Lamolinara returns to form, becomes force in net in Syracuse’s win over Georgetown

first_img Published on April 20, 2013 at 6:42 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2 WASHINGTON — Dominic Lamolinara shoulders some of the blame for Syracuse’s loss to Hobart. He made just seven saves and allowed 13 goals in Tuesday’s loss to the Statesmen.He’s been solid for the most part for the Orange since joining the starting lineup on March 19 against Providence, but his performance against Hobart led SU head coach John Desko to discuss replacing his struggling goaltender with former starter Bobby Wardwell. So Lamolinara’s performance on Saturday was much needed.“Dom was a little shaken up at the Hobart loss,” Syracuse defender Brian Megill said. “Dom’s a great leader and he’s going to get on his game eventually, and he did.”Lamolinara’s struggles continued early—he allowed three goals without making a save in the opening quarter – but he straightened up and locked down the Georgetown offense over the final three quarters of the No. 3 Orange’s 9-8 win on Saturday. He finished the day with 10 saves to just eight goals allowed, good for a 55.6 save percentage.But he didn’t necessarily struggle in the first quarter because of anything he was doing wrong. Twice the SU defense let a Hoya in close for an easy shot, and the third goal came on an extra-man opportunity for GU.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I was seeing the ball the whole game,” Lamolinara said, “they just had some real good shots in the first quarter.”After the first quarter, the gaffes were few and far between for Lamolinara. As Syracuse made its run in the second half, Lamolinara stood tall between the pipes.He reached down to make saves – like one on Zac Guy early in the second half – and leaped up to knock balls out of the air – like the one he made on Joseph Bucci’s shot midway through the third quarter.“They got a couple of decent looks and I thought he made some very good saves, some one-on-one saves and some good shots from the outside he took away from (them),” Desko said. “He finished with 10 saves on the day and it came at the right time.”But the biggest play of the day came without him even making a save. When Syracuse midfielder Steve Ianzito’s stick broke with less than 30 seconds remaining, the Orange went into a de facto man-down situation while nursing a one-goal lead.He braced for the shot, but Lamolinara never panicked. He let his defense rotate as Drew Jenkins came on to replace Ianzito. Dan McKinney’s pass sailed out of bounds. Lamolinara made the saves he needed, but on the final play, luck smiled upon him as well.“The first thing I thought of was, ‘OK, shot’s about to come,’” Lamolinara said. “But he didn’t have much of an angle so he held on to it and we were able to rotate down and I don’t think they knew where the open guy was, so we lucked out.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Syracuse centers struggle in 18-point loss to No. 14 Louisville

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 25, 2016 at 11:20 pm Contact Connor: [email protected] | @connorgrossman On the heels of a loss to Notre Dame in which Syracuse never led, head coach Quentin Hillsman squatted and averted his sightline away from the scoreboard as he watched his team struggle to make its first basket of the game.Briana Day tried to weave her way through two Louisville defenders with the Orange having been shutout for the opening two and a half minutes. The ball flew out of her hands as the Cardinals defense closed in.On SU’s ensuing possession she clanked a layup off the back of the rim, and the tumultuous start to the game for the Orange’s junior center was punctuated by two missed free throws.“It was just sloppy,” Day said. “I wasn’t playing hard, really.”“…That’s not how you want to start off the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse finally scored on a Cornelia Fondren jumper after nearly four minutes of being shut out, and Briana Day was lifted for her sister Bria two minutes later. Briana Day high-fived her teammates with her head down, and waved off the team manager offering her a water bottle as she tried to piece together another lackluster start for SU.The Orange (14-6, 4-3 Atlantic Coast) faltered early again, falling behind by as many as 29 in the first half, and lost 71-53 to the No. 14 Cardinals (15-5, 7-0) just four days after being blown out by 28 points against the Fighting Irish. Syracuse was stung by poor play from its centers, who totaled only two defensive rebounds and struggled to box out a bulky Louisville team under the basket.Briana Day, SU’s leading rebounder, has secured only 12 rebounds in the Orange’s last three games after corralling 10 boards against Pittsburgh on Jan. 14.“I don’t know what it is,” Day said, “I’m not rebounding.”“…I don’t understand what’s going on.”Hillsman leaned on a rotation of both Day sisters and Julia Chandler at center to solve his team’s scoring and defensive woes. Upon entering the game with 1:49 remaining in the first quarter, Chandler was promptly rung up for a three-second violation as she dished the ball outside the arc to an open Brittney Sykes.The Orange’s centers were a revolving door of missteps early on, and Cardinals guard Myisha Hines-Allen — who led the game with 27 points — consistently made it tough down low for SU’s bigs.Hines-Allen bodied her way past Chandler under the basket for a layup on the first possession of the second quarter, continuing to balloon Louisville’s eventual 34 total points scored in the paint.“I think our transition defense really broke us down,” Fondren said. “…We should’ve just kept on competing.”SU countered with only 18 points in the paint, and was consistently met with pressure down low from the Cardinals center-less starting lineup.Briana Day corralled a pair of offensive rebounds in a stretch of seconds midway through the second quarter, but failed to capitalize on the opportunity as she heaved a layup over the basket entirely and into the hands of the Cardinals’ defense.Syracuse eventually evened out on the offensive end and clawed back to an 11-point deficit, but was met with familiar problems in the paramount minutes of the fourth quarter.On one of the Orange’s final fast break attempts with the game within reach, Sykes looked down the court to a streaking Bria Day. She lobbed a long pass forward that just deflected off Bria Day’s outstretched hand, dinging the Orange for another one of its 19 turnovers.The play provided a sense of finality to the game, one that was always out of reach.Said Hillsman: “I don’t think we were ready to play. We came out flat.” Commentslast_img read more