Michelle Tumolo played well in Syracuse’s first five games, but the Orange’s sixth game brought her finest performance yet.The attack scored a career-high five goals on just five shots to power the No. 4 Orange (4-2, 0-0 Big East) to an 18-7 victory over Towson (4-2, 0-0 Colonial Athletic Association) in front of 223 at the Carrier Dome. The junior also added three assists to three different SU players to fuel the blowout.Syracuse actually found itself trailing after an early goal by Towson midfielder Kelsey Murkey gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead less than two minutes in. After Tumolo answered, Towson retook the lead when attack Andi Raymond scored for the Tigers.From there, the Orange coasted. SU used a 4-0 scoring run between the 21:34 and 14:40 marks of the first half to pull away to a lead Towson could never recover from. Attack Devon Collins scored the first of her three goals during the run. Midfielder Sarah Holden also scored her first of two.That was just the Orange’s first run, as the Tigers were unable to keep up with the Orange’s talent and athleticism for the final 51 minutes of the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCollins scored her final two goals during SU’s second 4-0 run during a four-minute stretch starting at the 8:46 mark of the second half. Tumolo also added a goal during the run as did attack Alyssa Murray who ended the game with a hat trick, as well.The second half brought Syracuse’s most impressive run of the game. After trading goals to start the second half, the Orange reeled off six straight, turning an 11-5 lead into a 17-5 one and erasing any lingering doubt as to whether SU would hold on.Syracuse now has 10 days off until it opens up Big East play on March 24 in Storrs, Conn. against Connecticut at 1 p.m. The unranked Huskies are 5-1 this season, but have yet to beat a ranked team. UConn’s lone loss came March 2 against Boston College. The Orange blew out the then-No. 8 Eagles 23-12 in its season opener Feb. 21.-Compiled by David Wilson, staff writer, firstname.lastname@example.org Comments Published on March 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+
Dominique Thompson is one of the shortest middle blockers in the conference, standing just 5-foot-11. So while sheer size doesn’t bring all the excitement of blocking spikes at the net, her passion and enthusiasm shine the second she steps on the court.Thompson came to Wisconsin as a 2010 AAU Junior National All-American, named the best blocker in the 18-Open Division at the 2001 National Junior classic. Her success carried over to Wisconsin as she played 57 matches through her first two seasons, starting 42 of them before redshirting 2012 with a foot injury.Thompson bounced back this year, starting all 20 matches and recording double figure kills in 10 of those matches.“She is a tremendous athlete,” head coach Kelly Sheffield said. “This is the hardest sport to be out a year, she’s still dealing with her injury. But that positive spirit in her, coming in ready to go every day has been her biggest quality.”Thompson’s athletic abilities come as no surprise. She comes from a family of athletes and volleyball runs in her blood. Her mother played at Iowa from 1986-1989 while her aunt Jenifer Thompson also played there from 1987-1991. Uncle George Thompson played volleyball at Pepperdine from 1987-1991. Her father Darrell Thompson also played football for the Green Bay Packers for five years in the 1990s.As an upperclassman, she is transitioning into a leadership role with the team, especially given that Wisconsin has only two seniors this season.“Her leadership is her enthusiasm and passion for the game of volleyball, her teammates and life,” Sheffield said.As a leader, Thompson feeds off the Wisconsin fans. She said the enthusiasm brings a whole new energy to the game and pushes her to perform at her absolute best.Freshman Haleigh Nelson, who also plays middle blocker, loves the energy Thompson brings.“She is always ready to play, she’s a go-getter,” Thompson said. “She is never satisfied; always looking to do better, try new things and work on new skills.”Nelson sees Thompson as an inspiration and someone who is always pushing the freshman as well as other teammates to achieve her best. Thompson is learning to accept this role as leader, but looks at it in a nontraditional way.“I’m the behind-the-scenes motivator to some people,” Thompson said. “But hey, I’m a goofball just joking around and lightening the mood.”Sheffield admires her work ethic and said it was obvious she enjoys what she does. Although she’s on the shorter side, Thompson shocks the volleyball world with her booming presence on the court. She still towers above most, but falls inches below the 6-foot-3 girls that dominate the spiking game.“She has less room for error than anybody else. She has really got to make the right lads and the right moves and she’s gotta win with speed rather than size. I think she is a handful for people,” Sheffield said with a smile.
Photo © pixabay There’s was local success at Shelbourne Park last night as Good News won the Irish Derby.The 7/4 joint favourite was trained by Pat Guilfoyle in Moneygall.Good News led from the trap to claim the €150,000 top prize.
The West Kootenay Bantam Wildcats finished in the middle of the pack during a female hockey tournament this past weekend in Kelowna.The Cats, consisting of players from Kaslo, Nelson, Castlegar, Rossland and Trail, were 1-2-1 during the weekend tilt against competition from throughout the province.The Cats opened the tourney bowing to Kelowna 3-1 with Merissa Dawson scoring the only goal. West Kootenay then rebounded with an impressive performance, defeating Abbotsford 6-4 behind the three-goal of Nelson’s Emma Hare.Molly Benbow and Paige Gattafoni also scored for West Kootenay. West Kootenay then came up against a powerhouse in the form of Tri-Cities, losing 10-4. Tri-Cities jumped all over the Cats in the first period, building a 6-0 lead.Hare once again led the West Kootenay scoring with three goals. Team captain Stephanie McAuley added the other marker for West Kootenay.The Cats then tied Terrace 4-4 on the Sunday.Jesse Cooper of Nelson scored twice and Gattafoni and Hare added singles for West Kootenay.Catalina Hartland of Kaslo was in goal for all games.The Cats opened the season by grabbing three of four points in a two-game set against Cranbrook.West Kootenay opened with a 3-2 win in Castlegar. The teams tied 1-1 in Rossland.Hare scored twice in the win with Cooper adding the single.In the Rossland game, McAuley scored the only goal for West Kootenay.email@example.com