Austin Paik | Daily TrojanThe No. 6 women’s soccer team (10-1-1) returns to Los Angeles fresh off a pair of victories against Arizona State and Arizona last week, and the Women of Troy look to continue their excellent start to Pac-12 play Friday night against Colorado.Colorado (7-4-3) last played Sunday afternoon at home against No. 2 Stanford, losing 3-0. The Cardinal steamrolled the Buffaloes, outshooting the hosts 26-4 and putting eight shots on target to the Buffaloes’ one. Stanford controlled the game from the start, with the Buffaloes’ first shot coming in the 26th minute and the second just before halftime, in the 42nd minute. Colorado could not find an answer for Stanford, which currently sits atop the Pac-12 standings with five wins in five games (USC is currently tied for second with UCLA on 13 points).The Buffaloes are in a slump right now, riding a two-game losing streak and owning a 0-3 record against ranked Pac-12 opposition this season. In this spell of bad form, Colorado has conceded 6 goals without cracking the scoresheet once. Though the Buffaloes have scored 21 goals in 14 games this season, 12 of those scores came in the preseason against Denver and UC Riverside, respectively — both teams are currently unranked and under .500.Freshman forward Marty Puketapu and sophomore midfielder Taylor Kornieck lead Colorado in scoring with 5 goals each. Senior midfielder Becca Rasmussen has been a creative threat, contributing five assists this season. The Trojan defense will look to have all three marked and accounted for at all times during the match in order to cut off the Buffaloes’ main offensive weapons.The Colorado defense will present more of an issue for USC: The Buffaloes’ backline has conceded just 10 goals in 14 games this season with senior Joss Orejel, who has started all 13 games this season, leading the way. Fortunately for the Women of Troy, they are not struggling for goals at the moment, with four players all on 4 goals this season, including freshman midfielder Savannah DeMelo. The Trojan defense has also proved just as stout as Colorado’s so far this fall, allowing 8 goals in 12 matches. With its front and back lines in sync and sporting an undefeated record at home, USC will look to extend its win streak to five against Colorado. But the team’s number of come-from-behind wins has been a troubling theme this season: Five of the Women of Troy’s last seven wins have come after they conceded the first goal. Against teams with a solid defense, like Colorado, falling behind could prove costly, and chasing the game opens up the field and allows more room for an opponent counterattack.A win on Friday evening would not only boost USC’s home record to a perfect 5-0, but it would also, more importantly, give the team a chance of cracking the top five in the United Soccer Coaches Poll and possibly leapfrog Stanford into first place in the Pac-12. The Women of Troy kick off against the Buffaloes at 4 p.m. at McAlister Field.
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Senior forward Leah Pruitt (center) celebrates by embracing her teammates after scoring a goal in the 2017 season. (Emily Smith | Daily Trojan)After their 1-0 victory on the road against UC Irvine to start the season on Aug. 16, the Women of Troy will face off against Cal Poly for the home opener on Friday, Aug. 24 at 3 p.m. On Sunday, the Trojans will travel to Malibu for a 1 p.m. matchup against the Pepperdine Waves.It was a hard-fought battle for the Trojans at UC Irvine, but they managed to claim the victory. UC Irvine won the Big West Conference last season, and came in ranked first in the conference during preseason. To claim this victory on the road is an impressive feat for the Women of Troy and a solid way to start the season.“Today was a really tough battle against Irvine, they played extremely well,” head coach Keidane McAlpine said. “It’s exactly what we needed to start the year. We showed some toughness and got the goal that we needed in front of a great crowd on the road and found a way to win.”Redshirt junior Natalie Jacobs was the key player for the Trojans against the Anteaters as she netted the only goal of the game. Jacobs recently joined the Women of Troy as a transfer student from Notre Dame, where she led her team in goals in 2017. The goal was special for Jacobs not only because it helped the team win, but also because it occurred on her birthday. “Actually, I prayed, before [the goal], I’m not even kidding!” Jacobs said. “And then Leah sends a perfect ball, and I kind of blacked out for a second, and then it went in.”The goal came off of an assist from senior forward Leah Pruitt. Pruitt will play an important role for the Trojans this season, as she has already scored 10 goals and has assisted on 12 more in her career. She was a part of the 2016 team which won the national championship, and earned All Pac-12 second team honors last season.In the team’s first game of the weekend, the Women of Troy will host Cal Poly at McAlister Field at 3 p.m. on Friday. Cal Poly, ranked eighth in the Big West preseason coaches poll, had a goalless draw against Marquette last Thursday. The Mustangs are coming off of a 7-9-3 season last year, but the Trojans have yet to beat the Mustangs in their last three matchups. Senior defender Chelsea Barry is a player to watch for Cal Poly in Friday’s game. The talented defender was named to the Big West Preseason All-Conference team, and will look to lead her team from the back this season. She will try to keep a clean sheet against the Women of Troy on Friday and stop players like Pruitt from creating any chances at goal.Following the match against Cal Poly, the Trojans will face their toughest test of this young season as they travel to Pepperdine on Sunday for a 1 p.m. game. The Waves were ranked 18th in the preseason polls after winning back-to-back WCC titles and making the second round of the NCAA tournament last year. However, Pepperdine is yet to meet its potential this season, having been shut out against both Kansas and Texas Tech.Senior Hailey Harbison is expected to lead the Waves in this game. She was named the West Coast Conference Defender of the Year last year and this season, was named to the watch list for the MAC Hermann Trophy, the most prestigious award in women’s collegiate soccer, given to the best player in the nation. Trojans will look to continue their strong start to the season as they aim for another deep postseason run.
From athletes to staff to fans, continuing the Olympics would have put thousands — if not tens or hundreds of thousands — of lives at risk by potentially exposing them to the coronavirus. In my last column, I wrote about the speculation surrounding the potential cancellation of the upcoming Olympics. Even after March 11, when the World Health Organization designated the coronavirus a world pandemic, the IOC still maintained that it would wait until the end of May to make an official decision. What felt like the last major sporting event to survive the coronavirus scourge finally fell to what has seemed for weeks like an inevitable fate. On Tuesday, the International Olympic Committee finally announced that the Summer Olympics in Tokyo would be postponed by approximately one year. Clearly, that’s not the case anymore. The virus’s spread doesn’t appear to be slowing anytime soon and it certainly doesn’t appear that holding a large gathering of thousands of fans from all over the world in the most populated city on the planet is a great idea. Starting the Olympics as scheduled would have turned the city into a virtual feeding frenzy for the virus. Lastly, if postponing the Olympics sends any message at all, hopefully it’s to the countless Americans that still don’t seem to be getting the memo. Across the country, people seem to be taking the cancellation of school and public life as we know it as an excuse to head outside and enjoy themselves, often with no acknowledgment of the recommended six feet of distance between each other that experts recommend. Postponing the Olympics also sends a message to governments and politicians around the world. If they didn’t take it seriously before, if they still think the virus will pass without affecting them, perhaps the postponement of one of the biggest international events in the world — which had previously only ever been postponed or canceled due to world wars — will get their attention. Almost two months ago, the United States reported its first case of the coronavirus, but for most Americans, the threat of a potential pandemic remained an afterthought. This ambivalence has led to predictably disastrous results, and the U.S. is now quickly becoming the epicenter of the pandemic, with more than 100,000 cases — the most of any country on the planet. Still, despite the postponement’s obvious justifications, it is disappointing to see how long it took for the world to acknowledge just how serious COVID-19 is. Nathan Hyun is a sophomore writing about the 2020 Olympics. His column, “Going for the Gold,” typically runs every other Wednesday. President Donald Trump recently released a statement saying how he expects everything to return to normal by Easter. Considering the unrelenting spread of the virus, this seems virtually impossible, nevermind irresponsible. In light of this public display of incompetence, the IOC’s decision appears even more reassuring. The IOC did everyone a favor by postponing the Olympics. Everyone, please wake up to the IOC’s message and take this seriously. The faster you do, the faster the Olympics will be back.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments After failing to record a stat in SU’s season opener, junior Massimo Ferrin made his presence known for the Orange at about the 17 minute mark, putting a shot on goal from the top of the box. Portland goalie Kienan Weekes made the first save of the night, though, keeping the contest scoreless. But Ferrin wasn’t done, creating another opportunity 8 minutes later, this time for a teammate. A Pilots shot sailed wide right of the goal and Syracuse pushed the ball up the field to Ferrin, who found fellow forward Tajon Buchanan just in front of the box. Buchanan sidestepped his defender and found a hole by the left post past Weekes, and the Orange was on the board. “We still haven’t seen the best Massimo,” SU head coach Ian McIntyre said. “He’s gonna be an important part of us moving forward. We’ve got to get him in better spots. He’s a creative handful. I think he was good tonight, but he can be better.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhile the first 25 minutes of the game saw six shots and eight fouls, the following 20 minutes of the half were increasing choppy. The teams combined for 11 fouls and failed to record a shot, and Syracuse went into the break with a 1-0 advantage. “I think the referees, especially in the second half, called it a little bit tight and maybe a little bit inconsistent,” McIntyre said. “It was a combative, competitive game, it wasn’t over the line. The fouls did disrupt the flow of the game a little bit.”The dry spell continued after halftime, as neither goalies were tested through the first 12 minutes and the Pilots earned two yellow cards. But in the 57th minute Portland finally broke through, attempting the first shot of the half and converting on it. Benji Miller connected on a header to the right post for his second goal of the season, and the game was tied at 1.Four substitutions by the Orange in the next 16 minutes failed to spark its offense, and Portland continued to stop the SU attack. Syracuse earned a corner kick but it was all for not, as the Pilots deflected it away and turned toward the Orange half of the field. An overzealous challenge in the penalty box by freshman Ryan Raposo got him a yellow card and gave Portland a penalty kick. Rey Ortiz snuck the attempt past SU goalie Hendrik Hilpert, and the Pilots took the lead. The Orange couldn’t find its footing until the 89th minute, when it nearly tied the game with two last-chance opportunities. Raposo almost made up for his earlier blunder with a shot on goal from the left wing, but Weekes was there to make his second save of the night. Ferrin corralled the rebound and got off a second shot which sailed wide left, ending SU’s chance at a comeback.“We’re still trying to work things out in the attacking area,” McIntyre said. “We didn’t have as much quality in the final third. Tajon, Massimo, Severin (Soerlie) were causing some problems, I just don’t think we executed that final pass and created enough to merit a win.” On Friday, Syracuse traveled to Oregon State for its season opener and never trailed, putting all seven of its shot attempts on goal and earning just six fouls en route to a 2-1 win. On Sunday against Portland, the Orange took just five shots, tallied 25 fouls, and found itself on the other side of a 2-1 game.Both teams struggled to get much going offensively early on, combining for just one shot attempt through the first 11 minutes. That’s when Portland (1-0-1) managed its first threat of the night, having a shot blocked and followed by a corner kick. The ensuing kick was thwarted however, and the Orange (1-1) took possession, looking to attack the Pilots’ side of the pitch. Published on August 27, 2018 at 1:32 am Contact Eric: email@example.com | @esblack34
Comments Tiana Mangakahia crashed to the floor, sliding past the baseline before coming to a stop near the basket stanchion. Gabrielle Cooper and Miranda Drummond rushed to her side, offering to help her up, but Mangakahia waived them off.She was in the middle of her 38th minute in the game and just picked off a pass before getting fouled to shoot the potential game-tying free throws. They’d have to wait though. She needed a break.“I was tired,” Mangakahia said. “When the whistle blows, you can take a breath and breathe.”Poor play by No. 16 Syracuse’s (18-6, 7-4 Atlantic Coast) reserves forced SU head coach Quentin Hillsman to play his starters more minutes, including a season-high 38 by his starting point guard. While Syracuse’s bench produces more than 40 percent of its points this season, the Orange’s bench on Wednesday scored just 18 points on 27 percent shooting in their 77-73 loss to No. 12 North Carolina State (22-2, 9-2).Syracuse’s depth, which for most of the season had been one of its greatest strengths, let them down against the Wolfpack. In a game in which NC State played just two bench players and neither of them scored a point, SU’s bench rotation failed to make any significant impact on either end of the floor. In turn, players like Mangakahia and Strautmane played more minutes than usual, and their play suffered down the stretch.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Missing shots, we’re fouling them in the paint, we missed some layups, missed some free throws down the stretch,” Hillsman said. “…When you play that way, it’s gonna bite you.”All season long, Syracuse has had consistent strong play from its bench players. After redshirting last season, Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi has been Syracuse’s best post scorer this year and the first big off the bench. Against NC State, her struggles from the field (3-of-9 shooting) limited her playing time to just 15 minutes. Kiara Lewis, a transfer from Ohio State, also failed to find her shot against the Wolfpack. The point guard came into Wednesday’s game averaging 8.1 points, fifth-best on the team, but made just one of her seven shots and none of her three 3-pointers.Eventually, the struggles and sluggishness prompted Hillsman to insert Raven Fox into the game to serve as a spark. Fox had played just 76 minutes this season but was inserted to inject life into a Syracuse team that desperately needed it. “Just (needed) some energy,” Hillsman said. “She came in, she got a really good crash down when they had a dump down…You put your players in the game, put them in position to where they could be successful, and do the best they can do.”But Fox’s energy did little to aid Syracuse’s offensive deficiency that transpired late in the game. She missed her first two shots before hitting a third, but she was taken out after just two minutes and never reentered the game. The absence of Kadiatou Sissoko also hurt SU’s bench against the Wolfpack. The France native, who was in of the better stretches of her freshman season, missed Wednesday’s game after her surgically-repaired knee swelled up after Sunday’s game against Boston College. Against an NC State team that out-rebounded the Orange by 16, Hillsman could’ve used another presence in the paint.“(Sissoko’s absence) definitely matters,” Hillsman said. “Anytime you can matchup with some size and athleticism in the paint, you have to try to do that.”The second quarter saw the Orange shoot a game-high 53.3 percent from the field, and a Mangakahia 3-pointer with eight seconds left gave them a two-point lead at the break. But as the second half drew on, Hillsman increasingly lacked options when he looked down his bench. Oftentimes, he glared down the sideline at his players as if he was about to make a substitution, but instead would turn away, back to the court, without making a change. That forced Mangakahia to take on much of the scoring load herself. She scored 10 of Syracuse’s 16 fourth-quarter points, including a steal and layup that cut SU’s lead to two. But that was the closest the Orange got the rest of the game as the Wolfpack pulled away. After catching her breath on the ground, Mangakahia missed the first of two free throws that could’ve tied the game. On the following possession, she dribbled past a defender and looked open for a layup but was caught by a NC State defender who blocked her shot. Her scoring burst, and Syracuse’s chances at its first home victory against a ranked team, were gone. “When we get a bit more of a rest throughout the game, it helps us in the end,” Mangakahia said. “Coach obviously has trust in us … we just couldn’t get the win.” Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 13, 2019 at 10:46 pm Contact Eric: firstname.lastname@example.org | @esblack34
Facebook Twitter Google+ BUFFALO — Jaycee Gebhard’s face burned red as she skated to the penalty box. The Robert Morris forward had seen her teammate get crushed into the boards on the other side of the ice and no arm raise by the referee. Then, as Gebhard came in on the forecheck immediately after, she was whistled for tripping. Gebhard shook her head and took a seat on the bench inside the box. It was indicative of an evening in which Syracuse (13-21-3, 10-8-2 College Hockey America) frustrated the Colonials’ (16-14-6, 13-4-3) star forward through the first two periods with constant stick checking and holds, all within the confines of the rules. Syracuse’s physical defense led to a 6-2 blowout victory against the No. 1-seed in the CHA tournament final.“She’s a lot of their offense, so knowing that when she’s out there, that’s very key for us,” defender Jessica DiGirolamo said. “Then we made sure that we had a stick on her at all times so that she didn’t have the ability to make any plays.” Syracuse had never won a CHA title. It had lost in six previous finals appearances, including a 2-0 loss to RMU in the 2017 final. That made it want a win on Friday even more, senior captain Allie Munroe said. And it showed. Nearly every time Gebhard, who led the CHA with 50 regular season points, skated near the boards or tried to beat defenders along the wall, Syracuse players forced her onto the glass and kept her there until the puck was safely away. None of the other Colonials found much space in the offensive zone either. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn numerous occasions, a SU player was there to dive and knock the puck away or deflect it out of play. Shots came at a premium and goal-scoring chances even more so. The Orange finished with 19 blocks to RMU’s four, and while goalie Ady Cohen made some key stops, Robert Morris was held to 28 shots on goal on 54 total shot attempts. “In these tournaments, it comes down to who wants it more,” Munroe said. “And we waited, this program’s waited 11 years for this, and it meant so much to us that we got it done today, finally.”Robert Morris scored a goal with under a minute to play in the first period, which SU head coach Paul Flanagan called a “tough bounce.” RMU’s Caitlyn Sadowy fired the shot from the faceoff circle, and it snuck through between Cohen’s blocker and body before hitting the post and going in. That was the last goal the Orange allowed before the third period, though, as they took control of the game in the middle frame. Initially, Flanagan tried to matchup lines so that when Gebhard was on the ice, SU’s underclassmen line of Emma Polaski, Lauren Bellefontaine and Abby Moloughney was too. It was difficult because RMU had the last change, but for the entire first period, Gebhard was never on the ice at even strength without SU’s young line there guarding her. As the Orange pulled away, Flanagan also went away from his rigid matchups. Even on penalty kills, he rolled through his lines as he would against any other player, and that allowed Gebhard to get a consolation score in the third period. But by that point, SU was too far ahead.“You get up, four or five goals, and it’s OK, don’t worry about the matchups,” Flanagan said. “Shift into a 1-2-2, little more prevent, just get it deep. You saw us flipping it out of the zone a lot, just getting the pressure off.”On Friday, the Colonials drubbed the Orange, 5-0, to clinch the top spot. But in the first game of the weekend, the scoreline read a one-sided affair. It made the next day’s game less intense, Flanagan said, as Syracuse was already locked into third.It proved the Orange could compete with Robert Morris, and like Flanagan said on Tuesday before boarding the bus to Buffalo, they just needed some bounces to go their way. Cohen was in net for the 5-0 loss, and after starting and winning on Thursday against Mercyhurst, was picked over senior goalie Maddi Welch to play in SU’s most important game of the season.And with a conference title and bid to the NCAA tournament on the line, Cohen and her defenders made sure this team really was different to those in the past. There was a different “edge” to them, Flanagan said in the lead up to the tournament, and in winning three games in three days, the Orange showed it.“We got here for a reason,” Munroe said. “We worked hard, all season long, and it paid off, but everything we went through as a team, and here we are as champions.” Comments Published on March 8, 2019 at 9:48 pm Contact Arabdho: email@example.com | @aromajumder
Facebook Twitter Google+ Riley Fitzwater never saw herself as an elite high school player, let alone a college prospect.As a high school freshman, she thought basketball was too fast-paced for her. Fitzwater knew she couldn’t shoot and didn’t think that would improve. Despite standing at 6 feet 4 inches, opponents pushed her around down low and didn’t allow position in the post. When Gilmer County (West Virginia) High School won the state championship in 2016, Fitzwater finally realized the potential her size and natural talent presented. Since then, she’s worked relentlessly to reach it.“I got a few letters in the mail and a couple calls and people asked me to play AAU,” Fitzwater said. “I was like oh, maybe I can do this if I work at it a little harder.”Fitzwater is the tallest player in the Mountain East Conference and her statistics show it. She led the conference in field goal percentage her freshman year and followed that up by leading the conference in blocks per game as a sophomore — teammates call her “Fitz-swatter.”Fitzwater is working harder than she ever has before, her high school coach Amy Riddle said. She was always a good defensive player, but after winning the state championship she has worked to become a threat on offense — developing go-to post moves and learning to score through contact. As Concord University’s (18-8, 14-6 MEC) leading rebounder and second in points, teams have adjusted their defense to Fitzwater, but she in turn became stronger around the block. Fitzwater’s established several post-moves with her back to the basket and even improved on her jumpshot to become a threat on various levels of the court.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We always try to go inside first,” said Concord head coach, Kenny Osborne. “Try to get the ball inside as much as we can, and she is going to score 70% of the time we get the ball on the block.”Fitzwater was only 5 feet 8 inches in eighth grade, but is at 6 feet 4 inches as a college junior. She finds it funny that the university lists her — the team’s starting center — as a forward. Because of her height, Fitzwater dealt with fouls from opposing players, whether called or not. Riddle had the Titans intentionally foul Fitzwater in practice to simulate game situations and prepare for collisions.Courtesy of Darby FitzpatrickFitzwater found consistent spots in the post where she could receive the ball on the block and developed various go-to moves. When opponents figured out a way to deny her deep position, she started to practice in the high-post. She added a turnaround jumper to consistently hit from 15 feet.Opponents could no longer match up with Fitzwater, so they sent double, even triple teams. She adjusted again — learning to become a playmaker for the Mountain Lions. Osborne still tells Fitzwater she is free to shoot against the double.“Riley is sometimes too unselfish in the post,” Osborne said. “Sometimes she will kick it out when I wish she would make a move.”If Fitzwater gets her teammates going early by passing out of double-teams, opponents have to decide who to defend. When Mountain Lions guards can hit their perimeter shots, Fitzwater then gets to take advantage in the post — she recorded Concord’s first-ever triple-double with 10 points, 20 rebounds and 11 blocks against West Virginia State in 2018. It was proof of what she thought she could be back in high school, and what Osborne saw come to fruition from her first game with the Mountain Lions.“She had a double double off the bat,” Osborne said. “And the first game out I thought ‘we got a dandy right here.’” Comments Published on February 25, 2020 at 10:28 pm Contact Eli: firstname.lastname@example.org
The ACC’s decision to hold its tournament with added precautions is similar to the Southeastern Conference. The Ivy League announced Tuesday that its conference tournament hosted in Massachusetts is canceled. Middlebury College, a Division-III school in Vermont, announced it’s suspending all spring sports activities, including practice and games, until further notice.Other SU sports that may be impacted by coronavirus include women’s basketball, both lacrosse teams and football. SU Athletics canceled all scheduled media availabilities until March 13.The women’s basketball team will likely play in the WNIT tournament during the time of Syracuse’s in-person class suspension. In a press release, the WNIT said it’s “planning on conducting” the tournament as scheduled but is “actively monitoring the situation on an hourly basis.”The No. 1 men’s and No. 4 women’s lacrosse teams are scheduled to play three away games each between now and March 30.“In the past, we’ve dealt with the mumps and missing fall ball,” women’s lacrosse head coach Gary Gait told reporters on Tuesday. “So we take very seriously washing your hands and making sure that we clean our locker room, we keep disinfectant (around)…Hopefully that will help us stay healthy and stay on the field.”As for football, the second spring practice on Tuesday morning happened as usual. Spring ball began on Sunday and is slated to end April 16 — three practices are scheduled between March 13 and 30, the university’s current planned period of suspended residential instruction.Spring practice is slated to continue as scheduled as of Tuesday evening, with players getting the opportunity to travel home or elsewhere over break like the general student body before returning to practice and take classes remotely.Tennis, rowing, softball and track and field also compete between now and the end of the month. The NCAA indoor track and field championships are scheduled for March 13 and 14 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.This post has been updated with additional reporting. Published on March 10, 2020 at 5:48 pm Contact Danny: email@example.com | @DannyEmerman UPDATED: March 10, at 9:15 p.m.Syracuse University’s sports teams are proceeding as usual — but prepared for rapid changes — as the university announced plans to suspend on-campus classes through the end of March in response to the spread of coronavirus.In a statement to The Daily Orange on Tuesday evening, SU Athletics said it is continuing to monitor the situation alongside university officials and is monitoring and assessing information from the Centers for Disease Control and the Onondaga County Department of Health.The statement read, in part, that the athletics department wants to “inform decisions that are in the best interest of the health and wellness of our student-athletes and staff.”SU has suspended its abroad programs in Italy and Madrid, as well as domestic spring break programs. As of Tuesday morning, there were 174 reported cases of coronavirus in New York, second-most in the country behind only Washington state. There are no reported coronavirus cases in Onondaga County.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMORE COVERAGE: ACC cancels men’s basketball tournament amid spread of coronavirusInside the confusion at the ACC tournament amid coronavirus restrictionsACC tournament to follow NCAA, Big 10,Big 12 in restricting fan accessSyracuse men’s lacrosse game at Rutgers to be played without fansHow coronavirus may affect Syracuse athleticsGuidance related to athletic events “will come following consultation with the ACC,” Mike Haynie, the vice chancellor for strategic initiatives and innovation at SU, said. On Sunday, Syracuse Athletics said “we monitor the situation daily and consult with the appropriate University officials and leadership in the ACC and the schools we are competing against.”The Syracuse’s men’s basketball team begins its postseason in Greensboro, North Carolina on Wednesday in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. The ACC, after consulting with local and state authorities, will hold the event as scheduled but with added precautionary measures, following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those include increased hand-sanitizer stations and frequent cleaning of commonly used areas in the venue.“NCAA member schools and conferences make their own decisions regarding regular season and conference tournament play,” NCAA president Mark Emmert said in a statement. “As we have stated, we will make decisions on our events based on the best, most current public health guidance available.”The ACC tournament will still be open to fans, but locker room media availability will be restricted, according to a press release from the conference.Below is the official release from the Atlantic Coast Conference regarding the ACC men’s basketball tournament. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ ** indicates required Relation to SU Current StudentEmployee of SUAlumniParent of Current/Former StudentLocal CNY ResidentOther Sign up for The Daily Orange NewsletterEmail Address *
This Sunday Aherlow Gaels and Moyle Rovers will meet in Ardfinnan while Cahir and Eire Og Annacarty – Donohill clash in Leahy Park in Cashel.Cahir manager Tom McGlinchey is more concerned that they haven’t played a county match in over 3 months than the fact they’re going into the game as favourites.Their opponents meanwhile have played 3 championship games in the past 5 weeks.
Tipperary go into the All Ireland series as Munster champions for the first time since 2012 and will take on a Galway team that defeated Cork in the quarter final.The Tipperary forwards have received much praise this season for performances to date.Former Tipperary forward Brian O’Meara believes Darren Gleeson’s puck-outs have been very effective for the Premier County in securing possession.