Rainone sisters meet as Syracuse hosts Connecticut

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Brenna Rainone has been looking forward to Syracuse’s Friday matchup against the Connecticut Huskies since January — of 2011.Rainone committed to SU as a junior from nearby Westhill High School, and though playing for an elite lacrosse program enticed her, there was another major factor involved in her decision: having the chance to play against her older sister Mackenzie, a midfielder at UConn.Mackenzie’s Huskies (6-0) travel to Syracuse on Friday to take on Rainone’s Orange (3-2) at 3 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. It will be the first and potentially last time the sisters will square off and the last time Syracuse and Connecticut play, as the Orange departs for the Atlantic Coast Conference next year.“Playing against her, that was a lot of the reason why I chose this school,” Rainone said. “I know it’ll be fun for my parents to see. It’s going to be fun to see who wins. Hopefully, I go up against her because that’s what I’ve been looking forward to for the last four years.”Rainone plays on the right side of the SU attack. Mackenzie plays defense on the same side, so the sisters could meet one-on-one several times. If they do, Rainone said it will be difficult to take the situation seriously. She said there will probably be a lot of swear words involved, but also a lot of smiling and laughing.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We’re so close that we’re competitive, but we can never get legit mad at each other,” Rainone said. “I’ll be mad if she takes the ball away from me or checks me, but I could never stay mad at her.”With a three-year age difference, the sisters’ careers only overlap for two seasons. Rainone played on Westhill’s varsity team as an eighth-grader and high school freshman while Mackenzie was a junior and senior, respectively. At Westhill, Rainone took her skill to the next level by watching Mackenzie and listening to her constructive criticism.Westhill head coach Tim Alberts called both sisters hard-nosed players with a special desire to win and a good, hard work ethic. He also noted their exceptional footwork, calling it “almost like a dance.”“As a coach, you have certain players come through that definitely leave a mark,” Alberts said. “You hope that everybody can strive to the competitiveness and level of joy those two have playing lacrosse. Their love of the game is evident. They just have this lacrosse aura about them.”But after high school, Mackenzie wanted “something different” and the chance to make a difference in an up-and-coming lacrosse program. As a lifelong SU fan, choosing a heated rival was tough. People at home tease her for going to UConn, Mackenzie said, and people in Connecticut nag her about being from Syracuse.“It’s her home team and always will be her hometown team,” Rainone said, adding that her sister still prefers SU’s men’s basketball team to UConn’s.Rainone and her sister have always been close, but their two years playing together improved their relationship even more. They talk every day, with the expected smack talk included. This week, Rainone asked Mackenzie for UConn’s defensive alignments. Her sister refused.But without question, they support each other. When Mackenzie came to the Dome her sophomore year to play the Orange, Rainone attended wearing a Syracuse sweater with a Connecticut shirt underneath. This past weekend, though, Rainone attended a UConn game in Storrs, Conn., wearing all of her Syracuse attire.On Friday, Alberts and the entire Westhill team will be on hand. Rainone family members are coming from as far as Colorado and Boston, and will be wearing specially made T-shirts. The girls’ father, Joe, will sit directly on the 50-yard line.Above all else, bragging rights will be on the line. And since this could be the last time they play, the bragging rights may last forever.Said Mackenzie: “We’ll just have to see what it comes down to on Friday.” Comments Published on March 21, 2013 at 1:08 am Contact Josh: jmhyber@syr.edulast_img read more

3 things Dino Babers said: Eric Dungey going through testing after Clemson hit, voting and more

first_img Published on November 7, 2016 at 1:18 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettus Coming off a 54-0 loss to then-No. 3 Clemson in Death Valley on Saturday, Syracuse head coach Dino Babers addressed the media at his weekly press conference Monday.The Orange (4-5, 2-3 Atlantic Coast) will next face North Carolina State (4-5, 1-4) in the Carrier Dome at 12:30 p.m.Here are three things he said.Babers’ is ‘not sure’ what Eric Dungey’s injury isStarting quarterback Eric Dungey was knocked out of the loss to Clemson near the end of the first quarter when linebacker Dorian O’Daniel drove his helmet into Dungey’s shoulder. O’Daniel’s helmet slid underneath Dungey’s chin, knocking his helmet halfway off. Dungey put his hands to his head while on the ground. He got up with the help of trainers but looked woozy as he was guided to the locker room with at least one hand on him from a staff member the entire way.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBabers said he’s “not sure what it is right now,” in reference Dungey’s injury and whether or not it is a concussion. “We still haven’t finished the tests.” Babers said he saw the quarterback in the plane ride home, but that Dungey missed the team’s meeting on Sunday because he was undergoing testing.Last year, the quarterback missed four games and parts of three others because of hits to the head.Babers said Dungey “really got jerked” on the hit, but it was only a shoulder pad it wasn’t helmet-to-helmet contact.The Orange also lost running back Moe Neal, safety Daivon Ellison and receiver Brisly Estime during the course of the game.“I have not gotten notices back on all of them yet,” Babers said in his opening statement. “Some of them are still going through medical things to clear or not clear them. Outside of that I have no idea what’s going with all this stuff so I’ve got to wait and see.”Babers also noted that injured wide receiver Jamal Custis, who hasn’t played this year, will redshirt.‘We’re going to see what happens during the week’ regarding Mahoney and WilsonBabers is taking a wait-and-see approach regarding Dungey’s replacement, if needed. Despite not being on the two-deep depth chart, Austin Wilson replaced Dungey in the Clemson game, and he threw 27 passes for 17 completions, 116 yards, two interceptions and no touchdowns. Zack Mahoney, who was listed as the backup and was the only other quarterback to play for SU this year, entered after Wilson in the fourth quarter, going 1-for-4 for 8 yards.The depth chart released Monday has both Wilson and Mahoney listed as the secondary options to Dungey. Babers said both of the QBs did “OK.” He also said he’s not sure what the split of reps will be like in practice, but that even if he didn’t he wouldn’t reveal it.“We have an idea of who does what better, but we have to see with the rest of the football team too if Eric can’t play of how we’re going to use those guys in that situation that’s going to be the most conducive for us,” Babers said.Babers shares middle school voting education storyElection Day is on Tuesday, with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump battling for the United States presidency. A noteworthy topic, among others, is an open seat on the Supreme Court following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February. The next president would appoint the new justice with the Senate voting on the choice.Babers said he doesn’t talk about politics to the football team and he doesn’t speak about politics as a “public servant” and representative of Syracuse University.“Now, all that being said,” Babers said, “I’m going to get in trouble.“I can still remember my middle grade teacher and she was trying to make sure that when we were growing up that we would all vote. All right. ‘Got to get out and vote. Got to get out and vote.’ She would ask — I was a in a certain type of neighborhood. They were like, ‘Does your mom and dad vote?’ Well some of us raise our hands. Well some of them do, some of them don’t.“And I’ll never forget her saying, she said, ‘It’s really important that you exercise your right to vote.’ And then she went a step forward … ‘If you’re not going to vote, just remember this. If you’re not going to vote every single year for the president, at least vote every single year that there is a seat open on the supreme court because that is the most important year ever to vote.’“That’s my answer to that.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more