When No. 6 Syracuse needed stops, Evan Molloy stymied St. John’s comeback attempts

first_imgNEW YORK — As Syracuse’s offense fell into its worst state of the season and SU’s early lead dissipated with every St. John’s possession in frigid temperatures, the Orange’s staple in net provided much-needed relief. Only two SU goals in the second and third quarters placed an extra reliance on Evan Molloy in goal.When St. John’s won back-to-back faceoffs, fired back-to-back shots or set a series of screens, Molloy was there. When SJU reeled off a few long possessions or recovered a rebound in front of the goal, Molloy was there to make big stops. On Saturday, in a 9-8 victory over St. John’s, Molloy rescued a fledgling SU defense that’s struggled to stop even impotent offenses.Molloy entered Saturday with a 50 percent save percentage, right in the middle of the NCAA leaderboard. But the saves he does have this season — those down the stretch against then-No. 9 Virginia last Saturday and a handful this week — have enabled the Orange to stick around and either stage a comeback or avoid a near upset. The 2016 ACC Tournament MVP spearheaded the Syracuse defense Saturday afternoon in the No. 6 Orange’s (4-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) win over SJU (1-5) at DaSilva Memorial Field in Queens.“In the fourth quarter I stepped up a little bit,” Molloy said, “and made the saves I had to.”The Red Storm entered Saturday 63rd among 69 NCAA teams in scoring offense (7.4 goals per game). Though SJU fell down 5-0 early and committed 15 turnovers, the Red Storm hung around with Syracuse from quarters two through four, outscoring SU 7-4 over that stretch.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTemperatures hovered in the 20s, with 19 mile-per-hour winds and a real-feel of about 12 degrees. Nick Mariano, Brendan Bomberry and Brad Voigt scored two goals apiece to lead Syracuse to victory one week before its annual showdown at No. 7 Johns Hopkins, a game during which SU will likely need a third straight valiant effort from Molloy.The redshirt senior is 11-3 as starting goalie since he earned the starting job only midway through last season. On Saturday, he picked up a ground ball, caused a turnover and saved nine shots. St. John’s tallied 37 total shots, none better than its last score.With 53 seconds on the clock, SJU pulled the game within one score. A pair of players shielded Molloy’s vision and the shot came low and away on the right-handed Molloy, who had to twist his stick to his left. The ball sizzled to the low pipe. For the fourth consecutive game, SU and its opponent traded goals and stayed near-even up until the buzzer sounded.“There’s not a lot you can do with a shot like that,” Syracuse head coach John Desko said.Molloy’s nine total saves is two fewer than St. John’s and three off his season high (Virginia, 12), but nearly each of his saves Saturday came on an open shot from fewer than 12 yards out. SJU’s screens in front of the goal, fast style of play and attack-centered offense did not relent.In the first half, Molloy made a save but gave up the rebound. An SJU player recovered before a swooping Marcus Cunningham and Scott Firman took the ball. One ran into the other amid a scrum. As the ball popped out, Molloy already headed out of the goal to start the clear. An SJU attack picked up the loose ball and let off a quick shot. Molloy laid out to make the save.“He’s a good quarterback, barking out the defense,” Desko said. “He’s playing with a lot of confidence. He sees the ball well. He’s been playing well all year long.”In Syracuse’s only loss of 2017, a 14-13 stunner against Army two weeks ago, Molloy allowed all 14 goals. One of which came as the game-winner from a right-hander going to his weak side. The same happened on Saturday. To get on the board and end SU’s 5-0 streak, a righty darted left and fired a ball past Molloy’s stick.In the second quarter, during which St. John’s tallied 17 shots and three goals, Molloy turned the ball over. Later, he threw a weak outlet pass that led to a turnover and score.“There are times when we have lapses,” Molloy said. “I’m definitely guilty as well.”But when No. 6 Syracuse needed stops, Evan Molloy blocked St. John’s comeback attempts. SU avoided an upset against a team it hasn’t lost to in 11 tries since the series began in 1990, and that’s largely credit to Molloy’s play in the cage. He saved three shots in the final minutes to stymie St. John’s last-second rally.“The goalie’s the hardest position in what the weather can issue,” said senior attack Jordan Evans, who had one goal and one assist. “Standing there in the cold and trying to make quick movements and quick saves? It’s a difficult task. He made some great saves when we needed it.” Comments Published on March 11, 2017 at 5:18 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Florida’s Tax-Free Weekend is Aug. 4-6, 2017

first_imgSummer holidays for Florida students are drawing to an end. Suddenly, it’s that time of year again. This year, parents and students and other Florida shoppers will have another three-day “tax-free holiday” weekend in anticipation of the new school year. This year’s sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 4, and continue through to 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 6.  Back on the tax-exempt list this year are computers and computer accessories.Tax-free itemsNo Florida sales tax or local option tax will be collected during this year on the following:Clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item, andCertain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item,Personal computers and certain computer-related accessories, selling for $750 or less per item, when purchased for noncommercial home or personal use.Among the allowed school supplies are the following: binders, calculators, cellophane (transparent) tape, colored pencils, crayons, construction paper, lunch boxes, notebook filler paper, poster paper, and scissors.The allowed computer equipment includes laptops and tablets; data storage, such as jump, flash and thumb drives; e-book readers; printers and headphones.Non-tax free itemsSchool supply items that are NOT exempt from sales taxes include books that are not otherwise exempt; correction tape – fluid – pens; masking tape; printer paper; staplers and staples.Miami-Dade School Board Member Perla Tabares Hantman’s proposal to promote this holiday to families was unanimously agreed upon by her School Board colleagues at their April 2017 meeting.Relief to Caribbean American familiesCaribbean-American families in the state, especially those with two or more children attending school in the state eagerly anticipate what is now an annual tax-holiday offered by Florida legislators. The consensus among these families is “the tax holiday goes a long to meet the increasing cost related to back to school needs every year.”last_img read more

The Twins introduced new throwback alternate uniforms, and they are just delightful

first_imgLet the offseason of uniform reveals continue.The Twins wanted to get in on the fun that the Padres and Brewers were having, so they decided to reintroduce a classic uniform, and they are so, so pretty. The powder blues, which were first introduced in 1973, were used until the 1986 season. The Twins are bringing them back to celebrate the 60th year of the franchise’s existence. Interestingly enough, those alternates were used during some of the leaner years in franchise history.The baby blues will pair nicely with the other unis in the Twins’ closet, including arguably the best alternate uniforms in the league, the navy blue with red lettering and gold trim outline. *Fanning himself.* Hot.All in all, what better time to do introduce new throwbacks than now? Fresh off a 101-win season and a Manager of the Year award for Rocco Baldelli, the Twins are primed for a stretch run of good baseball in the coming years. They have a lot of work to do this offseason, but hopefully these sexy new-old uniforms bring some free agents — and goodwill from fans — their way. Allow me to reintroduce myself. https://t.co/lteDNl1dhi #MNTwins pic.twitter.com/PAUsxp3xdG— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) November 25, 2019MORE: Padres’ new unis are super-sexy | Brewers reimagine old-school looklast_img read more

NFL playoff clinching scenarios for Cowboys, Packers, Ravens, others in Week 16

first_imgMORE: Updated NFL playoff pictureThree divisions already had been clinched entering Week 16, and two more were settled this week, as the Patriots and Texans became champions of the AFC East and AFC South, respectively.In addition, two teams that had not yet clinched playoff berths, the Vikings and Texans, did so in Week 16.Below are all the NFL playoff clinching scenarios for the six teams that had chances to stamp their postseason statuses in Week 16, followed by a complete playoff picture.NFL playoff clinching scenarios for Week 16Green Bay Packers (11-3)(at Vikings)Packers clinch NFC North title with:Packers win or tieDallas Cowboys (7-7)(at Eagles)Cowboys clinch NFC East title with:Cowboys winMinnesota Vikings (10-4)(vs. Packers)Vikings clinch playoff berth with:Vikings win or tie ORRams loss or tie(UPDATE: The Vikings clinched a playoff berth with the Rams’ loss to the 49ers on Saturday.)MORE: How Vikings can win NFC North over PackersBaltimore Ravens (12-2)(at Browns)Ravens clinch a first-round bye with:Ravens win or tie ORChiefs loss or tie ORPatriots lossRavens clinch home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:Ravens win ORRavens tie AND Patriots loss or tie ORChiefs loss or tie AND Patriots loss(UPDATE: The Ravens clinched the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with their win over the Browns on Sunday.)New England Patriots (11-3)(vs. Bills)Patriots clinch AFC East with:Patriots win or tie(UPDATE: The Patriots clinched the AFC East with their win over the Bills on Saturday.)Patriots clinch a first-round bye with:Patriots win AND Chiefs loss or tie ORPatriots tie AND Chiefs lossHouston Texans (9-5)(at Buccaneers)Texans clinch AFC South title with:Texans win ORTexans tie AND Titans tie ORTitans loss(UPDATE: The Texans clinched the AFC South and a playoff berth with their win over the Buccaneers on Saturday.)Texans clinch playoff berth with: As has been the case over the last couple weeks, six teams again had NFL playoff clinching scenarios in play for Week 16, which began with three games on Saturday and runs through a Monday night game in Minnesota that’s crucial for the playoff picture.Eight teams entered Week 16 having already clinched NFL playoff berths, leaving four spots to be claimed over the final two weeks of the season. The seedings in both the AFC and NFC brackets were undetermined, but that changed in Week 16. The Ravens became the first team to lock themselves into a No. 1 seed, which gives them home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. Texans tie AND Steelers tie ORSteelers lossMORE: How Steelers can earn AFC wild cardNFL playoff pictureAFCSeedTeamRecordClinched1.Baltimore Ravens13-2No. 1 seed; division; playoff berth2.New England Patriots12-3Division; playoff berth3.Kansas City Chiefs11-4Division; playoff berth4.Houston Texans10-5Division; playoff berth5.Buffalo Bills10-5No. 5 seed; playoff berth6.Tennessee Titans8-7-In the hunt: Steelers (8-7), Raiders (7-8)NFCSeedTeamRecordClinched1.San Francisco 49ers12-3Playoff berth2.New Orleans Saints12-3Division; playoff berth3.Green Bay Packers11-3Playoff berth4.Philadelphia Eagles8-7-5.Seattle Seahawks​11-4Playoff berth6.Minnesota Vikings10-4Playoff berthIn the hunt: Cowboys (7-8)last_img read more