3-goal 2nd period pushes Syracuse past Mercyhurst

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ A three-goal second period was what Syracuse (3-5-3, 3-1-1 College Hockey America) needed to triumph over Mercyhurst (2-8-1, 1-4-0 CHA) at Mercyhurst Ice Center in Erie, Pennsylvania.Mercyhurst opened the scoring about halfway through the first period on a power play goal off the stick of Rachael Smith.Coming out of the first intermission down a goal — something all too familiar for the Orange this year — Syracuse came roaring back in the third, scoring two goals in the first four minutes of the second period. Heather Schwarz and Stephanie Grossi tallied the goals for the Orange. Schwarz notched her second goal about ten minutes later in the period, on the power play, to make the score 3-1.Mercyhurst clawed back to within one goal with 30 seconds left in the second period courtesy of Brook Hartwick’s power play goal. SU uncharacteristically allowed two power play goals, raising the total amount to ten on the season.As the third period commenced, Syracuse searched for a dagger. It came on the power play as Megan Quinn scored. The Orange went 2-for-4 on the power play against Mercyhurst, its best ratio of the season by far. Mercyhurst went 2-for-8.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAcross the board both teams were fairly equal statistically, with the only glaring inequality blocked shots — 10 to 5, in favor of Syracuse.Syracuse and Mercyhurst play again on Saturday at 2 p.m. Comments Published on November 11, 2016 at 5:50 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Grahamlast_img read more

Clippers’ Austin Rivers has improved his defensive game

first_img“Austin seems like he’s playing with a lot more confidence, being a leader, too,” Paul said. “And that comes with maturity, years of experience and stuff like that.”The endeavor, the younger Rivers said, is to become the best overall player possible.“So that’s my goal this year, is to be a two-way player to help this team any way I can,” he said.CP3 likes what he seesIt’s been said time and again about how Paul has never made it to the conference finals during his 10-year career. Paul didn’t touch on that Tuesday, but he did talk about how terrific and fierce this camp has been.“Probably haven’t been in a more intense, but also efficient, camp,” he said.Paul also gave his gut feeling about the team, which includes a grip of new and key players.“I’m excited about our team,” he said. “Just like every other team who was excited yesterday on media day, thinking about the possibilities and the chance of going 82-0, you know what I mean? So right now, optimistic and excited about what we have.”Serious travelThe Clippers will open their six-game exhibition season Friday when they play host to the Denver Nuggets at 7:30 p.m. at Staples Center. Then they travel for a Sunday game against Toronto in Canada before embarking on a trip to China, where they will play the Charlotte Hornets on Oct. 10 and Oct. 14.It’s good for bonding, Doc Rivers said, especially for a team with so many new faces.“The China travel is a little much, but if we’re going to go, I guess this year would probably be the right year to go because we have so many guys,” he said. “It will give us a chance to get to know each other a little bit better.”The Clippers’ final two exhibition games will be Oct. 20 against Golden State and Oct. 22 against Portland — both at Staples Center. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Absolutely, I’ve gotten a lot stronger,” said Austin Rivers, who is just 23.That’s because he’s been pumping iron.“I’ve gained 10 pounds, which is a lot,” he said. “I didn’t plan on gaining that much, but I was just lifting a lot in the summer, so my upper body is a lot stronger, which has actually gotten me quicker. I’m a lot quicker than I was.“I’ve always had a quick first step, but my strength has gotten me, you know, to guard these athletic guards. It’s really helped me. … Being in shape and feeling strong, it just makes you want go guard anybody.”Austin Rivers also said he’s been working on his mid-range jumper, and that he now feels very sure about shooting it. Starting point guard Chris Paul has noticed that Rivers is doing everything with more certainty.center_img IRVINE >> Clippers coach Doc Rivers on Tuesday was talking about how well his team is doing defensively during training camp, when he touched on his son, reserve guard Austin Rivers.“I think probably Austin has made the biggest improvement defensively,” the elder Rivers said after the fourth and final day of camp at UC Irvine.The Clippers were just fine offensively last season. They averaged 106.7 points, second only to the 110.0 of NBA champion Golden State. But the Clippers allowed 100.1 points, which was 16th out of 30 teams.Entering camp, Doc Rivers stressed that defense is where his team needed to improve most. Austin Rivers is taking that challenge seriously, so he did not hold back when asked if his father is right by declaring him better in that regard.last_img read more