Sentence handed down in Decatur County aggravated battery case

first_imgGreensburg, In. — Decatur County prosecutor Nathan Harter says Austin Meisberger has been sentenced to eight years for aggravated battery. Meisberger entered a guilty plea late last year and was recently sentenced.Decatur County Prosecuting Attorney Nate Harter said, “We are certainly pleased with the outcome of this case. Meisberger will hopefully find the help he needs through the Purposeful Incarceration Program and finish his sentence as a better citizen. It is unfortunate anyone was injured during the event, but we are very glad the victim’s injury is recoverable.”last_img read more

Arsenal win despite Giroud red card

first_img Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky, making a first start of the season, swept in a second on the break before Charlie Austin set up a tense finale when he converted a penalty with 11 minutes left. Unlike at Liverpool last weekend, Arsenal held on under late pressure to move within two points of Southampton and one behind fifth-placed West Ham, whom they play on Sunday. Arsenal, who had lost only one of their 17 previous Boxing Day Premier League matches, made an electric start and were awarded an early penalty when former Gunners defender Armand Traore tripped Sanchez. The Chilean held onto the ball, and Santi Cazorla, who scored from the spot here against Newcastle, gave way. However, Sanchez’s effort lacked any real pace towards the bottom right corner, and Robert Green got down to make the save. Arsenal’s tempo dropped after the penalty miss, but the home side remained dominant in possession nevertheless as the conditions worsened. Onuoha looked to have wrestled Danny Welbeck to the ground just inside the QPR penalty area, but this time referee Martin Atkinson was not interested. Rio Ferdinand, making his first start since October, pulled back former United team-mate Welbeck to concede a free-kick 25 yards out in a central position and was cautioned. The Gunners were in cruise control following Alexis Sanchez’s 10th league goal on 37 minutes, the Chilean having seen a tame early penalty saved. However, a rush of blood from France striker Giroud at the start of the second half reduced Arsenal to 10 men. The Frenchman charged into Nedum Onuoha, the defender hitting the ground in front of the referee. Press Association Arsenal survived the sending-off of striker Olivier Giroud for a reckless headbutt to beat QPR 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium and close back up on the top four of the Barclays Premier League. Giroud whipped the ball over the wall, but Green made a smart diving save. QPR, who had lost all eight of their Premier League away matches so far, continued to defend deep, with six men sitting around the edge of the 18-yard box. The visitors’ rearguard was, though, breached on 37 minutes. Cazorla pushed the ball out to Kieran Gibbs on the overlap down the left. The defender looked up before chipping a cross back through the six-yard box, where no-one had picked up the run of Sanchez as the diminutive Chilean guided a cushioned header into the far corner. Arsenal were reduced to 10 men on 53 minutes following a moment of red mist by Giroud. The France striker was bundled over by Onuoha on the edge of the area as they chased a long ball forwards. Giroud, incandescent with rage, scrambled to his feet to confront the defender, pushing his forehead into the defender’s face. Onuoha went to ground and the referee, who was right on the spot, reached for his back pocket to brandish a red card. The Arsenal striker, who will now serve a three-match suspension, knew what was coming and headed straight down the tunnel as Gunners boss Arsene Wenger glared on. Arsenal looked to respond by continuing their pressure, but QPR had been handed a lifeline and manager Harrry Redknapp made a change on 62 minutes as Karl Henry was replaced by Leroy Fer and Traore by Junior Hoilett. The Gunners, though, soon doubled their lead. Sanchez made another penetrating run to the edge of the QPR penalty area, where he played in Rosicky on the overlap and the Czech midfielder dispatched a low, first-time shot past Green. QPR then grabbed a lifeline with 11 minutes left after Mathieu Debuchy tripped Hoilett just inside the penalty area, with the referee again expertly placed although replays suggested the defender did get a touch on the ball. Austin made no mistake from the spot, blasting the ball down the centre for his 12th goal of an impressive season. Wenger sent on defender Calum Chambers for the closing stages, replacing Rosicky, and Mathieu Flamini bundled a goal-bound effort off the line as the Gunners battled to victory. last_img read more

Local YMCA leaders map out return to youth sports

first_img Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 ELLSWORTH — As sports in Maine return with a slightly different look, they’re going to do so at the youth level first.Between localized schedules and games that feature smaller gatherings and team roster sizes, youth and community sports have a number of built-in advantages in comparison to their high school, college and even professional counterparts. In Maine, where the COVID-19 rate is the second-lowest in the entire country, seeing such sports back in action will likely take place sooner here than it will elsewhere.In both Ellsworth and Bucksport, local YMCA leaders are in the process of mapping out a return to — or, in one case, the continuance of — youth sports. Even if there are new adjustments that will take some getting used to, the effort is well worth it after a long stretch of isolation, youth sports leaders say.“These kids need to have that interaction and be together and see each other,” Down East Family YMCA Youth Sports Director Shane Lowell said. “They went 15 weeks without any real interaction with each other, and it’s time for us to make something happen for them.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textIn late June, youth sports officially returned at DEFY with the beginning of the organization’s Amateur Softball Association season. Coached by Lowell, Ron Bean, Josh Stevens and Steve Sullivan, the 11-member 14U team has been able to participate in numerous games against in-state opponents over the past several weeks.Before, during and after games, things are different. Players can’t high-five, shake hands or share equipment, and coaches don’t exchange lineup cards with one another prior to the first pitch; softballs are sanitized rigorously between innings; in practices, players participate in small player pods aimed at reducing potential spread of the virus.“For the most part, I’d say everything has gone really well,” Lowell said “It’s taken some time to get the hang of it, but the kids are just ecstatic to be together. … It’s not about winning or losing or even what they’re doing together; they could be bowling for all they care.”Whereas the differences on the softball field haven’t necessarily changed the action that takes place during games, that won’t be the case when DEFY resumes its travel soccer program in the coming weeks. The 2020 travel soccer season will see players prohibited from heading the ball, and throw-ins will no longer take place after balls go out of play.“We have to be very strict with these protocols and how closely they’re followed,” Lowell said. “It’s going to be challenging, but this is what we’re going to have to do to give the kids a chance to play.”In Bucksport, September is set to be a big month for youth sports with registration for football and soccer still ongoing. Practices for both sports are currently scheduled to begin the week of Sept. 7.Bucksport YMCA Director Matt McInnis, though, said the status of youth sports in the community remains “up in the air.” He wants youth sports in the area to be in lockstep with school sports, and with plans for the 2020-21 school year and fall sports season yet to be finalized, the YMCA is in wait-and-see mode.“I think it makes sense for us for schools and the YMCA to be on the same page,” McInnis said. “In our case, a lot of the fields we use are owned by the RSU or the town, and we have to get their permission first. If the schools can’t be using them, why should we be able to?”As has been the case throughout the ongoing pandemic, local youth sports leaders are optimistic — but they’re also uncertain. In the end, if there’s a way to bring back youth sports in some capacity, they’re going to do what they can to make it happen.“We have to give them something because they need some kind of normalcy,” McInnis said. “We’re looking at every option we have and doing everything with their health and safety in mind.” Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at Biocenter_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Latest Posts MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

C-NS boys volleyball gets sectional title, moves to 21-0

first_imgThey continued to go back and forth, Liverpool pulling out the third set 25-21, but B’ville taking the third set 25-22, so the season hung on a fifth-set race to 15 points.Only by the slightest 15-13 margin did the Warriors prevail and end the Bees’ season, with Quinn Moore leading the way as he got 29 assists, 16 digs, two kills, two aces and two blocks.Anthony Pezzino finished with 12 kills and 12 digs, while Elliott DeForge had eight kills and two blocks. Defensively, Jagger Alberici picked up 27 digs as Jackson Furr had 10 digs and Nolan Feldt earned eight digs, plus a pair of aces. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story The only problem was that the Warriors had less than 48 hours to recuperate before the sectional final against a C-NS side against which it had not claimed a set in two previous regular-season encounters.And it wouldn’t do so here, either.It wasn’t for a lack of effort, for the Warriors fought hard in each of the first two sets, only to have the Northstars get away and claim them by 25-17 and 25-16 margins.The third set also went 25-16 in C-NS’s favor as it won its 21st onsecutive match, earning a trip back to the state tournament, where it will play a regional final against the Section I-II champion Saturday night at Fayetteville-Manlius.Kevin Felasco put away 16 kills, helped on the front line by Dan Seliger, who had 12 kills. Libero Trace LaRobardiere finished with 10 digs as he worked well again with setter Brandon Millias.Before this, C-NS first had to turn back no. 4 seed Fayetteville-Manlius in last Wednesday’s semifinals. And the second set was stressful, but the Northstars claimed it 25-22 in between 25-14 romps in the first and third sets for yet another sweep.Seliger put away 17 kills, while Felasco had eight kills, John Hendry six kills and Grant Sennett and Carter Wisely five kills apiece. Feeding all of them, Millias earned 35 assists as LaRobardiere finished with 11 digs.Over in girls volleyball, C-NS held the no. 2 seed, but a home-court advantage did not mean much as no. 3 seed F-M eliminated the Northstars in four sets in last Wednesday’s sectional Class AA semifinal.After dropping the first set 25-13, C-NS did play a strong second set and won it 25-19. Yet the Hornets regained control with a 25-16 decision in the third and just kept the Northstars from pushing the match to the wire by taking the fourth 25-23.Brooke Segars still had 12 kills and 17 digs, with Aurora Lesinski adding nine kills. Adriana Houston had five kills and Emma Koening four kills as Jennifer Carl got 24 assists and four aces. Cassidy Ormond earned 10 assists, with Hannah Mingle adding 15 digs.For F-M, Morgan Napier, earning 40 assists, passed to a well-balanced front line. Kendra Broddus earned 12 kills, with Harper Stoppacher adding 11 kills. Juliana Myagkota and Mackenzie Helmer had eight kills apiece.So the C-NS girls had its season end –but the boys Northstars, intent on getting the program’s first-ever state championship, must win a regional match Saturday at 7 p.m. at F-M’s gym against whoever wins the Section I-Section II match the night before. Perfection has marked the run of the Cicero-North Syracuse boys volleyball team in 2019, which makes it special beyond the latest Section III Division I championship it has put on its ledger.The Northstars defeated Liverpool in last Saturday’s sectional title match at Jamesville-DeWitt, though the match proved a bit anticlimactic in the wake of an epochal semifinal at C-NS two nights earlier where the Warriors fought off no. 3 seed Baldwinsville.Every run by one side was met by another throughout the semifinal, starting in the first set, where Liverpool did just enough to edge the Bees 25-23. Then, in the longest set for either team this fall, both sides squandered multiple set points before B’ville took it 32-30. Tags: C-NSliverpoolvolleyballlast_img read more

UW hits open ice, air in Colorado

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoAfter a grueling series in which the Wisconsin men’s hockeyfinesse players were bottled and bodied up by a suffocating North Dakotadefense, they head to Colorado College for open ice and air.The large sheet that No. 7 CC (5-3, 5-1 WCHA) skates on willplay into No. 9 UW’s strengths. “It gives our skill guys more time, that’s for sure,” seniordefenseman Kyle Klubertanz said. The series could very well translate into piles of goals,something that piques forward Ben Street’s interest.”Me being a forward, I’d love to get some scoring going,”Street said, also noting that the Tigers are talent-laden as well. “Everyone’sgoing to be chasing each other all over the rink so it’ll be tough.” It is particularly intriguing for Street and linemate KyleTurris, Wisconsin’s two leading scorers with 11 and 14 points respectively,because they were effectively shut down against North Dakota. For Turris, theNo. 3 overall pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, the series was particularlyrough, as he was shoved around by Sioux defenders. “It was frustrating this past weekend because [North Dakota]did a real good job, but it’s something that us as a line and him as a playerare going to have to get used to and battle through,” Street said. “He’s going to adapt, I mean it’s not the first time it hashappened in his life,” UW head coach Mike Eaves added. To alleviate some of that pressure and wanting to switchthings up to find the right mix, Eaves will move senior Matt Ford to the frontline. “The way things went Saturday, because of the way Matthewhas been playing and the experience he brings, so perhaps that’ll be thechemistry we’re looking for with Ben and Kyle to see if we can get some offensefrom them,” Eaves said. The switch is an intriguing one, as it will put Turris andFord on the same line for the first time ever. In order for the newly alignedfirst line to have some success, they’ll have to get the puck past a talentedgoaltender.Freshman Richard Bachman has played an integral role inColorado College’s conference-leading 5-1 record. Last Saturday he stopped 34Minnesota-Duluth shots to earn WCHA Rookie of the Week. He’ll be matched upagainst another Player of the Week, Wisconsin goalie Shane Connelly. The UW junior had a tremendous weekend as he compiled 74saves, including a 43-save shutout last Friday. It was what Eaves has beensearching for from his starting netminder all season, and Connelly’s coachhopes it can continue. “We were looking for that kind of performance, and heprovided it for us. Now his next step is to continue on that path and beconsistent,” Eaves said. “That’s what makes good athletes great.” Wisconsin (5-3, 2-2) will also need to be ready to play onback-to-back nights — a feat this year’s team has yet to accomplish, accordingto Street. “We need to play both nights — we haven’t done that yet —and we need to play a full six periods too,” he said. “We’ve had a few lapsesthat have hurt us, and we’ll come in one night, maybe not too prepared, alittle too nervous or something and it has cost us.” As one of the handful of upperclassmen on the team, andleaders on offense, it is Street’s job to make sure that his teammates staylevel-headed following a dominating win or devastating loss. “What you did Friday night means nothing toward what you doSaturday night,” Street said. “Usually the games are so completely differentthat you’d think they were played months apart; tell the guys to get back toneutral here, we’ve got another game, a job to do — that’s the importantstuff.”Although the two teams face each other every year, sometimestwice, the Wisconsin players admit that they aren’t too familiar with ColoradoCollege. That’s because like the Badgers — they have seven freshmen playingregularly — the Tigers are young. “Idon’t really know too much about them,” Klubertanz said. “I heard they canskate, so we’ve just got to hit them; shut them down and hit them.”last_img read more

The life of a student-athlete in the Final Four

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS — Forgive Gordon Hayward for daydreaming.Twenty-four hours before the biggest game of his life, the Butler star will be sitting in a lecture hall instead of a locker room. His hometown Bulldogs might be the toast of college basketball, but that won’t get the sophomore out of attending class the day before taking on Michigan State in the Final Four. Thanks to an unbalanced schedule (who takes Friday classes anyway?) and a bracket-busting run through the NCAA Tournament, Hayward is scheduled to study applied mathematics before studying the Spartans on Friday.Such is the life of a student-athlete in the Final Four.Butler teammate Shelvin Mack said as soon as his Thursday news conference was over, he had to run back to the team hotel and write a four-to-six page paper.Such is the life of a student-athlete in the Final Four.But not all of the athletes are able to stay afloat academically as much as Mack and Hayward. Some players feel as if they are totally immersed athletically and will just have to deal with classes once they get back to campus after the tournament.“The last two weeks, I’ve been to maybe four classes total,” Butler center Matt Howard said. “It feels like an extended spring break, you can’t really beat that. You’re playing basketball and that’s about all there is. That’s a college player’s dream.”Juggling academics and athletics is a laborious task amid a month appropriately known as “March Madness.” And when you’re forced to spend a majority of the time away from your classrooms and teachers, it can be a particularly difficult one, too.“We were in San Jose and Salt Lake City for the tournament,” Hayward said, “and right before that we had spring break. We’ve missed almost a month of school probably.”Such is the life of a student-athlete in the Final Four.Making up missed lectures and assignments can be a heavy burden, and one that falls on the players and the team’s academic support staff. But when factoring in games, travel, practices, film sessions, team meals, team meetings, medical treatments, media availability and pep rallies, you’re not left with a whole lot of time to hit the books. It is the ultimate test in time management. Find a way to keep your grades up, while also finding a way to keep your hardwood dreams alive.Some schools consider themselves well-trained experts in that area, such as Michigan State, which has been to six Final Fours in their last 12 years under head coach Tom Izzo.“We’ve had so much success that we have a nice template for dealing with the tournament,” said Jim Pignataro, Michigan State’s director of student-athlete support services.The proactive plan takes chance out of the equation. Spartan players prepare for a Final Four run in February, getting ahead on their class work and doing as much as they can academically before the athletic portion of their lives ramps up. Tutors aren’t allowed to travel with the team, but nightly study sessions are as commonplace as wind sprints in the Breslin Center. In his 15th year with the Spartans, Pignataro said he has learned to try and work with the players individually, because each one faces different circumstances and different classes.Players from all four schools benefit from having understanding professors. When your excuse for missing class is, “I’m playing in the Final Four,” and not, “My dog ate my homework,” teachers tend to be a bit more flexible. And with paper syllabuses becoming a thing of the past and online classes becoming more and more prevalent, Pignataro said it is becoming even easier for students to keep up during the season.Take Spartan senior Raymar Morgan, an advertising major, for example. Morgan has been taking advertising classes for four years and his professors know this time of the year tends to be busy for the basketball team.“They know him. They know he’s responsible. They know he’s busy. We work something out ahead of time and we almost never have a problem,” Pignataro said.The same is the case at Duke, where Academic Coordinator Kenny King oversees the team’s academic work.“I tell the players at the beginning of every semester that the best way to prepare for conference and postseason travel is to build strong relationships with their professors and that starts with great communication,” he said.King said the players do as much as they can before they leave and frantically try and catch up once they get back, but a lot of their class work is done on the run, which he described as no easy task.“Over the past three weeks, we’ve submitted multiple papers and had to prepare for multiple exams the Monday or Tuesday immediately following our first four rounds,” he said. “We have had to carve time out on the road to make sure we are prepared for the next play, so to speak.”Senior guard Nolan Smith said King does a good job of staying up on them, whether it be a 9 a.m. wake-up call reminding them to go to class or helping them back at the team hotel with an assignment.“Our focus is on a national championship, but we also have to take care of our responsibilities in the classroom,” Smith said. “We are still student-athletes, and the student comes first.”While Hayward and Howard said classes are few and far between in the month of March, West Virginia Educational Counselor Erica Wycherley said her players have been able to attend classes with some regularity at the beginning of the week.“You don’t hear much about the other half of their lives, but these kids are still engaged,” she said, “they are still very much involved.”With all of their tournament games being played in New York leading up to the Final Four, the Mountaineers have done more than their fair share of commuting. But Wycherley said players have been able to get back to campus to touch base with teachers. And although the school is currently on spring break, Wycherley said she doesn’t have a hard time convincing her players to study when the time comes.“The players know I’m pretty reasonable,” she said. “I try and keep a fair balance, because I understand what they have to do basketball-wise. It’s not like I’m saying, ‘Da’Sean (Butler), you have to be in study hall every day on this trip.’ It’s, ‘Okay, let’s set some time aside to get this done and we’ll work at it one piece at a time.”And if that doesn’t work, Wycherley said she could always turn to the coaching staff to provide a bit of extra incentive.“We used to do something that whenever someone missed study hall or a meeting with a tutor they had to flip this massive tractor tire 200 yards,” she said.But for the most part, such punishment is never needed. Wycherley said the players often call her for help and are aware they’ll have plenty to do once returning to campus — national championship trophy in-hand or not.“They are going to have to work double time compared to the average student because they are behind,” she said. “I don’t think people realize the actual time commitment of playing and traveling.”Hayward does. He’s already planning on being swamped once things quiet down and his college life is restored to some form of normalcy.But for now, Hayward will keep living the dream, and likely keep daydreaming as he sits through one last math class wondering what the weekend will hold.“The teachers have been really helpful to us,” he said. “When we go to class, a lot of it is, ‘Congrats’ and ‘Just do what you can do and do the rest when you come back.’” Such is the life of a student-athlete in the Final Four.A team of Indiana University journalists is reporting for the Final Four Student News Bureau, a project between IU’s National Sports Journalism Center and the NCAA at the men’s tournament in Indianapolis.last_img read more

Casullo fired from special teams coordinator post

first_img Published on November 21, 2010 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Bob Casullo, Syracuse’s assistant head coach and special teams coordinator, is no longer with the program, head coach Doug Marrone announced during his weekly press conference Monday. ‘Bob and I have decided that it is in the best interest of the program to part ways,’ Marrone said. Marrone declined to comment about Casullo’s reason for leaving the program, saying only, ‘Right now, that’s probably all I’m going to say about it.’ The news comes less than two days after a very public confrontation between Casullo and Syracuse tight end Jose Cruz during Saturday’s 23-6 loss to Connecticut inside the Carrier Dome. ‘My philosophy has been from the beginning that no one person, including myself, is more important than the program,’ Marrone said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text For the remainder of the season, defensive secondary coach John Anselmo will handle Casullo’s responsibilities with the special teams and quarterbacks coach Nathaniel Hackett will handle Casullo’s responsibilities with the tight ends. Casullo has deep roots in Central New York. Raised in Little Falls, N.Y., Casullo went to college at SUNY Brockport before coaching high school football in the Syracuse area. He spent 10 seasons, from 1985-94, in various positions at Syracuse University before bouncing around the college ranks and the NFL. He returned to SU when Marrone was hired as SU’s head coach in December of 2008. aljohn@syr.educenter_img Commentslast_img read more

Kliff Kingsbury leaves USC for NFL job

first_imgGoing pro· Former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury was briefly hired as a USC offensive coordinator. (Photo from Bleacher Report/Twitter)USC offensive coordinator  and quarterbacks coach Kliff Kingsbury is leaving the team to take the head coach position with the Arizona Cardinals, according to Fox Sports. Kingsbury, who was hired on Dec. 5, will depart without coaching a single game for the Trojans.Kingsbury replaced Tee Martin as offensive coordinator 10 days after being fired from his position as head coach at Texas Tech, Kingsbury’s alma mater. The 39-year-old coach accepted the position at USC despite reports of significant interest from NFL teams.However, in the last week, Kingsbury’s future with the program was subjected to serious doubt. Reports that NFL teams wanted to interview Kingsbury for their head coaching positions resurfaced, but Athletic Director Lynn Swann blocked the Cardinals and New York Jets from interviewing Kingsbury, ESPN reported. NBC’s Pro Football Talk reported Saturday that Kingsbury could use the small buyout in his contract to leave the program and be free to interview with NFL teams. However, Swann then modified his stance and allowed NFL teams to talk to Kingsbury.Kingsbury interviewed with the Jets on Monday, according to The Athletic. NFL Network subsequently reported that Kingsbury was being interviewed by the Cardinals Tuesday morning — hours later, Kingsbury made the jump to the NFL, leaving USC’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach positions vacant once more.Although Kingsbury’s Red Raider teams struggled on the defensive end, he was widely pegged as the perfect candidate to improve a Trojan offense that underachieved in 2018. His sudden departure might be hard to fathom in the moment, but Swann and Helton will need to resume their search for a new talented offensive mind.Utah State offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach David Yost is a potential candidate. The Aggies rode a prolific offense to a 10-2 record in 2018, as their 47.5 points per game ranked second in the nation. At USC, Yost would fill the same role as at Utah State while making an upward move to one of the blue-blood football programs in the country. Fans may question Yost’s accomplishments because they came at the expense of non-Power 5 opponents, but Utah State was competitive in matchups with ranked teams Michigan State and Boise State. In addition, the performance of Aggies sophomore quarterback Jordan Love would be encouraging for USC fans looking for growth from freshman signal-caller JT Daniels.Fresno State offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Kalen DeBoer is another possible solution because of his ability to improve struggling offenses. When DeBoer took over at Eastern Michigan in 2014, the Eagles ranked No. 124 in total offense. By DeBoer’s final season in 2016, the Eagles ranked No. 35. Similarly, Fresno State ranked No. 127 in offensive efficiency in 2016, the year before DeBoer arrived, but it finished last season at No. 35.last_img read more

No. 16 Syracuse’s offense fails to keep pace with No. 5 North Carolina in 20-11 loss

first_imgOnly five times in Syracuse’s program history has it allowed 20 goals. But it did on Saturday, and the Orange’s offense needed to turn out a herculean effort to stay in the game.But as has been the case in all of its conference games this season, SU’s offense provided nothing extraordinary.“We didn’t show up today and deliver our best game, our best performance,” SU head coach Gary Gait said.No. 16 Syracuse (8-7, 0-5 Atlantic Coast) couldn’t win enough draws to get a lot of offensive chances on Saturday and the chances the Orange had were often squandered. For the fourth game in a row, SU’s season-scoring average was lowered and it meant No. 5 North Carolina (10-3, 5-1) pulled away and won easily, 20-11, in the Carrier Dome.The problems started at the draw, as they so often have for SU this season. Emily Hawryschuk, an attack who began taking collegiate draws in games on March 29, took 27-of-33 draw attempts for the Orange. Between Hawryschuk and Julie Cross, who took the other six, the Orange won 10 of 33.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“They were in our heads,” Gait said of UNC’s draws in the second half. “They had the chemistry flowing on the draw. They just dominated.”The lost draws forced SU to defend for long stretches at a time. But when SU won the draw or took possession after one of UNC’s 12 turnovers, it couldn’t capitalize. The Orange turned just 11 of its 27 shots into goals, dropping SU’s conference scoring average to 12.2 goals per game, compared to 16 per game out of conference.In a repeat of Duke’s defensive plan, the Tar Heels face-guarded Nicole Levy for much of the game’s 60 minutes. Postgame, Gait said, “I don’t know if that was an issue,” citing other problems as more major than whether or not Levy touched the ball. But Levy, even after a very cold stretch, ranks second on SU with 34 goals. And she touched the ball no more than a handful of times Saturday, as North Carolina successfully took SU’s sniper out of the equation.For a few moments early in the second half, SU’s offense looked like it’d have a shot to redeem itself. Hawryschuk scored less than two minutes into the frame to bring the Orange within two goals.But then, UNC won a draw and scored. The Tar Heels won the next draw and scored, again. And UNC won the next draw as well, following it up quickly with another goal. A two-goal lead exploded to five. The Orange never got closer than four goals from that point on.“Anytime you’re down like that, you’re gonna force it,” Gait said. “…Trying to catch up, get five goals at a time instead of one.”More Coverage:No. 16 Syracuse’s shortcomings exposed in 20-11 blowout loss to No. 5 North CarolinaGallery: No. 16 Syracuse crushed by No. 5 North Carolina, 20-11 Published on April 14, 2018 at 3:59 pm Contact Billy: | @Wheyen3 Saturday’s game was the first that the Orange had played on a full week’s preparation since SU’s fourth contest. There was plenty of time to prepare for the tight, man-to-man defense that the Tar Heels played. The preparation didn’t equate to goals. Instead, UNC looked to have taken advantage of its own week off.Syracuse’s Alie Jimerson played for the first time in more than two weeks after dealing with a lower leg injury. Normally an important distributor from behind the net for SU, the Tar Heels focused on shutting down cutting lanes when Jimerson caught in her favorite spot.Outside of Hawryschuk’s four goals, the Tar Heels looked well prepared. Faceguarding Levy worked. Syracuse’s left-handed attackers — Riley Donahue, Molly Carter and Sam Swart — had any openings to the left denied, again and again. Donahue and Carter would spin, back and forth, back and forth. But whenever they tried to break free left, their primary defender or help defense was in the way.Hawryschuk said the Orange tried to keep its mindset focused on one goal at a time to get a run going. The run never came for SU.“We just have to regroup and focus on the next game plan,” Hawryschuk said.The Orange won’t have a week off before its second-to-last game of the regular season. No. 2 Boston College hosts SU on Thursday. And the Eagles, prior to their Saturday game, had the second-best scoring offense in the nation.“We’ve got to find a way to flip the switch here,” Gait said. “… We’ll regroup and try to get an upset at Boston College.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Noble concerned with Christmas match schedule

first_imgIn the Premier league, West Ham captain Mark Noble says he’s hoping the squad copes well with the Christmas schedule.Slaven Bilic’s side play three matches in eight days over the festive period.It’s after picking up seven points from their last nine in the top flight. Noble tells Sky Sports News, the busy few days can be tough to get used to for players who’ve recently moved to England.Here at home in SSE Airtricity league football, it could be confirmed today that the findings of the Conroy report will be implemented for next season – that’s according to the Irish Sun newspaper.The report recommended two divisions of 10 teams which would happen from 2018 onwards.If the recommendation is implemented it means that 3 teams will be relegated from the Premier division next season with only one promoted from the first division.last_img read more