Published on February 22, 2014 at 5:51 pm Contact Josh: firstname.lastname@example.org For Syracuse, it was a nightmarish flashback to one of the most heartbreaking losses in program history.On Saturday in the Carrier Dome, the same plague that troubled the Orange against Duke in last year’s national championship game resurfaced once again. No. 2 Syracuse (2-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) lost 19-of-27 draws against No. 5 Maryland (3-0, 1-0), and fell to the Terrapins 16-8 in front of 5,283 in its first-ever ACC contest.“It’s been a concern for us in the past,” Syracuse head coach John Desko said. “But I think Chris (Daddio) has come a long way. We’ve changed some technique there. I think a couple of times we jumped and we shouldn’t have, because that put us in man-down situations.”Syracuse’s problems at the X have been heavily discussed, dissected and analyzed since the loss to Duke last May. But despite bringing in a new faceoff specialist — Mike Iacono — and spending more time practicing draws than ever before, SU once again struggled to take control of the ball.The Orange had no answer for Maryland faceoff specialist Charlie Raffa. The junior scooped up loose ball after loose ball. He beat Daddio. He beat Iacono. He beat Daddio again before beating Austin Wentworth.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter keeping Syracuse in the game in the first quarter, Daddio was outplayed in the second. Syracuse went from being up 4-2 to trailing 10-4, due in large part to its inability to gain possession at the X.“Right before that run, I gave a little high-five to Charlie and I saw something in his eyes,” Maryland goalkeeper Niko Amato said. “And boom. He went down and won a faceoff and scored and made continuous plays after that.”Raffa won 9-of-13 faceoffs in the second quarter. With SU trailing 5-4, Daddio was flagged for an illegal procedure. On the man-up advantage, Terrapins attack Connor Cannizzaro threw a bouncer past Tom Grimm and SU goalie Dominic Lamolinara and into the net.“He’s a great faceoff guy,” Daddio said of Raffa. “He got a good start. We were going back and forth for the first couple and then he started getting away a little bit and I got caught in a game of catch-up. That’s the last thing you want to do against a kid who’s better than decent.”On the ensuing faceoff, Iacono took his first draw of the match and was whistled for a procedural penalty. UMD’s Joe LoCascio found Jay Carlson, who put a shot by Lamolinara from five yards out.On the next draw, Raffa won it cleanly and went straight through the SU defense, beating Lamolinara with a shot from 10 yards out. SU defender Bobby Tait stood still in disbelief.Iacono won the next draw, which was met with a sarcastic cheer from the home crowd.On Maryland’s next possession, Matt Rambo came around a screen and fired a shot past Lamolinara. Bobby Wardwell came in for Lamolinara after the Maryland native yielded nine goals to his former team.But for Raffa, it didn’t matter who was in net. On the next draw, he beat Iacono down the field and took it through the defense himself. Raffa put a shot by Wardwell for his second goal of the game.“Charlie got into a pretty good groove,” Maryland head coach John Tillman said. “Anytime you get possessions it just allows you to get into a rhythm offensively and it can, at times, make the other team a little more uncomfortable.”Trailing 14-5, the Orange sent Wentworth to the X. The result didn’t change. Raffa won another draw and Maryland scored another goal.“I knew that that would be a big part of the game,” Raffa said. “We worked on it all week so I thought that really helped out.”But it wasn’t just faceoffs. Maryland beat Syracuse in every facet of the game. Maryland had 36 groundballs to Syracuse’s 17. Fifty-five shots to Syracuse’s 32.Despite blowing out Siena in its season opener, Syracuse only held a 15-13 edge at the X. SU was able to dominate the X against Albany on Sunday, but that was against a trio of inexperienced faceoff specialists. With the Orange facing six of the top teams in the country this year, it’ll have to find an answer at the X soon.“I think the best thing about today is that we can’t play any worse all-around. It’s never one guy or one position,” said attack Kevin Rice. “If one guy is having a down day then the rest of the team has to step up. I just think as a team, collectively, we need to step it up.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
This article was updated March 11 at 12:30 a.m. with interviews from individuals planning to participate in Festival of Books and with more information about the impact of coronavirus on the festival lineup. Festival of Books and Food Bowl are just two among several large entertainment-related events to be postponed or canceled because of the spread of coronavirus. The 2020 South by Southwest Innovation Awards, an annual film and media festival that several USC students planned to attend in Austin, Texas, was also canceled last week. The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will be postponed until October, the L.A. Times reported Tuesday. ReadersPLUS, a math and literacy tutoring program in Joint Education Program, annually hosts a booth at the festival where they read aloud children’s books and host a writing contest for elementary school students. Brittany Acevedo, a 2019 graduate and a volunteer in ReadersPLUS for five years, said she initially felt disappointed with the festival postponement but understood that the decision was necessary. Los Angeles Times Festival of Books draws more than 150,000 attendees and hosts a wide array of authors, journalists and artists. (Daily Trojan file photo) “There’s a big economic impact,” Bellantoni said. “There’s hundreds of people who help staff it, who have to do the maintenance. Lots of preparation for having such a large thing on campus, but that’s the thing with any of these events that are getting canceled.” The lineup of authors, performers and panelists will not be released until late August, L.A. Times Vice President of Communications Hillary Manning said in an email to the Daily Trojan. The L.A. Times will determine whether authors and performers who were scheduled to appear in April will be able to accommodate the date change. Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism professor and Media Center director Christina Bellantoni, who previously worked at the L.A. Times, has been a part of the festival in past years and has served as a moderator and panelist. Bellantoni was also supposed to be part of a panel this year and work on the L.A. Times Stage. The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books has been postponed to October because of concerns regarding coronavirus, the Times announced Tuesday. The event, which has been hosted at USC for the last nine years, celebrates creative works through panel discussions and performances with authors, journalists, filmmakers and musicians and brings thousands to campus each April. “We expect that the lineup will have some changes but are hoping many of the authors and performers will be able to join us in Oct.,” the email read. USC will conduct classes online Wednesday through Friday along with the week following spring break in response to the threat of coronavirus, and the University will continue monitoring the situation to determine any further necessary action. The move to postpone the festival follows several coronavirus developments in Los Angeles County, including the first case of community spread Monday. L.A. County declared a public health emergency last week after 20 cases of coronavirus were confirmed in the county at the time of publication. California has also announced a state of emergency following the first death in the state to receive federal and state funding to address the crisis. USC has yet to comment on the postponement of the festival but has canceled or postponed other University-related events, including the weekly farmers market and the Latino Alumni Association Scholarship Gala. The gala, which was supposed to be held Saturday in downtown L.A., will now be held in May. “Whenever we host the public at our events, we take health and safety seriously,” the Los Angeles Times wrote in a statement. “As we make plans to host the Festival of Books and Food Bowl in the fall, we will continue to monitor developments with the coronavirus in Southern California, and cross-reference with any guests who may be traveling to Southern California from affected areas to participate in our events.” “I don’t think there will be too much of an impact for it being moved to October other than [waiting] a little extra time,” Acevedo said. “In terms of the spirit of the community and the organizations that go with the [festival], I think there’s no hard feelings, it could be worse. The festival, which is going into its 25th year, will now be held Oct. 3-4. The 40th Book Prizes awards ceremony, which is typically held in conjunction with the festival, was canceled. Winners and honorable mentions, however, will still be announced April 17 as planned. The Times also postponed its annual Food Bowl, an event that features hundreds of L.A.-based food activities, including dinners, restaurant pop-ups and classes over the course of May, to fall.
In early June, BiH national football team is playing against Latvian national football team as a part of qualifications for World Cup 2014 which will be played in Brazil.The match BiH- Latvia will be played in capital of Latvia- Riga, and the main referee of the match will be one of the most renowned referees of English Premier League and one of the most renowned referees of Europe – Mike Dean.His assistants will be Stuart Burt and Peter Kirkup.(sportsport.ba)(photo: wikipedia)