Lamolinara’s strong title-game performance not enough to lift Syracuse past Duke

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ PHILADELPHIA — Dominic Lamolinara has been through the grind of college lacrosse. He’s played for two storied programs — first Maryland, now Syracuse — in two hotbeds of lacrosse. He’s been a walk-on and a transfer, a starter and a backup goaltender, playing the position with more pressure than any other.And after Monday, he can add a strong performance in a national championship game to his already crowded resume.“He really played solid, especially in the second half,” SU head coach John Desko said. “He not only made good saves, made some spectacular saves, some one-on-one saves that allowed us to be in the game today.”Lamolinara made 11 saves — eight in the first half as his team led and three in the second as he faced a barrage of shots in Syracuse’s 16-10 NCAA championship loss to Duke.He opened up the game by stuffing midfielder Jake Tripucka at the doorstep in the opening minute, but for the most part the Orange defense did a good job keeping the Blue Devils away from the net.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLater in the quarter, though, Lamolinara made perhaps his best save of the game when Duke midfielder David Lawson used a spin move to get free at the net. Lamolinara made one of the one-on-one saves that Desko raved about to preserve SU’s shutout first quarter.“Yeah, they stopped us,” Duke attack Josh Dionne said, “but I think it was more we were stopping ourselves because we were just trying to make a play instead of playing the way we know how to.”Lamolinara turned away eight of the 13 shots on goal he saw in the first half, but was left out to dry in the second. There was nothing he could do when the Blue Devils won 11-of-17 faceoffs, his offense rushed possessions and he saw an onslaught of 23 shots, 14 of which found their way on goal. A game where Lamolinara stopped less than 50 percent of the shots he saw, felt like a victory anyway.The biggest victory of all, though, on a day that Syracuse lost the biggest game of its season, was the affirmation that Lamolinara could get it done on any stage. Since taking over for Bobby Wardwell at halftime of a win over Johns Hopkins on March 16, he’s passed every test thrown in front of him.He starred in the Big East tournament, backing an otherworldly defense, and played three stellar NCAA tournament games before proving his mettle again on Monday.“A couple (shots) in these playoff games could have gone in and we might have been watching today,” Desko said. “But fortunately we weren’t, and we had the opportunity to play in this game. I think a lot of it had to do with Dom.” Comments Published on May 27, 2013 at 9:00 pm Contact David: | @DBWilson2center_img Related Stories DEVIL’S X: Faceoffs doom Syracuse as Duke beats Orange 16-10 in national championship gameDuke’s plethora of offensive weapons one-ups Syracuse at own gameWilson: Seniors Marasco, Megill leave behind polished legacy despite loss in championship gameRice carries Syracuse offense as Orange builds 5-goal lead, fades away in second half of NCAA title gamelast_img read more

DeAngelo Williams has only good, not great, things to say about Cam Newton

first_img“I’m OK with being the bad person, but what I’m not going to accept is that she started this and I ended it,” Williams added.”It’s funny, because fans want the real you, but when they can’t handle the real you, then they want the PC you. You’re not getting a PC me, whether you like it not. If you pick up your phone or your smart tablet and tweet me, just know that what I tweet back may not be what you’re looking for. . . . ‘Cause she didn’t have to tweet that at all. It’s not like she had to tweet something.”Long story short, Williams was heel, troll and clown in his radio tour de force, and not sorry about any of it. He certainly won’t apologize for not being a Cam Newton superfan. DeAngelo Williams’ Twitter feuds with Panthers fans and other travelers can probably be best explained by something he said Friday: “I’m going to give you the same energy you give me.”It could also be explained this way: “I’m a heel to my core, brother.” And this way, as well: “I’ve been called a clown many times. I’m just having fun with my toys.” Williams said all those things as he sparred in studio with Charlotte sports talk radio hosts Chris McClain and Travis Hancock. The hourlong segment on WFNZ-AM was an escalation of a social media flareup between the former Carolina running back and McClain earlier in the week over Williams’ lukewarm feelings for Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.It was stupendous radio, a forum for Williams to say why he is a petty, unapologetic troll five years after the Panthers cut him.His seeming uncontroversial take on Newton (“He’s a good quarterback; he’s not great. He’s a great football player.”) was the same one he gave to ESPN during the week (and which riled McClain). During one contentious period, Williams played the wins card to ding Newton.MORE: NFC South predictions”Facts are he did have (just) three winning seasons. He did. What quarterback do you know that got into the Hall of Fame or was great that had a losing season — what is this, Year 9 for him? — five of the eight years?” Williams said. When McClain noted that the first two seasons of Newton’s career were spent on a rebuilding Panthers team, Williams responded, “Mac, in all due respect to you and your fans, as a fan that watched players get drafted, you are expecting the best out of them to make it to the playoffs and win the Super Bowl.” Williams then brought up his former Steelers teammate Ben Roethlisberger as an example of a QB who had instant success. That spawned another spirited back-and-forth.Williams also said something about Newton’s leadership ability that surprised the hosts: Newton was never elected a captain by the players while Williams and Newton were teammates, but Newton wore a captain’s “C” on his jersey just the same, signaling the Panthers organization awarded him the honor. Williams said that former wide receiver Steve Smith was the team’s real leader as Newton was just starting his career.McClain and Hancock pushed back hard on Williams’ Twitter insult of a Panthers fan who referenced her late mother in a reply to a tweeter who referenced Williams’ late mother to bash Williams for his analysis of Newton (yes, it’s that complicated).Cam must not have gone to @DeAngeloRB moms funeral. It’s the only explanation for why he was bashing cam. If I recall deangelo cost us a few games while he was in Carolina due to fumbles 🤔— Biased Panther Fan (@m_biased) July 31, 2019Lots of my close friends (most in fact) didn’t go to my moms funeral. It was out of state for them and like an adult, I understood.— Abbie (@CarolinaAbbie) July 31, 2019Sounds like u need to get better friends or your mom just wasn’t a nice person but I’m sure u know the answer to that i don’t but may your mom rest easy 🙏🏽🙏🏽— DeAngelo Williams (@DeAngeloRB) July 31, 2019Williams, who believes the Panthers didn’t pay enough respect after his mother died in 2014 and who tweeted at the team for not acknowledging the recent death of superfan Greg “Catman” Good, was unmoved.”She used hers as a mortar, right?” Williams said to McClain, who disagreed.last_img read more