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Bo Ryan excited for season to begin

first_imgLUKAS KEAPPROTH/Herald photoThe men’s basketball team showed UW fans a fun time Friday with “Night of the Grateful Red,” but on Saturday, the team practiced in order to bring about a more important task — winning basketball games.Despite it taking place less than two weeks before the season’s start, Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan saw the team’s first official practice as an immense learning environment for him and for all of the younger players.“I learned some things in there [about the players] — who enjoys competition … there’s levels of love for competition, and the real competitive guys will really stick out,” Ryan said.Last year, the team began practices five days earlier than it did this year. Regardless, Ryan feels that despite the Badgers’ lack of preparation before Saturday, they looked like a group of players that was ready to retain the Big Ten title it achieved last season.“I’m excited about how hard they went at one another,” Ryan said. “I was glad to see that they were able to pick things up quickly because we don’t have as many practices to prepare for the season this year, so we have to run a little faster.”While it was expected that returning starters Marcus Landry, Joe Krabbenhoft and Trevon Hughes would look strong, Ryan also commented on the impressive play of the freshmen, who had yet to take part in an official practice with all members of the team before Saturday.“The freshmen looked great,” he said. “They were right in the mix of everything. … I mean if you walked in there and didn’t know the players, didn’t know their names, didn’t know their ages, it would be hard to tell which ones were the freshmen.”Perhaps the most encouraging aspect of the practice was that every member of the team participated in every drill. Unlike in years past, the Badgers are completely healthy going into the season.“Oh yeah, everyone played. No [injuries],” Ryan said. “There might have been some egos bruised a little bit, though. … Most of the guys were getting dunked on and being beat off the dribble, but for the young guys there’s so much to learn because of the overall athleticism of the players.”Even though the freshmen have yet to play a minute in an actual game, Ryan believes their mere presence on the practice court was enough for them to make an impact for the team.Ryan’s squads usually do not have much of an impact from freshmen, but with post players Brian Butch and Greg Stiemsma no longer on the roster, the first-years may have a bigger role on the team.“They have already helped,” Ryan said. “They’ve improved the level of competition — if they get minutes, great. If they work their way into the lineup, fine. But we’re not putting a lot of pressure on the freshmen.”Following their Big Ten Championship season, the Badgers are expected to produce similar results this year. Despite the team’s high expectations, Ryan and the rest of the team have different views on team goals.“From a coaching standpoint, the expectations I have are to just come out and work hard every day,” Ryan said. “As long as we have that, we’ll get better. We have guys that will get better as long as our work ethic doesn’t change.”last_img read more

Physicality of St. John’s shuts down SU in 1-0 loss

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Just under 20 minutes into the second half, Courtney Brosnan leapt into the air among a cluster of red and white jerseys to catch a St. John’s corner kick when her legs were swept out from under her.She landed hard on the ground, still clutching the ball and popped right up. She took a few steps toward the referee and asked for a foul, pointing and yelling that the St. John’s players had crept into her sphere.“It was a 50-50 ball,” Brosnan said. “I think she definitely had a lot of contact on me, so I kind of thought it was a foul. But it’s up to the ref.”Syracuse (1-2) dropped its home opener 1-0 to St. John’s (3-0) Friday night at SU Soccer Stadium. It was a physical game that was dominated by flying shoulders, swinging elbows and physical slide tackles, especially around midfield.But on a night that pitted two former Big East rivals against each other, Syracuse head coach Phil Wheddon wasn’t too surprised by the way the game turned out.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“St. John’s is a fast, dynamic, physical team and it was evident,” Wheddon said. “We got some beat up players tonight”Sophomore forward Alex Lamontagne was the one to fall first.Streaking up the right sideline midway through the first half, Lamontagne was taken down by a slide tackle. The flying foot clipped Lamontagne’s right knee, and she lay on the ground, writhing in pain before medical assistants helped her off the field.Lamontagne later re-entered the game, but sat out the remainder of the first half.“St. John’s is a really, really good opponent,” Brosnan said. “They’re very physical, a couple fast forwards, and they were in on every tackle. They didn’t give us anything easy.”Then came Jackie Firenze, who was bodied up inside the box trying to head in a cross.She fell to the ground and stayed hunched on her knees for a few moments, then rose slowly and limped back towards midfield.“We knew that St. John’s was going to be a physical team, and knowing that obviously helped us,” Firenze said. “But I think we lacked a little bit in our physical nature as well.”Brosnan said that Syracuse needs to work on asserting themselves more early on. Instead of making its presence known on Friday, SU instead let its opposition set the stage.“We need to get out there first and win the first couple tackles and kind of set the tone,” she said. “We sort of let them dictate tone and they came at us with (winning) the 50-50s.”Syracuse spent most of the night trying to apply pressure whenever St. John’s players received the ball. Wheddon could be heard calling for a double team from the sideline.With under five minutes to go and Syracuse looking to tie the score, Stephanie Skilton was body-checked to the ground as she waited to receive a header just outside the box by the Red Storm’s Emily Cubbage.The home crowd voiced its disapproval without hesitation, and St. John’s was eventually assessed a yellow card with 24 seconds remaining. But for Wheddon, it was just another game against a familiar foe.“Yeah, there’s that old rivalry,” he said. “We’ve always had a physical battle with them and it’s typically come down to a one-goal game. And unfortunately tonight, we came out on the wrong end of it.” Comments Published on August 28, 2015 at 11:37 pm Contact Matt: mralex01@syr.edulast_img read more