Q&A with Rhode Island beat writer Bill Koch of the Providence Journal

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 3, 2015 at 4:23 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Syracuse opens its season at home on Friday at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome against Rhode Island. Follow along with Syracuse-Rhode Island coverage here or on Twitter @DOSports.To learn more about the Rams, The Daily Orange spoke with Bill Koch, a Rhode Island beat writer for the Providence Journal.The Daily Orange: If Rhode Island were to keep it close with Syracuse, it would be because of what?Bill Koch: Their defense and forcing turnovers. They’re not a very good offensive team. They weren’t last year, they probably won’t be again this year. But their defense is fast, they’re physical, they’re aggressive and if Syracuse has a tough night on the offensive side of the ball, you could see Rhode Island win a low-scoring game like a 17-13, something like that. But I think that’s probably the only real chance they have.The D.O.: What does recently named starting quarterback Paul Mroz bring to the table?AdvertisementThis is placeholder textB.K.: I think the biggest thing for him, obviously he’s a winner. He played at a good junior college program last year. He’s a tough kid. You come out of Brockton, Mass., it’s a tough town, it’s on the southeastern side of the state … it’s just a very blue-collar place with very good athletics. It’s been that way for a long time. So if you come out of there, you’ve got a certain pedigree and I would expect him to have it. And I think that’s probably why he’s the starter to this point, because he’s a tough guy and he brings in a little bit of a presence into that huddle that they need that they didn’t really have last year.The D.O.: How important is junior linebacker Adam Parker’s role on the defense taking the reigns from recent graduate Andrew Bose?B.K.: It’s important just from the sense that he’s replacing a really good player. Andrew Bose is in camp with the Ravens. He’s one of the all-time leading tacklers at URI. Just a really, really good player, a guy that could have played at a higher level that probably went a little under recruited out of high school. Parker and (senior) Connor Caponegro are two guys still there at linebacker who have played a lot of football at URI. Two very experienced guys. It’s definitely going to be key to that defense and how they replace the guy who was really their leader last year in Bose.The D.O.: Rhode Island allowed over 230 rushing yards per game last season. Why was that and how might that change this season?B.K.: I think their offensive stats are more truthful than the defensive stats if you look at last season. Offensively they just weren’t very good and I think they put the defense in a lot of tough situations in terms of short field, they were on the field for a long time, there was a lot of time of possession. I think the rushing numbers are a little inflated because the other team had the ball 36, 37, 38 minutes and the defense would get worn down. When you’re ahead, you’re running the ball and I think there was a lot of that going on … They certainly did some things in terms of forcing turnovers that they wanted to do, but their offense just put them in such difficult situations so often so they never really had a chance. Commentslast_img read more

No. 23 Syracuse’s 2-1 overtime victory over No. 14 St. Joseph’s gives Ange Bradley 200th Syracuse career win

first_img Published on September 13, 2019 at 10:15 pm Contact Danny: dremerma@syr.edu | @DannyEmerman Facebook Twitter Google+ UPDATED: Sept. 15, 2019 at 1:47 a.m.When midfielder Laura Graziosi received the penalty corner insert pass with five minutes left in the first overtime, St. Joseph’s defense anticipated her to pass. SJU’s defensive line converged on midfielder Carolin Hoffmann and forward Charlotte de Vries, everyone but Graziosi.Graziosi took what the defense gave her. She dribbled the ball to her right and struck a shot 10 feet away to the back of the net. Graziosi’s goal — her second of the season — gave Syracuse its first win over a ranked opponent, revenge for last season’s 5-2 loss to SJU, and a course-correcting victory after last week’s loss to unranked Cornell.The game-winner gave also head coach Ange Bradley her 200th win as head coach at Syracuse.In Bradley’s 12 seasons at No. 23 Syracuse (4-1), the Orange have made 10 NCAA tournament appearances. Bradley led the 2015 team to the program’s first and only national championship. On Friday night, Syracuse’s 2-1 upset win over No. 14 St. Joseph’s (3-1) added a win to Bradley’s legacy. But before Friday night’s match, Bradley showed how much the win meant to her.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I had no clue,” Bradley said about winning her 200th game at Syracuse.Little did she know, Bradley had been stuck on 199 Syracuse wins for nearly two weeks. She entered the postgame press conference on Friday with a bouquet of orange roses, which associate head coach Allan Law’s family bought last week before the Cornell game — what would have been Bradley’s 200th Syracuse victory. Instead, Syracuse lost 2-1 despite out-shooting the Big Red 17 to 10 and “dominating,” Bradley said.But on Friday, Law could finally put his flowers to good use. The Orange — whose previous three wins all came in comebacks — jumped out to an early lead. de Vries notched her team-leading sixth goal in the second period with a strong reverse-hit.With a lead in the second half, Bradley grew more vocal from the bench. “It’s a wing press. Read it, Claire!” she yelled to Claire Webb, her center back, at one point. It was Webb’s first game of the season after missing the first four matches with a hand injury, and the senior anchored an SU defensive unit that limited the Hawks to no shots in the first half. But SJU’s more aggressive press later led to a penalty corner, which the Hawks capitalized on to even up the game, 1-1.Still, throughout the game, Syracuse maintained control. The midfielders intercepted passes, forwards pressured SJU’s defenders, and the defense remained “composed,” Bradley said. When the game entered overtime, Syracuse led in shots on goal, 10 to four.Three more unanswered shots in overtime, including Graziosi’s game-winner, put Syracuse on top.“I watched us in overtime from the sidelines, and it’s awesome running on the field,” Webb said, “But it’s even better when I get to be on the field helping with it.”In addition to the 200th Syracuse win milestone, beating St. Joseph’s added emotional value for Bradley and Syracuse. Last year, the Hawks blew Syracuse out, 5-2, in the regular season finale, which hurt the Orange’s chances at the NCAA tournament. Syracuse ended up missing the tournament for the first time since 2007, Bradley’s first year at SU.Plus, SJU’s bench featured two of Bradley’s former assistants in head coach Lynn Farquhar and assistant Martu Loncarica. Before the game, Bradley listened to the national anthem on SJU’s half of the field, right next to her former assistants.“None of this could’ve been done without the women that I’ve coached, and their belief, and their vision,” Bradley said.With Friday’s win, Bradley joins Kathleen Parker — the winningest coach in program history (316 wins in 28 seasons) — in SU’s 200-win club. But Bradley did something no other SU field hockey coach ever did: Bring a national championship to Syracuse. And Friday’s upset victory is one step towards doing it again.After Graziosi’s shot whizzed past SJU’s goalkeeper, Ange initially hung back as her team sprinted onto the field. She embraced her assistant coaches and eventually jogged out to the scene of the victory, joining Syracuse’s huddle and receiving hugs from almost every player. “Every moment since the day (ex-Athletic Director) Daryl (Gross) first called me, he said ‘Come here and win a national championship,’” Bradley said. “So winning on Coyne is something we believed in.”CORRECTION: In a previous version of this post, the headline and story misstated Ange Bradley’s number of wins. She has 200 career wins as head coach at Syracuse. The Daily Orange regrets this error. Commentslast_img read more