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Syracuse’s goal to be a ‘power-four team’ falls short in NCAA quarterfinals to Northwestern

first_img Published on May 18, 2019 at 6:44 pm Contact KJ: kjedelma@syr.edu | @KJEdelman EVANSTON, IL. —  In the midst of trying to calm down the tears of his players after losing to then-No. 1 Boston College in February, Syracuse head coach Gary Gait paused during his press conference. His team had squandered a five-goal lead. As the No. 11 team in the nation, he wanted to outline his one and only intention for 2019.“We want to be a power-four team that competes for championships,” he declared.There wasn’t much validity to that statement then — only the team’s history as a perennial power. Coming off its worst record in program history, the Orange had to slowly prove themselves. A come-from-behind defeat of then-No. 4 Northwestern, a blow out of then-No. 7 Virginia, taking Maryland, then BC again to the final seconds.After rising to the No. 5 seed in the NCAA tournament, Syracuse (16-5, 5-2 Atlantic Coast) was one win away from making Gait’s wish come to fruition. Northwestern (16-4, 5-1 Big Ten) was the only team standing in the way from Syracuse reaching the final four team for the first time since 2016. With one minute left in the first half, the Orange were on the wrong side of a blowout, down 10-3. A two-hour lightning delay couldn’t save them. Their star attacks, Emily Hawryschuk and Megan Carney, and their nine goals couldn’t either, as the Orange lost 18-14. Syracuse’s season ended because it couldn’t recover from the mess it created in the first half, and Gait’s aspiration fell one game short from coming true.“We just spotted them,” Gait said postgame. “A 10-3 lead is tough to come back from and we didn’t stop the run when we needed to.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCorey Henry | Photo EditorSyracuse’s first statement win of the season came in late February against the same team that ended its season. Coming off the Boston College collapse, SU stormed the aspects of lacrosse that limited it today: face-guards, a plethora of scorers and a draw control group that ranks top-10 in the nation. Down two in the final minutes in the Carrier Dome, SU fought back to tie the score in the closing seconds. And in overtime, Hawryschuk brought the Orange the alluded ranked win it needed early in the season. But that was February.On May 18, Syracuse had proven it was a top-five — not top-four — team that could take any powerhouse to the final possession. In the first half, the Orange looked far from it.After Hawryschuk had broken out of a face-guard from Northwestern defender Nell Copeland off a spin dodge, Saturday’s matchup seemed to be another “game of runs,” the term Gait alludes to as the nature of lacrosse. With Wildcat attack Selena Lasota, one of five Tewaaraton Award finalists, being shut out, Syracuse was bound to break through. But the Wildcats’ secondary scorers showed up when SU’s couldn’t. Senior Claire Quinn found space to shoot, catching goalkeeper Asa Goldstock off guard. Later, a rip off a double team from NU freshman Izzy Scane befuddled Goldstock as she sat in front of her net.“We wanted to move the ball and attack them aggressively,” Northwestern head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller said. “We were ready…our offense is effective no matter what it’s in front.”Syracuse’s response was turnovers, not scores. Goldstock had no answer and Hawryschuk wasn’t able to score in bunches early like she’s done throughout the year. The one-goal deficit escalated to seven. The Orange were stifled, their hopes of advancing to the final four darkened like the cloudy skies of Evanston.Lasota and Hawryschuk, the top players on their respective teams, resurrected to start the first three minutes of the second half. But lightning struck above Evanston, and any chance of recovery from Syracuse’s first half strife would have to wait two hours.  Corey Henry | Photo EditorCrammed in a small locker room, Gait tried to rally his team as the rain pelted Martin Stadium. Syracuse had just won in a rainstorm a week prior, and the Orange had 27 minutes to erase the 11-6 deficit.The rain steadied, but by 4:45 p.m. Central Standard Time, Hawryschuk lined up for a draw. An SU goal on the first possession was overshadowed by three straight from Northwestern as fog caused by the adjacent Lake Michigan crept in. But in an instant, down 14-8, all of the “wacky” weather disappeared. And SU’s high-octane attack reappeared.“You start on the wrong foot,” freshman Megan Carney said. “And you want to turn that around.”Junior Ella Simkins and freshman Sarah Cooper collided toward the middle, hindering cutters from getting their stick up. And when someone got through, their swipes — which were mostly called fouls earlier — became forced turnovers. Carney scored off a cut, then Hawryschuk bulldozed in. Freshman Meaghan Tyrrell faked a handoff and sidearmed a shot to the opposite side of the net. The scoring run that never came in the first half finally arrived and Northwestern’s lead was just 15-13. “You can see in the second half, we had that intensity,” Hawryschuk said. “We needed more, and we didn’t have that then.”But all of its momentum was stopped on the draw as Hawryschuk, who had 10 draw controls on the day along with five goals, couldn’t maintain her success. NU junior Megan Kinna popped out of nowhere to score, and on the ensuing draw, attack Lindsey McKone scored eight seconds into the shot clock. “The team who wins deserves a final four,” Lasota said. “Every team here has a similar chance, it’s a matter who shows up.”As the clock ticked with Syracuse down four scores with four minutes left, any hope of a comeback slowly became an afterthought. Off a high shot from Lasota with 1:45 left, the clock didn’t stop. Syracuse players, parents, and even head coach Gary Gait couldn’t maintain their cool. While the referees huddled, complaints from a dwindling group of 20 SU parents and fans continued. One Northwestern fan, decking a purple flag, motioned toward them and turned to his friend.“It doesn’t even matter anymore,” the fan said under his breath.Minutes after the game, SU players approached their families one-by-one. Senior Julie Cross, then Hawryschuk and sophomore Sam Swart, with tears in their eyes, tried to embrace the only people left in orange at Martin Field. Gait watched from a distance as his team looked for the comfort he couldn’t give.When asked about falling one game short from being that “power-four team,” Gait put his hands on his Persian blue pants, then tugged at his collar. His eyes widened, but no words came out at first. Eventually, he had to say something. “We were close.”Corey Henry | Photo Editor Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

5 Ways to Get ‘Free’ Money From Your Employer Without a Raise

first_img 2.5★ Director, Advanced Technology Policy General Motors United States Find Jobs Near You 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Part-time Day Associate Crew Carwash Indianapolis, IN 23 hours ago 23h 3.4★ Service Advisor Prime Motor Group Saco, ME 23 hours ago 23h 2.8★ 4.7★ 23 hours ago 23h Most people wouldn’t turn down more money. And with many paying back student loans on top of covering basic living expenses, trying to make some extra cash can become a top priority.It seems the easiest way to do that is by asking for a raise. But your employer might not be on board with your timeline for a salary bump. That doesn’t mean you can’t get a financial boost from them, though. Some companies provide benefits that employees might not be taking advantage of to cover certain costs.Here are five ways you can get “free” money from your employer without getting a raise.1. Tap Into Your Health Savings Account (HSA)Nearly 43 million people have overdue medical debt averaging $1,766. That’s a lot of debt to to deal with on top of your other expenses. While having a higher salary could help you save for an emergency fund for medical issues, there’s another option to relieve the burden: contributing to a Health Savings Account (HSA).Some companies that offer HSAs also contribute to such accounts, which means free money to cover medical costs. This money can be used to pay for medical expenses such as prescriptions, copays and deductibles, reducing the overall cost of some medical bills. What’s more, that contribution is tax-deductible, and the balance in your HSA account can roll over from year to year.Check with your human resources department to find out the options available at your company and how you can tap into this extra money.10 Companies With Perks That Save You Money2. Use Your Company’s 401(k) Matching ProgramSaving for the long term can be a challenge: 69 percent of millennials surveyed are not saving for retirement, according to online lender Earnest. Although it can be hard to think about setting aside money when you have to manage student loan payments, it can help with future financial goals — especially if your employer offers a match on retirement plans.Many companies offer a 401(k) matching program as an employee benefit, under which they contribute a percentage of the amount you put into your account. That’s bonus money, which will earn interest.Let’s look at some numbers. Say you’re 30 years old making $40,000 a year and contributing 10 percent of your salary to a 401(k) plan with a goal to retire at 65. You’d have nearly $574,000 in your account in 35 years. If your employer offers a match of 50 percent of your contributions up to six percent of your salary, that balance will jump to over $745,000.It might not put immediate cash in your pocket, but if you didn’t take advantage of the benefit, you’d be passing on an extra $171,000 at that critical retirement age.3. Negotiate More Paid Time Off (PTO)Extra vacation time isn’t the same as cash, but it’s a good bonus that could benefit your bottom line and mental health.Having more downtime can help you relax and reboot, ultimately making you a happier and more productive employee. It could help get you recognized in the long run, especially when a raise and promotion are possible.Also, you could use that extra time off to earn cash with a side hustle. Either invest in starting a side business or sign up for one of the many sharing economy gigs, such as Uber. For example, if you get five bonus PTO days a year and spend six hours of those days driving for Uber, you could make about $450 since drivers can earn an average of $15.13* per hour, according to the ride-sharing company.Also, you might be able to use this calculation as a bargaining chip with your boss to seek more PTO if your employer is unable to provide the raise you want.4. Find Out if Your Job Offers a Referral BonusCompanies take on a lot of risks when hiring a new employee. Yes, they can use a thorough vetting and interview process, but they can’t know if it will work successfully. That’s why having a referral from a current employee is helpful.After all, wouldn’t you trust the suggestion from a friend to be set up on a blind date rather than go through an online dating service?Because an employee referral is beneficial for employers, some of them offer a referral bonus system, which pays you for recommending talent. Some companies pay hundreds to thousands of dollars depending on the position.Also, some companies will offer a bonus if you bring in a new business prospect that could be profitable. Talk with your management and human resources folks to see what referral system they have, or suggest one.5. Request to TelecommuteWorking from the comfort of your bed in pajamas sounds nice. And it can help you save money. Since you don’t need to go into the office, you’d be cutting down expenses for gas, lunch, and dry cleaning.By working remotely full time, you can save an average of $4,668, according to research from FlexJobs. Even telecommuting for half the time could save you about $2,000. Sure, that’s not a boost in your salary, but it’s a lot of money that could go toward savings or other financial goals.100% Remote! 13 Cool Companies to Apply to TodayFree Money From Your Employer Comes in Many FormsMaking more money at your job isn’t always about increasing your salary or getting a promotion. There might be untapped resources available through your employer that could help your bottom line in the short and long run.Do some research and talk to your human resources department to find out what benefits your company offers. That could include child care stipends, covered fertility treatments and more. Bottom line? Having and using this information could mean more money.This article was originally published on Student Loan Hero. It is reprinted with permission.Browse Open Jobs Paramedic* Mecklenburg EMS Agency – Medic Rochester, NY 23 hours ago 23h N/Acenter_img 3.0★ 23 hours ago 23h ICU Registered Nurse Del Sol Medical Center El Paso, TX Deli Associate F&M Deli & Restaurant Mount Laurel, NJ Registered Nurse (RN) – Charge Nurse – $7,000 Sign On Bonus EmpRes Healthcare Management Gardnerville, NV 3.5★ 2.3★ 23 hours ago 23h 4.8★ RN, Registered Nurse – OP Chemotherapy CHRISTUS Health Houston, TX 23 hours ago 23h LCPC – Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center Chicago, IL 23 hours ago 23h Registered Nurse Supervisor RN Waterbury Gardens Nursing and Rehab Waterbury, CT 3.1★last_img read more