Elaine Carey provides spark for No. 4 Syracuse field hockey’s offense in win over No. 7 Louisville

first_img Published on September 30, 2016 at 6:59 pm Contact Charlie: csdistur@syr.edu | @charliedisturco Liz Sack weaved through Louisville defenders, creating an open shot. She wound up to it, but missed the ball. She turned her body to still get off lofty air ball toward the center of the net. Elaine Carey, who was waiting for the ball, tapped it in, tying the game at 1-1.“We drove the baseline so many times and I said to Lizzie when she drives the baseline, no one can stop her,” Carey said. “(I) saw a space around the penalty spot so I went in there and the ball came high, and I didn’t even think. I just swung on it.”While Lies Lagerweij eventually won the game on a penalty stroke goal, Carey stepped up for the No. 4 Orange (9-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast) on offense as it beat No. 7 Louisville (9-2, 1-2), 2-1 in overtime. Carey was in the middle of the play for most of SU’s scoring chances and accounted for 33 percent of the team’s shots, with five.At times, she was the one starting the play. In other instances, she was ready to shoot off a rebound or a cross from her teammates.On one play, Carey drove in on the Louisville defense, releasing a shot and colliding with Louisville goalie Ayeisha McFerran. The ball, still in the air, headed toward the goal but a Cardinals player hit it away way. Carey looked up toward the ref for a penalty corner that never came.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe next closest player to Carey in shots on the day was Emma Lamison, with three. In the team’s last game against Pennsylvania, Carey also had five shots, though she did not score a goal. She is currently the team leader in shots with 31 and second in goals, with six.Trying to pull away from Louisville, Carey drove to the baseline often, crossing the ball in hope of an easy tap in. There were many close calls, but SU was only able to score one goal throughout regulation time.“It was really good,” Syracuse head coach Ange Bradley said of Carey’s performance. “Very aggressive, very feisty and very fast. Just wreaked of determination.”Carey was getting past defenders with ease because of her speed. On one play, she tapped the ball past her defender, who was closing in on her. She ran around the defender and set herself up for an open shot on goal. However, McFerran was there, sticking her leg out and hitting the ball away.While she was active on offense, Carey was also helping out on defense as well. On plays where Louisville gained possession deep into its own territory, Carey was there to put on-ball pressure. That caused many forced passes that resulted in easy interceptions by midfielder Laura Hurff and the rest of the team.“Elaine really stepped up today,”  Hurff said. “I felt like she was always there, like when I turned around, she was always on the ball or tackling back.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Kevin Durant free agency rumors: Star has met twice with Kyrie Irving about signing with same team

first_img Kawhi Leonard free agency rumors: LA billboard woos ‘King of SoCal’ for Clippers According to the report by Ric Bucher, the first meeting between the two superstars occurred while Durant was dealing with a strained right calf suffered against the Rockets in the Western Conference semifinals, with the second meeting happening after Durant underwent surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon suffered in Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Raptors.Irving has been linked to the Nets in recent weeks following news broke of his intention to sign with Roc Nation after splitting with longtime agent Jeff Wechsler. Brooklyn has created space for two max contracts, and according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the Nets should be considered the front-runner for Durant. Related News NBA free agency rumors: Are these two teams the front-runners to sign Al Horford? The soap opera that is the NBA offseason turned it up a notch Monday as another report regarding Kevin Durant’s future surfaced.According to Bleacher Report, Durant has met with Kyrie Irving about signing with the same team not once, but twice. “The Nets are gaining confidence that they can pull this off,” Windhorst said Friday on “The Jump” in reference to Brooklyn’s bid to add two max players. “I think the Nets are the front-runner to land KD. … I’m not ruling out the Knicks, but I think the Nets are the front-runners and people are not giving them their (respect).” Durant can become an unrestricted free agent if he declines his $31.5 million option with the Warriors, which seems likely, as according to Bucher, a league executive said Durant is “really pissed off at the Warriors” for their handling of his calf injury that may have led to the Achilles tear.The Knicks and Clippers have also been mentioned as teams interested in signing the forward in free agency, which begins June 30 at 6 p.m. ET. Chris Paul addresses trade rumors, says he’s ‘happy’ with Rocketslast_img read more

Minor Cautions against Cynical Attitude

first_imgLiberia’s 168th Independence Day orator, Ambassador Charles A. Minor, has taken exception to Liberians who are excessive in their criticisms against and distrust for each other and the government.Ambassador Minor made the observation yesterday in Greenville, Sinoe County when he delivered the Independence oration on this year’s theme, “Celebrating our Community as a Strong Foundation for Accelerated Development,” Inspiring Hope for the People of our Country. Minor, who is an eminent son of Sinoe County, currently serves on the Liberia Board of Tax Appeals. Prior to this he served as Liberia’s Ambassador to the United States of America. His father, popularly known as Boakai Manneh, was a senior citizen of Sinoe and for many years he served as the county’s Representative in the National Legislature.“It is fast becoming a trend (craze, fad) and the popular thing to be not just critical of each other, but even sarcastic to the point of expressing caustic remarks against our leaders in government, in civil society and in the private sector,” observed Ambassador Minor.The perception is that no one can be trusted. No official is honest, and the PhD no longer represents a terminal academic degree, but means “pull him down” mentality.“I have known Liberians to criticize and oppose every government since the time of President Tubman. And when given the opportunity to lead and govern, those who were most vocal in their criticism and opposition, demonstrated no better skills, no greater attitudes or any higher level of honesty than those they criticized,” declared Ambassador Minor.He said as Liberians today enjoy their freedom of speech and expression “we need to also demonstrate a sense of responsibility and not engage in malicious rumors that bring injury to individuals, families and institutions,” Ambassador Minor said, perhaps in a veiled reference to his own experience with some media practitioners who have repeatedly linked him with alleged fraud during his assignment as Liberian Ambassador to Washington.“The promulgation of half-truths, misinformation and disinformation that cast aspersion on people and divides our community does not demonstrate personal or social responsibility,” chided Ambassador Minor. According to the Ambassador, around towns and around the country, Liberians are becoming pessimistic, critical of each other, not trusting each other, and especially vocally expressing lack of trust in their elected and appointed officials. Admittedly, some criticisms are justified, he noted, adding, “We must also admit that criticisms are important in our growing democracy because it can sometimes warn us of worst things to come.”“Even when we consider some criticisms to be negative, unproductive and divisive, they ensure that those who govern, those who are given responsibilities to lead and manage people and resources do so with care, diligence, accountability and trust.”He said accepting criticisms goes with the responsibility of leadership. Criticism reminds us of our fiduciary (legal or ethical) responsibility to be accountable.Another negative attitude among many Liberians, he observed, is that which is characterized by “I win and you lose”. According to the orator, in the job market, for example, one finds this syndrome well played out since many individuals desperately search for jobs, but their intention is not to carry out the functions of the job. They mainly seek means to obtain money. As soon as they can, they begin to make “profits” on the job. “‘Profit’ is another definition of what is illegally or fraudulently taken from their employers or the entities. They say to themselves, ‘What is mine is mine and what is yours, I should take away from you, even from our national coffers, and make it exclusively mine!’ And that goes across our society, in the upper, middle, and lower classes. In some circles, that is referred to as ‘chopping’, a term used both as subject and predicate,” said the orator.Such “chopping” more often than not is obtained fraudulently.” Ambassador Minor warned that this attitude of extra “chopping,” is becoming a measure of how good a job is. Paymasters “chop” something from the employees they pay. Service providers expect fat extra tips that exceed their daily wages or even their salaries, he said.Some employees are leaving their jobs if those jobs provide no opportunity for “chopping!” Civil servants expect lunch money to enable them to render the service they are paid to do. Even some agencies of government are now making provision for “facilitation” fees in their budgets and expenditure accounting to ensure they can pay whoever needs to be paid off in order for the entities to accomplish their missions. “Those attitudes and practices cannot be parts of the foundation blocks for accelerated development in our society,” Minor warned.He then wondered why graft has become so rampant. He said the natural tendency is to pass the blame, to accuse others of being responsible. “Too often we hear that it is the government to blame. It is the government that is responsible. It is the government that has failed us.” Some contend that our forefathers and mothers have passed on to us such legacies. Some have even blamed our partners, especially Western countries and now also China and their nationals who have and continue to exploit us.”“My fellow Liberians and friends, it is very simple and extremely easy to pass the blame, to point the finger. And now, in our new dispensation of extremely free press and particularly with the increasing number of instantaneous radio talk shows with growing callers’ participation, there is no shortage of criticisms and accusations by people who themselves participate in this unwholesome pre-occupation,” charged Minor.“Today, on this our Independence Anniversary, as we ‘Celebrate our Community …’ all that we are; even the years the locusts have eaten, let us profit from the errors of the past to build a better foundation for a more positive tomorrow,” urged Minor. Ambassador Minor envisaged (imagined) a tomorrow when Liberians will have substantially reduced poverty, when we can eat tomatoes, cabbages, peppers and other vegetables grown in our back yards and in nearby gardens. He also visualized a tomorrow when many in the public sector will realize that it is not in that sector that wealth is created so that those genuinely interested in creating wealth can give up their white collar jobs and return to the land to produce our staple rice and other food crops to reduce our dependence on imports, ensure a greater level of food self-sufficiency and earn a higher standard of living for their labor. “We are today laying the foundation for a tomorrow when Liberians will work together more effectively and compete seriously with foreign contractors to build our own roads, even to the extent of making them toll roads, thereby reducing the continuous increasing burdens on government, which we all know will never be in the position to meet all the expectations of all our people.” Although Ambassador Minor took into consideration many positive things the country has achieved in its 168 years of existence, he challenged Liberians to also admit and recognize that too many of the citizens have allowed the candle of vibrancy and vitality, the hope for a better future that enthusiastically glowed in early 2006 when we ushered in the new administration, to grow dim.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more