January 26

Lecture explores missionary roots of democracy

first_imgIn a lecture Jan. 27, Robert D. Woodberry, associate professor of political science at the National University of Singapore, explained the role of Christian missionaries in the growth of liberal democracy.The Kellogg Institute sponsored the lecture, titled “The Missionary Roots of Liberal Democracy,” at the Hesburgh Center for International Studies.“The narrative of democracy is usually told in a secular way,” Woodberry said. “I argue that, building on earlier foundations, Protestant missionaries are responsible for a lot of reforms that lead to liberal democracy.”By examining consistent historical patterns and statistical data from the 19th and early 20th centuries, the influence of religion on the growth of liberal democracy can be demonstrated and compared to the influence of the Enlightenment or various economic systems, Woodberry said. His statistical analysis considered other contextual factors to show the political impact of missionaries.Woodberry said the word “liberal” is an important qualifier because it means governments have ensured rights for opposition groups and minorities. He also said there are significant distinctions between different types of missionary groups, including their denominations and relationships with states.“The four major reforms of the missionaries were mass education, mass printing, nonviolent social movements and colonial reform,” Woodberry said.In terms of education, Woodberry said missionaries espoused the growth of literacy as means of reading scripture and thus prepared students to embrace democracy.“They pioneered classrooms techniques using texts designed for children,” Woodberry said.Citing the example of the Belgian Congo, he said missionaries were responsible for reporting abuses and reigning in abuses of colonial power.“Missionaries limited colonial abuses but were not necessarily anti-colonial,” he said.Woodberry said missionaries advocated the idea of trusteeship particularly in British colonialism because they believed it was their duty to bring salvation to the colonized areas. He showed the results of a study he performed comparing female literacy and infant mortality rates across regions in India with the locations of missionary centers to fortify his argument.“Christianity profoundly shaped modernity and the religious incentive of missionaries, and their reforms are crucial to the spread of liberal democracy,” Woodberry said.Tags: Democracy, Kellogg Institute, missionarylast_img read more

December 16

2nd Suspect Charged in 2014 Roosevelt Slaying

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A second suspect has been charged in the fatal shooting of a 21-year-old Freeport man in 2014, Nassau County police said. Corey Walker, 19, was arrested Thursday afternoon in connection with the Dec. 20, 2014 shooting death of Sayvon Marcus Burt, police said. Walker was charged with second-degree murder, attempted robbery, grand larceny, and criminal possession of a weapon. He will be arraigned Friday at First District Court in Hempstead. In May of last year, police arrested 18-year-old Elliott Fortune and charged him with second-degree murder. Fortune was reportedly charged with attempted murder in another case. Police said Burt was discovered outside an alley in Roosevelt at 4:15 p.m. with multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police were alerted to the scene by a Shot Spotter notification and a subsequent 911 call.last_img read more

September 28

Brisbane unit market still suffering from ‘oversupply hangover’: REIQ

first_img Apartment buildings are seen in the Brisbane suburb of South Brisbane. Image: AAP/Darren England.But the REIQ said owner-occupier designed units were finding appeal with buyers — helping to bolster the overall status of the attached housing sector.The annual median unit price in the Brisbane local government area fell 2.2 cent to $440,000 in the 12 months to June 2019.The top suburb for unit price growth during the June quarter was South Brisbane, where the median unit price rose nearly 16 per cent.This was followed by Hamilton and Morningside. Top suburbs for unit price growth in Brisbane LGA – June 2019. Source: REIQ.The unit sector across Greater Brisbane generally underperformed, according to the analysis. While Ipswich held steady, Logan saw median unit prices fall 7.9 per cent, while Redland was down seven per cent. Moreton Bay’s annual unit median price also dropped 5.6 per cent, despite the standout performance from Redcliffe. Top suburbs for unit price growth in Brisbane LGA – June 2019. Source: REIQ. (Only two qualified because they had the required 19 sales) The annual median unit price in Brisbane LGA fell 2.2% to $440,000. Image: AAP/Darren England.Clinton Viertel of Belle Property – Redcliffe said the unit market in the area had been undervalued for many years, but buyers were now starting realise its potential.Mr Viertel said a lot of baby boomers were selling their houses and downsizing to apartments on the Redcliffe Peninsula, along with interstate investors. “People who bought off-the-plan three or four years ago are rolling their investments into other new apartments on the Peninsula and buying off the plan again — realising the profit they’ve made,” Mr Viertel said.“I’ve seen lots of investors from Sydney who’ve earmarked the Peninsula market as being underpriced.”Mr Viertel is selling a penthouse at 20/75 Sutton St, Redcliffe, for offers over $599,000. The view from the unit at 20/75 Sutton St, Redcliffe, which is for sale. This unit at 20/75 Sutton St, Redcliffe, is for sale for offers over $599,000.He said the property had four balconies — all boasting views — and the only potential downside was that it was next door to a vacant block.“For that price point, it delivers significant value,” he said.REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said Logan’s unit market looked particularly challenging for sellers, although supply was being absorbed and the amount of discounting required by sellers was small. Logan saw an 18.4 per cent decline in total unit listing numbers for 2019, while its stock on market result fell 3.4 per cent. But in good news for investors, the unit rental market continues to perform well.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoThe overall Brisbane LGA vacancy rate sits at a reasonable 2.8 per cent for the June quarter — just above the previous quarter’s 2.5 per cent outcome. MORE: RBA rate cut expected within days Brisbane’s unit market is still suffering from an ‘oversupply hangover’, according to the REIQ. Photo: Nicholas Falconer.BRISBANE’S unit market is still recovering from “an oversupply hangover”, according to the Real Estate Institute of Queensland — particularly in the investor sector. But the pain is easing, with many industry professionals noting that the units still available for sale in the city are gradually being absorbed.The latest REIQ Market Monitor reveals that while unit prices have stabilised, they remain in the softening sector of the market cycle.But one Greater Brisbane suburb bucked the trend, with Redcliffe on Brisbane’s bayside recording a whopping 38 per cent jump in its median unit price in the three months to the end of June. RELATED: Why build to rent is booming The gross rental yield for units in Brisbane is 3.4 per cent, according to the REIQ. Image: AAP/Darren England.This continues the run of sub-three per cent quarterly vacancy rates since June 2018.The Brisbane LGA median rent for a two-bedroom unit rose $10 a week from the previous quarter to $420 a week.The detached housing gross rental yield of 3.4 per cent was down just 0.1 per cent on last quarter’s result.REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said people who had bought an apartment as an investment in recent years would be wise to hold on to them.“In the long run, they will prove to be a terrific investment,” Ms Mercorella said.She said there was increasing evidence that more people were embracing apartment living in Brisbane. “Particularly in this day and age, when we’re looking for low maintenance living and something you can just lock up and go,” she said. Brisbane’s rental market continues to remain healthy, according to the REIQ. Image: AAP/Lukas Coch.Unit rental yields stayed steady in the June quarter across Greater Brisbane, ranging from 4.3 per cent to 6.5 per cent.Median annual rents for outer Brisbane units ranged from $255 per week in Ipswich to $365 per week in Redland.Interestingly, it was those locations beyond the 20km radius that saw the tightest outcome with the combined outer Brisbane regions of Ipswich, Logan, Moreton Bay, and Redland recording a two per cent vacancy.last_img read more

September 25

‘Bacolod APORs potential COVID-19 carriers’

first_imgMayor Evelio Leonardia, therefore, instructed the City Health Office to conduct swab testing to APORs who would enter Bacolod. This, however, would only be voluntary as there was no formal executive order issued, Familiaran added. Familiaran pointed out that repatriated LSIs and OFWs are required to undergo swab testing and observe the mandatory 14-day quarantine while APORs can enter and leave this city anytime.  This was the assertion of Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, saying APORs are more dangerous compared to returning locally stranded individuals (LSIs) and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). He appealed to business owners in this city to only employ residents of this city to further prevent the transmission of the virus. A male APOR from Cebu working in a telecommunications company here tested positive for COVID-19 recently. The neighborhood where he currently resides was placed on a lockdown./PN BACOLOD City – Authorized persons outside residence (APORs) going in and out this city are potential carriers of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). APOR status only allows one to travel for purposes of work without having to obtain a travel authority from the Philippine National Police.last_img read more

September 21

Two-week suspension for Payne

first_img An independent disciplinary hearing held in Dublin decided Payne had contravened Law 10.4(i) – tackling, tapping, pushing or pulling an opponent jumping for the ball in open play. The panel upheld the red card and determined that Payne had committed a reckless act, but concluded the offence was at the low end of sanctions for this offence and issued a three-match ban. As there were no aggravating factors and taking into account the player’s clean disciplinary record and his exemplary conduct at the hearing, it was decided to reduce the suspension by one week. Judicial officer Simon Thomas commented that the case had been a “particularly challenging one”. Payne is free to play from April 21. Ulster full-back Jared Payne has been suspended for two weeks for his challenge on Alex Goode during Saturday’s Heineken Cup quarter-final defeat by Saracens. Press Associationcenter_img Payne was controversially sent off in the fifth minute after running into Goode while the England threequarter jumped to catch a high ball at Ravenhill. Goode was forced from the pitch with concussion, playing no further part in the game, and referee Jerome Garces showed Payne a red card. last_img read more

September 20

Schmeichel: City are bigger on form

first_img Going into Sunday’s game at the Etihad Stadium, Schmeichel is concerned about United’s indifferent form, which has seen them earn a creditable draw with Chelsea but lose to Leicester and Swansea. “It (the derby) is a tricky one for Manchester United because of their inconsistency,” Schmeichel said. “When you looked at how the season was going to pan out for any team last year you would say Man City were favourites (for the title). “Eventually they did win the Premier League, but this year they have Chelsea as competition. They had a slow start and we don’t really know where Man City is, but United have been so inconsistent. “They have defended badly and then well, scored a lot of goals and then not a lot of goals – the Leicester game was the best example of that. “They went 1-0 up, 2-0 up then 3-1 up and lost 5-3. That’s unheard of. “That’s not Manchester United or the way they want to be. We don’t know what we will get on Sunday.” Although the arrivals of Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao lifted spirits at Old Trafford, Schmeichel is worried about United’s poor performances at the back. United have conceded 13 goals so far this season. Everton are the only other team in the top half to have conceded more. And unless Van Gaal adds more steel to his back four in January, Schmeichel thinks the United boss can kiss goodbye to any hopes he has of qualifying for the Champions League. “I think it’s work in progress for Louis van Gaal,” said Schmeichel, who played 398 times for United. “His signings were good this summer, they lifted the fans and brought hope, enthusiasm and belief it can be done, but we need to tighten up in defence. “Conceding that many goals is never going to win you anything. “We have the January transfer window coming up. “Traditionally Manchester United don’t buy in that window, but we did last season (when the club bought Juan Mata) and I think they have to do that this season. “We have to tighten up at the back and then they will finish in the top four.” City and local foes United lock horns on Sunday in the first Manchester derby of the season. During his eight years at United, Schmeichel did not lose one Manchester derby and the Red Devils were undoubtedly the best team in the city. The Danish goalkeeper won five Premier League trophies between 1991 and 1999 while City plummeted to the third tier of English football. But the 50-year-old thinks the balance of power has well and truly shifted in City’s favour. “In my first couple of years (at United) I didn’t understand (the rivalry with City). Liverpool and Leeds were the much bigger,” Schmeichel told BBC Sport. “Now it’s different. Man City are the champions, they had their second Premier League win last season and maybe at the moment they are a bigger club than Manchester United in terms of results so the significance has changed.” Schmeichel spent one season at City before retiring and his son Kasper came through the youth system at the club before leaving five years ago. The Champions League winner is still very much a United fan, though, and admits playing against Sir Alex Ferguson’s team in City blue was a “very weird” experience. Just like many other United supporters, Schmeichel has become concerned by the inconsistency shown by the team since Ferguson retired. United had hoped Louis van Gaal would steady the ship following David Moyes’ woeful 10-month spell at the helm, but the Dutchman has only won three games so far and his team sit eighth in the table with nearly a quarter of the campaign gone. Press Association Peter Schmeichel now regards Manchester City as a “bigger club” than their bitter rivals United based on recent form.last_img read more

September 17

Beckum performs following criticism from coach

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoUp a field goal with just 50 seconds left to play in the first half, the Badgers found themselves deep in their own territory and in possession of the ball. Scoring again before halftime didn’t seem like much of a possibility, but nine plays later Taylor Mehlhaff kicked a 47-yard field goal to increase the Badger lead to six. The key to the late scoring drive: three Travis Beckum receptions for 42 yards.A week after head coach Bret Bielema said Travis Beckum needed to become more of a “complete player,” the tight end responded in a big way — catching a career-best 10 balls for 132 yards and a touchdown in Wisconsin’s 37-34 win over Michigan State Saturday.“Today was more so Travis getting in some one-on-ones,” quarterback Tyler Donovan said. “It’s been Luke the first couple of games, and today was Travis’ game. That’s kind of what our offense is all about. If they’re going to take somebody away, we’re going to go to somebody else. That’s a statement for our offense.”With the defense unable to shut down the Spartans offense, the pressure fell upon the Badger’s offense to put up points, and it was Beckum that Donovan locked in on when throwing the ball — 10 of Donovan’s 17 completions went to Beckum. Luke Swan, who was tied with Beckum for the team lead in receptions (20), only caught one pass in the game, and no other Badger caught more than two.Facing a Michigan State team that was giving up just 170 passing yards heading into the contest, Beckum was the biggest factor in Wisconsin’s ability to move the ball down the field through the air with success.”We don’t look at it as if another team has a great defense,” Beckum said. “We look at it as it’s us, and we have a good offense, and we determine our success.”Last season Beckum determined plenty of success when he caught 61 passes for 900 yards, but this season he had only gone over 60 yards receiving once.With a depleted receiving corps, though, (Paul Hubbard remains out with an injury, Kyle Jefferson missed the second half and Marcus Randle-El was ejected in the second quarter) the pressure fell on Beckum to be more of a target for Donovan against MSU.”The playmakers just need to step up,” Beckum said of the mentality needed with a thinning group of receivers. “I always expect pressure, that’s what I’m used to.”Beckum’s impact was most noticeable in the first half when he caught nine passes for 121 yards, including the three key receptions on the Badgers drive that resulted in a field goal as time expired.Though Beckum only caught one second-half pass — a key 11-yard reception that pushed the Badgers across midfield on their final scoring drive — the junior’s presence was still felt; he opened up the field for his teammates.”When we have playmakers like Travis and they can make plays, they open it up,” fullback Chris Pressley said. “It all works together, when [Beckum] is out there doing his thing. … We all can work together.”With the ability to line up at both tight end and wideout, Beckum was put in positions to exploit the defense by the coaching staff this weekend.”He’s been having numbers, but not the production of a year ago,” Bielema said. “As coaches, we have to maximize our best players.””It doesn’t matter,” Beckum said about caring where he lines up. “I think [offensive coordinator Paul Chryst] did a great job of putting me in position to have success, putting me out there where he knew I’d have one-on-one coverage and taking advantage of it.”last_img read more

September 16

Syracuse women’s lacrosse: Beat writers evaluate Orange with analysis and superlatives

first_img Related Stories Kaeli O’Connor’s power and toughness makes her a key for Syracuse’s defenseSyracuse dominates Virginia Tech in 19-5 win Published on April 11, 2016 at 11:54 pm MidfieldS.F.: A-No one in Syracuse’s midfield stands out statistically, but the unit has turned in solid play all season, Gait said. Kelly Cross, Taylor Gait and Erica Bodt, on the Tewaraaton Award Watch List, have led the unit in charge of dropping back in Syracuse’s complex defenses and pushing its potent offense up the field. Cross, who returned this year after a suspension, has played in 14 games but started just one. She’s chipped in 15 points and in a way symbolizes the whole midfield’s production this season.T.L.: B+The stars on the other units oftentimes overshadow the midfield, but its success has been paramount this season. After the Connecticut game, head coach Gary Gait said that he thinks that getting consistently strong play from the middies is what would put SU over the top. And he’s seen that of late. Taylor Gait has recorded five points over the last four games, all wins, after having just one point combined in SU’s three losses this season, while Eric Bodt, who’s also on the Tewaaraton Award Watch List, also has five after recording just two over the team’s rough five-game stretch. If the middies keep up this level of play, this grade and SU’s success will improve.L.S.: A-SU’s unsung heroes, the midfield has let the offense shine while conjunctly allowing the defense to avoid the spotlight this season. Taylor Gait and Erica Bodt have allowed the Orange to control possession and chipped in with scoring of their own at times. Although the midfield won’t get much credit, its propensity to both control play and keep the ball on the offensive end are directly responsible for SU’s success this season.DefenseS.F.: B-The defense has been spectacular at points, going 14-for-14 on the clear while holding No. 7 Virginia to eight goals. It’s also had lapses during the losing stretch, allowing 13 goals to Boston College. A lack of communication and bad fouls, Thorpe said, has hurt Syracuse’s defense so far this year, but it’s mostly righted the ship on a four-game win streak. That excludes the 10-10 suspended game against Canisius in which the Orange allowed three goals in the last eight minutes before the game was stopped due to weather.T.L.: A-Largely, SU has had a lot of success this season limiting opponents to just 8.9 goals per game. The unit has had some struggles on the clear this season and, as detailed above, penalties and giving up free positions are a problem. But other then that, the defense has been very strong this year led by its core group of veterans.L.S.: B+Looking at the numbers, the Orange defense has performed well this season. Allowing only 8.9 goals per game due to a staunch backer zone, SU’s physicality cuts opponents down before even allowing opportunities to shoot on goalkeeper Murray. With an ACC-high 34.29 fouls a game, there’s still room for improvement. Opponents are scoring on 42.5 percent of all free-position shots they’re awarded ­— a number that must come down if SU wants to be successful in tight games against top-tier opponents.DrawS.F.: ASyracuse has nabbed 61 percent (207-of-342) of available draws, which is the team’s best mark in three seasons. Considering Treanor was thrust into the role just this season after the graduation of specialist Kailah Kempney, and had won just 48 draws across three previous seasons, her team-leading total of 120 has been crucial to the Orange controlling possessions, and games.T.L.: A-Treanor had big shoes to fill after Kempney left, and she’s largely done a good job over the course of the season as the main draw specialist. But SU’s draw success has slowed in recent weeks. In the Orange’s last four ACC games, their opponents have actually won the draw battle, 52-48. SU has managed to go 3-1 in those games, but it’s definitely something to monitor moving forward. Courtesy of John Strohsacker | Inside Lacrosse Liam Sheehan | Asst. Photo Editor Daily Orange File Photo Biggest disappointmentS.F.: Loss to Boston CollegeNo player’s play has significantly declined, so the biggest letdown of the year so far was 60 inconsistent minutes in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, when the Orange was upset, 13-8, after plenty of rest on the road against then-No. 16 Boston College. For the first time this season, the Orange never held a lead and lost the draw. Defender Haley McDonnell said the whole team felt frustrated and confused even while the game was still happening.T.L.: Number of foulsSU’s staunch defense looks to wreak havoc on its opponents, but sometimes it shoots itself in the foot by causing too many fouls. SU leads the ACC by a wide margin with 34.29 fouls a game. The extra fouls are also part of the reason why SU is giving up a pretty high 5.6 free-position attempts per game, with opponents scoring 25 percent of their goals off those attempts. SU needs to limit its foul count moving forward so it doesn’t concede easy goals.L.S.: Loss to Boston CollegeA 13-8 loss to the No. 16 Eagles seemed to come out of nowhere in the middle of the season for SU. The disappointing loss cut some of the team’s momentum and marked the third dropped game in its last five. In its weakest performance of the year, the Orange tallied a season-low two assists. It’s the first time this year that Syracuse never held a lead, and it’s also the first time that an opponent won more draws than SU did.Biggest X factorS.F.: Allie MurrayAllie Murray arrived after taking a year off from the game with an aggressive style that assistant coach Regy Thorpe knew would lend itself to both spectacular plays and empty-netters. She’s been solid, keeping SU in it late against Maryland and a last-second stop to beat UND, and not-so-much, slipping and falling to allow an own goal and making the game-losing turnover against Florida. Her play could dictate as much as anyone else the expiration date of Syracuse’s season.T.L.: Allie MurrayMurray has had spectacular moments this season like when she made a save with 15 seconds left to preserve a one-goal victory over her former team, Notre Dame. She’s also had very poor moments like when she turned the ball over and gave up the game against Florida. Her play the rest of the way will be key in the Orange’s success down the road.L.S.: Allie MurrayMurray’s performance will determine SU’s postseason success. The Notre Dame-transfer has been wildly inconsistent this season, but has shown flashes of greatness. Which Murray will show up for postseason play? That’s the question and a big one at that. There’s lots of potential for Murray and her aggressive style to anchor an already strong Orange defense, but the likelihood of another costly Murray mistake looms.center_img L.S.: ATreanor assumed primary responsibility for the draw this season and has shown that she’s just as lethal in the circle as she is around the crease. Her 9.23 draw controls per game lead the ACC. By dominating in another facet of her game, Treanor continues to make defenses pay with her elite stick skills, quick hands and ability to pass out of the draw. She kick-starts most Orange possessions and also finds a way to finish them.GoaliesS.F.: B+This is really a grade for Murray, who’s played 684 of 840 possible minutes (81 percent) in the cage for the Orange and the only time she comes out has been the ends of non-competitive games. Gait said the coaching staff has Murray aim for a .500 save percentage, and Murray’s near that pace at .414 currently. But really, other than the aforementioned mistakes, she’s come up big for the Orange in key moments.T.L.: B+This grade largely reflects Allie Murray, who’s been SU’s primary goalie all year. And as detailed above, there’s really good Allie Murray and there have also been glimpses of really bad Allie Murray. Overall this year, the good has outweighed the bad, and if she continues playing at the level she’s played it the last few games, this grade will also go up.L.S.: B-As detailed above, Murray’s play has been inconsistent at times. Her goals against average of 8.68 ranks 10th best in the ACC, and her save percentage is ninth best. But Murray has shown flashes of greatness as she did to help Syracuse hold on in a 12-11 win against her former school, Notre Dame. Her range of play deserves averages neither a high mark nor a low one, because as a whole her body of work appears average. Comments Hannah Wagner | Staff Photographer Syracuse came into the season with high expectations after returning its core starters, starting the season ranked as the No. 3 team in the country as well as being picked to win the Atlantic Coast Conference in a preseason coaches poll. The Orange did have some questions to address though, namely who would replace draw specialist Kailah Kempney and how would Allie Murray fill in at goal. After a stretch when it lost 3-of-5 the Orange is back on a four-game winning streak. Here’s how the team stacks up midway through the season.SUPERLATIVESMost Valuable PlayerSam Fortier: Kayla TreanorAnytime a player leads your team in goals, assists, shots, draw controls and is second in groundballs, she’s your most valuable player. Treanor is one of the nation’s best, but every year the senior has been at Syracuse her season has been cut short of a title by Maryland and Terrapins’ superstar Taylor Cummings. This season, and possibly Treanor’s legacy, will be defined by how far she can carry the Orange.Tomer Langer: Kayla TreanorThis is pretty straightforward. Kayla Treanor has been one of the most dominant players in the entire country over the last few years and this year is no different. She leads the team in both goals scored and assists, good for 11th in the country and second in the ACC. She also took over for Kempney in the draw circle and has been dominant there too, winning 9.23 draws per game, good for second in the country. The Orange will go as far as Treanor can take it.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLiam Sullivan: Kayla TreanorThe two-time Tewaaraton Award finalist, Treanor demands the bulk of the defense’s attention every time she steps on the field. Even when faceguarded, Treanor finds a way to create for herself and teammates, leading the team in both goals scored and assists for ranks of eighth in the country and second in the ACC in points. She’s been dominant at the draw as well, winning 120 draw controls herself while Syracuse has only allowed opponents to win 135 as a whole. If Treanor continues to perform at this level, she will lead Syracuse far in postseason play and cement her places as the best player in program history.Biggest surpriseS.F.: Nicole LevyIf the No. 7 recruit in the country can be a surprise, Levy certainly has been. Head coach Gary Gait said he didn’t know what to expect from his freshman this season, especially after he said her nerves showed opening weekend after missing her first four shots. But since then she’s scored in all 12 games but one — including four goals in the big 12-11 win at No. 2 Notre Dame. She’s also been versatile, her 15 assists are third on the team, and her 26 tallies rank fourth in the nation’s ninth-best offense.T.L.: Alexa RadziewiczIt would have been very easy for the highly touted freshman to get lost on a defensive unit that’s littered with experienced upperclassmen. But Radziewicz has stepped up and made her presence felt this season. She’s faceguarded teams’ top option, from Northwestern’s Selena Lasota to Duke’s Kyra Harney. She’s been a big reason why top goal scorers haven’t managed to pad their stats against the Orange this year.L.S.: Nicole LevyDubbed a “super freshman” by head coach Gary Gait before the season’s start, Levy has been a reliable piece on the offense, rounding out the dangerous attack of Treanor, Halle Majorana and Riley Donahue. She’s managed to score 41 points, as many as Donahue and just five short of Tewaaraton Award Watch List member Majorana’s total. Down the stretch of ACC play, defenses are sure to key to Treanor and Majorana. A lot of the attack’s success in the crux of conference schedule will rest on Levy’s shoulders. POSITION GROUP GRADESAttackS.F.: AThis unit is a four-headed monster of Halle Majorana, Riley Donahue, Levy and Treanor, each of whom have scored 26 or more goals. The team averages 13.79 goals per game, good for 13th-best in the nation despite playing one of the tougher schedules against athletic, rangy defensive teams like Maryland, Florida and Duke.T.L.: ASyracuse’s best unit this season has been its offense it’s been absolutely dominant for much of the season. Led by Tewaaraton Award Watch List members Treanor and Halle Majorana, the SU offense has averaged an impressive 13.79 goals a game this year. Throw in Riley Donahue and Nicole Levy, and the SU offense features four players with at least 40 points — something it hasn’t had in any of the last three seasons.L.S.: AThe four-headed monster of Treanor, Majorana, Donahue and Levy keeps defenses up at night. Treanor and Majorana both rank in the top five in the ACC’s points-per-game leaders and underclassman Donahue and Levy supplement the two Tewaaraton Award Watch List members with scoring of their own. If opponents can count on one thing moving into postseason play, it’s that SU will score — the only question is who? Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

September 16

How it happened: Breaking down 3 major plays from Syracuse’s win over Florida State

first_imgOn Saturday, for the first time in 52 years, Syracuse (3-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) defeated Florida State (1-2, 0-2), 30-7, in the Carrier Dome. Florida State didn’t score until the fourth quarter while Syracuse steadily built its lead, always in control.Follow along frame-by-frame to see breakdowns of three of SU’s biggest plays of the game.(All screenshots via ESPN.)The InterceptionWith Syracuse leading 3-0 late in the second quarter. Syracuse’s Chris Fredrick jumped a vertical route down the right sideline in FSU territory for SU’s sixth interception of the season.Slide 1Here’s the pre-snap look from both teams. Syracuse is in a 4-2-5 defensive formation playing man coverage. This is identified when Florida State motions Cam Akers (yellow rectangle, above) from the backfield out right and Evan Foster (out of shot) drops down over top of him.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe 5-foot-11 Fredrick (blue rectangle, above) is positioned over FSU’s 6-foot-4 Tamorrion Terry (red rectangle, above) at the top of the shot.Slide 2Akers is out wide with Foster (white rectangle, above) lined up over him. Out of shot, freshman free safety Andre Cisco has moved toward the middle of the formation, revealing Syracuse to be in a single high safety look. Fredrick is now playing press coverage on Terry as Seminoles quarterback Deondre Francois calls for the snap.Slide 3Here are Terry and Fredrick, mid-route. Terry has gotten past Fredrick’s jam at the line and both players are looking back for the ball that Francois just threw. Fredrick, who is running just behind Terry, noted after the game that film showed Francois throws line drives rather than lofty passes. That puts Fredrick in good position to make a play on the ball here.Slide 4Fredrick plucks the ball — thrown to Terry’s near shoulder — at his highest point in the air. With Cisco about five or six yards downfield, the window would’ve been close to the sideline, over the outside shoulder of Terry.Fredrick read and reacted to what he had seen Francois do on film. With where Cisco was positioned, a loftier outside pass would’ve given Terry a better chance at the ball.The first sackWith fewer than two minutes until halftime, Florida State trailed 6-0. Gunning for a late-first-half jolt, the Seminoles crossed midfield and went with a bit of tempo when Kendall Coleman sacked Francois. The loss of eight was Syracuse’s first of four sacks on Saturday.Slide 1In the nickel (4-2-5) defense on this play, Syracuse only has five players in the box. FSU has five down linemen and a running back, potentially, to protect Francois. With four wide receivers, FSU is spreading the field.Coleman (blue rectangle, above) is lined up on the right end for Syracuse opposite FSU’s left tackle, Abdul Bello (red rectangle, above).Slide 2After the snap, Bello takes a short set, not opting to kick far back in his pass set. In this frame, Coleman and Bello are essentially in a race to see who can get to a spot five yards behind the line of scrimmage faster.Slide 3At this point, just a step later, Coleman has engaged Bello for the first time, roughly five yards from the initial line of scrimmage. Coleman has dipped his inside (left) shoulder and with his next step will have his left foot closer to Francois than Bello’s. Once that happens, Bello is officially beat.Slide 4From a different angle, it’s easy to see that’s exactly what Bello does. Facing the opposite direction from where he started, Bello armbars Coleman in a last-ditch attempt to deter the defensive end.In this view, you can see a quarterback’s dilemma in the pocket. As Coleman beats Bello to the outside, Francois could, in theory, step up and hope Coleman runs past him. But since Coleman cut inside at an equal level with the quarterback, Francois has little room to maneuver.Slide 5Francois feels the rush at the last second and tucks the ball as Coleman wraps him up and drags him down for an eight-yard loss.The time from snap to sack was 2.8 seconds. Coleman’s sack, like many of SU’s on Saturday, wasn’t the product of a defensive line stunt or a blitz. As Dino Babers said, “It was not trickery. It was just guys lining up and whooping the guy in front of them.”The Pierce touchdownLeading 13-0 with less than four minutes to play in the third quarter, Syracuse faced first-and-goal at the three-yard line. Florida State was reeling in the moment, trying to recover after a Tommy DeVito rushing touchdown and a subsequent three-and-out by FSU.Slide 1SU lined up two offset fullbacks, Chris Elmore (yellow rectangle, above) and Kyle Kleinberg, in front of freshman tailback Jarveon Howard in what is commonly referred to as a “full house” formation. Jamal Custis has single coverage at the top of the screen and tight end Ravian Pierce (blue rectangle, above) is a down man on the right end of the line.Florida State plays 10 men in the box to counter SU’s numbers. Keep an eye on No. 19, A.J. Westbrook (red rectangle, above), on the near side over Pierce. Depending on the coverage, Westbrook, the most outside defender, would either be responsible for Pierce or Elmore, if the fullback ran a route to the flat.Slide 2DeVito took the snap and turned to hand off to Chris Elmore, but it was a play fake. If Florida State’s linebackers and safeties watched the SU offensive linemen, they would’ve recognized the pass protection look. Westbrook freezes to watch the ball, instead of picking up on the other pass indicators elsewhere on the field.Meanwhile, Pierce rips past the defensive end and heads to the second level, which in theory he could do on a run play where he would hit the outside linebacker.Slide 3The three FSU linebackers (white rectangle, above) with a clear pass read — the offensive line pass blocking and DeVito back to pass — still hesitate.Slide 4As DeVito is about to release, the linebackers realize they’ve been duped and try to bailout, but there’s no hope.Slide 5And the Orange get an easy six points.This play was a good design in short yardage to create an open area in the end zone. With the two fullbacks, the look screams run and any pass seems likely to go to the 6-foot-5 Custis at the top of the screen, and FSU’s defense got fooled.The play fake, and FSU watching the backfield, forced the Seminoles to take one step forward. That’s all the time SU needed, providing enough space for Pierce. DeVito just had to flip it to him. Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 17, 2018 at 8:19 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Grahamcenter_img Commentslast_img read more