Published on February 18, 2019 at 9:23 pm Contact Nick: firstname.lastname@example.org | @nick_a_alvarez On the net closest to Syracuse’s bench, white jerseys grouped in four lines and tossed a ball between them. Shots whipped into twine as SU prepped for its season opener. Feeders flicked passes to shooters, and all movement was directed toward four multi-colored square patches placed in the corners of the cage. It would be the last time the Orange routinely found the back of the net on Feb. 8.Missing from the drill was Brendan Bomberry, SU’s leading goal-scorer (56) through the prior two seasons who graduated in 2018. No. 17 Syracuse (1-1) anticipated that it could replace Bomberry with veteran attackmen and fresh talent. But in its first test against the Raiders, it couldn’t. An offense that averaged 19.6 goals per game during its last five season-openers leading to blowout wins was held to nine scores. Colgate established an early lead, rushed Syracuse’s offense and shut down a unit that had relied on Bomberry’s interior scoring.Its following matchup against then-No. 15 Albany represented the course correction after midfielder Tucker Dordevic was ruled out for the season with a foot injury earlier in the week. The Orange won, 13-5, led by seven points from senior Bradley Voigt. For one game, the questions that arose from the historic Colgate blunder subsided. “We were just moving good off-ball,” Voigt said after the Albany win. “I think we were definitely more comfortable in the offense that we’re running right now.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSusie Teuscher | Digital Design EditorVoigt started the season on the first line and joined returners Nate Solomon and Stephen Rehfuss. In the preseason, Voigt utilized his speed to charge the crease and finish inside, defender Marcus Cunningham said. But against the Raiders, plays called for Voigt ended in missed passes or shots into the stick of Colgate goalie Connor Mullen.Solomon and Rehfuss didn’t provide immediate support, either. Both tallied just one shot in the first half and didn’t score. While Solomon added three goals in the second half, SU’s execution came in bursts. Orange head coach John Desko said after the game that Syracuse’s shots were essentially turnovers since they were aimed at Mullen’s core.Colgate head coach Matt Karweck said his team emphasized “ball pressure.” The Raiders’ defenders tried to alter the Orange’s passing and shooting ability by disrupting their hand placement. An early shot attempt by Jamie Trimboli was tipped low. Sophomore Brendan Curry sailed a pass over Trimboli’s head a few possessions later, and the Raiders’ bench cheered as the plastic rolled toward them. Syracuse committed 17 turnovers, which would’ve been its second-highest game total in 2018.SU’s lack of possession and deficit was magnified by the new 80-second shot clock, which contributed to the offense settling for longer shots. Curry scored the first Orange goal of the game from 15-yards out. Trimboli totaled seven shots, most of which came from the top of the Raiders’ defensive zone.“On offense, we definitely have to play faster,” Curry said after the Colgate contest. “I think we have to play smarter. Not rush into things as much, kinda get the ball around a little bit, maybe not take the first shot you see.”Against Albany, Trimboli opened the scoring and showcased the differences of SU’s offensive approach. In the first quarter. He ran left, brought his hands together and ripped an overhand shot to beat goalie Nate Siekierski. Trimboli created space, operated earlier in the shot clock and benefited from off-ball movement.Voigt slipped into the soft spots of the Great Danes’ zone during power plays. He slung left-handed wristers into the net, finding free room after Solomon drew defenders in with dodges. After the Colgate loss, Solomon said that the shot clock may force the Orange to adjust and generate defensive slides. One week later, they did and created the separation that led to SU’s offensive revival.Through two games, Syracuse’s offense has been uneven. It looked unsettled in a historic loss and an unlikely hero — Voigt — avenged a blowout from 2018. With No. 13 Army on deck, the unit will need to establish consistency. Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments
Airtel Ghana’s enterprise business solutions unit, Airtel Business, has forayed into golf with a three year partnership agreement with the Ghana Golf Association to sponsor the annual event.The first phase of the partnership was the 82nd Airtel Ghana Open which came off at the Royal Golf Club at Kumasi.Director of Airtel Business, Maxwell Dodd, explained that the health benefits of golf to players are enormous and well documented. “We know how healthy it is to our hearts and lungs when we workout especially when one does a full 18 holes; we know also that playing a nine-hole course can burn up to 721 calories by walking; playing golf also helps reduce stress in addition to having a low risk of injury”. Also Golf is a game with integrity and helps corporate executives develop their minds to focus on achieving their goals successively, he said.He however adds that, “to us when you add these health benefits to the strategic importance of golf to those of us in the business of providing telecommunication based solutions to our clients, then we kill two birds with one stone with our association with one of Ghana’s oldest golf events, the Ghana Open”, he said. Mr. Dodd, a golfer himself, explains that through the partnership with what will now be called the Airtel Ghana Open, Airtel Business finds the event a congenial one to relate with Airtel’s high valued, premier customers as well as the growing list of corporate clients.“The golf course and serenity of the club house provides a perfect atmosphere to interact with our customers and potential ones away from our offices and out of our suits and ties. This sort of interactions also makes it possible for us to gain a deeper understanding of the various communication solutions we offer our clients”, Maxwell Dodd said.Among the business solutions from Airtel Business Solutions are a wide range of Communication Solutions (i.e. Mobile, Fixed, and satellite), Connectivity Solutions (via Microwave Radio, Fiber, and Satellite) and Collaboration Solutions (Managed and hosted Services, cloud services, and Machine to Machine solutions). “We are going to be involved with the Ghana Golf Association over the next few years and potentially beyond it; the corporate clients and our high value clients and the new ones we have made over the three days we spent here encourages us to do more going into the future”, Maxwell Dodd said.The Ghana Open Golf Championship has been the flagship and the most prestigious Championship of the golfing calendar since 1920. This year’s Championship attracted about 170 players ranging from 16 of Ghana’s Golf Clubs including Kumasi, Achimota, Celebrity, Tema, Bok Nam Kim, Tafo, Beige Village, Takoradi, Tarkwa, Damang, Benso, Awaso, Nsuta, Obuasi, Bogoso and Elmina.This year’s competition was given a royal flavor when the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, an avid golfer, teed off for the 82nd Airtel Ghana Open at the Royal Golf Club in Kumasi, a course the Asantehene regular plays on.After three days of excellent weather and great golfing, Felicity Kyei Gyeabour emerged the overall Ladies winner with Kwabena Poku emerging the Men’s overall winner.President of the Ghana Golf Association, Dr. Felix Frempong was happy with the interest shown in the competition by sponsors and players alike. He was particularly excited by the enthusiasm shown by the golfers and the spirit of healthy competition within which they competed.He announced that the 83rd Airtel Ghana Open will also come off in September 2015 and will be hosted again by the Royal Golf Club in Kumasi.