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Fast reaction: 3 quick takeaways from Orange’s 13-12 double-overtime loss to Fighting Irish

first_img Published on March 28, 2015 at 2:55 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 SOUTH BEND, Ind. — No. 1 Syracuse (7-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast) fell to No. 2 Notre Dame (6-1, 2-0) 13-12 in double overtime at Arlotta Stadium on Saturday afternoon. It was the first loss of the season for the Orange. Here are three quick reactions from the game.Donahue dominatesDylan Donahue, almost on his own, kept Syracuse alive on Saturday. He tied the game at two with a goal that even his teammates didn’t realize had gone in the net. As the deficit grew in the second half, he scored four, including two that cut the deficit back to one.He was fouled on a shot with 4:08 to play that set up a man-up opportunity for Tim Barber to make it 11-11.Then with 1:06 to play, he rifled a shot from the left of the goal to give the Orange its first lead of the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDoss holds off SUJust days after being named ACC Defensive Player of the week for a shutout performance against Ohio State, the Fighting Irish goalkeeper lived up to the billing. He recorded six saves in the first half alone, including one on a quickstick attempt by Nicky Galasso to keep the momentum in the Notre Dame favor.In the second half, he wasn’t his dominant self, as Donahue helped SU get back its momentum.With the game tied and time winding down in overtime, Donahue had a point-blank shot that Doss caught in his stick to hold off SU at the end of the first overtime.Success at the XBen Williams continues to live up to the reputation that he’s quickly built for himself. All afternoon, he dominated at the X and, as a result, the Orange had more shots as well. But most of Williams’ pickups resulted in him running in the defensive zone and not on the attack.He was crucial as the Orange made its comeback push in the second half, getting nearly every faceoff.With SU up 12-11, P.J. Finley beat Williams and scored with less than a minute to play in regulation to tie it up. He got the faceoff to start double overtime, but the Orange couldn’t get possession after the official awarded it to Notre Dame on the backup. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

USC to conclude road swing in Malibu

first_imgThe No. 1 USC men’s volleyball team is looking to improve to 7-0 for the first time since 1991 against the No. 11 Pepperdine Waves.The Trojans (6-0, 6-0) appear energized and focused coming off of a weeklong break.Youth · 6-foot-5 sophomore outside hitter Maddison McKibben has provided a lift for USC and looks to become the team’s full-time starter. – Brandon Hui | Daily Trojan “It’s good that we got the tough road matches behind us,” said USC Volleyball Coach Bill Ferguson said. “We’re able to focus on ‘we’ instead of ‘them’ now. We can lift and train more so we get stronger as the season progresses rather than deteriorating, as well as get more guys more time on the court in practice.”Senior opposite hitter Murphy Troy was also named AVCA Player of the Week for the second consecutive week.“I don’t think much about it,” Troy said. “I’m surprised I got it again, especially with the rest of the guys playing so well.”Troy needs only eight more kills to break the USC rally scoring record for career kills.The Trojans have been impressive during the first leg of the season, dropping a total of two sets in the first six matches.“I’m very pleased with our work ethic, attitude and maturity during this season,” Ferguson said. “And it all starts with their ‘we is greater than me’ attitude. The guys have been practicing that every day.”The Trojans have been dominating their opponents both on offense and defense.The Trojans are hitting at a .404 clip collectively, while opponents have only managed to kill at a .192 rate.“We’ve been running a much faster offense this year as opposed to last year,” Troy said. “And it’s because the middles are so efficient that for us hitting on the outside, we only have to deal with one defender.”The Trojans are also leading the conference in digs by a two-dig-per-set margin.“We won’t wow teams with our blocking, but what’s more important is that we’re digging great,” Ferguson said. “We’re at 10-and-some-change per set and the next highest is at around eight.”Pepperdine (3-5, 1-5), on the other hand, has been struggling as of late, losing two matches at the hands of UCLA and at UC Santa Barbara, and in five-set matches to Long Beach State, Cal State Northridge and UC Irvine.The Waves feature four starting hitters that measure in at over 6-foot-7 including team kill leader Maurice Torres.“Pepperdine is a big, physical team,” Ferguson said. “If they can find a way to match up with our hitters, it’ll be interesting.”Despite Pepperdine’s size, senior outside hitter Riley McKibbin has looked to a vital advantage that the Trojans have shown as the season has progressed.“Our unity is our biggest strength,” McKibbin said. “This is the most cohesive group I’ve played with in my career here. We’re really playing for each other out there.”last_img read more