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: email@example.com | @CraneAndrew
Rooney added: “The United fans need to be a bit patient with what’s going on and let these players try and prove themselves.“They need to bring some players in, they need to also get rid of some players, and within two or three years they have to be challenging again.”Derby, managed by former Dutch international midfielder Phillip Cocu, are 13th in the second-tier Championship and while Rooney knows the Rams are underdogs, he believes they can surprise his old club.While enjoying his current role as Derby’s playmaker from a deeper midfield position, Rooney has his eye on a long-term future in the dugout.“I think it’s a shame when you see great players walking away and not really having a go at management or coaching,” he said.“I’m a player first and foremost and then a coach, to try and learn to help me in the long run.”Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Wayne Rooney has urged Manchester United fans to be patient, saying it could take “two or three years” before they return to the top of the game.Rooney, United’s record scorer with 253 goals, is set to face his old club in the FA Cup fifth round when the Red Devils travel to Derby on Thursday.He spent 13 years at Old Trafford, during which he won every domestic honour along with the Champions League and the Europa League.Rooney, 34, returned to boyhood club Everton in 2017 before embarking on a spell with Major League Soccer outfit DC United. He played his first game for Derby as a player-coach in January.The former England captain feels United are moving in the right direction under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but need time before they challenge for major honours.“It is going to take another two or three years, I believe,” Rooney told the British press. “The important thing is for them to try and get into the Champions League this year.“It is really tight at the minute. I think that will help them a lot if they can do that — but it is going to take time.”
Facebook73Tweet0Pin0Submitted by SCJ AllianceDuring the wettest rainy season in Puget Sound history, a whole team of little girls had dry shin guards.The Salish Middle School soccer field stayed dry last winter thanks to the amazing irrigation plan by Trent Grantham. Photo courtesy: SCJ AllianceThe U9 soccer team out of Lacey, Wash. practiced at a few fields around town, but strongly preferred the new pitch at Salish Middle School. Why? It kept them dry.SCJ Alliance’s landscape architecture team provided extensive site development design services for the new middle school including a sustainable landscape, irrigation system, and the esteemed sports fields.“Salish Middle School opened last fall. So, we’ve had a full year to see how things have grown in and stood up to the elements,” SCJ Principal Landscape Architect Jeff Glander said. “After the rainiest winter on record and the longest dry spell this summer, everything from the soil to the irrigation have been put to the test and passed.”SCJ Principal Landscape Architect Jeff Glander (on right) and Landscape Architect Trent Grantham worked hard to create a usable space that can withstand our weather. Photo courtesy: SCJ AllianceSCJ designed outdoor spaces across the 18-acre campus including the main entry plaza, student gathering areas, and hard court play spaces. Sports field design included a softball field, a running track, and the football/soccer field.Landscape Architect Trent Grantham designed the fields. “It’s great to hear our soil profiles are working out,” he said. “To hear it straight from kids who are using it is even better.”School starts again in just a few short weeks, ushering in a new season for the landscape and new crop of students to test out the design.