Syracuse struggles to convert on scoring chances in 5-2 loss to Robert Morris

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 5, 2018 at 9:46 pm Contact Adam: adhillma@syr.edu | @_adamhillman Syracuse (5-12-2, 4-4-1 CHA) fell to Robert Morris (12-3-3, 6-1-2) 5-2, on Friday in the Orange’s first game since Dec. 9. This is Syracuse’s fifth consecutive loss and fourth straight in league play. After the loss, the Orange remains with nine points on the season, and now stands five points behind RMU, the conference leader.The two squads played to a stalemate in the first 20 minutes, as neither team found the back of the net.Syracuse limped to a 2-0 early deficit in the second period, as the Colonials began to capitalize on their massive advantage in shots. Midway through the period, the Orange got on the scoreboard thanks to senior forward Alysha Burriss’ second goal of the year. However, RMU junior Amber Rennie’s goal with just under three minutes remaining pushed her team’s lead back to two.Five minutes into the third period, a goal scored by Colonials senior defender Natalie Fraser stretched the RMU lead to three, but Syracuse wasn’t done yet. Burriss tallied her second goal of the game only forty seconds later off a Kelli Rowswell assist, Rowswell’s team-leading 12th point of the season. After twelve minutes in which neither team got anything going offensively, Brittany Howard closed out any chance for a Syracuse comeback with her CHA-leading 18th goal of the season.The struggles on Friday for the Orange were a result of its lack of success on shot opportunities. While SU only attempted nine fewer shots on goal than Robert Morris, the Colonials tallied three more goals than the Orange. Thanks to 17 of its attempts blocked by RMU defenders, Syracuse’s shots struggled to even reach the net.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Commentslast_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, March 10, 2016

first_imgWellington Police notes: Thursday, March 10, 2016:•1:57 p.m. Isabella H. Cook, 22, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for careless driving.•3:15 p.m. Dillon C. Cypert, 21, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation.•8:21 p.m. Officers investigated stalking and criminal trespass in the 800 block N. Woodlawn, Wellington by known suspect,last_img

Northamptonshire makes history with golf merger

first_img The golfers of Northamptonshire have become the first in the country to vote to merge their ladies’ and men’s county organisations. At two separate, simultaneous meetings, the men of the Northamptonshire Golf Union and the women of the Northamptonshire Ladies’ County Golf Association both unanimously agreed to take the historic step, which has been welcomed by England Golf. The two governing bodies are merging into a new company – Northamptonshire Golf Ltd – to be run by a board of directors of either gender elected on the basis of “the best person for the job”. David Foley, President of the Northamptonshire Golf Union, commented: “This is a fantastic outcome following months of work by the men and women of the respective county committees. “We have demonstrated we can work together in a harmonious and effective manner. We are all looking forward to the challenges ahead and are excited by the new opportunities this merger offers us.  The future of golf in Northamptonshire is very bright.” Mary MacLaren, County Captain of the Northamptonshire Ladies’ County Golf Association, remarked:  “This is a very exciting time for Northamptonshire Golf – the task that lies ahead is both challenging and inspiring and I am confident that we will be able to enhance the business, sporting and playing opportunities within our county.” The county organisations were supported throughout the merger process by England Golf and David Foley added: “We’d like to thank England Golf for the support we have received, it’s been brilliant.” David Joy, the Chief Executive of England Golf, welcomed the merger and said: “We are delighted that this merger process has now been completed. All of those involved in Northamptonshire are to be congratulated on the drive and vision they have shown in trailblazing to become the first merged county. “I am sure this will prove to be a very positive step in further strengthening golf in the county and it is another important milestone in the modernisation of England Golf. “There are several other counties actively engaged in merger discussions and this success in Northamptonshire will, I am sure, encourage other counties to explore the many benefits of a merged county golf organisation.” In Northamptonshire, the benefits which are envisaged include streamlining administration and the production and implementation of a co-ordinated plan for golf development in the county. Importantly, there will be one organisation representing Northamptonshire golf at local and national level. Caption: Mary MacLaren and David Foley (image © The Sports Journalist) 15 Feb 2015 Northamptonshire makes history with golf merger last_img read more

Commentary…No one looks good in Rick Pitino extortion trial

first_img(AP)—The first thing to remember about the trial unfolding this week in Louisville is that Rick Pitino is a witness, not a defendant.The next thing to remember is that Pitino is no saint, either.Oh, sure, he looks like one on the University of Louisville website, where he was pictured in action earlier this month shaking hands with soldiers returning from Iraq. The troops seemed awfully impressed that Pitino would take a break from sitting in a gym watching potential recruits to welcome them home.“Coach Pitino is an awesome person for taking time out of his busy schedule to talk and shake hands with our returning soldiers,” Capt. Nathan Leppert, a Louis­ville graduate, was quoted as saying. “I am proud of his caring and patriotism and that he represents my university and the city of Louisville.”Pitino will be doing that representing this week on the witness stand in the extortion trial of a woman who claims he raped her. Whether jurors are as impressed with him as the soldiers were may go a long way toward deciding Karen Sypher’s fate.She may end up going to jail. But he’s not going to get off all that easy, either.What Pitino did seven years ago in a Louisville restaurant may not have been rape, as Sypher claims. But if nothing else it was a despicable way for a married father of five to act.Having sex in a restaurant with a woman who isn’t your wife while one of your go-fers makes sure no one interrupts isn’t what community leaders are supposed to do. And it doesn’t show the kind of moral values that parents of 18-year-olds heading off to college want their sons to adopt.Great coach, perhaps. Great man, no way.Sypher is hardly a sympathetic figure. She brings plenty of baggage into the courtroom, including the prosecution’s claim in opening arguments that she performed a sexual favor for a friend the day before the friend called Pitino and threatened to expose him.The fact that those calls were made six years after the encounter at Porcini’s restaurant in Louisville also does nothing to bolster her claim—which both Pitino and the government deny—that the sex was not consensual.Indeed, a prosecutor told jurors on Monday that they couldn’t believe a word Sypher says about anything.Still, it didn’t take long for Sypher’s attorney to portray Pitino as a man who wielded so much power in Louisville that he thought he was above the law. And there could be some very uncomfortable moments ahead for Pitino as the trial plays out and he undergoes cross-examination on the witness stand about sordid details of the night in 2003.He will also surely be asked about the $3,000 he gave Sypher shortly after the encounter, which she claims was for an abortion. And there will be questions about the $10,000 an FBI agent said Pitino funneled from his bonus for winning the Big East tournament to buy her son a car.Louisville basketball fans better hope Pitino deals with it better than he did when the original allegations surfaced. His self-righteous defense then was that everything was a lie, everything was a fabrication.If so, there is some fabricating going on on both sides. And it’s hard to feel much sympathy for Pitino as a victim in this.He was the one, after all, who felt so entitled that he had sex in the booth of a public restaurant with a woman he had just met. He was the one who had his underlings help clean his dirty laundry, the one Sypher’s attorney claimed in opening arguments had an assistant make sure she got an abortion.Kind of hard for the coach who often has a priest travel with his team to claim the high moral ground on anything after that.Louisville athletic officials don’t seem terribly concerned about their coach’s predicament, giving the coach a four-year contract extension earlier this year and making sure he got paid a $3.6 million longevity bonus. And Louisville basketball fans for the most part think it is some plot hatched by archrival Kentucky to ruin the program.A few seasons like the last one, in which Louisville lost in the first round of both the Big East and NCAA tournament, and that could change. And that’s not completely out of the realm of possibility if parents of top recruits are turned off by the coach’s actions and balk at having their sons go to Louisville.For now, though, the focus is on the trial. It could take up to two weeks to determine Sypher’s fate, but the verdict after just one day was this: Win or lose, it won’t be pretty.(Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press.)last_img read more