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

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first_img Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. The Rams won 31-9. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) “It’s been really difficult and really frustrating,” Fitzgerald said of the home record. “This is a place that we’ve played well in historically and to not play well here all season, it’s disturbing.”And with the questions looming whether or not Fitz has played in his last game at State Farm Stadium, the fans let the wideout hear it, ringing out “Larry” chants throughout the game.“I play a team sport,” Fitzgerald said when asked if he heard the crowd. “I’m not Michael Phelps or Tiger Woods or those guys who do individual things. Everything I do in my life is in context of a team setting, so it’s a little uncomfortable being singled out.“There are 11 other guys with me and I can’t do my job without every single guy doing it. It’s cool but you never get used to it.” – / 29 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The wide receiver got off to a fast start doing what he does best in a 31-9 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, catching five of his six targets for 41 yards.He also added a touchdown, but not the way you would normally think.Looking at 1st-and-10 at the Rams’ 32-yard line, rookie quarterback Josh Rosen dropped back to pass, finding Fitzgerald in the backfield. But instead of turning upfield, Fitzgerald let it fly, connecting with a wide open running back David Johnson for Arizona’s first — and only — touchdown of the game.Related LinksCardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald throws first career touchdown passRapid Reactions: Arizona Cardinals blown out by Rams in home finaleAfter loss to Rams, Cardinals’ Wilks remains focused on job at hand“That’s like a layup in basketball, you can’t miss it,” Fitzgerald said of his touchdown. “I just wanted to put a little air on it. It came out a little wobbly. Looked like Kurt Warner’s ball right there.“As Kurt Warner’s was, it was effective.”But just as it seemed Fitzgerald might be turning in one of his trademark big games, he, and the Cardinals offense, fell silent in the second half, while the Rams continued to move the ball. He made just one more catch for 12 yards.With the loss, Arizona falls to 1-7 at home this season. At home this season, Fitzgerald recorded 31 receptions for 333 yards and four touchdowns.center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 3 Comments   Share   GLENDALE, Ariz. — First career touchdown pass.Potentially his last home game as a member of the Arizona Cardinals.While the moments of Sunday’s game will be remembered from those on the sidelines and in the stands, don’t bet on Larry Fitzgerald reliving the feeling.“It’s hard to soak in something like this,” Fitzgerald said when asked about if he was taking in what might be his home finale. “Not a good day across the board.”last_img read more