Feels Like the First Time

This year as you may or may not know The Frozen Four for NCAA Hockey will be held at Consol Energy Center right here in Pittsburgh. This year the Frozen Four is very unique. Three out of the four teams (Quinnipiac, St. Cloud State and UMass-Lowell) are first timers to participate in The Frozen Four. The fourth team Yale has not made this far since 1952, before it was even called this.

“It’s exciting to know that somebody new is going to be a national champion, and everyone’s going into it with an even playing field,” UMass-Lowell head coach Norm Bazin said. “There’s going to be some new contender that’s going to take away the prize.”

During this tournament two of the three finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award will be playing. This award is given to the player who is sought to be to be the best player in NCAA Division I hockey. Also this weekend all four of the coaches are amongst the seven finalist for The Spencer Penrose Award, which is awarded to the best coach each year.

West Regional champion Yale (20-12-3) entered this year’s NCAA tournament as the 16th and final seed, outlasting a mini-slump at the end of the regular season to rebound big in the tournament. So as you can see Yale is a major underdog in this event and have fought their way up to this position. East Regional champion Quinnipiac (29-7-5) is the on paper favorite to win it all.

With all of this excitement going on, this should make to be a very good tournament. We also have a very strong possibility of seeing a first time winner. All in all this should be a good event to watch.

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Draft Eligable Defensive Tackles!!!!

The big guys who clog up the middle.  These three are players that should be chosen in the first two rounds of the draft.  Lets do it.

1. Sharrif Floyd, 6-3 297lbs., Defensive Tackle, Florida

He is a tough commodity, and a very tough dude.  He is a great pass rusher that also makes tough plays on the defensive side.  He is very fast, and does everything you want a defensive tackle to do in either a 3-4 or 4-3 defense.  He also beat the odds with a tough up bringing, but remained a class act on and off the field.  He is a good guy, who could be a top 5 pick in this years draft.

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2. Star Lotulelei, 6-3, 311lbs., Nose Tackle, Utah

He is one explosive player that should make an impact on his team.  He is definitely a first rounder even though his stock has dropped since a heart ailment kept him out of the combine.  He is very athletic and explosive off the snap and causes havoc for opposing offenses.  He can fit into a 3-4 and 4-3 and is compared to players like Haloti Ngata of the Baltimore Ravens.  

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3. Sheldon Richardson, 6-4 295lbs., Defensive Tackle, Mizzu

This guy has a no stop motor that goes a long with his crazy explosiveness off the ball. He is tall and deflects passes well with his hands, which seems to become a huge reoccurring theme in the NFL.  He can play on both the inside and outside and fits into most defensive schemes.  He should definitely be a first round pick that makes an immediate impact on his team.

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Duquesne City Match

Last week the Duquesne Dukes took on a city foe Carnegie Mellon. Since the Match was played at CMU’s home courts, the Dukes played under division three rules. In the Dukes first outdoor match of the year, they came out flat against a solid CMU “It’s hard playing Carnegie because they have so much depth.” Said Coach Camillo.
The Dukes dropped all three doubles matches; Since the match was played under division three rules, the Dukes started off down 3-0. Senior Co-Captain Ben Klaas had this to say about doubles “When you start down three zero, it’s very difficult to take five of six singles matches and secure the win.” With sophomore standout Alex Aleman sick with the flu, the Dukes had to make some changes to line up. Harry Walshe the freshman from Ireland took his spot at the number one spot, falling 8-4 to a tough Carnegie number one team.
In singles play the Dukes came out firing taking quick wins at the #1 and 5 spot. Freshman Harry Walshe secured his first ever win at number five singles against CMU’s Harsha Raou in the strait set victory. Shortly after the 1 and 5 were finished, Ben Klaas fell to CMU in the number six spot. The Dukes Peter Carpenter responded with a strait set win at number two over Duke Miller of CMU. With matches still being played on the third and fourth court, it was a must win situation for both of the standing Duquesne players. Corey Robinson was first to fall at number 3, followed by Max Rubin at number four losing in a third set tiebreak. The final score Carnegie Mellon 6, Duquesne 3 “It was a really hard loss to take. There are a million excuses we could make for this loss but with it all said and done, we just didn’t come prepared to win today.” The dukes will face Youngstown State next Tuesday as they look forward to the opportunity for redemption.

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Duquesne picks up 2 conference wins

The Duquesne Dukes took on two conference rivals at home last week. They faced Dayton University of Dayton, Ohio and Saint Josephs University, of Philadelphia. Pennsylvania.
The Dukes first match was played on Friday as they took down the Dayton Flyers 5-2. The doubles matches were hard fought as all three of Duquesne’s teams squeaked out a victory. According to freshman Corey Robinson “Doubles has just really come together for us this year. Coach Camillo has put a lot of emphasis on doubles at practice. Clearly it’s paying off.”
Dayton came out strong in singles as the Dukes fought off tough competitors to win 4 of 6 matches. At number one singles Sophomore Richard Robbie fell to a solid Aidan Koross in three sets, as did Freshman Corey Robinson in the number three spot. However, the Dukes own Peter Carpenter, Alex Aleman, Max Rubin, and Harry Walshe were able to secure quick straight set victories at numbers 2,4,5, and 6. Final score resulting in a 5-2 win in favor of Duquesne.
The Dukes again came out strong in doubles play against St. Joes, taking all three of the doubles matches in a timely fashion. After a quick doubles point was secured the Dukes came out energetic in singles, “As a former college player I know what it takes to win big matches and the guys here posses that quality. I think Duquesne tennis is really starting to get the reputation for being a team that wins.” Said Volunteer assistant Casey Watt.
The Dukes picked up singles wins at numbers 1,2,4,5 and 6. It was a well-played match in which both teams were able to better hone their skills. Duquesne ended up on top securing a 6-1 win over St. Joes. With this win the Dukes improved to 11-3 on the year.

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Draft Eligable Players DEFENSIVE ENDS!!!!

This week should be fun, because personally I think one of the hardest positions to judge is Defensive Ends.  Not only do great DE’s come from rounds all over, but they also go un-drafted and make careers in the NFL.  We are going to have some fun, and talk about some big football players, that like to get to the quarterback and ball carrier.

Bjoern Werner, 6-3, 266 lbs., Defensive End, Florida State

One of my favorite defensive prospects in the draft this year, Bjoern had a great season at Florida State this year.  You have to realize every team that have played against FSU this year gave extra blocking, and made game plans to stop Bjoern. He is big, strong, and has speed, and his extra blocking allowed for other people to have great years.  He still finished off with 13 sacks, and 42 tackles, 18 of which were for a loss.  He will be a first round stud, and will probably go top 5.  

Ezekiel Ansah, 6-5 274 lbs., Defensive End, BYU

He reminds me of Pierre-Paul from the Giants.  He is a freak athlete, that has tons of upside, but very little college experience.  That shows to have worked for the Giants with Pierre-Paul, and with Chandler Jones.  He has power, that combines with a speed that NFL teams love to use first round picks on.  His combine was great, and he can play in either the 3-4, or 4-3.  He will be a first round pick, and one of the top rushers in the league. PS he had an interception this year with tons of deflected passes, Sportscenter loves that huh?

Alex Okafor,  6-4 261 lbs., DE , Texas

He can change games with big defensive plays.  He is a productive pass rusher that gets to the quarterback, and if he doesn’t he makes them throw the ball sooner then they would have liked.  He suffered this year with the injury to Jeffcoat, but he still had a productive year.  Lane Johnson, of Oklahoma said that he is one of the best pass rushers he ever faced.  He will get to the Quarterback in the NFL, and probably be a 1 or 2 round pick.  He might even get a commercial with Geico?

Well next week we will have three more players, and after that we will have our linebackers.  Take it easy folks.  

-Philip Botti

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Change of Scenery

Louisville’s assistant coach Kareem Richardson was hired as the head coach for UMKC on Tuesday. He will be rebuilding a program that has qualified for the NCAA post season. His official press conference will be held on Monday afternoon announcing this change of guard. Richardson has agreed to a five-year deal that will pay him $250,000 a year. Richardson was an assistant at UMKC from 2007-2008, and has been an assistant at Xavier, Drake, Indiana State, Wright State, and Evansville. He will be taking over for Matt Brown, who was fired for only having one winning season in his five-year tenure. The Roos have struggled with attraction to their games, due to the lack of wins and premium powerhouse Kansas in the area. The became part NCAA division I in the late 1980′s, but have posted only one 20-win season since 1985.

“Our goal is to win the attention, and the hearts, of the Kansas city sports fans,” Said UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton. “Kansas City is the best college is the best college basketball town in the country, and UMKC is Kansas City’s University. We believe Kareem Richardson can lead a program that will connect with sports of Kansas City.”

UMKC athletic director Tim Hall said that Richardson’s reputation as a recruiter, along with his ties to the region, made him the natural choice. “He has strong relationships with high school and AAU coaches here and throughout the Midwest. He brings a high basketball pedigree in the areas of recruiting, on-the-floor coaching, strategy and preparation, and service to young men. Kareem is an educator, and knows what it takes to be successful in the mid-major ranks,” Tim Hall stated.

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Duquesne Tennis top Temple

The Dukes took down A-10 Rival Temple last Wednesday with a score of 5-2 in favor of the Dukes. The competition took roughly four hours to complete. Tensions were high with both teams as it was clear that the match meant a lot to both parties. After a come from behind win last year for Duquesne, the Dukes were determined to get off to a quicker start this time.

The doubles point was up in the air as all three matches were hard fought. The first win came from Alex Aleman and Pete Carpenter at #1 doubles with a score of 8-5. Securing the point was Junior Max Rubin and Freshman Corey Robinson as they topped Temple’s Kacper Rams and Santiago Canete, 8-5. The third doubles court fell in favor of Temple as they topped Robbie and Klaas 9-8(11).

Singles was full of energy as both sides came out extremely vocal and energetic. The first to finish was Harry Walshe as he claimed a convincing 6-3, 6-4 win at the number six position. Temple responded immediately picking up a win at the number three spot. The Dukes rallied to win three out of the last four matches at the #1, #4, and #5 spot. Number four singles Alex Aleman clinched the match for Duquesne with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 victory. Junior co-captain Max Rubin said, “I think it was great to see the guys step up and stay focused. The key to winning this match was staying focused on tennis and not letting outside influences alter the outcome of this match.” Duquesne will face Dayton and St. Josephs this weekend at home.

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