Key players’ injuries have further derailed Syracuse’s season

first_imgSydney Brackett sat a foot out of bounds beyond Syracuse’s goal line with her right leg extended, her shirt collar in her mouth and tears in her eyes. The junior had just rolled her right ankle while tracking down Notre Dame’s Brianna Martinez on Oct. 13, and dropped to the ground. Assistant athletic trainer Meagan Bevins tended to her and Brackett limped slowly behind the goal and to the sidelines.Across the field in front of SU’s bench, SU head coach Phil Wheddon stared blankly into the distance with his mouth open and hand on his face. Again, one of the Orange’s key players was down. First, leading scorer Kate Hostage missed three games after suffering an injury against Duke on Sept. 16. Less than three weeks later, goalkeeper Lysianne Proulx was ruled out for the season with a hip injury. Now, Brackett, a leader of the offense, was gone.“Player after player, it seems like it’s a weekly occurrence,” Wheddon said about SU’s injuries. “It’s been a little bit demoralizing for everyone. It’s been an arduous journey.”Injuries to key players have only made Syracuse’s (3-14, 0-9 Atlantic Coast) historically bad season harder. Between limited depth, players playing out of position and late-game fatigue, injuries have had a “massive impact” on SU’s performances, Wheddon said. The growing list of hurt players has contributed to the Orange’s current 12-game losing streak.When Syracuse suffered 4-0 losses to Harvard and Penn State in late August and early September, Wheddon had numbers on the bench, using seven or more substitutions in both games. In recent blowout losses to North Carolina, Notre Dame and Virginia, Wheddon has only used five substitutes due to a lack of numbers to call on.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We haven’t had the depth on the roster that we’d like to have,” Georgia Allen said. “In a perfect world, we’d have everybody fit. We can’t press for 90 minutes.”The Orange’s injuries have their biggest impact in the final 15 minutes of a game, Wheddon said. Players are fatigued and can’t always be rotated out, which results in lots of conceding. In conference play, 10 of Syracuse’s 34 goals allowed have come in the final quarter-hour of play. In consecutive games against UNC and Notre Dame on Oct. 7 and 13, SU surrendered a combined six goals in the final 15 minutes.Laura Angle | Digital Design EditorThe lack of depth also forced the Orange to play out of position. Abby Jonathan, SU’s starting center back for the first nine games of the season, was shifted to striker against Duke after Hostage went down. Allen started the season as a center midfielder, but has mostly played striker in conference play. Defender Taylor Bennett has left the backline and roamed upfield more frequently, registering a shot in six of the Orange’s last seven games.For the healthy players, seeing a teammate grimace in pain and not return to the game takes an emotional toll.“We have to try and protect the players,” Wheddon said. “Student-athlete welfare is the main thing, not pushing them to the point that they break.”While Syracuse’s injury troubles have primarily affected its performance in games, they have, at times, altered how SU practices, too. At the end of each session, the Orange has an intrasquad scrimmage. When three or more injured players are on the sidelines in a sweatshirt and sweatpants, it makes simulating a live, 11 versus 11 game impossible for Syracuse’s 23-player roster.SU’s injuries have been unavoidable, Wheddon said, as none of them have occurred in practice, while most have been caused by contact in games. The players and coaches have exercised caution in training and are doing their best to distribute minutes so nobody is worked too hard. Yet players continue to drop.“It’s really hard to watch your best players go down,” Hostage said. “It’s not fun for anyone. But it’s part of the game, it’s something we’ve had to deal with.” Comments Published on October 24, 2018 at 10:32 pm Contact David: Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Alex Peters is England’s top woman golfer for 2013

first_img14 Sep 2013 Alex Peters is England’s top woman golfer for 2013 International Alex Peters has won a nip-and-tuck race to top the England Golf ladies’ order of merit, sponsored by the golf tour operator Lorrin Golf.Alex, from Notts Ladies’ (image © Leaderboard Photography), has claimed the title of England’s top woman golfer by a tiny margin from fellow international, Sarah-Jane Boyd of Cornwall.The two players were neck-and-neck over the closing stages of the competition. Sarah-Jane took the advantage after the British stroke play championship – where she tied seventh – but Alex snatched back the top spot in the penultimate event when she tied third in the Royal Birkdale scratch trophy.Third place went to Meghan MacLaren of Northamptonshire, while Georgia Hall, the British amateur champion from Dorset, was fourth.“I’ve had a good year and I’m really pleased to have won the order of merit,” said Alex, 19, who thanked Lorrin Golf for their support.“It’s a big thing to win because it shows that all my hard work has paid off. I’ve been steady throughout the year and it proves that you don’t need to win, but you do need to be consistent to get to the top.”David Kelly, the managing director of Lorrin Golf, commented: “Lorrin Golf would like to congratulate Alex Peters on her fantastic golf throughout 2013. As winner of the England Golf order of merit we wish Alex all the very best for her new challenges in 2014.”Alex, who has represented England since she was 14, was runner-up in both the English amateur and Welsh stroke play championships. She also reached the last 16 in the British amateur championship.Other highlights of her year included representing GB&I in the Vagliano Trophy match against the Continent of Europe. She was the only GB&I player to win her singles on the second day.Now she plans another year in amateur ranks and will be targeting a place in the 2014 Curtis Cup team.Women’s Order of Merit, sponsored by Lorrin GolfLeading final places:1 Alexandra Peters (Notts Ladies)2 Sarah Jane Boyd (Truro)3 Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough)4 Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak)5 Gabriella Cowley (Brocket Hall)6 Rachael Goodall (Heswall)7 Charlotte Thomas (Singapore)8 Emma Tayler (Saunton)9 Samantha Fuller (Roehampton)10 Charlotte Thompson (Channels)last_img read more

DU announces 3member VC panel

first_imgThe Dhaka University senate on Saturday nominated a three-member panel, including incumbent DU vice chancellor professor AAMS Arefin Siddique, for appointing a new VC, reports UNB.The other panel members are DU treasurer professor M Kamal Uddin of International Business Department and professor Mohammed Abdul Aziz of Theoretical and Computational Chemistry Department.The panel was nominated at a special senate session of the university held at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban in the afternoon, said DU senate chairman and VC AAMS Arefin Siddique.The penal was nominated as per section 11 (1) of the Dhaka University Order 1973.last_img

TPI using virtual reality technology to drive sales

first_img Posted by Devin Kinasz Wednesday, June 21, 2017 TORONTO — ‘Try before you fly’ virtual reality (VR) technology is revolutionizing the travel industry and Travel Professionals International (TPI) is leading the pack. Hundreds of TPI travel advisors have implemented the VR technology and have successfully used it to offer consumers a preview of not only destinations but also new experiences and higher-margin product.Tim Morgan, TPI Vice President and member of Virtuoso’s technology committee, says virtual reality technology is meeting a growing need: “Travel is becoming more and more experiential every day. Travellers want unique experiences in unique destinations. Explor VR is able to provide as close to a real-life preview of this uniqueness as possible.”Explor VR technology allows clients a sneak peek of what awaits them in the world, no matter where they’re travelling. “This tool is incredible for retail environments and trade shows – basically anywhere that the travel advisor directly interacts with consumers,” says Morgan. “Not only does it have the ‘wow’ factor of being cutting edge, which draws people in, but once they try it their expectations are always exceeded. The tool allows travel advisors to show their professional value, and give clients that first class experience that makes it is harder for them to go back to economy.”More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsMorgan says he believes virtual reality will make consumers feel more comfortable in choosing destinations they’ve never been to before. “It will allow travel advisors to be seen as innovators and gatekeepers to the next generation of experiential travel. An important part of selling travel is to be able to craft a story for clients, as to how this isn’t just a trip, but rather an experience that they’ll never forget. Virtual reality only adds to that saleability.”One of TPI’s top performing travel advisors, Lois Barbour, has used the Explor VR app and headset at bridal shows to attract more clients. She finds that the VR experience creates buzz. “I like the fact that there are options available that put the client in the space of the resort experience. That is the next best thing to being there, and certainly better than photos.  As we focus on Sandals Resorts, the pre-loaded Jamaica experience is one of the best ones for us so far. It is always better for clients to have the experience (even if it’s virtual) than listen to an explanation.”More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionThe Explor VR technology was developed by Travelweek in an effort to help travel agencies meet their changing marketing needs.  “We’re always thinking of ways to add value for travel agents, so we thought long and hard about the future of travel marketing, and created a suite of sales tools agents could use to capture the attention of consumers,” says Devin Kinasz, Director of Digital Strategy, Travelweek. “The result of our efforts is the industry-leading Explor VR, which puts fun virtual reality destination experiences into the hands of agents and their customers.”To get more information and download the free Explor virtual reality app, go to << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Share Tags: Explor VR, Technology, TPI, Virtual Reality, Xplr VR TPI using virtual reality technology to drive saleslast_img read more