After escape to Hawaii, Syracuse’s Stephanie Grossi doubles point total

first_img Published on February 8, 2017 at 10:23 pm Contact Nick: nialvare@syr.edu | @nick_a_alvarez Over Winter Break, Stephanie Grossi ran underneath the Hawaiian sun. She rid her mind of hockey while performing hill sprints along the paradise on the Pacific Ocean. Grossi kept the cold confines of Tennity Ice Pavilion out of her thoughts.The junior ran up the hills to forget about her mediocre start to the season. She had only 11 points in SU’s first 18 games this season. Through 18 games last year, she already had 22 points.Grossi felt re-energized. She’s since thrived in the month following her island getaway, doubling her point total to 22 from 11 in eight games. Grossi is the prolific scorer that Syracuse (10-11-5, 9-3-2 College Hockey America) needs if it wishes to capture its first-ever CHA title.The forward’s torrid start in 2017 led to her CHA Player of the Month honors, as she scored five goals and assisted on six others. For six straight contests, she contributed at least one point a game. The game in which she didn’t score or assist was SU’s only conference loss this calendar year.“Sometimes I think too much out there,” Grossi said. “When I’m just going with the flow and not really thinking, it comes natural and it works better.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHer overthinking on offense stemmed from below average defensive performances. In the beginning of the season, she watched SU’s opponents score and defeat the Orange, even while she was on the ice.With the pressure of SU locked in its own defensive end, Grossi forced the puck in the offensive zone and tried to skate through multiple defenders. But often she turned over the puck in attempts to kick-start a stagnant Orange offense.“She’s a perfectionist in everything she does,” SU head coach Paul Flanagan said. “She was probably putting a lot of pressure on herself, and I think lately she’s playing more relaxed.”Grossi has since relieved herself of the burden of being the No. 1 option for the Orange, a title passed on to her by the all-time leading scorer Melissa Piacentini. Her success came when she began to play off her linemates Emily Costales and Savannah Rennie.In the second period of SU’s 5-1 victory over Robert Morris on Jan. 28, Costales controlled the puck in SU’s defensive zone and looked for her streaking teammate. As Grossi flashed across center ice, she received the puck and saw two defenders in her way and simply burned by them.“Honestly,” Costales said. “I saw her so I just moved it and it was great. She had the puck brought it down and did what she does best.”Grossi, the smallest of the three forwards at 5-foot-2, went back to annoying defenders with her quickness, something she had refined in years prior. Costales and Rennie, who rank second and seventh in points respectively, occupied the space near the boards and used their size to keep the puck in the offensive zone. This formula proved successful as SU defeated then-No. 7 RMU to pull within two points of the division lead.Syracuse will look to Grossi for offense as the postseason nears. If the junior forward builds off her strong January, the Orange should be one of the most dangerous teams in the conference. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Yorkshire academy helps families living with Parkinson’s

first_img A Yorkshire golf academy has teamed up with ‘Golf in Society’ to offer families living with Parkinson’s the chance to relax, learn new skills and socialise. Over 20 people attended the first event at the Rudding Park Golf Academy, Harrogate, and were partnered with club members as ‘Golf Buddies’ to play the game they love.  Golf in Society is a Social Enterprise initiative aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of an ageing population by introducing them to the world of golf. The Rudding Park event was held in the run-up to Parkinson’s Awareness Week, which continues until Sunday. James King, Rudding Park Golf Manager, explained: “The Repton Short Course with six par-three holes offers a fantastic opportunity to continue to enjoy the game and the camaraderie.  The day was a huge success and we are already planning another event in May” Anthony Blackburn, founder of Golf in Society, said “Days out like these are priceless. Not only do they provide physical, mental and social stimulation for the person living with Parkinson’s, they offer the carers the chance to recharge their batteries too.  One gentleman we help was told he would never play golf again when diagnosed – he now plays every Thursday with me and it’s the highlight of his week” To find out more about the next Rudding Park ‘Golf in Society’ Day email golfinsociety@gmail.com To find out more about Parkinson’s Awareness Week visit www.parkinsons.org.uk 20 Apr 2016 Yorkshire academy helps families living with Parkinson’s last_img read more

SAN PASQUAL STAKES QUOTES – SUNDAY JANUARY 1, 2017

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES RAFAEL BEJARANO, MIDNIGHT STORM, WINNER: “The track has been playing fast since earlier today. I knew I had to put my horse on the lead. I needed a good start and when I put him on the lead I felt the pressure right away. Dalmore was right next to me, chasing me the whole way. I kept him on the lead but tried to give him a breather at the half-mile pole. At the three-eighths I knew he would keep running. He loves to be on the lead and he always gives me something else.” TRAINER QUOTES TYLER BAZE, ACCELERATE, SECOND: “He’s going to be a super horse, I really mean that. I think John’s going to try blinkers next time and we’ll try to get him into the race a little sooner. He’s going to be a special horse.”center_img PHIL D’AMATO, MIDNIGHT STORM, WINNER: “I thought he would love the surface. They were going fast. I saw forty-five and 1:08 and change but he dug in there gamely and held them off today.“We were going to the lead, whether Arrogate was in or not. Rafael followed the game plan. We thought Accelerate would be the one pressing us, not Dalmore, but it still worked out and he maintained through some grueling fractions and he showed his class in the stretch.“Obviously, Arrogate scratching improved our chances of winning today. In my eyes, that horse is the Horse of the Year. At the same time, there’s a bit of you that wants to test your horse against the best and see where you stand but I’m very happy with my horse’s performance.” NOTES: The winning owners are Alex Venneri of La Canada, CA, who races as Venneri Racing, Inc. and Little Red Feather Racing.last_img read more