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WLAX : SU takes on Louisville in crucial game

first_img Comments Michelle Tumolo is fully aware the season is on the line. Any loss for the Syracuse women’s lacrosse team would strike a major blow in its efforts to return to the NCAA tournament.‘Every game is a playoff game,’ the sophomore attack Tumolo said Wednesday. ‘We literally cannot lose any more games.’As the Orange (5-7, 3-1 Big East) heads into the stretch run of its season, the team has a slim margin of error. A tough opening schedule left the Orange in an under-.500 hole it hasn’t overcome. Starting with Thursday’s game against Louisville (10-4, 3-2) at 5 p.m. in the Carrier Dome, every game, especially Big East ones, are near must-wins.Louisville is a half-game behind SU in the conference standings, so a loss to the Cardinals would severely dash the Orange’s hopes at making the tournament. Right now, SU is placing a lot of importance on its Big East record. Even with a disappointing nonconference performance, a top-four conference record would get the team in the Big East tournament, where it could win two games and be in the NCAA tournament.Easier said than done. With its final five games coming in the next 11 days, the Orange has a lot of work to do. But SU head coach Gary Gait isn’t counting his players out just yet.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘Deep down, we believe we can beat anybody if we ever put it all together,’ Gait said. ‘And that’s kind of our philosophy at the end now. It’s the time to step up and play great lacrosse instead of average lacrosse.’Four of those final five games come against Big East opponents. If the Orange loses even one of those games, making the tournament will be difficult.Before last Saturday’s 12-8 loss to No. 17 Georgetown, SU was undefeated in the Big East. And for a while, it looked like that streak might continue. But up 8-5, SU gave up seven consecutive goals in the second half to eventually fall to the Hoyas.Each loss brings Syracuse closer to the end of its season.‘Based on our other games that we dropped earlier in the season, we have to win those Big East games,’ midfielder Catherine Rodriguez said. ‘It’s (like) playoff games, so every Big East game is a must-win game.’The possibility of not making the NCAA tournament is a stark contrast to last year, when SU advanced to the final four.But this year, it has faced the toughest schedule in the nation, according to LaxPower.com. All of those tough games it scheduled against ranked opponents ended in losses.But as the tough nonconference schedule ended, so did those losses. Minus the loss to Georgetown, SU has had success in Big East play. That is something it hopes will continue against Louisville and every other team it faces as the season nears the end.‘We’re just really looking to stay strong in the Big East,’ Rodriguez said. ‘We can definitely still make a push for the Big East and try to get a bid into the NCAA tournament.’Gait has similar thoughts as Rodriguez. The team that wins the Big East tournament gets the conference’s automatic NCAA tournament bid. That is the only guarantee for the Orange at this point, Gait said.‘We need to finish strong in the rest of the Big East games,’ Gait said. ‘We have to make sure we get in that tournament.‘And once you’re in that tournament, you win two games, you’re in the NCAA tournament. So that’s kind of the approach we’re looking at now.’Tumolo said the team has been worried the whole season about the Big East because that is SU’s ticket into the tournament. Now she and the team can only hope every game left on the schedule ends in a win.‘We just really need to win the games no matter what,’ Tumolo said. ‘Basically our record needs to be nearly perfect.’rnmarcus@syr.edu Published on April 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Rachel: rnmarcus@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Ryan Guthrie moves up in this week’s stock watch

first_img Published on November 4, 2018 at 10:34 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Graham WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – No. 19 Syracuse racked up 264 yards on the ground Saturday, running in five touchdowns and picking up a 41-24 win against Wake Forest at BB&T Field.Behind 119 rushing yards from Eric Dungey and a dominant day from the front seven — including a strong individual performance from middle linebacker Ryan Guthrie — SU won its first ACC game in November during the Dino Babers era.Here’s whose stock rose and fell from the weekend.STOCK UP Chris FredrickAdvertisementThis is placeholder textDespite nursing a sprained ankle, Fredrick made seven tackles and snagged an interception in the fourth quarter.Lined up wide against Scotty Washington on the left side, Fredrick played inside the receiver as the pair ran into the end zone. Wake Forest quarterback Sam Hartman’s throw came to the inside of Washington, right into Fredrick’s hands.Without Ifeatu Melifonwu, who didn’t travel due to a hamstring injury, and Scoop Bradshaw struggling on the other side of the formation, Fredrick was a steady presence in the secondary. Eric DungeyDungey didn’t throw a touchdown pass on Saturday, but it didn’t matter — SU opted to attack Wake Forest on the ground.With the Demon Deacons honed in on passes, Babers made the adjustment to run the ball. His workhorse of choice: Dungey. The senior quarterback took 24 rushes for 119 yards and a touchdown.Facing a weak pass rush, Dungey felt little duress, but with no options downfield, he often opted to dash from the pocket. He took a 26-yard scramble for a dagger touchdown in the third quarter that put Syracuse ahead 35-17, at the time.A week after turning in one of his best passing performances, Dungey shouldered the load and went to work against Wake Forest.Ryan GuthrieGuthrie is in the midst of a three-game tear, most recently turning in an 11-tackle (five solo) performance that featured two sacks.Against the pass and the run, Guthrie found the football and made several tackles in space. He chased down a Wake Forest receiver inside the 10-yard line as the pair ran parallel to the goal line.Twice, Guthrie got to Hartman. On his second sack, Guthrie came downhill at Hartman as he rolled left out of the pocket. With no blockers, Guthrie pounced on the quarterback and swung him down for a seven-yard loss.In his last three games, Guthrie has had 31 tackles, including two sacks and three more tackles for loss.STOCK DOWNHealthWith linebacker Lakiem Williams and Melifonwu missing the trip with injuries, Syracuse got further banged up Saturday, as defensive back Tyrone Perkins, defensive end Alton Robinson and running back Moe Neal all went down with injuries.Neal and Robinson both walked off the field and appeared to be OK after the game. Babers didn’t offer much detail on the nature of their injuries but generally indicated they’re fine.Perkins spent Saturday night in a local hospital after injuring his left leg on a kickoff in the first quarter. Perkins will miss the rest of the 2018 season, and because he’s played in more than four games, he is not eligible for a conventional redshirt. Scoop Bradshaw Bradshaw got beat twice on double moves by Scotty Washington.The first time, fortunately for Bradshaw, Hartman overthrew Washington. He didn’t miss the second chance, though, as Washington easily strode into the end zone.Late in the game, while the game was in hand for SU, Bradshaw got called for a facemask in a scrum of tacklers.A week after being torched by Kelvin Harmon, Bradshaw followed up with another bad performance. Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Erik Swanson – eFTW – Fantasy esports, comeback or game over?

first_imgErik Swanson, eFTWErik Swanson is the CEO of eFTW (Esports For The Win). The fantasy esports app is available on both iOS and Android and is an game in which users pick teams rather than players across League, Dota, CS:GO and more. The DFS industry as a whole is approaching something of a crossroads right now, and we asked Erik about the current potential for esports fantasy operators in particular, which has had a tough time in the last couple of years. With more recent entrants such as ESL Fantasy Gaming, HypSports and eFTW, plus others such as Taunt and Blizzard’s Overwatch game coming soon, there are clearly enough that still believe in its potential for success. Esports Insider: Why do you think the likes of Vulcun and AlphaDraft failed to take off in 2015/16?Erik Swanson: There are probably a host of reasons – from coming out too early in the evolution of fantasy esports to poor word-of-mouth, but I see it being two-fold. Firstly, esports scheduling probably doesn’t yet lend itself to a daily league and secondly, fantasy drafting was new to the esports scene and educating the audience was always going to take some time. In this case, being a first mover turned out to be a disadvantage.ESI: Do you think certain esports titles are better suited to fantasy than others? DraftKings for example has stuck with a reduced League offering whilst dropping all others.Erik: Oh, definitely.  Unlike traditional sports, there is no one governing body that sets specific schedules and matchups for competitions.  In that respect, League of Legends (LoL) is pretty far ahead of other esports such as CS:GO and Dota 2.“In this case, being a first mover turned out to be a disadvantage”LoL has proper scheduling, sometimes weeks in advance, and the games begin on-time — often with live streams available.ESI: With eFTW your offering differs to others on the market, and fantasy as most will know it. Players pick teams rather than individuals. Tell us about why you built eFTW the way you did.Erik: When I designed eFTW there were three driving forces behind the vision.Firstly, the platform. At the time, all of the esports fantasy offerings were web-based.  Esports fans are heavy mobile users so making an app-based game to me was a no brainer.Second, that it should be free:. And by free I really mean truly free.  No hidden tricks, in-app purchases or pay walls.  This was particularly important to ensuring we were a “pure” fantasy app and as far away as possible from some of the more gambling-esque options.Finally, ease of use: Anyone who has ever played fantasy sports knows it can be time consuming.  I wanted to build something that was both fun and rewarding, but also required a small-time commitment.  In eFTW, you can jump in, pick your winning teams and be back out within a couple minutes.A former pro player myself, I ultimately built eFTW as the type of app I would like to use.  People follow both teams and individual players in esports, but in my opinion the teams are easier to follow.ESI: What do you think of the other new wave of entrants into the fantasy esports market, such as HypSports and Taunt?Erik: I think both add a clever and fun spin to the market.“Things like the lack of a single governing body, unpredictable scheduling, teams spread all over the world, lots of different games, etc., all make esports very unique compared to traditional sports”By purchasing and leveling up players HypSports has created sort of a game/fantasy hybrid.  And when it launches, Taunt will provide a cool real-time bragging-rights element to the matches.  That’s part of what is so exciting about the fantasy esports space right now – there are no boundaries in place.  It’s like the Wild West and there are now so many exciting ways for fans to participate.ESI: Do you anticipate more league and tournament formats, such as ESL Fantasy Gaming, to take off and lead the charge for fantasy esports more generally, like Fantasy Premier League has done for fantasy football in the UK?Erik: I think the fantasy landscape will continue to evolve along with esports. As I’ve mentioned, things like the lack of a single governing body, unpredictable scheduling, teams spread all over the world, lots of different games, etc., all make esports very unique compared to traditional sports.  So if the traditional blueprint does apply, it won’t be for quite some time. Plus, aren’t we all rule breakers by nature anyway?  Who would have ever thought that playing games professionally could pay as much as playing quarterback.last_img read more