Lamontagne thriving on speed, looks to develop decision-making as Syracuse heads to Miami

first_img Published on September 25, 2014 at 12:01 am Contact Liam: What Alex Lamontagne has can’t be coached.In the constant movement of soccer, an extra burst of unmatched speed is highly valued by coaches. It’s why Syracuse head coach Phil Wheddon is excited by the freshman forward and what she’s brought to the team so far this season.“You can teach the technical part of the game, but her speed, that’s what separates her from other players,” Wheddon said. “She’s certainly been very, very dangerous because of it.”Lamontagne’s speed often puts her in one-on-one situations, but she’s still refining her split-second decision-making skills. Sometimes she takes too many touches and gets closed down by defenders instead of releasing the ball to a teammate sooner, Wheddon said. It’s those finer, technical points that she’ll be looking to sharpen when the Orange (3-4-3, 0-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) faces Miami (2-7, 0-1) at 7 p.m. Thursday at Cobb Stadium in Coral Gables, Florida.While she’s recorded three goals and an assist this season, the continued learning and improvement will have to happen in a trial by fire of sorts as SU gets into the second half of its schedule.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLamontagne has started eight games and played in all 10, but with the team’s last nine regular-season games coming against the ACC — largely regarded as the best conference in women’s college soccer — Syracuse will need its second-leading scorer on the field producing and getting better.“My teammates have been pushing me a lot in practice and games,” said Lamontagne. “They want me to be the best I can be.”Lamontagne said her teammates often pull her aside in both practices and games in order to help her learn — especially about decisions where she has to quickly either pass or shoot. She credits a lot of the success she’s enjoyed so far this year as a freshman to her teammates and their level of communication on and off the field.In the team’s last game, a 3-1 loss to Cincinnati, Lamontagne started at outside midfielder. Her responsibilities included covering the entire right side of the field, helping track down players defensively while still creating and making runs forward on offense.“My style of play is technical,” Lamontagne said. “I try to use my speed to get past some defenders, be aggressive and use my body to push into the ball.”If the Orange is going to reach the ACC tournament this season, the team is likely to need more production and finishing. And Syracuse may look to Lamontagne, whose average of two shots per game is third-best on the team.“She’s definitely exceeded expectations since getting here,” sophomore defender Maddie Iozzi said. “There’s always room for improvement though and I feel like she’ll get a lot stronger throughout the year.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Men’s Hockey: Final home series of season provides tough test in No. 9 Arizona State

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (11-18-1, 6-15-1-1 Big Ten) will battle the No. 9 ranked team in the country this weekend as the Arizona State University Sun Devils (22-9-3) march into the Kohl Center.An axe to grindThe University of Wisconsin and the University of Minnesota have perhaps the most storied rivalry in college sports, as the Read…The Sun Devils are currently playing some of their best hockey of the season, riding a seven game win-streak in which they are averaging just under four goals per game. The team also ranks top 10 in all of Division 1 hockey with goalie winning percentage at 69% and scoring offense at 3.32 goals per game, giving the team a clear advantage over the Badgers.The story has been very different for the Badgers this season. The team has averaged 3.03 goals per game, putting them tied for 20th in the country in this category. While that may seem close behind the Sun Devils, the Badgers do not have a record to show for their offensive efficiency. The Badgers have allowed 3.7 goals per game, the fourth worst in all of Division 1 hockey.Men’s Hockey: Yet another split series for Badgers vs No. 11 Penn StateThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (11-18-1, 6-15-1-1 Big Ten) took on the No. 11 Nittany Lions of Pennsylvania Read…Goalkeeping has been an issue for the Badgers, allowing a total of 111 goals so far this season. Sophomore goalie Daniel Lebedeff has appeared in 23 games this season, with a win rate of just 39% and a save rate of 89%. In order to compete with the Sun Devils this weekend, the Badgers are going to need to step it up defensively.The team had been offensively productive all season and hopes to continue that this weekend, especially from key offensive weapon Cole Caufield. Caufield’s productive freshmen year puts him at 11th in the nation with 0.6 goals per game. Caufield also leads the team with 32 points this season, followed by 23 from junior Wyatt Kalynuk. Kalynuk shares the team lead in assists with junior Linus Weissbach — both at 17 this season.The Badgers will be playing their final home series of the season this weekend — a season that many Badger hockey fans are not happy about. The Badgers ended last season with 18 losses, a number that they have already reached this season with four games remaining. Men’s Hockey: Experience gained this season cannot be overlookedGoing into the 2019-2020 season, the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (10-17-1, 5-14-1-1 Big Ten) faced high expectations from Read…These two teams have not played each other in over four years, their last match dating back to the halloween weekend of 2015. In that series, the Badgers won the first game 5–1 and the second game by a score of 2–1, giving the Badgers the series sweep. The Badgers hope to continue this two game win streak against the Sun Devils this weekend.Both games this weekend are set to begin at 7:00 p.m. and can be listened to on 1310 WIBA. These games can also be followed on the Men’s Hockey Twitter page, @BadgerMHockey.last_img read more