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Christmas records career-high six blocks, stifles Parker and Co.

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Parker zoomed down the court early in the second half, stepped past Ennis and rose up for a layup.The electrifying Duke freshman forward seemed poised for one of his signature slams.But Syracuse center Rakeem Christmas, who trailed on the play, had the dunk sized up and elevated to swat the attempt out of bounds.“I think Rakeem was tremendous,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “I think he’s getting better all the time. I think he’s become a great factor.”For all the flak that Christmas has gotten this season, he played as well as anyone given his role on Saturday. The junior center finished with seven points, a season-high 10 rebounds and a career-high six blocks as Syracuse edged No. 17 Duke 91-89, in an overtime thriller.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textChristmas denied Parker four times, and got two fingers on a Rodney Hood dunk attempt that would have given Duke a one-point lead with 13 seconds left in overtime.“It was a great atmosphere,” Christmas said. “A lot of fans were here to support us. It was one of the greatest games I played in myself. It was a great game and I am glad we won.”Christmas helped limit Parker to 15 points on 6-of-16 shooting, and drew his fifth foul on a charge call with 1:42 left. Parker posted Christmas up on the right block and was whistled for swinging his left elbow.The call was questionable, but its effect on the game was enormous.“There were a lot of plays in general that could have gone both ways,” Parker said.Christmas also drew Jefferson’s final foul with 31 seconds to play when Jefferson held back Christmas’ right arm in an attempt to prevent him from setting a screen.For Syracuse, with sophomore center DaJuan Coleman out for the season after undergoing knee surgery Tuesday, Christmas’ excellent defensive performance is an encouraging sign.With a tough conference slate highlighted by road games against Duke and No. 18 Pitt, the Orange will need more strong play from him. Comments Published on February 2, 2014 at 3:34 pm Contact Stephen: sebail01@syr.edu | @Stephen_Bailey1last_img read more

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Men’s soccer: Two missed penalty kicks cost Badgers in loss to Phoenix

first_imgNeedless to say, the Wisconsin men’s soccer team (2-7-0) did not have a good three-game home stretch, ending it with a gut-wrenching 3-2 loss to Green Bay (2-5-2) on Wednesday night at McClimon Complex.Even though the Badgers finally scored a goal at home this season, the team missed two key penalty kicks that eventually cost them the match.Excluding the penalty kicks, the game ultimately came down to a tale of two halves. The Badgers came out firing in the first. Drew Conner knotted his second goal on the season in the 13th minute off an assist from Luc Kazmierczak (Kazmierczak’s first point and start of the year).Six minutes later, the Badgers grew their lead with a smooth touch from Mark Segbers off a double assist from Tom Barlow and Conner. Wisconsin kept their foot on the pedal for the rest of the half, but couldn’t keep Green Bay’s talented mid-fielder Audi Jepson from putting one in the net late in the period.In a quick turn around, the Green Bay defense was caught sleeping and tripped Conner in the box, giving Wisconsin a penalty kick with only a minute left in the half. Conner failed to take advantage of the opportunity and Green Bay salvaged a 2-1 deficit at the half.The second half took a turn for the worse for the home team. Only three minutes in, Green Bay’s William Nordenstrom scored a beautiful goal low on Wisconsin goalkeeper Adrian Remeniuk and tied it up 2-2. Cheenuj Shong’s goal in the 55th minute secured the comeback for Green Bay and seemed to take the life out of the depleted Badgers. Green Bay controlled much of the half and looked to be playing with more energy and focus. Wisconsin looked out-of-sync and much less motivated to go out and win.Despite everything, Wisconsin’s Christopher Mueller was tackled in the box with little less than 10 minutes to go and lined up for a second penalty kick with the hopes of escaping with a tie. Mueller sent the shot wide left and Wisconsin couldn’t rally following another missed opportunity.“We have to be able to put away games like this,” Wisconsin head coach John Trask said. “Hats off to Green Bay but we need guys to step up going forward.”There were a few bright spots for the Badgers. Isaac Schlenker came off the bench in the first half and provided some much needed energy to take a 2-0 lead. Trask said he believes Schlenker played and looked like the team’s best forward at this point. Solid performances from Kazmierczak and Nick Jones also stood out in the otherwise difficult game for a team that is looking for answers.“We don’t seem resolute for 90 minutes,” Trask said. “We had plenty of chances to make it 3-1 and we didn’t finish those chances; that’s a soccer game. We have half a season left and we have to be better in games like this.”The Badgers now travel to Ann Arbor for a Big Ten matchup against Michigan Sunday.last_img read more

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Women’s soccer: Badgers fall to Michigan in overtime, ending seven game winning streak

first_imgEven though the University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team managed to take the game into overtime, they would still fall to the Michigan Wolverines, ending their seven game winning streak.The leg of forward Reilly Martin, Michigan (5-2-4, 2-1-1 Big Ten) took down Wisconsin (8-2-0, 2-1-0 Big Ten) in the sixth minute of overtime. For the Badgers, this is their first loss of a dominant month-long stretch where they outscored opponents 14-2.The two teams exchanged goals relatively early in what became another defensive battle for the Badgers. Jada Dayne, a Michigan player who happens to be the daughter of Wisconsin football legend Ron Dayne, got the Wolverines off to an early head start with her first period strike on the assist from Katie Foug. Soon after the second period started, Dani Rhodes answered on a penalty kick for her sixth goal of the season.Women’s soccer: Wisconsin holds on to defeat Michigan State in overtimeThe University of Wisconsin women’s soccer once again delivered in a clutch overtime situation during a 2-1 victory over the Read…Unfortunately for Wisconsin, once overtime began, something had to break in this defensive struggle. For her second goal of the season Reilly Martin sent the Badgers home with an impressive shot on a pass from mid fielder Sarah Stratigakis.On the goalkeeping end, Caitlyn Clem maintained a high level of play in a tough loss, notching four of six saves in the overtime game.  However, Michigan keeper Sarah Jackson proved herself today, only allowing one penalty shot goal with seven saves.Though Wisconsin has had success thus far in season, this loss is a reminder the Big Ten will not be an easy conference to succeed in. Including the Badgers, there are three Big Ten teams ranked in the top twelve of Division I.The Badgers play one of these teams, Rutgers, during their upcoming East Coast road trip as well as a competitive Maryland team.  The Scarlet Knights have yet to lose with a record of 8-0-2, notching them the No. 12 ranking in the United Soccer Coaches Poll. Casey Murphy will be the Badgers biggest challenge, allowing only one goal thus far this season.Before making their way to Piscataway, New Jersey, the Badgers will stop in College Park for a difficult matchup against Maryland. With a record of 7-2-1, the Terps will be another challenging obstacle for the Badger women as they continue conference play.After some close contests to begin the Big Ten season, the Badgers must maintain their focus as they prepare for the critical conference games ahead. Next up for the Badgers is two away games, the first of which is against Maryland Sept. 29.last_img read more