first_img Published on September 6, 2017 at 8:20 pm Contact Josh: | @Schafer_44 Facebook Twitter Google+ At the beginning of each of the last three seasons, Syracuse head coach Ian McIntyre has faced a similar issue: a scoring loss.In 2015, the program lost 70 percent of the prior year’s production. The following year, it entered the season without 57 percent of the scoring from the season before. This season, Syracuse replaces 67 percent of its scoring from the team last year which ended in the NCAA quarterfinals against North Carolina. To start the year, Syracuse brought in 16 new players while only retaining 12.“We knew going into the season that we would need to be a little bit patient and we would evolve,” McIntyre said on Aug. 30, following his team’s first two matches of the season.Now four matches into the season, that evolution has begun.Freshman forwards Tajon Buchanan and Petter Stangeland provided match-winning goals to seal victories for the Orange on its opening weekend. In No. 7 Syracuse’s most recent game against Northwestern, Buchanan added another goal to make the freshman forward’s goal contribution worth nearly 25 percent of the team’s scoring output. Syracuse (3-0-1) enters Atlantic Coast Conference play against No. 11 Virginia (3-0) Friday in Charlottesville having scored eight goals, four of which involved the freshman forwards.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“They both add that kind of new aspect that we need,” sophomore defender John-Austin Ricks said. “We need that attacking mentality kind of player.”Andy Mendes | Digital Design EditorFrom the first match the freshman have done just that. In overtime of Syracuse’s first match this season, junior transfer Hugo Delhommelle lobbed a pass from the right side of the field toward the back left post for a streaking Buchanan. In stride, the Colorado native smashed the ball past Sascha Otte, the Saint Louis goalkeeper.In similar fashion, Stangeland’s first career goal also decided a match. Stangeland replaced Buchanan in the 76th minute and it only took him 14 minutes to find the back of the net. Following a red card on Sondre Norheim in the 90th minute, Stangeland finished on an opportunity in front of the Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville net to give the Orange the lead with less than 30 seconds remaining.“We had more creativity this year than we did last year,” junior goalkeeper Hendrik Hilpert said.The creativity Hilpert discusses challenges the junior goalkeeper because he can’t predict what the new-look offense is doing in practice, he said. For Stangeland, practice has been a main source of the play while he’s working back from a preseason injury. He’s yet to start a match but has tallied a shot on goal in each of Syracuse’s last three games.Andy Mendes | Digital Design EditorMeanwhile, Buchanan has started in all four matches for SU, compiling two shots on goal, both finding the back of the net. This past Sunday against Northwestern, Buchanan capped Syracuse’s 18-minute, three-goal flurry. As Johannes Pieles crossed the ball, the 6-foot forward launched his body far above Northwestern goalkeeper Miha Miskovic. Buchanan swung his head and guided the ball into the back right corner of the net.Earlier in the game, Buchanan threaded a pass across the crease to a streaking Jonathan Hagman who tapped home his second goal of the season, tying him with Buchanan for the team lead. The junior forward is the only returning member of the top four goal scorers from last season, when he scored five goals.The freshmen may not replicate the production of program stars like Chris Nanco, a current member of the United Soccer League, and Sergio Camargo, who plays for Toronto FC, immediately. But they are chipping away.“We lost some good players last year,” Hagman said. “But the new guys, from what I’ve seen so far, they’re ready for this.” Commentslast_img

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first_imgPRESIDENT of the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) Aubrey Hutson has endorsed the staging of the inaugural ‘Ole School Nu School’ ‘Mackenzie High versus Multi’ track and field championship saying it is the way to go as his governing body prepares to officiate in the Independence Day meet at the Mackenzie Sports Club (MSC) ground tomorrow.Speaking to Chronicle Sport on Thursday, Hutson said his personal view was that there was need for more championships like these, as he felt the time is coming when the rivalry should move from the Inter-District level and have the schools engaged in such competitions to further expose more athletes.He said he was prepared to shed light in this regard for the future of such meets as this is what the Jamaicans have been doing and one can see the results of such a programme.Hutson said he will be in Linden tomorrow to ensure the internationally recognised Fully Automatic Timing System (FATS) for athletics is implemented in Guyana for the first time on the grassy outfield at the MSC ground.The AAG had responded promptly earlier this year to the request for sanctioning of the meet and this first such meet, put on by former athlete of the Mackenzie High School (MHS) Erwin Shawn ‘Baldhead’ McNeil and past student of the Christianburg Wismar Secondary School (Multi), Floyd Cameron, (Team McNeil/Cameron), could be the starting of something big in athletics in the future.Among those big names who have given their backing for the staging of this championship are former national athletes of MHS, Marian Burnette and Bruce Butcher, who are based in the United States of America. (Joe Chapman)last_img

first_imgIn the draw conducted, men’s number one seed, ENPPI of Egypt has been drawn in Group A alongside Benin’s Unversite d’Abomey Calavi, Congo DRC’s APC Spin and Remo Stars of Nigeria.Group B has SOJ TT Club of Nigeria as well as Togo’s Club Avenir, Ethiopia’s Commercial Bank and Rwanda’s Vision TT.Women’s defending champion and Number One seed, Al Ahly of Egypt has been drawn in Group A with Nigeria’s G20 and Senegal’s Club International of Dakar.In Group B, Nigeria’s Cannan Queens are to compete with Congo DRC’s APC Spin and Ethiopia’s Commercial Bank.The top two teams from each group will advance to the semifinal stage of the competition starting today.The Club Championships is kick starting the table tennis festival in Lagos as the City of Excellence is playing host to three major tournaments on the ITTF calendar.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The 2019 African Table Tennis Championships is scheduled to begin today at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.The bi-annual tournament which was hosted in 2017 in Agadir, Morocco, has Egypt’s Al Ahly as the defending champions in the men and women events.For the first time, the number of teams increased to eight with Nigeria, Egypt, Togo, Senegal and Rwanda competing in the two events.last_img

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