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

St. Lucia and Barbados on Ebola Disease Alert

first_imgJerome Delay/AP BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Jul 23, CMC – Barbados and St. Lucia have responded to a warning by the Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) that regional countries should seek to enhance disease surveillance at ports of entry and at health facilities following the categorisation of the current outbreak of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) as a public health emergency.Both countries have indicated that steps are being taken to ensure that their populations are not put at risk for the disease the World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).The WHO statement was in reference to the current EVD outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).St. Lucia’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr. Merlene Fredericks-James says while the risk of getting a case of Ebola is extremely low here, the possibility of being affected exists, regardless of how low it may be.“Though the outbreak continues in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organisation has indicated that at this point in time it is not necessary for countries that are far away – such as countries in the Caribbean, to implement excessive screening measures at their ports,” Fredericks-James stated in a statement made available to the media.She recalled that during the last Ebola ‘scare’ St. Lucia had implemented screening measures at its ports. But she disclosed that the measure is not indicated at this point in time, adding also that the WHO has advised that there should be no hindrance to trade or travel.“Certainly not for countries as far away as ours,” Dr. Fredericks-James said, noting that countries near the DRC or which share land borders with the African nation would need screening measures for persons crossing the borders into or out of that country.“At the Ministry of Health level, we have raised the alert. We have informed our stakeholders and we have meetings planned to inform persons at the national level as well. We have a National Health Security Committee which should be meeting very soon to discuss the threat,” she said.Fredericks-James also revealed that St. Lucia has reactivated its Ebola preparedness plans and will continue sensitizing persons and monitoring the situation.The deadly Ebola virus was first discovered in 1976 near the Ebola River in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo. It spreads to people through direct contact with bodily fluids of a person who is sick with or has died from the disease.Meanwhile, in Barbados, the Ministry of Health and Wellness said it is reviewing and updating its Ebola Plan to ensure that authorities are able to respond effectively if the need arises.In a statement, the Ministry said that Minister of Health and Wellness, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Bostic, had met with the Ministry’s senior officials as well as representatives of the Bridgetown Port, the Grantley Adams International Airport and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital to review the status of preparedness.The Ministry has assured the public that it will continue to take steps to strengthen its level of preparedness and these measures would inform the revision of the Ebola Plan.last_img read more