Nick Mariano shines, but not bright enough for Syracuse in loss to Cornell

first_img Published on April 12, 2016 at 11:06 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Syracuse suffers 10-9 defeat to Cornell in overtimecenter_img ITHACA, N.Y. — The game was tied, and then it wasn’t. Then it was tied again and Syracuse regained its lead. Cornell answered. This time, the tie only lasted 40 seconds.On three occasions, Nick Mariano broke the deadlock. In a game notable for the back-and-forth battle between the two teams, Mariano was the one who allowed the Orange to keep poking its head above water.As the overtime bout hung in the balance, the most crucial tiebreak didn’t go to the junior midfielder. Instead, the Big Red broke the final tie and Cornell celebrated the goal which ended the extra frame and led to its 10-9 win.“We wanted a bigger lead and that’s what we were trying to do offensively,” Mariano said. “But that didn’t happen.”And Mariano’s not to blame. All four of his goals extended No. 9 Syracuse’s (6-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) lead in the eventual one-goal loss to Cornell (5-5, 1-3 Ivy) at Schoellkopf Field. The four scores were a season-high for Mariano who previously hadn’t played midfield since he was in sixth grade. He’s used to taking on defenders with long poles and exploited the favorable matchup on Tuesday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn two previous overtime games this season, the Orange’s offense never touched the ball. This time, Ben Williams won the opening faceoff and SU quickly called timeout to set up a play.After cycling the ball around for nearly a minute and a half, Derek DeJoe sprinted toward the goal from the right wing. He nearly got to the goal-line and unleashed a low-angle shot that flew beyond the opposite sideline.Syracuse head coach John Desko said Mariano’s defender had a short stick.“I wanted the ball definitely,” Mariano said.“I wanted him to have the ball at the end also,” Desko said.Mariano never took a shot on the Orange’s only possession in the extra period and Cornell scored on its first chance with the ball.What he did during the first 60 minutes, though, was enough to leave one of the biggest imprints in a game that teetered from one side to the other.“Nick had the hot hand,” Desko said.Mariano’s second goal came when he caught a pass from Jordan Evans about 10 yards in front of the net. The lefty wound up with his dominant hand and fired a sidearm shot toward the center of the goal, but it snuck just under the crossbar. Syracuse, 4-3.His next came off a roll dodge from the left side of the field. As Mariano switched his stick into his left hand, he leapt off the ground to generate power and scored his third goal to record his fifth hat trick of the season. Syracuse, 8-7.After Cornell tied it up at eight, Mariano had the answer again 40 seconds later. Another lefty rip. Another broken tie. Except this time, Mariano barely celebrated. He kept his arms at his sides and simply started walking toward the sideline. It was becoming routine. Syracuse, 9-8.“He was shooting the ball extremely well,” Desko said. “He had the opportunities he was put in, he was dodging hard, he was playing with a lot of confidence.”For the past eight years, Mariano had played attack. In two years at Massachusetts, he often drew opponents’ best defenders. He switched to midfield before the season and 10 games into his career, he’s still occasionally drawing short sticks even as the Orange’s leading goal scorer.That’s what helped open him up several times against the Big Red.“When I get a shortie on me, I get a little red in the eye,” Mariano said.After the game, a father and son stood near reporters and watched as Syracuse packed up its truck for the 53-mile drive back to SU. The son, wearing an orange jersey, posed for a photo with Desko as his dad captured the moment with his phone.Moments later, Mariano finished fielding questions from the media just a few yards away from the field he had his best game at Syracuse on.“He played great,” the father said to his son.But then Mariano turned around, the lights on top of reporters’ cameras turned off and he walked back to the Orange’s locker room. It didn’t matter how great Mariano played. Commentslast_img read more

Tim Payne, 59, Winfield: May 20, 1954 – Sept. 7, 2013

first_imgTim PayneTim D. Payne, of Winfield, died Saturday, September 7, 2013 at the William Newton Memorial Hospital in Winfield at the age of 59.Timothy was born the son of Chester D. and Billie Lee (Roth) Payne on Thursday, May 20, 1954 in Wellington. His parents preceded him in death.On July 20, 1980, Tim and Pam Cooke were united in marriage in Coffeyville. Together they celebrated 33 years of marriage.He graduated from Wellington High School with the Class of 1972. Following high school, Tim became a proud member of the United States Navy. He later went on to earn his Masters Degree and was a Special Education Teacher. Tim worked in several communities such as Winfield, Pratt, and Arkansas City and retired after 25 years of service.Survivors include his wife, Pam Payne of Winfield, brothers: Mike Payne and his wife Janice of Temple, Texas, Pat Payne of Wichita, Jeff Payne and his wife Sheila of Overbrook, sisters: Lana Glaysher and her husband Doug of Bentonville, Arkansas and Dee Graves and her husband Dick of Winfield along with several nieces and nephews.Memorial services for Tim will be held at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, September 12, 2013 at the Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Wellington. Military honors will be provided.Memorials have been established in his loving memory with Cowley County Humane Society, 7648 222nd Road, Winfield 67156. Contributions can be mailed or left with the funeral home.To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.dayfuneralhome.info.Arrangements are by Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellingtonlast_img read more

Davenport man pleads not guilty to Cerro Gordo County high speed pursuit charges

first_imgMASON CITY — A Davenport man has pleaded not guilty to charges dealing with a high speed pursuit near Mason City back in January.The Iowa State Patrol says shortly after 4:00 AM on the morning of January 27th a trooper attempted to stop 38-year-old Travis Coleman for speeding on the Avenue of the Saints south of Mason City. During the pursuit, the vehicle reached a high speed of 130 miles per hour.Coleman exited at the Mallard Avenue exit, made a bad pass on the shoulder, crossed the road and a struck a DOT barrier. Coleman attempted to keep driving but the trooper intentionally struck the vehicle to stop the pursuit. A bag or marijuana was allegedly found in the front passenger seat.Coleman was charged with eluding, possession of a controlled substance, driving while suspended and passing on the right shoulder. Coleman pleaded not guilty to the charges this week in Cerro Gordo County District Court. His trial is scheduled to start on April 2nd.last_img read more

Blacks still left outside the ropes in golf

first_imgTiger Woods (AP Photo/File)Jupiter, Fla – Recently I attended a PGA event called the Honda Classic. It is considered one of the top events on the tour that is not a “Major.” This year the tournament had a field that featured eight of the top 10 golfers in the world, including Tiger Woods. The great Jack Nicklaus was even in attendance, not to mention the estimated 250,000 fans who showed up for the four-day event. Perfect weather, great crowds and good golf until the final nine holes was what they came to see.There was one thing missing … no African Americans. Oh, there were the ones you normally see at Forest Park or Norwood Hills Country Club, who dress the part as they keep up with whatever Tiger is wearing this week. I learned long ago, no matter what you think and wear and how much you pay for it, golf is a sport where you cannot buy a game to go with your nice outfit, even Tiger’s.It has been 18 years since Tiger Woods came onto the scene for the game of golf. The sport was struggling with its identity, image and lack of a face for the game – until Tiger hit town. He opened the doors for a younger, less affluent audience, as well as people of color. Not just for people from the inner city, but for people all around the world, Tiger Woods was here to save the game.TV ratings went up, revenue went up, courses were being built at a rapid pace to accommodate the new participants and, yes, Black people were starting to pick up clubs and take up the sport. Some made the mistake of not taking lessons, but that is a story for another day. Millions of dollars have been poured into youth and minority golf programs, and never was there a greater race than to see who the next Tiger Woods would be.Well, after 18 years of searching, the results are in: absolutely no one.No other African American has won a PGA event since Tiger Woods made his debut. We have seen players from places like the Fiji Islands win, people who come from places that are hard to find on a big map; people from around the globe who have been inspired by Tiger Woods to play golf are winning tournaments. But there has not been an African American who has even made the cut in a PGA event. Surely you would think that after all the time, money and energy invested in such a project, there would be at least one, but that is not the case.To make matters even more concerning, it is hard to find a Black caddie on the tour. This was a job that Whites would have had nothing to do with years ago, as this was a way many Blacks learned how to play the game when the course was closed to patrons and members. That job is no longer to be had.Considering the fact that the money is so much better for the players, some caddies now make at least 10 percent of the winnings that week. Russell Henley won just over a million dollars for winning the Honda Classic last week. Simple math tells me that his caddie could have pocketed $100,000 dollars. Now you know why the Black caddie has almost gone the way of the dinosaur in some tour events.One thing is for sure, golf is a very challenging sport to play when it comes to making money. There are only 125 players on the tour who have qualified to play. Others are sent to what some would consider a golfer’s Devil’s Island, which is called “Q” school – a grueling series of golf rounds, where last man standing is the winner. Winning at “Q” school only affords you the opportunity to go out and play on the tour if there is a spot open. Making the cut to play for money on the weekend is the next near mission impossible.Cashing a check is next, provided you cash enough checks during the year where you are one of the top 125 money winners. If not, see you at “Q” school again. One can only compete at this for so long before other career options are considered.The fact that there are not enough African Americans inside the ropes at PGA events is concerning. While the game has grown among those who do not make a living at it, we are still short on names of who may be the next Tiger Woods. I say that only in color terms and not in skill, as there may not ever be a golfer who dominated the game like he has.I am not sure what the next step to remedy this problem should be. I am out of answers, as I have seen African Americans excel at virtually every other sport they have been introduced to on a fair basis.The golf industry has made millions off of African Americans since Tiger’s arrival, when it comes to merchandise and participation. The sport has also reinvested into that same community, and yet the wait continues to have more professional participation, be it as player, caddy or administrator.http://www.stlamerican.com/sports/sports_columnists/claibs_call/article_caffc690-a4cc-11e3-8e24-0019bb2963f4.htmllast_img read more