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Mistakes in season opener force Syracuse defense to work on slides, communication

first_img Published on February 20, 2013 at 1:52 am Contact Jacob: [email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_ Syracuse’s defensive slides were too sloppy, communication was weak and 16 goals were just too many.Even when the Orange double-teamed Albany, the Great Danes’ attack had its way Sunday.“We knew their attack was good, but I don’t think we were expecting them to come out firing as hot as they did,” sophomore defender Brandon Mullins said. “Kind of being surprised like that, it just threw us off-guard the whole game.”After allowing eight first-half goals, the Orange played from behind the rest of the game, and Albany continued to score from close range on blown defensive coverages. Syracuse’s defense must regroup when it hosts Army this weekend in the Carrier Dome.The Black Knights play a more physical attack that will look to fire from outside, different from an Albany team that attacked in close. Six-foot-3, 231-pound attack Garrett Thul leads the unit. In three games, he has 12 goals on 45 shots. Midfielder John Glesener will rotate in and out of attack.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“They switch it up, they go back and forth with it, so you got to be ready for that,” SU head coach John Desko said. “Those are two big, strong physical players who can really shoot the ball hard from the outside.”Thul and Glesener will break through double-teams and slides, Desko said. And while the Orange can’t fully plan for physical dominance, it can scout better in preparation and talk better on the field.Albany’s game-winning goal Sunday came off of a missed slide. Defender Brian Megill slid to cover Lyle Thompson in the first minute of the second overtime, leaving Miles Thompson open on the crease. No one covered for Megilll when a midfielder should have checked down.SU goaltender Bobby Wardwell said he thinks it came down to communication. Two or three players moved to cover Lyle Thompson, and a couple Great Danes were left open on the backside.Mullins chalks the defeat up to more than communication. Even when the Orange could get two defenders on an attack, it couldn’t stop the quick hands and feet of the Thompsons.SU will have to push out more on defense and tie up the hands of the Black Knights shooters. Mullins expects a physical battle throughout with picks to free up Thul. Still, Army presents a more manageable challenge.“I have a feeling they’re going to be a little more traditional,” Mullins said. “I think our defense will be able to adjust a little more to what they’re used to.”Army will be better scouted, too. Megill rattled off Thul and Glesener’s shooting stats after watching film of Army’s victories over Virginia Military Institute and Massachusetts. Mullins used the game tape from SU’s loss to look for adjustments.Even with the tinkering and improvements, SU’s defense is expecting a long, brutal fight in front of a sizable pro-Black Knights crowd.“There’s no coming-to-the-Dome jitters, they’re used to it, they come here every year,” Megill said. “And they never quit, I mean, they’re Army. They’re the Army.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Florida Gov. DeSantis Rolls out $91 Billion State Budget

first_imgThe pay raise will impact more than 101,000 current teachers, according to the governor’s office.“That’s something that will have a really meaningful impact in terms of recruiting and retaining folks,” DeSantis said.There’s an additional $300 million for the Florida Classroom Teacher and Principal Bonus Program, scrapping Florida’s Best and Brightest program.The governor says the back-to-school sales tax and disaster preparedness holidays will remain.DeSantis also called for more $625 million in funding for Everglades restoration, water quality improvements, springs restoration, and to combat the harmful effects of algal blooms and red tide.Florida’s growing opioid epidemic is targeted with more than $54 million in funding and an additional $17 million for new mental health and substance abuse funding.The proposed budget invests $18.2 million to complete two state nursing homes, one in St. Lucie County, DeSantis said.There are also millions for transportation and economic development, hurricane disaster recovery, public safety and elections security. Gov. Ron DeSantis rolled out his proposed $91 billion state budget on Monday and it’s big news for teachers.It includes $603 million to bring the minimum annual salary for all teachers in Florida to $47,500, making Florida second in the nation for teacher salaries, DeSantis said.Florida Gov. DeSantis targets Georgia’s governor with a joke while discussing funding to help clean up the Everglades. https://t.co/CJwuUvvXBu pic.twitter.com/VYSZwj41Yg— WPEC CBS12 News (@CBS12) November 18, 2019last_img read more

International field heads to Gerrards Cross

first_img Golfers from thirteen countries around the world will be competing in the English Girls’ Under 16 and Under 14 Open Amateur Stroke Play Championships at Gerrards Cross Golf Club in Buckinghamshire on the 6th to 8th of August.The draw features players from Australia, Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Morocco, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands and Wales as well as from the host nation.Last year at Lyme Regis both titles went to golfers from the Continent of Europe.The Under 16 competition, which in the past has been won by 2018 Ricoh Women’s British Open champion Georgia Hall and her fellow LET members Florentyna Parker and Felicity Johnson, went to 15-year-old Finnish player Kerttu Hiltunen who swept to an 11-shot victory over England’s Ellie Gower, Rafiah Banday and Jess Baker. Banday, from Royal Mid-Surrey, returns for another tilt at the title this year.The Under 14 championship was won by 13-year-old Italian Francesca Fiorellini who succeeded compatriot Charlotte Cattaneo as champion and has since gone on to capture the R&A Girls’ Under 16 Open and represent the Continent of Europe in the Junior Vagliano Trophy.One of last year’s runners-up Anna Neumayer from Austria moves up to the Under 16 competition this year.Hall is also a former winner of the Under 14 title as are Parker, new European Ladies’ champion Alice Hewson and current English women internationals Lily May Humphreys and Samantha Fuller.The Under 16 championship is played over 72 holes with the full field playing 18 holes on each of the first two days before the leading 40% of players progress to play 36 holes on the third day. The Under 14 event is staged over 54 holes with 18 holes played on each of the three days. The leading 40% of competitors make the cut after two rounds. 31 Jul 2019 International field heads to Gerrards Cross Tags: English U14 girls’, English U16 girls’last_img read more

Smriti Mandhana slams joint-fastest fifty in women’s T20s for Western Storm

first_imgSmriti Mandhana slammed the joint-fastest fifty in women’s T20s during the Women’s Cricket Super League 2018 match at the Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton.Playing for Western Storm, she slammed an unbeaten 52 off 19 balls to guide her team to a total of 85/2 from their six overs in a rain-truncated match against the Loughborough Lightning.Mandhana, 22, brought up her fifty off just 18 balls to smash her first fifty of the tournament. Earlier, New Zealand’s Sophie Devine had slammed a half-century off 18 balls against India. This was also the fastest fifty in the history of the tournament.Mandhana smashed five fours and four maximums in her knock of 19 balls. Her whirlwind knock in the end turned out be crucial for the Storms as they managed to restrict the Lightnings for 67/0 from their six overs and win the match by 18 runs. Devine’s 21-ball 46 wasn’t enough to guide the Lightnings over the line.Mandhana was also awarded the player-of-the-match award for her brisk knock. She now has 11 sixes in the tournament, the most by any women in the history of the tournament in any season. West Indies’ Stafanie Taylor and New Zealand’s Rachel Priest had smashed nine each in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Smriti Mandhana hit her fifty off 18 balls against the Loughborough Lightning (Getty Images)With the win, the Storms are second in the points table with two wins from three games. The Georgia Elwiss-led Loughborough Lightning are on top because of a better net run-rate.Mandhana, the first and only Indian women player to play in the T20 competition in England this year, has been in great form so far. She has hit 137 in three matches so far in the tournament.advertisementMandhana has also played for Brisbane Heat in the Women’s Big Bash League in Australia before this captained the IPL Trailblazers in the one-off exhibition game organised by the Board of Control for Cricket in India against the IPL Supernovas in April.She has been one of India’s star women cricketers recently and has hit 1464 runs from 41 ODIs, including three centuries and 11 fifties. She has also played 42 T20Is for India and has scored 857 runs at an average of 23.16.last_img read more