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Biden wins seven states on Super Tuesday, Sanders takes two -network projections

first_imgA resurgent Joe Biden was projected to win seven large states on Tuesday, and front-runner Bernie Sanders captured two states with several others too close to call on the biggest day of voting in the 2020 Democratic presidential nominating race.Edison Research and the main television networks declared Biden the winner in Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama based on exit polls on Super Tuesday, when Americans in 14 states voted for a Democratic challenger to Republican President Donald Trump in the Nov. 3 election.Fox News projected Biden would also win Oklahoma. The Associated Press projected he would also win Arkansas and Minnesota. NBC News reported that Bloomberg would reassess whether to stay in the race on Wednesday, but a campaign official said it was inaccurate to suggest his White House bid could end on Wednesday. The official said the campaign reassesses everyday.Biden, former President Barack Obama’s vice president, has enjoyed a burst of momentum since a blowout win in South Carolina on Saturday, which led to endorsements from a flood of prominent party officials and former rivals.Broad Biden coalition He entered Super Tuesday hoping to muscle aside Bloomberg and consolidate support from moderates in Tuesday’s voting, turning the race into a one-on-one contest against Sanders.Biden’s showing in the Super Tuesday states was fueled by strong support among a broad coalition of voters including women and men, white and black, those with or without college degrees, and those who considered themselves liberal or moderate.With 100% of the precincts reporting in Virginia, Biden was winning more than half of the votes in that southern swing state, well ahead of Sanders. In Alabama, he was winning 69% of the vote, and in North Carolina he was winning 34%.Edison Research forecast a record turnout of 1.3 million voters in Virginia, well ahead of 986,203 in 2008 and 785,041 in 2016.Early exit polls by Edison Research showed Biden was winning large majorities of African-American voters in the South, including 72% in Alabama, 71% in Virginia, 63% in North Carolina and 62% in Tennessee.In Virginia, Biden won the votes of more than four of 10 white college educated women, compared to about two in 10 each for Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, the senator from Massachusetts.Bloomberg was a wild card heading into the voting, as he joined the competition for the first time. In early results, he was winning more than 15% of the vote, enough to pick up some delegates, in North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Colorado and Arkansas.The moderate Bloomberg skipped the first four contests and bombarded Super Tuesday and later voting states with ads, but saw his poll numbers slip after coming under fire during Democratic debates over past comments criticized as sexist and a policing policy he employed as New York’s mayor seen as racially discriminatory.Biden is trying to build a bridge between progressive Democrats’ desire for big structural change and more moderate Democrats yearning for a candidate who will be able to win over enough independents and Republicans to oust Trump.Fresh momentum That effort gained fresh momentum on the eve of Tuesday’s voting as moderate presidential rivals Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, endorsed Biden after withdrawing from the race.The pace of the Democratic race begins to accelerate after Super Tuesday, with 11 more states voting by the end of March. By then, nearly two-thirds of the delegates will have been allotted.Sanders headed into Tuesday with 60 delegates to Biden’s 54 in the state-by-state nominating fight. Sanders managed a virtual tie with Buttigieg in Iowa and wins in New Hampshire and Nevada.Besides leading in polls in California, Sanders also is ahead of Biden by a smaller margin in polls in Texas. Sanders’ strength with Hispanics should pay dividends in that state, where Latinos comprise one-third of the Democratic electorate.Biden, whose South Carolina win affirmed his popularity with black voters, hoped to win five states where African Americans make up at least a quarter of the Democratic electorate: Alabama, North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee and Arkansas.Democrats living abroad began voting in a primary set to run until March 10. The last polls will close in California at 8 p.m. PST (0400 GMT on Wednesday).The next contests, on March 10, will be in Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota and Washington state. Topics :center_img Sanders was projected to win in Colorado and his home state of Vermont, expected outcomes for the self-described democratic socialist and independent senator who hopes to take a huge step toward winning the nomination on Tuesday.More than one-third of the delegates who will pick the eventual nominee at a July convention are up for grabs in primary elections on Tuesday that could provide some clarity at last in a muddled race for the White House.Early results showed Sanders holding a narrow lead over Biden in Texas, while Biden had a narrow lead in Massachusetts and Minnesota.The rush of early results left Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire former New York mayor who spent more than half a billion dollars on advertising, largely out of the running, with his only victory coming in the U.S. territory of American Samoa.last_img read more

ICYMI: Editorial Boards Praise Governor Wolf’s Budget Address

first_img Budget News,  Economy,  Education,  Energy,  Environment,  Government Reform,  Government That Works,  Infrastructure,  Innovation,  Jobs That Pay,  Minimum Wage,  National Issues,  PAsmart,  Restore Pennsylvania,  Round-Up Harrisburg, PA – A week ago, Gov. Tom Wolf made his fifth budget address. He outlined a plan to create the strongest workforce in the nation and provide needed resources for education, agriculture, seniors and more.Here’s a snapshot of the reaction to his proposed spending plan:Reading Eagle: “By focusing on education and job training, Wolf’s budget is the kind of forward-looking plan the state needs if its citizens are to thrive.”The Citizens’ Voice: “There is no reason not to have this budget, including its initiatives for economic growth, in place by the beginning of the new fiscal year July 1.”The Republican Herald: “The governor’s $34.1 billion proposal zeroed in on two connected top priorities that should not be controversial — public education and workforce development.”The Tribune-Democrat: “We share the enthusiasm local economic development leaders expressed for Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to provide more funding for blight removal by taxing the Marcellus Shale natural gas industry.”The Sharon Herald: “Gov. Tom Wolf has a plan. The four-year, $4.5 billion spending proposal he announced in Johnstown Wednesday would create a pool of money, separate from the budget, for blight removal and reuse projects. The money would be raised by creating a severance fee on the Marcellus Shale natural gas industry. How about that. Progress will beget progress.”The Citizens’ Voice: “The proposal is a test for lawmakers whether they will serve the industry’s narrow interests or the public’s broad interests. It’s time for a majority of them finally to get on the right side of the issue.”PennLive: “If we want the best possible teachers to train future generations of students for any profession or trade, we should treat the teaching profession with the respect it deserves. And that begins with pay.”Nancy Eshelman, PennLive: “Gov. Tom Wolf wants to ensure that every public school teacher in the state is paid a minimum of $45,000 a year. Count me among the supporters of the idea.”Paul Muschick, The Morning Call: “Gov. Tom Wolf’s recommendation that the state investigate offering full-day kindergarten to all 5-year-olds is welcome and long overdue.”Observer-Reporter: “In his budget plan unveiled earlier this week, Gov. Tom Wolf revived a proposal to require municipalities that rely on state police for full-time coverage to pay a per-resident fee for those services. It’s an idea whose time is overdue.”Scranton Times-Tribune: “Lawmakers should not only embrace Wolf’s proposal but go all the way, covering the full costs of the machine replacements after the federal contribution, spreading the cost over years and compensating the few counties, including Susquehanna, that already have acquired compliant voting machines.” February 12, 2019 ICYMI: Editorial Boards Praise Governor Wolf’s Budget Addresscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Institutional investors seen boosting real asset allocations

first_imgInstitutional investors are set to ramp up their exposure to real assets over the next three years, according to a new study by Aquila Capital.Among real asset categories, property is seen as they type of asset offering the best opportunities, the alternative asset manager found.In the research, which polled 54 institutional investors based in the UK and Europe at the beginning of February, 21% of respondents said they expected the rise in exposure to real assets would be “significant”.On the other hand, 7% said they expected to see institutions reducing their exposure during the three-year period in question. Nearly half (44%) of institutional investors in Europe said they had more than 10% exposure to real assets, according to the study.Some 41% of respondents said they were positive on the investment outlook for real assets, while 10% were negative.Property came out as the real asset type offering the greatest investment opportunities over the next five years, with 33% of respondents taking this view.Next in the ranking came infrastructure, with 18%, followed by commodities, farmland and renewable energy – all with 15%.The key drivers behind investors’ appetite for real assets were long-term positive cashflows, protection against inflation and portfolio diversification, the research found.Other factors were the ongoing need for the attractive risk/return profile offered by the investments and growing familiarity with the asset class due to existing allocations.last_img read more

ILOILO CITY 83RD CHARTER DAY CELEBRATION: City gov’t invites Ilonggos to join ‘Love…

first_img* Customs and Tradition 2. Entries must indicate when the pictures were taken. 10% – Uniqueness and Originality THE Iloilo City Government is inviting Ilonggos with “visual creativity and skills” to take a snap on photos that represents the city’s beauty and uniqueness.  The photos must reflect the theme: ‘Ilonggos at the Forefront of New Normal.’ 7. Photo must not contain any copyrighted material including artworks and other photos. Theme a. Professional/Amateur Photographers “Get a chance to win P10, 000 and get your work published, and utilized for the city’s tourism and publicity projects in the future,” the city government announced in its official page. 1. The photo must depict any of the four aforementioned themes. * Culture, People and History (@iloilocitygov) and Jerry Treñas (@JerryTrenasOfficial). 5. Photos should be landscape or portrait, at least 2MB and a max of 10MB in size. When to start taking pictures? Example: Juan dela Cruz, Villa Arevalo, 0999###0000 20% – Technical Excellence and Quality 1. Photo contest is open to all Ilonggos in the city and province of Iloilo. Professional/amateur category 2. Each contestant can submit up to five photo entries only. Who can join? 3. Make sure to set your account to public to qualify. 1. All pictures must be taken between August 1, 2020 until August 21, 2020 only. * Food and local products 5. Email the photos in high resolution (at least 2MB and a max of 10MB in size) with your name, address, contact and category to iloilocityinfo@gmail.com 6. Global enhancements only. Photos must be ORIGINAL and in COLOR. (Not black and white or monochromatic.) The addition and subtraction of objects is not permitted. If the judges determine that a photographer has altered his or her photo, they reserve the right to disqualify it. Picture cropping must not exceed 25% of the actual photo; no borders/frames. 3. Entry must be the contestant’s original work. *Tourism and Destination 2. Tell us more about your photo in the caption. Don’t forget to use the hashtags: #IloiloCityat83 #IloiloCityGovernment #UswagIloilo 40% – Content and Adherence to the Theme 7. Photos will be judged based on the following criteria: 10. Contestants must agree and comply with the Official Rules. How to join? 4. Don’t forget to LIKE and FOLLOW the Iloilo City Government on Facebook 2. There are two Categories: Photo specification 9. Entry must not have been awarded in any other photo contests and/or commercially published whether for news, advertising or otherwise. 6. You can post your entries until August 21, 2020, 11: 59 PM only. 100% – TOTAL 4. You may use any photography equipment except photos taken by film camera, fisheye lens, and stitched panoramas are not eligible. 1. Post a photo in your Facebook. The photo must depict the tagline “Ilonggos at the Forefront of New Normal” from either of the four themes mentioned above. 8. Announcement of winners will be on August 25, 2020 via the official Facebook page of the Iloilo City Government (@iloilocitygov). b. Students/ Novice Photographers (student may use cellphones/gadgets in taking photos) 8. Entry must not contain date stamps, watermarks or any text on the image. 30% – Artistic Value and Communication Potential of the Image Example: Iloilo Esplanade. Health enthusiasts enjoy running with physical distancing at the Esplanade, with the changing hue of the sunset at the background. August 1, 2020. #IloiloCityat83 #IloiloCityGovernment #UswagIloilo 11. The contest organizers have the right to modify all or part of the Contest Rules at any time and for any reason without incurring any liability.(with reports from Iloilo City Government/PN)last_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Battle Lady Olympians On The Field

first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldogs have improved to 7-0 on the season after traveling to Columbus to to defeat the Columbus East Lady Olympians 3-1. Batesville found themselves down at the half by a score of 1-0. Despite having a 9-3 advantage on shots, it was Columbus East who struck first on a cross from #3 Park, that got behind the Batesville defense and was poked in by #7 Stoughton.At the half, the Lady Bulldogs refocused and remained confident because they have been a strong second half team. It was all Batesville in the 2nd stanza with Batesville scoring with 26 minutes to play in the game to even the score 1-1. Senior captain, Georgia Gratz was able to tip-toe between a Lady Olympian defender and the endline to find an open Hailey Mohr in the box as Mohr was able to win the half-step battle to poke it past the Columbus East goalkeeper. The Lady Bulldogs continued to ramp up their intensity after the score and it paid off. With 24 minutes to play and just 2 minutes after Batesville evened the score, it was Lauren Gutzwiller who would put the Lady Bulldogs ahead for good. Denise Davalos was patient on the dribble on the right wing as Abbey Prickel drew defenders away from the ball, Davalos sent a beautiful high-arching cross over the goalkeeper as Gutzwiller slid in for the score. Batesville would maintain the slim 2-1 advantage for 21 minutes. With 3 minutes to play, it was Gratz who would add the insurance goal for the Lady Bulldogs. Again, it was Davalos who was credited the assist on the Gratz goal. “Our defense continues to get better and they really played lockdown defense after conceding the goal. Through 7 games, they have only given up 3 goals. Offensively, we needed to have some players stop up to replace two injured starters. Lauren Gutzwiller, Ashley Nobbe, Caroline Kellerman, and Abbey Prickel all played in different roles tonight and we were able to compete at a high level! It is nice to have that kind of depth on the team to fill voids when needed.” Coach Laker commented. Field Stats:Batesville – 6 cornersBatesville – 10 foulsG. Gratz – 7 shots, 1 goal, 1 assistH. Mohr – 5 shots, 1 goalD. Davalos – 2 shots, 2 assistsE. Cassidy – 1 shotL. Gutzwiller – 2 shots, 1 goalA. Prickel – 3 shotsA. Nobbe – 1 shotGoalkeeping Stats: E. Waechter – 3 saves, 1 goal allowedJV Score – Batesville 0 – Columbus East 1Thursday night the JV girls soccer team faced off with the Columbus East Olympians. With only one half of a game to play the ladies knew they had to bring their best effort for the full 35 minutes. Olive Cerniglia aggressively defended the goal by stepping out and stopping multiple advances by the Olympians. Unfortunately, Columbus East found their way through the Bulldog’s defense one time and put one goal on the scoreboard. Gabby Gibbs led the Bulldogs in their offensive efforts with many groundbreaking runs and aggressive tackles.The ladies fought until the last second to try to even the score, but fell short in the end. Their next battle is against the Franklin County Wildcats on Saturday, September 8th. Come out and support your Bulldogs! JV Write-up from JV Coach Katie Griggs.last_img read more

Anthony Van Dyck gives O’Brien record-equalling Epsom Derby win

first_imgANTHONY Van Dyck has won the Epsom Derby, giving acclaimed trainer Aidan O’Brien a record-equalling seventh winner in the prestigious race.Jockey Seamie Heffernan rode the 13-2 chance to victory on his 12th attempt, with Madhmoon in second and Japan in third.O’Brien, 49, trained seven of the 13 runners in the mile-and-a-half race.“It’s incredible; I’m so privileged to be part of the team,” the trainer told ITV Racing.Broome finished fourth to give O’Brien three of the top four.There will be dancing in the streets of Lingfield – well, you know what I mean – after the two Classic trial-races staged on that track, with its topological similarities to Epsom, produced both the Oaks and the Derby winner. In a scrambling finish during which, in particular, the plucky runner-up Madhmoon and Sir Dragonet, the favourite, both looked as though they would win, Anthony Van Dyck came out on top.Jockey Seamie Heffernan said he was always confident of success, but there were times that the colt looked up against it.However, ultimately his stamina lasted out best to increase O’Brien’s stranglehold on the sport.“There are so many people involved that I would like to thank,” O’Brien said.“These races are so competitive and so tough. I’m so privileged, delightful and grateful to the team.”“I knew he would be with me when I needed him,” jockey Heffernan said, after his mount won it at the line, having been pushed close deep into the final furlong.“It was a big ask of him, but he’s danced every dance. I’m happy.”“He can train all right!” Heffernan said of O’Brien. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

SVC All Stars retain NYSCL Independence Cup

first_imgBy Frederick HalleySVC All Stars made it two in a row with a resounding 71-run victory over New York Softball Cricket League (NYSCL), the same opponents they defeated in last year’s Independence Cup final, when the NYSCL annual tournament climaxed at Baisley Pond Park, Queens, New York on Sunday.The well-oiled SVC All Stars unit, who played unbeaten in the competitive three-day tournament, reserved their best performance for the final after receiving a scare from upstarts Unruly in Saturday’s semi-final played at the same venue.Led by consistent scores from their top-order batsmen, SVC All Stars reached a respectable 159 for eight in their allotted 20 overs after losing experienced campaigners Chien Gittens (two) and Andrew Gonsalves (nine) with 38 on the board in the sixth over. They also lost opener Richard Latiff (20) at 45 for three before Surujpaul Deosarran (13) went caught by skipper Eon Ellis as SVC All Stars slipped to 63 for four in 10.5 overs.Patrick Rooplall and V.J Surujpaul, however, averted further inroads with a fine fifth-wicket partnership of 65 in just under seven overs with the former hitting 26 off 29 balls, which contained three fours and a six while Surujpaul’s top-score of 39 off just 20 balls was spiced with three fours and two sixes.Surujpaul’s bold innings ended in the 18th over, bowled by the persistent Murph Seeram while Rooplall, who came in at number five, departed in the final over, caught by Murphy Ramnath off Dane Glasgow.Teenager Nishal Dhaniram, who caused the early damage, ended with two for 29 from his four overs while Seeram, who got rid of Gonsalves and Surujpaul, claimed two for 27. Glasgow also got into the act with two for 31.MVP Richard Latiff receives his award from one of the sponsors.Latiff caused an early scare in the NYSCL reply, shattering the stumps of Wasim Aslim (six) in the third over but two run-outs, that of opener Amar Singh (31) and number three batsman Zamal Khan (12) at 58 and 64, in consecutive overs (ninth and 10th) put a damper in NYSCL’s chase.It was a steady procession thereafter, with skipper Bobby Prahalad, who surprisingly came on as the fifth bowler, wreaking havoc, as the middle- and lower-order succumbed to his searing pace.Prahalad finished with the impressive figures of four for nine from just two overs, shattering the stumps of Seeram (0) and Dhaniram with his 11th and 12th deliveries, as NYSCL folded in 15 overs. He had earlier sent back Raja Parsram (one) and Ellis (one). Latiff took two for 16 from his four overs.SVC All Stars’ Latiff was adjudged the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the tournament, tallying 81 runs and capturing eight wickets while he also copped the man-of-the-match in the final. NYSCL’s Rohit Dutchin made the most runs (171) with a top score of 120 versus Schenectady. He received three awards in the process.Nishal Dhaniram claimed the most wickets (16) and also took six for 31 against Schenectady, the best figures in the Open category while his NYSCL teammate Zamal Khan, a former Guyana Under-19 batsman, was rewarded for his century (109) versus Unruly.At the presentation ceremony, NYSCL president Eric Ferrier thanked all the teams for their participation also commending the umpires for a fine job. Ferrier also reserved special praise for the several sponsors and the many volunteers who made the annual three-day activities possible.last_img read more

Men’s basketball rolls to season opening victory

first_imgUSC used a 18-rebound advantage to defeat UC Irvine, 62-49, in the Trojans’ regular season opener on Saturday.Power move · Junior forward Nikola Vucevic makes a move around a UC Irvine defender during a 62-49 Trojan victory on Saturday night. – Carlo Acenas | Daily Trojan “The first win is always the hardest one,” junior forward Nikola Vucevic said. “We have to adjust to each other because this is a new team, but I think we did a pretty good job, even though we had some bad plays.”After the game was tied at 11 midway through the first half, freshman guard Bryce Jones scored seven consecutive points to give USC (1-0) an 18-11 advantage. The scoring streak gave Jones a total of 12 points, meaning that he had single-handedly outscored the Anteaters (0-2) more than 12 minutes into the game. Jones finished his first official collegiate game with 14 points.In the second half, the Anteaters came within six points of the lead with as late as 7:07 left in the game, but the Trojans then went on a 7-0 run to put the game out of reach. Vucevic was key to USC’s second-half play, scoring 17 of his 19 points in the second half for the Trojans.The Anteaters could not match up with the height of the Trojans. USC had 44 rebounds compared to 26 for UC Irvine, including 11 more offensive rebounds than the Anteaters. Vucevic led the Trojans with 14 rebounds, while senior forward Alex Stepheson grabbed 13 rebounds and Jones added eight.Forward Pavol Losonsky paced UC Irvine with 13 points and eight rebounds. Forward Eric Wise added 12 points and five rebounds.Despite the win, depth proved to be an issue for the Trojans. With sophomore forward Evan Smith sidelined because of a shoulder injury, USC coach Kevin O’Neill only played six players more than 30 minutes. Freshman guard Maurice Jones, Stepheson and Vucevic each played 37 or more minutes.“We obviously do not have a lot of depth right now,” O’Neill said. “It is imperative that our guys stay out of foul trouble and give themselves a chance to play the whole game.”Maurice Jones played all 40 minutes in his first official collegiate game. Despite feeling “a little bit” tired after the game, he played well, accumulating 13 points and four assists.“I felt pretty comfortable after going up and down [the court] a few times,” Maurice Jones said. “[Coach] wants me to make some plays so that we can get some easy buckets and not always have to run a set [play].”The Trojans host Santa Clara tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Galen Center. The Broncos (1-0) are led by guard Kevin Foster, who as a freshman in 2008-2009 averaged 14.7 points per game and was named the West Coast Conference Co-Newcomer of the Year as well as a Freshman All-American. He redshirted last season after suffering a foot injury early in the year, but is healthy now. Foster scored a team-high 19 points in the Broncos’ first game this season, an 82-77 victory over Cal State Bakersfield.last_img read more

No. 4 Syracuse squanders chances in 12-11 loss to No. 3 North Carolina

first_img Published on April 16, 2016 at 4:33 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+ In a game that would decide first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference, Syracuse had to push the ball 100 yards down the field in 36 seconds with a player disadvantage and score on a goalie that had frozen out a once red-hot Syracuse offense in the second half.The Orange had finally regained possession for the first time in almost six full minutes after North Carolina had sprinted back and forth across the offensive zone without even pretending to look for a shot, hoping to run out the clock on its one-goal lead.“It’s definitely frustrating,” defender Mallory Vehar said of watching the Tar Heels stall away the last minutes.The shot clock will be introduced to women’s lacrosse next year, but it wouldn’t appear in time to help Syracuse.Goalkeeper Allie Murray restarted her team’s last gasp. Murray passed to Natalie Wallon and a UNC double-team immediately sandwiched the freshman. Wallon committed a fate-sealing turnover with 21 seconds left.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange didn’t get the ball to midfield.Syracuse had its chances. It could’ve taken advantage of the second-half goalie change to extend its winning streak to six. It could’ve held on to either of its three-goal leads to seize first place in the conference. It could have kept alive its unbeaten streak when playing UNC in the Carrier Dome. But it didn’t.No. 4 Syracuse (12-4, 4-2 ACC) lost, 12-11, to No. 3 North Carolina (12-2, 6-0) and precedent couldn’t overcome squandered opportunities as the Orange watched the Tar Heels literally run away in the final moments.“It’s a fine line (when to) start pressing out,” head coach Gary Gait said of a stalling team. “Do you wait to see if they go a little bit early? Sometimes when that happens you give up opportunities and be down two again. But (we forced) the turnover and … got ‘em right there, with 36 seconds left. The pass has been there to get the ball up but we just turned around and throughout the day we just kept giving the ball back.”Syracuse had started hot, erasing a two-goal deficit and grabbing a 7-4 lead with four minutes to go in the first half.SU played so well that North Carolina removed the reigning goalie of the year, Caylee Waters, and replaced her with Megan Ward. Waters hadn’t been able to slow the Orange’s 12th-best offense, recording two saves and allowing eight first-half goals. But Ward, time and again in the second half, made athletic saves on the point-blank shots to hold the Orange off the board. She finished with three goals allowed and seven saves.Near the end of the first half, the pacified UNC offense hadn’t scored in more than 20 minutes and the Orange seemed poised to take the lead into halftime.But then UNC role players Carly Reed and Ela Hazar broke through for two goals in the final 51 seconds to make it a one-goal game at half.As both teams rushed from the field, SU assistant coach Regy Thorpe gathered four defenders and Murray around the net. The group held up a team of local kids playing a scrimmage at halftime while Thorpe demonstrated how to stop UNC from curling an attacker near the cage and passing to a cutter.“They had scored twice on (that play),” Murray said. “We (tried) to make some changes to fix that.”UNC didn’t score on the same play in the second half, but found various ways to put five goals in the back of the net, a microcosm of the defense’s larger problem on Saturday.The defense held the ACC’s top scorer, Molly Hendrick, without a point. But at the same time it allowed a hat trick to Reed, who entered the game with eight goals in 11 games.“That’s the way you play, right?” Gait said. “… You put it on the shoulders of their (not best) players and they make some plays.”In a day of opportunity — the goalie change, the leads, the adjustment — Syracuse couldn’t take advantage. Commentslast_img read more