No. 5 Syracuse struggling to convert on penalty corners amid hot start

first_imgAhead 1-0 with an opportunity to extend the lead against Bucknell, freshman Chiara Gutsche lined up to the right of the cage to insert the ball. Opposite her, Roos Weers lurked outside of the arc, waiting for the pass. But Gutsche mishit the insertion, so instead of Weers shooting, Gutsche ran after the ball into the arc. As she gave chase, the Orange followed the wrong side of team history.  “One time, the insert is off,” Weers said, describing the team’s penalty-corner difficulties. “The other time, the stop is off. Other times, the finish isn’t on point.” Syracuse (5-0) remains perfect this season, with five shutouts in five games. But SU has just one penalty corner goal this season in 34 attempts. Lies Lagerweij scored the first goal of the season five minutes into the opener, but over the next 345 minutes, SU has not converted any of its 33 corners.  In 11 years with SU head coach Ange Bradley at the helm, SU has never begun a season converting on such a low percentage of attempts.   “It’s a timing thing,” Bradley said. “It’s timing. (We’re) only two, three weeks into the season. So it’s definitely a timing thing. And connection.” AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse had previously scored at least two penalty corner goals through its first five games every year, dating back to 2006. And the team’s current success rate on corners, 2.9 percent, is the lowest it has ever been at any point in the season during that tenure.  “Nothing is going as good as we want it to go,” Weers said. “You can only execute a penalty corner if every piece is perfect.” Jennifer Bleakney is the team’s new inserter on corners, replacing a graduated Emma Lamison. She watched from the sidelines when Gutsche misfired her pass, as she was just subbed out.  Of the other five penalty corners Syracuse tried against Bucknell, two were saved by goalkeeper Emily Finn, and two others were blocked by the defense. Both of Finn’s saves were diving stops.  Against Ohio, SU again took six shots from penalty corners. This time, Lagerweij took the shots instead of Weers. But again, the Orange faced the same results. Bobcats goalkeeper Alex Pennington saved four shots, one sailed wide and one was blocked by a defender.  After the one that was blocked, Pennington advanced into the middle of a scrum to clear the ball. Elaine Carey crept the ball out of the blockage and found the empty net. But it wasn’t how SU hoped to score. “This isn’t good enough,” Weers said of the penalty corner unit. “It’s not what we want our corner shot to be. It’s not what our corner shot used to be.” Comments Published on September 6, 2017 at 10:15 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


first_imgThree houses in various parts of Donegal were repossessed following court orders at a sitting of the Registrar’s Court.There were scores of applications to have homes repossessed due to have been heard this week.A total of 200 repossession cases are to be heard at the local court between now and October.The latest repossessions were connected with a variety of backgrounds.One was a family home in East Donegal that had been vacant for ‘some time.’ Attempts to pin notices on the door had not received any reply and neighbours had told the summons server that the family had ‘packed up and left overnight’. The mortgage arrears were over €40,000.Another house was described as a ‘buy to let property’ that had fallen into mrotgage arrears and the owners agreed to the house being repossessed.The third property repossessed was one in the East of the County , where the owner had been declared bankrupt in Northern Ireland and owed over €100,000 on mortgage repayments to the bank.A total of 43 cases came before Geraldine O’Connor and there are over 200 to be heard between now and October. Many of Monday’s cases were on the list for the first time and few homeowners came to court to make their cases in person, despite the registrar putting all repossession cases back to 3pm to allow people a chance to appear in court.THREE HOMES REPOSSESSED AS 200 MORE LISTED FOR HEARING ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: May 14th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:banksdonegalGeraldine O’Connorhomesrepossessedlast_img read more

Mars rover spots clouds shaped by gravity waves

first_img NASA/JPL-Caltech/York University Last summer, Curiosity captured a potential gravity wave cloud with its navigation camera. 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Despite a whisper-thin atmosphere, the planet supports multiple regimes of clouds, depending on its elliptical orbit. As it nears the sun, heat spurs chaotic globe-swarming dust storms that dominate its atmosphere and seem to limit cloud formation. Then as Mars drifts toward aphelion—the point farthest from the sun in its orbit—two cloud systems form: Above the frigid poles, clouds of carbon dioxide arise, whereas around the equator a belt of barely visible water-ice clouds takes shape, similar to cirrus clouds on Earth.Using Curiosity’s navigation camera, Moores and Kloos recorded eight-frame movies of this wispy cloud belt for two martian years. They’ve used two angles to capture the clouds: one pointed directly up, to see wind direction and speed, and another that keeps the rover’s horizon in the frame, allowing a view into the clouds’ depth. The captured clouds are so thin as to be invisible without painstaking computer enhancement, Kloos said in his presentation Tuesday. Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Given the limited water vapor, solar energy, and atmosphere, the martian clouds lack the variety of shapes seen on Earth. But during one day of cloud gazing—Curiosity’s 1302th martian day, to be precise—the team got lucky and saw something unusual. That day, when Curiosity looked to the horizon, it saw a sequence of straight, parallel rows of clouds flowing in the same direction: the first ground-based view of a gravity wave cloud. Similar to the waves that follow a pebble tossed into a pond, gravity waves are created when some unknown feature of the martian landscape causes a ripple in the atmosphere that is then seen in clouds. Such waves are common at the edge of the martian ice caps, but thought to be less frequent over its equator.It’s far from certain those are gravity waves, though, Heavens says. They could also be “cloud streets,” a similar looking pattern that’s potentially associated with strong winds striking heated air parcels as they near the top of the lower atmosphere.There’s something comforting and familiar in seeing these clouds, Moores says. “The martian environment is the exotic wrapped in the familiar.” The clouds move like clouds we see on Earth. But they remain distinctly alien, too. “The sunsets are blue, the dust devils enormous, the snowfall more like diamond dust, and the clouds are thinner than what we see on the Earth.”*Update, 23 March, 10:13 a.m.: This story has been updated to clarify the difference between gravity waves and gravitational waves. Email The campaign showed that this cloud belt peaks in thickness twice a day: once in the early martian morning, and then again in the late afternoon, Kloos said. Much like dew on grass, it’s not surprising that the clouds would peak in the morning, as cooler temperatures allow the air to hold less water vapor before it condenses out. But the strong bands during the warm afternoon continue to puzzle scientists. Some theorize that these higher temperatures drive the air to lift more water vapor, and potentially dust to serve as cloud-forming nuclei, to cloud-forming altitudes.Satellites circling Mars have seen aphelion clouds sitting close to the surface at night, then rising 20 kilometers up in the afternoon. Such a pattern indicates there could be an inversion layer, a stretch of atmosphere where temperatures rise with height, rather than cool, that could be trapping the clouds at night, Heavens says. That inversion breaking down in the morning, at the time Kloos and Moores estimate, “could be a sound explanation for the loss of the first peak,” he says.More substantial data are needed to validate their claim of two peaks rather than just one, adds Tim McConnochie, a planetary scientist at the University of Maryland in College Park. But this work does suggest that these clouds make up only one-fourth of the opacity seen from orbit, he adds, with the rest perhaps accounted by dust or water-ice haze. NASA/JPL-Caltech/York University In 2013, during its first martian winter, Curiosity caught aphelion clouds as it looked straight up. The observations seem likely to constrain fine-grained models of martian clouds, which have been built in the past with limited information, says Nicholas Heavens, a planetary scientist at Hampton University in Virginia, who is unaffiliated with the study. “These cloud videos are not just pretty pictures.” Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country While driving across the Naukluft plateau, a gnarly terrain riven with rock shards, last summer, Curiosity captured these early morning clouds. Sunset on Mars THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS—NASA’s Curiosity rover usually keeps its instruments firmly focused on Mars’s ground, zapping grit with its laser or drilling cores in bedrock. But every few days, the SUV-sized robot, like any good dreamer, shifts its sights upward to the clouds.Well into its fifth year, the rover has now shot more than 500 movies of the clouds above it, including the first ground-based view of martian clouds shaped by gravity waves, researchers reported here this week at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. (Gravity waves, common atmospheric ripples on Earth that result from air trying to regain its vertical balance, should not be confused with gravitational waves, cosmological ripples in spacetime.) The shots are the best record made so far of a mysterious recurring belt of equatorial clouds known to influence the martian climate. Understanding these clouds will help inform estimates of ground ice depth and perhaps recurring slope lineae, potential flows of salty water on the surface, says John Moores, a planetary scientist at York University in Toronto, Canada, who led the study with his graduate student, Jake Kloos. “If we wish to understand the water story of Mars’s past,” Moores says, “we first need to [separate out] contributions from the present-day water cycle.” Mars rover spots clouds shaped by gravity waves NASA/JPL-Caltech/York University NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/Texas A&M University last_img read more