Ambode Commends Beach Soccer Eagles, Gidi Sharks

first_imgCOPA LAGOSLagos State Governor, Akinwumi Ambode, has applauded the performance of the country’s beach soccer team, the Beach Eagles, after putting up a great job at the 2017 COPA Lagos Beach Soccer Tournament that ended yesterday.The state governor also hailed the state’s team, Gidi Sharks, for putting up an impressive performance at the three-day competition. Speaking to newsmen on behalf of the governor, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, said Governor Ambode was happy with the performance of the two teams.“It was a good outing for the Eagles defeating Morocco and Lebanon in their first two matches,” he said.“Looking at some of the countries that participated at the competition like Lebanon and Morocco, they both have beach soccer leagues and defeating them showed that we have potentials to be giant if we build on the success made so far in the game.“I really want to appreciate the Eagles for their strong mentality because they have shown that with proper league, they can rule the world.“I want to also give kudos to the Lagos State team, Gidi Sharks, for what they were able to achieve at the tournament.“We can see the input of the Coach Angelo Schirinzi, in the team and hopefully when the league starts, we will surely have a formidable team that can take on any other clubs or national team from around the world.”The Sand Eagles defeated Morocco 7-6 with Emeka Ogbonna scoring the winning goal, in their first match, while it was the turn of Suleiman Mohammad to score the winning goal in the 9-8 victory against Lebanon in their second match.For Gidi Sharks, they started the competition with a 6-2 win against Pepsi Football Academy before losing the second game 9-4 to another Nigeria team, Kebbi Beach soccer team. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Despite dominating faceoff X, Virginia fails to overcome crushing Syracuse defense

first_img Published on March 2, 2013 at 12:11 am Contact Jacob: jmklinge@syr.edu | @Jacob_Klinger_ Thirty-seven seconds remained in regulation, Syracuse and Virginia were tied and SU head coach John Desko called timeout. A never-predictable box-to-box affair was set to end with as little certainty as the previous 59 minutes and 20 seconds had been played with.But both coaches addressed their players with one near-constant pulsing in their heads: faceoffs. The Cavaliers knew one last defensive stand and the ball was all-but theirs. The Orange had to score, because it couldn’t win them.“To myself,” Desko said, “I’m not telling the guys that. To myself, ‘It’d be nice not to come out and have to faceoff in overtime.’”Mick Parks edged every faceoff man Desko threw his way. First was Chris Daddio, then Elliott Burr, and after halftime, Brendan Conroy. Parks beat them all. And when an Orange faceoff specialist did gain the advantage, UVA wings like Scott McWilliams or Rob Emery would sweep in and hammer the ball free of an SU stick. The Cavaliers routinely scooped up the ensuing ground balls, and UVA swept into possession after possession.Yet despite losing battle after faceoff battle, 16-5, the Orange triumphed 9-8 with a neutralizing defense and thrifty attack. Knowing restart possessions would be few and far between – just five in 63 minutes of lacrosse Friday – SU couldn’t afford overly risky passes in the half-field.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“There was one or two times where I fed it in and I wished I’d kind of – some guys came to me after and said ‘All right, we know what you’re doing out there,’” midfielder JoJo Marasco said. “But our defense got us the ball back every time.”While the Orange defense kept it in the game, the frustration of starting faceoff man Daddio became impossible to hide.To start the second quarter Daddio gained position on Parks. With the ball just inches from his pocket the UVA cavalry arrived, knocking him out of the play. McWilliams, Parks’ wingman, came up with the ground ball. And as Daddio jogged off defeated for the sixth time on nine tries, he threw a cross-check into Emery.“We were just looking for a change-up. I think that Chris had got them out and we knew this going in: They’re great with their wing play on faceoffs, they’re very aggressive, they’ll double pull, they’ll always try to put the ball back on the ground,” Desko said.  “I’ve watched Virginia for a long time, they’re great ground-ball people. So if they’re not winning it their goal is to make checks and put the ball back on the ground and get it themselves or with their wings.”Burr took the next faceoff for Syracuse with 4:46 left in the second quarter and the game tied 4-4. He jumped the gun, giving the Cavaliers the ball. Ryan Tucker scored on the following possession.Parks cleanly beat Burr to start the second half. Conroy played out the remainder of regulation at the X, winning just one of six. Experience meant nothing. The junior Daddio struggled, as did his freshmen teammates. Parks is new to the X for UVA, too though. Virginia head coach Dom Starsia never expected him to take 76 percent against the Orange.“No, no. Overall, Mick’s a new faceoff guy for us and certainly it’s a little bit of an adventure,” Starsia said. “He’s pretty good. You know, and I thought we had a chance, but I really didn’t expect it – I don’t know the final stat but it seemed like we were a bit better.”But the goaltending of Bobby Wardwell and the physically dominant defending of Brian Megill, Brandon Mullins, Dave Hamlin and Kyle Carey punished the attacking Cavaliers just as badly as the UVA wings and Parks tormented SU’s faceoff men.Virginia beat the Orange 33-23 in ground balls, but with the ball on the ground in SU’s end Syracuse dominated. And in attack, SU took its time, circulating the ball around the perimeter and picking its spots. Just less than one of every three Orange shots was a goal.Still, with two potent attack forces waiting, only needing one chance to claim the full-field struggle as a win, Virginia knew it had the edge. Sure enough, Parks beat Daddio one more time, but Wardwell saved Matt White’s tame attempt, setting up Kevin Rice’s winner.Said Starsia: “We were certainly confident we were going to win the faceoff in the overtime.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Male athlete of the semester: Ethan Happ

first_imgFreshman Ethan Happ’s decision to redshirt last year may have salvaged Wisconsin’s season this year.For the better part of this season, Happ’s name was chained to comparisons of previous Badger great, Frank Kaminsky. Every time Happ was mentioned, immediate comments loaded with similarities to last year’s national player of the year followed.But for Happ, living up to the expectations left by one of the greatest basketball players in school history would only prove half the battle during his first year on the court.Understanding the value of learning from — rather than competing against — eventual first round draft picks Sam Dekker and Kaminsky in last year’s campaign led Happ to redshirt his first season with the Badgers.“Going against Frank and Nigel [Hayes] and Sam every day in practice made my game jump a lot more than playing six to eight minutes [off the bench] would have,” Happ said in October before the season began.Men’s basketball: Happ’s emergence vital in Badgers’ midseason resurgenceThis was not the year the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball anticipated. The Badgers, who entered the season ranked No. Read…Under new head coach Greg Gard, Happ quickly began to blossom into the player that many fans had expected to see one day, but certainly not this soon into his career. The forward began to rattle off double-doubles night after night, finishing the season with yet another freshman school record by claiming 10 of these feats in one season.All of a sudden a team that had started conference play in shambles, losing four of its first five games, was turning into a legitimate contender after rolling to a seven-game win streak.After Happ’s game-winning layup against Michigan State, Wisconsin would finish the regular season with 11 wins and only two losses, both of which came against top-15 opponents on the road.Men’s basketball: Happ’s game-winning layup pushes Wisconsin over No. 4 Michigan StateIt was another game for the Wisconsin men’s basketball team and another down-to-the-wire finish, and for the first time in Read…Happ’s integral role in the team’s success did not go unnoticed nationally either. Despite competition against freshmen projected as first-round NBA draft picks, Happ’s 12.4 points and 7.9 rebounds per game earned him the 2016 Big 10 Freshman of the Year award, becoming only the second player in school history to achieve this honor. He was named to the conference All-Defensive Team after leading the Big Ten in steals.Now with the team’s leading scorer junior forward Hayes uncertain about his future in Madison, Happ’s sophomore season could serve as a glimpse into the future success of University of Wisconsin’s men’s basketball for years to come.last_img read more