WLAX : Orange looks for 5th straight home victory in matchup with rival Big Red

first_img Published on April 25, 2011 at 12:00 pm Comments Gary Gait said Cornell is playing for respect. The Big Red has not had a strong season, struggling even more than Syracuse, but the upstate New York rivals are not to be discounted in the SU head coach’s mind.The unranked Big Red has a 5-7 record. Syracuse (7-7) has spent all but two weeks this season in the Top 25. Cornell lost at home to a Rutgers team that Syracuse beat on the road. Syracuse has played one of the hardest schedules in the nation this season. Cornell hasn’t.But Gait expects Cornell to come to the Carrier Dome and give the Orange a run for its money.‘They’re always going to play us tough,’ Gait said. ‘The last two years they haven’t been in the Top 10 or anything like that, but they’ve been tough to us. They show up. It’s an upstate rivalry, and I think they always play for respect.’Despite Tuesday’s matchup with Cornell being a single nonconference game amid a run of eight Big East matchups, Syracuse expects the Big Red to maintain or even escalate the level of play the Orange has been facing. Five of Cornell’s players went to high school in the greater Syracuse area, creating a local rivalry between the two squads.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse has won its past four home games and is looking to continue its hot streak against the Big Red as the season enters the final stretch. SU is coming off a win Saturday against a Cincinnati team winless in Big East play. While the game was important for SU’s conference record — and also clinched a Big East tournament berth for the Orange — it was somewhat of a prelude to the Cornell matchup.Saturday’s game gave Syracuse a chance to experiment and work out the kinks. It fostered confidence. Even if that confidence will be tested by Cornell.‘You feel good,’ Gait said. ‘Everybody feels happy, but you’ve got to stay focused and mentally tough because you’re going to have a much bigger challenge coming Tuesday.’Although the Cornell matchup has no bearing on Syracuse’s playoff chances, senior attack Tee Ladouceur said the players do not think of the game any differently. Fellow attack Michelle Tumolo said any game can indirectly affect the playoffs.‘Every game’s a game,’ Tumolo said. ‘It’s just a step to getting better.’As has been the case for much of the season, Syracuse’s main focus will be on winning draw controls. The team struggled with winning the draw for much of the season.Cornell’s strengths lie in its offense. Syracuse will watch out for some leadership in the attack, specifically from the captain, Libby Johnson. Defender Janelle Stegeland said after watching film of the Big Red, the defense is preparing for some of its specific offensive plays.‘They’ve got a great crease play,’ Stegeland said. ‘We watched film this morning, and we see them running that a lot. So I think we’ll definitely be focusing on that.’But for a Syracuse team that is 2-6 in nonconference games, Cornell will provide a final chance to improve its record outside the Big East. This will also be the last game the seniors play at home, although Senior Night took place Saturday.Last year, Syracuse traveled to Cornell and won 7-6, thanks to a save by goalie Liz Hogan as time expired. Going into that game, Syracuse had a record of 9-4 while Cornell was just 7-5.So this year, SU looks at the matchup with Cornell as only a rivalry game once again. It goes beyond numbers, meaning the Big Red’s subpar season doesn’t mean a thing.‘Regardless of what either team’s records say, it’s going to be a good game, a hard-fought game,’ Hogan said. ‘We’re going to need to come out strong and play them well.’alguggen@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


first_imgThe Department of Education has granted an extension of time to allow a Buncrana school to remain open.Coláiste Chineál Eoghain had been threatened with closure in recent weeks because of low numbers of pupils.But CEO of the Donegal Vocational Education Committee Shaun Purcell has revealed the school will remain open. “I am delighted to confirm that the Department of Education & Skills has granted an Extension of the provisional recognition to Coláiste Chineál Eoghain for the 2013/2014 School year.“The Department has included a number of provisos including a yearly review.“I would like to thank everybody for the hard work, support and assistance that was provided in making our Appeal to the Department,” he said.The move has been welcomed by Senator Jimmy Harte. ” I am delighted to confirm that the Department of Education & Skills has granted an Extension of the provisional recognition to Coláiste Chineál Eoghain for the 2013/2014 School year.“The parents and teachers together with the local public reps were united in their efforts and they have been vindicated in their efforts today .“Cllr Martin Farren and myself spoke with Minister Quinn on the issue and it gives the school a chance to get established in Inishowen as it’s the only Colaiste in the peninsula.“It’s a good news story and I must may tribute to VEC CEO Mr Shaun Purcell who made a great pitch to the Dept and they took on all the concerns and information and thankfully came to a sensible conclusion.“I look forward to seeing Coláiste Chineál Eoghain expand and blossom into the future ” Inishowen Sinn Féin representatives, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn, Jack Murray, Ciaran McLaughlin & Mary Kelly have welcomed confirmation.In a joint statement, the Sinn Féin team said: “This is fantastic news for all those involved in the campaign for Colaiste Chineal Eoghain.“We congratulate Shaun Purcell, the parents’ committee, the teachers and all those who put in a huge effort to ensure a future for Irish language education in Inishowen.“All those involved now need to continue efforts to ensure that this becomes a permanent solution. “Sinn Féin representatives will continue to do everything we can, in every forum, protect and grow Colaiste Chineal Eoghain.”BUNCRANA COLAISTE GIVEN EXTENSION OF TIME TO GET NUMBERS UP was last modified: May 16th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:buncranaColaiste Chine EoghainVEClast_img read more