected to click instantly.Following a one-goal first period, the Badgers didn’t look back in scoring 10 goals throughout the remaining 40 minutes. Not only did Wisconsin dominate Lindenwood in its first Division I game, it absolutely trounced the newcomer, out-shooting them 60-11.With a short bench, the large majority of UW’s roster saw plenty of ice time. Specifically, the freshmen proved they can keep up with their defending national champion teammates.On the Badgers’ fifth goal of the night, freshman forward Blayre Turnbull sent the puck through the crease to waiting freshman forward Karley Sylvester who sent it into the net.“It means a lot,” Sylvester said of the goal. “In the beginning, I was super nervous – all of us freshman were. After the first shift, we got it out. Scoring in my first game, that’s pretty exciting.”“I think we’ve got a really good group of freshman girls coming in,” sophomore defenseman Kelly Jaminski added. “Even tonight it showed. They work hard, so I think that’s exciting. That’ll be good because it helps our season keep going hard.”As the most experienced Badger blue liner, Jaminski led UW’s defense while senior Brittany Haverstock and juniors Stefanie McKeough and Saige Pacholock are skating with the Canada National Team for the weekend. Junior Alev Kelter is also playing with the Wisconsin women’s soccer team.The sophomore scored her first two career goals as a Badger Friday night – both from the blue line – and also notched three assists on the night.“New people stepped up today and it was really exciting to see that,” Decker said. “Our depth is as strong as it was last season and that’s what is going to be a big threat for us.”last_img read more

Syracuse rises in rankings after Albany win

first_imgSyracuse (1-1) rose to No. 17 in Inside Lacrosse top-20 rankings on Monday following a 13-5 defeat of then-No. 15 Albany on Saturday.The three-spot climb from No. 20 comes a week after the Orange plummeted 10 spots following their 12-9 loss to Colgate in their opener.Around the Atlantic Coast Conference, every team is ranked. Duke is at No. 5, followed by No. 8 Notre Dame, No. 12 Virginia and No. 14 North Carolina. There’s also a new No. 1, Loyola, after Yale lost to Villanova over the weekend, pushing the Bulldogs out of the top spot.SU returns to the Carrier Dome this Sunday for a 4 p.m. faceoff with No. 13 Army (2-0).AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 18, 2019 at 12:39 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Grahamlast_img read more

Miller: Dodgers’ Trayce Thompson, Rockies’ Nolan Arenado share brotherly bond that dates to youth baseball

first_img“He’s at the top of the top competitive-wise,” Thompson says. “He hates to lose. I’m madder when I beat him at something than when I lose because I know it’s going to affect the rest of the day between us. But it’s just all in fun.”Says Arenado: “It’s friends stuff, you know? It starts with some trash talk and then there’s some hitting and then we’re wrestling. Just messing around.”Wait, wrestling? And hitting?!“It’s more joking, just to let out some tension,” Thompson says. “But it happens, yeah. I’m telling you, we’re just like brothers.”That’s how close these two Orange County kids have grown up to be – the most famous brother on the Dodgers talks about his counterpart on the Rockies as if they’re the ones who are related. They play on opposing teams, teams competing to win the same division and, this week, teams going pitch-for-pitch in a frantic, flailing attempt to keep up with the Giants.So, sure, there’s a genuine intensity separating Trayce Thompson and Nolan Arenado, the sort of intensity typically found only between the worst of enemies.Or the best of friends.Intensity, you see, also can pull two people together. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img One of Trayce’s real brothers, of course, is Klay Thompson, who’s in the middle of trying to win a second consecutive NBA title with the Golden State Warriors.Yet, here at Dodger Stadium, the brotherly love between Thompson and Arenado is as obvious as it must have been the first time they had a sleepover.It all began half their young lives ago, on a travel team called the All-Star Dugout Bulldogs. They also played together on various scout teams and in multiple showcase events.After high school – Arenado attended El Toro and Thompson went to Santa Margarita – they both were taken in the second round of the 2009 draft, their budding bond exemplified by the fact they were selected so close together, 59th and 61st, respectively.From there, the two began planning their offseason workouts together and hanging out more and more, playing basketball or video games or pretty much anything else where, in the end, a winner could be identified, just in time to rub the loser’s nose in it.Today, they still hit and throw together in the winter at Baseball Performance Academy in San Juan Capistrano. They also exchange text messages daily – Thompson: “I do that with just my parents and Nolan.” – and check in after almost every game each one of them plays.Pretty cool, huh, two long-time pals realizing their big-league dreams together, Arenado now recognized as one of the game’s best players and Thompson further establishing himself with the Dodgers?“As we got into high school this became something we talked about,” Arenado says. “And it was always, ‘When we get to the major leagues …’ It was a belief, and we worked hard to make it happen.”Cool? Well, it gets better. When these two teams met in Denver in April, the moms – Julie Thompson and Millie Arenado – flew together from Orange County to be there in person, where they sat together at Coors Field, just like during the All-Star Dugout Bulldog days.Their two boys hadn’t played against one another in a real game since Class A ball.“It’s a blessing, no doubt,” Arenado says. “We’re very thankful for stuff like that. It was great to have our moms there. It reminded us of when we were little kids, the families hanging out together.”Arenado is as much a part of the Rockies as the color purple. Entering Tuesday, he led the National League in home runs and RBIs, did this 2015 All-Star third baseman who last season also won his third Gold Glove.Two months ago, on the occasion of his 25th birthday, Arenado was the subject of a Denver Post story suggesting he could eventually supplant Todd Helton as the franchise’s all-time best player.“It’s just like seeing all the success my brother has had,” Thompson says. “It’s literally the same thing.”Thompson’s spot on the Dodgers’ opening day roster might not have been a reality had Andre Ethier reminded healthy. This week, in part because of Thompson’s play, the Dodgers cut loose Carl Crawford, despite still owing Crawford nearly $35 million.Thompson is first or second on the team in homers, average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, his swing looking as certain as Arenado assured Thompson it was during their winter batting practice sessions.“He never stopped working,” Arenado says. “I remember in the offseason telling him, ‘Your swing’s different. You look more confident. I think good things are going to happen.’ I couldn’t be happier for him.”Couldn’t be happier for him, that is, until these two buddies share the tee box somewhere in Orange County this fall, at which point both could be wound up snugger than a Titleist.Even more than baseball, the competitive spirit between Arenado and Thompson might burn hottest on the golf course, the two typically playing within a couple strokes of each other.This past offseason, however, Thompson wasn’t able to play much after he was traded to the Dodgers and his training schedule changed.“In years past, it was really close,” Arenado says. “This last year, I was better than him because he stopped playing. He gave up, and you can tell him I said that. He quit on me.”Says Thompson: “I’ll give him the crown this year. But I will say this, the last time we played, in spring training, I beat him.”And isn’t that just like best friends, talking trash and trading blows right up until the final word?last_img read more