Syracuse mounts comeback to secure 2-2 tie against No. 4 Clarkson

first_img Published on December 9, 2016 at 11:59 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Graham Facebook Twitter Google+ Alysha Burriss barrelled toward Clarkson’s net, carrying her stick, and Syracuse’s fate, in her right hand. As she fought off a defender hot on her tail, she took a swing at the puck. She saw it get past CU goaltender Shea Tiley and triumphantly threw both hands in the air.Burriss had just picked up a puck in the neutral zone and went from blue line to goal line and tied the game with only 1:59 remaining in regulation.“I poked it past (the Clarkson defender) and just tried to beat her to the net,” Burriss said.“She just willed herself to beat that defenseman,” SU head coach Paul Flanagan said.Just as it seemed Syracuse was dead in the water, Burriss put new life into the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse (5-7-5, 4-2-2 College Hockey America) tied No. 4 Clarkson (14-3-4, 9-0-1 Eastern College Athletic) 2-2 on Friday night at Tennity Ice Pavilion. Despite tying 2-2 for the second straight Friday, SU was able to do something it hadn’t done all season: mount a late-game comeback. And against one of the five best teams in the country.Syracuse jumped out to a 1-0 lead thanks to a Heather Schwarz backhanded try in the first, but Clarkson knotted things up before the frame was over. By the end of the second period, it was 2-1 Golden Knights, courtesy of Ella Shelton’s blast from the point.As the third period wound down, the chances of an Orange comeback were looking slimmer by the minute. SU wasted two power plays in the final period.“We have higher expectations of ourselves as a team because we know how we can play,” Schwarz said.Colin Davy | Staff PhotographerIt appeared SU was going to be unable to produce in the third period again, like it had against Mercyhurst, Robert Morris and twice to Colgate.Especially fresh in the minds of Syracuse was the 2-2 tie to Rochester Institute of Technology a week before. The Orange held a two goal lead before RIT freshman Kendall Cornine and the Tigers battled back to draw even and send the game to overtime.Flanagan was extremely disappointed following that tie and afterward called it “an awful hockey game,” and “brutal.”“We know that when we don’t have our heads in the game,” Schwarz said, “when we know we’re not focused, it can result in last Friday (against RIT).”But as poor as the Orange played last weekend, it looked every bit the part of a top team against Clarkson on Friday night. Heading into overtime, Flanagan was visibly fired up, talking to his team, trying to will them to an upset victory.SU repeatedly won battles along the boards, got sticks in shooting lanes and on loose pucks in dangerous areas. It was able to hold the puck in the offensive zone for long stretches.Flanagan said he thought his team experienced a lull in the second period, and the stats reflect that, as Clarkson was able to grab a lead. But in the third, the Orange came right back, fighting until the bitter end and eventually, the reward came in the form of Burriss’ breakaway.After collapsing late time and time again, Syracuse finally played a full 60 minutes. Though the comeback was never completed, it proved that the Orange can be on the right side of last-minute changes to the game. And that maybe the next time, another goal will come.“We’ve blown enough games late this year,” Flanagan said, “now we’ve come from behind, it’s our turn to win one here.” Commentslast_img read more

Sprite Ball: Kumasi Girls overcome extreme odds again to clinch second title

first_imgFor the second time in two years, Kumasi Girls Senior High School have emerged victorious in the Girls Division of the Sprite Ball Championship.The 2019 edition of the celebrated Championship ended on Saturday with Kumasi Girls retaining its title after beating Mfantsiman Girls Senior High School 22-14 in the final.Despite taking a huge 11-0 lead, Kumasi Girls were made to work for the win as Mfantsiman battled hard to trail 6-11 at the end of the first half.Another big run from the Saltpond based school panned out early in the second half but was snuffed out quickly by Kumasi Girls with Center Abigail Gyamfi leading the way. Gyamfi was named Most Valuable Player in the Division.Kumasi Girls won its first title last year on the back of a torturous journey from having no standard playing surface to practice on. The bumpy nature of the threadbare surface forces players to improve ball handling skills using the smoother surface in the school’s Assembly Hall.Despite incessant calls for help, the playing unit had to endure another strenuous preparation on the poor surface for this year’s competition.—last_img read more

Colts being cautious with Andrew Luck, cite Kevin Durant’s Achilles injury

first_imgAndrew Luck participated in drills the first day of training camp Thursday, but the Colts quarterback sat out the full-team portion of practice with a strained calf.Head coach Frank Reich cited the Achilles injury Kevin Durant suffered in the NBA Finals for influencing his decision to sit Luck. NFL free agency news: Dolphins sign Allen Hurns to 1-year deal Philip Rivers ‘loves’ Melvin Gordon, but Chargers seem content with ‘deep’ running back group “The plan would be for [Friday], for him to do 7-on-7, and we might just keep it 7-on-7 for a few days. We’ll do that for one, two, three, four days, however many it takes.”“It’s all about progress,” Luck said (via the Star). “I wasn’t in a position to go in and test it or push it. I think I did an appropriate amount of work today, got better, and we’ll keep adding.”Backup Jacoby Brissett will take first-team reps during drills as the Colts ease Luck back into action.center_img The 29-year-old quarterback strained his calf this spring and missed the Colts’ OTAs and minicamp, although Reich said in June he would have been able to play if there were a game.But having seen Durant tear his Achilles in his first game back after missing a month with a calf strain, the Colts are taking no chances with their franchise quarterback early in training camp. Related News “We didn’t really talk about it, but I think we all knew it,” Reich said of Durant’s injury (via the Indianapolis Star). “I was certainly thinking it. When you see something like that happen, you’re like, ‘Oh yeah, that’s why we do what we’re doing.’”Colts general manager Chris Ballard said earlier this week that Luck would be limited the first week or so of camp, and Reich certainly concurs with that mindset.“When you don’t go the whole spring, it’s the smart thing to do,” Reich said. “We’ve got plenty of time. He’s working hard, he’s dialed in. He’ll get plenty of reps.last_img read more

The lights are on again in the Yellow House

first_imgTo the Editor: Thanks to Martha’s Vineyard Bank whose financial support allowed us to build with confidence in a time of uncertainty; as well as Lululemon whose decision to shift to a year-round, long-term commitment allowed us to invest in a head-turning retail space where previously there were only boarded windows. Special thanks to the literally dozens of tradesfolk who with pride, skill, and speed raised the building; dug a new basement; framed new additions and repaired old sections; completely rebuilt the mechanical infrastructure of the Yellow House with new electrical, HVAC, plumbing, and sprinkler systems; hung windows and shingles and sheetrock and shutters; and who painted and painted and painted some more. Together, all of us, took a downtown property that once left people asking “Why can’t anything be done about that eyesore” and transformed it into one that once again bustles with business and beauty.  And finally, a big thank you to the Edgartown selectmen, historic commission, ZBA, town counsel, and all the citizens of Edgartown who made the risky, but right decision at town meeting and beyond to take control and responsibility for the Yellow House’s future. Especially in these chaotic and uncertain times, the story of the Yellow House’s rebirth isn’t just an example of a successful renovation; it’s a reflection of what thoughtful, committed community action can accomplish and a testament to Edgartown’s resilience and creativity. Thank you to everyone who helped us breathe new life into this wonderful old property at the corner of Summer & Main. Christopher CelesteEdgartowncenter_img After almost two decades of neglect and legal wrangling the lights are finally on again in the Yellow House at the corner of Summer & Main in downtown Edgartown. And despite the private thanks I’ve received from many folks, the truth is this transformative project was only possible because of an expansive effort that included dozens and dozens of public and private collaborators. To begin, I’d like to thank my direct partners, Gerret Conover and Dudley Cannada; who respectively led the construction and architectural work. And a special thank you to Jeff Lucier who tirelessly shepherded the day-to-day details at the building site, from big moves such as lifting the structure to the tiniest trim details — and all in the midst of a pandemic. Additional kudos to the often overlooked public servants at Town Hall — especially James Hagerty, Reade Milne, Allan DeBettencourt, Bricque Garber, and Akeyah Lucas who ensured we renovated the building and surrounding property in a manner worthy of its central spot in town. last_img read more