Syracuse hopes to mitigate turnover problems against Stony Brook in 2nd round of NCAA tournament

first_img Published on May 9, 2014 at 8:18 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 What was unfolding on the field was the type of collapse that Syracuse hadn’t experienced in its previous 19 games this season.Turnover after turnover, 16 to be exact, turned a comfortable five-goal Syracuse lead over then-No. 11 Loyola, into a three-goal deficit.In the end, a miraculous last-minute comeback win masked a ghastly season-high 24 turnovers for SU in its regular season finale on May 3.And all SU head coach Gary Gait could do was laugh, uncomfortably, when asked what his team was doing to combat a similar problem in the upcoming NCAA tournament.It was a reminder of a statistic that he’d like to forget.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We moved past that when it ended,” Gait said. “We know it’s a different season now, we start fresh. One game playoff, and I think the mental focus will be sharper.”Syracuse’s turnover-heavy performance against Loyola was a hyperbolic example of a lingering problem for the No. 2 Orange (18-2, 6-1 Atlantic Coast). It has 288 turnovers on the season, which are the most in the ACC, and 68 more than top-ranked Maryland. This week, the Orange is working on its communication to try and mitigate the problem.In games that Syracuse nearly lost this season, like its 13-11 win over then-No. 18 Albany on April 1, or 7-5 win over then-.500 Cornell on April 15, it was massive turnover totals — 16 and 17, respectively — that nearly doomed SU.Now the Orange will hope for a reversal of fortune when it hosts Stony Brook in the second round of the NCAA tournament at SU Soccer Stadium on Sunday at 3 p.m.“We can’t do that in a win-or-go-home scenario. Because if a ball bounced the other way,” midfielder Bridget Daley said. “… then we would have lost in the tournament and that sends you home.“Daley had four turnovers against Loyola, and said they could have been due to everyone not practicing together during finals week leadinmg up to the game.Now that everyone is back and focused only on lacrosse, Daley thinks those problems will stay in the past.“A lot of people are putting in time together and doing small group work,” Daley said. “On defense you talk about communication. But it’s all over the place. It’s in the midfield, it’s on attack. You’ve got to back each other up.”Communication will be key against Stony Brook, which leads the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 4.79 goals per game. The next-best defense allows more than six per game.The Seawolves held Towson scoreless in the first half of the first-round play-in game Friday. Stony Brook eventually won 10-8 to advance to play Syracuse.“We want to make (Syracuse) impatient,” SBU head coach Joe Spanilla said. “We can’t give up transition to them. We’ve got to make sure we get back with the ball and get our defense organized.“We’ve got to make sure we have no self-inflicted wounds, and we make stops.”Syracuse has been practicing all week to face either SBU or Towson at SU Soccer Stadium. Either way it will be playing on a grass surface for the first time after splaying all of its home games at the Carrier Dome this season.Daley said the new surface doesn’t change the team’s game plan, but that it needs to be conscious of the change to limit its turnover totals.“There’s more of a focus on ground balls,” Daley said, “and just backing each other up, because when you do miss those passes and the person behind you isn’t ready for it, it’s not just the person that bobbled the ball.“It’s a team effort.“Syracuse’s turnover problem is one it would like to overlook.With an 18-2 record, the best in program history, it certainly is possible to do so.But while Gait may say he’s willing to “move past” one of his team’s greatest flaws, he’s done everything he can this week to prepare Syracuse for a shot at a title run.“You’ll see less turnovers,” Gait promised. “We’ll be ready to go come Sunday.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Jason Quigley to get Finn Valley 5k off and running on St Stephen’s Day

first_imgJASON QUIGLEY will get this year’s St Stephen’s Day 5k at Finn Valley AC off and running.The Ballybofey man, fresh from his 12th pro win at the weekend and his devastating first round KO of Jorgé Melendez, will return home for a quick Christmas visit before returning to Los Angeles to prepare for his next bout, likely to be in late January.  Quigley will get the annual popular 5k at Finn Valley underway on St Stephen’s Day.The 46th annual organisation of the family community event, which always attracts a large turnout to walk, jog and run, can expect another big crowd.Pre-register is open currently @finnvalleyac and on run day from 10 am with an 12 noon start.Jason Quigley to get Finn Valley 5k off and running on St Stephen’s Day was last modified: December 21st, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Finn Valley ACJason Quigleylast_img read more

Businessman Michael Issakidis charged with tax fraud

first_imgPolice and tax office investigators seized $40 million in luxury assets as authorities allege the Greek-born property developer is involved in a multi-million dollar tax evasion and money laundering scheme with an associate.Issakidis was recently successfully sued friend and Wheel of Fortune game show host Baby John Burgess for rent he claimed Burgess owed him for living in his Gold Coast penthouse apartment. The property mogul, a prominent figure in the Gold Coast social scene, was charged with conspiring to deal in proceeds of crime worth $63 million and defrauding the Australian tax Office of tens of millions of dollars. The proceeds of crime charge relates to tax fraud. Among Issakidis’s seized possessions was a Gold Coast waterfront mansion, a luxury property in Sydney’s Northbridge, two yachts and a number of prestigious vehicles.Mr Issakidis was expected to appear in Queensland’s Southport Magistrates’ Court to face charges of conspiracy to deal in the proceeds of crime of $1 million or more, – which carries a maximum jail term of 25 years, and conspiracy to dishonestly cause a loss to a third person, namely the Australian Taxation Office, carries a maximum jail term of 10 years. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more