first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Late in the fourth quarter, Syracuse freshman back Olivia Graham found herself in enemy territory, making a run with the ball down the left sideline and into the shooting circle. She beat a Virginia defender, but UVA’s goalie, Lauren Hausheer, sprinted off her line and slide tackled Graham, sweeping her feet out from under her before she could shoot. Once she returned to her feet, Graham incredulously waved her hands at the ref, who didn’t blow his whistle.“I thought the call was gonna be a stroke because she didn’t touch the ball at all,” Graham said after the game. “In the moment I just really wanted to score.”On Friday evening, perhaps the biggest difference between No. 19 Syracuse (5-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) and No. 5 Virginia (6-1, 1-0) was the Cavaliers’ toughness. Graham’s late-game collision was just one of several examples of that. The shots on goals were even. So were the penalty corner opportunities. The ACC teams were locked in a 0-0 stalemate for 43 minutes, but Virginia fought harder for loose balls, shut off Syracuse’s offensive runs with authority and wore down the Orange to score two second half goals and win 2-0.“We just have to, like, stay in the game and focus on ourselves again,” midfielder Carolin Hoffmann said, “If a team plays physical, we (need to) make it to our advantage.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEarlier in the game, in the third quarter, Hoffmann intercepted a pass in the midfield and started a counter-attack. But the Orange weren’t able to develop a rush, because Virginia’s Rachel Robinson body-checked Hoffmann off the ball, leading to a brief verbal confrontation and a yellow card.At another point, a UVA midfielder tripped up SU junior Claire Cooke. After the foul, Cooke tried to restart the play, but the UVA defender got in her way and blocked her path, which angered Cooke, Bradley and the rest of the Syracuse bench. From the bleachers, a fan called the officiating a “circus.”In total, the Cavaliers’ physical brand of field hockey earned them six cards — two yellows and four greens — to SU’s one. The cards caused the Cavaliers to play almost the entire fourth quarter with a one-player disadvantage. Typically, Bradley wants her team to “amp up pressure” when it has an advantage, and place a forward close to the net for scoring opportunities. But Syracuse couldn’t capitalize, which Bradley blamed on the team’s “immaturity.”“And that’s on me as a coach,” Bradley said. “With the cards, I think we just got a little chaotic and didn’t realize that’s an advantage for us.”Even though Virginia’s physical play gave Syracuse trouble, SU controlled most of the game. At the end of the third quarter, Syracuse had out-shot UVA nine to four. Bradley said Syracuse dominated statistically. But Virginia’s penalty corner goal late in the third quarter, and another two minutes into the fourth, put the Cavaliers on top.Virginia’s physicality caught up to Syracuse when it fell behind and tried to mount a comeback in the fourth quarter. SU registered just one shot in the fourth quarter despite three Virginia cards.After the final buzzer sounded, forward Chiara Gutsche dropped her stick and bent over near midfield, placing her hands on her knees. After a few seconds, she gingerly limped to the team huddle. Gutsche was physically and emotionally defeated, just as the scoreboard indicated. Comments Published on September 20, 2019 at 9:17 pm Contact Danny: [email protected] | @DannyEmermanlast_img read more

first_imgTo the load, led by Carroll with 10 points in the first quarter, Rudy Fernandez joined with two triples in a row as soon as the second began. Unicaja still did not appear in ‘his’ final and Real Madrid took advantage of it to warn with a quick sentence (14-35, min. 14), as in the semifinal against Valencia Basket. He fulfilled his threat and the final ended long ahead of time.Brizuela can’t avoid a historical beating Above it was achieved without the contest of Walter Tavares, who went to the bench as soon as he committed the first foul. Maximum protection of Pablo Laso for his lethal weapon under the hoops. Unicaja was looking for a leader and Darío Brizuela, pure character, did not wrinkle to finally light the pavilion, drugged by the marker.The escort scored 10 of the 12 points followed by the Andalusians, who reduced the white lead to less than half (26-35, min. 18). He roared the ‘Basque Mamba’ and roared the Carpena, and so much noise woke Campazzo, who returned to the track to reduce the local euphoria. After five minutes without scoring, coinciding with the passing of the Argentine on the bench, Real Madrid hit another stretch before the break (28-43).After passing through changing rooms, Carroll, about to turn 37, continued to show the energy of a kid and also Tavares began to damage the paint. As always, all under the approval of Campazzo, who allowed genius as circus as effective that aroused the cries of admiration of the Malaga public, who at least saw quality plays because the battle was more than sentenced at the end of the third quarter (40- 68).He ended up testing the Unicaja of medicine that he had applied in the semifinals to MoraBanc Andorra. This time he played the role of a martyr before a much higher rival and plugged in at the key moment after a few weeks of doubt, projected towards his nineteenth title in the ‘Laso era’, six of them in the Cup. An unquestionable champion.DATA SHEETUNICAJA: Adams (7), Fernández (4), Toupane (2), Thompson (6) and Gerun (4) – initial quintet–; Brizuela (22), Suárez (6), Díaz (2), Ejim (4), Waczynski (2), Guerrero (2) and Elegar (7).REAL MADRID: Campazzo (13), Carroll (20), Deck (6), Randolph (5) and Tavares (12) – initial quintet–; Llull (4), Rudy (6), Thompkins (12), Taylor (9), Causeur (5), Laprovittola (3) and Reyes (-).– PARTIALS: 13-26, 15-17, 14-25 and 26-27.– ARBITRATORS: Martín Bertrán, Peruga and Calatrava. Without eliminated.– PAVILION: Martín Carpena. 10,874 spectators. Real Madrid has proclaimed champion of the 84th edition of the Copa del Rey after rolling over Unicaja this Sunday in the final played at Martín Carpena (68-95), where Facundo Campazzo has completed another master performance to allow the white team I recovered the throne throne three years later.The showcases of Real Madrid are reopened to host the twenty-eighth Cup of its history after a round weekend in Malaga, where it has beaten RETAbet Bilbao Basket, Valencia Basket and Unicaja with great authority. In the forgetfulness there are already the last two and controversial final against Barça, which once again surpasses in three cup titles after achieving the broadest victory in a final with the modern format.For its part, the Unicaja, victim of the ‘curse’ of the host, fell in the second final of the three he has played in the competition. Depleted by the injury of Jaime Fernández, his best man in this Cup and who could barely play eight minutes, he found no answers beyond the faith of Darío Brizuela (22 points). Sad ending for a weekend in which Malaga had stoked his illusion much later.Real Madrid started the same formula used throughout this weekend: whatever Campazzo says. And the Argentine base said that in the final he played festival from the perimeter and to the task that the white patrol put on, martyred his adversary with an 8/14 in the first quarter and a half. Meanwhile, Unicaja scored 0/7 and suffered with Jaime Fernández; visibly lame, he left the bench and could not return. Photo: EFEcenter_img Campazzo guided Real Madrid with 13 points and 13 assistslast_img read more