Younger runners step up to give veterans rest, gain race experience

first_imgChris Fox has a plan for the injured runners rehabbing after last season’s breakout year.This season, the Syracuse head coach said he will hold out his top seven runners in hopes of shaking the rust off Forrest Misenti and Griff Graves, who both missed time during their Syracuse careers.Fox said he plans on introducing those two injured runners in “low-key” races to get them ready for the bigger ones that will come later this season.“It’s almost like a scrimmage for football,” Fox said.Graves hasn’t competed since 2009, and Misenti has not raced since February 2011. They both had seasons cut short by injuries, and they both returned in the first race of the season at Colgate.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGraves was the top SU finisher and placed second overall with a time of 20:06 in the 6,400-meter race, and Misenti placed fifth with a time of 20:17.Graves was pleased but humble about his performance.“Anytime you can come back into your first race and compete on the level you want to compete, it’s always good,” he said.Misenti was more impressed.“Seeing him finish second place and go after the win the last half mile was really impressive,” Misenti said.On Sept. 8 at the Dartmouth Invitational, the No. 12 men’s team snagged another first-place finish. The Orange dominated the race with eight runners finishing in the Top 10.Working Misenti and Graves back into running shape comes at a price, though. As the two mount their respective returns, few true freshmen have participated in the Harry Lang Invitational or Dartmouth Invitational.Instead, many runners have been left back to practice at Manley Field House. Fox said acclimating his youngest runners to college races before they compete is crucial early in the season.Brianna Nerud is transitioning from high school to college meets this season. The freshman enjoyed a record-setting career at North Shore High School (N.Y.), but was held out of both meets thus far.Running at Syracuse is a different — and much higher — level of competition. And Nerud said it requires a higher level of preparation.“Training with a big team is different,” Nerud said. “The workouts are harder because of higher intensity some days, and longer.”To ease that acclimation period, Fox has often redshirted first-year runners. He held out nine freshmen from competition in 2011, and he said he plans on repeating that strategy this year.Fox said that habit squeezes the most eligibility out of his runners, too.“If you run them, you can’t redshirt them,” Fox said.It also opens up spots for Fox to integrate his top performers, like Misenti and Graves, back into the lineup.Senior Sarah Pagano ran at Dartmouth after Fox held her out of the Harry Lang Invitational. She was the top finisher for SU and finished seventh with a time of 21:38.70.Though the Orange has not run all its top runners, the team has been successful through two meets. Fox can slowly bring runners back from injury now before the bigger meets down the road.“The real test will be over the next few weeks,” Graves said. “We’ll see how we stack up as the competition gets better.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 13, 2012 at 1:53 am Contact Melissa: [email protected]last_img read more

No. 15 Syracuse wastes scoring chances in 2-1 loss to Hofstra

first_imgSyracuse forward Chris Nanco fired a low shot from inside the box and put his hands to his head as Hofstra goalie Patric Pray easily scooped up the ball. A minute later, Orange midfielder Korab Syla blasted a shot from the same spot that curved to the right of the net. Syla jumped in the air and grabbed his head, too.SU trailed Hofstra by one with five minutes left and was watching each chance it had end unsuccessfully. Midfielder Juuso Pasanen got one more shot with less than a minute left, but it rattled the crossbar from 30 yards away.“We were a little bit unfortunate to come away with nothing,” Syracuse head coach Ian McIntyre said.The Orange led the Pride 19-9 in shots and 11-4 in shots on goal, but No. 15 Syracuse (0-1) fell to Hofstra (1-0), 2-1, at Hofstra Soccer Stadium in Hempstead, New York to open the season.Freshman Austin Aviza started in net for the Orange and finished with two saves. Forward Oyvind Alseth netted SU’s only goal on a penalty shot 70:30 into the game and Nanco led the team with five shots.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I thought we did enough to take a couple things away from this game, but that’s our sport,” McIntyre said. “You can create opportunities … but these games are tightly contested. They can go either way.”SU controlled the ball for much of the first half, putting five shots on goal and leaving Hofstra with none. The Orange earned four corners and neither Aviza nor Syracuse’s back line were tested much.In the final minutes of the first half, a 45-yard cross by a Syracuse player hit off the top post. SU defender Miles Robinson headed the rebound to the right side of the net past the goalie, but Hofstra defender Nino Alfonso was there to head the shot away.Fifteen minutes into the second half, Syracuse midfielder Liam Callahan pulled down a Hofstra forward as a cross came into the box. Callahan went to the sideline with a red card and Pride midfielder Joseph Holland scored on the penalty kick.Aviza dove to his right, but Holland’s shot went to the opposite side of the net.Five minutes later, Hofstra took advantage of the extra man as an undefended Henry Crayton scored from 10 yards out on a play that “happened very quickly,” McIntyre said.“It was kind of a double whammy to concede a penalty and have a man sent off,” McIntyre said. “… We didn’t respond as well as we should have.”After Orange midfielder Julian Buescher was fouled in the box, Alseth brought SU back within one on the ensuing penalty kick. Syracuse sent additional men forward in the offensive zone near end of the game, but could never get the tying goal.Syracuse returns to action at Bucknell (1-0) on Sunday at 7 p.m. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 28, 2015 at 11:13 pm Contact Jon: [email protected] | @jmettuslast_img read more