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Syracuse men’s lacrosse roundtable: Margin of victory, senior attack Jordan Evans, Towson faceoff matchup

Syracuse men’s lacrosse roundtable: Margin of victory, senior attack Jordan Evans, Towson faceoff matchup

first_img Published on May 18, 2017 at 4:19 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ UPDATED: May 19, 2017 at 1:35 p.m.As Syracuse nears its first Final Four since 2013, beat writers Charlie DiSturco, Sam Fortier and Matthew Gutierrez answer three pressing questions surrounding the Orange. No. 2 SU (13-2, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) has lost only once since Feb. 25, most recently beating Yale Sunday in the Carrier Dome to earn a date with No. 11 Towson (11-4, 4-1 Colonial Athletic) on Sunday at noon at Delaware Stadium in Newark, Delaware. The winner advances to the Final Four in Foxborough, Massachusetts for Memorial Day weekend.Syracuse’s narrow margin of victory continued in its matchup against Yale, after an 11-10 win. Should SU be concerned about this as it progresses in the playoffs?Charlie DiSturco: Syracuse should not be concerned about its margin of victory — a win is a win. The team has done it time and time again, as shown by its nation-best 9-2 record in one-goal games. The team knows how to play in situations, whether it be grasping to a small lead or having to comeback in the fourth quarter. I mean, they beat Yale by winning just four faceoffs! Somehow, someway Syracuse has succeeded in one-goal games. There’s no worry here.Sam Fortier: If you ask Guti, who just wrote a column about this very topic, he’ll say no. And I tend to agree with him. To say SU should worry after winning a game only by one goal would be to invalidate its entire season. In its nine one-goal wins this season, Syracuse has shown it can withstand enormous deficits in faceoffs, ground balls, goals and pretty much anything else to pull off a comeback. Plus, the Orange already had its sobering reality game when it couldn’t quite hold on after coming back from down nine in the ACC tournament to North Carolina. Slim margins are Syracuse.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMatthew Gutierrez: Not at all. Syracuse has proved all season it can win in any way. Some players have joked that they almost enjoy going down early, so they can regroup and stage a comeback. Sunday was just the latest example — Syracuse went 4-for-22 at the faceoff X and still won. Are you kidding? That illustrates how resilient this team is and how far from one-dimensionality SU stands. There’s no time to panic with this team.After Nick Mariano and Sergio Salcido, which other offensive player will lead SU in the playoffs?C.D.: The leader of the offense is Jordan Evans, even more so than All-Americans Sergio Salcido and Nick Mariano. Evans finally realized he’s not the top scorer, but instead uses his lacrosse IQ to run the offense and help position more inexperienced players. He accepted his new role and has thrived these past few games. He battles for ground balls, runs, and helps stop opponents’ clears and has such an overall understanding of the game that the balanced SU offense feeds off of. Yeah, he’s not the biggest threat to score. But he’s the leader and quarterback of this offense.Courtesy of SU AthleticsS.F.: No doubt: Evans. Everyone knows about his stature with No. 22 and his past No. 1 recruiting ranking, but the biggest thing he brings to SU — aside from his occasional offensive potency, IQ and quarterbacking — is experience. He’s closely observed the disappointing demise for each of the past three seasons and fully understands the stakes of Syracuse’s playoff run this season. As teams creatively counter SU’s six legitimate scoring threats on the field at once — Towson has the nation’s third-best scoring defense (7.47 goals allowed per game) — there’s only one player teammates have described as a coach on the field. Salcido and Mariano may be more potent threats, but Evans will be the conductor.M.G.: Without question, this is Evans. He has over the last four games led Syracuse in goals and assists. SU head coach John Desko said he’s playing his best lacrosse right now, and much of that won’t even show up in the stat sheet. Evans picks up ground balls, sets up the offense from the X and tells players where to position themselves. Plus, he’s shown he’s capable of scoring while limiting his turnovers. You can’t ask for much more from a guy who quarterbacks a deep offense such as Syracuse’s.Towson’s faceoff specialist Alex Woodall ranks inside the Top 10 nationally in winning percentage. The Orange pulled away with a win after getting decimated at the faceoff X against Yale. Will SU be able to remain competitive again if it doesn’t win at the faceoff X, and will Ben Williams be able to return to form? C.D.: If Williams struggles at the faceoff X, Syracuse still can remain competitive. It showed last week against Yale, a team with a top 10 faceoff success rate in the nation. But SU escaped and were lucky to do so. The game will remain close if Williams struggles, but another poor performance and I can’t see Syracuse coming out on top. That’s where bringing in Danny Varello comes into play. He has been consistent (other than the Yale game) and even Desko raves about his quick hands. Williams will likely struggle again, much like he has all season, before Varello comes in and is tasked with leading a Syracuse comeback once again.Jordan Phelps | Staff PhotographerS.F.: No and likely no. The Orange has somehow skirted challenging opposition — Yale won the Ivy League — despite not maintaining an advantage in faceoffs, but logically less possession time decreases chances of winning. If Williams cannot win, if SU is not competitive at the faceoff X against Towson, Williams’ career and the team’s season will end. Williams has not shown anything to indicate that he will return to the dominant player he once was. His early-season struggles were explained with injury, yet Desko has insisted for the past month that he’s fully healthy. Still, Williams has won 41 of his past 86 faceoffs and just 1-of-11 against the Bulldogs. That nearly cost Syracuse the game. It’s possible Williams returns to form — toughness is his best attribute — but if he doesn’t, the Orange’s best chances rests on someone other than one of the program’s best-ever faceoff men.M.G.: At this point, there are few reasons to be confident in Williams. Even if he starts well, will he sustain success over a whole game? Doubtful. There’s no question Desko and SU assistant coach Kevin Donahue have discussed, more and more, the idea of brining in freshman Danny Varello. While he won only 3-of-10 against Yale, Varello has been much more consistent this year. Expect him to see time Sunday in a heightened role and help SU try to break even at the faceoff X. Commentslast_img read more

Kenya’s Mutua stops Omongole in eastern Africa table tennis championship final

Kenya’s Mutua stops Omongole in eastern Africa table tennis championship final

first_imgTeam Uganda Players with Head Coach, Jude Mutete, Eddy Omongole and Amina Lukaya donning their medals.Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT  |  Uganda’s Eddy Omongole lost to Kenyan player Brian Mutua in the men’s singles final of the 2019 Eastern Africa Table Tennis Championships on Friday at the Pope Paul Memorial Centre.The 21-year-old Mutua, a student of Physical sciences at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology – JKUAT defeated Omongole 4-0 (11-9, 11-9, 11-5, 11-9) .Omongole says he did his best amidst late preparations and late selection to the national team on Wednesday night. The26-year-old  graduate of social work and social administration said that he was unfit and unprepared for the tournament.Mutua who won a gold medal and trophy says the final was difficult because Omongole a lot of home support. Ethiopia’s Aden Tesfeye and Kenya’s Josiah Wandera were placed third and won bronze medals.In the women’s category Ethiopia’s Marta Meshesha beat Tanzania’s Neema Mwaisyula in the final. Uganda’s Amina Lukaya and Saba Alemu of Ethiopia finished in third position.Mutua and Meshesha also qualify to feature in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Qualifier to be held in Tunisia next year. However, the top players did not get cash prizes as had been announced. Winners were promised shillings 1.4 million, second placed shillings 760,000 and shillings 360,000 for the third placed player. However, the International Table Tennis Federation – ITTF Board member, Tom Kiggundu gave US$100 US dollars (shillings 360,000) each to Mutua and Meshesha as good will.The President of Uganda Table Tennis Association- UTTA, Robert Jjagwe says the Eastern Africa Africa Regional President Andrew Mutua will have to explain why prize money has not been handed to the winners.The Championships  attracted participants from 7 countries including Uganda Kenya, Somalia. Also Eritrea, Ethiopia and Djibouti participated. *****URNShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Penguins pleased after busy, successful draft

Penguins pleased after busy, successful draft

first_imgPittsburgh received six players in return for their two established veterans, including promising center Brandon Sutter. Even better, they cleared salary cap space that could make them plenty active when free agency begins next week.“It was an exciting, tough couple of days,” Shero said.Productive too.Though Shero would have preferred to sign Staal to a lengthy contract extension, when it became apparent it wasn’t going to happen he didn’t hesitate to find one of the best two-way centers in the game a new home.The Hurricanes quickly stepped in and the teams put together a deal that stole the show from the NHL draft.“After 2 o’clock on Friday, I knew what I wanted to do,” Shero said. “It just felt like it was the right thing to do, for us, for Carolina and for Jordan.”Staal, taken with the second overall pick in the 2006 draft, has no hard feelings.“The opportunity for me just didn’t seem to be there (in Pittsburgh), and I really wanted to hopefully challenge myself, maybe on a different team, and see what I could do,” Staal said.With Staal and Michalek’s salaries—a combined $8 million next year—off the books the Penguins can look for a high-profile free agent to add to a team still loaded with talent.The Penguins appear to have enough space to make a run at someone like New Jersey’s Zach Parise. The 27-year-old Parise scored 31 goals to go with 38 assists while helping the Devils to the Stanley Cup finals he’s good friends with Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby.Shero remains confident the Penguins will be able to sign Sidney Crosby, whose contract is up next summer, to an extension in the next couple weeks. It’s likely Crosby would take a slight discount to stay in Pittsburgh to help the team be aggressive in free agency.“That’s what Sidney did last time,” Shero said. “Let’s be honest, he’s a great hockey player and those players need to be paid so we need to figure out what’s fair for him but also help the team out so we can surround these players with good players.”The Penguins are optimistic they grabbed a handful during a surprisingly active draft. Pittsburgh selected nine players over two days, including a pair of first-round picks in defenseman Derrick Pouliot and Olli Maatta.Pouliot was an important part of the trade with Carolina. Pittsburgh used the No. 8 pick they received from the Hurricanes to grab the smooth-skating 18-year-old.“I think the nervous part of that deal was we wanted to get Pouliot with that pick,” Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma said. “When that thing was done it culminated with a sigh of relief.”It’s been a difficult two months for the Penguins, who were thumped out of the playoffs by the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round of the playoffs. Though the franchise remains stocked with talent, Shero acknowledged a change in direction was necessary.As for what the Penguins do next, he’s not sure. The only thing he’s certain of is the fact they have options.There’s a lot of good teams out there, a lot of good situations,” Shero said. “We have to formulate our game plan but we’re in a different position than we were a few days ago.” FIRST ROUND PICK—Derrick Pouliot, left, a defenseman, stands with Penguins owner Mario Lemieux after being chosen eighth overall after the team had traded Jordan Staal to the Carolina Hurricanes for two current players and moved up to the Hurricanes eighth spot in the first round of the NHL hockey draft June 22, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) by Will GravesAP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP)—No seller’s remorse for Ray Shero.The Pittsburgh general manager insists he did the right thing—both for the players and the organization—by trading popular center Jordan Staal and defenseman Zbynek Michalek on Friday night.last_img read more

Riverhounds sign midfielder Anthony Obodai

Riverhounds sign midfielder Anthony Obodai

first_imgAnthony Obodai to join Pittsburgh Riverhounds in 2014 (Courtesy Photo)Pittsburgh — The Pittsburgh Riverhounds announced the signing of midfielder Anthony Obodai, March 14.The 31-year-old native of Accra, Ghana spent the 2013 season with Phoenix FC of USL PRO, making 24 appearances.“Anthony is a world-class player who has played alongside the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. To have a player from Ajax suiting up in a Riverhounds kit is a true honor for our Club and a sign of our direction,” said Riverhounds CEO Jason Kutney.Obodai signed with Dutch powerhouse Ajax of Amsterdam in 2001, playing on loan at Belgian side Germinal Beerschot during the 2002–03 season. Obodai moved to Sparta Rotterdam from 2005-2007, and also made four appearances for the Houston Dynamo of MLS in 2010.Kutney believes that Obodai will bring a physical element to the Riverhounds middle-third.  “He’s a tenacious ball-winner who controls the flow of a game. I watched him play in 2013 and became an instant fan.”Obodai also earned 4 senior caps for Ghana between 2003 and 2005.The Riverhounds’ 2014 season officially begins on March 29 in Florida, against defending USL PRO champions Orlando City. The Hounds’ home opener at Highmark Stadium is set for April 12 against the Wilmington Hammerheads. For tickets and stadium information, go to Riverhounds.com.last_img read more

Bombers girls lose heartbreaker at provincials, play for bronze medal Saturday

Bombers girls lose heartbreaker at provincials, play for bronze medal Saturday

first_imgLVR defeated Ballenas 3-1 and Abbotsford Traditional 1-0. The lone loss came 2-1 against Princess Margaret of Penticton.The Bombers meet Nanaimo District in the consolation round of the tournament.Archbishop Carney of Coquitlam plays Burnsview for the gold medal.Both games are played Saturday.Should the Bombers capture the bronze medal, the finish would be the best in for the soccer program since LVR won back-to-back provincial titles in the mid 90s. The L.V. Rogers Bombers lost 3-1 to Burnsview of Delta and now plays for bronze at the B.C. High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championships Friday in Courtney.Burnsview held a 2-0 lead late in the second half before LVR spoiled the shutout.The Bombers advanced to the final four of the 16-team tournament by capturing Pool B with a 2-1 record. LVR finished with six points, two points in front of Abbotsford Traditional and Ballenas from Vancouver Island.last_img read more

Business Business Three-peats Disc Break 2017

Business Business Three-peats Disc Break 2017

first_img BBQ Dads (Kelowna) Bunny Thugs (Saskatoon) There were frisbee flying all over the Lakeside playing fields this past weekend as 17 teams took to the Heritage City to compete in Disc Break 2017.The annual tournament attracted players from Saskatoon to Seattle  and Missoula, Montanta to Edmonton. Business Business, a team consisting of players from Edmonton & Vancouver, captured the top prize for the third consecutive season.Rogue Hippo of Edmonton finished second with Saskatoon’s Bunny Thugs third.Nelson’s Homegrown, which defeated Business Business during the weekend, finished in seventh spot.More than 250 players attended the two day event.Final Top Ten Standings Include: Business Business (Edmonton/Vancouver) Rogue Hippo (Edmonton) Mastadon (Vancouver) Fiesta (Spokane) Dorkel (Vancouver) Homegrown (Nelson) Lit (Calgary) Mental Toss Flycoons (Missoula)last_img read more

Over-the-counter antibiotics for livestock being phased out

Over-the-counter antibiotics for livestock being phased out

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Changes are coming for livestock producers. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued the final rule that will phase out the use of feed grade and water soluble antibiotics for increased feed efficiency or to promote growth. FDA is also changing how producers can obtain these products to treat diseases, which will be by prescription only.Craig Payne, the director of Veterinary Extension at the University of Missouri, says animal health companies have agreed to voluntarily change labeling to accomplish these goals. In order for producers to get a prescription – or Veterinary Feed Directive – they have to establish what’s called a Veterinary Client Patient Relationship (VCPR).“Livestock producers now have to have a working relationship with their veterinarian before their vet can legally write a veterinary prescription,” Payne said.Even though the target date for the changes isn’t until December 2016 – Payne encourages producers to begin discussing these changes with their veterinarian.“Get in contact with your veterinarian and make sure that they feel that they have that VCPR established with you,” Payne said. “If they don’t feel that way, then a producer will probably need to make some arrangements to where that relationship becomes solidified so that the vet can legally write prescriptions for these products if the plan is to continue using them on the operation.”To view the FDA fact sheet regarding the final rule visit FDA.gov.last_img read more

3 more die in U.P. floods

3 more die in U.P. floods

first_imgThree more flood-related deaths have been reported in Uttar Pradesh on Monday, taking the toll to 72. The overall situation in the State is still grim, the Relief Commissioner’s office said.Over 20 lakh people have been hit by the current spell of floods in 24 districts and 2,688 villages are under water.A report said 43,602 people had taken shelter in relief camps in eastern U.P., whipped by the raging waters of the rivers emanating from Nepal.Army choppers, NDRF and PAC jawans continued relief and rescue operations.A Central Water Commission report said the Sharda river was flowing above the red mark at Palia Kalan and near the danger mark at Shardanagar while the Ghaghra was flowing above the red mark at Elgin Bridge, Ayodhya and Turtipar (Ballia).In Bihar, light to moderate rainfall occurred at one or two places in the past 24 hours.With the south west monsoon getting weak, major cities of Patna, Gaya, Bhagalpur and Purnea did not receive any rainfall during the day.last_img read more

Dave Yu pounces on chance to finally show worth for NU

Dave Yu pounces on chance to finally show worth for NU

first_imgAdamson gets 2nd wins, trumps NCAA champ Arellano Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Yu scored 14 points, hitting 5-of-8 from the field, grabbed eight rebounds and had two steals in just 15 minutes off the bench.“I don’t know what he ate today but he just played so well,” said NU coach Jamike Jarin.He unleashed eight points in the third quarter, where the Bulldogs broke the game wide open with a 17-3 run after a 42-deadlock.“I could say all my hard work paid off but it’s still not enough. It’s only the start of the season and I have a lot more to show,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8000:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president “It’s really a great feeling because I worked so hard for this for three years,” the National University guard told INQUIRER.net.READ: NU opens UAAP Season 80 bid with rout of UE FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutYu was shelved in his first three years in the league due to limited playing time and a slew of major injuries, including an ACL tear in Season 78.He made up for lost time as he reintroduced himself at the start of Season 80 against University of the East. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDave Yu waited years to finally get a shot to show what he’s capable of.His moment came on Saturday and he relished every minute of it.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Read Next View commentslast_img read more

PSC gives 2019 SEA Games hosting green light

PSC gives 2019 SEA Games hosting green light

first_imgPractice makes perfect for PH booter Belgira Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ramirez said he was invited to the luncheon in the presence of some cabinet members where Go, who represented President Rodrigo Duterte, and Cayetano inquired about the status of 2019 Manila Games.“I was asked if there’s still a chance to push through and I told them that I have no problem with it (hosting),” said Ramirez.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingIn a board meeting on Wednesday, Ramirez said the PSC board, which is also composed of commissioners Ramon Fernandez, Charles Maxey, Arnold Agustin and Celia Kiram, gave the go-signal for the hosting.“We were very upbeat and happy that there is a big hope of holding the 2019 SEA Games,” said the PSC chief. Barring any major obstacle, the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines will most likely push through as planned.Presidential assistant Christopher Lawrence Go and Department of Foreign Affairs Sec. Alan Peter Cayetano breathed life into the country’s hosting of the biennial sportsfest in a meeting with Philippine Sports Commission chair Butch Ramirez on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ramirez said he asked Fernandez to reconcile with Cojuangco in the spirit of unity and cooperation as the PSC board forms a partnership with the POC in the hosting.Ramirez said Fernandez has thrown his full support and even offered Cebu as a venue for equestrian.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidecenter_img LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ “The POC welcomes the government support for the hosting and will defer to Secretary Cayetano to announce it. The POC sees the support as a unifying force for Philippine sports,” said POC president Peping Cojuangco.Ramirez, however, added there’s a few more concerns that has to be settled as Sen. Cayetano tries to discuss the positive development with the Philippine Olympic Committee.A reliable source said Cayetano would be named chair of the local organizing committee, replacing Senator Migz Zubiri.The government initially declined to host the 2019 Games, citing the ongoing armed conflict in Marawi City.POC president Jose Cojuangco Jr. appealed to Duterte to reconsider the decision before the deadline on Aug. 18 during the SEAG Federation Council meeting in Kuala Lumpur.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more