Opponent preview: What to know about the Colgate Raiders

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ For the second-consecutive year, Syracuse opens its season against Colgate. The No. 5 Orange enter this year’s matchup five spots higher in Inside Lacrosse’s preseason media poll than last year and employ a new-look offense. The Raiders, on the other hand, are coming off a four-win season in which they couldn’t build off the early upset over SU.Here’s what to know about Colgate before Friday’s season opener at 4 p.m.Last time they played: The last time Colgate and Syracuse faced-off ended in one of the most stunning upsets for SU in recent years. Before the 12-9 loss to unranked Colgate, John Desko had won 19 of 20 openers with the Orange. In one of the Orange’s lowest offensive outputs of the 2019 season, Nate Solomon and Brendan Curry tallied three goals apiece. Colgate’s Nicky Petkevich led all scorers with four goals, and Will Blumenberg scored the eventual game-winning goal with 8:06 left in the fourth quarter. The Red Raiders finished with more shots and ground balls than the Orange, but SU did go 3-for-5 on extra man opportunities.All-time series: Syracuse leads, 48-12-1 The Colgate report: Colgate is still a work in progress. Head coach Matt Karweck made strides in his first season, including back-to-back wins to open the year, but also struggled at times, especially over the final 11 games that included nine losses. Griffin Brown returns as the top offensive option at midfield, but Colgate shares the Orange’s most profound weakness: defense. Five defensive players graduated — two close defenders, a starting goalie and a pair of short-stick defensive midfielders.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Raiders opened their season with a loss to No. 10 North Carolina, 19-6, on Feb. 1. Brown had three goals and took eight of Colgate’s 20 shots on goal. How Syracuse beats Colgate: If Syracuse’s offense is what it claims to be, the Orange will win by overpowering the Raiders. When these two teams met last year, Colgate slides forced SU to hold onto the ball too long, midfield Jamie Trimboli said. So this year, the Orange need quick ball movement that gives their playmakers — Trimboli, Tucker Dordevic, Chase Scanlan — space to dodge and shoot. Should Syracuse do that and limit Brown, the Raiders’ best player, SU should coast in its season opener. But that’s what everyone thought would happen last year.State to know: 8 — The number of scorers Colgate returns from its 2019 top 11. Brown and now-graduated Sam Cleveland combined for 32% of the Red Raiders’ goals last year, but the group behind them contributed points at a consistent rate.Player to watch: Griffin Brown, Midfield, No. 11Colgate’s offense the last three seasons has run through Brown. The McLean, Virginia native notched 34 goals in 2018 before following that up with 20 in 2019 — including one goal and three points in the Raiders’ win over Syracuse. Brown has been the leading scorer all three years he’s been in Hamilton. With Colgate losing its second-best offensive player in Cleveland, look for Brown to take on a larger role in cracking Syracuse’s inexperienced close defense. Comments Published on February 6, 2020 at 12:28 am Contact Andrew: arcrane@syr.edu | @CraneAndrewlast_img read more

BetConstruct enters relationship with Pro Football Hall of Fame

first_imgShare Nuno Gomes joins BetConstruct and FeedConstruct as brand ambassador June 18, 2020 New Polish poker table in BetGames section for STS July 15, 2020 StumbleUpon VBET agrees Armenian Premier League and Armenian Cup sponsorship August 13, 2020 Submit Share Related Articles BetConstruct, in partnership with Atlantis Gaming Corporation, has entered into a relationship with the Pro Football Hall of Fame. A formal announcement is expected soon, but the three entities have agreed in concept on the launch of a premium fantasy sports experience in the United States market.BetConstruct applied a deep understanding of players’ needs to develop a fully customisable fantasy sports software with reliable fantasy data and marketing guidance to 40-plus partners around the world.The Pro Football Hall of Fame, as one of the most recognised organisations in sports, is examining how the use of its brand can bring an instant fan base to jumpstart the new Fantasy Sports Platform.Hall of Fame President & CEO David Baker said: “The Pro Football Hall of Fame is pleased to be exploring how a partnership in the gaming industry can support its important mission to Honor the Heroes of the Game, Preserve its History, Promote its Values and Celebrate Excellence everywhere.”Jonathan Aiwazian, BetConstruct Head of US Operations, added:“We are thrilled to provide our fantasy sports technology for this exciting venture with the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Tribal Gaming Network. “Through BetConstruct’s world-class fantasy sports platform, the leverage of the Tribal Gaming Network, and the trusted brand of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, this partnership will deliver a truly exceptional fantasy sports experience to players.”Donald L. Bailey President & CEO of Atlantis Gaming Corporation, said: “Atlantis Gaming is proud to introduce this exciting Daily Fantasy Sports product nationwide in states that offer legal Daily Fantasy Sports via our Tribal Gaming Network.”last_img read more