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  • Arsenal owner makes demands on Wenger

    first_imgArsenal FC majority shareholder Stan Kroenke says he would like to see Arsenal win the Premier LeNorth London.ague and has backed Arsene Wenger as the man to bring the title back toThe Gunners have not won any silverware since the FA Cup final triumph over Manchester United back in 2005 and the Kroenke year-old business tycoon says he is desperate for Arsenal to win the Premier League title.Trophy experienceKroenke in an interview with the Mirror said the signing of Mesut Ozil was a necessity, not a statement, and that he’d love to experience the Gunners take home the Premier League crown.-There would be nothing cooler. I’ve never experienced it over here, to win the championship of the Premier League. Some of my American cohorts have experienced that and we haven’t been able to.-I’m not getting any younger. It’s something I would like to achieve. There would be nothing more thrilling than to win a championship. -I know that I say how much I’d like to win. But I know for the players, for the coaches and the manager, everyone around the club who is there every day, I can’t imagine the level of excitement they would have.-The idea that no one cares or is passionate about that sort of thing is just beyond the realms of ­imagination. Kroenke stated.ConfirmedThe Gunners’ owner also confirmed there is more big cash available after the “fantastic” £42million record signing of Mesut Ozil.Kroenke also insists he is determined to help build a title-winning team, confirming he is at the Emirates for the long term and said he has never sold any of the sports clubs he owns and will not start now.last_img read more

  • Birkett powers to Berg River victory

    first_img22 July 2014In one of the most exciting men’s races at the Berg River Canoe Marathon in years, event novice Andy Birkett managed to hold off Western Cape ace Graeme Solomon to claim his maiden Berg title, while Abby Adie stormed to a convincing win in the ladies’ race.Going into the final stage with just a 10-second lead over Solomon, Birkett had to dig deep to hold off the vastly experienced Capetonian despite hurting tremendously.‘Absolutely shattered’“I am just absolutely shattered. We’ve spent so much time in the boat and 240km is a long, long way, but I am so chuffed to have pulled off the win and I never expected it at all,” the Natal Canoe Club star said after claiming victory.“It feels amazing. It is a really tough four days of racing and I was fortunate enough to find myself in a group of nice paddlers every day and we had some good, clean racing out there.”Birkett’s intention when he arrived in Paarl was to use the race as base training for his trip to the Canoe Marathon World Championships later in the year and so, with little to no preparation in Paarl, he was happy with his efforts.‘Training was the intention’“Training was the intention going into the race and I put no pressure on myself because I only flew in the day of the time trial, so I am super-stoked to have claimed a victory, even though I wasn’t here to try and win,” he said.It was a day where Solomon had to make all the moves in order to shave off the deficit to Birkett. However, following the fading of fellow title contender Simon van Gysen, Solomon was aware that Birkett just had to keep up with him.‘Every move I made, he covered’“Every move I made, he covered. He is a very experienced racer and he knew that I was the only one that could really beat him today, so he had one man to watch after Simon dropped off and then he just covered me like a hawk,” Solomon said.“My plan today was to wait for Andy to make any sort of mistake and try and capitalise on that because I knew I couldn’t take 10 seconds out of him in an end sprint.”Grandmaster in top 10With the intention of bettering his eighth place in the 2013 Berg River Canoe Marathon, 62-year-old grandmaster Lee McGregor had to settle for another eighth place overall at the 2014 event.Placed second in the under-23 race heading into the final stage, local hero Luke Stowman produced a fine display on the last day to not only claim the top spot in the that category but ninth place overall too.There was also a strong performance from Build It ace Thulani Mbanjwa, who showed his pedigree as he powered his way to tenth place.Women’s raceThe women’s race was fairly cut-and-dried going into the final 58 kilometres from Zoutkloof to Velddrif, and there were no surprises as Abby Adie made it a double for Natal Canoe Club by cruising to a 50-minute victory over Bianca Beavitt.Adie was elated with her win and was conscious that her tactics would remain the same throughout the race.“These last four days have been much harder than I expected and I am just over the moon that I managed to get here in first place and with such a big lead, so I am just really happy,” Adie said afterwards.“I just thought that on each day I would just push as hard as I can and I started just going for an overall position, and I didn’t expect to be placed so high up!”PodiumBeavitt and Adie’s twin sister, Alex, rounded out the podium in the ladies’ race, with Beavitt building on a slender overnight gap on the last day as some ill-fortune befell Adie to take second place comfortably in the end.RESULTSMenAndy Birkett 16.59.04Graeme Solomon 16:59.16Simon van Gysen 17:06.14Lance King 17:20.21Louw van Riet 17:22.57Jasper Mocke 17:23.07Edgar Boehm Jnr 17:28.13Lee McGregor 17:32.28Luke Stowman (U23) 17:36.29Thulani Mbanjwa 17:43.54WomenAbby Adie 18:38.39Bianca Beavitt 19:27.37Alex Adie 19:51.48Lauren Felgate (U23) 20:47.46Robyn Henderson 21:01.17Under-23 MenLuke Stowman 17:36.29Lance Kime 17:45.57Clinton Cook 18:18.48Under-23 WomenLauren Felgate 20:47.46Under-18 BoysMthobisi Cele 19:03.22Siyanda Gwamanda 19:25.11Mpilo Zondi (U16) 19:57.42Junior GirlsAnya Botes 22:48.26Under-16 BoysMpilo Zondi 19:57.42SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

  • Pew Claims Over 99% of Social Media News Links are to MSM

    first_imgSee below for response from Tom Rosenstiel, Director of the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism“More than 99% of the stories linked to in blogs came from legacy outlets such as newspapers and broadcast networks. And just four – the BBC, CNN, the New York Times and the Washington Post accounted for fully 80% of all links.” This is one of the assertions in the latest report from the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, “New Media, Old Media.” The data the report is based comes from the New Media Index and the News Coverage Index. Pew describes the former as “a weekly report that captures the leading commentary of blogs and social media sites focused on news and compares those subjects to coverage in the mainstream press.”This figure seems wildly out of sync with the admittedly non-statistical experience of the editorial staff at ReadWriteWeb.No Original News on Twitter?Another surprising finding was about original news on Twitter. According to the study, there was no original news at all on Twitter. “Here half (50%) of the links were to legacy outlets; 40% went to web-only news sources such as Mashable and CNET. The remaining 10% went to wire stories or non-news sources…”Pew used the term “links” here, though earlier in the report they ask, “What types of news stories do consumers share and discuss the most?” Have they limited their discussion of Twitter solely to Tweets with links? It is a common way of sharing news on Twitter, but not the only way. ReadWriteWeb has reportedseveral times on not just news reporting but breaking news on Twitter.Questions to Pew about these figures and their sources were not returned by posting time. We will add an update when and if they are. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting curt hopkins A Difference in EmphasisWhich stories were deemed most important differed between mainstream media and social media and between types of social media. “Blogs shared the same lead story with traditional media in just 13 of the 49 weeks studied. Twitter was even less likely to share the traditional media agenda – the lead story matched that of the mainstream press in just four weeks of the 29 weeks studied. On YouTube, the top stories overlapped with traditional media eight out of 49 weeks. “Of all the social media covered in the study, YouTube had the most international focus. The report states that 26% of the news videos watched were of non-U.S. events. But the most-watched videos were not of “the most important or pressing topic of the week, but rather what image or video was the most interesting to view.” Examples included Susan Boyle on “Britain’s Got Talent” (the most popular video during one week in June and viewed 100 million times in less than a month) and a drunk bus driver endangering students. UpdateWe received this email response from Pew’s Tom Rosenstiel.The blogs looked at are the ones that are tracked by the prominent blog-tracking sites Icerocket and Technorati. They follow millions of blogs each day, so no complete list would be possible.As we described in our methodology, we collected the articles that were most linked to on blogs that made the top five lists on Icerocket and Technorati each weekday. Of those, 99% were from legacy outlets as you noted.Also, as we noted in the report, we relied on the “news” categorization that Icerocket and Technorati used. We made no judgment as to whether a story was considered news versus some other type of story.It also made no difference what the type of blog was making the link. It only mattered what the story was that they linked to – so if a knitting blog, for example, linked to a Washington Post story about the deficit, that would have been included.Your own experience may be different depending on the blogs or social media you follow, of course. This is a quantitative statistical analysis over far more material than one person would encounter.Some have argued that Technorati has been a less than robust source for social media information for some time. Icerocket has recently show signs of substantial re-invigoration but was on the fade for a while. The relationship between social media and traditional media is a strong one, a reality that should be pretty clear for anyone involved in both. The way that the study was done, however, focusing on a slice of a slice of a slice, may make it less indicative of the state of that relationship as a whole than it might seem at first blush. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Blogging#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

  • Abenaki town crier in Ottawa unveils new talking stick

    first_imgRicher has one message for anyone who knows where his stick might be.“The person who has found it at some point will that it is not his or hers to keep,” he said.“So hopefully they will return it.”[email protected]@Abernardnews Amber BernardAPTN NewsA year after Daniel Richer had his original talking stick stolen, the Abenaki town crier in Ottawa is ready to rock with his new one.“I was filming a TV show at Major’s Hill Park in Ottawa and while we were doing a shoot, somebody stole my talking stick.”The unfortunate loss didn’t stop him and with the help of a friend he designed another one.Richer remembers the day his talking stick disappeared, “well a year ago exactly, actually.”Danou Charette a wood carver heard about Richer’s loss and decided to help.“I know he lost his talking stick. So when I realized that, I called him and said ‘Daniel if you dream of something else, another talking stick just give me a call and we can talk about,’” said Charette.Richer did exactly that and the two designed a new one.Richer believes everything happens for a reason and had been dreaming about a new design a couple years prior.“Well you know when things happen to us we have a choice of stopping and not going forward anymore.”“Or we take it as a learning process and motivation to go forward,” he said. The new talking stick made its first appearance to group of summer students Wednesday.Those who attended the ceremony were able to get a good look at the new talking stick and one student was happy Richer shared the experience with her camp.“I liked the talking stick and I really enjoyed everything,” said Abigail Collins.While the new talking stick is already having a positive impact, Richer still awaits the return of his original one.“I hope one day I’ll find my other talking stick, because it is a part of me. It went all around the world with me,” he said.Richer tells APTN News, the energy of the original talking stick is close to his heart.“There’s an energy that’s been there for years, I’ve been doing this for 38 years. The friend who gave it to me has passed away and so his energy is there,” he said.“My parents were there when I had it, they have now passed on. My wife was with me, she has now passed on.”last_img read more

  • And Now The Roy Awards For The Best NHL Playoff Goaltending Performances

    UPDATE (May 14, 7:28 a.m.): Game 7 between the Rangers and Capitals on Wednesday night featured more top-notch goaltending from Lundqvist (35 saves) and Holtby (37 saves). The Rangers won 2-1 — every game in the series was decided by one goal — and both goalies beat their combined save percentage for the series. Mike Richter1997NYRNJD5.236.7+1.9 Marc-Andre Fleury98.8-3.7-3.7 Most of the Roy winners in this category comport well with the conventional wisdom. Four of the top six goaltenders — Roy in 1993 and 2001, Thomas in 2011 and Jean-Sebastien Giguere in 2003 — also won the Conn Smythe Trophy for being the MVP of the NHL playoffs.Finally, the Roy for the best lifetime playoff performance goes to … Patrick Roy.Best Performances Marc-Andre Fleury2010PIT13.3-12.3-1.6 Patrick Lalime2002OTTPHI5.337.6+2.0 Chris Osgood127.53.3+4.2 Jaroslav Halak2010MTLWSH5.727.6+1.6 Henrik Lundqvist105.84.4+4.6 Martin Brodeur2003NJD24.810.7+2.6 102004Maple Leafs (Belfour)Senators (Lalime)7.9361.70+2.3 Curtis Joseph2001TOROTT4.238.5+1.6 Patrick Roy1996COLFLA4.735.4+1.7 71994Rangers (Richter)Devils (Brodeur)7.9291.96+2.6 Greg Millen1988STL10.0-15.8-1.6 Jean-Sebastien Giguere52.86.2+3.3 In the chart, MP/60 stands for minutes played divided by 60. Since a regulation NHL game is 60 minutes long, it essentially just means games played, although goalies will get extra credit for games that go to overtime.5Dominik Hasek, for instance, is credited with playing the equivalent of 8.1 games in the 1994 Sabres-Devils first-round series because one of the games went to four overtimes. The next column shows the goalie’s net change in win probability per 60 minutes played. Multiplying this number by MP/60 produces net wins — how many wins a goalie added or subtracted from his team relative to an average playoff goalie. That’s what we use to hand out Roys.So the Roy for best goaltending in a single playoff series goes to… Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins, for his performance in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final against the Vancouver Canucks. The Canucks had been the NHL’s highest-scoring team in the regular season and launched more than 35 shots per game at Thomas. And yet he allowed only eight goals in the seven-game series, including a shutout in the final.Thomas is followed by his fellow Bruin, Tuukka Rask, who allowed just two goals against Sidney Crosby and the Penguins in the 2013 Eastern Conference finals. He was even more effective than Thomas on a per-shot basis, with a .985 save percentage. Perhaps he was too good for his own good, in fact — the Bruins swept the series, so he played substantially fewer minutes than Thomas. In third place is Ottawa’s Patrick Lalime, who allowed two goals in five games against the Philadelphia Flyers in 2002.The performance by Buffalo’s Dominik Hasek in the Sabres’ 1994 opening-round series against the New Jersey Devils ranks fourth, and Hasek also holds a couple of other distinctions. First, he wins the Roy for the best performance in an individual game, stopping all 70 New Jersey shots in a legendary four-overtime shutout in Game 6 of the series. And he and the Devils’ Martin Brodeur share the Roy for the best combined goaltending performance in a single series: Patrick Roy2001COL24.213.0+3.2 Jean-Sebastien Giguere2003MDAMIN4.537.2+1.7 From 1988 onward, Roy was 15 wins better than an average playoff goaltender, easily outdistancing second-place Ed Belfour. And that under-rates Roy, since it doesn’t give him credit for 1986, when Roy, then 20 years old, had a 1.92 postseason GAA in leading the Canadiens to the Stanley Cup. Roy also does really well by conventional playoff statistics — he had 151 career playoff wins, easily the best all-time — but he earned them.In other cases, however, the advanced stats provide some insight that isn’t as clear from traditional stats. While Brodeur had a considerably better career playoff GAA than Roy, for instance, he’s relatively far behind him in net wins, since the Devils’ neutral-zone trap prevented him from facing all that many shots and since he played in a low-scoring era.Meanwhile, the Penguins’ Marc-Andre Fleury ranks as the third-worst playoff goaltender since 1988 despite a winning (53-44) career playoff record. That’s because it’s easy to win games when you have Crosby scoring goals for you. Our support-neutral stat detects that Fleury really hasn’t been much good in the playoffs.Lundqvist, meanwhile, ranks as the sixth-best playoff goaltender since 1988, while Holtby ranks ninth — despite being in just his fifth NHL season. After Wednesday night, one of them will have the chance to add to his legend, while the other will have plenty of time to watch Patrick Roy clips on YouTube. Patrick Roy1993MTLQUE6.325.3+1.6 Ron Hextall1988PHI6.3-25.6-1.6 Tim Thomas2011BOSVAN7.0+34.2%+2.4 Braden Holtby34.810.5+3.7 41997Rangers (Richter)Devils (Brodeur)5.9611.15+2.6 11994Devils (Brodeur)Sabres (Hasek)7.9431.61+3.3 32011Bruins (Thomas)Canucks (Luongo)7.9362.16+2.6 62002Senators (Lalime)Flyers (Cechmanek)5.9611.05+2.6 Ed Belfour2004TOROTT7.425.3+1.9 Tuukka Rask2013BOS24.414.8+3.6 Jean-Sebastien Giguere2003MDA23.515.8+3.7 John Vanbiesbrouck1996FLA22.218.3+4.1 51993Maple Leafs (Potvin)Blues (Joseph)7.9382.06+2.6 Jonathan Quick78.14.3+3.3 Who says low-scoring hockey games are boring?The New York Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist and the Washington Capitals’ Braden Holtby have put on a heart-stopping and spectacular goaltending duel in Round 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs, which will conclude with Game 7 in New York on Wednesday night. So far, every game in the series has been decided by one goal, with Lundqvist and Holtby combining for a 1.80 goals against average (GAA) and a .943 save percentage.Lundqvist and Holtby have been among the better playoff goalies in recent NHL history, and the Rangers-Caps series has been in the upper echelon of goaltending battles. But a few have been even better. In their honor, we’re going to be handing out some Roy Awards for the best postseason goaltending performances since 1988. (Why are they called Roy Awards? That will become clear in a moment.)How to measure goaltending success is a subject of debate among hockey geeks. But here’s one approach, which is inspired by Baseball Prospectus’s Support Neutral Win-Loss (SNWL), a statistic designed to evaluate baseball pitchers. As SNWL seeks to evaluate pitchers while controlling for their run support, our goalie statistic will seek to give goaltenders credit for wins and losses without being biased toward those goalies who have better offenses scoring goals for them. It will also control for the number of shots the goaltenders faced and the quality of their opponents. Allowing three goals — as Lundqvist did Sunday — is not that impressive, but it looks a lot better when you consider he faced 45 shots against the Capitals, who have one of the NHL’s best offenses.Here’s how it works. I downloaded data from Hockey-Reference.com on all NHL playoff games since 1988. (Hockey-Reference, as terrific as it is, doesn’t have detailed game-by-game data before then.) For each game, I compared each goalie’s actual GAA against a benchmark GAA that represents how you’d expect an average playoff goalie to perform under the same circumstances. The benchmark GAA is calculated1Via a linear regression analysis. based on the number of shots the goalie faced, his opponent’s goal-scoring and shooting percentage during the regular season, and whether he was playing at home or on the road. During Friday’s Game 5, for instance — with the Rangers playing at home and the Capitals generating relatively few shots — Lundqvist’s benchmark GAA was 2.17. But on Sunday, on the road and with the Caps taking 45 shots on goal, his benchmark GAA was 3.56.The next step is to translate the benchmark GAA and the goalie’s actual GAA into win probabilities,2Win probabilities are calculated using a Poisson distribution. assuming that the goalie had average offensive support.3Average offensive support is calculated based on leaguewide goal scoring per game during the NHL regular season, adjusted slightly downward because playoff games are lower-scoring on average. For Friday’s Game 5, for instance, Lundqvist’s benchmark 2.17 GAA translates into a 52 percent win probability. But Lundqvist’s actual performance, allowing just one goal, raised the Rangers’ win probability to 80 percent. So Lundqvist gets credit for +0.28 net wins, the difference between the two figures. (Actually, he gets credit for slightly more than that, since the game went to overtime.)4More specifically, Lundqvist is credited with +0.28 wins per 60 minutes of ice time. Since he was actually on the ice for 69 minutes, counting overtime, the number is scaled up proportionately to +0.32 wins.First up, here are the Roys for goaltending in a single playoff series:Best Performances GOALIEMP/60NET CHANGE IN WIN % PER 60 MPNET WINS Patrick Roy227.7+6.6%+15.0 Dan Cloutier22.7-16.9-3.8 Patrick Roy1989MTL20.114.7+3.0 Trevor Kidd1995CGYSJS7.2-24.3-1.8 Ron Hextall1988PHIWSH6.3-25.6-1.6  Worst Performances Patrick Roy1993MTL21.6+19.6%+4.2 Worst Performances John Vanbiesbrouck47.511.3+5.4 Dan Cloutier2003VAN13.9-17.9%-2.5 COMBINED STATS Trevor Kidd1995CGY7.2-24.3-1.8 Kirk McLean1994VAN25.711.8+3.0 Why does that Devils-Sabres series rank so highly? Hasek and Brodeur’s conventional statistics were great, but not obviously better than some other goaltending duels, like that between the Canucks’ Roberto Luongo and the Dallas Stars’ Marty Turco in 2007. One reason is because of that quadruple overtime game, which made the matchup the equivalent of an eight-game series. But another is because the series was played in 1994, when goal-scoring was about 20 percent higher than it is now. So it stands out more by comparison.The current Rangers-Caps series ranks as the 17th-best goalie duel so far: Holtby has contributed 1.0 net wins and Lundqvist 0.8, for a combined 1.8. It could plausibly move into the top 10 if Game 7 is low-scoring.We can also award a Roy for the best goaltending in a single playoff season. It goes to … Patrick Roy, who added 4.2 wins in the 1993 NHL playoffs. Roy’s performance ranks highly in part because it came against some high-flying offenses. His playoff opponents — the Nordiques, Sabres, Islanders and Kings — had each averaged about four goals per game during the regular season.Best Performances Tuukka Rask2013BOSPIT4.647.2+2.2 Felix Potvin1993TORSTL7.721.5+1.7 172015Rangers (Lundqvist)Capitals (Holtby)6+.9431.80+1.8 81999Maple Leafs (Joseph)Flyers (Vanbiesbrouck)6.9461.46+2.3 Jean-Sebastien Giguere2003MDADET4.834.8+1.7 Mike Vernon1997DET20.512.8+2.6 GOALIEYEARTEAMMP/60NET CHANGE IN WIN % PER 60 MPNET WINS Worst Performances GOALIEYEARTEAMOPP.MP/60NET CHANGE IN WIN % PER 60 MPNET WINS GOALIEYEARTEAMOPP.MP/60NET CHANGE IN WIN % PER 60 MPNET WINS Craig Anderson26.812.3+3.3 Dominik Hasek1994BUFNJD8.124.2+2.0 Corey Crawford2014CHILAK7.4-27.8-2.1 GOALIEYEARTEAMMP/60NET CHANGE IN WIN % PER 60 MPNET WINS Tuukka Rask50.85.9+3.0 Tim Thomas2011BOS25.712.5+3.2 92002Hurricanes (Irbe)Maple Leafs (Joseph)6.9501.25+2.3 Ed Belfour165.76.3+10.4 Arturs Irbe2002CARTOR6.427.9+1.8 Kelly Hrudey65.3-6.8%-4.5 Martin Brodeur211.93.6+7.7 Antti Niemi61.0-4.5-2.8 SEASONSERIES WINNER (MAIN GOALIE)SERIES LOSER (MAIN GOALIE)GAMESSAVE%GAANET GT WINS 22007Canucks (Luongo)Stars (Turco)7.9511.36+2.9 SEASONHIGHER SEED (MAIN GOALIE)LOWER SEED (MAIN GOALIE)GAMESSAVE%GAANET GT WINS Curtis Joseph135.12.6+3.5 GOALIEMP/60NET CHANGE IN WIN % PER 60 MPNET WINS Dominik Hasek1999BUF20.312.4+2.5 Dan Cloutier2003VANMIN6.9-31.3%-2.2 Olaf Kolzig46.66.9+3.2 Martin Brodeur1995NJD20.413.3+2.7 Curtis Joseph1999TORBUF4.6-33.2-1.5 John Vanbiesbrouck1996FLAPIT7.026.9+1.9 Sean Burke35.8-9.1-3.2 Tim Thomas51.98.3+4.3 Dominik Hasek121.96.2+7.6 Patrick Roy1996COL24.211.6+2.8 Jonathan Quick2012LAK20.614.1+2.9 Martin Brodeur1994NJD19.513.6+2.6 read more

  • Womens Lacrosse Ohio State and Detroit Mercy both looking for bounceback wins

    Ohio State then-freshman goalie Jillian Rizzo saves a shot against Vermont Credit: Walt Middleton – Courtesy of OSU AthleticsComing off a loss in its season opener, the Ohio State women’s lacrosse team has an opportunity to bounce back in its home debut against Detroit Mercy at 7 p.m. Friday. Ohio State (0-1) fell to No. 10 Navy in a 9-7 road loss its last time out, while the Titans (0-1) were suffered a 21-2 loss to No. 11 Northwestern to open their season. Detroit Mercy was picked to finish fourth in the Southern Conference by the conference’s coaches prior to the season and had the most players picked to the preseason all-conference team.Despite her team’s loss, Ohio State head coach Alexis Venechanos said the team looks strong defensively. “Playing Navy early in the season, I think we were able to kind of see [the areas] that we’re strong in,” Venechanos said. “We feel like right now we did a good job of competing and I feel like defensively we did well.” Leading the defense is sophomore goalie Jillian Rizzo, who had a career-high 17 saves against Navy and held the Midshipmen to a 21-minute scoring drought. Her coach praised her as being one of the main reasons the team stayed in the game against Navy.Rizzo, the only captain who isn’t a senior, has had a positive impact on the team in both games and practice. “She has so much love for her sport, so much confidence and so much joy,” Venechanos said. “She brings it every day at practice, she works hard, and it’s exciting to see her perform like that on the field and her teammates respond so well to her.”Offensively, the Buckeyes look to capitalize behind senior attacker Molly Wood, junior midfielder Baley Parrott and sophomore midfielder Liza Hernandez. Venechanos said the team relies on the trio to be the catalysts for the team’s offense in its upcoming matchup.Hernandez and Parrott led the team in goals against Navy with two each. The collaborative effort provided a triple-threat offense against the Midshipmen. “Molly had some great draw controls. Baley I felt like was the fastest kid on the field … and then Liza was Liza, doing her thing on attack,” Venechanos said. “We’re going to need those performances and also a few more on attack this weekend for sure. “The team is looking to improve by taking advantage of big playmaking opportunities when presented with them. “We’re mindful that we have to execute even though we compete,” Venechanos said. “We talked about that as finishing the play, capitalizing on the shots, capitalizing the ground ball [and] the clears.”The Buckeyes host the Titans at 7 p.m. Friday. read more