IHOC : Teammates Marty, Menard square off in international cup

first_imgStefanie Marty is used to performing on the international stage. The Syracuse captain has competed for Switzerland in multiple world championships and two Olympics, so playing in the 2011 MLP Cup in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland, earlier this month was just another tournament.For teammate Isabel Menard, though, it was as big as it gets. The sophomore represented Canada for the first time in international play.‘It’s almost both ends of the spectrum,’ Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan said. ‘You got a veteran like Marty, who it’s no big deal going to something like that, and then Isabel getting a taste of it was pretty good.’The contrast between the teammates goes beyond their experience levels and to their home countries. Switzerland must battle for respectability in international play, and Canada is the perennial gold-medal favorite. On a continent where hockey has little fan support, Marty’s Swiss team is an afterthought. It certainly doesn’t have the buzz swirling around like Menard’s team, from the birthplace of hockey.The two countries and SU teammates met in the opening round of the tournament. Friends from Syracuse pitted against each other in Switzerland, creating a unique tournament experience for the pair.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMarty said she couldn’t help smiling for a moment when the game against her college teammate began. Still, though, she knew she had little time to relax against a dominant Canadian team — one that has much more firepower than the Swiss.‘You are not really playing differently on the ice because you know someone over there,’ Marty said. ‘We knew we were the underdogs on our team, and everyone was kind of scared of Canada. I’m like, ‘Guys, we can play with them. I’ve played with them in the leagues.”Menard enjoyed the Orange camaraderie across the Atlantic Ocean, knowing she may never get to face Marty again. Though this Canada squad was just an under-22 group playing against full national squads, Menard understood why other teams were intimidated by this perennial power.‘Obviously, other countries, they sort of know, ‘We’re playing Canada. Oh, that’s going to be a tough win or it’s going to be tough to win,” Menard said.Canada proved to be too tough for Switzerland, which finished fifth, and every other country at the tournament. After defeating the Swiss 5-0, Canada beat Germany, Russia, and Sweden en route to its eighth gold medal at the tournament in nine years. Canada defeated its four opponents by a combined score of 29-0.Marty recorded two goals in an overtime loss to Germany and then skipped the fifth-place game against Finland to return for Syracuse’s series against Mercyhurst. She said she wanted to get back to SU sooner because it is her senior season.Menard, who missed the Mercyhurst series, said she was nervous before the first game but soon settled in. She scored two goals and recorded an assist in helping Canada to gold.She also picked up some new skills and a new perspective after the experience. She said Canada had a coach who spoke to each player individually before every game about mental toughness and national pride.‘He just talked to us, just to remind us why we were here, and we got chosen to represent the country, and just how we’re fortunate to be part of it,’ Menard said.Menard believes the little things she learned in international play, such as mental toughness and teamwork, have already made her a better player.And despite missing Marty for one game and Menard for three, Flanagan said the experience helps his team in the long run, too. It motivates the younger players to work hard to reach that elite level of competition.‘You’d like to think some of our younger players aspire to play on a U.S. or Canadian national team at some point,’ Flanagan said. ‘I think it gives them a little insight as to what it’s like, and watching Isabel and Stefanie day in and day out, they should have an idea of what it takes physically and then how demanding it can be.’Their backgrounds may be different, but Marty and Menard are both talented players and leaders for the Orange. While Flanagan encourages them to keep playing at the highest level, both he and his team welcomed Marty and Menard’s return home.Flanagan said getting them back for the Robert Morris series was exactly what the team needed to snap its five-game winless streak.‘If they were away sick and they were gone, as soon as they return, it picks our team up,’ Flanagan said. ‘They’re those types of players.’rjgery@syr.edu Published on January 19, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: rjgery@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

Students launch Wells Project at ’SC

first_imgFor the next 10 days, more than 200 USC students will drink only tap water as they participate in the Wells Project.The money saved from not drinking other beverages will be donated to Rwandan communities to provide clean, safe water through Living Water International.Water · Funds raised by the Wells Project finance the construction of wells throughout Africa. This well was built in a Ghana village. – Photo courtesy of Living Water InternationalThe Wells Project, founded at Texas A&M University in 2007, was created to give college students an opportunity to improve the water crisis in Africa. The Wells Project has since partnered with Living Water International, an organization founded in 1990 devoted to providing potable water sources to African villages; the organization has established 30 chapters at universities throughout the nation.Lindsey Caldwell, co-founder of USC’s Well Project, said USC’s chapter’s goal is to involve the entire campus in the 10-day event.“We all agreed we wanted the Wells Project to unite the campus, not segregate or become an exclusive organization,” Caldwell said in an email. “As we are starting out, we have everyone from engineering students to Greek students to athletes.”Different chapters each made a video to promote the project this year, and junior quarterback Matt Barkley represented USC.USC Wells Project has set a goal of raising $10,000 this year, and 100 percent of funds will go toward the construction of wells in Rwanda.Living Water International will drill wells in Rwanda with the funds raised and participants will receive a Wells Report that includes pictures and statistical information about the wells. The report will include coordinates so that participants can view the well through Google Earth.Caldwell said she founded the USC chapter of Wells Project after hearing about the program’s successes elsewhere and decided to bring the project to USC to raise awareness of the international water shortage and provide a platform for students to help solve the problem.“I heard about the camaraderie it brought to the campus and the sheer joy the members had when they reached their fundraising goals,” Caldwell said. “I wanted that for USC. I wanted students to feel like they were making a difference, [and could] unite campus and help change the world.”Lainey Barkley, a sophomore majoring in human performance and a participant in the project, said she chose to take part in the Wells Project because it helps solve a severe global issue.“By giving up something that is not a necessity in my life, I am being a part of bringing a necessity to someone else,” Barkley said. “It is also a good reminder, each time I deny myself a drink I want, that I have been given all I need and have everything to be grateful for.”Heidi Ippolito, a senior majoring in cinema television and critical studies and a project participant, said it will be difficult to give up other beverages, but she is confident the project will have a positive impact on her life.“Missing my daily coffee and tea will certainly be a challenge, but it is a challenge that I hope will remind me of my own blessings,” Ippolito said.The Wells Project will set up information tables on Trousdale Parkway today and Wednesday. Participants will be selling shirts and food items and giving away wristbands and fliers. Participants also plan to raise awareness by carrying five-gallon jugs in a water walk from the Finger Fountain to the statue of Traveler.last_img read more

List of players to opt out of playing the 2020 NFL season

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Players who have opted out of playing the 2020 NFL season because of the coronavirus: Written By LIVE TV Arizona Cardinals — T Marcus Gilbert Baltimore Ravens — OL Andre Smith, KR De’Anthony Thomas Buffalo Bills — CB E.J. Gaines, DT Star Lotulelei Carolina Panthers — LB Jordan Mack, LB Christian Miller Chicago Bears — DT Eddie Goldman, S Jordan Lucas Cincinnati Bengals — T Isaiah Prince, DT Josh Tupou Cleveland Browns — DT Andrew Billings, T Drake Dorbeck, G Drew Forbes, G Colby Gossett, G Malcolm Pridgeon Dallas Cowboys — CB Maurice Canady, WR Stephen Guidry, FB Jamize Olawale Denver Broncos — T Ja’Wuan James, DT Kyle Peko Detroit Lions — WR Geronimo Allison, DT John Atkins, C Russell Bodine Green Bay Packers — WR Devin Funchess Houston Texans — DT Eddie Vanderdoes Indianapolis Colts — S Rolan Milligan, LB Skai Moore, CB Marvell Tell Jacksonville Jaguars — EDGE Lerentee McCray, CB Rashaan Melvin, DT Al Woods Kansas City Chiefs — G Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, T Lucas Niang, RB Damien Williams Las Vegas Raiders — LB Ukeme Eligwe, CB D.J. Killings, DE Jeremiah Valoaga Los Angeles Rams — T Chandler Brewer Miami Dolphins — WR Allen Hurns, WR Albert Wilson Minnesota Vikings — DT Michael Pierce New England Patriots — RB Brandon Bolden, T Marcus Cannon, S Patrick Chung, LB Dont’a Hightower, TE Matt LaCosse, WR Marqise Lee, OL Najee Toran, FB Dan Vitale New Orleans Saints — TE Jason Vander Laan, TE Cole Wick New York Giants — CB Sam Beal, WR Da’Mari Scott, T Nate Solder New York Jets — WR Josh Doctson, OL Leo Koloamatangi, LB C.J. Mosley Philadelphia Eagles — WR Marquise Goodwin San Francisco 49ers — WR Travis Benjamin, T Shon Coleman Seattle Seahawks — G Chance Warmack Tampa Bay — T Brad Seaton Tennessee Titans — OL Anthony McKinney Washington — DE Caleb Brantley, LB Josh Harvey-Clemons, Last Updated: 7th August, 2020 07:52 IST List Of Players To Opt Out Of Playing The 2020 NFL Season Players who have opted out of playing the 2020 NFL season because of the coronavirus Image credits: AP center_img COMMENT Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVE First Published: 7th August, 2020 07:52 IST FOLLOW USlast_img read more