Syracuse drops final regular season game to Robert Morris, 4-2

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ It took 100 minutes and 21 seconds for Syracuse to find the back of the net this weekend against Robert Morris. And by the time it did, the Colonials were already cruising to their third blowout victory against the Orange this season.SU (10-21-3, 10-8-2 College Hockey America) conceded three second-period goals to RMU (15-13-6, 13-4-3) and never recovered, falling 4-2 in Colonials Arena on Saturday afternoon in its last regular season game of the season. The Colonials had already clinched the top spot in CHA on Friday, and they handed the Orange their second straight loss heading into the CHA Tournament starting next Wednesday.A scoreless first period saw SU create more chances toward the net. The Orange outshot the Colonials 12-4 in the frame and had 26 total shot attempts to just nine by RMU. In the second, Syracuse again had more shots, but Robert Morris struck thrice.Caitlyn Sadowy opened the scoring 3:20 into the middle frame. Then Leah Marino made it 2-0 just over halfway through the period. With under two minutes before the second intermission, Janey Sandoval added another RMU marker.On Friday, SU head coach Paul Flanagan pulled his starting goalie Ady Cohen after two periods because she gave up four goals on 19 shots. This time, Flanagan kept his starter, Maddi Welch, in for the third period. The senior made just 13 saves on 17 shots.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse kept hopes of a comeback alive with an early goal in the final frame. A puck from below the goal line came to Savannah Rennie on top of the crease, and she hacked at it. RMU goalie Lauren Bailey made the initial stop, but the rebound looped high in the air and landed behind her in the crease where Kristen Siermachesky jammed it home. The junior defender returned from an upper-body injury this weekend and tallied her first career goal in her 62nd game.The game settled into a lull with chances for both sides before Marino capitalized on a neutral zone turnover. She beat Logan Hicks, who started the season as a forward, for speed and roofed a wrist shot over Welch’s right shoulder, re-establishing RMU’s three-goal lead.Another Syracuse player, Amanda Backebo, earned her first career goal in her 84th game with the Orange. Victoria Klimek’s initial shot was kicked right to Backebo cutting in on the other side, and the goalie dove but couldn’t reach Backebo’s shot. It cut the lead to 4-2, which would remain for the rest of the game.Syracuse heads to the CHA Tournament as the No. 3 seed and is locked in to play against No. 6 seed Lindenwood on Wednesday at the Harborcenter in Buffalo with the time yet to be decided. The first quarterfinal starts at 4:30 p.m., and the second begins at 7:30 p.m. The Orange won’t face RMU again unless both teams make the championship game next Friday. Comments Published on March 2, 2019 at 6:38 pm Contact Arabdho: armajumd@syr.edu | @aromajumder last_img read more

Photos: Awal Mohammed seals three-year Raja deal

first_imgRaja Casablanca have finally signed Ghana defender Awal Mohammed in a free agent deal.The Moroccan giants finally landed their man after a protracted transfer dealing which spanned for almost a month. Sources had revealed that the former Maritzburg United’s initial preference for a deal with an unnamed MLS side to the Moroccan League.Raja’s Dutch coach, Ruud Krol, had personally recommended the signing of the 27-year-old centre-back subject to medicals but initial feet-dragging saw the club try out Nigeria’s Kunle Odunlami and Senegal’s Somare but both defenders failed to impress the manager.Raja made headways with Awal’s camp as he finally arrived to have his medical last Thursday ahead of a three-year deal.Supersport.com understands the deal nearly broke down when it was detected the Black Stars defender was suffering from a knee problem. According to sources, Raja were convinced it was not much of a problem withnthe club insisting a termination clause should Awal be sidelined for a long period due to the knee complication during the contract period.Awal signed his three-year ccontract in the presence of his London-based agent Kwame on Saturday and will have the chance to join his new teammates for their July 31 – August 10 pre-season tour of Turkey. Awal was sold to Saudi Arabia’s Al Shabab by Maritzburg in January but the tall defender terminated his contract with the club three months later over non-payment of his entitlements.  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more