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No. 6 Syracuse’s defense stifles No. 14 Johns Hopkins, 8-7, in low-scoring affair

first_img Published on March 18, 2017 at 8:47 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+ BALTIMORE — Syracuse didn’t need its defense in the overtime period, but that unit was the only reason the Orange made it there.Before junior transfer midfielder Brendan Bomberry scored the overtime game-winner on Syracuse’s first possession, No. 6 SU (5-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) limited one of the NCAA’s most balanced offenses in No. 14 Johns Hopkins (4-3) to nearly half of its season average total goals.  The 8-7 chippy Orange win in extra time over its historic rivals at Homewood Field on Saturday afternoon represented Syracuse’s 45th consecutive victory when holding opponents to fewer than 10 goals. Neither coach, JHU’s Dave Pietramala or SU’s John Desko, expected such a low-scoring contest between teams that combine to average 25 goals per game.“Both defenses played pretty well,” Desko said. “Evan (Molloy) made some big saves for us.”Syracuse’s redshirt senior goalie saved seven of the 14 shots the Blue Jays threw on net, including five in the second quarter alone to spur 26:35 stretch between the first and third quarters when SU scored four unanswered goals.Two acrobatic saves by Molloy in the midst of the stretch, with SU down two players due to penalty, kept the momentum in Orange favor. Syracuse carried a 3-2 advantage into halftime and thoroughly stifled an offense accustomed to pouring in 12 goals per game. JHU scored four of its seven goals man-up or in transition.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Absolutely I’m disappointed in our output offensively,” Pietramala said. “We’ve got to find different ways to generate goals. … I don’t think many of (Molloy’s) saves were … I don’t think he had to make many. But five or six of them were pretty darn good ones.”The Orange’s defensive line, once rendered a liability by injuries and inexperience in high-flying shootouts, showed its maturation Saturday by playing a major role in keeping the Orange afloat late.With 1:34 left in the game and JHU leading 7-6, do-it-all midfielder Joel Tinney slashed toward the net to double the Orange deficit and seal a Blue Jay victory. Redshirt freshman Andrew Helmer, who essentially rotates at longstick midfielder with redshirt sophomore Austin Fusco, knew he was beat and used Tinney’s momentum against him. Helmer shoved Tinney in the back. The junior stumbled. As the ball rolled from Tinney’s stick into the back of the net, the referees waved off the goal because Tinney’s trip landed him inside the crease for a violation.The defensive play, made in desperation or deftness, likely saved Syracuse.All season, the Orange has hoped its defense can string floss together long enough for superior firepower to simply bludgeon opponents with more shots. Saturday, a stalwart defense afforded SU’s offense, not displaying its 13 goals per game average either, just enough time to break through. SU’s 32 shots was one above its season low.Sixty seconds after Tinney’s waved-off dagger, senior Nick Mariano ended SU’s ensuing possession with an overtime-forcing goal.Syracuse had prepared for Tinney, the engineer of JHU’s infamous hidden-ball trick goals and a constant threat because of his quickness. Fusco shadowed him and shut off his left hand, trying to take away any advantage the junior could create. That strategy reflected SU’s similar approach with stars junior Shack Stanwick (3.17 points per game) and senior John Crawley (2.33 points per game). The Orange limited the pair to a combined one point, a Stanwick assist.Fully aware of the threat Stanwick posed as a feeder, Syracuse assigned converted-LSM Scott Firman to him. The senior stayed in the Blue Jay’s hands, refusing to yield space and Stanwick helplessly watched from his maestro position behind the net as the JHU offense came up empty possession after possession.“We communicated really well,” Molloy said. “They didn’t have any goals in the 6-on-6 set. Some (goals on) broken plays and transitions, but we did our assignments.”Forty minutes before the game, the necessity of physicality in a contest that exhibited perhaps anything but finesse was foreshadowed when Johns Hopkins and Syracuse broke from their normal pregame warmups to have a shoving match at midfield. Half of either team, about 40 players in total, jawed and bodied each other as flags flew. No one remembered starting a game with players in the penalty box before.“That’s just Syracuse-Hopkins for you,” Molloy said later.When Bomberry put home the game-winner in overtime, players again sprinted from the sidelines. Molloy and the defensive line were among the first to reach Bomberry and form another heaving mass. This time, though, the jerseys were the same color, and they danced on Johns Hopkins’ side of the field. Commentslast_img read more

#Donkomi: Anthony Annan joins Beitar Jerusalem

first_img–Source: Footy-ghana.com Midfielder Anthony Annan has completed a free agent move to FC Beitar Jerusalem for the remainder of the 2018/19 season.The Israeli Premier League giants however have an option to keep the Ghana international further for a full season in the summer.Annan, 32, arrived in Jerusalem Tuesday morning for a mandatory medical which he later passed before signing his deal on the Israeli transfer deadline day.FC Beitar have now made Annan their fifth signing of the January transfer window which includes former Chelsea star Yossi Benayoun.Anthony Annan recently became a free player after failing to extend his stay with Finnish champions HJK with whom he enjoyed two stints.FC Beitar Jerusalem are currently 9 th on the 14-team 2018/19 Ligat Ha’al log after 21 matches.last_img read more

3 Liberians Get ‘Impact’ Awards

first_imgThree Liberians have received awards for making a difference in the lives of underprivileged people in the country.Those awarded were Barkue Tubman Zawolo, Steven B. Lavalah and Stephenie Duncan.These Liberians received the award at the second annual charity program of the Checago Bright Foundation (CBF).The program was held Saturday, April 12, at the Paynesville City Hall, outside Monrovia and was attended by scores of government officials and well-wishers.CBF is a non-governmental organization that is engaged in community initiative in the country. The organization met on Saturday to highlight its accomplishments and to honor community leaders for their roles in helping less fortunate Liberian citizens in realizing their potentials.Speaking at the program, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of CBF, Checago Bright- Sawo said that his organization was not only into community development but was involved in recognizing the efforts of other Liberians citizens, who are lifting the life of others.“We recognized the contributions of others who are doing something welcoming in the communities as a way of bringing their works to the public. This is all about transforming our nation to a better one,” he said.He said that in 2013, they were able to undertake projects, such as the construction of a modern latrine, provide safe drinking water, among other things.“The CBF intends to also generate resources for the upcoming 2014 projects in Liberia. The project has already started in Bong and Margibi Counties,” he disclosed.   Responding to the honor at the program, the head of the African and American Women for Peace (AAW Peace), Barkue Tubman-Zawolo said she and her fellow awards recipients were committed in making the difference in the lives of youths in the community.“Our goal is to experiment with young women to empower them economically. We believe that young girls when empower can develop their own plan to reduce poverty and stop depending on others,” she said.AAW Peace is a youth promotion program that endeavors to empower the youths to achieve their goals. According to her, young girls in Liberia need the opportunity to develop their potentials for better exposure.“As many of our young Liberian females are lacking of outside exposure, we recently send two of our young ladies abroad to attend leadership conference that will educate them,” she added.She disclosed that they have opened a library in Totota, Bong County that will carter to will help solve the research needs of students, adding that these initiatives are supported by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and other philanthropists.Also speaking, the executive director of the Youth Exploring Solutions (YES), Steven B. Lavallah, said that he was highly proud of the award.“Growing up, I have always dreamed of making impact in the lives of people. I started volunteering at the age of 7 in my community. We wanted to take action that every Saturday we went into the community to engage in cleaning up.”“In 2007, I really wanted to make impact of the lives of others so we established an organization to reach the lives of others. This was a very difficult task at the beginning when I stated mobilizing young people of like mind. Our organization makes sure that young people’s problem-solvers as well as critical thinkers.”For her part, Ms. Stephanie Duncan, founder and CEO of the Association of the Advancement of Liberians Girls said that she humbled of the honor.“The association comprises of a small group of Liberian females working to make a difference. We do not have big donors but we usually find our own money to support.Ms. Duncan said that her organization was involved in guiding girls against sexual exploitation and providing reading opportunities.“What is most important to us is to create reading program and guild girls against sexual exploitation through awareness. We are intending to create more recreational education for our children.Meanwhile, in her key note address, the Chairperson of the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA), Angelique Weeks stressed the need for Liberians to get involved in community services.“Happiness is what many of your citizens need and so it is incumbent upon all of us in this country to contribute to the wellbeing of others,” she cautioned.She mentioned that Liberians will not move forward if they are not willing to serve one another.Madam Weeks used the occasion to thank all those Liberians who are involved in in making the lives of other citizens better.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more