Despite some concerns in the fall over whether it would play its normal home schedule, the Liverpool ice hockey team will still have its normal slate of games at Lysander Ice Arena during the 2019-20 season.And the Warriors opened with an impressive all-around effort against visiting Auburn last Tuesday night, leaning on its defense to earn a 1-0 victory over the Maroons.They stayed scoreless until the second period, when Liverpool broke through as Connor Boland found the net, assisted by Matt Gagnon and Xavier Springer. Despite all this, Syracuse tied the late amid a pile of players in front of the net late in regulation, and it stayed 3-3 until a shootout, where the Cougars prevailed.So Liverpool went to Saturday’s consolation game against Fulton (who lost to B’ville 3-0) and, this time around, rallied to get into yet another shoot-out, where it ended up defeating the Red Raiders.A rough first period left the Warriors behind 3-1, but it fought back to tie it, 3-3, before both sides got a goal in the final period, setting up another OT and the eventual shootout.Boland tacked on two more goals, with Marco Palumbo stepping up by earning a goal and two assists. Springer had one goal and one assist and Gagnon also got an assist as Welch stopped 38 of Fulton’s 42 shots.Cicero-North Syracuse does not have the same concerns as Liverpool. Having scrimmaged the Warriors on Nov. 27, the Northstars would enter the regular-season fray late last week with three games in as many days.In the first of them, the Northstars hosted CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt last Thursday night at the Twin Rinks where, despite a late scoring surge, it lost 6-4 to the Brothers.It wasn’t until C-NS trailed 5-2 that it really started to try and catch up late in the game. Fueling that comeback attempt, Matt Cramer earned a three-goal hat trick as Tyler Murray had a goal and two assists.Nick Sciore added two assists, with single assists going to Holden Sarosy and Devin Kellogg. But CBA/J-D proved more balanced as six different players scored its six goals, with Tanner Burns and Kodi Dotterer each getting a goal and two assists.Right after, C-NS went to the McQuaid Tournament at Rochester Ice Center, where on Friday it faced Canisius (Buffalo) in the opening round and lost, 4-1, to the Crusaders, and then fell 3-1 to Aquinas in the consonlation game.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story That was one of just 10 shots the Warriors managed all night, but its defense contained the Maroons, limiting it to 18 shots, all of them stopped by James Welch.Good as Welch was here, he was even more sensational in Friday’s opening round of Baldwinsville’s Bobby Conklin Memorial Tournament against reigning state Division I champion Syracuse.Recording 42 saves, Welch not only kept the Warriors in it, he had a lead most of the way thanks to two goals from Boland and another from Gagnon, who joined Springer and Anthony Bentley in the assist column. Tags: C-NSice hockeyliverpool
The USC women’s basketball team clinched the third seed in the Pac-10 tournament on Saturday with a comeback victory over Arizona State, 62-52.USC (18-11, 12-6) used a dominating second half to beat the Sun Devils (17-12, 9-9); the Women of Troy outscored Arizona State 36-19 after halftime.Tim Tran | Daily Trojan Next step · Senior forward Aarika Hughes scored nine points in her final regular season game at USC. Hughes also posted three rebounds. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan“We had the same record [as ASU] coming in, and we knew we needed this win,” senior guard Hailey Dunham said. “[It was] tough to be down seven at halftime but to come out with a 10-point win at the end was something we really needed.”Arizona State seized an early lead in the game on the strength of its inside play. The Sun Devils pounded the ball inside and scored 24 of their 33 first-half points in the paint. USC shot just 30 percent in the first half and entered the break down seven points.The second half was a different story for the Women of Troy. USC employed a small lineup for much of the second half and harassed the Sun Devils into 15 turnovers and just 19 points.“We’re not as big as a lot of teams, but Hailey [Dunham] and Christina [Marinacci] are [as] feisty as anybody that’s “6’4”, 6’5”, so I feel comfortable and confident that they can get down there and hold their own,” USC coach Michael Cooper said.The Women of Troy opened the second half on a tear and tied the score at 43 on a Dunham layup. The game was a back-and-forth affair from then on until USC pulled away late. Redshirt junior guard Jacki Gemelos delivered the knockout punch with a steal and layup that pushed the lead to 52-46 late in the game.Sophomore guard Ashley Corral said the team changed up its defensive focus after halftime and keyed in on Arizona State guard Danielle Orsillo.“Just little things like being late on screens, getting hit on screens — we focused on that and executed it,” Corral said.The Sun Devils shot 26 percent from the field in the second half.Corral led the Women of Troy with 20 points and three assists. She also added four 3-pointers to further her school record for threes made in a season. Dunham added seven points, six rebounds and some gritty defense down low.“I think I was outweighed by quite a bit, but I tried to use [my] muscle to bang around down low and try to shut them down,” she said.Freshman forward Christina Marinacci finished with nine points and seven rebounds. Senior forward Aarika Hughes chipped in nine points in her final regular season game for USC.“To be among the elites you have to beat the elites, and this was a big, big game,” Cooper said. “It’s always nice to end the season on a positive note because, if you head into a conference championship, you always want to go in on a positive note.”The Women of Troy set their best conference mark since the 2004-2005 season with the victory. Their 18 wins on the season are the most in four years.USC earned a first-round bye in the conference tournament and opens up against Oregon in the quarterfinals at 5 p.m. on Friday. The two teams split the regular-season series.