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


‘People underestimate him!’ Kevin Davies on why Allardyce is PERFECT for England

first_imgKevin Davies has told talkSPORT his former Bolton manager and friend Sam Allardyce is the PERFECT man to reorganise and rejuvenate the England team.Allardyce is now the favourite to be named the new Three Lions boss after Sunderland confirmed they had given their head coach permission to speak with the Football Association.The 61-year-old has flown back to the UK from Sunderland’s pre-season training camp in Austria to meet with FA vice-chairman David Gill, technical director Dan Ashworth and chief executive Martin Glenn about the job.talkSPORT POLL: Should Sam Allardyce get the England job? Vote and results hereJurgen Klinsmann is still being linked with the role, but it is expected Allardyce will finally fulfil his long-term dream of taking charge of his country, having missed out on the job to Steve McClaren ten years ago.And former Bolton striker Davies, who played under Allardyce for many years at the Lancashire club, believes Big Sam’s man management style is just what the Three Lions need after two dismal major tournaments.“I think he has what it takes,” the ex-Trotters skipper told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“He would absolutely jump at the chance. He’s very ambitious and that’s been one of his dreams. He was gutted when he missed out on it ten years ago. I know him very well personally so I know how much it would mean to him.“People probably don’t realise the job he did at Bolton. Yes, we had good results and he got us into Europe, but the way he built the club up from top to bottom, the facilities and the staff he brought it, it was no coincidence we had that success. That was all down to him.“He’s a very ambitious person and I feel right now he is exactly what the England team need.“We’re lacking a bit of leadership, organisation and motivation, and Sam can certainly bring that out of the players.“Ask any player who has played under him, he motivates you. He knows when to crack the whip and when to dangle a carrot.“He’s just a great guy to work for, and I’m sure if you ask any player who has played under him they’d say the same thing.“I think people underestimate him. He was always ahead of the game. He was always looking that extra one per cent, those marginal gains. You talk about cryotherapy and the beetroot juices, we were doing that ten years ago.“I think he’d be a real asset to the FA, and not just with managing the team.“It’s wide open for Sam to step in and I think he would be a success, there’s no doubt in my mind.”last_img read more


Wearing neck ties can reduce brain function

first_img Source: Image Credit: wernerimages 2018 / Shutterstock The latest study results appear in the journal Neuroradiology.  These type of clothing, write the researchers at the University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein in Germany, end up squeezing and constricting the arteries and veins of the neck. This causes reduced blood flow to the brain.Related StoriesRush University Medical Center offers new FDA-approved treatment for brain aneurysmsResearchers measure EEG-based brain responses for non-speech and speech sounds in childrenAn active brain and body associated with reduced risk of dementiaThe team of scientists included 30 healthy male participants (average age around 24 years) in their study and scanned their brains. Half of the men were asked to wear open collared comfortable shirts while the other half was asked to wear Windsor-knotted ties which were tightened to cause slight discomfort. The group wearing neckties were scanned three times – once when they were wearing the neck tie loosely around their necks with an open collar, second time when they were wearing the ties tight to a slight discomfort with buttoned collar and third time when the ties and the collars are loosened again. The other group underwent three MRI scans but without a tie and an open collar.Results of the brain scans or MRIs showed that those who wore the ties had a 7.5 percent less blood flow to their brains. Once the ties were loosened in these individuals, the third MRI showed that a 5.7 percent deficit in blood supply remained. Five of the 15 participants wearing the ties had a greater than 10 percent decrease in cerebral blood flow.Lack of adequate blood supply to vital areas of the brain can cause damage to the areas of the brain and also reduce the functional capacity of the brain as has been seen from earlier studies. Study leader Robin Lüddecke and colleagues write that it is too early to draw definitive conclusions from this study. Larger studies that also look into brain functions as a result of constrictive wearing of ties are in order he said.center_img By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDJul 9 2018Latest research has shown that wearing a neck tie isn’t such a good idea after all! Researchers have noted that constricting neckwear such as neckties can cause reduced blood flow to the brain and thus it can reduce the proper functioning of the brain.last_img read more