USC 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.
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This weekend 237 athletes will be in Bosnia Herzegovina to fight at the European Cup in Sarajevo. The event is held for the ninth time and since this year Sarajevo also organizes a European Cup for Juniors, held last March. The seniors and some juniors are in action in Sarajevo with a reversed line-up of categories with the heavier categories starting on Saturday and on Sunday the light weights are in action.Judo in Bosnia is getting good traction led by Larisa Ceric, who is in the top of the heavyweight division, however she will not fight in Sarajevo, neither Aleksandra Samardzic will, but her sister Andjela will be fighting in the category U63kg.Some of the categories will have some quality judoka with Margaux Pinot starting U70kg on Saturday and Croatian talent Karla Prodan in the grid U78kg. Morgane Duchene of France will try to get a good result in the heavyweight class.The men’s U81kg class has 32 participants, U90kg 29 judoka mainly with Balkan judoka, but also Marc Odenthal of Germany and some French athletes. It will be interesting to see how some junior talents will anticipate in this weekend’s chances like Slovenian heavyweight Enej Marinic who impressed at the World Junior Championships in Zagreb last year.The lightweights are also interesting to see this weekend with some strong Croatian, Bulgarian but also French athletes around. An interesting team from Belgium may have a hand in the medal table and also the Swiss will have a few good people in Sarajevo. Especially on Sunday the Dutch team can grab some medals. You can follow it this weekend from Bosnia Herzegovina.The European Championships for juniors will take place in September in Sofia, the U23 Euros will be held in Gyor in Hungary.(Source: judoinside)
Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter https://twitter.com/NewPghCourier ANDREW CONTEBill Nunn Jr. never wanted me to tell his story.Sure, he had changed the history of the National Football League, and he had played a key role in the Steelers winning more Super Bowls than any other team.But Nunn insisted on deflecting praise to others. The story, he insisted, started before him—and would continue after. He challenged me to write, instead, about the first African Americans who played football.I ended up doing both.Nunn’s story started with the Pittsburgh Courier, where his father worked as managing editor. When he came of age, Nunn joined the newspaper too, traveling thousands of miles each fall to compile the Courier’s Black college All-America football teams.In the process, by focusing on the athletes rather than their skin color, Nunn came to find talent that others overlooked.That proved strategic for the Steelers. They hired Nunn as a team scout, and he discovered players such as John Stallworth, L.C. Greenwood, Donnie Shell, Glen Edwards, Sam Davis and many others. They played at small Black colleges, beyond the NFL’s line of sight.Ultimately, with Nunn’s help, I came to see a broader story too.The changes he brought about did not stop at the edge of the gridiron. Football helped the United States become a better nation by showing Americans how to cheer for the best players—without blind spots to race or ethnicity.(Andrew Conte is an author, reporter, and director of Point Park University’s Center for Media Innovation. “The Color of Sundays” is available on Amazon and wherever books are sold.)
BAKER MAYFIELD leads the Cleveland Browns into Pittsburgh, Oct. 28 (AP PHOTO)Recently, when I thought about the upcoming rematch between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns, an incident that happened during my college years instantly came to mind.Back in the day, I was visiting Lincoln University with a few of my buddies from Temple to attend a Curtis Mayfield concert. Right before the doors opened to the event, there was a confrontation between a brother who stood about 6’5” and 270 pounds, and a brother who was approaching “dwarf size” at about 4’10’’ and weighing about 150 pounds soaking wet. The disagreement was about a girl (no s—t, Sherlock). The big fella was busy yackety-yakking. The little fella kept saying, “I don’t want any trouble.” All of a sudden and I’m not kidding, the big guy charged the little guy and the little guy went up under him, picked him up and slammed him. The big guy looked a bit woozy like he was about to become a “sleeping giant.” The little guy left with the girl.Right now, no one in their right mind seems to give the Cleveland Browns a snowball’s chance in hell as far as coming into Heinz Field on Oct. 28 and escaping with anything more than their lives, let alone a victory over the surging and rested Steelers. Well, I guess I am on my way to the “nuthouse” because in my crazy opinion, this may be one of the toughest games that the men in black and yellow may play this year. Last week was the Steelers’ bye week. They began their week in third place in the bloodthirsty AFC North Division. They ended their vacation in first place by a few percentage points without playing one snap because the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals both lost. If it weren’t for the nasty “tie” suffered in Cleveland at the hands of the Browns in the 2018 season-opener for both teams, the Steelers would have a little more breathing room at the top spot.Pittsburgh cannot afford to overlook the Browns but they also have to take a sneak peek at their upcoming schedule because each remaining game represents a division title, wild card or even a possible bye week when planning for the postseason. The Browns are ranked 29th against the pass and the run. The Steelers began this week 18th against the pass and sixth against the run. On paper it appears to be advantage Steelers. When you factor in home-field advantage for the Black and Gold, it appears that the Browns may have to wait another Sunday to notch another victory onto their almost “notch-less” belt, but alas, for all those that haven’t learned a lesson in the past, beware of the little guys.This is not just a game for the Cleveland Browns, this is a classic case for resurrection. This is the game that the “Lazarus”-led Browns plan to exit the tomb of incompetence and remove the “death shroud” of losing from the city and their fans. Don’t forget that the 21-21 tie with the Steelers might as well be considered a victory for Cleveland, especially if Pittsburgh loses the division by a half-game. And don’t forget, Cleveland defeated Baltimore earlier this season and only allowed them to score 9 points! If Cleveland lucks out and wins this upcoming game, you might as well say that the Browns were 2-0 against the Steelers in 2018. If I were the Steelers, I wouldn’t schedule a premature celebration with “lady victory” just yet because she might just have another lover on the side.(Aubrey Bruce: firstname.lastname@example.org) Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter https://twitter.com/NewPghCourier
Improvements About to BeginOver the coming months, the City of Olympia will be making improvements to the Downtown Artesian Well. A rendering of these improvements is shown at right.Highlights include:Surface improvementsSolar lightingA community message boardA raised area to fill bottlesFirst Phase Starts August 27 and 28City of Olympia crews will begin construction of a new drain at the well on August 27 and 28, 2011 from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.The new drain will improve water discharge. Crews will also construct a temporary filling station for well users during the construction. Rich Hoey, Interim Public Works Director, says that the goal is to keep water accessible during construction. However, there may be times when this is not possible, plan ahead and fill extra bottles.Future ImprovementsLate September/early October:Concrete workNew signage and community information boardMid-October/early NovemberSolar lights and flower polesBrick work and remaining surface improvementsSpring 2012A public art project provided by a grant from the Downtown Parking and Business Improvement Area (PBIA).What to Expect – Impacts:Fencing is for Everyone’s Safety: During times of active construction, the work site and equipment will be fenced, including around the well. Access Impacts: There may be times when access to the well is not possible. Please plan ahead.What You Can do to HelpPlan ahead – fill extra bottles.Keep area clear of debris.Stay out of fenced area.Check the City’s website for updates.For More InformationFor more information about this project, contact Danelle MacEwen, Engineering Technician II, at 360.753.8211 or email email@example.comVisit our website for construction updates. ####olympiawa.gov/artesianwell Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Date: August 25, 2011Released by: Danelle MacEwen, Engineering Technician II360.firstname.lastname@example.org