Duqm Port Dredging Project About to Begin

first_imgRoyal Boskalis Westminster NV is preparing to kick off work on the planned EUR 480 million liquid terminal at the Duqm Port in Oman, according to Times of Oman.This capital development project, scheduled to start within a month, will include the engineering, design, procurement and construction of a bulk liquid berth terminal.The Port of Duqm is a an existing strategic dry dock and industrial free trade zone located in the Al Wusta Region between Muscat and Salalah and has been designated as a Special Economic Zone.Various dredging and civil activities will be executed under the responsibility of Boskalis, including the deepening of the port basin to a depth of 18 meters, reclamation of new land, the construction of a quay wall with a length of one kilometer, a double berth jetty island and stone revetment.The dredging scope will be executed by the new mega cutter Helios, which will be taken into service mid-2017, and a jumbo hopper and medium-sized trailer suction hopper dredger.The project is expected to be completed in 2020.[mappress mapid=”24131″]last_img read more

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Azinor Catalyst spuds Agar Platain well in North Sea

first_imgAzinor Catalyst started drilling the 9/14a-16 well on the Agar Plantain Prospect on August 24, 2018, using the Transocean Leader drilling rig.Transocean Leader / Photo: Harald Pettersen /EquinorThe Transocean-owned semi-sub was mobilized earlier this month. The 9/14a-16 well is expected to take approximately 28 to 38 days to complete and will be drilled to a depth of 1845m TVDSS. The Plantain exploration prospect will be drilled first followed by a contingent side-track to appraise the Agar discovery.The Agar Discovery was made in 2014 with the 9/14a-15A exploration well which encountered 33ft column (oil-down-to) in high quality Eocene Frigg Formation sands.Agar and Plantain have estimated combined mid-case resources of 60 million barrels of oil equivalent, with an upside case of 98 million barrels of oil equivalent.Azinor Catalyst has a 25% operating interest in the sole risked well with Nautical Petroleum, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cairn Energy PLC, (50% WI), and Faroe Petroleum PLC (25% WI subject to regulatory approvals). Faroe Petroleum agreed to farm into the Agar Platan project earlier in August.Commenting on the start of drilling, Faroe Petroleum CEO, Graham Stewart, said: “We are pleased to announce the spudding of the Plantain exploration well which is the first in a sequence of seven committed wells in Faroe’s current exploration and appraisal programme. The next prospect is the Faroe-operated Rungne exploration well due to spud in September, located in Faroe’s core area of the Norwegian North Sea.”Map by Faroe Petroleumlast_img read more

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December 6, 2017 Police Blotter

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The Latest: Thor the star bulldog starts fine Westminster

first_img February 10, 2020 Tiny dogs are having their day at the Westminster Kennel Club show.Pomeranians, papillons and other toy dogs are in the rings Monday, as are terriers and the diverse category of dogs known as “non-sporting” breeds. They range from Dalmatians, bulldogs and poodles to less familiar breeds such as the löwchen, Norwegian lundehund and Xoloitzcuintli — that’s “shoh-loh-eetz-KWEENT’-lee,” a hairless breed from Mexico.Backstretch the bulldog took in the scene as she waited to compete. Just 12 weeks after having a litter of puppies, she was back in competitive shape and ready to show off with owner and handler Valery Scrimo of Saratoga Springs, New York. Daytime judging chooses the best dog in each breed. Those winners begin facing off Monday night at Madison Square Garden, where best in show will be named Tuesday night. Associated Press ___12:25 p.m.What makes a championship obedience dog? The Westminster Kennel Club knows it by Heart. A Labrador retriever named Heart won Westminster’s obedience contest Sunday, extending her sweep of the five-year-old competition.With that, handler Linda Brennan says they don’t plan to enter the contest next year. Thor has quite a following after more than 25 million viewers saw him win the National Dog Show televised on Thanksgiving Day.With the crowd cheering him around the ring this time, the sturdy 2-year-old born in Peru earned a best of breed ribbon. He advanced to the nonsporting group judging Monday night at Madison Square Garden.Handler Eduardo Paris appreciated the audience support.“Many people came to see him,” Paris said after the early victory.12:55 p.m. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the Westminster Kennel Club dog show (all times local):1:25 p.m.Thor the star bulldog has taken his first winning steps at the Westminster Kennel Club show. The Latest: Thor the star bulldog starts fine Westminster “I think it’s only fair” to step aside, said Brennan, an obedience trainer from Columbia, New Jersey. The competition requires dogs to sit, stay, retrieve a toy on command and stick by their handlers’ sides while walking around other people, among other skills. Finalists used to do complex six-minute routines of their own devising, but Westminster changed things up this year to align more closely with other obedience trials. Heart, age 7, executed the maneuvers with her tail wagging.“She loves this environment — she really does. She finds it very exciting and very stimulating,” Brennan said. Don’t lose heart, owners of everyday dogs: Even Heart misbehaves from time to time outside the ring. “She has her little naughty habits,” Brennan said with a smile.,Update on the latest sports,Update on the latest sportslast_img read more

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Missouri St. seeks revenge on S. Illinois

first_imgMissouri St. seeks revenge on S. Illinois Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditSouthern Illinois (16-14, 10-7) vs. Missouri State (14-16, 8-9)JQH Arena, Springfield, Missouri; Saturday, 4 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Southern Illinois goes for the season sweep over Missouri State after winning the previous matchup in Carbondale. The teams last faced each other on Feb. 8, when Missouri State made only four foul shots on seven attempts while the Salukis hit 15 of 18 en route to a two-point victory. Associated Press For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comcenter_img February 27, 2020 FEARLESS FRESHMEN: Southern Illinois’ Marcus Domask, Eric McGill and Lance Jones have collectively accounted for 53 percent of the team’s scoring this season and have scored 61 percent of all Salukis points over the last five games.DOMINANT DOMASK: Domask has connected on 40.3 percent of the 129 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 5 of 17 over his last five games. He’s also converted 81.7 percent of his foul shots this season.SCORING THRESHOLDS: Missouri State is 0-11 when opposing teams score 71 or more points. Southern Illinois is a perfect 6-0 when its offense scores at least 70 points.STREAK SCORING: Missouri State has won its last three home games, scoring an average of 83.7 points while giving up 61.3.DID YOU KNOW: Missouri State is rated second among MVC teams with an offensive rebound percentage of 31.5 percent. The Bears have averaged 10.9 offensive boards per game and 13 per game over their last five games.___last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgNick Watney received a positive test before his second round at Hilton Head, while Cameron Champ tested positive before the Travelers Championship and Denny McCarthy after his first round at the TPC River Highlands.NASCAR-POCONOHamlin caps marathon day of racing at Pocono with 4th winLONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Round 2 at Pocono went to Denny Hamlin. Hamlin seized the spotlight, specifically in victory lane when Pocono had to set up lights after the race ended in the dark.Hamlin topped Kevin Harvick on Sunday night to win the second Cup race of the weekend at Pocono Raceway and flip the result of the opener. The 1-2 finish out of each driver is a clear sign two of the best drivers in the game are poised again to make a championship push. Fulps told the newspaper he’s responsible “for trying to make some jokes and said he is not a racist. Fulp said he’s been getting death threats and received messages threatening his family. He said seven workers quit.RACIAL INJUSTICE-KANSAS STATE TWEETK-State players announce boycott after student’s Floyd tweetMANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State football players say they will boycott all team activities until administrators create a policy that would allow a student to be expelled for “openly racist, threatening or disrespectful actions.” The move that most players announced Saturday on social media follows a tweet by a student about the death of George Floyd that prompted outrage on campus. Johnson wins Travelers to extend career-long season streakCROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Dustin Johnson won the Travelers Championship on Sunday to end a long drought and extend his career-long season victory streak to 13.Johnson closed with a 3-under 67 for a one-stroke victory over Kevin Streelman at fan-free TPC River Highlands. Johnson last won in Mexico City in March 2019. Johnson said it was along time between wins and he wants to keep his streak going. Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus each won in 17 consecutive years. Mackenzie Hughes, who shot a first-round 60, had a 67 to tie for third with 23-year-old Will Gordon at 17 under. Gordon, who has no status on either the PGA Tour finished just enough to earn him a special temporary card and unlimited exemptions for the rest of the season. There were seven COVID-19-related withdrawals from the Connecticut event, with two positive tests among players. Cameron champ withdrew Tuesday and Denny McCarthy had a positive test on Friday. June 29, 2020 In addition to his two stints as an assistant with Washington, he was also a head coach of the Phoenix Cardinals and Oakland Raiders and an assistant with the Chargers. The Redskins announced that Bugel died Sunday at age 80. No cause of death was given.YOUTH FOOTBALL’S RETURNUSA Football plans return to play for youths in 2020UNDATED (AP) — USA Football has developed a phased approach for the return of youth football this year. The plan is based on phased reopening guidelines from the CDC. The governing body for the sport in this country advises youth leagues to consult their city or county health departments to determine which CDC phase their community is in. That step begins a youth program’s local reopening procedure during the coronavirus pandemic. From there, those youth leagues are advised to consult with local school systems to share information and resources. Brandon Jones took home a trophy and sent a car to the scrap heap in about an hour at Pocono. Jones won Sunday’s Truck Series before wrecking on the first lap of the Xfinity Series race. Pocono became the first track to hold a Truck, Xfinity and Cup race on the same day. SPEEDWAY OWNER-ROPE ADSpeedway owner loses staff, ‘all but 2’ sponsors after postPINE HALL, N.C. (AP) — The owner of a North Carolina racetrack said he has faced death threats, lost employees and seen “all but two” of his sponsors evaporate amid the backlash over his social media post invoking the noose found in the garage stall of Black NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace Mike Fulp, who owns the half-mile, dirt track 311 Speedway in Stokes County, told the News & Record he knew his troubles from what he described as a joke were self-inflicted. Fulp’s post advertised “Bubba Rope” for sale on Facebook Marketplace the day after an FBI investigation determined the noose found at the Talladega Superspeedway garage had been there since at least October and was a coincidence, not a hate crime. Update on the latest sports LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers have signed free agent Joakim Noah to a new contract for the rest of the season, three months after he first signed a 10-day deal with the team.The two-time All-Star averaged 7.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 42 games for Memphis last season. Noah originally signed with the Clippers on March 9, two days before the NBA put its season on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic.The 35-year-old center was the 2014 defensive player of the year. Noah provides the Clippers with playoff experience and additional depth at the position.Noah’s 12 years in the NBA also includes stints with Chicago and the New York Knicks.TRAVELERS-CHAMPIONSHIPcenter_img TRAVELERS CHAMPIONSHIP-VIRUSFrittelli 4th tour player to test positive for coronavirusCROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Dylan Frittelli became the fourth PGA Tour player to test positive for the coronavirus and had to withdraw from Rocket Mortgage Classic next week in Detroit.Frittelli missed the cut at the Travelers Championship, playing the opening two rounds with Ian Poulter and J.T. Poston. The South African player took a saliva test so he could take the tour’s charter to Detroit, and the result came back positive Sunday. Frittelli said he’s experiencing no issues and feels great physically.After conducting contact tracing, the tour said its medical advisors are not recommending additional testing at this time. Four players and two caddies have tested positive for the coronavirus since the tour returned to competition three weeks ago with tournaments in Fort Worth, Texas; Hilton Head Island, South Carolina; and Connecticut. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-PATRIOTS-NEWTONSource: Patriots sign QB Cam Newton to replace BradyBOSTON (AP) — The New England Patriots have reached an agreement with free-agent quarterback Cam Newton, bringing in the 2015 NFL Most Valuable Player to help the team move on from three-time MVP Tom Brady. A source tells the AP that the one-year deal is worth up to $7.5 million with incentives. The signing was first reported by ESPN. On Sunday, the league also took away a third-round pick in the 2021 draft. Also, the team’s production crew will not be allowed to shoot any games in the 2020 season. ESPN first reported the penalties. NFL spokesman Michael Signora confirmed the discipline to The Associated Press.The filming occurred at the Bengals game at Cleveland on Dec. 8 of last season. The Bengals hosted the Patriots the following week and lost 34-13.When the taping became known last season, the team said at the time a three-person crew producing a web series titled “Do Your Job” “inappropriately filmed the field from the press box” as part of a feature on the scouting department. At the time, Patriots coach Bill Belichick says neither he nor his coaching staff had watched any of the video footage. NBA-CLIPPERS-NOAHClippers sign Joakim Noah to deal for rest of the season NBC televised the U.S. Open from 1995 until the USGA signed a 12-year deal with Fox Sports that began in 2015. One person said Comcast-owned NBC would pick up the final seven years of the contract through 2026. The change means NBC will have the U.S. Open and the British Open, along with three World Golf Championships, the Ryder Cup, the Presidents Cup and the FedEx Cup playoffs every other year.NFL-OBIT-BUGELFormer Redskins assistant, “Hogs” creator Joe Bugel dies at 80UNDATED (AP) — Former Washington Redskins assistant coach Joe Bugel (BYOO’-gul) has died.Bugel was the architect of “The Hogs,” the dominant offensive lines that helped lead the team to three Super Bowls under Hall of Fame head coach Joe Gibbs. He was regarded as one of the best offensive line coaches in NFL history. The Patriots had been heading to training camp with 2019 fourth-round draft choice Jarrett Stidham as the heir apparent to Brady, who led the team to six Super Bowl championships since 2001 but signed with Tampa Bay this offseason. Stidham appeared in three games last season, completing two passes for 14 yards with one interception. The Panthers released Newton on March 24 following nine seasons, a move that saved the team $19.1 million under the NFL salary cap. The 31-year-old Newton was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 draft after leading Auburn to a national championship and winning the Heisman Trophy. NFL-PATRIOTS-SPYINGPats fined $1.1M, lose pick for filming game last seasonNEW YORK (AP) — The New England Patriots have been fined $1.1 million by the NFL for inappropriately filming the Cincinnati Bengals’ sideline during a game last season. Jaden McNeil mocked Floyd’s death in a tweet Thursday, one month after the Black man died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee on his neck for nearly eight minutes. McNeil is the founder of a conservative group called America First Students and has been criticized for his past comments on the Black Lives Matter movement. University officials have said they are exploring their options for action.USGA-TV DEALAP sources: NBC gets US Open as Fox gets out of contractThe U.S. Open is returning to NBC starting this year at Winged Foot after Fox Sports has asked to end its 12-year contract with the USGA. That’s according to multiple people who spoke with The Associated Press.Three people with direct knowledge of the change say it came together in the last two weeks. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced. An announcement was expected Monday. The U.S. Open, originally scheduled to be played last week, was postponed to Sept. 17-20 at Winged Foot in New York when the COVID-19 pandemic let no golf tournaments for three months.last_img read more

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QPR end trip with shoot-out victory

first_imgQPR rounded off their pre-season trip to Italy by winning the Trofeo Bortolotti tournament after beating Atalanta on penalties.Rangers played two 45-minute matches, first beating Portuguese side SC  Braga 1-0 courtesy of Jay Bothroyd’s first goal for the club, and then drawing 1-1 with Atalanta.In attendance was Air Asia boss Tony Fernandes, who has been discussing joining the Loftus Road board.AdChoices广告After Adel Taarabt crossed for Alejandro Faurlin to score, Atalanta levelled to force a penalty shoot-out, which Rangers won 3-2.Hogan Ephraim and Akos Buzsaky missed with their penalties but Bothroyd, Taarabt and Bradley Orr scored, while the Italian team failed to convert three of their spot-kicks – one of which was saved by former Ipswich goalkeeper Brian Murphy, whose move to QPR following his recent trial is likely to be confirmed next week.Earlier in the evening, Orr served up a fine right-wing cross for Bothroyd to score the only goal against Braga.last_img read more

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Top flight European clubs to lose more than £3.5B

first_img(BBC) – Top-flight European clubs stand to lose more than £3.5bn because of Covid-19 even if the major domestic leagues and competitions reach their conclusion.The figure, across this season and next, was outlined in a meeting of stakeholders within the game last week.It is estimated if the competitions failed to reach their conclusions, the figure would rise to more than £6.2bn.The German Bundesliga resumed on 16 May while the Premier League is aiming to restart on 12 June.The eye-watering sums explain why so much work is going into plans to complete all the competitions – and start next season’s, including the logistical difficulty of organising 203 two-legged qualifying ties involving all 55 Uefa nations, to be completed before the middle of October.Despite speculation to the contrary, BBC Sport understands that for sporting, political and financial reasons, Uefa is committed to retaining the inclusivity of its competitions and would only cut access as a last resort.However, adjustments may have to be made, including the potential for one-off ties and regional qualifying, if the process is to be completed in time.Logistical headaches also exist with the calendar for international football.Uefa’s plan to normalise the situation is to arrange triple-header international windows in October and November. However, while this might work in Europe, it would be difficult to implement in other confederations given the number of key players needing to make lengthy journeys ‘home’.One of the major obstacles to the start of the 2020-21 international competitions are medical protocols.Tim Meyer, who is in charge of Uefa’s medical committee, is also responsible for the protocols introduced by the Bundesliga for its return this weekend.While the 28 clubs from 12 countries still in this season’s Champions and Europa League should be able to adhere to the same protocols, expanding that across an entire continent for the enormous qualification series will prove a different challenge completely.It has been noted the budgets of many clubs involved are far removed from those commonplace even in the mid-sized leagues.Long-term issuesThe numerous committees and working groups that have been set up by Uefa are wrestling with ideas and problems, knowing that the impact of Covid-19 is going to be long-lasting.Even if leagues restart, for the foreseeable future there will be no spectators in grounds, a situation Borussia Dortmund estimate will cost them £2.6m per game.Business analysts Vysyble estimate Premier League clubs will lose £878m if matches have to be played behind closed doors until the end of the 2020-21 season. The bigger clubs suffer the heaviest losses, with Manchester United set to lose £140m and Arsenal £122m. Bournemouth’s income would reduce by £6.7m.This may be viewed by some as a positive in levelling a playing field tilted heavily towards the bigger clubs.However, others see it as an inescapable fact that finance generated by the elite drives the game, through the transfer market and more valuable competitions.“The complete severing of matchday income is the big scare at the moment as these revenues have simply been switched off,” said Charlie Marshall, chief executive of the European Clubs’ Association.“This is financially devastating for all clubs – particularly those who rely more proportionately on sheer numbers of fans.“The more popular clubs across Europe are the main drivers of the transfer market and of collective media rights through their halo effect, on which the entire football ecosystem depends.“Economically speaking, the longer the crisis continues, the less the ability of the so-called bigger clubs to generate their full stack of income, the more serious the knock-on effects of suffering.”last_img read more

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Making the case for patience with Kiffin

first_imgThe whispers started with USC’s loss to Stanford in mid-September.They grew louder after the shocking upset loss at Arizona in late October.Hot seat · Given Kiffin’s inability to deliver on the Trojans’ lofty preseason expectations, his name will certainly appear on hot seat lists to begin 2013. – Carlo Acenas | Daily TrojanWhen USC Athletic Director Pat Haden indicated before the Notre Dame game that Kiffin would be retained for next season, no matter the result of the looming matchup versus the Fighting Irish, the decision was met with moans and groans.By the time Notre Dame’s defense stopped USC’s offense within mere feet of paydirt for the second time in seven minutes, fans had been screaming for USC coach Lane Kiffin to be fired for weeks.But is that really the right move?Let’s not forget that just last year, we were heaping praises on Kiffin for guiding a program wrecked by probation to a top-five ranking while successfully developing senior quarterback Matt Barkley into a superstar.This season, USC still averaged 34.2 points and 451.9 yards per game, only a minute decline from last year’s marks of 35.8 points and 456.8 yards.So what happened?Well, for starters, Barkley threw for a career-worst 15 interceptions. Whether you want to blame that on poor decision-making by Barkley or poor protection by the offensive line, neither of those reasons can truly be pinned on Kiffin.Many people are faulting Kiffin for running the ball over and over at the goal line against Notre Dame — but a closer look at the plays that were called reveals that wasn’t even Kiffin’s preferred plan of attack.On USC’s final two scoring chances in the fourth quarter, the Trojans ran nine plays inside the 5-yard line: five rushes and four passes.Three pass attempts to Lee resulted in an incompletion and consecutive pass interference penalties on the Fighting Irish. It was clear that Notre Dame wasn’t going to let Lee beat them.After the penalties gave USC first and goal on the 1-yard line, Kiffin attempted to let his offensive line pave the way for Max Wittek on a sneak. Twice, they failed. Senior running back Curtis McNeal didn’t get anywhere on third down, either.On fourth down, Kiffin called for a play action pass that left redshirt freshman fullback Soma Vainuku wide open. The play call worked.But Wittek’s pass was slightly low, and Vainuku couldn’t hang on. Game over.The cold, hard truth that most USC fans can’t seem to accept is that the players simply didn’t execute on the goal line. Not the offensive line, not the running backs, not Wittek — nobody.If a team is on the 1-yard line and can’t punch it in on three consecutive running plays, that is not the coach’s fault. The team probably doesn’t deserve to win in the first place.Some people say  Kiffin should have referred to Notre Dame’s game plan against Stanford, when they stuffed the Cardinal’s rushing attempts on a similar goal-line stand.But any sane coach would not call for a pass play on first or second down when his team is inches away from scoring, especially when his quarterback is making his first career start and has already thrown two interceptions, one of which went directly into the hands of the best defensive player in college football.With limited room to work, there’s simply too much risk for a game-ending pick.Truth is, throughout the season, the Trojans’ problems materialized on the defensive side of the ball. Some say Kiffin is too one-dimensional to be a head coach — but can you blame him for focusing on offense when he has two supposed defensive gurus in Monte Kiffin and Ed Orgeron on his staff?Now, obviously, the elder Kiffin’s Cover 2 scheme hasn’t worked out in three years at Troy, and likely never will. In USC’s five losses this season, the Trojans ceded an average 500 yards per game and gave up the most points (62), touchdowns (nine) and yards (730) in school history in the loss to Oregon.Any and all calls for Monte Kiffin’s dismissal are warranted, as there are plenty of defensive coordinators out there that could do better.But can we say that any of the head coach candidates out there could have done an overall better job — especially with recruiting — and shown as much passion for the USC program as Lane Kiffin has over the last three years?Though this season was arguably the most disappointing in school history, let’s remember that last year’s campaign was one of the most inspiring, from the 38-35 upset of Oregon to the 50-0 throttling of the Bruins.And despite the frustration that USC fans harbor over this season, the Trojans still have the expected No. 1 recruiting class in the country waiting in the wings.I say the man responsible for that deserves one more chance. “Chin Music” runs every other Thursday. If you would like to comment on this story, visit DailyTrojan.com or email Will at wlaws@usc.edu.last_img read more

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Syracuse’s ‘quarterback’ Asa Goldstock jump starts SU’s offensive sets

first_imgAll season long, Asa Goldstock’s goal has been to play closer to the net. But against Louisville, she couldn’t have gone further. The sophomore, with her eyes on the UofL players who were spaced on her wings, just walked. To the 30-yard line, the 40-yard line, midfield and then as she breached opponent territory, she still looked for a place to go with the ball, but again, she still walked. SU’s goalie marched forward until she could go no more, forced to rid herself of the ball at the clear line on the opposing 30-yard line.It was a meaningless play for Syracuse, who passed the ball around a few times before UofL regained possession. But the routine was telling of Goldstock, who has this season exuded confidence in an ability that has never escaped her. “I’ve been trying my best to take the ball up the field quick,” Goldstock said. “If I make the save, might as well start the transition and take the ball up the field quick.”While the sophomore has made improvements in goal, she said SU head coach Gary Gait has told her to not lose her aggressiveness which has caused her to jumpstart the Syracuse (9-9, 1-6 Atlantic Coast) offense on multiple occasions this season. Freshman Sam Swart put it into perspective: Goldstock, perhaps the Orange’s most dynamic player on the defensive side, sometimes also acts as SU’s “quarterback” on offense. Goldstock’s play on both sides of the field will be instrumental as the Orange opens the NCAA tournament against Princeton (12-5, 6-1 Ivy League) on Friday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Asa can handle it herself,” Swart said after Syracuse’s early season win over then-No. 4 Florida, where Goldstock dominated in and out of the net. Max Freund | Staff PhotographerWhile Swart noted that the Orange doesn’t run set plays for immediately following saves, the Orange players run sequential routes every time the ball finds its way into Goldstock’s pocket. Midfielders cross and defensive players, particularly Ella Simkins, streak upfield to receive the ball.Her hand in the offense has not showed on the stat sheet — Goldstock only has one assist in her two years with the Orange — but some of SU’s offensive success is dependent on her ability to clear the ball down the field. Playing more steady, the sophomore has retained similar turnovers numbers this year (1.32 last season and 1.27 per game this year) and is the top clearer on an SU team with an .816 clear percentage. While this is just an average — sometimes her attempts at long clears or audacious advances up the field backfire — Goldstock’s aggression has led to more good than bad.The goal of the Orange this season has been to get the ball out quickly to give offensive players a chance to convert on the other end, Goldstock said. The 19th-ranked SU scoring offense has gotten that help from multiple contributors, particularly its young goalie.Goldstock admitted that in her trips up the field, although getting the ball to her teammates is her top priority, she sometimes looks towards the goal. She said it’s “not possible” in lacrosse for a goalkeeper to score, but that hasn’t stopped her from dreaming.“Maybe one day,” she quipped.Gait said that Goldstock, despite what the sophomore said about her coach encouraging her aggressiveness, needs to work on making better decisions. He said Goldstock “doing a little bit too much” granted Cornell opportunities in SU’s 14-7 domination of the Big Red.He said she would benefit, on some occasions, by getting the ball out to a streaking defender rather than taking the ball upfield.“Rather than giving up the short pass, (she’s) giving up the long bomb,” Gait said. “Sometimes you need to make better decisions.”Despite her coach’s preaching, Goldstock’s play style hasn’t changed. Her attacking mindset hasn’t wavered and, when Syracuse faces a Princeton team anchored by the country’s 35th-ranked defense, the Orange will take all the help it can get, no matter how it gets it.“I’d like to ignite something in my team,” Goldstock said, “if that makes me a quarterback, then so be it.” Comments Published on May 9, 2018 at 11:00 pm Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcCleary Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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