Fast reaction: 3 takeaways from Syracuse’s 10-9 season-ending loss to Cornell

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 13, 2018 at 9:36 pm Contact Charlie: csdistur@syr.edu | @charliedisturco Nate Solomon took the ball in play before being knocked down by a Cornell defender. A yellow flag flew in the air and the clock ticked past seven seconds left. The two grappled for the ball, but the penalty would never come. The clock hit zero and a sea of red jerseys flooded the field.On Sunday night, No. 8-seed Syracuse (8-7, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) had an opportunity to get revenge against Cornell (13-4, 3-2 Ivy). It had fallen earlier in the year, 13-8, to the Big Red. The Orange never trailed in the first half and entered the break up a pair of goals. It had been 5-0 in previous games when leading at half. But in the second half, Cornell crept back in and with SU constantly turning the ball over, the Big Red took advantage, taking its first lead late in the fourth quarter. Syracuse would never take the lead back, falling to Cornell, 10-9, in the opening round of the NCAA tournamentFor the first time since 2011, Cornell won at the Carrier Dome and will play Maryland in the quarterfinals next weekend.Here are three reactions from the game.Nick Mellen dominates Jeff Teat, but not enough in lossThe biggest storyline heading into Sunday night’s matchup was the battle between first-team All-American Jeff Teat and Syracuse’s No. 1 defender, Nick Mellen. The last time these two faced off, Mellen caused three turnovers but Teat tagged the Orange with a pair of goals and four assists.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut in the opening 30 minutes in the first round of the NCAA tournament, Teat had just one assist to his name. Mellen on the other hand, had two caused turnovers on the sophomore attack.Mellen stuck to Teat for most of the game and the only point for the latter came after a switch on a pick by Jake McCulloch. Andrew Helmer was beaten off a dodge and Mellen slid to help, leaving McCulloch wide open.The two caused turnovers came when Teat tried driving on Mellen. The first was a quick poke in the opening minutes of the second quarter that sent the ball bouncing free. The other came right before half, as Mellen’s stick wrapped around Teat and sent the ball into a scrum of white and red jerseys.The second half was similar, with Teat rarely seeing the ball. Mellen stuck to him, stick to his chest at all times and fought through screens to stay on Cornell’s leading points scorer.On one play in the second half, with the shot clock winding down for Cornell, Teat sat behind the net. He fired a pass but it was deflected off Mellen’s stick. Teat recovered it and quickly passed to the top of the offense. But the ball bounced around and the shot clock hit zero, giving the Orange possession.The entire game, Mellen kept Teat in check, whether it was at even strength or while man-down. But that didn’t matter, as Cornell won the game.Danny Varello bounces backOne of Syracuse’s biggest struggles all season long has been its success at the faceoff X. Since the Orange lost Ben Williams to graduation, it has relied on sophomore Danny Varello to fill the hole left by the All-American.And since March 24, when Varello won just 2-of-12 faceoffs against Duke, he has won the faceoff battle just once out of eight times — against North Carolina.But on Sunday, Varello won the faceoff battle handily. He had multiple pick-and-pop wins and other times, his wings scooped up loose ground balls after Varello sent the ball backwards.By the end of the first half, Varello had taken all but one faceoff — a win from Seth DeLisle. The Orange entered the break up two and had dominated the faceoff game, going 9-for-13.The second half trended the same, with Syracuse’s wings coming up big after multiple scrums off the faceoff. Syracuse kept turning the ball over, allowing Cornell to creep back into the game and making each faceoff became much more important.If it weren’t for Varello’s bounce back game, where he finished 12-for-18 from the faceoff X, the game would likely have ended with a larger margin than just one goal. Varello gave SU the opportunities it needed. The offense just couldn’t finish them.Man-Up kills SyracuseSyracuse entered Sunday night as the No. 18 team in the country while man-up, converting at a 41-percent clip. Its offense normally works the ball around before often finding an open man near the crease. But against Cornell, that offense fell short. By the final buzzer, Syracuse had finished 0-for-3 while man-up.Its first man-up came on a slash from Cornell goalkeeper Christian Knight. Jamie Trimboli scored a goal right before the penalty was in effect and the Orange had an opportunity to control momentum even further — SU was already on a 3-0 run. But its only shot came from Brendan Bomberry and it sailed wide.Its next man-up also came after a Syracuse goal — this one from Brendan Curry — late in the third quarter. Stephen Rehfuss sent a cross-field pass to Bomberry, whose shot was saved by Knight. Again, the penalty was killed.And then, trailing by one late in the fourth quarter, SU had a man-up opportunity with the chance to take the lead and gain momentum. But again, Bomberry was stopped by Knight.In the most important game of the season, Syracuse’s extra-man unit fell short. Had it converted on those chances, the Orange would be looking at a whole different game. But it didn’t. Commentslast_img read more

Paul Pierce built his Celtics legacy with patience, production under pressure

first_img“He used to sit right there,” he said, pointing to the chair in the corner of the Celtics’ equipment room. It’s behind Connor’s desk, where pictures of his children are flanked by pictures of Pierce to the right.Connor is the Celtics’ Travel and Equipment Manager – a position he’s held every year since Pierce entered the NBA.Before the Celtics hosted the Lakers on Friday, Johnny Joe eagerly shared memories of Pierce hanging out in the Dungeon, sometimes quietly by himself, other times busting chops and winning over the room with his quirky sense of humor and supreme confidence. He’d eat his soup and pitch fake trade ideas.Big games, small games, it didn’t change Pierce.“Pressure didn’t bother that kid,” Connor said with the kind of nostalgia in his voice that lets you know he’ll be telling these stories for the rest of his life.He gloated about roasting Pierce in 3-point shooting contests until Pierce started roasting him back.“I used to kick his (butt). But as we went on, he’d make a comeback. And, he’d tell me, being the equipment guy, ‘That’s why I wear the uniform and you wash it.’ That was one of his great lines.”This is the Celtics history that really matters – the longtime employees, the ticket-takers, the ushers, the security guards and the people who have seen it all when it comes to Boston Celtics basketball.“They can share in your history. They can share in your story. So, it’s a friend you grow up with,” Pierce said. “… They can share your story with new people who come in. And, that’s the value of having people who have been there and seen it all, especially with one franchise. Your story never gets forgotten. It carries on. Hopefully, my story and my history with the Boston Celtics will get carried on.”If this was a different organization and a different city, the stories might not be what matters most. But this is a place where a near-50-year employee like Francis O’Bryant can make definitive declarations.“He’s really a true Celtic,” O’Bryant said of Pierce, putting him on par with the franchise’s best.The numbers back that up, too.The 26,000-plus points Pierce scored for the organization, the title he helped bring in 2008, those things absolutely resonate with the fans who walk around the Garden concourse wearing his jersey.“He was the face of the franchise,” Dennis Pagones, a Celtics fan from Dracut, Mass., said Friday night with a beer in his hand and a Pierce jersey on his chest.With the Lakers in town to face the Celtics, Pierce was still a prominent character. The in-arena auctions that featured current Celtics and Patriots – they had Pierce memorabilia too. One of the loudest cheers of the night came when local rapper Mike Boston, at center court being recognized for his work in the community, unzipped his jacket to show his Pierce jersey to the Garden crowd.“I’m a great fan of his. That’s why I bought his jersey,” he said. “It doesn’t get better than this.”Another fan, who didn’t want to be interviewed because he only spoke Spanish, still pointed at his No. 34 jersey and said “Paul Pierce” before politely turning to continue watching the game.The people in the city love Pierce because he didn’t bail. He stayed after being stabbed 11 times at a Boston club. He didn’t leave as the team went from bad to good to bad again before the Celtics eventually acquired Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen.“We remember Paul because he was a great player and won a title. I give him more credit for bucking the trend. He went through a lot of lean years, and I don’t think I ever once heard him say ‘I want to leave’ or ‘I don’t want to stick it out,’” his longtime coach Doc Rivers said. “I never heard him say it. He just hung in there and kept wanting the team to get better. … He exhibited an amazing amount of patience.“… In a time when guys get tired because they’re not winning, they want more guys, they want this, he just wanted us to keep pushing, to keep getting better. And, it turned out for him.”Pierce won his title and completed an odd destiny.The kid from Inglewood, the one who grew up rooting for the Lakers and who could walk from his home to the Forum, became a Celtics legend. Sunday, the crowd, the Clippers and the Celtics will honor his legacy.But in the Dungeon, the tributes never stop.In a room filled with jerseys, shorts and sneakers, where space is at a premium, a tribute to Pierce isn’t going anywhere.A stack of six pairs of Pierce’s unworn size-14 sneakers collects dust in the top left corner of the room.“He always asks for them and we won’t give them to him,” Connor said.The shoes, like the stories, are staying put in the Dungeon. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error BOSTON >> Paul Pierce will walk out onto the parquet court for the final time as a player Sunday, surrounded by reminders of the Celtics’ history.Above him, the jersey numbers of some of the NBA’s best – Larry Bird, Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, John Havlicek and others – hang as a reminder of individual greatness past. Next to them, reminders of the Celtics’ 17 NBA titles nearly blanket the ceiling.Pierce’s name will be announced. The crowd will roar in appreciation for the 19 seasons he gave to the NBA and especially for the 15 he dedicated to Boston.He might smile. He might cry. He doesn’t know.center_img “To be a part of this history is something that was important to me,” Pierce said Saturday, a day before his final game in Boston.Undoubtedly, Pierce will be a part of that history.When he played his first game in the TD Garden after being traded to Brooklyn, the camera panned to the two empty spaces for future retired numbers – one of which will certainly be filled by Pierce’s No. 34 and by his teammate Kevin Garnett’s.But, there’s another part of Celtics history that Pierce is a significant part of, the kind you don’t see in the rafters or in the gift shops.Deep inside the Garden, in what Pierce called “The Dungeon,” Johnny Joe Connor is holding court, talking about the most important Celtic of the last quarter century or so.last_img read more

Dea Herdželaš in Quarter Finals in Basted

first_imgBosnian-Herzegovinian tennis player Dea Herdželaš qualified on the quarter finals of ITF tournament in Swedish city Basted.In the 2nd round of 10 000 Dollars worth tournament, 18 year old girl from Sarajevo won Swedish Fanny Ostlund (1257. Player on the WTA list) with 6:2, 6:3.In the match for half finals, Herdželaš will play against host Beatrice Cedermark (757. WTA).(Source: Fena)last_img

Building at 107 W. Lincoln has been deemed an ‘immediate hazard’ by the council

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Thank you for your input. +4 Vote up Vote down Bill · 210 weeks ago The name of the hospital in Wellington is Sumner Regional Medical Center. Yes, moral should be up the employees received at least a 3% raise. Report Reply 1 reply · active 209 weeks ago -4 Vote up Vote down iceman318 · 210 weeks ago Looks like our 2 local Vets had better get ready because the humane society site needs to be built and offer lower cost services than they charge. One is really outrageous, I know it cost to have a business but some things have to change for the better of the community. Report Reply 1 reply · active 209 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down LiveWell · 210 weeks ago Again, beating the dead horse. Why is the city giving our tax dollars to a non-profit organization when they own land that could be sold to fund what they are asking for???? WHY? Report Reply 6 replies · active 209 weeks ago +19 Vote up Vote down Phyllis Todd · 210 weeks ago Once again, I will point out that the Wellington Humane Society will NOT offer a low cost spay, neuter or vaccine clinic from our facility for public use. This is a false assumption. We do expect low cost for our own use in rehoming pets, but we are NOT looking to compete with the local veterinarians and their clients. As far as the idea that a non -profit would be competing with local businesses, it should be noted that the homeless pet problem is a CITY problem that , we the Humane Society as volunteers with our own personal money and time have taken care of as best we could for 18 years, without profit. Now we have through generous donations of individuals accumulated a million dollars to build a facility we can be proud of. It is time the city takes on a small portion of the responsibility via $25,000 a year for 3 years to help us hire a director to get this building up and running. It is a small request in return for the good we have and will continue to doing for this community. Where would the homeless and abused pets be without us? Report Reply 1 reply · active 209 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 209 weeks ago Does the city own the building on Lincoln? I thought I remember reading in a previous article that the owner lived on one of the upper levels? Report Reply 1 reply · active 209 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down Mick Jones · 209 weeks ago If the city can give the golf course a quarter of a million dollars for a sprinkler system so which only about 10 percent of the people in Wellington use, the city can come up with a few bucks for help taking care of a few unfortunate animals. Jesus people, grow a heart. Not helping abused animals is a sin in Gods eye’s. Report Reply 0 replies · active 209 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down boomer · 209 weeks ago Has red beards moved to a different location? Does anyone know if Spencer is still cutting hair somewhere else? Report Reply 0 replies · active 209 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Kaitli · 209 weeks ago So if the hospital has made money when will they start paying their bill to the city? Report Reply 0 replies · active 209 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council declared the building at 107 W. Lincoln an “immediate hazard” at its meeting Tuesday. The building that housed Redbeard’s Barber Shop on Washington and Lincoln Streets, has been roped off for a couple of weeks after the building’s owner got an engineers report that showed the building”  is in very bad condition.Building at 107 W. Lincoln.The city will hire a Wichita company to stabilize the building, using steel posts and plates. Wellington city building official Richard Jack estimated it could cost $3,000 to $5,000. The city is waiting to receive another engineer’s report that will give them more specific information.Mayor Shelley Hansel said she hopes the building can be saved.Jack said the building is an immediate hazard. He said it is not likely to fall down in the next day or two, but it could within a month’s time if stabilization measures are not taken. He said the entire building is not damaged. It is just the southeast corner, but that has damaged the structure enough to make the three-story building weak enough to fall down.The building could fall on itself, and crumble, and that would be a best case scenario, he said. It could also fall causing damage to nearby buildings, so they don’t want to just let it fall.Jack told the council he wants to keep the building from being destroyed, and added it would cost between $50,000 and $100,000 to demolish the building. Because of its size there is no company in Wellington, or Sumner County, that could handle the job.———Upcoming meetingsAugust 8. Work session on raw water issue.August 16, Regular meeting with budget hearing.August 22. Work session with the Humane Society.———Humane SocietyThe council had a fairly long discussion with Linda Stewart, who was representing the Wellington Humane Society. The organization is planning on building an animal shelter for the county, and it has the land and most of the money it needs. The city has pledged $25,000 for the 2017 year for the society to hire a director. That council could approve the release of the money when the Humane Society is ready to hire a director.Several questions had been raised though, and there is apparently concern among local veterinarians as to whether the shelter will create competition for their businesses. Currently, local vets take care of all the animals, and most agree a shelter is needed.It is possible the shelter could have an office where a veterinarian could rent and take care of animals. If the center ran a lot of low-cost spaying and neutering services, that would have an effect on local veterinarians.Council members had encouraged her and the veterinarians to talk more, and they have, and a work session has been scheduled to talk more about the issue.There is also whether the city should give money to a non-profit organization that would provide services that compete with local businesses.Stewart said” grocery stores don’t complain when the food bank gives away food, and she” didn’t see a difference in that and the humane society’s situation. It was pointed out the city doesn’t directly support the food bank. Council members expressed support for the humane society.———Hospital ReportSouth Central Regional Medical Center board member Terry Deschaine gave an update on the hospital and his report was positive.“I feel real good about morale at the hospital and in the community. It was not that way a year ago,” he said.He said through the end of June the hospital has shown a net profit of $228,000. By comparison, in the first six months of 2015, the hospital lost $1.6″  million and there were fears the hospital might have to close.He said the hospital still struggles to have cash on hand, but it is getting better. A big issue has been billing and that has been resolved to some degree.“The hole is not getting deeper, like it was a year ago,” he said. “œI think we are going in the right direction.”He said the hospital has been having trouble getting nurses, and that is a problem for rural hospitals in the area.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more