Lacrosse bows out of tourney

first_imgUSC women’s lacrosse fell short in a tough NCAA quarterfinal matchup against Boston College on Saturday, losing 20-14 in Newton, Mass. Despite travelling to New England riding a 11-game win streak, the No. 7 Trojans were unable to advance to the semifinals for the second year in a row. The No. 14 Eagles were able to figure out USC’s defense, which up until Saturday had been one of the best in the country, and for the first time all season, USC gave up 20 goals, getting outshot 38-25.The Trojans started the game slow, giving up three unanswered goals in the first seven minutes. Senior attacker Drew Jackson finally opened up the scoring for USC close to 10 minutes into the first half with her 25th goal of the season. But the Trojans slipped further behind as the half progressed, finding themselves down by five goals with about 10 minutes to go until the break.Coming out of the locker room trailing 10-5, freshman midfielder Kaeli Huff and senior attacker Cynthia Del Core each scored to trim the deficit to 3 less than two minutes after the second-half restart. But the Eagles’ offense could not be stopped, countering with three goals of its own. After exchanging goals, USC found itself three goals behind at 15-12, but that was the closest the Trojans would get. BC extended its lead with goals from junior attackers Kaileen Hart and Kenzie Kent.Senior attacker Michaela Michael brought the Trojans closer with a goal to make it 18-14, but the Eagles iced the game with goals from senior attacker Kate Weeks and freshman midfielder Sam Apuzzo, sending the Trojans home with a 20-14 loss. USC is now 0-3 all time against BC, and head coach Lindsey Munday’s squad has yet to make it to the Final Four in the program’s short, five-year history. For USC, Jackson and Del Core finished the day with hat tricks, while freshman midfielder Kerrigan Miller, Huff and senior attacker Gabby McMahon notched two goals apiece. Michael, the Trojans’ all-time leading goal scorer, was held off the score sheet until the final five minutes of the second half. Junior goalie Gussie Johns finished the day with eight saves, two ground balls and one turnover. Weeks was the catalyst for the Eagles’ offense on Saturday, leading the team with 9 points (three goals and six assists). In addition to Weeks, four other BC players contributed at least four points. Kent scored six goals, while Hart and senior attacker Kayla O’Connor each recorded hat tricks. Despite the disappointing loss, the Trojans finished the 2017 season with a program-best 18 wins, and in just half a decade of existence, the women’s lacrosse program has emerged as a contender in the MPSF and beyond. Eight seniors played in their final game as Trojans, including all-time points leader Michael, but the class of 2017 leaves the team stronger than they found it, boasting back-to-back conference championships. While USC has found immense success in the regular season in the past couple of seasons, Munday and company will look to take the next step in 2018.last_img read more

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Lakers must blend new offensive set with Kobe Bryant’s return

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I was really torn on putting it in now or waiting until the summer to go over it with the younger guys and add it,” said Scott, though he is not assured of coaching past this season. “But the coaching staff was like, ‘You know what? You might as well give them a taste of it now.’”The Lakers could use any help to end an eight-game losing streak and bolster an offense that ranks 27th out of 30 NBA teams in points per game (97.5) and 30th in field-goal percentage (41.4). “The biggest thing is to find ways to keep them as interested as much as possible. This set has done that,” Scott said. “This set also gives guys more of an opportunity to play. It’s not like you have two guys in the parking lot. This is five guys on the court who will all have the chance to touch the ball.”But will the Lakers manage to do that with Bryant playing?“We’ll run it the same way. He’ll get his shots. He’ll find his places,” Clarkson said. “The offense will be fine with him.”Leadership trainingClarkson and Randle may represent part of the Lakers’ long-term future, yet both feel more inclined to lead with their work ethic over their words. “I still got to grow in that area,” Clarkson said. “Coach talks to me about all the time about being more vocal.” Rest for the wearyAmong all the things that will bring a smile to Scott’s face, no amount of rare victories or youth development will make the Lakers coach feel as elated as what could happen in nearly a month.Then, Bryant will play in his final game in the Lakers’ season finale against the Utah Jazz on April 13 at Staples Center. “I want him to be able to walk off the court,” Scott said. “That’s the main thing I want to accomplish this season.”How does Scott assure that happens?“Lots of rest and not taxing his body,” Scott said. “He’s at this point in his career where I feel he doesn’t need to practice. He knows about basketball as well as all of our guys put together.” As Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson mused, “He’s a basketball genius and will figure it out in two seconds.”But how do the Lakers find the balance between adhering to the offensive principles while maximizing Bryant’s scoring abilities?“I don’t think it’ll be a problem,” Lakers forward Julius Randle said. “We’ll create spacing and move the ball. It’ll help us operate and make plays for each other.”Scott tweaked his offense last week during Thursday’s practice that he described as “one set with a ton of options.” That left little time for the Lakers to prepare before Friday’s loss to Memphis.Yet, Scott said he reverted to a motion offense his summer-league team ran to prepare for the 2016-17 campaign. center_img It has taken about four days of practice for the Lakers to report feeling comfortable with a new offensive set that puts an added extra emphasis on floor spacing and ball movement.It apparently has taken Kobe Bryant only a few moments before mastering it without even practicing it.“I told him a little bit and he was like, ‘Yeah I got it,’” Lakers coach Byron Scott said, smiling. “It’s not a big deal.”The Lakers (11-49) also enter Tuesday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets (17-42) at Staples Center insisting it is not a big deal on how they will continue blending this new offensive set with Bryant’s presence amid his expected return after nursing soreness in his right shoulder.last_img read more

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Colorful corals protect the algae inside

first_imgEcologists have long wondered how two coral reefs—sitting right next to each other in the ocean—can be drastically different shades of color. The answer, according to a new study, has to do with some intriguing genetics. By sequencing three colonies of Acropora millepora, a branching stony coral obtained from the waters of Fiji, scientists have discovered that instead of having one gene that controls pigment production, these corals harbor multiple copies of the same gene. The more genes the corals activate, the greater their strength of color, researchers report online this month in Molecular Ecology. The same pigments that are essential for the corals’ color are also important for protecting the algae that live inside the corals, the team reports. Algae require some sunlight to survive, but too much light kills them. To protect the algae, which provide them with essential nutrients, the corals that are exposed to the most sunlight invest the sun’s energy into producing more pigment and thus appear brighter; this prevents too much sunlight from reaching the algae.last_img read more

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