Bradley’s stellar youth falls short in Syracuse’s 1st-ever title game, offers promise for future

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ COLLEGE PARK, Md. — In the stands at Maryland’s Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex, Ange Bradley saw some of the same players she coached at the beginning of her career, at Goucher College (Md.).She worked the same sideline where her mentor and former boss, Missy Meharg, coaches the Terrapins. Bradley was in her second home.“You always got to think it’s your weekend, right?” Bradley said.After knocking off the No. 1 team in the country in North Carolina on Friday, her Orange dominated the defending national champions Sunday — in every way but the scoreboard. Fourth-seeded Syracuse fell a goal short and mere inches wide, losing to third-seeded Connecticut, 1-0, in the national championship Sunday afternoon.It left Bradley with the best postseason run of her SU career and a team that’s almost entirely returning next season — happy facts she said she won’t be able to think about for a couple weeks.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We wrote the last page of our history for the 2014 season and I think all of us would have a different ending, but we did make history,” Bradley said.In the second half of Sunday’s game, Bradley didn’t have to venture far from her bench. SU’s attack had UConn locked into its own defensive half.She only had to take a few steps toward the sideline to urge Lies Lagerweij forward or tell midfielder Lieke Visser to do the same — “Get in the circle, friend,” she shouted.With 21 seconds left, Bradley reminded captain Emma Russell that she could ask the referee for a review of the Orange’s upcoming penalty corner if it didn’t go in. The shot was blocked, but Russell never asked for the review.“I just — was focused on the ball,” Russell said.Right in front of Bradley, a 25-yard shot from Visser with 11:29 left struck the tire on the outside of UConn goalkeeper Nina Klein’s goal. Lagerweij dribbled through the Huskies’ defense with ease and Russell led an SU forecheck that never left the defending champs breathe in the second half.Russell is tied for sixth in the country with .91 goals per game, and is just a junior. Visser is 10th in the country with .77 assists per game, and she’s a freshman. Lagerweij, also a freshman, made the NCAA all-tournament team.“No. 9, the Dutch center back, she just was a lock on the door,” UConn head coach Nancy Steven said.As Bradley talked among her assistant coaches and watched the UConn players collect the national championship plaques her players all but won, the team that stood in front of her won’t look much different from the one she starts coaching again in the spring.Before this weekend, Bradley had never advanced past the national semifinals.There were only three seniors — Kati Nearhouse, who also earned all-tourney honors, Jordan Page and Lauren Brooks — to say goodbye to afterward. Bradley’s Orange had pulled itself out of an 0-3 start to ACC play, largely on the backs of underclassmen.None of that mattered in the moments following the Huskies’ victory against the run of play. Just the loss and, eventually, starting over in January.Said Bradley: “It’s just numb right now.” Comments Published on November 23, 2014 at 5:08 pm Contact Jacob: [email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_last_img read more

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Eight Schools in Zenith/Delta Principals’ Cup Battle

first_imgThe final stages of the Delta State Principals Cup competition organized for all secondary schools in the state begin on Wednesday.This is the 4th edition of the youth developmental competition revived three years ago and four centres have been listed for the quarterfinal ties billed to take place simultaneously on Wednesday.At the Austin Jay Jay Okocha Stadium, Ogwashi-Uku, Aniocha South,Okpanam High School Okpanam, from Oshimili North will clash with Zappa Mixed Secondary School, Asaba, from Oshimili South while Springate International School, Umutu, from Ukwuani LG will take on Destiny Secondary School, Ughelli, from Ughelli North LG at the Kwale Township Stadium, Kwale, in Ndokwa West Local Government. In another fixture also slated for Wednesday, College of Commerce, from Warri South LG will tango with Alaka Grammar School, Ozoro, from Isoko North LG in an encounter slated for Ughelli Township Stadium, Ughelli.Also same day, Ogulagha Secondary School, Ogulagha, from Burutu LG will take on Okotie-Eboh Grammar School, from Sapele at the Hussey College Warri.All the matches will start at 2pm on Wednesday.Delta State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Chief Patrick Ukah, told newsmen in Asaba yesterday that all arrangements for the tournament would be at another level from Wednesday.Ukah said: “We assured that a true winner must emerge and so we have to involve top referees from this stage, the attires would change while screening continues to ensure only legitimate students are taking part.“As we move on, we up the standard in all areas till we get to the final of the event later this month.”The winners of the matches billed for Wednesday will qualify for the semis scheduled for November 13. The final of the tournament is scheduled to take place at the Stephen Keshi Stadium on November 21.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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