Published on October 26, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Rachel: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments When Nick Roydhouse emerged from the Syracuse locker room following SU’s 1-0 double-overtime loss to Villanova on Wednesday, he was beat. The loss was tough to absorb both physically and mentally, and the midfielder’s injured left shoulder took quite a few hits in that game against the Wildcats.So when asked about the team’s upcoming game against DePaul, Roydhouse couldn’t think about specifics. He just knew one thing — SU must win or it will be left out of the Big East tournament. Again. ‘We’re going to have to throw everything we have at them and try and get the victory,’ Roydhouse said. ‘If we don’t, then there’s nothing afterwards. No playoffs, no postseason, so we’ve got to put everything on the line and go after that win.’SU’s chance to make the Big East tournament has come down to the final regular-season game. The Orange (3-11-1, 1-6-1 Big East) will face DePaul (5-10-2, 2-5-1 Big East) on Saturday in Chicago at 2 p.m., with a chance to qualify for the conference tournament. The top six teams from the Red Division make it, and the Orange currently sits in seventh place. But a win over the Blue Demons would tie SU with DePaul and give the tiebreaker to the Orange, allowing them to make the tournament.A win would send SU to the conference tournament for the first time since 2005, but winning in the Big East hasn’t come easy for Syracuse this season. Following a rare 4-2 win against Cincinnati on Oct. 22, the Orange’s confidence was high. A well-played game against Villanova shouldn’t diminish that confidence, even though SU came out with a loss.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘Despite the loss (Wednesday) and some unlucky losses this season, the morale in our dressing room is high,’ midfielder Ted Cribley said. ‘We’re all confident that we can do it. And we’ll go in, fingers crossed that everything will work out and we’ll get the win.’For SU, those unlucky losses have been prevalent this season. All 11 losses have come by one goal, and the loss to Villanova was especially crushing.With just under a minute remaining in double-overtime, the game seemed headed for a tie. But the Wildcats raced downfield and scored on a counter attack. While the Villanova players celebrated and ran up the small hill behind the SU goal, all the Syracuse players could do was stand, sit or lay on the field as Roydhouse did stunned by the loss.And with its season hinging on one final game, SU must move on quickly and rediscover its offensive outburst from the Cincinnati game.‘We do have everything to play for on Saturday,’ Roydhouse said. ‘So we can be a little bit more optimistic.’SU head coach Ian McIntyre has shown that sense of optimism throughout the team’s entire season. Loss after loss, his outlook for this team has remained positive. McIntyre knows his team needs a win come Saturday. And that’s what he expects.‘Now we have to go to DePaul and win,’ McIntyre said. ‘It’s something that if we play and we keep working the way that we have, there’s some good things that are going to happen to this team.’About the only good thing to happen to SU in Big East play was the win against Cincinnati. After Syracuse scored its second goal of the game to break a 1-1 tie, it scored again. And again. For its fourth and final goal, Louis Clark, SU’s leading scorer, ran down the right side of the field and sent a shot past the Cincinnati goalkeeper. Suddenly, the team that struggled all year on offense had broken free for a dominant 4-2 victory.But those moments have been few and far in between for the Orange this season. Games like the one against Villanova have been a more common sight. Now, Syracuse has one final chance to avenge all those tight losses by earning one singular win to play its way into the Big East tournament.‘It’s the best situation because we know what we have to do,’ Cribley said. ‘It’s not in anyone else’s hands. We’re not looking at the tape and thinking, ‘What if they do this, what if they do that?’ It’s completely in our hands.’[email protected]
Legislators in the House of Representatives are concerned about the future of Liberian children as the closure of schools in the country continues due to the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).As the Ebola virus spread uncontrollably throughout the country, the Liberian government through the Education Ministry in July ordered the closure of all schools until otherwise notified.The legislators said that the closure of educational institutions due to Ebola is troubling and worry that the previous 14 years of civil strife had already put Liberian children behind academically. Being cognizant that education is the key to development and provides the skills and competencies students require in order to become productive participants in the country’s economic and social development, the legislators are seeking a way forward to reopen the nation’s schools.Members of the House of Representatives have unanimously voted for Education and Health Ministers Etmonia David Tarpeh and Dr. Walter Gwenigale to be summoned to discuss the conditions for reopening the schools.The two officials are to appear before the Committees on Health and Education on Thursday and thereafter the Committees will later report to the House Plenary.The Committees’ judgment to invite the Education and Health Ministers was due to the mandate from the Plenary predicated upon a communication from Rivercess County Lawmaker, Rep. Francis S. Paye, to find a way forward to reopen the schools.Rep. Paye hopes that Min. Tarpeh can provide the Health and Education Committee a briefing on current developments within the educational sector. “This, we believe, would also allow the Education Minister to hold consultations with other stakeholders for amicable solutions,” wrote Rep. Paye.However, Grand Bassa County Representative Gabriel B. Smith amended the motion for the inclusion of Health Minister Dr. Walter Gwenigale which was accepted by his fellow lawmakers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The NorthEast B.C. Yukon Trackers had a successful game on Friday night as they hosted the Fort McMurray Barons.In period one, the Trackers were able to take many shots on goal but were unable to bury the puck into the Baron’s net.At 6:15 into the frame, Trackers’ Duncan Ross would receive a two-minute penalty for tripping.- Advertisement -The game would remain scoreless as they headed into the second frame.In the second period, the struggle would continue for the Trackers as they tried to make a goal on the net.Eventually, at 7:57 left in the frame, Justin Brownlee shot one into the net with an assist from Markus Ruehl making the score 1-0 for the Trackers. This goal would be the only score in the period.Advertisement In period three, the winning streak would continue for the Trackers as they put in a lot of effort during this frame.At 1:41 into the frame, Logan Kimmie would make a goal on a power play with a feed from Devan Minard and Tyler Turner making the score 2-0.Then at 8:03 left in the period, Logan Kimmie would make his second goal of the game with an assist from Justin Brownlee sending the score 3-0.At 1:51 left in the game Cayden Frenette would bury one into the net with a feed from Chase London making it a 4-0 lead for the Trackers.Advertisement In the end, the Trackers would shut-out the Barons 4-0.Trackers coach, Gerard Dicaire, says this was one of the first times his team played a full 60 minutes this season.“Right from the puck drop, I thought the boys came out to play. That was probably one of the first times all year that we played a full 60 minutes, where we just didn’t stop with the pressure just shooting pucks, getting traffic to the net. So, overall it was a really good game.”Next up for the Trackers is a home game this Friday, December 21, as they host the Camrose Vikings for the Third Annual Food Bank Game. Puck drop is 12:00 p.m. at the North Peace Arena.