Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 31, 2016 at 10:08 pm Contact Andrew: email@example.com | @A_E_Graham Head coach Paul Flanagan lamented his team’s poor conditioning after unraveling in the third period against Colgate on Oct. 21 in a 3-2 loss.“Losing a step” in the third period every weekend had cost the Orange as its record sat at a disappointing 0-4-2 heading into conference play.Snapping out of a third-period funk seemed paramount to SU’s success heading into a weekend series against Lindenwood. It did just that on Friday and Saturday in wins over the Lions.As Abbey Miller pitched two straight shutouts for the Orange, the offense took over, scoring four goals in both games. Each night, Syracuse tallied a third-period goal. Showing the ability to finish games is a key for Syracuse (2-4-2, 2-0 College Hockey America), and Flanagan said it comes down to the team’s conditioning.“If we’re slowing down in the third period then we need to figure out a way to keep going,” forward Alysha Burriss said. “And if that’s conditioning then that’s what we need to do. I think that for the most part we’re in pretty good shape, but there’s always room for improvement.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLeigh Ann Rodgers | Contributing PhotographerThrough the first six games, SU allowed six goals in the third period, four of which were game-tying, go-ahead or game-winning.The biggest let down of non-conference play came against Colgate when the Orange jumped out to a two-goal lead in the first ten minutes of the first game, only to watch it slowly slip away. Colgate scored the game-winning goal with 4:28 left in the game.One of Flanagan’s biggest takeaways from that game was SU’s pattern of slowing down in the third period, thus letting teams back into games.“I was a little frustrated,” Flanagan said, “I thought we were a step behind the last eight or ten minutes and that resulted in us just standing there watching on Friday night as (Colgate) scored the game winning goal.”Fixing the conditioning problem is relatively simple and just requires a little more time and work in practice to close any gap between Syracuse and other teams, players said.Players agreed with their coach but cited overconfidence and lack of enthusiasm late in games.“I don’t necessarily think it’s our conditioning,” Heather Schwarz said, “I think we’re maybe holding up a bit going into the third. When we have a lead we’re not going as quickly because we’re like, ‘Oh, we have a lead, let’s slow it down a bit.’“It gets to the second and third and it gets quiet on the bench and were not really cheering. We’re not keeping it upbeat.”Syracuse found the solution to its third-period slump against Lindenwood. The Orange jumped out to commanding leads in both games, entering the third period up 3-0 each night.SU did not slow down or let Lindenwood back in the game, notching its first two wins of the season.“I know these girls are working really hard,” Schwarz said. “But you know, more conditioning never hurt anyone.” Comments
Wisconsin helped build its top 10 case after defeating current-No. 10 University of Nebraska last Saturday in a 23-17 overtime thriller at Camp Randall Stadium.Prior to Tuesday night’s verdict, the Badgers were also ranked as the eighth-best team in the country by the AP Poll. While the Badgers didn’t budge in the new CFP poll, this wasn’t the case for most teams.Football: Wisconsin survives Halloween scare from Nebraska in 23-17 overtime winThe last two times Nebraska visited Camp Randall Stadium, the University of Wisconsin football team imposed its will in the Read…The committee delivered its first top 25 poll of the 2016-17 season ruling the current four playoff contenders as No. 1 University of Alabama, No. 2 University of Michigan, No. 3 Clemson University and No. 4 Texas A&M University.Undefeated and AP No. 4 University of Washington was the lone team from the AP’s top four that did not align with the playoff committee’s original cut Tuesday night. This may come as a surprise to some considering Texas A&M — the team that replaced the Huskies at No. 4 in the CFP poll — already suffered a 19-point loss to Alabama earlier this season.Football: Wisconsin survives Halloween scare from Nebraska in 23-17 overtime winThe last two times Nebraska visited Camp Randall Stadium, the University of Wisconsin football team imposed its will in the Read…Overall, the Big Ten fared well in the College Football Playoff rankings compared to the previous AP Poll evaluations. While the conference lacks any representation between the No. 13 and 25 spots in the new rankings, the Big Ten managed to land five teams inside of the top 12. The SEC was a close second as the only other conference to boast five teams inside of the top 15.With Michigan currently occupying the No. 2 spot and a one-loss Ohio State team looking in from the outside at No. 6, the Big Ten is in a prime position to make a third consecutive College Football Playoff appearance.As of now, it appears the winner of the Ohio State (7-1, 4-1 Big Ten) vs. Michigan (8-0, 5-0 Big Ten) game is the team most likely to represent the conference in the 2016 playoff.While the possibility is hanging on by a thread of probability, Wisconsin (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten) is still technically alive in the playoff race. For this to happen, they would not only need to win out, but they would also need some help from Nebraska.Football: Wisconsin feels the loss of its physical and emotion leaderJack Cichy will not step on the field again for the University of Wisconsin football team this season. A torn Read…If the Buckeyes can hand the Cornhuskers their second loss in Columbus this weekend, Wisconsin’s chances — though still slim — would increase. This is because a 10-2 Wisconsin team would hold the head-to-head advantage over Nebraska, which appears to be the Badgers’ greatest competitor in the Big Ten West title chase.If the Badgers can win all four of their remaining games to win the West, they would still need to defeat an unbeaten Michigan, or perhaps a one-loss Ohio State team, in the conference championship game to claim one of the four most coveted spots in college football. The College Football Playoff selection committee named the University of Wisconsin football team No. 8 in the nation Tuesday night.