Hughton wants Canaries in control

first_img He went on: “We’re all in there fighting; everybody’s desperate to get points. It is a tough part of the season where you can get unexpected results. There is so much football to be played still. “Teams are striving to get out of the bottom three and teams not in the bottom three are striving to push further away. “Everybody has objectives at this stage of the season, and as the games are ticked off it’s even more important you’re in the position you want to be in.” Norwich have just one win in 12 Premier League matches – against Everton last month – and one away success all season. The Canaries, who have kept nine clean sheets this term, to the delight of Hughton, have drawn four of their last six, including last week against Southampton when Grant Holt was unsuccessful with a late penalty. Hughton hopes to find a cutting edge and convert draws into wins to secure Norwich’s future more quickly. “We’ve tried to address that of late, but we’re striving to get balance,” Hughton said. “We have had a lot of clean sheets, which is really pleasing, but we’ve also had a few games where we’ve let in a few goals. On three occasions we’ve let five goals in.” Press Association The Canaries have 33 points ahead of tomorrow’s match at Sunderland and, in a congested lower half of the table, Hughton hopes his side control their own fate in the final nine matches of the season. “It’s about looking after your own business,” Hughton said. “You hope that if you’re able to get good enough results you don’t have to worry so much about other results.” center_img Norwich boss Chris Hughton has called for his side to quickly accumulate the points required to ensure Barclays Premier League survival.last_img read more

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WLAX : Queener brings versatile goaltending, scoring background to coaching staff

first_img Comments Published on April 24, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 Without All-American Liz Hogan in net, Gary Gait turned to a professional to mentor the inexperienced goaltenders tasked with filling her place.Gait hired Brett Queener, the goalie for the Hamilton Nationals of Major League Lacrosse, as a volunteer assistant on his Syracuse staff. And Queener went from playing for Gait and assistant coach Regy Thorpe last summer to coaching alongside them this spring.‘They lost their four-year starting goalie and needed some extra help,’ Queener said, ‘so they called me up.’Queener got the job because of his playing experience in net, which gives him intricate knowledge of nearly every position on the field. As a player in 2007, Queener helped guide Albany to the NCAA tournament quarterfinals before leading the Rochester Rattlers to win the 2008 Steinfeld Cup during his rookie season in the MLL. Queener’s resume made him an ideal choice to teach the young goaltending duo of Alyssa Costantino and Kelsey Richardson.Under Queener’s guidance, Costantino has compiled an impressive 12-1 record to help the No. 2 Orange (13-2, 6-0 Big East) emerge as one of the top teams in the country this season. Richardson has been a capable backup, playing in 12 of SU’s 15 games thus far.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘(He) brings a great focus to that goalie position,’ Gait said, ‘and I think it’s helped our goalies improve immensely.’The new Syracuse coach brings the perfect background to the team’s coaching staff. While he spent the majority of his time at Albany in net, he also had the versatility to join the Great Danes’ attack at times.His playing career was marked by numerous dazzling plays.In Queener’s first game with the Great Danes, the goaltender carried the ball the length of the field to score a goal against defending national champion Johns Hopkins. In man-up situations, Queener was even more of an offensive threat. The goalie would trade his wide-pocketed goalkeeper stick out for a short stick and join the attack.In three seasons at Albany, Queener scored five goals and tallied five assists while running the point on extra-man opportunities. The goalkeeper’s offensive prowess even earned him a spot as a forward on National League Lacrosse’s Boston Blazers. In three seasons with the Blazers, Queener has scored eight times.‘He’s not just a goalie. He plays field too, so he knows every little thing,’ Syracuse attack Michelle Tumolo said. ‘So even if he’s goalie coach he’ll tell me ‘do this’, or he’s an amazing trick shot shooter so he’ll tell me, ‘try to do this.”Queener and Tumolo often compete in trick shot competitions during practice.The Orange has reaped the benefits of some of these competitions with some highlight-reel goals. Against Rutgers, Tumolo used a hidden ball trick to set up a goal. Against Dartmouth, she sent a pass through four defenders that resulted in another score.Throughout his career, Queener was known as a high-energy player, making him the right fit to help coach the Orange’s fast-paced, high-intensity style of play. And he has brought that same mentality to the defense led by the goalies this year.‘He just brings like a lot of energy and he’s been helping us as defenders, too,’ SU defender Becca Block said. ‘And just making sure specific words that the goalies will say to us, that helps us.’His most profound effect has been on the defensive end, teaching the young goalies and helping them find their comfort zone.Costantino has transformed from a seldom-used freshman into the nation’s best goalie in terms of save percentage. As for Richardson, the freshman has posted a solid .509 save percentage.Both goalkeepers came to SU as highly touted recruits, but their lack of experience was the biggest question hanging over this season. Thanks in large part to Queener, those questions have been answered.‘Brett’s really helped out their confidence, both of them, a ton,’ Block said. ‘Now, I don’t even notice that they’re goalies that we haven’t been playing with for the past years.’dbwilson@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Syracuse hurdler, long jumper and high jumper Aviana Goode is ready to thrive outdoors

first_img Published on March 20, 2018 at 11:19 pm Contact Eric: estorms@syr.edu Aviana Goode learned to high jump not on a track, but in her living room. Her mother, who first encouraged her to try running competitively, stood by her side as her coach.Goode had started hurdling and long jumping in third grade but needed to high jump to participate in a combined event at nationals, the only one she felt she could qualify for. And so Goode ended up repeatedly taking off from her living room floor and landing on her brother’s mattress in preparation.Now, Goode is among the best high jumpers in the ACC. She collected points and medaled with a sixth-place finish in the ACC Indoor Championships on Feb. 23. She’s also shined in the long jump, with a first-place finish at both the Crimson Elite on Feb. 2 and the Cornell Deneault Memorial on Feb. 17. In the 60-meter hurdles, her best finish was second in the Cornell Upstate Challenge on Jan. 20.Goode said she hasn’t felt pressured, despite being the only woman jumper. While much of SU’s points come from sprinters and distance runners, Goode is one of the few who adds to the tally in field events.“I knew I had to pull weight in long jump and high jump since I am the only jumper here, so I wasn’t too nervous about it,” she said. “I trained hard over the summer so I knew if I trained hard, I’d get good results.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGoode hopes to continue her success as the track season shifts from indoor to outdoor. Her coach, assistant Dave Hegland, said outdoor season is different in terms of logistics. He noted the main difference is being on the road for the month of April and having to fly the team to better weather in states like Florida and California. Still, Hegland said he believes most teams, no matter where they are located, have a transition period to work through as the seasons shift.“But we got a nice, robust schedule and plenty of meets before the championships,” he said. “Historically, those guys and girls have come out pretty ready to go on that first meet, even though it’s probably their first time outside since October.”Goode also noted that now outdoors, the runway for long jump will be flat instead of raised, and the number of hurdles goes from five to 10.“That one is always kind of frightening, especially for the first meet,” she said. “But after that you get your jitters out.”Goode, who’s from Bay Shore, New York, is no stranger to success outdoors. She said her favorite track memory came outdoors in Syracuse her sophomore year of high school, when she become a state champion. She hoped to parallel that success with a breakout year as a sophomore in college. And by medaling in the ACC Indoor Championships, she believes she has.Her teammate, senior Tia Thevenin, agrees. Thevenin highlighted Goode’s willingness to buy into the program and what the upperclassmen had to say when Goode arrived as freshman as reasons for her success.“She was kind of a perfect freshman in the sense that she’s so intuitive and so adaptive and whatever you tell her she’s going to do,” Thevenin said. “When you tell her ways to improve, she’s going to use it and she’s going to do it. I think it paid off, and it’s about time it showed.”Each of Goode’s three events require different approaches in terms of technique. But ultimately, she says, it all comes down to one mental exercise: visualization. No matter the event, Goode has to see herself clearing the hurdle, bar or leaping the proper distance.“For long jump, I just try to remember to bring my knees to my chest and keep my feet up in the air,” she said. “And for high jump I just try (the) same thing: lift my knees and just clear the bar.”Despite her high school championship win in Syracuse, Goode never seriously considered running for the university until the recruitment process. But ultimately, she found herself right where she belongs.“I never thought I would go to college in New York, I thought I was going to go outside,” she said. “But then once I came on campus, I was like, ‘Nah, this is the right place for me.’”As a versatile runner who can help the Orange in multiple areas, both inside and outdoors, she has proven it. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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