Syracuse men’s lacrosse opponent preview: What to know about No. 11 Duke

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ No. 6 Syracuse (5-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) returns to the Carrier Dome Saturday after a two-game road stretch to host ACC foe Duke at 1:30 p.m. The last time SU took the field, the Orange took home an overtime victory against longtime rival Johns Hopkins. It was SU’s fifth straight one-goal game.Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup against the No. 11 Blue Devils (7-2), who have won five straight.All-time series: SU leads, 10-6Last time they played: In the 2016 ACC championship game, Syracuse got revenge against Duke after losing in Week 7 of the same year. Syracuse jumped out first before the two teams went back and forth for the first and most of the second quarter. At the end of the third, Syracuse held onto an 8-7 lead. In the fourth, Syracuse scored to go up two with under seven remaining and didn’t look back. The Orange finished on a 5-0 run to take home the ACC championship, 14-8.Syracuse was led by Tim Barber (four goals), while Derek DeJoe, Dylan Donahue, Nick Mariano and Sergio Salcido all had a pair of goals in the win. Salcido added four assists in what would become his breakout All-American season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Blue Devils report: The Duke attack is led by Justin Guterding who had SU’s number last year and was Duke’s No. 1 scorer. This year, he leads the team in points, pouring in 25 goals with 21 assists in nine games.“The game comes to left handers,” Duke head coach John Danowski said. “He’s become more of a dodger than he was in the past.”Alongside Guterding on attack is freshman attack Joey Manown (14 goals). Midfielders Jack Bruckner (21 goals) and Brad Smith (10 goals) can find the back of the net as well. All three players have 20-plus points to their names this season. Duke’s offense ranks No. 9 in the country.Daily Orange File PhotoFOGO Kyle Rowe returns for Duke. He took nearly every faceoff last year, putting together a 64-percent success rate at the X. Last season in two games against Syracuse, Rowe won the faceoff battle with Ben Williams, going 29-of-56. Overall, Duke ranks a mere 34th in faceoffs this year.Defensively, Duke returns senior Brian Dunne, junior Greg Pelton and sophomore Cade Van Raaphorst. Ethan Powley started all 19 games on close defense last year, but has since become a long-stick midfielder. Duke has started freshman JT Giles-Harris, going to Pelton off the bench and Powley at LSM. The Blue Devils’ defense is dominant, No. 7 in the NCAA in defense, allowing only 7.56 goals per game. Even with limiting opposing defenses to less than eight goals a game, the team struggles in causing turnovers (tied 47th).Overall, Duke ranks second in man-up offense, ninth in assists per game and fifth in scoring margin. The offense works the ball around and takes its time before taking a shot on goal. Published on March 24, 2017 at 1:06 pm Contact Charlie: [email protected] | @charliedisturcocenter_img How Duke beats Syracuse: Duke will enter the Carrier Dome on a five-game win streak. In all but one game in that span, Duke has struck first. If Duke wants to defeat Syracuse, its offense has to take advantage of the inexperience that occasionally slips through on the Orange defense. Guterding is a huge threat and if the focus is on the junior attack, Bruckner can make SU pay.If Duke can jump out to an early lead, Syracuse’s offense will have to step up. Over the past two weeks, SU has not scored in double digits. Inconsistency looms from time to time. SU could pull out another strong win with good performances by Jordan Evans, Nick Mariano, Sergio Salcido and Brendan Bomberry.“It’s (Syracuse’s) balance on offense,” Danowski said. “They have so many weapons on a particular day (that) can make plays.”Statistics to know:  46 — Number of points Justin Guterding has through nine games, more than Mariano (22) and Salcido (20) combined56 — Duke’s man-up percentage, good for second in the nationDaily Orange File Photo5 — Unanswered goals for Syracuse against Duke to pull away in the 2016 ACC championship377 — Duke head coach John Danowski has 377 wins, the all-time NCAA Division I recordPlayer to watch: Justin Guterding, attack, No. 14The New York native has started every single game since coming to Duke in 2015. He won ACC Rookie of the Year and earned All-ACC honors, becoming the fastest Blue Devil to 100 career points. Each year he has led the team in goals. The Blue Devils offense runs through the junior, who has 25 points and 21 assists to his name. Last season, he had four goals in two games against the Orange. Scott Firman will have to be at his best Saturday, similar to his performance against star attack Shack Stanwick (one point) last week. Commentslast_img read more

“Ebola Exposes Liberia’s Vulnerable Health System”

first_imgA Liberian Physician and Epidemiologist, who contracted and survived the Ebola virus attack, has admitted that the disease came to expose to the world Liberia’s weak and vulnerable health system.Dr. Philip Z. Ireland, a panelist during a one-day Liberia Civil Society Organizations Ebola Response Task Force Policy Dialogue in Monrovia yesterday, stressed that the healthcare delivery system of Liberia is one of the most vulnerable and most deplorable in the world.Dr. Ireland, who contracted the disease from a patient he was treating, said Liberians are thinkers who can make positive changes in the health system and other sectors, but they are poorly treated.He said the Liberian Government prefers to purchase vehicles costing about US$20,000 or more each, but fails to improve the health and education sectors that will benefit its citizens.Sharing what he experienced during his illness, he described the ELWA nurses at the Ebola Treatment Unit as among the best nurses in Liberia who, for the sake of humanity, attend to patients in line with medical and nursing ethics.He told the civil society organizations that nurses are seriously humiliated by their managers who go at lengths to discourage development partners from giving them more attractive salaries.Because of the humiliation doctors and other professionals face in their line of work, many are defecting from their professions, seeking political positions, especially in the Senate and the House of Representatives, since political positions offer better salaries and other emoluments, declared Dr. Ireland.The Liberian physician observed that such behavior on the part of Liberians in authority clearly shows that the society welcomes people who commit evil and treats good people with disdain.Alluding to recent comments by one of Liberia’s top medical doctors, Vuyu K. Golakai, Dr. Ireland reiterated that the health system is centuries backward and will require infusing more resources into it and other sectors as well before any improvement can be realized.Most people that died from Ebola met their demise because medical institutions took too long to attend to them in the absence of the emergency response team, Dr. Ireland charged.He commended ordinary Liberians for taking the necessary precautions and adhering to health messages to prevent the disease.He further emphasized the major roles the media and   international partners played in the fight against Ebola and expressed optimism that the disease was on its way out of the country.The Liberia Civil Society Organizations Ebola Response Task Force is a group that monitors key stakeholders in the fight against Ebola.It monitors media coverage on Ebola, how funds given by government and partners are expended.In his presentation on stakeholders’ performances in the Ebola fight in the month of November, the Director of the Liberia Media Center, Att. Lamii Kpargoi, said they observed in counties monitored that most health facilities did not have personal protective equipment (PPEs) while about 60% of the health workers were not on salaries but given minimal incentives.Atty. Kpargoi also acknowledged that in the 44 health facilities visited, there were limited beds for pregnant women and anti-malaria drugs were lacking.He added that the government of Liberia allotted US$931,150 from the county development funds to be used in several counties including Gparpolu, Grand Gedeh and Montserrado, but those counties where the funds were used have not given any account.Atty. Kpargoi also disclosed that US$283 million was reportedly disbursed by the international community towards the fight against Ebola, but civil society groups were still seeking to know how these funds were used.Among media houses monitored for coverage of the Ebola Virus, the Liberia Media Center Director said the Daily Observer alone published about 78 stories followed by Front Page Africa and New Democrat.For radio, he disclosed that Lux FM broadcast more than the rest of the stations monitored, giving 130 minutes of air time for Ebola messages.Search for Common Ground Director, Oscar Bloh, in his welcome statement, said the dialogue is the first for the Civil Society Task Force and they are determined to monitor closely the Ebola fight to ensure transparency in spending and community approaches towards survivors.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more