Stephanie Harris scores first collegiate goal in senior day win over Cornell

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Right after the final whistle sounded, Stephanie Harris leaked out of her team’s celebratory huddle and jogged to the sideline, sliding on a pair of clunky headphones in front of reporters. For almost certainly the first time in Harris’s four-year career at SU, she was the unquestioned player of the game. Harris netted her first collegiate goal and had a hand in a second score. On senior day, in her final regular season game at J.S. Coyne Stadium, Harris not only started, but starred for Syracuse (11-5, 2-3 Atlantic Coast) in a 3-1 win over Cornell (9-6, 3-2 Ivy). She’s one of three Syracuse’s graduating players — including Sarah Luby and Claire Webb — who have helped the Orange secure a likely return to the NCAA tournament. “Best day of my life,” Harris said after the game. “Honestly.” Throughout this season, Harris has been in and out of SU’s backline rotation. She started two games early in the year when Webb dealt with an injury, but sat the past four games on the bench. Bradley said her inconsistent playing time is due to “matchups.” AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAgainst Cornell, though, Harris returned to the starting lineup, taking her place alongside Webb and sophomore SJ Quigley in the back. Almost immediately, SU got her involved in the offense. Three minutes into the match, Syracuse earned a penalty corner chance, and SU ran a play designed to get Harris a shot on net. Quigley inserted to Tess Queen, who slid a pass horizontally across the edge of the shooting circle. Midfielder Carolin Hoffmann, typically a main focus of penalty corner plays, faked a shot and let the ball roll to Harris, who blasted a shot on net. Though Harris’s shot was saved on that play, it earned the Orange a penalty stroke, which put SU up 1-0. Later in the first quarter, Syracuse ran that identical play again on a penalty corner, using Hoffmann as a decoy to create space for Harris. This time, when the ball rolled to Harris, she remembered thinking ‘Just hit it, don’t top it.’ So, she elevated a shot through a crowd and past Cornell’s goalie for her first career goal. “She’s been practicing that for a long time,” Webb said.SU installed that fake shot play for Harris on Saturday, one day before the Cornell game, SU head coach Ange Bradley said. Bradley noted that though Harris doesn’t typically factor in on penalty corners, she and Webb have good chemistry on the plays and Harris often works on her shot on the opposite end of J.S. Coyne during practice sessions. After the game, Bradley was surprised to learn that Harris had never scored before, and she congratulated her.Harris’s final statline on Sunday read 19 minutes, three shots — all on target — and one goal. Her defensive instincts and outletting skills helped SU control possession in the midfield and limit Cornell to three first half shot attempts.“Her impact on the field today was fantastic,” Bradley said. Led by Harris, SU took a 2-1 lead into halftime. But even with her strong production, Harris sat on the bench for most of the second half. At one point late in the third quarter, she handed a water bottle to midfielder Laura Graziosi, who had just come off the field with a green card. Syracuse’s other graduating players, Webb and Luby, also impacted Sunday’s senior day. Luby’s unassisted third quarter goal in which she split two defenders to put SU up 3-1 and Webb’s leadership in the back kept Cornell’s offense at bay. This group of seniors is the first class to join Syracuse after its national championship win in 2015. They helped Syracuse to the national quarterfinals as freshmen, but missed the national tournament for the first time since 2007 last year. Throughout their careers, SU’s seniors have made protecting their home field their mantra and a “staple” of the program’s culture, Webb said. Unless the Orange host a postseason game this year, Sunday’s win was the final time Webb, Luby and Harris defended their home pitch.“Coyne is such a special place to me,” Webb said. “It represents the current team, it represents all the women who’ve come before us and all the women who will come after us.” “We always work to protect it.” Comments Published on October 27, 2019 at 6:46 pm Contact Danny: dremerma@syr.edu | @DannyEmermanlast_img read more

Sinoe Supt-Designate Confirmation Hearing Aborted

first_imgMembers of the Senate Committee on Internal Affairs and Governance yesterday unanimously agreed to put on hold confirmation proceedings for Sinoe County Superintendent-designate Thomas Romeo Quioh. He was told that the Committee will hold a separate confirmation proceeding with him at a later date.The decision by the Committee, chaired by Gbarpolu County Senator Armah Zolu Jallah, to halt the confirmation proceedings of Mr. Quioh came about when Rivercess County Senator Dallas A.V. Gueh raised concern over the General Auditing Commission (GAC) report indicting him (Quioh) and other Sinoe County officials for failing to account for hundreds of thousands of United States Dollars of both the CDF and SDF.Mr. Quioh served as Development Superintendent under outgoing Superintendent J. Milton Teahjay, who is now running for Senator for Sinoe County. Both Quioh and Teahjay were indicted in the GAC report for embezzling County Development Fund (CDF) and Social Development Fund (SDF).Expressing his concern, Senator Gueh said the nominee already had a serious problem with the Liberian Government while at the same time he is being nominated to another position.“The nominee for the post must have a character that is suitable to be a Superintendent of Sinoe County. Therefore, he owes this committee an explanation to tell us whether he has been cleared of the charges leveled against him.  We must know the character of the person that we are sending to Sinoe.”Supporting his colleague’s argument, Senator Cletus Segbe Wotorson said the reason why the President sends a nominee constitutionally to the Senate for confirmation is help determine the suitability of that nominee to serve.Senator Jallah then made a unanimous motion to suspend the hearing of Mr. Quioh. At  the same time, Senator Jallah  declared that those who have information on what is being alleged are encouraged to present same to our offices by Wednesday, “so that the Committee will study [said information] and make a determination as to whether we can go ahead to confirm or not.”He said information received by the Committee earlier from some individuals is not tenable in law because they lacked names or signatures.”Meanwhile, a group calling itself “Sinoe Citizens for Accountability & Equal Representation yesterday circulated a letter accompanied by a dossier revealing alleged financial transactions involving nominee Quioh and other Sinoe County local and Legislative officials.The letter, which was addressed to the Internal Affairs Committee, showed, among other things, that the GAC in its November 2014 report indicted Mr. Quioh and others for failing to account for US$727,669.20 of the county’s development fund; making 44 bank payments without voucher support, making payments and failing to include same in the Project Management Committee’s financial reports, as well as receiving money for six projects that were since abandoned.In a related development, several superintendents, local government officials and an Internal Affairs Deputy Minister-designate recently nominated by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, appeared before the Jallah Committee for a crowded hearing.Among those appearing was a former Member of the 52nd Legislature for Gbarpolu County, Representative Armah Sarnor, who is now going as Superintendent. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more