Kids in Chattanooga had the chance to pimp their bikes and build their ultimate dream ride over the summer as Houston-based artist Smitty Regula spearheaded Art Bike workshops in the Southern City. What’s an Art Bike? Imagine a cruiser with a flame thrower, and an antenna of stuffed animals. Imagine a bumper car bike. A dragon bike. A fish bowl bike. Regula helped a handful of school kids conceptualize, weld, and finalize their own dream bikes over the summer. Recently, the kids pedaled their kick-ass bikes through Coolidge Park in ‘Nooga. Check out the vid, and start thinking about what your personal dream bike would look like.
Less than two weeks into team practices, Paul Flanagan knows defense is the foundation of his team.“I don’t think that on any particular night, or any night, we’re just going to go out and light it up offensively,” the head coach said. “So we know we need to be very sound defensively.”With five defensemen returning from last season, the Orange opens the 2012-13 season against New Hampshire at 4 p.m. Friday in Tennity Ice Pavilion. That core unit promises to be crucial in keeping SU in games this season. A solid defensive presence will extend beyond the blue line, making the attack more potent and the team more dangerous as a whole.Fine-tuning the defense takes more practice than offensive playmaking, Flanagan said. So the team has spent the past three days focusing on its defensive system while blending together its veteran leadership with young talented freshmen.“You’d like to think we’re not changing anything up really, just minor details, but hoping that the veterans haven’t forgot our systems over the summer,” Flanagan said, “And really just, again, just trying to get the freshmen to assimilate into the group and understand what we’re trying to do.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDepth in defense is a point of pride for the Orange. The team has only been together in official practices for the past two weeks. To accelerate not only the team’s fitness, but overall cohesiveness, the SU players have put in extra skill sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays in addition to extra lifting.In previous seasons, the team took about a month to become fully game-fit, senior defender Jacquie Greco said.Fitness and, consequently, team depth will be tested Friday. The rink at Whittemore Center Arena, where UNH plays its home games, is longer and wider than Olympic-sized rinks that dwarf most North American rinks. The Wildcats have grown accustomed to skating longer and harder shifts on their home ice, and often enjoy an advantage in endurance home and away.But Flanagan trusts both his veteran and younger defenders to keep up.“We have seven defensemen right now on our roster and all of them are capable. It’s not like we can only rely on three or four. We feel that all seven can play,” he said. “I think from top to bottom on the blue line we have, you know, some real good I guess parity from within the ranks, and some good competition.”That competition comes from the Orange’s younger players pushing its veterans. Yet one freshman is expected to play an even more crucial role.First-year defender Nicole Renault is smaller but makes up for her lack of size with her ability to read the game and lead a transition attack. An SU commit since her junior year of high school, Renault scored 12 goals and had 28 assists for the Little Caesars Under-19 last season.“I think I see the ice well and that’s what the coaches see in me, so they put me there to make a good pass and they see me as an offensive defenseman, which I am,” Renault said. “I will rush the puck and then make a pass.”Strong transition play from Renault and the rest of the Orange back line opens up the ice for the attack. For an offense that finished last season 21st out of 33 teams in the nation, averaging 2.23 goals per game, Renault’s passing ability is needed.This year’s freshman class is the best SU ice hockey has seen in four years, Greco said.Regardless of age, the defense is a strength and the bigger questions lie in the team’s offense, Flanagan said.If the Orange maintains the defensive standard Flanagan expects, the entire team will inevitably benefit.Said Greco: “It definitely helps the confidence of our front end, you know, because they can count on us to defend goals and then we can count on them to score goals for us.” Comments Published on October 4, 2012 at 12:14 am Contact Jacob: [email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_ Facebook Twitter Google+
Published on September 30, 2013 at 1:26 am Syracuse midfielder Alyssa Manley got the best of Stanford yet again.Last year, she scored two goals when the two teams met on Oct. 12 in Amherst, Mass.On Saturday, she scored the game-winning goal 33 minutes into the first half to propel the No. 5 Orange (8-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) to a 3-1 victory over the No. 8 Cardinal (7-2) in Albany, N.Y.Syracuse’s penalty corner unit struck first. Emma Russell and Jordan Page set up Laura Hahnefeldt, who finished by firing a laser to the back of the cage.Fifteen minutes later, Manley made it 2-0 by poking in a rebound off of Leonie Geyer’s initial shot from the circle.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textStanford made the score 2-1 on a penalty corner of its own in the second half. Alex McCawley tipped home a pass from Kelsey Harbin with 10:17 remaining to break the shutout.But that was all the offense the Cardinal could muster.The Orange added an insurance goal with six minutes remaining. Russell took a pass through the circle from Brooks and knocked it home for her sixth goal of the season.The three goals were the most given up by Stanford, which entered the contest with the country’s top scoring defense, in any game this season.Syracuse returns home to J.S. Coyne Stadium next weekend for a two-day doubleheader. The Orange will face No. 4 Virginia Saturday at 1 p.m. before hosting Monmouth Sunday at 2 p.m.Cross CountryThe Syracuse men’s and women’s teams parted ways over the weekend.The No. 9 men traveled to Chestnut Hill, Mass., for the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown, while the women headed to Minneapolis, Minn., for the Roy Griak Invitational.The men took second place in Chestnut Hill, behind No. 12 Oregon with 69 points. Martin Hehir, the reigning Big East champion, finished in third place with a time of 24:12. Hehir was the only Orange runner in the top 10, but Reed Kamyszek, Ryan Urie, MJ Erb and Griff Graves finished in the top 20.In Minneapolis, the women’s team came in seventh out of 28 teams. Sophomore Margo Malone was SU’s best finisher, coming in 22nd place out of 300 runners. Jessie Petersen, Brenna Symoniak, Brianna Nerud and Maura Linde were the other runners to collect points for the Orange.After a two-week break, the Orange will head to the Princeton Invitational in New Jersey on Oct. 19.—Compiled by staff writer Tyler Piccotti, [email protected], and asst. copy editor Jesse Dougherty, [email protected] Comments Facebook Twitter Google+