West proves reliable deep-ball threat for Syracuse passing game in loss to Notre Dame

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — It wasn’t quite the connection Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson had with wide receiver Will Fuller, but Terrel Hunt and Jarrod West were on the same page, too.Trailing for all but about 15 minutes of the game against Notre Dame, Syracuse had to drop the running game and attack the Fighting Irish through the air. If there were any positives from Hunt’s outing against Maryland on Sept. 20, it was the rapport he’s continuing to develop with West. The same could be said of SU’s 31-15 loss to No. 8 Notre Dame at MetLife Stadium on Saturday night.West became the 11th receiver in program history with 100 career receptions and eclipsed 100 receiving yards in a game for the second time in his career.He finished with a career-high eight catches for 103 yards — no other Syracuse receiver logged more than 58 — after having just three receptions for 9 yards at halftime.“I’m not a selfish player, so it’s not frustrating,” West said of not getting involved until late in the game. “I just try to go out and whatever comes my way, I try to make my plays.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn SU’s first play of the second half, Hunt found West for a gain of 33. That moved the Orange into UND territory before Hunt threw a drive-killing interception four plays later.Late in the third quarter, Hunt dropped in a well-placed pass for West, who brought it in for a gain of 28 and again moved Syracuse past midfield. The senior wideout added a 19-yard reception in the fourth quarter to convert a third down and set SU up in the red zone.“They did a great job of slowing down the run and making us pass,” West said.Against the Terrapins on Sept. 20, West recorded 74 receiving yards, the bulk of which came on a 51-yard reception down the left sideline.As Syracuse looks to rebound from an off performance in the running game, the offense can only benefit from Hunt and West stretching out defenses and taking what it’s given.“Jarrod’s becoming a big-play threat down the field and it’s very encouraging to see,” left tackle Sean Hickey said. “It’s good to have a vertical passing game working like that. It helps out the running game a lot.” Comments Published on September 30, 2014 at 12:15 am Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Fast reaction: 3 takeaways from No. 2 seed Syracuse’s 11-10 win over No. 15 Yale

first_img Published on May 14, 2017 at 10:08 pm Contact Charlie: csdistur@syr.edu | @charliedisturco Facebook Twitter Google+ ­­­­In the opening round of the NCAA tournament, second-seeded Syracuse (13-2, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) knocked off No. 15 seed Yale (10-6, 5-1 Ivy), 11-10, on Sunday night at the Carrier Dome. Syracuse’s one-goal game marked the team’s 11th single-score bout this season. Freshman Jamie Trimboli and senior Nick Mariano each scored a pair of goals in a back and forth game that ended with redshirt freshman Stephen Rehfuss’ go-ahead goal with just over two minutes left. Despite winning just four faceoffs all game, Syracuse clawed back and defeated the Bulldogs.Here are three quick reactions to SU’s win over Yale.Stephen Rehfuss plays heroReceiving the pass from Jordan Evans, Rehfuss turned and darted around the cage. As the clock neared two minutes and Syracuse remained knotted in a 10-all tie. Coming around the cage and nearing the 15-yard line, Rehfuss turned and fired, hitting the back of the net. He took a couple of steps forward and fist pumped as the crowd erupted.For the first time all game, Rehfuss found the back of the net. And it came when Syracuse needed it badly.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU’s Achilles heel reappears Ben Williams’ inconsistency seemed to dissipate as the NCAA tournament neared. All season he has struggled at the faceoff X, a location he dominated for three years prior. But on Sunday night, the same Williams that went 21 minutes, 16 seconds without a win in the ACC tournament against North Carolina, reappeared. After winning the opening faceoff, Williams lost seven straight before being replaced by Danny Varello — a common substitute for SU head coach John Desko when Williams struggles. Even Varello struggled, losing three straight before Williams jogged back onto the field.Over 40 minutes separated Syracuse’s first faceoff win with its second. Yet, the team trailed by just two at the time. Varello followed up that win with his second — SU’s third overall — eventually resulting in an Orange goal and an 8-8 tie.The rest of the game remained similar: Varello or Williams would approach the faceoff X and usually jogged off in defeat. But somehow, despite the failures at the X, Syracuse managed to keep the game within striking distance.Third-quarter run saves gameEntering halftime, Syracuse trailed by two. The team had just one second-quarter goal and four total to its name. The offense struggled to find possession time from the struggles at the faceoff X. But, in the third quarter, the defense buckled down and faceoffs began to trickle SU’s way.In the third quarter, SU forced three turnovers and won the ground ball battle, despite trailing 22-7 in grounders at the half. A 5-1 run followed and for the first time since the second quarter, SU gripped onto a one-goal lead.The late third-quarter run gave the Orange enough gas to pull out a lead. While that dissipated in the fourth, the run allowed SU to remain within striking distance until Rehfuss put the game away with a bullet. Commentslast_img read more

Keeping the book: Dodgers fans keep art of scorekeeping alive

first_imgOne of her favorite scorekeeping books was in 2009, when she snuck into Dodger Stadium and took a picture of her two dogs, Bailey and Sweet Pea, with the “Think Blue” sign in the back.This season, she’s scored 60 baseball games and flips through the pages like it’s a spiral notebook from a semester’s worth of note taking in college.She has the score sheet from when Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw got his 300th strikeout. There was a game that ended on a balk. Lussier, who works as an information technology specialist for the California State University system, said she enjoys being able to look back at a score sheet and remember the game. Sort of like instant replay with a pencil and paper.The downside, she said, is she can sometimes miss an exciting moment because her head is buried in the notebook and not looking at the field.“You have to make choices sometimes,” she said. “You find a balance. Maybe you don’t record every strike and ball and you see more of the game.”She said, however, when Kershaw pitches, she thinks it’s possible he could throw a perfect game.“In that case, I want to have a perfect score sheet,” she said.Pamela Wilson agreed and said she’s missed some exciting plays while keeping score. She said, however, the score sheet makes her feel comfortable. Like it’s part of the game experience.Proulx said she probably has about 500 score sheets from games at home. Lussier said she may have close to double that. Proulx said she also won’t go to technology to keep score.Swapping out paper and a pencil for a smartphone app would be like pinch-hitting a rookie for a Hall-of-Fame-bound veteran.“The app has no character,” she said. “It has to be paper.”When they settled in their seats for the start of the game — a sluggish affair that was 0-0 after the third inning — the scorekeepers dutifully charted pitch counts and noted strikeouts.During David Wright’s at-bat against the Dodgers’ Kershaw in the first inning, the Mets third baseman fouled off six pitches and forced the starter to throw 12 of his 22 pitches that inning.Proulx had to erase a few that she thought were strikes. She pressed hard on the lead to count the pitches. She said she sometimes presses so hard, she breaks the lead.“When I was a kid, I tended to break the crayons, too,” she said.Proulx said she gets great satisfaction out recording history. She just hopes this year will be one where she is charting pitches during a World Series. She’s a former schoolteacher and now teaches martial arts in Claremont. She loves baseball and is hoping to pass along the love to her two grandchildren, ages 6 and 2, though she doesn’t take them to Dodgers games when she keeps score because, well, she sort of really gets into it.“It’s important to give a lot of yourself to others, but to do that well, you have to do something for yourself that brings you joy,” she said. “For me, it’s keeping score during a baseball game.”The focus is intense. And she’s not alone.In the top deck during Friday’s playoff game between the Dodgers and the New York Mets, there were almost a dozen people with their scorekeeping binders dotting the rows of light-blue seats. Each had their own style, but they all bonded in this old-school fraternity of baseball tradition.Jeanine Lussier custom-made her own scoring sheets and, as word got around, others asked if she could make some for them. She said she currently makes about four or five scoring books — complete with a custom photo on the front. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Before she heads to Dodger Stadium, Holly Proulx goes through her equipment checklist. There’s the scoring book. A pencil — with 0.9 thickness lead. Two erasers. Headphones and radio.Oh, and Billy Proulx, her husband.“First time we both went to a Dodger game in 1980, we both kept score,” he said. “After awhile, I figured there was no reason for both of us to do it, so I became her spotter.”That means he has the binoculars slung around his neck while she make notes about the game started.last_img read more