Wisconsin confused by NCAA playoff bracket

first_imgZaugg new scoring leaderSenior alternate captain Jinelle Zaugg almost single-handilywilled her team to a third-straight conference tournament title with herperformance over the weekend. And while Wisconsin fell just short, Zaugg becomeUW?s all-time scoring leader.Coming into the postseason, Zaugg needed to score twice totie Meghan Hunter with 84 career goals. Against rival Minnesota in thesemifinals, the 6-foot-1 forward tied the record with a pair of goals.?I?m excited for Jinelle,? Johnson said. ?She stepped up andplayed really well and scored some timely goals against Minnesota.? In the championship match against the Bulldogs, Zaugg ledthe Badgers back from an early 3-0 deficit to help force overtime by scoringtwo more goals to set the record. Despite becoming Wisconsin?s all-time scoringleader, Zaugg was upset that she missed an opportunity to win the game inovertime, according to Johnson.?[Sunday] if you asked [Zaugg] a question, she?d probably bebitter about the opportunity she missed in overtime,? Johnson said. ?The younglady from Duluth slid across as the puck was going in the empty net, and shewas able to deflect it with her body. [Zaugg] played very well [Sunday] scoringtwo nice goals and had an opportunity in overtime to win it.?Her four-goal performance earned Zaugg a spot on the WCHAFinal Face-Off all-tournament team. Now, as UW prepares to enter the NCAAtournament, Johnson is looking to the senior to continue to lead the charge.?Hopefully, [Zaugg] will continue that this weekend,?Johnson said. GREGORY DIXON/Herald photoDespite suffering a heartbreaking loss to Minnesota-Duluthin the WCHA Final Face-Off Sunday, the No. 5 Wisconsin women?s hockey team isheaded to the NCAA tournament to make a run at a third-straight nationalchampionship.However, Wisconsin was thrown a curve ball when theselection committee released the eight-team bracket Sunday that has the Badgerstraveling to Minnesota to take on the Gophers in the NCAA quarterfinal. ?We?re very surprised that we are playing Minnesota,? UWhead coach Mark Johnson said at his Monday press conference. ?We looked atmaybe two of our matchups, depending on what we did this (past) weekend.Minnesota was not in any of the pictures, to be honest with you. So coming homeon the bus when all of a sudden we heard Minnesota, I think we were all alittle bit surprised, like ?OK, how did that happen”Wisconsin has some right to be upset by this year?s bracket,as the Badgers and Gophers both finished the year with 27 wins. Wisconsin alsowent 3-1-1 against Minnesota this year, including a win in the semifinals ofthe WCHA Final Face-Off last weekend. But Johnson figures his team isn?t theonly one confused by this year?s bracket.?You look at last year?s (bracket) compared to this year?s,and it is a totally different, completely different setup,? Johnson said. ?It?snice if somebody comes out and says ?Here?s what we did. Here?s why we did it,and this is the direction we wanted to go.? People are a little bit confused,and if you?re on certain teams right now, you?re probably very, veryfrustrated.?Johnson also said it seems like the selection committeeconsidered travel expenses as part of its selection since the pairings limitthe travel. Beside Wisconsin traveling to Minnesota, Dartmouth will play atHarvard, Mercyhurst will play at Minnesota-Duluth and St. Lawrence will play atNew Hampshire.?It looks like financial criteria was used step No. 1 if youlook at the way the brackets are set up,? Johnson said. ?It?s totally theopposite. It?s 180 from where we were last year.?Despite being frustrated with the selection committee,Johnson is confident his team will not be distracted this weekend and is excitedto be a part of the NCAA tournament again.?There?s only eight teams now,? Johnson said. ?You?re onewin away from the Frozen Four and an opportunity to take a run at thechampionship again. It?s an exciting time of year. I think with the players,they get excited this time of year. Practices are sharp. They?re crisp. ?There?s energy that I think might not be there in Decemberand January. This is what they work for. This is the opportunity that will bepresented to them, and hopefully Saturday we come out and play our A-game.?And while his team is still confused as to how and why it isplaying Minnesota, Johnson said his team is looking forward to playing theirborder rivals again.?We don?t have to travel very far. It?s an opponent we knowvery well,? Johnson said about playing Minnesota. ?We?ve played them threetimes in the last three or four weeks here, so we?re excited. The team?sexcited. It?s a fresh start.?last_img read more

Southerland, Triche to showcase skills in Portsmouth Invitational Tournament

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Cohen: Triche, Southerland leave Syracuse with mixed legacies Published on April 8, 2013 at 12:28 pm Contact Trevor: tbhass@syr.edu | @TrevorHasscenter_img James Southerland and Brandon Triche will play in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, a tournament featuring college basketball’s elite seniors.Southerland and Triche are two of 64 players who will compete in the tournament, which will run from Wednesday to Saturday at Churchland High School in Portsmouth, Va.The 6-foot-8 sharpshooting Southerland shot close to 40 percent from 3-point range on the season, connecting on a team-high 84 3s. He averaged 13.3 points and 5.2 rebounds per game, helping the Orange embark on a Final Four run. Southerland carried SU to the Big East tournament finale, drilling 19 3s in Syracuse’s run at Madison Square Garden.He’ll be joined by teammate Brandon Triche, who holds the record for the most wins in SU history. Triche averaged 13.6 points and 3.6 assists on the season, scoring 20 points in Syracuse’s second-round win over Montana and 14 in its upset over Indiana.Southerland and Triche will be joined by Notre Dame’s Jack Cooley, Villanova’s Mouphtaou Yarou and Providence’s Vincent Council. Indiana’s Jordan Hulls, Michigan State’s Derrick Nix and Temple’s Khalif Wyatt will also compete in the tournament, which has featured NBA legends such as Scottie Pippen, John Stockton and Dave Cowens. NBA scouts from all teams will be present to witness the four-game, 12-day tournament.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Commentslast_img read more

Syracuse blown out by No. 6 Cornell, 5-0

first_img Published on February 6, 2018 at 9:32 pm Contact Adam: adhillma@syr.edu | @_adamhillman Facebook Twitter Google+ UPDATED: Feb. 6, 2018 at 10:09 p.m.No. 6 Cornell (15-7-3, 11-5-2 Eastern College Athletic Conference) drubbed Syracuse (9-17-2, 8-5-1 College Hockey Association), 5-0, on Tuesday at Lynah Rink in Ithaca. After the last game of its non-conference schedule, SU finished with one win and 12 losses outside of the CHA.SU struggled to begin the game, allowing three goals in the first period. After two goals from Cornell sophomore Kristin O’Neill in the first 15 minutes, Syracuse’s lone penalty in the period turned into a Cornell powerplay goal via junior forward Diana Buckley.Halfway through the first period, Orange freshman Emma Polaski hit the post on one of Syracuse’s three shots in the first period.In the second period, two goals in a span of six minutes pushed the Big Red lead to five, an insurmountable deficit for SU. O’Neill completed her hat trick with six minutes remaining in the period.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhile SU had one more powerplay opportunity than Cornell, it could not convert any into goals. This is the second time in three games that SU has not scored.Freshman goaltender Edith D’Astous-Moreau started in place of usual starter, senior goaltender Abbey Miller, and saved 32 of 37 shots. This was the freshman’s third start of the season and her first since Jan. 9, also against Cornell.With six games remaining before the CHA tournament, the Orange return to conference play when it faces Rochester Institute Technology at Tennity Ice Pavilion on Friday, Feb. 9.CORRECTION: In a previous version of this post, Kristin O’Neill, Edith D’Astous-Moreau and Abbey Miller were misnamed. The Daily Orange regrets these errors. Commentslast_img read more