first_imgRelatedPosts Suarez agrees Atletico terms Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Luis Suarez has been named La Liga’s Player of the Month for December after a fine run of form for Barcelona in the run-up to Christmas. The Uruguay international netted three goals and contributed six assists in five La Liga games for Barcelona to help maintain top spot in La Liga. Suarez saw off competition from Sevilla’s Diego Carlos and Getafe’s Angel Rodriguez to scoop the prize for the fourth time. The Barcelona striker started off January in strong form too, scoring and assisting in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Espanyol.Tags: Diego CarlosGetafeLa LigaLuis Suarezlast_img read more

first_imgRelatedPosts Lagos CP declares war on cultists, traffic offenders Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Sanwo-Olu celebrates Sen. Tinubu at 60 The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has expressed his satisfaction with the just concluded 2020 Access Bank-Lagos City Marathon, saying it will promote tourism and healthy living. The race, which kicked off in the early hours of Saturday at the National Stadium, Surulere, took participants through the Lekki Roundabout by Ikoyi-Lekki Link Bridge up to Eko Atlantic City, Victoria Island, which was the finishing point. In the men’s category, Kenya’s David Barmasai Tumo came first after breaking the marathon’s record finishing after 2 hours, 10 minutes and 23 seconds at the 5th Edition, while Debeko Dakamo and Paul Chege came second and third respectively. Also, Kenya’s Cherop Sharon Jemutai became the first female to cross to finish line, while Kebene Urisa came second and Tanui Jekporir emerged third in the female category. The first, second and third positions went home with the cash prizes of $50,000, $40,000 and $30,000 respectively, courtesy the headline sponsor of the race, Access Bank. Governor Sanwo-Olu, while commending the organisers, said the marathon had been able to boost the tourism potential of the State, promising that few years down the line, it would be a major event on the global marathon race calendar. The Governor, who joined the race at Marina, pledged his administration’s continued effort at boosting sports and tourism in the State, adding that it is the beginning of his tourism agenda. He said: “We want to put Lagos City Marathon on the global marathon calendar and we are on our way there. “Very soon, it will become a marathon that athletes from every part of the world will come and join us. “Today’s event is the beginning of our administration’s tourism agenda. “We want Lagos to remain on the tourism master plan of athletes worldwide. “We want marathon to also become part of us because we all want to live a healthy life. “We want it to be a work and play environment. “We want to keep fit and we want to make healthy running a way of life for all of us so that we can reduce sicknesses amongst ourselves. “But more importantly, we can have a communion where family members, both young and old, can come together, have fun, do great exercise and enjoy themselves and also make money out of it.” The Managing Director, Access Bank, Dr. Herbert Wigwe, thanked Sanwo-Olu for his unwavering support and cooperation before and during the event. Wigwe reiterated that the bank will continually impact communities they serve through “eliminating environmental and economic issues, as well as investing in activities that have strong impact on the social structure of these communities.” Meanwhile, Emmanuel Gyan emerged as the first Nigerian male and Deborah Pam first Nigerian female to reach the finishing line. Tags: Access Bank Lagos City MarathonBabajide Sanwo-OluDavid Barmassai TumoDebeko DakamoIkoyi-Lekki Link BridgeLagos StatePaul Chegelast_img read more

first_imgWest Brom have included wantaway striker Saido Berahino in their squad list for the 2015-16 Barclays Premier League season. Berahino suggested in a message posted on Twitter on Tuesday that he would refuse to play for Albion again after the Baggies rejected two deadline days bids from Tottenham for him. It is understood the England Under-21 international – who last month had a transfer request turned down and has been left out of the squad for West Brom’s last three games – is set to be disciplined by the midlands outfit when he reports back to training with them next week. Club chairman Jeremy Peace said in a statement on Tuesday that Albion had been “left with the task of repairing the damage created by this unfortunate episode.” And the news on Thursday that number 18 Berahino is, as expected, officially part of Tony Pulis’ squad for the campaign is perhaps the first small step in that direction. West Brom rejected four offers in total from Tottenham and Peace’s statement indicated they have not been happy with the London club’s part in the situation. The chairman said: “We have a key player who has been very unsettled by antics which were designed to get him out of our club cheaply. “Those tactics have continued despite my making our position clear in my first conversation with (Tottenham chairman) Daniel Levy on this subject in mid-August. “I said selling Saido so late in the window was not on our agenda. “Tottenham’s offers failed substantially to reflect Saido’s true value while the timing made no allowance for our own recruitment of a suitable replacement for a proven Premier League goalscorer.” It is understood Tottenham’s bids on Tuesday were marginally better than their second offer, made last month, which would have only risen to £21million with clauses and add-ons. Berahino’s message on Twitter on Tuesday read: “Sad how i cant say exactly how the club has treated me but i can officially say i will never play Jeremy Peace.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgLANCE Gibbs, legendary West Indies off-spinner, has praised Devendra Bishoo on his performance in the just-concluded Test series defeat against Pakistan and is encouraging him and other upcoming spinners to seek out former player’s knowledge on the art of spin bowling.Bishoo’s series haul of 18 wickets at an average of 27 was the most wickets for a West Indies spinner in a series since Gibbs took 21 in India in 1974.Other notable records Bishoo broke during his first Test spell of 8 for 49 were the best figures by a West Indian bowler overseas, the best figures by a West Indies bowler this century and alongside Gibbs (1962 vs India), Alf Valentine (1950 vs England) and Jack Noreiga (1971 vs India), and he also became one of the only West Indies spinners to have taken eight wickets or more in a Test innings.That haul was also the second time in the last year that Bishoo has produced a top-class figures in a losing cause, following his 6 for 80 versus Australia in Dominica.“Bishoo has always been a talent, so I’m proud to see him producing such a series performance which justifies his ability to join me as one of the few West Indies spinners to take eight wickets in a Test innings”, said the 80 year-old Gibbs speaking from his residence in Miami, on Thursday..“Traditionally, spinners start peaking as they approach 30 and I remember speaking to him last year when he was having some problem with his bowling fingers, when I gave him the remedy to the problem I got from Richie Benaud.“Since then he seems to be fine because he has bowled closed to 40 overs in a few Test matches,” Gibbs added.For much of the last decade during the West Indies decline, spin bowlers generally are the leading wicket-takers in West Indies domestic cricket – but only Bishoo, Sunil Narine and Shane Shillingford (before he was called for chucking) have had an impact at international level.“The wickets in domestic cricket are too under-prepared and spinners are made to look better than they are” stated Gibbs who was once Test cricket’s leading wicket-taker with 309 scalps in 79 games, when he retired in 1976.Gibbs reasoned that since the current fast bowlers have not been of the standard of past West Indian greats, that Bishoo and Sunil Narine should be playing more Tests together and rekindle the great West Indies’ spin bowling partnership of the 1950s and 1960s that Gibbs had with Valentine and Sonny Ramadhin.Bishoo and Narine were ICC Emerging Players of the Year in 2011 and 2012 respectively – but yet have only played one game together for the West Indies, which was a Twenty20 International in Sri Lanka, in 2015.“They (Bishoo and Narine) have been the team’s most destructive bowlers when in form in recent years and the selectors have to answer the question why they don’t play more together across the formats.“Having been part of a great spin bowling partnership with Valentine and Ramadhin early in my career and it would be great to see that replicated with Bishoo and Narine today.“I have been through the mill and believe I have sufficient knowledge to share with any young spinner in Caribbean – along with the other great batsman like Sir Gary Sobers, Sir Viv Richards, Rohan Kanhai, Everton Weekes etc who are alive today.“When I played and toured India, I would talk to fellow established off-spinners such as Ghulam Ahmed (India, deceased), Ian Johnson (Australia) and Ray Illingworth and David Allen (England).“Sir Frank Worrell would tell me to leave Ian Johnson alone”, Gibbs recounted humorously.“I did this because I wanted to perfect my craft when I went on to the field and it aided me. When Australia toured the Caribbean in 2012, Nathan Lyon asked me for advice and one time Omari Banks came to home in Miami for guidance.“So if the media and overseas players can contact me, I encourage the current players to seek out our knowledge because we are always willing to pass on what we know. In Bishoo’s case, since he is from Guyana just like me, I’d probably help him more,” he concluded.(Cric Buzz article)last_img read more

first_imgGREG SCHMITZ/Herald PhotoFresh off of a flight from south Texas and a third-place finish in the South Padre Invitational, the No. 12 Wisconsin Badgers (5-1) run right back onto the court, taking on the Florida State Seminoles (4-1) in the eighth annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge.To say Wisconsin’s third-place result on South Padre Island was disappointing would be an understatement, especially with the Badgers playing so poorly against Missouri State in the first half and digging too deep a hole early in the game. However, head coach Bo Ryan was happy with how his squad responded, dominating a very athletic and talented Auburn team the next day.Ryan hopes that the improved play of guards Jason Bohannon, Michael Flowers and Kammron Taylor in the second game of the tournament will translate into better court decision in the near future.”[Missouri State] is a team with veteran leaders and a [transfer guard] that came out of nowhere and was a difference maker,” Ryan said. “It helped our guards know that the leadership position with the ball needs to make good decision with the ball. Less than 24 hours later, our guys showed improvement by not turning the ball over against an athletic defense team like Auburn.”The play of Wisconsin’s guards will be essential to their success when they host the Seminoles, who are coming off of an 88-66 loss at Pittsburgh. Much like previous Badger opponents, Florida State is small –their tallest player is 6-foot-9 — and loves to push the ball to score in transition.Senior Al Thornton leads the veteran Seminoles with 16.0 points per game, but this year Florida State has struggled to hold onto the basketball. In four of their five games this season, the Seminoles have had an assist-to-turnover ratio of less than one, including 27 turnovers against Illinois State.Regardless of FSU’s struggles, the Badgers have learned that every opponent deserves their highest respect.”[Florida State] is a team that could be there at the end of the year,” Ryan said. “[All ACC teams] are good. They’re all trying to beat you. I’ve always respected the opponents and the competition. The saying goes if you don’t [respect the competition], you don’t respect yourself.”Tonight’s matchup with the Seminoles will be the fourth different opponent Wisconsin has faced in the event. However, much like the Big Ten itself, Wisconsin has had minimal success, winning only twice in seven tries since the challenge debuted.While the Big Ten has yet to win the event outright, Ryan doesn’t look at the event as a deterrent, but rather as a scheduling benefit.”I’m looking at the positives that it brings, that it’s a top-notch opponent on a home and away basis,” Ryan said. “In terms of scheduling, it’s great. If we had one of these with four or five different conferences, it would be all right with me. We have several high RPI teams on our non-conference schedule anyhow. That’s what I really like about [the event].”Moreover, Ryan doesn’t put much stock in the fact that the ACC has been a better overall league the past seven years by consistently beating the Big Ten. Commenting that the winning streak is more of a phase than anything, Ryan feels that the Big Ten can make a similar run in the near future of the event.”When you add them up, one league wins X number of games and the other league wins the other amount,” Ryan commented, who cared to relate the streakiness of the ACC/Big Ten relationship to that of Major League Baseball. “I watch the American League and National League in the All-Star game go through streaks where it looks like one league is never going to win another game.”Then the league makes a strong run and that’s what we have to do in the Big Ten,” Ryan finished. “Maybe we can make one of those pushes.”One thing that doesn’t bother the Badgers as much as it bothers some of their fans is with whom Wisconsin is scheduled to play in the event. Excluding Florida State and Georgia Tech, Wisconsin has only played Maryland and Wake Forest in the event while traditional ACC powerhouses such as Duke and North Carolina have constantly evaded Wisconsin’s schedule.While the scheduling decisions baffle him, Ryan is excited to play a good team from a top conference like the ACC.”I always wondered who behind the scenes thinks these matchups up,” Ryan said. “I don’t know if it’s a pure scheduling thing. You get the opportunity to play [a Duke or North Carolina team] in tournament play. We’ve played an awful lot of good teams, like the Kentuckys and teams like that. You don’t have to be from one of the top conferences to be one of the top teams. Whoever they put down, I’m [excited].”Last night, the ACC did draw first blood, as North Carolina State hosted Michigan State in the opener of the Challenge, as the Wolfpack gained a 74-67 victory over the Spartans.last_img read more

first_imgPHOENIX, Ariz. ? The last two years have been good ones for Wisconsin sports.While it didn?t meet preseason expectations, the Wisconsin football team still made it to a New Year?s Day bowl game. The basketball team received the school?s first No. 1 ranking last season, and this year the Badgers are already in the Sweet 16 with a shot at making it to the Final Four.The Packers were one of the surprise teams in the NFL and made it to the NFC championship game. Brett Favre also had one of the best years of his career before calling it quits a few weeks ago.Even the young Brewers squad was in the NL Central race to the final weekend and had the team?s first winning season since 1992.And after following the team all spring and watching them at spring training the last week, I think the Brewers will make a serious run this season at the organization?s first playoff birth since 1982.The two biggest reasons I think this is the year the Brew Crew gets over the hump: the signing of Mike Cameron and Jason Kendall.While I was somewhat skeptical of both signings when they happened, after watching them in person this last week, I think that both players will greatly improve this young team.One of the biggest reasons the Brewers faltered down the stretch last year was the bullpen struggled because it was burned out. It was burned out because the starters weren?t going deep in the game, and the starters weren?t going deep in the game because poor defense caused them to throw more pitches than they should have. By improving the team?s defense, hopefully, the starters can pitch deeper in the game, and the bullpen won?t be worn out by September.Scoring runs will not be a problem for the Brew Crew, since everyone in the everyday lineup (besides Kendall) has the power to hit 20-plus home runs this year, with Rickie Weeks the only player who hasn?t already done it yet in his career. Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun both could hit 50.Instead, defense will be the No. 1 reason whether the Brewers make the postseason or not.The signing of Cameron instantly makes Milwaukee a better defensive team. Bill Hall never looked comfortable center last year, and now he can come back to the infield where he played previously before the 2007 season. The signing also allowed the Brewers to move Braun to the outfield, as he most likely would have been a liability at third this year even if his defense did improve.Plus, Braun, whose natural position is shortstop, never liked playing at third and has already said he enjoys the outfield. Now the 2007 Rookie of the Year is not only playing a position he enjoys, but he also gets to learn from Cameron, a three-time Gold Glove winner.When Cameron was signed, most naysayers said he did not fit what the Brewers were looking for and that he strikes out too much. To some extent that?s true, but besides improving the team?s defense, he has fit nicely into the No. 2 spot in the lineup. So far this spring he has been getting on base quite a bit and showed he still has speed by swiping three bases and setting the stage for Fielder and Braun.The signing of Kendall is also an upgrade at the catcher position, as Johnny Estrada was a disappointment last season. Estrada couldn?t throw a runner out to save his life, he swung at the first pitch all the time, and my 80-year-old grandma could outrun him.Yes, Kendall had a down year last year as he failed to hit above .270 for the first time in his career. However, the 12-year veteran had laser eye surgery and appears to be seeing the ball much better. And while I?m not completely sold on having the pitcher bat eighth and Kendall batting ninth, he has shown it just might work: He has turned the lineup over several times by either getting a hit or walk, something Estrada rarely did.He also seems to have improved his throwing, as he has caught four of 10 would-be base stealers.But the best part of the signings is while both Cameron and Kendall should help the team, their contracts are only one-year deals with a club option. If one or both don?t pan out, Brewers general manager Doug Melvin can just let them go, but if they work, Milwaukee can have them both for more than one year.Now all that?s left to do is sit back and see if things still pan out once the games count for real. If Cameron and Kendall perform to even 75 percent of what they are capable of, it could be another special season for a Wisconsin sports team.Greg is a senior majoring in communication arts. Let him know what you think of the Brewers? chances this year at read more

first_img“[She’s] just a really hardworking and talented person. She’s done so many things, and the UN is just one in a long list of accomplishments,” Chilaka said. “For other people who are younger who are coming from backgrounds where they might feel like they can’t transcend their conditions, she’s an inspiration.” Jocelyn Woods was inspired to pursue issues of social justice after being mentored by the Boys & Girls Club during her childhood. (Photo courtesy of Jocelyn Woods) Woods, who’s majoring in journalism, spoke on the issue of child poverty alongside Comic Relief USA, a nonprofit “built on the foundation that the power of entertainment can drive positive change.” The event, which was called the 17on17Summit: Global Partnerships to End Child Poverty, aimed to accelerate progress toward ending child poverty by bringing together a diverse group of people with different perspectives, experiences and knowledge on the issue. The event highlighted the voices of young people around the world who wish to speak out on today’s global issues. Before entering USC on a full scholarship, Woods grew up in a low-income community with limited resources. Through her youth, she found stability and support at the Boys & Girls Club, a national organization that provides after-school programs and classes for young people, especially from minority communities. It was this experience that taught her the importance of social good and advocating for the less fortunate. “I didn’t have much during most of my formative years. I was a beneficiary of volunteer work,” Woods said. “I guess I credit my start to advocacy and giving back to others with my mentors at the Boys & Girls Club.” Now though, she said she’s “just writing, directing and telling meaningful stories that will change the world.”  “Through most of my years at USC, I went on alternative breaks,” Woods said. “Since I was a freshman I started going on them and then sophomore year, I started to lead them.” “Tenacity is the first word that comes to mind. When she puts her mind to something, that’s how it’s going to be,” Hernandez said. “It doesn’t matter if she’s gonna fail 100 times in a row. She’s still gonna keep going at it. She has no fear. She’s willing to dive in and then take it from there.” Adam Hernandez, unit director of the Boys & Girls Club, said he met Woods as a member of the club.  Woods is also involved with alternative spring breaks, which gives students the opportunity to travel the world and learn about global issues.  “I’m just really passionate about making meaningful art that changes the world for the better, and there’s not that bridge between advocacy and growing up the way I did in the entertainment industry. So I just want to start there and go to law school,” Woods said. “I didn’t know for a long time that I even had a story that was worth telling. So I think everyone does, and once you find out that you have a story to tell, tell it and that’s how you make a difference.” Woods also credits her mother with instilling in her a passion for advocacy and giving back on social justice issues, like issues of juvenile incarceration and child poverty. Woods emphasizes her dedication to the cause of universal education for the impoverished as a catalyst to break the cycle of poverty. Woods is currently writing her senior capstone thesis on facial recognition and Generation Z students. However, upon leaving USC, Woods plans to continue to improve the world around her. During her freshman year, Woods was named National Youth of the Year of the Boys & Girls Club, an award given to a select few students who demonstrate outstanding leadership skills and a passion in the field of community advocacy.  Last month, on the United Nations International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, senior Jocelyn Woods spoke at the UN Headquarters in New York City.  Ugonnaya Chilaka, a senior majoring in business administration who has known and lived with Woods since their freshman year, said Woods’ commitment to advocacy and community service is unique.last_img read more

first_imgEmma Russell doesn’t find any extra motivation in playing Connecticut this Friday. Just being two wins away from a national championship provides enough incentive.No. 1 seed Syracuse (19-1, 6-0 Atlantic Coast) fell 1-0 to UConn last November in the 2014 national championship, but for Russell and the Orange, last year’s nightmare won’t haunt them in preparing for the upcoming national semifinal.“They’re going to have a completely different team and I think that’s the way we have to look at it,” Russell said. “That’s something in the past and that’s something this team isn’t about. We’re all just looking ahead of us.”Though No. 4 seed Connecticut (22-0, 5-0 Big East) owns a 28-9-1 advantage in the all-time series, the Orange has adapted since losing last fall to better attack defenses like UConn’s. Last year, the Huskies compacted its press defense to stifle active, forward-pushing attacks like Syracuse’s.Syracuse’s movement from the back and through the midfield over the weekend showed the team is better equipped to face a defense designed to counter its biggest strength — speed. Syracuse notched a pair of decisive victories in the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament, 4-2 over No. 20 Massachusetts and 5-0 over No. 16 Princeton. And while it used speed to initiate a few fast-break opportunities, the team flashed glimpses of the patient attack it developed over the season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLast year in the national championship, UConn’s defense held an SU offense that averaged 17.7 shots per game in 2014 to seven. Syracuse’s 2015 offense heads into Friday’s game with an even higher mark of 20.7 shots per game.“I think last year they played really low in their pressing,” Alma Fenne said. “I think maybe we’re going to work on that.”Sunday, Syracuse reversed the ball around the back of its defense with patience, awaiting breakdowns in the Princeton defense. It’s not necessarily the culmination of a season’s worth of work, but tangible progress that drew results.Laura Hurff thought the midfield and back movement was a strength in creating opportunities against the UMass defense. SU found even more success Sunday with its patient approach to cracking Princeton’s defense.After backs Zoe Wilson and Roos Weers passed back and forth a few times in the rear, Weers pushed the ball up the field to Hurff. As the Tigers scrambled to react, she passed up to Serra Degnan who in turn, found Liz Sack just in front of the goal.Sack’s job was simple enough. The junior forward flipped the ball into the goal with relative ease, giving Syracuse a commanding 2-0 lead less than 15 minutes into the game.“We can pick and choose when we want to go forward and I think that’s something our backs do really well,” Russell said. “… They’re able to swing the ball forward and then when we feel we can go forward, we can go … That just takes timing and it helps us up front.” Comments Published on November 16, 2015 at 9:03 pm Contact Liam: Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgWisconsin women’s hockey is striving for perfection.The No. 2 Badgers (28-1-1, 22-1-1 WCHA) are undefeated so far at home, 16-0-0, and preparing for Minnesota State (3-23-4, 0-21-3 WCHA) this weekend.This series will mark University of Wisconsin’s final regular season home game, as well as senior day, in what has been an incredible, record-setting campaign thus far.Wisconsin is looking to extend its current winning streak to 11 games, a stretch that has now lasted more than a month. The Badgers have also built their second double-digit win streak in the regular season, which has 32 total games.While senior day brings extra recognition and appreciation for the senior players, it also brings extra emotions and distractions.“There are certainly more distractions with it being the last weekend for our seniors,” UW head coach Mark Johnson said. “A lot of their parents will be in town. There will be some introductions Sunday before the game, so it’s an emotional weekend for that group.”Wisconsin currently has eight senior players, many of whom are wrapping up solid playing careers. But there won’t be much time for dwelling on sentiments with NCAA tournament seeding on the line.In spite of the off-ice distractions, two of Wisconsin’s eight senior players, defenseman Courtney Burke and forward Rachel Jones, have been able to channel these emotions as motivation rather than distraction.“I think [the emotion surrounding senior day] is a total motivation, no one wants to lose on their senior night,” Burke said. “It’s motivation to win, it’s motivation to protect LaBahn and it’s even more motivation to protect our season.”Even though Burke and Jones are each wrapping up thier college careers, both players are excited for this weekend. If the Badgers are able to sweep the Mavericks this weekend, they will have already eclipsed the total number of regular season wins the two previous UW teams had in their seasons.Senior day has also provided some of the most memorable moments in recent history for the Badgers, and this season’s team will be eager to create their own. Last season former captain Blayre Turnbull scored a hat trick off of three power-play goals.Women’s hockey: Special senior night propels Badgers to series win over BulldogsSenior captain Blayre Turnbull enthralled LaBahn Arena on Saturday night with quite possibly her signature game at Wisconsin, propelling the Read…“I think its just going to be exciting, all of our families are going to be here and we’re excited because we just want to win and I think that’s the big thing this weekend,” Jones said.The Badgers have won at least 30 games in a season five times. Each of those times they went on to play in the national championship, winning four out of the five.The series will kick off Friday, with a 2 p.m. matinee. The Badgers will then finish their final home game of the season 2 p.m. Sunday.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ With a man advantage, Nickolas Edinger sat alone by Syracuse goalie Drake Porter’s left post. He received the feed while turning and faked a high shot in one motion. Porter didn’t bite, but on Edinger’s second high feint, Porter began lifting his stick. The Army midfielder immediately tried to stuff the ball low, but Porter kicked his leg out to make the stop.The Black Knights had multiple one-on-one opportunities against Porter on Sunday afternoon, but only once did they beat him. Growing up in Canada, Porter said he faced a lot of great inside finishers because of the heavy box lacrosse influences. “I grew up, it was rare I get a shot outside 10 yards in youth lacrosse,” Porter said. “So it’s something that I think is a strength of mine.” While Syracuse’s (3-0) offense sputtered to a two-goal first half, Porter kept the Orange’s deficit manageable. His 10 saves in the first 30 minutes limited Army (3-2) to a three-goal lead that was quickly erased by Jamie Trimboli to start the third quarter. As SU compiled a 7-2 run to close the game, Porter added another eight saves. His new career-high 18 stops in the Orange’s 9-7 win was the most by any Syracuse goalie since John Galloway against then-No. 2 Virginia in 2010.“Credit to my guys, I think practicing so hard paid off because no one got tired and we kinda kept fighting,” Porter said. “And the shots I was seeing … I was able to make those saves.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse turned the ball over four times in the first quarter, gave up 12 shots and went down a man three times. Going into the quarter break though, the Black Knights had scored just two goals.Shots from outside 10 yards didn’t trouble Porter early in the game. On Army’s first man-up chance, Jacob Morin fired sidearm from Porter’s left, but he held on. When Brendan Nichtern, the Black Knights leading scorer from a year ago, found space in the middle for a shot, Porter turned it away and scooped up the ground ball from just outside the crease.Roshan Fernandez | Asst. Digital EditorArmy finally broke Porter’s shutout nearly eight-and-a-half minutes into the game when Miles Silva went above Porter’s shoulder in front of the cage. That became a trouble spot for the Canadian goalie, as Morin beat him in the same spot to put Army up 3-1 in the second quarter. But despite SU’s inability to solve Black Knights’ goalie Wyatt Schupler on the other end, the Orange trailed only 5-2 going into halftime.“I think after a while they were probably thinking about their shots a little bit because he’d made so many great saves,” SU head coach John Desko said.After Trimboli’s first goal of the second half cut the lead to two, Army stopped Syracuse’s next offensive possession and successfully cleared. Sean O’Brien, who scored in the first half, caught a pass from behind the net and snapped a quick shot. Porter bounced the save up and held onto the ball.Thirty-nine seconds later, Trimboli was giving a triumphant shout to Syracuse supporters. Army led by just a goal. On the Black Knights next offensive possession, Porter stole possession again and found Brett Kennedy with open field ahead of him. While Army still scrambled to match up, Trimboli dodged and scored again.In the first half, it was the Orange that didn’t string together multi-shot possessions. When shots came at Porter — like Matt Manown’s eight minutes into the game — the ball ricocheted off Porter’s stick and into the netting behind the endzone for a reset. In the second half, those sunk into the mesh on Porter’s stick, and SU capitalized on the increased possession time.“I don’t have a lot of problems with our takes in the second half, we never repossessed it afterwards,” Army head coach Joe Alberici said. “Keeper made some great saves, and then that was it, and we were back playing some D.”In Syracuse’s first two games a humming offense rifled 38 goals, and the Orange weren’t reliant on Porter to keep them in games. Porter finished the Binghamton game with 11 saves, but they didn’t stand out because the Bearcats had just 15 shots on goal.I think after a while they were probably thinking about their shots a little bit because he’d made so many great saves.-SU head coach John DeskoAgainst Colgate the week prior, Porter helped SU solidify a six-goal lead in the second quarter by contributing 12 saves. But again, when the Raiders made a run, it was the offense that responded with one of its own. The vaunted number of playmakers on that side of the ball for Syracuse filled the stat sheet.Army came to the Dome with a suffocating defense that took away the Orange playmakers, though. None of SU’s three top attacks earned a point. The top midfield line, with two players on the Tewaaraton Award watch list, struggled until Trimboli exploited the holes within the Black Knights defense to start the third quarter.“We knew the offense would heat up so we weren’t too afraid,” Porter said.SU’s goal-scorers just needed time and insurance. And on a day when Syracuse’s offense struggled to do its job, Porter gave them both. Comments Published on February 23, 2020 at 6:58 pm Contact Arabdho: | @aromajumder last_img read more