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Most more likely to use Ecstasy after pills tested

first_imgMedia Release DrugFree Australia 13 December 2019Family First Comment:Those who received a test result confirming the substance to be what they thought it was were likely to take as much or more than originally intended…. When it is considered that 90% of the 158 pills presented in the trial contained ecstasy, the drug found to be responsible in all 392 MDMA-related deaths in Australia between 2001 and 2016, (and not from contaminants or other dangerous drugs mixed into the ecstasy pill), it makes it clear why a user would be more likely to use it after the pill has been tested. Drug Free Australia believes that pill testing sends all the wrong messages which will only increase party drug deaths in Australia.  “Any organisation that advertised that they would give lessons to drivers who love speeding on our roads on how to speed more safely would be seen as aiding and abetting an inherently dangerous practice, and pill testing does the same by symbolically greenlighting ecstasy.”The Australian National University evaluation of the 2019 Canberra pill testing trial confirms that the methods used by Pill testing Australia to classify substances they identify is actually increasing the likelihood the user will take that substance.Drug Free Australia has completed a close reading of the evaluation and believes governments and the Australian public should be alarmed by a key finding – that pill testing increases the likelihood of ecstasy use.When pill testing identifies a substance to be what the user thought they had purchased, the substance is given an “all-clear” white card which is displayed on a noticeboard in the pill testing tent, declaring it to not contain substances “associated with increased harm / multiple overdoses / death” (see p 11).  If a ‘dangerous’ drug is identified, it is given a red card.Yet while the evaluation stated that “most of the patrons had a generally accurate perception of the contents” of their pills before testing, it also states that “those who received a test result confirming the substance to be what they thought it was were likely to take as much or more than originally intended” and “concordance between expectation and identification is associated with stable or increased intention to take a substance.”When it is considered that 90% of the 158 pills presented in the trial contained ecstasy, the drug found in Dr Amanda Roxburgh’s study (see p 18)  to be responsible in all 392 MDMA-related deaths in Australia between 2001 and 2016, (and not from contaminants or other dangerous drugs mixed into the ecstasy pill), the symbolics of a white card rather than the red card it deserves makes it clear why a user would be more likely to use it after the pill has been tested.Drug Free Australia believes that pill testing sends all the wrong messages which will only increase party drug deaths in Australia.  “Any organisation that advertised that they would give lessons to drivers who love speeding on our roads on how to speed more safely would be seen as aiding and abetting an inherently dangerous practice, and pill testing does the same by symbolically greenlighting ecstasy,” said Research Director Gary Christian.The evaluation also confirms that only seven pills were discarded, each containing N-ethylpentylone, which would likely come from a batch or batches of 200 or more pills each somewhere in Canberra or Australia which has caused no hospitalisations or deaths.  Pill Testing Australia claims that they tell users of the dangers of ecstasy but there was no evidence of counsellors dissuading any user from taking their tested pill, with not one ecstasy user recorded discarding their pills, evidencing zero behaviour change.  Drug Free Australia asserts that it is too late to be telling ecstasy users that their substance is dangerous saying the horse has bolted once they have spent $100 purchasing it, and the real need is government-funded social media campaigns telling the truth about ecstasy before they make the cash outlay.Statistics from England and Wales show that the introduction of pill testing did not produce any reduction in deaths as promised, nor did it appear to change the behaviour of users by getting some to quit using ecstasy, as also forecast by its advocates.  While European countries have poor to non-existent statistics on ecstasy deaths, the UK keeps up-to-date figures.  Pill testing operated by “the Loop” began in 2013 and by 2016 began expanding into 12 music festivals with government assent.   Ecstasy use increased by 76% amongst 16-24 year olds (see Table 1.06), the most prolific ecstasy users, between 2013 and 2017/18.  In 2013 there were 43 ecstasy deaths, more than doubling to 92 deaths in 2018.“The real problem for pill testing is that they red-flag N-ethylpentylone and give ecstasy a white card.  With 392 deaths from ecstasy in 16 years, they should be red-carding ecstasy for the real killer it is, which means that they best take their equipment and go home because most bring ecstasy”, said Mr Christian.   According to the science, ecstasy overdose is rare and most die from normal recreational doses of the substance (see p 25).last_img read more

China Donates Office Equipment to Somali Women Organization

first_imgThe Chinese Embassy in Somalia on Tuesday donated office equipment to the Somali National Women Organization in Mogadishu.Speaking at the hand-over ceremony, Chinese Ambassador to Somalia Wei Hongtian said the donation is part of China’s efforts to support the rebuilding of Somalia.“This is a confirmation of the efforts by the government of China to contribute towards the reconstruction of Somalia. China is dedicated to ensuring every sector of Somalia is developed for the benefit of its people,” Wei said.He reaffirmed the willingness of the Chinese government and his embassy in enhancing the Somali women capacity building and empowerment.Wei said China will always firmly support the peaceful reconstruction of Somalia, and provide assistance to Somalia in various areas, including enhancing the exchanges and cooperation between the women organizations of the two countries.Speaking on behalf of the women group, Sahra Omar Ali, Second Lady of Somalia, thanked the embassy and government of China for its efforts in helping Somalia develop after years of ruin by war.“We are grateful to your government for its continued support in empowering women in Somalia. We hope to engage further in future to help our country achieve its development goals and restoration of peace and stability,” she said.Batula Sheikh Ahmed, Chairperson of National Women Organization, also thanked the embassy, noting that the support will go a long way in advancing the goals and objectives of the association.The donation includes desktop computers, sewing machines, projectors and office tables.China reopened its embassy in Somalia last year, and has been instrumental in contributing to the development of Somalia in various sectors.last_img read more

CARICOM & National Accreditation Board training workshop underway

first_img 41 Views   no discussions Share Share Sharing is caring! EducationLocalNewsTertiary CARICOM & National Accreditation Board training workshop underway by: – August 24, 2011center_img Chairman of the National Accreditation Board Mr. Stephenson HyacinthThe Caribbean Community Market (CARICOM) and the National Accreditation Board had commenced phase two of a training workshop at the Garraway Hotel.At an opening ceremony for the workshop this morning, Chairman of the National Accreditation Board Mr. Stephenson Hyacinth said the function of the Board is to promote and improve education.“The National Accreditation Board is very interested in quality insurance, as it relates to a programme, an institution, or the whole higher education system. The promotion of the idea of improving educational qualities is one of the important activities within the overall mandate of the National Accreditation Board of the Commonwealth of Dominica.”Mr. Stephenson Hyacinth highlighted that as a quality assurance body, their main functions entails registering all institutions who offer tertiary level education in Dominica and to ensure that certain minimum standards are met, as well as to provide accreditation for degree and specialized programmes.According to Mr. Hyacinth the workshop has been organized in an effort provide the assessors with practical experience in the conducting external evaluations.“To fulfill this mandate the Board recognizes the need to train a cadre of external assessors in quality assurance and are conducting the second phase of the workshop where the first stage of the training took place last year on the 29th-30th of November. The training will enable the assessors to gain practical experience in the process of conducting and external evaluation for registering and accrediting post and secondary institutions,” he said.Dr. Ruby Alleyne – University of Trinidad & TobagoRepresentative for the University Of Trinidad & Tobago Dr. Ruby Alleyne noted that quality education of higher education for citizens of the Caribbean islands should be a common objective.“As Caribbean brothers and sisters we all have a common objective, and that is to improve the quality of higher education for our region and indeed for our citizens. One of the things that we are fully aware of is that quality higher education is really very significant and very important to sustainable, cultural economics and social development.”Mrs. Alleyne also explained that for the initiative to be successful, the Caribbean Single Market and Economy needs to support the quality accreditation system.She also noted while access to tertiary education has been made available and expansion of opportunities for citizens, the Board needs to ensure that they are not drawn into a situation where the focus is on quantity without focusing on quality.The workshop will continue for the next three days where the assessors will be trained in quality assurance of the phase two training project.Dominica Vibes News Share Tweetlast_img read more

Urban Harrigan – “served with honor not for honor”

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Share 117 Views   3 comments Sharecenter_img Share LocalNews Urban Harrigan – “served with honor not for honor” by: – January 20, 2012 Mr. Urban Harrigan. Photo credit: Janice Roberts.The community of Loubiere is today mourning the loss of a Veteran Master of Ceremonies, Carnival Organizer, Sports Organizer and Community Activist who served “with honor and not for honor”.Seventy years old Harrigan died last evening at the Princess Margaret Hospital following six years of lung and heart illness.Miscilda Harrigan, wife of Marcel Harrigan, told Dominica Vibes News on Friday that her father in law devoted his life to service with honor for his community.According to Miscilda Harrigan, he served in various capacities in the community of Loubiere and although he was originally from Roseau he lived and spent most of his life in Loubiere.“He was all about service not for honor, but with honor meaning that whatever he did, he did it because he wanted to help and serve his people. He served as Chairman of the Loubiere Village Council for a number of years, he was instrumental in sourcing funds for the Loubiere Community Centre as well as the Loubiere Catholic Church, a Catechetical Teacher, he hosted several shows including Queen and Calypso shows, he represented Dominica in the field of sports and worked at the Government Printery for a number of years.”Mrs. Harrigan noted that one of the things she admired most about her father in law was his monthly commitment to the Education Trust Fund.She said; “One of the things I admired about him was that he was a contributor to the Education Trust Fund every month from his salary. He ensured that every month he made a contribution to the fund to ensure that other children could get an education”.He will be missed by his widow Patsy, sons; Marcel, Brian, Damian and Jeff as well as many grand children, friends and relatives.Harrigan received several awards for his contribution towards the development of his community and culture and was named among the awardees for this year’s Calypso Hall of Fame.Dominica Vibes News sympathizes with the family and friends of the late Urban Harrigan and salutes him for his tremendous contributions he made to his community and country.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

GSA Eagles advance to state golf tourney

first_img Fenceviewer Staff Latest posts by Fenceviewer Staff (see all) Bio LINCOLN — The George Stevens Academy Eagles will be the lone Hancock County golf team playing in Saturday’s upcoming state team championships at the Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro.The Eagles finished second among Class C teams with a socre of 372 in the Penobscot Valley Conference Championships on Sept. 26 at the Jato Highlands Golf Course.Six county golfers qualified for the state individual championships, which will be played on Friday, Oct. 18, at the Natanis course.Ethan Shepard of the Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners finished with a Class C medalist score of 77 at the PVC championships.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAlso qualifying for the boys’ individual competition were Alex Heilner of GSA with an 82 and C.J. Chen of GSA with an 84, Jordan Hodgdon of the Mount Desert Island Trojans with an 85 and Kyle Lamson of MDI with an 87.Sydney Howard of the Bucksport Golden Bucks qualified for the girls’ individual competition with a score of 107.Find in-depth coverage of local news in The Ellsworth American. Subscribe digitally or in print. Schoodic Grange hosting sale – October 30, 2014center_img Latest Posts Fitness trainer is now cancer-exercise expert – October 12, 2014 Town report wins award – October 11, 2014last_img read more

Messi May Return against Inter Milan Tonight

first_imgThe Argentine forward returned to training last week and may be able to help Barcelona secure progression from Group B on Tuesday at the San Siro.“Leo is at the point where he might be available, but we have to wait for the training session. We have to see if he’s safe to play,” Valverde told reporters Monday.“In terms of his play and his movements, he’s fine. We have to wait. … It’s always better if he’s there. Of course it’s necessary to get Messi back as soon as possible.“There are three or four possibilities. One is that he plays from the start, or he comes on, or he goes off. What we won’t do is take any risks.”Barcelona train on Monday night in the Italian capital, after which Messi may receive his medical clearance from Barcelona’s doctors.“I don’t know if (Messi) will play tomorrow but I am happy he is back with us,” added versatile Barcelona midfielder Sergi Roberto.“It’s clear that we were worried about his absence, he’s the best player in the team and in the world.”Barcelona won the four games they have played without Messi, including beating Inter Milan 2-0 at the Nou Camp and thrashing Real Madrid 5-1 in La Liga.TONIGHT MATCHESMonaco Vs Brugge -18:45pmAtletico Vs Dortmund-21:00pmInter Vs Barca-21:00pmSpurs Vs PSV-21:00pmZvezda Vs Liverpool-18:45pmNapoli Vs PSG-21:00pmPorto Vs Lokomotiv -21:00pmSchalke Vs Galatasaray -21:00pmShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUEBarcelona Coach Ernesto Valverde said yesterday that captain Lionel Messi could feature against Inter Milan in the Champions League tonight, little more than two weeks after breaking his arm.Messi was a surprise inclusion in the squad list as he was expected to be out of action for three weeks after breaking a bone in his right arm on October 20.last_img read more

New LA Live cinemas offer competition for UV Flagship Theaters

first_imgNow that the burgeoning LA Live — Downtown’s entertainment hub — has added a movie theater, the nearby University Village Flagship Theaters has begun worrying about its future.The new Regal Cinema at LA Live opened two weeks ago, premiering Michael Jackson’s This is It to a crowd of hundreds. The theater boasts three floors and more than 3,500 seats, leaving Flagship’s three movie screens in the dust.Full House · Movie patrons visit Flagship Theaters in the University Village. The cinema complex is facing competition from the newly opened Regal Cinemas at LA Live. – Mike Lee | Daily Trojan“I’d be lying if I said the competition wasn’t in the back of my mind,” said Leo Sanchez, manager of the UV’s Flagship Theaters.Before Regal Cinema opened at LA Live, Flagship was the only option for students who wanted to see a movie without having to drive or use public transportation. But after the launch of a free shuttle to take students from campus to LA Live, moviegoers finally have another option.Though business was already good at LA Live’s Regal Cinema, Michael Roth, vice president of communications for AEG, which runs LA Live, said the easy access will only help the theater grow.“The shuttle’s going to make a big difference,” Roth said. “It’s a way for students to not have to worry about parking or eating dinner or having a drink and having to drive afterwards.”The shuttles just launched last week, and already Flagship has seen a drop in customer turnout. Sanchez noted, however, that this could be caused by a combination of factors.Turnout at Regal Cinema has been much more encouraging, and student opinion also seems to favor Regal.“It’s a lot better than the UV … It’s newer, cleaner,” said Adriana Granados, a junior majoring in psychology who attended the free movie screening.Some students said it is the atmosphere of Regal Cinema that draws them Downtown and away from the UV.“It makes you feel like you’re actually going to the movies,” said Britney Young, a senior majoring in critical studies.Young said the large theater setting, the food and the movie posters create a more traditional moviegoing atmosphere.Although both offer student discounts, Flagship offers $5 tickets for those with USC ID, as opposed to $10 at Regal.Roth said he does think Regal is creating competition for the UV Flagship Theater.“The fact of the matter is that these are the most comfortable theaters in town,” he said. “For big events, you want to see them in the best conditions, and that’s what Regal provides.”But Sanchez insists the Flagship Theater does offer some things the Regal Cinema does not, like its prices and close proximity to campus. Sanchez hopes these factors will keep attracting students to Flagship.“It’s a nice little humble theater,” Sanchez said. “It only has three screens, but it’s nice and we offer very low prices.”Sanchez said the theater will be hurt financially if a large number of students migrate to LA Live’s Regal Cinema. Though some local residents frequent the theater, he said students are the target audience.“We serve the community, but to be quite honest, we like to accommodate students,” Sanchez said. “We want them to come here.”last_img read more

Wisconsin splits weekend series with Ohio State

first_imgSophomore Brooke Ammerman helped lead the Badgers to a 5-3 victory Saturday over Ohio State.[/media-credit]Playing their first home game in three weeks, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team gave the fans all the action they could have wanted in their weekend series with Ohio State.Saturday, after giving up a pair of goals in less than three minutes, the Badgers scored two goals in 17 seconds en route to a 5-3 win over the Buckeyes.Moments after sophomore Brooke Ammerman capitalized on a penalty shot, Geena Prough gave the Badgers a lead they would not relinquish.Slow starts have been a problem for the team this year, but UW got on the board Saturday just 3:48 into the first period. Located behind the net, Ammerman fed the puck to an open Prough just right of the crease for the easy score.“Brooke made a beautiful pass,” Prough said. “She fought for the puck and came behind the net and hit it out.”Freshman Becca Ruegsegger shut out the Buckeyes in the opening period, but OSU got on the board quickly after the intermission. Thirty seconds into the second frame, Teal Bishop extended her stick enough to poke a loose puck past Ruegsegger before the Badger defense could close in.A little more than two minutes later, OSU’s Rachel Davis found Laura McIntosh alone by the Badger blue line. With no defense in sight, McIntosh was able to take her time against Ruegsegger. Traveling from right to left, McIntosh waited until Ruegsegger made a move down low and countered with an upper shelf wrist shot.The UW goaltender believes she over-anticipated the play, which resulted in a goal.“That breakaway goal I committed a little too early,” Ruegsegger said.Facing a deficit for the fifth time in six games, Wisconsin was quick to respond.After helping the Buckeyes grab the lead, Davis was called for hooking Ammerman in a one-on-one scoring chance. Ammerman made the most of her penalty shot opportunity, faking a slap shot before moving left and nailing a wrist shot into the back of the net.“I’ve been using that in practice a lot,” Ammerman said of her move. “She didn’t bite as hard as I thought she would, so I got pretty lucky.”Since the team practices penalty shots three to four times a week in practice, it came as no surprise to the coaching staff that Ammerman made the penalty shot look easy. According to head coach Tracey DeKeyser, the goal provided the spark the team was looking for.“It was one to the other, that’s what energy can do. A goal can really create that,” DeKeyser said. “I was impressed with just the emotion on the bench.”Riding the momentum, captain Jasmine Giles connected on a cross pass that put Wisconsin in position to strike again. Situated at her own blue line, Giles passed to a streaking Kyla Sanders in the OSU zone to set up a two-on-one rush. Situated alone at the left end of the net, Prough capitalized on a one-timer to give the Badgers a small cushion.“I got a beautiful pass from Kyla; she just slid it right over,” Prough said. “It was a kind of weird angle, but she got it over and I was lucky enough to put it away.”Friday’s game was equally intense, as Wisconsin battled back from a 3-0 deficit only to see the game slip away in the closing minutes.Already up by a goal heading into the second period, Ohio State scored two goals a minute apart to put Wisconsin at a serious disadvantage. The lead would remain at 3-0 until Wisconsin mounted a scoring rush of its own midway through the third period.Saige Pacholok, making her first start as a Badger, put Wisconsin on the board at the 7:12 mark in the third with a rebound shot past OSU goalie Chelsea Knapp.“I remember Coach Peter (Johnson) telling me jump in the play when you can,” Pacholok said. “I just went straight to the net and buried the rebound.”Wisconsin’s aggressive play in the third period paid off again when Sanders put a backhand shot past a diving Knapp. With the Buckeye netminder out of position, Sanders was able to finish.Later, with less than six minutes left in the game and still trailing by a goal, junior Mallory Deluce snapped a wrist shot into the back of the net to tie up the game.“The third period we played more fearless,” Deluce said. “We moved the puck better, saw the open player right away, we just came out harder.”In heartbreaking fashion, however, the Buckeyes scored a dagger less than a minute after Deluce’s equalizer. Defenseman Brittany Haverstock turned the puck over deep in the Wisconsin zone, right in the direction of OSU’s Hokey Langan. The Buckeye forward caught Wisconsin’s defense off-guard and finished the play with a shot past Ruegsegger.“One thing you don’t want to do in hockey is put the puck to the middle ice when you don’t have to,” DeKeyser said. “That’s just an error on our part.”last_img read more

Bailey: Tactical adjustments put Syracuse in position to make bowl game

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 4, 2013 at 2:01 am During six games this season, Cameron Lynch said he remembers looking to the sideline and feeling disappointed.Whether it was Marqez Hodge or Josh Kirkland, there was another starting-caliber linebacker eager to play. But in the Orange’s 4-3 defense, there just weren’t enough linebacker snaps with Lynch, Marquis Spruill and Dyshawn Davis in starting roles.“It sucks when you see the guy, you know they’re fresh and it’s like, man, you know you want them to play in the game,” Lynch said. “But then again, you can’t come out.”After a second week of Syracuse running the 3-4, that’s all changed. The swap was made in preparation for Georgia Tech’s triple option, but with a depleted corps of defensive tackles, the SU (4-4, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) coaching staff kept it to shut out Wake Forest (4-5, 2-4) 13-0 on Saturday.“It felt good to get out there and have everybody play,” Lynch said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAn offensive alteration — moving Ashton Broyld to wide receiver to make space for Brisly Estime — also led to success in the second half. It’s not as big as the defensive adjustment, but Terrel Hunt said Broyld only started practicing out wide on Tuesday. It’s a maneuver that puts Syracuse’s two most dynamic scoring threats on the field for every play.Both tweaks, if maintained and polished, make the Orange an odds-on favorite to make a bowl.“It helped the offense to have another playmaker on the outside, but he has some learning to do,” Hunt said of Broyld. “I have some learning to do, too, with how he’s going to come out of his break or how he’s going to run a certain route.“We’ll get it. … A couple more practices, he’ll be good.”For the defense, it all started when head coach Scott Shafer switched to a 3-4 for the Yellow Jackets.It got thrashed against the unique, multi-dimensional formation. But with John Raymon out for the season and Eric Crume a game-time decision on Saturday, the Orange spent two full weeks practicing it.Even when Crume said he felt ready to play in pregame warm-ups on Saturday, the coaching staff decided to keep the 3-4.It held Wake Forest to 40 rushing yards. The Demon Deacons never even reached the red zone.Jay Bromley led a formidable defensive front as it pressured quarterback Tanner Price and the bolstered secondary prevented the big play.The Orange alternated between its 3-3-5 Okie package and 3-4-4 Georgia. The Okie, especially, helped take away Wake Forest’s short passing game with its additional defensive back.Estime was thrust into the offense after seven games of running on for the occasional play.He caught nine passes for 62 yards and a touchdown, despite a couple “snafus,” as Shafer called them. Broyld struggled in his new role and got whistled for two illegal substitution penalties while frantically switching spots pre-snap on a handful of plays.It was rough at times, but the potential of the shift is enormous. Broyld bolsters a disappointing wide receiver corps and takes pressure off Jarrod West. Estime provides life for a recently lifeless offense.“We tried to be creative and work him in some different positions,” Shafer said. “I need to find a way to continue to get Ashton some more touches, too, because I think he and Brisly are two guys who can move around and be successful with their feet.”To make a bowl, all SU needs to do is split against Maryland, No. 3 Florida State, Pittsburgh and Boston College.Aside from the trip to Tallahassee, Fla., they’re all winnable games.Just give the offense a chance to recalibrate with its new personnel sets and let the defense thrive in its optimal formation.If Shafer and company can make these changes permanent, Syracuse will make a bowl game.Stephen Bailey is an asst. sports editor for The Daily Orange, where his columns appear occasionally. You can contact him at sebail01@syr.edu and @Stephen_Bailey1. Commentslast_img read more

No. 4 Syracuse beats No. 18 Massachusetts 4-0

first_img Published on September 6, 2015 at 5:00 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+ Six minutes into the second half, Zoe Wilson threaded a pass up field through a crowd of orange and white jerseys until the ball bounced onto Alma Fenne’s stick.Fenne looked up, handled the ball around the nearest defender at the top right of the circle and saw forward Emma Russell break past her defender. Fenne’s pass, fed between the two Massachusetts defenders, found Russell suddenly alone just inside the top left of the circle.“Alma and I had a give-and-go on the inside,” Russell said. “Then I opened up and took the shot.”Russell’s blast past a sprawling goalie’s stick side opened the second-half scoring for the Orange and increased the lead to 2-0.Russell’s goal, and Wilson’s aggressive push, represented a breakthrough for an Orange offense that struggled in the first half to finish chances and execute plays. No. 4 Syracuse (4-0) won its home opener at J.S. Coyne Field Sunday, 4-0, as it battled No. 18 Massachusetts (2-2) as well as the heat. It was 90 degrees at game time and multiple Syracuse players came off the field in search of a water bottle or ice towel. One halftime adjustment in strategy, and another in mindset, led the Orange’s second-half charge and brought them the win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“If you go, you go hard,” Fenne said. “If you’re tired, you go off for a few minutes and then go back on the field. The heat was immense, but if you go hard for seven minutes and go off for one minute, it really helps. That was the main difference.”During much of the first half, Syracuse tentatively passed the ball around in a triangle rather than attack Massachusetts’s defense. Head coach Ange Bradley freely substituted in the second half as well, using 17 of a possible 18 players.Fresh legs showed. From the first half to the second, the Orange nearly doubled its shot opportunities (seven to 13), drew more penalty corners (one to four) and scored more goals (one to three).Not even two minutes after Russell’s goal, Fenne herself scored. Minutes later, Roos Weers gained position off a penalty corner set piece and went cross-crease for a goal.“I think we were able to re-group at halftime,” Russell said. “Just re-focus and come out and step up and get those shots and get better positioning in the circle.”Bradley recognized the defense Massachusetts was playing. It was a drop-back, half-court press — the same defense Connecticut used to slow down and beat Syracuse in the 2014 National Championship, 1-0.“(The adjustment was) being patient,” Bradley said. “We keep moving the ball. The more the ball moves, the more their defensive set had to move and that allowed us to open up the field. They got tired.”Syracuse also opened up a passing option on the outside for its backs, Laura Hurff said, by positioning forwards and sending them on runs, or “hard leads.”Once Russell scored the first goal of the second half to give Syracuse a small cushion, the Orange could afford to be more selective on when to attack, Russell said. The team worked the ball around and often backs would send forwards with passes up the field — just like Wilson sent Fenne before Russell’s goal.“(The drop-back, half-court press) is something we’ve made a focus to be able to learn and be able to play against that type of defense to find a way to win,” Bradley said. “I’m quite pleased we were able to put up four goals.” Commentslast_img read more