17 Sep

Zone-buster Nicky Galasso looks to continue high-volume scoring in NCAA tournament

first_imgIt’s all been well-documented. The standout freshman season at North Carolina, the injuries, the senior season resurgence.Nicky Galasso’s path through college lacrosse is interwoven in success, frustration and relief. But with no more than four games left in his career, the storylines have thinned. It’s tunnel vision for the fifth-year midfielder looking to avenge his team’s early exit in last season’s NCAA tournament.“Last year we lost in the first round and that’s pretty unheard of with Syracuse,” he said. “We’re just excited to get Marist.”Galasso is riding a three-game streak with three or more goals, the longest such run of his five-year journey in college. As opposing defenses have recently slowed the Orange down with zones early in games, it’s been Galasso to come in from the midfield and find the seams to exploit those zones.And starting on Sunday night, especially if the Red Foxes come out without a man-to-man, Galasso will rely on his recent effectiveness to jumpstart second-seeded SU (12-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) against Marist (14-3, 6-0 Metro Atlantic Athletic) in the second round of the NCAA tournament.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Nicky’s a great player and he’s been doing that all season,” fifth-year midfielder Henry Schoonmaker said. “…so I think it was pretty easy for him to pick apart the defense and get the shots that he always gets.”Against North Carolina in the ACC tournament semifinals, Galasso kept Syracuse afloat with three of the team’s five first-half goals while the Tar Heels slowed down the rest of the Orange with a zone. Facing Colgate last weekend, it was Galasso who overcame the Raiders zoning SU’s first-line midfield to score the game’s final two goals in a 9-7 win.He found an opening from 10 yards out in between two defenders and slotted the ball top right. Then to give SU its first cushion of the day with minutes remaining, he put the ball in the same spot in between two defenders again from distance.“He’s a great shooter and he has an awesome feel for the game,” Kevin Rice said.In last year’s first-round loss to Bryant, Galasso scored two goals but the Bulldogs stifled SU with a zone and slowed down the pace of the game. Marist zoned Bryant in its play-in game on Wednesday, but SU head coach John Desko said the Red Foxes have done a good job varying their defensive sets this year.If the Orange does see a zone on Sunday, the formula to beat it isn’t too complicated now that the Orange is fresh off knowing what it takes to beat one.“I think just patience and finding the holes,” Schoonmaker said. “I think those are two main things that we have to do a little better, just figuring out where the holes in the defense are and then being patient and waiting for those to pop up.”It’s something Galasso has done effectively, and something that may be the key to finally putting one of Syracuse’s worst tournament losses ever in the past 364 days after the fact.But before the Orange can move onto the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament, it may have to execute against a defensive scheme that has at times been a weakness as of late.“Once we put that first goal in, that’s when things are going to start flowing for us,” Galasso said. “We just have to listen to the schemes and everything that’s going on with the coaches.“They’re setting us up for greatness.” Comments Published on May 10, 2015 at 9:08 am Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

12 Jan

Overseas-based Guyanese robbed by gun-toting nephews

first_imgThe Police are on the hunt for three East Coast Demerara residents, who carried out a brazen robbery on an overseas-based Guyanese, mere hours after arriving in the country on Tuesday evening last.Two of the wanted men are nephews of the victim, while the third in a known bandit in the area. The robbery was committed on Ganesh Looknauth of Lancaster Housing Scheme, Unity, East Coast Demerara.Reports reaching Guyana Times indicate that as the man drove his motor vehicle into the garage, he was confronted by the three men; one of whom was armed with a handgun. They reportedly held him at gunpoint and relieved him of the suitcases he was carrying. The trio then demanded cash and jewellery among other valuables. The man was relieved of a large quantity of cash he had in his possession.This publication understands the money was proceeds from a property he sold recently. Looknauth was also relieved of close to US$3500, a wedding band, a quantity of clothing and several pairs of footwear. The clothing and footwear were reportedly emptied from the suitcases.After committing the robbery, the men made good their escape after which the victim raised an alarm. The neighbours ran to the scene and after realising that the man was robbed, they immediately contacted the Police.Police are continuing their investigations.last_img read more

22 Dec

Munaba is free to sign for another side, URA FC

first_img Tags: Allan KayiwaAllan MunabaHenry KitegenyiPatrick OchiengPaul WillaRashid TohaSiraje SsentamutopURA FCvipers sc Mubaba has been at URA since 2007. (PHOTO/Courtesy)KAMPALA – URA FC have come out to dismiss reports that they are trying to re-sign veteran defender Allan Munaba.Munaba is understood to have seen out his contract with the Tax Collectors at the back end of last season, thus becoming a free agent.He has since been training with Kitende based Vipers SC who are interested in signing him according to Sports 256.News has since circulated that URA FC regrets letting go of their ex-captain and want to sign him again.On hearing the developments, the Tax Collectors through their media officer Patrick Ochieng have come out to dismiss the talk.“Munaba (Allan) is no longer a URA FC player because he is not contracted with us, said Ochieng when approached by PML Daily.“He along with Ssentamu (Siraje) saw out their deals and are free to go wherever they want.“We terminated contracts of 9 players last month but none of them was Munaba because his case was different.“What I can assure everyone is that URA FC is not trying to sign Munaba to a new contract and is free to go elsewhere.Munaba is URA FC’s longest-serving player in their Uganda Premier League history.The left-back joined the Tax Collectors in 2007 and stayed for 12 years, something that is not common in the Ugandan top-flight.He was captain of the side until last season when Shafick Kagimu took over the role.It is also understood that URA FC tried to let go of him in the January transfer window but out of respect, the Tax Collectors let Munaba see out his deal.If Sports 256 is to be believed, Munaba will sign for Vipers SC and play back-up to Aziz Kayondo.If he indeed does sign for the Venoms, he will become the 5th high profile signing for Moses Golola’s side this offseason after securing the likes of Rashid Toha, Allan Kayiwa, Siraje Ssentamu, Paul Willa and Henry Kitegenyi.Comments last_img read more