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A Full Pint
While the team’s struggles at the face-off X remain under the microscope, critical breakdowns in clears and rides have been a pivotal factor in the team’s two-game losing streak, the most recent being Saturday night’s 17-12 loss at Virginia.
“I was talking to (UVa coach) Dom Starsia and he told me he was frustrated because their indoor field didn’t have (lacrosse) lines on it,” Desko said. “I was looking at him like he was crazy. I guess it’s all relative.”
The team’s lack of 10-on-10 practice time can be seen in these two critical but often overlooked lacrosse statistics: An SU team that traditionally forces more turnovers than it commits courtesy of its fierce ride has coughed it up 52 times in four games while getting only 41 in return, and a team that traditionally clears the ball successfully well above the 90 percent mark is at .833 (foes are .890) this season. Orange teams of the recent past have been able to offset their struggles at the X by winning the turnover and clearing battles. Losing them so far this season has exacerbated the face-off woes.
Face-offs matter, but they matter less than what occurs in the run of play. In the run of play, Syracuse has struggled to create defensive stops, efficiently clear the ball when they generate a stop, and possess the bean efficiently. It's not a difficult concept to understand, people. This is why, in January, I wrote the following about the face-off talking point for the Orange:
The short of the long is this: Clearing -- through defensive stops -- still creates more offensive opportunities than face-offs. Thus, the ability to make defensive stands and efficiently clear the bean is arguably more valuable than mere face-off wins given how more prominent clearing opportunities are in a game compared to face-off situations. (There are, however, notable exceptions.) This situation -- a focus on creating defensive stops in order to generate offensive opportunities -- leads directly into the fourth point.
The win permutations in that piece are especially relevant at this time.
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