Notebook: Nick Mellen, returning seniors and men’s lacrosse transfer news

first_imgNelson, a redshirt senior attack, played in only five games during his Syracuse career. Both he and Strang would be graduate transfers and could go to programs offering more playing time for their final collegiate lacrosse seasons.Both midfielders, Justin and Andrew Kim appeared in 11 combined games from 2019 to 2020, registering two total points. The Orange have an abundance of midfield options with potentially all of SU’s first (Brendan Curry, Tucker Dordevic and Trimboli) and second (Lucas Quinn, Jacob Buttermore, David Lipka) midfield lines set to return next season. Depending on where he plays, they could even be joined by No. 3 recruit Owen Hiltz.Unlike other Orange in the portal, Fernandez has played significant minutes for SU in recent seasons, appearing in 22 games during his career, including all five in 2020. If Fernandez transfers and redshirt senior Andrew Helmer, who split time with Fernandez at long stick, graduates, SU will have a hole at pole. While Kennedy flourished at close defense this season, the redshirt junior could step back into the LSM role he was recruited for.With Ivy League schools announcing they will not grant an extra year of eligibility for spring athletes, the transfer portal will contain more top tier talent than in past years, including Tewaaraton Award favorite Michael Sowers of Princeton. Sowers played under now-SU offensive coordinator Pat March for three seasons, but said he hadn’t given thought to transfer locations as of last week.“I never thought about a plan B because I never thought I would need one,” Sowers told The Daily Orange via text. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Nick Mellen wavered, trying to get up off the Carrier Dome turf while clutching his left knee. He didn’t know he would never play in a Syracuse men’s lacrosse game again. Orange trainer Troy Gerlt gave Mellen his hand, helping him off the turf before the redshirt senior limped to the sideline against Colgate in the season opener — where he would watch the remainder of Syracuse’s five 2020 games before the season was canceled amid the spread of the coronavirus.More than 40 days since the Orange’s final 2020 game, Mellen talked to the media about his decision to move on from Syracuse and the lacrosse program.Here is a roundup of Mellen’s farewell press conference, news on returning seniors and others transferring out.Mellen Moves OnAdvertisementThis is placeholder textMellen announced his decision to forgo a sixth year of eligibility and leave Syracuse in an Instagram post Monday. In a Zoom press conference Thursday, he said the effects of COVID-19 made the already hard choice even more frustrating. Ultimately, future job prospects, the potential to play lacrosse professionally and where Mellen was at “mentally and emotionally” led him to end his SU career.“Five years is a long time doing anything,” Mellen said.The injury that ended Mellen’s 2020 season came after he missed his entire sophomore season due to injuries to both shoulders, but the captain said he was “right there and ready to go.” Assuming professional lacrosse leagues’ 2020 seasons go ahead as scheduled, Mellen “plans to play” and has been touted as a potential top draft pick for the Premier Lacrosse League.Brett Kennedy, Nick DiPietro and Grant Murphy all stepped up on close defense in Mellen’s absence, holding opponents to 8.25 goals-per-game in the next four games. But prior to the season’s cancellation, it appeared the undefeated Orange would get Mellen back for the March 14 Rutgers game.“It seems like we’re doing everything right,” Mellen said. “You know, we were rolling, undefeated, No. 1 in the country …  and just like that, our season ended.”Seniors ReturnWhen asked about the program’s potential in the future, Mellen said he was optimistic for next season because “the roster of guys we have coming back is ridiculous.” The graduating redshirt senior hinted that Drake Porter would, unlike Mellen, take advantage of the NCAA’s granted extra year of eligibility and return to SU. Hours later, Porter officially announced the news.Porter will become the first three-year starter in the net for the Orange since John Galloway (2008-2011), who holds SU records for most minutes played, most wins and best goals-against average in program history — numbers Porter could surpass.The Aurora, Ontario native joins Danny Varello as the only members of the 2020 Syracuse seniors to officially declare their return and use of extra eligibility. Pending graduate Jamie Trimboli said he will return for a fifth season “if aid can be worked out,” according to a Rochester Democrat & Chronicle report2020 starters Peter Dearth and attack Stephen Rehfuss have yet to announce their plans, but Chris Jastrzembski of ESPN reported that he expects more announcements in the coming days.Transfer NewsWhile Porter will stay manning SU’s cage for a third season, redshirt junior goaltender Luke Strang has entered the transfer portal, according to reports. Strang, who backed up Porter for the past two seasons, is joined in the portal by SU’s Jake Nelson, Jared Fernandez, and Andrew and Justin Kim — all of whom may still return to the Orange in 2021.center_img Published on April 16, 2020 at 11:00 pm Contact Mitchell: mbannon@syr.edulast_img read more

Chris Paul returns, helps Clippers cruise past Sixers

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES >> Clippers coach Doc Rivers had a simple plan for Chris Paul on the point guard’s return Sunday from a shoulder separation.“I’m just going to start him and play him and let his lungs tell me when he needs to come out,” Rivers said.Paul’s return might have been a breath of fresh air for the Clippers, but that’s about as hard as they had to breathe with the Philadelphia 76ers in town.The Sixers, one game after falling at home to the Lakers and their limited ensemble, traveled coast to coast and absorbed another embarrassment as the Clippers scored a 123-78 win in a game they led by as many as 56 points. “It was tough,” Griffin said with a wry smile, “but we managed.”Griffin had 26 points, 11 rebounds and six assists in 25 minutes and Jamal Crawford, who hit three 3-pointers in the first quarter, added 21 points.But all eyes were on Paul, who had seven points, eight assists and four steals in 23 minutes, assisted on the first two Clippers baskets and made his first two shots.Paul also had to deal with a collision under the basket but emerged unscathed.“It spooked me a little bit, especially because it was running into (teammate DeAndre Jordan),” Paul said. “It was my own fault, too, because I waited too long to make a decision. But once I got through that one, I was OK.”Griffin had his own injury scare in the second quarter, when Philadelphia’s Tony Wroten drove to his left and slipped. His leg collided with the left shin of Griffin, who said he rolled his ankle but had no issues with it.“I just think that they were excited to get Chris back in the lineup,” Rivers said. “You can see that in the way the guys were flying down the floor.”The Clippers limited the Sixers to 27 percent shooting and set a franchise record for margin of victory. The 45-point margin eclipsed the 39-point win over Chicago in December.During his time on the Clippers bench while he recovered, Paul said he was more focused on the team’s defense.“From looking at the game it looks like it was our offense, but it was moreso our defense,” Paul said. “And that was one thing I paid attention since I’ve been out, how good our defense has looked.”The Clippers had a 13-0 lead before the 76ers (15-37) scored and, less than four minutes later, it was 30-5. The first quarter ended with Willie Green making a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Clippers a 31-point lead.Late in the third quarter, the Clippers kicked their lead to 43 points and took a 69-30 halftime lead. Philadelphia made only 8 of 52 shots in the first half (15.4 percent).By the time the teams reached the midway point of the third quarter, the Clippers held an 89-33 advantage.The Clippers now have two off days to, in theory, get some real practice time with Paul and get Redick healthy, which means Collison and Crawford will be doing their work off the bench the way Rivers envisioned before the season started.“That turns into a really nice second unit,” Rivers said. “Unfortunately we haven’t had that unit or the first unit much this year. But it’s getting closer.”Box score | Inside the Clippers blog center_img It was over from the beginning, Paul’s return or not. The Clippers held a 46-15 lead after the first quarter, then turned on the highlight reel that included consecutive dunks by Griffin, one off a backboard pass from Paul and the other also from Paul after Griffin went behind his back to pass to Paul in transition.“It felt great to play,” Paul said. “It’s one of those things where you never know what it’s going to be like until you actually get out there and play. It felt good to get out there and compete.“We’ve been playing extremely well and I didn’t want to break that rhythm.”The Clippers, who won 12 of the 18 games Paul missed, have one game left before the All-Star break and they need only to get J.J. Redick back from his hip injury and they will be primed for the stretch run of the season’s final 28 games.And no, few were fretting about how Paul would work his way back into the lineup.last_img read more