Marisa Fischetti has gone from 2 ACL tears to a key cog in Syracuse’s offense

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Marisa Fischetti had spent the last nine months waiting to prove to herself and everyone else that her injury was finally behind her. On Sept. 23, 2017, Fischetti netted the equalizer in the 53rd minute against Long Island SC. It was her first goal as a member of the U.S. Development Academy’s FC Fury NY – the culmination of a grueling return to the field following a left ACL injury in the fall of 2016. One year later, in 2018, Fischetti would have to do it all over again, this time with her right knee. Now a redshirt freshman forward for Syracuse (2-4-1), Fischetti has overcome an ACL tear in both of her knees. Physical limitations and internal doubts have made this comeback more difficult than the first, but Fischetti now finds herself second on the team in shots on goal and starting five matches. “It was definitely hard,” Fischetti said, “I was finally feeling 100% after my first ACL when I came here before preseason last year.” Fischetti first tore her right ACL late in her junior season at Massapequa (New York) High School. The injury came right before the state playoffs, in which the Chiefs failed to capture their fourth-straight state title. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFischetti’s rehab consisted of three days a week at physical therapy sessions. She started on an anti-gravity treadmill to alleviate the impact on her knee and then worked her way to a regular treadmill. Her physical therapist emphasized plyometrics and cardio instead of weight training. Six months after the surgery, Fischetti’s surgeon was disappointed in the lack of strength in her knee, Fischetti said. Once she was cleared to play, she opted to play for FC Fury. Since the Fury were an U.S. Development Academy club – which disallows playing for any other team while on the roster – she was forced to forgo her senior year at Massapequa. Massapequa went 53-4-5 in her three years there. As a true freshman at SU, Fischetti started in the Orange’s first preseason match against Rutgers. She felt no limitations in the first half, but 20 seconds into the second half, an awkward cut in the turf sent an all-too-familiar pain cutting through her leg. “Just the way I started freshman year of college was really difficult for me,” Fischetti said, “I was really down first semester last year.”Eva Suppa | Digital Design EditorWith her season over before it started, Fischetti missed the first two weeks of school. When she returned, she completely committed to rehab and school, she said. This time, the rehab went from three days to five or six. The anti-gravity treadmill became a regular treadmill just three months after surgery. This time around, she was doing 225-pound squats with bands on her legs and 400-yard lunges with weighted vests. For her rehab, Fischetti chose Troy Gerlt, the men’s lacrosse team’s trainer, over Meagan Bevins, the women’s soccer teams’ own trainer. Gerlt is known for rehabbing knee injuries, Fischetti said, and she hoped he could help her come out stronger. She worked with Gerlt all fall and spring, and her diligence didn’t go unnoticed by teammates. “She never took a day off,” senior forward Sydney Brackett said. “She was very calculated in what she was doing and why she was doing it … she always showed up with a smile on her face.” Last February, a new wave of self-doubt in her abilities came flooding back. The Orange had hired Nicky Adams to be their new head coach, and a whole new staff followed. The coach that’d recruited her — Phil Wheddon — was gone, and Fischetti had no college stats to prove she could still play at a high level. Adams sensed a lack of self-confidence, not just in Fischetti but in the team as a whole following a 3-15 campaign. Fischetti even admitted her worries to her new manager, saying she was “a little intimidated, scared, afraid that I can’t prove myself.” Having suffered a season-ending injury herself in 2000 at Texas A&M, Adams could relate.“I think any time you come back from an injury there’s self-doubt,” Adams said, “‘How hard can I go? Will I be the same player? Can I improve?’ And it’s just about putting them in situations where they gain confidence.” Fischetti continued to work through the summer, getting her speed and agility back as close to they were before her injuries. She also worked with a soccer trainer to retune technical skills like shooting and passing. The forward entered the 2019 season donning a knee brace, and has started every match but the season-opener at the top of Nicky Adams’ 4-3-3 base formation. As injuries to teammates piled up, she went from a fixture in the starting lineup to a premier offensive threat, recording five shots on goal in six matches. Yet she said she lacked the self-confidence she once had. Something was still off. So Fischetti asked Bevins if she could take off her knee brace: a light, flexible wrap holding years of pain, doubt and hard work. The trainer agreed. “I felt a lot more confidence, I felt stronger,” Fischetti said, “When I go into a tackle I don’t even think about it anymore because that’s how I get hurt so I try not to focus on it.”Fischetti has played the last two matches without a knee brace. She recorded a career-high three shots on goal in a 0-0 draw with Fordham on Sept. 15, followed by texts and calls from a number of teammates who’ve noticed her looking “faster and more confident.” “We’re really proud of her,” Brackett said. “We’re proud of her comeback and we can’t wait to see what she does in ACCs.” Comments Published on September 19, 2019 at 12:11 am Contact Tim: tnolan@syr.edulast_img read more

Adil Rashid settles into role as key bowler for England’s World Cup

first_img Adil Rashid successfully appeals for the wicket of Sri Lanka’s Kusal Mendis during the fourth ODI. Photograph: Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP/Getty Images Adil Rashid inflicts mortal wounds on India and can look to Sri Lanka Since then Rashid has sorted out his future at Headingley with a new one-year deal; a freebie of sorts for the club now England have given him a central contract. Bad blood between himself and the coach, Andrew Gale, which in part stemmed from him missing a title-decider in 2016 in order to rest for England duty, has simmered down too.“I’ve been there since I was 11 years old. In my heart that was home for me. To leave would have been a tough decision,” Rashid says. “You have ups and downs as player and coach but we sat down and had a chat. There’s always going to be [occasional] tension or friction but it’s nice to know it’s behind us. Hopefully we can kick on and get a good friendship. 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Rashid’s controversial Test return against India was quiet amid a summer dominated by the seamers (a jaw-dropping leg break to bowl KL Rahul at the Oval notwithstanding). And of his 500 first-class wickets, the 48 that came in 15 Tests have cost 40 runs apiece. But after another impressive display in the 3-1 one-day series win in Sri Lanka, expectations will rise come the red-ball leg of the tour.Rashid admits such pressures would get to him in the past but family life and a deeper understanding of his faith are now at play as he treats every match the same, along with the support of his close friend Moeen Ali and the decision to come off social media.The pair, whose families both originate from the Mirpur region of Pakistan, are scarcely seen apart on tour. Their dual success is no coincidence and Rashid is acutely aware of the role they are playing as the England and Wales Cricket Board tries to bring more British-Asian players into the mainstream after decades of neglect.Rashid says: “We’ve got a big support, especially in the Asian community, whether it’s Bradford, Birmingham or Pakistan. In your younger days you play for yourself but as you represent England you go all around the world and realise it’s a bit bigger than that. People look up to you, so it’s about setting a good example so when they’re coming through, they see that and know it’s achievable.” Rashid is the now matured leg-spinner of which he speaks. A prodigy who got the Warne-comparisons early on, he is now 30 years old and having thrived under the captaincy of Eoin Morgan, is unquestionably England’s most important bowler going into the World Cup next summer.In the past few years he has begun to fully understand the art of working out a batsman. After learning, in his own words, to “train smarter”, he is not only equipped with all the tools but also knows when to deploy them, such that only Afghanistan’s wrist-spinner Rashid Khan can better his 116 one-day wickets since the last World Cup.By Rashid’s admission it has been “a rollercoaster” during this time, and not least the last 12 months. He became the subject of public debate in the summer when recalled to the Test side by the national selector, Ed Smith, despite having signed a white-ball-only deal with Yorkshire. His county future was plunged into doubt as the hierarchy scarcely concealed its frustration. At the Adelaide Oval on Thursday an 18‑year‑old leg‑spinner with a shock of red hair and a devilish wrong’un sent the Australian cricket fraternity into something of a lather.South Australia’s Lloyd Pope became the youngest bowler in Sheffield Shield history to claim a seven-wicket haul, bamboozling Queensland’s batsmen in much the same way he did England’s rookies when taking out eight of them during the Under-19 World Cup in January. Share via Email Share on LinkedIn A quick scroll down social media timelines both then and now reveals that in the eyes of many in Australia a star has very much been born and it is only a matter of time before young Pope’s eye-catching locks have a Baggy Green cap on top of them.Almost 5,000 miles away, in Colombo, another wrist-spinner gives a knowing nod about the hype his ilk tend to generate with early success. Adil Rashid, who announced himself to English cricket as an 18-year-old with six wickets on his County Championship debut for Yorkshire in 2006, had never heard of Pope before but having been made aware of his feat, is nevertheless preaching patience and a general cooling of the jets.“There’s pros and cons [to early success]. You want him to develop his skills and as he gets older, he’ll mature and get better,” Rashid says. “They say leg-spinners develop in their late-20s/early-30s. So it’s about making sure that if he does get in the [Australia] team he’s not affected by the hype, knowing he has to follow in the footsteps of Shane Warne. That could potentially be a dangerous route to go down.” Facebook Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more