Gutierrez: Syracuse’s resiliency in 1-goal games means it can contend for national title

first_imgUPDATED: May 21, 2017 at 1:15 p.m.Nearly lost amid the hubbub over the parity of this year’s NCAA field released last weekend was another piece of abnormality. Syracuse committed 17 turnovers against unranked Colgate — its highest total in 19 games dating back to last year — and its leading scorer, Nick Mariano, didn’t notch a single point. Still, SU prevailed for its 10th victory over the last 11 games.The most impressive piece of Syracuse’s season has been its resiliency to win, almost regardless of the situation. The Orange, ranked No. 7 in the preseason Top 20, possesses a knack for squeaking out victories as seen in its 8-2 record in one-goal games. It’s a forte that propelled Syracuse to its longest winning streak in six years, the No. 1 ranking for three straight weeks and a shot at its first Final Four since 2013.Throughout 2017, Syracuse has won against some of the best teams in the country without playing its best lacrosse. Backed by the winningest active coach in the game, No. 2 Syracuse’s (12-2, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) resiliency in one-goal games provides reason to believe the team can contend for a national title. Now’s the time for Syracuse to reap the benefits of a season stuffed with heroism, wild finishes and triumph.“We’re getting everybody’s best game,” said Syracuse 19-year head coach John Desko. “And we’re winning.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe barometer for Syracuse’s success this year should not be margin of victory, but victory in and of itself. There’s something to be said about close wins, especially when they come nearly as often as the wins themselves. Syracuse is a team that’s skated on the lines of both vulnerability and dominance, and still has not excelled in all facets of the game.The Orange has not won the national championship since 2009, the program’s longest drought since 1983. Four straight senior classes have left Syracuse without a title. This year’s senior class could be the first grade to not reach Memorial Day weekend since 1982. Senior attack Jordan Evans could be only the second player to wear the venerable No. 22 since 1988 and not capture a national title.Over the last three seasons, SU is only 2-3 in NCAA tournament games. The clock is ticking.Ally Moreo | Photo EditorThe fact that Syracuse has squeaked out one-goal wins has so dominated attention that few have noticed what is happening in these moments: redshirt senior Evan Molloy makes a big save, sophomore defender Marcus Cunningham steps up or one of SU’s many offensive weapons delivers a game-winner. (There have been five of those — by four different players.)In February, the Orange lost All-ACC defender Nick Mellen to a season-ending injury. The graduation of leading attack and All-American Dylan Donahue left a hole at the top of the offense, which featured three new faces at attack. Molloy entered his first year as the clear-cut starter. Back then, nobody really thought SU would go 6-2 versus Top 20 teams, 5-1 versus top 10 teams, and 2-0 against those in the top five.Senior midfielder Nick Mariano’s game-winner over Albany foreshadowed a season of big-time moments. With an array of tools to rely on, Syracuse is 3-0 in overtime, which only benefits SU should it appear in a sudden-death moment in the NCAA tournament. Senior midfielder Sergio Salcido, speedster and assist man, hit the game-winner against Virginia, the start of SU’s nine-game winning streak. Three more game-winners ensued.“It’s a different vibe from this team,” said Evans, who has 10 points over SU’s last two games. “We’re not stopping until we reach our maximum potential. You still have yet to see that. It’s coming.”There is freshman Jamie Trimboli, who has made a rapid emergence on the starting midfield, starting with his game-winner in his debut start against Duke in March. There is Evans, whose late-season rise for a player whose career has been marked by failing to meet expectations couldn’t be any timelier. “He’s playing his best lacrosse,” Desko said this week. There is senior faceoff specialist Ben Williams, who is heating up after more than half a season of inconsistency. There is senior Scott Firman, who has grown into a lockdown defender. And there is the one-two punch of Mariano and Salcido.Ally Moreo | Photo EditorBoth of Syracuse’s losses had tremendous upside. In the first, against an Army team that catapulted into the top 10 after starting the season unranked, Williams went down with an injury. A freshman with hardly any experience at the faceoff X, Danny Varello, held his own and won 10-of-17 faceoffs to keep SU in it until the final seconds. The second loss, in the conference semifinals to North Carolina, included a terrible defensive half followed by what would have been the greatest comeback in Syracuse lacrosse history since at least 1982. Down nine at the break to the defending national champions, SU pulled to within one goal by the start of the fourth quarter.“The best thing that happened to them at Carolina,” ESPN lacrosse analyst Paul Carcaterra said, “is they didn’t come back. When it comes to the pressured moment, I don’t think they will fold.”Syracuse knows how to win in every way possible: Start slow and finish fast (UNC on April 15), blow you out (Siena, Cornell), get a heroic play in a clutch moment (five times) and buckle down late to preserve a lead (at St. John’s and then-No. 1 Notre Dame).The Orange has no glaring weakness and each player knows his role, where he fits at his position, and how he works into the bigger picture of the team. One way or another, Syracuse can replicate close-game success and climb high. Syracuse has grown adept at overachieving. It’s playing out before our eyes, and a memorable May could very well be in store.Matthew Gutierrez is an assistant sports editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at and on Twitter @Matthewgut21.CORRECTION: In a previous version of this post, the latest Syracuse men’s lacrosse senior class to not reach Memorial Day weekend during the NCAA tournament was misstated. The last senior class to not reach Memorial Day weekend was the Class of 1979. The Daily Orange regrets this error. Comments Published on May 13, 2017 at 10:29 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


Police use tear gas, stun grenades after Kaizer Chiefs lose

first_imgSpectators wearing Chiefs colours thrashed television equipment and set fire to some seats at a venue built for the 2010 World Cup.An eyewitness who requested anonymity told AFP they saw a female security guard being assaulted by some supporters. “It was chaotic,” the eyewitness said. “The rampage appeared to catch the police and security guards by surprise initially. I was frightened.”Only this week Chiefs were fined 250,000 rand (about $20,500/17,000 euros) after supporters recently flung plastic bottles on the pitch following a heavy league defeat.Supporters of the famed Soweto club, who have won more trophies than any other football club in the republic, are angry after three seasons without a trophy. Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Police fired tear gas and stun grenades in Durban Saturday to disperse angry Kaizer Chiefs fans after the club suffered a shock South African FA Cup semi-final defeat.Chiefs’ players had to sprint to the changeroom when furious supporters invaded the pitch following a 2-0 loss to Free State Stars at Moses Mabhida Stadium in the Indian Ocean port city.There were unconfirmed reports that coach Steve Komphela had resigned after the latest setback for the Soweto club in a bleak, trophy-less season.center_img The last chance of silverware this season disappeared with the loss to Free State Stars, a club without any big-name players from a small central South African town.Plastic bottles and other missiles were hurled at Chiefs’ dugout during the closing minutes of the cup tie when it became obvious that the last chance of glory this season was disappearing.Komphela has been the main target of furious fans for some months and his contract expires this June.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more


Organization asks Biden to Draft Michelle Obama as his VP

first_imgAn organization is encouraging presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to pick Michelle Obama as his Vice Presidential running mate. The “Draft Michelle Obama for VP” organization wrote an open letter to Biden Tuesday suggesting he extend a formal invitation to her join him on his campaign ticket. The letter says the former First Lady has the power to assure a win over President Trump but to also bring together a divided nation. It goes on to say Biden cannot afford to take any chances and needs the strongest ticket possible which they believe would be with Mrs. Obama as his VP.last_img read more


Ivanovic ends Williams’ streak in Australian upset

first_imgSerena Williams of the U.S. speaks during a press conference after her fourth round loss to Ana Ivanovic of Serbia at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The powerful serve that carried Serena Williams to 25 consecutive wins suddenly became the target of Ana Ivanovic’s attack in a major fourth-round upset at the Australian Open.Williams had a back complaint she’d tried to keep secret before Sunday but Ivanovic noticed almost immediately that her serve wasn’t as fast as she’d expected, and she started taking big swipes at it.The No. 14-seeded Ivanovic ended Williams’ bid for a sixth Australian and 18th Grand Slam title with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory that took the hottest of favorites out of contention at Melbourne Park and opened up one side of the women’s draw.“It’s not easy playing such a champion … but she is also just a human,” said Ivanovic, who beat Venus Williams in the final at Auckland, New Zealand earlier this month. “I just went out there swinging.”Williams hadn’t lost a match since August, and went 78-4 in 2013. She came into the fourth round with those 25 straight wins, the second-longest streak of her career, and it was her 70th match at Melbourne Park, a record in the Open era. Williams had just set the mark for most match wins (61) ever at the Australian Open with her third-round victory.The No. 1-ranked Williams didn’t move her feet well, and was lunging for balls. When she tried to step up the intensity in the third set, her grunts becoming louder and more frequent until she toned it down after spraying a wild backhand wide in the next-to-last game, Ivanovic matched her stroke for stroke.“It wasn’t the best,” Williams told a news conference, after being told that her coach had leaked news of a back problem.“Again, I don’t want to blame anything. I feel like Ana deserves all the credit,” Williams added. “I feel she played unbelievable today.  I think she went for her shots. It’s not like I gave her the match.”Ana Ivanovic of Serbia celebrates a point won against Serena Williams of the U.S. during their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)Ivanovic advanced to the quarterfinals here for the first time since her run to the 2008 final and will next play the winner of Sunday’s later match between Australian wild-card entry Casey Dellacqua and No. 30-seeded Eugenie Bouchard.The other quarterfinal on this half will feature two women who’ll turn 32 next month, after two-time finalist Li Na beat No. 22 Ekaterina Makarova 6-2, 6-0 and No. 28 Flavia Pennetta upset No. 9 Angelique Kerber 6-1, 4-6, 7-5.Novak Djokovic continued his bid for a fourth straight title here with a 6-3, 6-0, 6-2 win over Fabio Fognini in 1 ½ hours, while No. 3-seeded David Ferrer advanced to the quarterfinals by beating Florian Mayer 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-2, 6-1.In the 52 previous matches here where she’d won the first set, Williams had only ever lost one match — against fellow American Sloane Stephens in last year’s quarterfinals.The crowd was evenly divided at first but, sensing an upset, started backing Ivanovic, the former girlfriend of Australian golfer Adam Scott, as the match progressed.After dropping serve twice in the first set, Ivanovic didn’t face another break point in the second or third sets. She broke Williams three times, frequently standing well inside the baseline to receive.She had 33 winners, including 20 on her forehand side. She also had a little bit of luck, when she drove a backhand into the top of the net, and it looped over and caught the line at an important stage of the third set.“I had to remind myself all the time just to stay in the moment, because there were moments in the match where it could have gone either way,” Ivanovic said. “But I really just believed in my game and stepped up when I needed to.”Ivanovic won her only major at the French Open in 2008, giving her the No. 1 ranking for a total of 12 weeks. But then she only advanced past the fourth round once at 22 Grand Slams.“I had to break a spell, fourth round,” Ivanovic said, “and what’s the better place to do it than here against such a champion?”Williams hit 22 winners but made 31 unforced errors, mostly on her backhand.“I made a tremendous amount of errors, shots … I haven’t missed since the ’80s,” Williams said.Williams, pausing to concentrate, was given a warning for a time violation in her last service game, and fended off a match point when Ivanovic netted a return.In the next game, though, Ivanovic set up triple match point when Williams hit a service return too long, and then clinched it just under two hours.Williams didn’t say exactly what the back injury was, but thought she’d get over it in a few days with some rest. She’d thought about pulling out of the tournament, but it wasn’t in her nature to concede defeat.“Maybe I wasn’t the best physically, but that had nothing to do with it,” Williams said. “I think Ana just played a really good match.  She did what it takes to win.”Williams won her last Australian Open title in 2010, and hasn’t been past the quarterfinals since then, her campaigns often derailed by injuries at the season’s first major.“I think I have done pretty well here, in general over the history,” she said. “I feel like I’ll win it again.”Ana Ivanovic of Serbia, left, is congratulated by Serena Williams of the U.S. after Ivanovic’s fourth round win at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014.(AP Photo/Aaron Favila)last_img read more


Arbutus Folk School Grand Opening Brings Northwest Crafting Community to Olympia

first_imgFacebook2Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Arbutus Folk SchoolThe Arbutus Folk School will host an open house grand opening on Saturday, October 19th from 3-9pm at its new 3,800 square foot campus across from Olympia City Hall.  The school features a woodshop, ceramics studio, space for a wide variety of workshops and performances, a crafter’s gallery and supply store.  The school is a venue for Northwest folk crafters and artisans to share their skill through workshops and events.The grand opening will offer a taste of the classes and activities offered at the school. Woodworkers, potters and spinners will offer hands-on demonstrations, blacksmithing wares will be on display, and kids can participate in a corn-husk doll workshop. Western swing band Back Porch Swing will perform from 4-6 and will be followed by storytellers Joe and Paula McHugh whose enthralling tales will delight young and old.  Local light refreshments will be provided by Jennifer Witherspoon, Wobbly Cart Farm, Abby’s Cupcakes, Nineveh Assyrian and Whitewood Cider.The school’s founders will give a brief presentation of their vision and activities to the community at 5 pm and will be on hand for discussions throughout the day.The Arbutus Folk School’s mission is to enrich lives and build community by teaching crafts of the Pacific Northwest Region in a student- centered, non-competitive learning environment that inspires the hands, heart and mind.More information about the school can be found at www.arbutusfolkschool.orglast_img read more


Daewoo eyes SA for minerals division

first_img22 February 2012Daewoo International, a subsidiary of South Korean steel giant Posco, says it plans to establish a mineral resource division in South Africa this year, as part of the company’s recently accelerated efforts in the mineral development business in natural resource-rich Africa.“South Africa is known to host an abundance of mineral resources,” Daewoo said in a statement earlier this month. “It has the world’s largest reserves for platinum, manganese and gold.“With a number of powerful mining companies, the business community within the country ensures relatively seamless access to information. And as a transportation hub in logistics, ports and shipping, South Africa is seen as the optimal location to build a mineral resources development division in the region.”IFC, Posco to push Africa investmentDaewoo’s announcement preceded by a week the signing of an agreement by the the company’s parent, Posco, and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, to cooperate on business development in sub-Saharan Africa.The IFC said in a statement last week that the pact reflected “the growing interest of international project sponsors in Sub-Saharan Africa, and the IFC’s increasing involvement in South-South investment – projects executed in Africa by companies from newly developed countries or other developing countries”.Daewoo set up its first African branch in Lagos, Nigeria in 1975, and has since built 10 new bases to support its operations on the continent.‘Determined to build a success story in Africa’Deploying an “aggressive and differentiated localization strategy, Daewoo International is determined to build a success story in Africa,” the company said, noting that it had opened new branches in the DRC and Cameroon in the last year.“This year, the company is planning to launch trial production at a nickel mine in Ambatovy, Madagascar, and expand its focus to develop a network across Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia and other countries in Central Africa.”Besides its 4% stake in the Madagascar nickel mine, Daewoo has a 100% stake in a tin mine in Cameroon, which is currently in the exploration phase. Korea imports 16 000 tons of tin every year.Last year, the company signed a memorandum of understanding with the DRC’s state-owned mining corporation to develop copper mines in the country, and was working to forge a similar relationship with Ethiopia’s state-owned mining company.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more


The beautiful thinkers

first_imgThey are naturally beautiful but they prefer to flaunt their brains instead. From curves to charms, they have them all but the endgame is simple: these women are a thinking man’s dream come true. Talking to them can conjure fantasies that makes touching dumb belles feel like lifting weights. A,They are naturally beautiful but they prefer to flaunt their brains instead. From curves to charms, they have them all but the endgame is simple: these women are a thinking man’s dream come true. Talking to them can conjure fantasies that makes touching dumb belles feel like lifting weights. A checklist of the top Thinking Man’s Sex Symbols in Delhi and what some men who matter feel why they are what they are.Chitrangada SinghThere is a mysterious air about her which makes Chitrangada a perfect combination of beauty and talent. Maybe that is the reason why director Ketan Mehta describes her as rare. Passionate, inquisitive and compassionate are the adjectives she uses to describe herself. “I’m a very regular person and do a lot of the usual stuff,” says she. What appeals to her in men is their confidence and honesty.Raseel GujralWhen asked to describe herself in five adjectives, the first thing she mentions is. “I am deeply loyal.” And that’s the reason, she votes for her husband, Navin as the sexiest man alive.”I am not a window shopper. But I find George Clooney and Sean Connery sexy too.” She is constantly stimulated by design, beauty in space, objects, art and textiles. “I often need to unwind myself and I do that by reading, watching films and spending time with my younger son as he is uncomplicated.”In touch with reality, Gujral prefers to call herself a girl next door.Jagi PandaStanding at five-foot-nine inches with an impeccable look, Jaggi Panda, wife of parliamentarian Jay Panda, has donned many hats-an airhostess with Air India to a supermodel to a broadband entrepreneur. She negates the typical image of a neta’s wife. An ideal example of beauty and brains, Panda keeps herself intellectually stimulated by following what’s happening in the industry worldwide by attending conferences and reading industry related books or magazines. Work takes most of her time while fitness comes second. “Five days a week, both cardio and weights is a must.” She runs two companies, has some 500 employees working under her, but that doesn’t take away some of the girl next door qualities she has. “When at home, I love looking at magazines on interiors and doing little things for the house.” She likes men who are compassionate, good communicators, large hearted and have a vision. And the sexiest man alive, according to her is Denzel Washington.Soha Ali KhanHer charming smile and almond eyes make million hearts go thump. She is the ultimate beauty who has made a name for herself. She turned out to be a fine actress and after her kissing scene with Emraan Hashmi in Tum Mile, she became the talk of tinsel town. This alumni of British School, Delhi, calls herself a boring person and one who doesn’t like many changes. When it comes to food, she prefers a simple meal. Dal, roti and vegetables form part of her staple diet. But she loves to binge on the Bengali food that her mother cooks.Kalyani ChawlaA patron of the arts and fashion, Kalyani Chawla and her grandeur is hard to miss. Being a successful art curator and the vice president of Dior India, she has set a high benchmark for not just her peers but aspiring fashionistas and art lovers. But behind her enchanting avatar is a traditional Bengali girl who like most Bengalis is a culture vulture with a superiority complex that she claims to be rightfully true. “My love for European art, books and music was derived from my father who is the best looking grey haired Bengali bhadrolok I know,” she smiles.Indrani DasguptaThis glamrous diva considers fashion the most important thing in anyone’s life.Before she entered the world of fashion, Indrani wanted to be a lawyer. That’s what makes her a voracious reader. “I read whatever I get my hands on. Newspapers, magazines, fiction and non fiction.I love the smell of books, old or new,” says Dasgupta. She describes herself as a girl next door. When she isn’t walking the ramp in her high heels, she loves to curl up in her oldest tee and pajamas. And when it comes to men, she adds, “I like a man who has a funny bone and a good sense of humor. Somebody who wears his skin well.”Ayesha SharmaThis young TV anchor is a muse for those who aspire to follow the same career. While men think of her as a perfect example of beauty with brains, Ayesha, on the contrary, says, “Beauty has little to do with intellect but it’s true that people react differently to someone who looks good.I don’t think the two need to be mutually exclusive.” She is a foodie and loves to binge on but her keen interest in sports keeps her fit.Meera AliWith unmatched enthusiasm and charm, Meera Ali is every thinking man’s fantasy. She keeps herself busy by meeting people who are not affected by their own status in the society, working with the rural folk, craftsmen and children whose minds are open to new and challenging ideas. “Listening to poetry from my husband, reading and designing for my fashion label keeps my mind active,” says the woman who feels looks will only take a person that far, but beyond that, each person needs to be intellectually sound.Manjari ChaturvediBeing the only Sufi Kathak dancer in the world, Manjari Chaturvedi has combined the mysticism of Sufi traditions with classical Indian dance to create a stunning new art form. “I read a lot and I am obsessed with my dance that gives me no time to think of physical beauty,” says Chaturvedi who insists on wearing black to negate all the attention so that the audience sees beyond the body. “When not dancing, I like to sew and want to make a sewing room in my house,” she smiles.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more