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Murray prepares for Tewaaraton Award presentation with teammate Treanor

first_imgAll five of the Tewaaraton Award candidates have spent the past few days getting tours and learning about the history of the award, which has Native American roots.While the time leading up to the announcement has been fun, Alyssa Murray said, there is a lot on the line Thursday night.Murray and fellow Syracuse attack Kayla Treanor were first and second in the nation in points with 117 and 110, respectively, and are two of the five finalists for the Tewaaraton Award. But neither is considered a shoe-in for the country’s most prestigious individual honor, which will be presented at 8:15 p.m. Thursday at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.Although the Orange lost the national championship game to Maryland on Sunday night, a Syracuse player taking home the Tewaaraton Award would recognize the best season in SU’s program history.“It would be a team award,” Murray said. “I was actually thinking about it earlier. I could never accept an award like this where it is about the individual without the team behind me.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAlthough three Tewaaraton Awards have been handed to a Syracuse men’s lacrosse player, no SU women’s lacrosse player has ever won it in the trophy’s 13-year history.While the senior Murray is a finalist for the second straight year, Treanor is among the nation’s elite players as just a sophomore. Joining them are Maryland’s Megan Douty and Taylor Cummings, along with Florida’s Shannon Gilroy.Cummings was one of the best all-around players statistically for Maryland. She was ninth in the country in goals scored with 63, and 10th in draw controls at 5.33 per game.Douty is the lone defensive player on the list. She was the Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year for a Terrapins defense that allowed just 7.86 goals per game. She guarded Treanor in the national championship game and held her to two goals.Gilroy led the nation in scoring with 4.1 goals per game. Her 86 goals were seven more than Treanor, the second-best scorer, while playing in three fewer games. She was third in points with 106.The competition will be tough for Treanor and Murray. Treanor finished the year with a program record 79 goals. Murray rose to third all time in points in Syracuse history.“Even though we didn’t win the national championship,” Murray said, “if (either myself or Treanor) were to come away with the award, it would be a total reflection of our team’s hard work.” Comments Published on May 29, 2014 at 5:28 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 Related Stories THREE AND OUT: Syracuse falls in national championship game, loses to Maryland for 3rd time this seasoncenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Football is still shaky after three victories

first_imgWill the real Trojans please stand up?We’re three weeks into the 2017 season, and we know more or less as much about this USC team as we did heading into opening day. The Trojans kicked off their campaign with an unconvincing win over Western Michigan, rebounded with a statement victory against Stanford but then required two overtime periods to down a double-digit underdog Texas team.Redshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold has thrown for more than 1,000 yards and seven touchdowns so far this season, but he has also been picked off six times — already two-thirds of his 2016 total. The two-headed rushing attack of junior Ronald Jones II and freshman Steven Carr, which shined against the Broncos and the Cardinal, was held to less than three yards per carry against the Longhorns. USC’s defense, though formidable, has appeared prone to the occasional big play, which nearly crushed the team last weekend when Texas marched down the field and took the lead with 45 seconds left to play.The Trojans now hit the road for their first game away from the Coliseum this fall. They will face an undefeated Cal team surging with confidence from its Week 3 upset over Ole Miss — and new head coach Justin Wilcox will be eager to exact revenge on his former team (he was USC’s defensive coordinator under former head coach Steve Sarkisian). Though the Bears endured a brutal 2016 campaign, they picked up an opening-week win at North Carolina in addition to beating Ole Miss, and they could very well give the Trojans their biggest test of the year so far come Saturday.But another battle of attrition could spell trouble for this banged-up USC squad, which can ill-afford more injuries — let alone a loss. A slew of key players have been on the sidelines during practice this week, including Jones, junior linebacker Porter Gustin and three other starters. Of course, the Trojans’ injury issues will only make their task more difficult against the hungry Bears.Fortunately, USC can take heart looking back at last year’s matchup. Even if Wilcox’s presence is a massive boost to the defense, this is largely the same roster that allowed USC to torch them for 629 total yards on offense in 2016; Trojan runners bowled the Bears over for 398 yards while Darnold rang up five scores through the air. Granted, 163 of USC’s receiving yards came from JuJu Smith-Schuster and Darreus Rogers, but junior wideout Deontay Burnett, who has racked up more than 120 yards in four consecutive games dating back to the Rose Bowl, should still keep Cal’s defense very busy.However, can Jones and Carr rebound from their tough night versus Texas? Will a potentially depleted receiving corps get open for Darnold?Can Darnold himself avoid giving the ball away to a Cal defense that ranks third in the FBS in forced turnovers? There is still plenty of confidence in this program, especially after last week’s dramatic win, but the feeling of invincibility that made fans chant “We want ’Bama” last year is fading rapidly. Whether it’s due to unlucky bounces or lack of chemistry, USC hasn’t completely clicked yet this season, and paranoid fans are starting to see upsets looming around every corner.But there still remains a feeling that — when push comes to shove — the Trojans will jump on Darnold’s back and pull through. There was no better example of it than last weekend (save for maybe the Rose Bowl). Darnold, despite his two picks on the game, came out firing with no fear and deadly efficiency with less than a minute on the clock and no timeouts. From the second USC went down, the Trojans’ quarterback was spectacular, showing off his mobility, pocket presence and unmatched improvisational ability.Even with all Darnold’s ability, though, it’s impossible to expect that from him every week. If they keep trying their luck, the Trojans will eventually wind up on the losing end of one of these nail-biters, especially away from home. USC hasn’t seen a deficit it couldn’t overcome in a full calendar year. You wouldn’t expect that streak to come to an end against Cal, who the Trojans haven’t lost to since 2003, but you can be sure the Bears smell blood after USC’s close call against Texas. Depending on which version of the Trojans shows up at Memorial Stadium, we could be in for another heart-stopper.This team has been more roller coaster than hype train so far this season, but I’m still all in. With all the playmaking talent USC has on either side of the ball, there’s no question there is championship quality on this roster — and right now, there doesn’t seem to be a more automatic player in football than Darnold in clutch situations. It wasn’t necessarily pretty, but the Trojans took care of the Longhorns last week. Now it’s time for the bear hunt.Ollie Jung is a senior studying print and digital journalism. He is also a sports editor for the Daily Trojan. His column, Jung Money, runs Fridays.last_img read more

YPP Orientates 22 new Graduates

first_imgYPP’s mentors and supervisors posed at the event. The Young Professionals Program (YPP) on Friday, July 6, orientated 22 professionals at an elaborate ceremony in Monrovia. The YPP is a recruitment initiative for talented, highly qualified professionals to start a career as an international civil servant with the United Nations Secretariat. It is the most competitive initiative for youth’s capacity development for future leadership in the civil service.The 22 members were inducted by Sonjai Reynolds-Cooper, who spoke of the rigorous process of recruitment.Its Executive Director, Hh K. Zaizay has called for a strengthening of the public service. Zaizay stressed the need for partners to provide more funding to expand the program in rural areas.His statement was contained in a remark he made on Friday at the 8th mentors and supervisors’ orientation event held at a resort in Monrovia.YPP recruits, trains and prepares promising and talented Liberian college graduates for future public service.Zaizay said there is need for more funding, because inadequate funding for the program has over the years hindered its expansion, especially in the rural areas.“We are funded by private donors and the government, but in the last budget year, we received 20 percent of our budget, constraining us financially,” he said.“We recruit our trainees for the two-year fellowship, a laptop is provided; they receive a gross salary of US$451; we put them on health benefits and train them for two years. At the end of the two-year service, the government absorbs them,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more