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Richardson farm in Hartland named 2009 Dairy Farm of the Year

first_imgThe University of Vermont (UVM) Extension and the Vermont Dairy Industry Association have selected the 450-acre Richardson farm in Hartland as the 2009 Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year. The University of Vermont (UVM) Extension and the Vermont Dairy Industry Association (VDIA), presenters of the annual award, chose the Richardson farm for the honor based on its overall excellence in dairying, including outstanding herd performance and superior milk quality. Judges described the three-generation farm as the epitome of an exemplary Vermont dairy farm, both in terms of milk and herd quality as well as high quality of life. They also cited immaculately clean grounds and a detail-oriented approach to farming.In addition to the Jersey milk that is shipped to the Grafton Village Cheese Factory via Agri-Mark, the farm produces maple syrup (3,075 gallons this year) and split rail fencing. Family members also participate in community support activities, serving in town governance, conservation, and professional organizations.An open house at the Richardson Family Farm in Hartland from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Saturday, October 24. The public is invited to visit the 64-cow hillside farm on Richardson Farm Road.last_img read more

Editorial: West Virginia Now Lives With What’s Left Behind

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享From the Charleston Gazette:Researchers from Duke University confirmed what every West Virginian knows: Mountaintop removal mining has flattened Appalachia, decapitating crests and filling valleys with “spoil,” creating flatter topography. The Duke report, published in Environmental Science and Technology, says: “The physical effects of mountaintop mining are … similar to volcanic eruptions where the entire landscape is fractured, deepened and decoupled from prior landscape evolution trajectories, effectively resetting the clock on landscape and ecosystem co-evolution.” The New York Times says the Duke study confirms that the coal industry created “a grossly disfigured landscape” where “rubble has clogged countless streams and waterways, and devastated the Appalachian environment with pollutants, rerouting rain torrents through homes and hamlets below.” Duke researchers say the destruction is permanent, never to be reversed. West Virginians simply must live with the damage. Researchers emphasize how the scale of the damage is different from previous experiences. It doesn’t compare to deforestation or urbanization, for example, things that mostly happen on the surface. The central Appalachian regions they studied are 40 percent flatter than before mountaintop removal, and those changes will continue to influence the state’s topography. “We have data that the water quality impacts can last at least 30 years, but the geomorphology impacts might last thousands of years,” lead author Matt Ross said in a news release about the study. “Once you have these flat plateaus, it sets up a whole new erosion machine and a whole new way that the landscape will be shaped into the future.” One of the pitches for mountaintop removal was that the state would be left with more flat spots to lure future development and prosperity. Those lures aren’t getting any bites. Gov. Tomblin brought up the issue again in his State of the State address. The governor wants to put industry onto the mammoth Hobet 21 mine site on the Boone-Lincoln county line. He said it could become the state’s largest industrial park. However, commercial developer Howard Swint wrote in a Gazette-Mail commentary that the remote, barren, contaminated site hardly invites industry — except for the possibility of power generation. Placing wind turbines and solar collectors atop the mesa, he wrote, could create an electricity source. Swint even speculated that deep wells might tap into geothermal heat to produce more power. It is an appealing idea. West Virginia cannot undo the coal industry’s dismantling of beautiful mountains, and one way or another, now lives with what is left behind. Gazette editorial: Forty percent flatter and still changing Editorial: West Virginia Now Lives With What’s Left Behindlast_img read more

The One Pollster in America Who is Sure Trump is Going to Win

first_imgFour years ago, he addressed this by asking people both whom they would support for president and whom they thought their neighbors would support. This year, he said, he is using other means to achieve the same result. Trafalgar does not disclose its methods, and is considered far too shadowy by other pollsters to be taken seriously. Mostly, they dismiss it as an outlier. But for Mr. Cahaly, “I told you so” is already a calling card.In 2016, its first time publicly releasing polls, Trafalgar was the firm whose state surveys most effectively presaged Mr. Trump’s upset win. A veteran Republican strategist, Mr. Cahaly even called the exact number of Electoral College votes that Mr. Trump and Hillary Clinton would receive — 306 to 227 — although his prediction of which states would get them there was just slightly off. – Advertisement – Mr. Cahaly feels no need to reveal his techniques, despite the near-universal doubt about his work from his peers. “I’ve given away enough; I’m not giving away any more,” he said, arguing that it had been a mistake to even tell the public about his “neighbor question,” which some other firms have since adopted in their own surveys.“I think we’ve developed something that’s very different from what other people do, and I really am not interested in telling people how we do it,” he said. “Just judge us by whether we get it right.” So with liberal anxieties flaring over whether to trust the polls, the gregarious, goatee-and-bowtie-wearing Mr. Cahaly has been in demand on cable news lately. In addition to frequent appearances on Fox News, Mr. Cahaly was on CNN last week, explaining to Michael Smerconish why he thought the president would walk away with an easy victory — and defending himself against a battery of critiques that Mr. Smerconish called up, one by one, from Mr. Cahaly’s peers.- Advertisement – “I just think people are not what they say they are, ever,” Mr. Cahaly said in a recent phone interview from Atlanta, where he lives. “We cannot eliminate the social desirability bias, we can only minimize it.” But he’s not saying what they are. Mr. Cahaly releases almost no real explanation of his polling methodology; the methods page on Trafalgar’s website contains what reads like a vague advertisement of its services and explains that its polls actively confront social desirability bias, without giving specifics as to how. He says that he uses a mixture of text messages, emails and phone calls — some automated, and some by live callers — to reach an accurate representation of the electorate.Conventional pollsters, who abide by long-tested and broadly effective methods to glean a representative sample, aren’t buying it. Besides, if there was ever such a thing as a “shy Trump supporter” — someone reluctant to admit that he or she plans to vote for the president — that species has been made virtually extinct during the raucous, rally-holding Trump presidency, said Daniel Cox, a polling and public opinion expert at the conservative-leaning American Enterprise Institute.“People do not seem embarrassed to support Mr. Trump,” Mr. Cox said. In the past four years, studies seeking to quantify a so-called “shy Trump” effect in surveys have generally found little evidence to support it.Late last month, Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight got his hands on the cross tabs of a Trafalgar poll of Michigan that was still in progress. It found that more than a quarter of Democrats and Republicans expected to vote for the other party’s nominee, so far out of line with almost all other polls that Mr. Silver called the numbers “just crazy.”Mr. Cahaly, of course, has no use for the skepticism of experts. He doesn’t seem to care whether he’s abiding by the best practices of the American Association of Public Opinion Research, the standard-bearing trade organization, any more than Mr. Trump says he cares whether the United States’ NATO allies respect him. Mr. Cahaly said he was doing legitimate polling, aimed at truly understanding voters’ opinions — and getting what he called “dead-on” results. During the 2016 Republican primaries, he was early to spot a surge of enthusiasm from many working-class voters who had long felt alienated from politics and helped power Mr. Trump’s ascent.center_img “I kept getting these stories about people who showed up to vote and didn’t know how to use the voting machines, they hadn’t voted in so long,” Mr. Cahaly said. So he began to look into who those people might be, and used data available online to create a list of roughly 50 lifestyle characteristics — including, for instance, whether they owned a fishing license — to identify the sorts of low-engagement voters who were turning out in droves. He used that data to make sure he was reaching the right kinds of respondents as he polled off the voter file in advance of the general election.In 2018, Mr. Cahaly again amassed a successful track record polling Senate and governors’ races, including surveys that correctly presaged Ron DeSantis’s and Rick Scott’s wins in Florida.This year, he has continued to see strong Trump support among these voters, and he believes other pollsters are again underestimating their importance. Among Mr. Cahaly’s theories is that it takes five times as many calls to get a conservative voter to complete a poll than to get a liberal one. Others in the field say they find no evidence to support this in their own work. But Mr. Cahaly insists it is presumptuous for pollsters to assume that they are drawing a representative sample of voters just because they are adhering to the scientific method. He returns to the country’s political divide, and how unwilling Americans are nowadays to communicate with each other from across the breach of suspicion. In a sense, he has positioned himself as a bard of Trumpism, giving voice to a silent majority — or at least, a majority in the Electoral College — that knows the elites consider its views deplorable, and therefore won’t express them freely to just anyone.“Lee Atwater drilled into everyone around me that you have to get out of the head of politicos and into the head of Joe Six-Pack,” Mr. Cahaly said. “What do the average people think? And to do that I like to talk to average people. I like to follow up polling calls and chat with people for 30 minutes.” Josh Pasek, a professor of communications, data and political science at the University of Michigan, said that without a sense of the methods the firm uses to reach survey respondents, it’s not possible to rely on the numbers.“It is wildly inappropriate not to tell me, not only what modes you use to draw your sample, but how specifically you did it,” he said. His general rule: “If somebody’s not transparent you can generally assume they’re crap.”There is something undeniably enticing about the story of a swashbuckling, norm-busting Southern pollster who rode into 2016 with a fresh approach and proved all the bigger shops wrong. Born in Georgia and raised in upstate South Carolina by a banker and a teacher, Mr. Cahaly developed a politics obsession as a child and majored in it at the University of South Carolina. He soon came under the wing of the pollster Rod Shealy, an acolyte of the Republican strategist Lee Atwater, and eventually started his own firm.Named after a battle in the Napoleonic Wars when the British navy turned back French and Spanish ships on the high seas, Trafalgar, which he runs alone, has been doing surveys on behalf of clients since 2006.Most of Trafalgar’s polling is done for conservative and Republican clients, although — in another snub of traditional standards — it has not reliably revealed when surveys are paid for by partisan interests.In 2010, Mr. Cahaly was arrested and taken to court for violating a law against using automatic calling machines — known as robocalling — to conduct polls. The charges against him were eventually dropped, and he later successfully sued a state law enforcement agency, causing South Carolina’s prohibition on robocalls to be declared unconstitutional. If President Trump pieces together an Electoral College win on Tuesday, at least one pollster — and perhaps only one — will be able to say, “I told you so.”That person is Robert Cahaly, whose Trafalgar Group this year has released a consistent stream of battleground-state polls showing the president highly competitive against Joseph R. Biden Jr., and often out ahead, in states where most other pollsters have shown a steady Biden lead.- Advertisement – Updated Nov. 2, 2020, 9:38 p.m. ET Among his polling colleagues, the main sticking point is Mr. Cahaly’s lack of transparency about his methods. Amid a crush of pre-election media coverage seeking his theory of the case — it drove more than 1.5 million clicks to Trafalgar’s site on Monday, he said — the big question seems to be: Is it possible to believe a guy whose polls consistently give Mr. Trump just enough support for a narrow lead in most swing states, and who refuses to reveal much of anything about how he gets his data?In his last few polls of this election season, Mr. Cahaly has found Mr. Trump with two-to-three-point advantages in North Carolina, Arizona, Michigan and Florida, and wider leads elsewhere. That puts him far out of line with almost all major pollsters, whose surveys in those states are generally showing Mr. Biden with the edge. As different as things are this year, it’s hard to miss the echo of 2016, when Trafalgar occupied a similarly lonely position on the eve of Nov. 8.Above all, Mr. Cahaly’s approach centers on the belief that everyone lies, but especially conservatives. This has largely been disproved by social science, but that hasn’t softened his conviction. To hear him explain it, traditional pollsters (he calls them “dinosaurs”) are crippled by “social desirability bias”: the tendency for respondents to say what they think an interviewer wants to hear, not what they actually believe. In Mr. Trump’s America, he says, that problem has grown worse.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Martin Keown wants Arsene Wenger to replace Sir Chips Keswick as Arsenal chairman

first_imgSir Chips Keswick will leave his post at the end of the season (Picture: Getty Images)‘Other people would think that it would be intimidating for [Mikel] Arteta – I don’t think so.‘If you’re a successful-type personality, you don’t really mind who else is in the building. You embrace that knowledge that could come in through the door.‘So I would applaud that if Arsenal Football Club were to bring Arsene Wenger onto the board.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityWenger turns 71 this year, but has said he is still looking for a return to management, should the right role emerge.However, he has previously ruled out a return to Arsenal after his epic stint with the club.‘Would I return to the Emirates Stadium? I always said to myself that I would be leaving Arsenal completely. That’s the decision I made,’ Wenger told beIN Sport.On his decision to step down last week, Keswick said: ‘It has been an honour to be the chairman of this great football club.‘Arsenal has always held a special place in my life and that will remain the case in the future.‘I made my plan to retire at the end of this season clear to the board, before the global health crisis we are now experiencing.‘The club is in safe hands with Stan and Josh, the board and the executive team,’ he added. ‘I know Arsenal will emerge strongly from this situation and I look forward, like all our supporters around the world, to seeing the team in action as soon as possible.’MORE: Ian Wright says Martin Keown was his most ‘intense’ team-mate at ArsenalMORE: Arsenal to submit bid to sign Feyenoord midfielder Orkun KokcuAdvertisementAdvertisementFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Martin Keown wants Arsene Wenger to replace Sir Chips Keswick as Arsenal chairman Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 2 Jun 2020 4:25 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kShares Advertisement Comment Would Arsene Wenger make a good chairman? (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal legend Martin Keown believes former manager Arsene Wenger would be a fantastic choice to take over from Sir Chips Keswick as chairman of the club at the end of the season.Sir Chips announced his decision to stand as chairman of the Gunners after 15 years on the board and seven years as chairman. leaving Stan Kroenke, Josh Kroenke, Lord Harris and Ken Friar on the board.The north London club will be looking for a new figure to take the helm, and while he considers it unlikely to happen, Keown sees his former boss as the ‘perfect’ choice.The Frenchman left the Emirates in 2018 after 22 years in charge of the club and is now FIFA’s chief of global football development, but Keown thinks the Gunners should be looking to get him back.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Sir Chips is somebody who had been there for 15 years, took over from Peter Hill-Wood, so I think the club have been respectful with the work he’s done there,’ Keown told talkSPORT.‘It would be something special to see Arsene Wenger come onto the board.‘I don’t think so somehow, I think he’s said recently he doesn’t want to do that, never saw himself as someone who would sit on the board but they could do a lot worse.‘You know that I feel that would be almost the perfect answer for Kroenke, the young Josh Kroenke, he needs that older person perhaps around, someone with the experience. Advertisementlast_img read more

Brisbane home tops Aussie hotlist

first_img FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTER MORE: NRL star’s renovated unit goes viral More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoBeautifully styled. 4 Cambridge Street, Nundah, has had offers made but no deal has yet been struck.This home in suburban Brisbane is the hottest in the country this week, generating the most views of all listings across Australia.Five homes in the Sunshine State were in the top 10 led by a freshly renovated Queenslander in inner Brisbane suburb Nundah — which has been described as “the new Hendra”.The home at 4 Cambridge Street, Nundah, was marketed as a “once in a generation opportunity” given it was fully renovated and in a tightly held part of Brisbane. The home has a walk-in 200-bottle wine cellar, a soundproof home theatre, a kitchen with scullery, a full suite of Miele appliances including integrated fridge freezers, imported New York marble and a state-of-the-art therapeutic Magnesium Magna pool.Every one of the five bedrooms is kingsize and the master suite was designed to be “akin to a six star hotel”.It has a huge triple car garage, five bathrooms and sits on a 608 sqm block.Agents Vaughan Keenan and Cobey Parnell of Grace and Keenan Newstead were stoked that the home resonated nationally. The home theatre is sound proof.“I think it’s a two-fold thing, the presentation of the house and the renovation is amazing. I think the owner has delivered a home that is very much on trend with what people are looking for these days. Pretty always sells well,” Mr Keenan told The Courier-Mail.“We’ve had over 37 groups through in the last five days. There has been three offers so far. We’re still working on them now. We haven’t put a price on it yet. All the interest has come in above mid-$1m, so we’re getting up to where we thought we’d be.” There’s even a fenced off grassy spot for kids to play.The home is being marketed as being “in a hidden pocket of Nundah Heights that almost never transacts” with “some of Brisbane’s most beautiful character homes”.“It’s definitely the new Hendra, that border of Nundah/Wavell Heights has got that height and consistency that you see around Clayfield but not the price tag.”. MORE: Clive Palmer’s son loses small fortune on land bank Perfect setup for a hot summer.center_img Luxury in the master bath. There is a walk-in wine cellar beside the kitchen. A walk-in robe to lust after. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59 MORE: Pat Rafter misses out on $1m payday 4 Cambridge Street, Nundah, has a large three car garage. The home has been recently renovated.last_img read more

230 linemen to restore Aklan’s electricity

first_imgKALIBO, Aklan – Around 230 linemenfrom different power cooperatives across the country will arrive here to helprestore electricity. Recently, the National ElectrificationAdministration has created Task Force Kapatiran to unify various electriccooperatives in helping those areas affected by power outages.  According to the NGCP, around 14structures in Panay Island were damaged due to Typhoon Ursula on Dec. 25. The task force is currently prioritizingareas in Kalibo and Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan. Other towns in the provincewill follow through./PN The Antique Electric Cooperative hasarrived to help bring back electricity in this province, it said. “The linemen are composed of 29 teamscoming from the different electric power cooperatives,” the National GridCorporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said, adding electricity in Capizprovince has already been restored.   Workers of the Antique Electric Cooperative are seen fixing power lines and poles damaged by a typhoon. According to the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines, around 230 linemen from different power cooperatives across the country will arrive in Kalibo, Aklan to help restore electricity in the province. JUN AGUIRRE/PNlast_img read more

WLAX : Improvement in draw controls gives Syracuse new strength

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 27, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 Kailah Kempney played about as well as she possibly could against Boston College. Her five goals helped Syracuse establish its scoring dominance, and her 10 draw controls matched the amount the Eagles won as a team.And yet her performance still went virtually unnoticed.‘It doesn’t really bother me,’ the SU attack said. ‘I’m just a freshman, and Alyssa (Murray) broke a record and played amazing. I’m just there to help out the team. If you get recognized, you get recognized. If not, you know you still helped the team.’Kempney also tallied an assist to go along with her scoring output and dominance in draws in No. 11 Syracuse’s season-opening 23-12 victory over the No. 14 Eagles on Feb. 21. Meanwhile, Murray set a program record with eight goals. No one seemed to notice Kempney’s play, which single-handedly showed the Orange’s newfound strength in draw controls.Kempney came to SU (1-1, 0-0 Big East) with some lofty expectations, but she has exceeded them early this season. The attack was an Under Armour All-American after scoring 118 goals during her senior year at Carthage High School, but even she didn’t expect the immediate results she has gotten, especially taking draws.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘I did know I was going to be taking some (draws). I took them ever since I started playing. I always took the draws for Carthage,’ Kempney said. ‘But I really did not know, and I’m just so excited. It’s my favorite part of the game.’SU head coach Gary Gait said the Orange’s struggles in draw controls was one of the main reasons the team limped to a 10-8 record and missed the NCAA tournament last season. With 13 draw controls in the first two games of her career, Kempney could be the solution to that problem.‘It’s certainly better than we’ve been in the past,’ Gait said. ‘Kailah has worked really hard to improve her skills, and she’s only a freshman and she’s leading our team in draw controls.’Kempney wasn’t the only player getting it done at the dot in the season opener, though. Ten other Syracuse players combined to win 17 more draws and held Boston College to just 10 draw controls.Against No. 6 Virginia, the Orange wasn’t quite as dominant on draws but still matched the Cavaliers with nine.The newfound success is crucial for this SU team. The Orange wants to get out in transition and run, and the team must win draws to do that.Though causing turnovers can also spark transition, it also gives the defense an opportunity to get back and slow the offense down. Off a draw control, Syracuse has the chance to immediately attack its opponent.‘That’s why we were so successful in the BC game,’ SU attack Michelle Tumolo said. ‘… That’s why we won — because of our transition off the draws. It’s been an awesome thing to have because then we’re scoring goals because our midfield and our attack is so fast.’Against the Eagles, the Orange won 27 of the 37 draws in the game to propel Syracuse to its 23-12 blowout.In the 9-7 loss to Virginia, in which SU tied the Cavaliers in draws, Syracuse only managed seven goals. In many games, the difference between a win and a loss can come on draw controls.‘You have possession, you can score, so you want the ball at the beginning of the game,’ Kempney said. ‘Usually, if you look at the draw controls and the goals scored it usually matches up.’And though Kempney’s teammates acknowledge how important her success on draw controls is to the team, she has also shown the ability to find the back of the net as well.Kempney followed up her five-goal debut with a pair of goals against the Cavaliers. Her eight points are good for second on the team.And even she couldn’t have imagined that impressive production coming into the season.‘I was going for two (goals),’ Kempney said of her first career game. ‘It was a really exciting game. A lot of them are just you’re there at the last minute, not really goals you expected to have.’dbwilson@syr.educenter_img Commentslast_img read more

Syracuse lacrosse opponent preview: What to know about No. 11 Duke

first_imgThen-junior attack Tim Barber secured the game-winning goal with 3:15 left in the game, before the Orange barely staved off two late goals by the Blue Devils to cut the deficit to one. The game was a fragment of what the team’s regular-season matchup was like, when SU stomped on Duke in the Carrier Dome, 19-7. In that game, Syracuse held 6-foot-5 midfielder Myles Jones to just one point, and Ben Williams went 14-of-22 from the X.“Our poles did a really good job on him,” defender Brandon Mullins said of defending Jones. “Peter Macartney and Scott Firman held him in check. We got up on him early and I think it kind of rattled their team as a whole.”In the postseason rematch, the ultra-athletic Jones burned Syracuse for five points, and Williams met his match in Kyle Rowe at the X, who won 19-of-30 draws. SU still just barely skirted by in the championship win.The Duke report: The Blue Devils impressively have three 20-plus goal-scorers, and three more who have between 15-18 tallies this season. By comparison, Nick Mariano is the Orange’s leading goal-scorer with 14, with Dylan Donahue trailing at 11, and three more tied with 10, though the Blue Devils have played four more games than SU.“Very good team,” Syracuse head coach John Desko said of Duke. “The offensive end of the field they really put six really good players out there. Their midfield is more of a motor than their attack. I think their attack, they have some capable dodgers back there.”It’s a midfield anchored by Jones, a perennial Tewaarton Award candidate. He has both 18 goals and assists, showcasing a balanced style of play that usually doesn’t accompany a player of his size.Rowe has returned as the Blue Devils’ primary faceoff man, and he’s won at a 69 percent clip from the X. He kept SU’s Williams in check like no other opponent did last season, an effort not lost on Desko less than a year later.Starting goalkeeper Danny Fowler returns this year, and he’s allowed a touch over nine goals per game this season, while Syracuse’s nearly 14 goals per game is fourth-best in the nation.“We don’t want this goalie to get hot,” Desko said. “He’s been a little bit up and down but he’s had some big saves for them. So we’ve got to figure him out, so we’ve gotta be patient.” Related Stories Derek DeJoe has become Syracuse’s most efficient shooterSyracuse leans on Kevin Rice, Randy Staats to beat Duke for 1st ACC championship in program historySyracuse overcomes Ben Williams’ struggles at faceoff X, pulls out win over DukeSyracuse locks down Duke midfielder Myles Jones with thorough game plan in 19-7 winFast reacton: 3 quick takeaways from No. 3 Syracuse’s 11-10 overtime loss to No. 8 Johns Hopkins How Duke beats Syracuse: The Orange has shown weakness when getting blitzed on offense by teams with a plethora of options. Last week, Syracuse’s man-down defense blinked and yielded two crucial goals late in the second half. The Blue Devils bring forth a comprehensive, dynamic offense, and it deserves to be emphasized that the offense’s best all-around player (Jones), isn’t even on the attack.If the core of offensive players made up of Jones, Deemer Class, Jack Bruckner and others can bully Syracuse around enough and force the Orange into causing unnecessary penalties, scoring lanes will begin to open up for Duke.The Blue Devils will also be in a great spot if Rowe can replicate last season’s effort against Williams on Saturday. Syracuse is only as great as its offense is, and its offense is only as great as Williams is, who feeds his offensive teammates the ball after dashing from the X.“They have a great faceoff guy, so it’ll be a real battle there,” Desko said. “Teams might have the ball equally, which means we have to do a better job offensively, not get the turnovers we had a week ago and just play better lacrosse all-around.”Numbers to know:3 – Nick Mariano, Syracuse’s leading goal-scorer, has scored three goals in three straight games, and three goals in four of the last five games.16 – In each game this season Williams has won at least 16 faceoffs, an amount that would boost the Orange on Saturday afternoon going up against Rowe.31 – While taking a backseat in his scoring responsibilities this season, Dylan Donahue still holds the second-longest goal-scoring streak in the country at 31 straight games.Player to watch: Myles JonesIt’s difficult to pick against one of the largest physical specimens in the college lacrosse landscape. His size allows him to effortlessly push aside defenders, and Mullins said the Orange has been using 6-foot-3 midfielder Pat Carlin to mock Jones’ presence on scout team practice this week. Jones, the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s Major League Lacrosse draft, will likely force the defense to slide and how the rest of SU’s unit responds could dictate the outcome of the game. Comments Published on March 25, 2016 at 11:29 am Contact Connor: cgrossma@syr.edu | @connorgrossman Logan Reidsma | Senior Staff Photographer Syracuse isn’t alone trying to wash away the sting of a blown, overtime loss. Three days after SU allowed Johns Hopkins to score the game’s final three goals last Saturday in an 11-10 win, Duke surrendered an 8-3 lead by allowing Air Force to score seven of the game’s last eight goals to snatch a 10-9, overtime win.Now the two losing teams clash for their annual regular-season meeting, this one held at Koskinen Stadium in Durham, North Carolina. The No. 3 Orange (5-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) square off with the No. 11 Blue Devils (6-4) on Saturday at noon.Here’s everything you need to know about this weekend’s matchup.All-time series: Syracuse leads 9-5Last time they played: Playing its second game in three days, SU took down Duke, 15-14, en route to its first ACC tournament championship. The Orange was fueled off a combined 12 points from attacks Kevin Rice and Randy Staats, and senior midfielder Nicky Galasso also chipped in a hat trick. Of the 22 points Syracuse benefitted from, only five of those remain within players still on the roster.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more