UM-Presque Isle soccer teams sweep Unity

Posted Sept. 05, 2011, at 9:41 p.m.

UNITY — Craig Maffei scored two goals to stake the UMaine-Presque Isle Owls to a three-goal lead en route to a 6-2 men’s soccer victory over the Unity College Rams Monday.

Joel Massa and Roland Thibodeau were among the other goal scorers for the University of Maine-Presque Isle (2-0).

WOMEN’S SOCCER

UMPI 3, UNITY 0

At Presque Isle, the Owls improved to 2-0 with their second straight shutout.

Desiree Smith scored one of the goals for the University of Maine-Presque Isle. She scored three goals in Sunday’s 9-0 victory over Vermont Tech.

FIELD HOCKEY

ST. JOE’S 3, ANNA MARIA 1

At Paxton, Mass., freshman Tara Cowin scored three goals to record her first collegiate hat trick and lead Saint Joseph’s of Standish to victory in its opener.

Melanie Allen notched an assist for the winners and Meaghan Johnson made two saves on five shots.

Katherine Bant scored off an assist from Nicole Lowe for 0-3 Anna Maria and Marita Steinmetz made eight save on 16 shots.

FOOTBALL

Syracuse happy to be 1-0

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — He’s one game into his third season at Syracuse, and Doug Marrone likes the rarefied air.

“I’m excited about where we are,” Marrone said Monday, four days after his Orange opened the season by rallying from a 15-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat Wake Forest 36-29 in overtime. “We’re looking forward.”

Backward, too.

Not lost on the head coach are these numbers:

— Wake Forest had a 14-2 edge in first downs at halftime and held Syracuse to 52 yards offensively in the first two quarters.

— The Syracuse defense was on the field for 45 plays and allowed 258 yards in the first half as the Demon Deacons built a 20-7 lead.

— Wake Forest quarterback Tanner Price threw for three touchdowns and had 12 completions of 13 yards or more before leaving the game for good early in the fourth quarter with an injury.

“My concerns are just basically communication on a couple of those big plays,” Marrone said. “We had a lot of different players in there. Early on, a lot of people were out of the game defensively. We should have definitely been able to adjust a lot quicker and made some plays earlier than we did.”

Still, Marrone obviously liked the end result — a victory in the season-opener for the second straight year. Wake Forest scored only one touchdown on six possessions inside the Syracuse 20 and his team won despite an 84-58 discrepancy in offensive plays.

“Red-zone defense, I don’t think you can get much better. In the NFL, (offensively) it would be one series and you come back in and make the adjustments and you go,” said Marrone, offensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints prior to returning to his alma mater. “I guess in college it would be the second series, maybe. And if you make some plays earlier on, it’s a little bit easie r to get on a rhythm.”

It took the Orange until the fourth quarter to find that rhythm on both sides of the ball. Syracuse won with a 22-0 spurt over the final 11 minutes of regulation and one possession in overtime.

That has to improve.

So, too, does the health of senior defensive end Chandler Jones, senior safety Olando Fisher, and junior cornerback Ri’Shard Anderson. Though all three are listed on the two-deep depth chart for Saturday’s home game against Rhode Island, Marrone said all three were being evaluated for injuries.

Anderson only was in for 15 plays against Wake Forest, but Jones played the entire game and was credited with one solo tackle, four assists and half a sack. Jones also had the game-turning play when his hit on Tanner forced the left-handed quarterback to the sidelines.

“We won’t know until they’re fully evaluated,” Marrone said.

Defensive coordinator Scott Shafer has had to retool a defense that lost standout linebackers Doug Hogue and Derrell Smith to graduation. Helping to replace them are: freshman linebacker Dyshawn Davis, who was on the field against Wake Forest for every defensive play; freshman Cameron Lynch, who was in for 37 plays; and senior Dan Vaughan, who was in for 42 plays in his first career star t.

Also in the defensive mix were: sophomore DT Jay Bromley (53 plays); NT Deon Goggins, a junior-college transfer (45 plays); senior Cory Boatman, who played mostly on special teams last season (29 plays); freshman NT Eric Crume (eight plays); and sophomore free safety Jeremi Wilkes (45 plays).

“We had a lot of young players, or first-time players, that played a lot of football,” Marrone said. “That’s a good thing. We’re going to need them eventually.”

Notes: QB Ryan Nassib earned mention on the Big East weekly honor roll for his late-game heroics against Wake Forest. He threw for three touchdown passes, including the game-winner to Van Chew in OT, and completed 19 of his final 23 attempts to finish 20 of 28 for 178 yards. Nassib was 8-for-8 in the fourth quarter and overtime, moving into seventh all-time in completions at Syracuse wit h 258. Nassib also has 25 TD passes, fifth at Syracuse.

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