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WLAX : Syracuse’s potent attack silenced by Loyola in Big East tournament championship loss

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on May 5, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2center_img Michelle Tumolo tried to confuse the defense. As Devon Collins wrapped around the net,Tumolo attempted one of her patented fake tosses, looking to make a play to spark a stagnant Syracuse offense.Loyola (Md.) goaltender Kerry Stoothoff was not fooled.Tumolo stepped from behind the net onto the left doorstep of the goal and spun away from a defender toward the net for a point blank shot, but Stoothoff made the save, knocking over Tumolo and leaving the Big East’s Offensive Player of the Year lying on the ground.‘Tumolo, (Alyssa) Murray, (Sarah) Holden,’ Stoothoff said. ‘You could just keep naming people. But I just wanted to be patient and not jump on those fakes and just really stand my ground.’Nearly halfway through the second half, the Syracuse offense found itself in the doldrums. More than 20 minutes into the second half, one of the nation’s most potent offenses had just four goals.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn total the second-seeded Greyhounds held an Orange offense that averaged more than 15 goals a game to just seven as Loyola (13-5) captured the Big East championship against top-seeded SU 13-7 in the Carrier Dome on Saturday. Syracuse (16-3) entered the weekend scoring the fourth most goals per game in the nation with 15.82, but was held to single digits in both its 7-6 semifinal win over Georgetown and its championship loss.The Greyhounds handed Syracuse its first loss since Feb. 29, snapping the Orange’s 15-game winning streak.‘Their defense is very good,’ SU head coach Gary Gait said. ‘They’re very physical, they’re on your body, they put a lot of pressure on you. But I think we had our opportunities and we didn’t take advantage.‘When you watched us play it didn’t look like a Big East undefeated playing out there today, it looked like a team that hadn’t been together for a little bit.’Normally dynamic attacks Tumolo and Murray were held to just five combined points.The two frequently misfired when trying to connect in the first half.Murray tried passing from behind the net to a wide open Tumolo, a normally easy pass. But the pass was too casual and Loyola defender Kellye Gallagher, the Big East Defensive Player of the Year, stepped in to intercept the pass.‘The depth defensively (was key),’ Loyola head coach Jen Adams said. ‘They really grinded it out. They played tough matchups today. I have so much respect for those Syracuse players. They are a high-powered offense, but I think we’re able to match them and really make them earn any opportunity they had at cage.’The offensive struggles became so frustrating that the normally levelheaded Orange sideline earned a yellow card for arguing with an official following a shot attempt by Tumolo.Tumolo argued she was fouled during a shot and when a member of the bench joined the argument, Gait was shown the yellow card.SU’s offense did come alive a bit during the end of the game with three goals over the game’s final eight minutes, but by then it was too late. The Orange had dug itself too big a hold to climb out of this time.For the second straight game, a Big East opponent had figured out SU’s offense. Each time Syracuse made a run, but the slow starts are something the Orange can learn from going into the NCAA tournament.‘You can be No. 1, be undefeated, be all that, but you still have to show up and play and execute,’ Gait said. ‘It’s a lesson that we’ll take moving forward and we’ll hopefully learn from it and be more prepared and ready and focused to play the next opponent.’dbwilson@syr.edu last_img read more

Luis Suarez: Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers criticises FA over ban

first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes the FA has “punished the man not the incident” by giving striker Luis Suarez a 10-match ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic. Uruguay’s Suarez, 26, admitted a charge of violent conduct after the 2-2 draw at Anfield on Sunday.Rodgers told LFC TV: “The punishment is against the man, rather than the incident.“We have a punishment with no intention of helping [his] rehabilitation.”Liverpool have until 12:00 BST on Friday to appeal, but will be without Suarez until late September if the FA upholds its verdict.“We are shocked and bitterly disappointed,” said Rodgers. “It is the severity of the ban which has hurt most. That is something we are bitterly disappointed with. “I can only compare [it] with similar incidents we have had. We have had two incidents of this type of scenario, both in 2006.”Appearing to refer to the FA’s decision not to charge Tottenham’s Jermain Defoe for allegedly biting Javier Mascherano, then of West Ham, Rodgers said: “One player received no ban and continued to be chosen by the FA as part of the England squad.“The second player received a five-game ban. As you can imagine whenever Luis Suarez receives a 10-match ban it is very very difficult for us to understand and even more so for him.“If I had more players of a similar mentality we would be in a different position. He has not let me down one bit.“The standard set by the club – he fell way below that at the weekend. But it does not mean he should be thrown to the garbage, which is what has happened over the last couple of days.”last_img read more

2018 FIFA World Cup Park attracts thousands of fans in Kazan

first_imgAt the height of the summer, the 2018 FIFA World Cup RussiaTM Local Organising Committee (LOC) came up with a memorable gift for the residents of Kazan and it’s guests, giving them all the chance to get a feel for the colossal event that will be Russia 2018, a whole five years ahead of the tournament. From 4 to 17 July, as part of the 27th World University Games, one of the city’s main squares, on the embankment by the Farmers’ Palace, hosted the 2018 FIFA World Cup Park.There was something for every football fan who came to the Park, whatever their level of footballing experience and passion. The smallest fans could paint themselves in the colours of the Russian flag, draw enormous footballs or simply take their first steps in the game by kicking a ball. For more active visitors, there were several open-air attractions, such as a precision shooting contest and two different types of table football. As well as “classic” table football, visitors could also test themselves in a larger-scale version using an inflatable football pitch.All visitors to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Park had access to a marquee with interactive entertainment, where they could try on paraphernalia worn by football fans from around the world, test their knowledge in a quiz on the history of the FIFA World Cup™ and give it a go as a football commentator by describing some of the competition’s greatest goals. The visitors who produced the most skilful commentaries were awarded prizes by journalists from national television and radio.“I’ve always dreamt of becoming a football commentator,” said Ilnur, a five-year-old boy who came up with one of the best commentaries on a goal scored by Zinedine Zidane in the 1998 FIFA World Cup Final in France. “Now I’ll try even harder to make my dream come true. One day I’ll be a real World Cup commentator!”Over the two weeks the Park was open, there were more than 150,000 visitors, i.e. more than 10,000 visitors a day or, on average, one in every 10 people from Kazan. Among those who visited the Park were Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, Tatarstan leader Rustam Minnikhanov, players and coaches from Russia’s national student football team and other Russian sports stars. Another visitor to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Park was Russia’s sports minister and Russia 2018 LOC chairman, Vitaly Mutko, who highlighted the extra interest the people of Kazan and its guests were showing in Russia 2018. “I’m really pleased to see so much enthusiasm among Russians in anticipation of this massive festival of football,” Mutko said. “I’d like to thank you for your support. The 2018 World Cup Park has been a sort of prelude to the FIFA Fanfests that will be taking place in the Russia 2018 Host Cities at the same time as the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, and will give everyone the chance to sample the unique atmosphere of this tournament, which our country will be hosting for the first time, a whole four years early!”Kazan was the first of the Host Cities to declare its 2018 FIFA World Cup stadium open. The stadium hosted the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2013 World University Games. In 2017, the arena will host matches at the FIFA Confederations Cup, and then Russia 2018 matches the following year.last_img read more