Former Syracuse player Paolo Ciferri to return to Dome a coach

first_img Published on February 6, 2018 at 10:41 pm Contact Charlie: | @charliedisturco Syracuse escaped with a 9-8 victory over Binghamton in April 2017. The game followed a trend of close fourth-quarter comebacks from the Orange and was one of 11 one-goal games that year. This year, though, Binghamton returns to the Carrier Dome to open the season with an extra edge.Instead of playing under Syracuse head coach John Desko, former defensive midfielder Paolo Ciferri is now an assistant coach at Binghamton. Ciferri said the Bearcats are “hungry” for revenge and that he knows the tendencies of his former teammates. That in turn helps Binghamton slow down a young SU offense that sports just three returning players on its starting line.“It’s a big emotional feeling here, always going to be great to go back to the Dome,” Ciferri said. “… But I’m looking forward to getting the opportunity to take down the Orange now.”Since being hired by Binghamton head coach Kevin McKeown, Ciferri has been assigned to three units. He assists with the defensive unit with McKeown, who also serves as the “defensive coordinator,” and heads both the faceoff and riding units. The riding unit counters the opposing team’s clears.To understand how to coach the faceoff unit, Ciferri “shadowed” SU assistant Kevin Donahue at times last year. He already knew the role of the wings during faceoffs because he manned that position for a few years at Syracuse, but faceoff specialists remained a relatively unknown area. So, Ciferri paid attention to what Donahue would point out to Syracuse’s faceoff specialists and brought over drills to develop certain faceoff techniques. Most of the drills Ciferri now runs at Binghamton were picked up from Donahue, Ciferri said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe even sat down with former Syracuse faceoff specialist Joe DeMarco and spoke with two-time Tewaaraton Nominee Ben Williams about different tactics. From DeMarco, Ciferri learned the techniques Williams used to become one of the best faceoff specialists in the country. Talking to Williams was an added bonus.“Conversations and conversations and film and film,” Ciferri said. “That’s where I learned what I know, and hopefully I’ll be able to apply that to give us a little advantage on Saturday.” Kevin Camelo | Digital Design EditorThe biggest advantage for Ciferri comes from being a captain and fifth-year player under Desko. He’s familiar with the system and run-and-gun style Syracuse runs, and he defended current SU players like Jamie Trimboli and Matt Lane, among others, in practice.He was also the veteran who offered advice to many of Syracuse’s now-starting defenders. Ciferri still keeps in contact with most of the team, even joking around with them over text.“He must’ve seen the tape (on me),” said redshirt sophomore and defensive midfielder Nick Martin, “because he texted me saying, ‘Hey, you gotta pull that one in transition.’ Because I didn’t shoot when I had a decent look … It’s gonna be fun seeing him.”The hardest task come Saturday, Ciferri said, will be learning about and watching the freshmen. Tucker Dordevic has started every scrimmage at midfield, and Brendan Curry is on the second midfield line. There’s little information available outside of word-of-mouth and players’ recruitment processes, Ciferri said, so seeing how players perform on the big stage leads to mid-game adjustments.For many players, playing against a former teammate who is now a coach is a first. And for Desko, it’s more about coming out and taking home a win in Syracuse’s first game of the season.“You want to show (Paolo) who the coaches are and who the players are,” Desko quipped.Desko also said it’s rare for players to join a college coaching staff a year after graduating. But Ciferri has always wanted to coach; that’s why he took a liking to shadowing Donahue and spoke with many former players to understand areas of the game he was relatively unfamiliar with.“I can’t see myself separating myself from the game,” Ciferri said. “If I can’t play as much as I used to, then I figure the next best thing is coaching.“I feel like I have a high-level lacrosse mind, and it’d be a shame to waste it.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Sunderland win to climb out of drop zone

first_imgDanny Graham scored his first goal for Sunderland as the Black Cats claimed a crucial win in their fight against relegation from the Premier League.Graham hung out a leg to meet a wayward Jordi Gomez shot, the ball sneaking in off the post via the striker’s calf.Jermain Defoe added a scrappy second as Sunderland climbed from third-bottom to 14th place for a few hours at least.James McCarthy hit the post for the hosts who failed to score for the first time in eight league matches.The omens were not good for Sunderland at kick-off despite their vital win over Southampton last time out.Everton were defending an unbeaten record at Goodison Park in 2015, while the Black Cats had not won on the road since the turn of the year. It was perhaps no surprise to see Everton boss the opening 45 minutes with Romelu Lukaku seeing an early shot blocked and Leon Osman curling just wide.Lukaku should have done better when put clean through by Osman’s lofted pass, the striker crowded out by Costel Pantilimon.Golden GrahamDanny Graham’s last goal in the Premier League was scored during a loan spell at Hull in December 2013, and came against former club Swansea. Graham’s goal against Everton dropped Hull into the bottom three.Sunderland slowly settled, with their three-man attack of Defoe, Connor Wickham and Graham providing good outlets.But a weight of numbers up top seemed to count against them when Defoe’s firm drive cannoned off Wickham Pantilimon twice came to Sunderland’s rescue shortly before the break, first smothering Lukaku when the Belgian again stole beyond the last defender and then standing firm to repel Osman’s low drive.Phil Jagielka’s header deflected just wide off Wickham as Everton started the second half with a flurry of corners but the hosts were caught out by a sucker-punch on 53 minutes.Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat had talked up how important Graham is to his side despite his failures in front of goal, and the striker repaid his faith in fortuitous fashion when he deflected Gomez’s shot past the wrong-footed Tim Howard.Everton continued to probe without success, with McCarthy hitting the post with the best of the chances they created and Seamus Coleman seeing half-hearted appeals for a penalty turned down.A crucial Sunderland win was sealed five minutes from the end when Adam Johnson’s drilled cross deflected off Coleman and on to Defoe, who deflected the ball in with his thigh, the ball also brushing his hand on the way into the net. Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat: “It was good we won, it was not our best game but it was effective. It could be very important.”Everton were the better side but it is all about winning, give 100% and show the fans what they want and that is what we did.”They gave everything, they all want to stay up and the fans were great. They give the players something extra.”Everton boss Roberto Martinez: “We knew it would be difficult but I thought we completely controlled the game.”You have to score goals when you are so dominant. That gives you the game. “Sunderland had great belief and were waiting for their opportunity. The first goal is an unfortunate deflection, the same with the other goal.”Jermain Defoe scored his fourth goal for Sunderland since joining in JanuaryDick Advocaat has guided Sunderland to seven points from the last nine availablelast_img read more