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Emma Lamison emerging as late-season point producer for Syracuse field hockey

first_imgEmma Lamison lifted the ball into the air and continued to juggle it with her stick above the turf. A Duke defender tripped Lamison, leading to a SU penalty corner. Following her insertion, Lamison hugged the back post and tapped in a rebound goal.Emma Lamison is improving her play at the right time for No. 2 Syracuse (12-1, 4-1 Atlantic Coast). In her last three games, the senior forward recorded 10 points on three goals and four assists, doubling her point total on the season. She was named the ACC offensive player of the week for her performances in the team’s last two games.Lamison led Northeastern in scoring her sophomore year with 26 points before transferring to Syracuse. But a year ago, she finished the season with 22 points and 37 shots. Only 13 games into this season, she has tallied 20 points and 33 shots. Her four assists this weekend matched her 2015 total.“Last year, I obviously dribbled a lot and tried to get the perfect shot,” Lamison said. “This year I really focused on trying to just hit it at the top of the circle.”But it is not just the statistics that show how Lamison is stepping up her game in her second season at Syracuse.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter not starting the season as the team’s inserter on penalty corners, Lamison earned her way to the top spot. She was more consistent with her hit speed and accuracy than the other two players battling for the position — Nijsje Venrooy and Jennifer Bleakney — head coach Ange Bradley said.Lamison has played a key role in a SU corner attack that has scored six goals on penalty corners in the last two games.“She’s always down the other end working on it,” Bradley said. “She’s been patient through the process and growing at a skill she needed to get better at.”For many players, it is either their breakaway speed or dominating size that defines their style of play. For Lamison, it’s her crafty stick handling.Against then-No. 2 Duke on Friday, Lamison showed special technical skills as she evaded Duke defenders on several occasions. Cornered by three defenders, Lamison spun around, split the defenders with a swift move from right to left and continued down the field with the ball.Lamison also keeps good positioning in the front line. She notched two rebound goals against Duke.“We all just have our specific position areas we gotta be in,” Lamison said. “You just hope the ball comes to you and you get it in when you get the chance.”Lamison has three two-goal games on the year. One of them came against then-No. 11 Wake Forest on Sept. 18. Just two minutes into the game, she scooped up a bouncing ball in front of the net, possessed it, then carefully placed it in the back left corner of the net. Later on, Lamison raced to a loose ball and finished with a reverse goal to give Syracuse an early two-goal advantage.Lamison started the season slow. She struggled to tally points. She was stuck in the back line on penalty corners.But now she is the lead inserter for a powerful Syracuse penalty corner attack. She leads the team in points over the last three games and is emerging as a top offensive threat for the Orange as the regular season winds down. Comments Published on October 11, 2016 at 10:01 pm Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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PRESS STATEMENT: Ghana FA warns football clubs engaging in friendlies

first_imgIt has come to the notice of the GFA that some clubs are engaged in off-season matches without sanction by the FA which is in clear contravention of Article 6 of the GFA Regulations. To this end, we wish to request all clubs affiliated to the GFA to respect the provisions made in the Regulation with regard to off-season matches or face sanction under Article 7(3) of the Regulations. Under the circumstances thereof, the Referees Committee of the GFA is hereby directed to take note of Article 19(1) of the Regulations and also refrain from appointing Match officials for off-season matches without prior approval and consent of the FA.last_img read more

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Remembering Ne’Ondre…U.S.O. teammates and peers react to fallen friend’s absence

first_imgEMOTIONAL MOMENT–USO captains carry the jersey and cleats of deceased teammate Ne’Ondre Harbour who was shot and killed in Garfield on Oct. 14, The largest crowd of the season was in attendance on an emotional night at “The Cup ” to watch Perry defeat USO 12-6 in a battle for first place in the City League. The City League’s newest team, U.S.O. (University Prep, Sci-Tech, and Obama), has been defined by its elevated success in their first two seasons as a program. Before their game against Perry on Oct. 19 they’d been undefeated in conference play for more than a year.The defending league champs went down that night, but the loss was unlike any other they’d ever experienced.“We just wanted to win it for Ne’Ondre,” U.S.O. senior quarterback Akil Young said. “We knew that first place was at stake for us, but we were playing with a different motivation. We just wanted to win for him.”Less than a week prior, they’d lost their best lineman, junior Ne’Ondre Harbour, who was the victim of a Garfield shooting in which he was an innocent bystander.They fell to the Commodores after they couldn’t cross the goal line after four attempts in the team’s final drive.Tears were flowing from the faces of the Wildcats’ players after their 12-6 loss against Perry, which has leapfrogged them into first place in the City League standings.“His spirit has always been one that has been uplifting and full of life,” U.S.O. athletic director Andre McGee said. “We’re obviously tremendously affected by his loss and will be for quite some time. I think our kids have done a tremendous job of standing together through this.”On what was a chilly evening, the atmosphere was high. Seats that were normally empty were filled.A large banner with Harbour’s picture hung from a fence at the stadium. Many placed their autographs and memories of their fallen friend.Also, in remembrance, U.S.O. head coach Louis Berry wore Harbour’s number 50 jersey on the sidelines and perhaps will for the remainder of the season.He has elected to not, officially, go on the record at this time.“We know what is going to be on our minds whenever we play from here on out,” Young said. “It still doesn’t seem real. I look over at practice and think that since he isn’t out there he’s just injured or something. But really he’s not coming back. We have a lot of to play for on this team. But what we can agree on is that we’ll be playing for Ne’Ondre for the rest of this season. We have to win for him.”On the night of that game, 21 year old Brandon Sewall of Homewood was arrested in connection to Harbour’s murder. He is charged with homicide, discharging a firearm into an occupied structure, illegal possession of a firearm, and nine counts of reckless endangerment.“We have been pleased to be able to honor his memory,” McGee stated. “He has been a the ultimate team player and friend to all that he’s encountered. He’s always represented brotherhood and love to all people that he dealt with and that’s the way that he’ll always be remembered.”His arrangements have been entrusted to Spriggs and Watson Funeral Home in Homewood. Harbour will be laid to rest today at Valleyview Presbyterian Church in Garfield and will be buried at Homewood Cemetery. He’s survived by both his parents and his five siblings, in which he was the youngest.50 balloons were let into the sky in the 16-year-old’s memory during U.S.O.’s first game without him. Their next game will be on Oct. 25 against Brashear for the semi-final round of the City league playoffs at Cupples Stadium.(Malik Vincent can be reached at mvincent@newpittsburghcourier.com or on Twitter @malikvincent.) By Malik Vincent New Pittsburgh Courier Like any form of competition, football can have its ups and downs.last_img read more