Opponent preview: What to know about Saturday’s matchup against Binghamton

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ After putting up 21 goals against Colgate last weekend, the No. 5 Syracuse offense will look to hit at least 20 again this Saturday at 2 p.m. versus Binghamton. Chase Scanlan has a chance to add to his NCAA-leading tally of seven goals. On the other end, Binghamton will look to hit five goals for the first ti this season after failing to do so against Marist College last Saturday.Here’s what to know before this weekend’s matchup.Last time they played: One year after nearly upsetting the Orange in 2017, Binghamton entered the Carrier Dome to play a team that — for the first time in 13 years — didn’t feature a No. 22. That February matchup didn’t go as Binghamton had hoped, though, as Syracuse opened the game on a 13-0 run.Brendan Bomberry ended the game with five goals and Stephen Rehfuss added a hat trick as the Orange cruised past the Bearcats, 21-4, chasing starting goalie Robert Martin from the net a less than 21 minutes into the game.All-time series: Syracuse leads, 7-0AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Binghamton report: Since joining the America East Conference in 2015, Binghamton has been a perennial bottom-feeder — save for 2017. This year seems to be no different. Last weekend, Binghamton opened its season at Marist, falling 12-4. Inside Lacrosse predicts a sixth-place finish for Binghamton in a conference without any ranked teams. Binghamton also lost its top-two scorers from last year, Joe Licata and Griffin Konen, making this an ideal game for Syracuse in a week it will be missing star close defender Nick Mellen.How Syracuse beats Binghamton: Much in the same way it beat Colgate last weekend. Syracuse’s individual dodging should be more than enough to get good looks at the net. If the Orange don’t overcomplicate things, which is unlikely under Pat March, they shouldn’t have any trouble dispatching Binghamton. Binghamton’s 81.5 clearing percentage is 38th in the nation, and given the quality and tenacity of SU’s riders, that number’s probably going down after this week.Stat to know: 55 – Binghamton lost 55 goals through graduating seniors from last year, a little more than half its total. How the Bearcats replace that scoring will define this season for them.Player to watch: William Talbott-Shere, Attack, No. 25Binghamton’s best playmaker is its highest returning point-scorer from last year. He led the Bearcats with 17 assists and added nine goals. Talbott-Shere had just one goal late, in the fourth quarter, against Marist, but he tallied a team-high six shots, three of which were on goal. If the Bearcats offense wants to get going, Talbott-Shere will be the key piece. Comments Published on February 12, 2020 at 11:17 pm Contact Arabdho: armajumd@syr.edu | @aromajumder last_img read more

Luke Walton ‘thrilled’ for growth Lakers can make in offseason

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Despite the Lakers’ season ending on a high note, the NBA playoffs will for a fifth year manage to occur without the 16-time champions’ participation. And as much as that frustrates second-year head coach Luke Walton, there is a purple-and-gold lining.“I’m thrilled about the offseason,” Walton said. “The offseason was huge for us last year. It’s sad that the season’s coming to an end, it’s a group of guys I really liked working with … but I’m thrilled to get back in the gym.”The Lakers will take a month off before players will begin showing up at the team’s El Segundo headquarters again. Last summer, players such as Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle and Larry Nance Jr., now with the  Cleveland Cavaliers, transformed their bodies in the weight room and arrived at training camp with significant enhancements to their games.This year, there is the added element of free agency, with a blend of urgency and optimism that has been uncommon during the Lakers’ period of rebuilding. Does he think James would like playing for Walton, too?The veteran forward double checked that he could not be held liable for tampering, then answered: “I think any superstar would like to play for Luke. He’s a players’ coach. … You’re looking for a culture. You’re looking for a guy that’s intense and wants to win now. I think his system is open for learning and growth and you’ve seen the growth in these guys this year.”Frye was among a small group of veterans who held exit interviews with Magic Johnson and General Manager Rob Pelinka earlier this week and made their final remarks to the media prior to Wednesday’s finale. Those players were Frye, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Luol Deng, although Deng, who only appeared in the season opener, was not made available to media.With his own free agency forthcoming, Frye said he has a good feel for the Lakers, despite only appearing in nine games with L.A. after missing a month following an appendectomy in February. He said he would be interested“I want to allow them to make the right decisions with bigger-name guys,” Frye said. “I’m a pretty dang good backup, emergency, break-the-glass type guy.”After spending most of his career playing for Western Conference rivals like Portland and Phoenix, Frye said, “There’s a sense of style, a sense of pride when you put this Lakers uniform on that I used to not like. But it’s growing on me.”BACK ON TRACKCaldwell-Pope acknowledged that the legal issue that limited him from traveling outside of California in December and January and forced him to miss four games, affected him “a lot” in his first season with the Lakers.“I couldn’t see my family like I wanted to,” he said. “It also affected me on the court. … That was mostly on my mind, getting through that situation. That’s what kind of took my mind off basketball.”Caldwell-Pope was sentenced to 25 days in a work-release facility in Seal Beach after violating his probation following a DUI arrest in Michigan last spring.He averaged 13.6 points and 5.3 rebounds after signing a one-year, $18 million contract with the Lakers last summer and started all 73 of the games in which he played. But once he was able to return home in January, his performance improved and he shot better than 42 percent from 3-point range.“I felt a release,” he said. “So that just really made me get back focus on just basketball and just playing freely and not worrying about anything else.”Another of the Lakers’ free agents, Caldwell-Pope said he is seeking for a multi-year deal for stability for his family.“I’m looking for a long-term (contract),” he said, “but whatever fits my suit and whatever me and my agent come up with and what we decide is going to be in my interest and my family’s.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe organization believes it has a legitimate chance to land one max-contract superstar, if not two. Walton said last week that even if the Lakers do not attract an elite player such as LeBron James or Paul George – he did not mention them by name, for that would be tampering – he believes the team will develop their own superstars from within.As for the playoffs, the Lakers are likely out of excuses. On March 13, the Lakers were just five games under .500 (31-36), and if not for a spate of late-season injuries, they might have remained closer to that mark.“That’s our goal is to get back there,” Walton said. “That’s where we think this organization belongs. We weren’t ready to make that jump this year. That’s unfortunate, but there are still a lot of very positive things that we did this year and a lot of learning that we did that’s ultimately going to help us get back in that top eight seeds.”FRYE AGENCYIt’s no secret that Channing Frye is a fan of Walton, his old college teammate, as a head coach. But he was also a teammate of LeBron James until February, when he was traded to the Lakers.last_img read more