All is now lined up for the Syracuse and West Genesee ice hockey teams to clash again for the Section III Division I championship if they both take care of post-season business twice on home ice.The Cougars have the top seed and the Wildcats the no. 2 seed for the sectional tournament, and will host quarterfinals late this week at Meachem Rink and Shove Park. Wins mean they will also be home for the Feb. 26 semifinal round.In order to win the regular-season league title, Syracuse had to win both of its remaining games last week, and did so, first handling Cicero-North Syracuse 9-1, and then blanking Baldwinsville 4-0 last Thursday. Defensively, the Cougars bottled up B’ville, holding it to 15 shots, all stopped by Alex Moreno, who had returned to the net after missing much of the season due to injury.Prior to that, the Cougars handled C-NS at the Twin Rinks, using three goals late in the first period to break out of a 1-1 tie.Benedict, with three goals and one assist, led the way as Vern Cooke scored twice and Durand picked up three assists. Jones had a goal and two assists.Matro, Colin Johnson and Cam Walsh also put in goals, with assists going to Richards, Luke Dwyer and Shemar ThomasWest Genesee, meanwhile, honored its seniors prior to last Tuesday’s game against visiting Ontario Bay, and then proceeded to blast the Storm 9-0.Building up an 8-0 advantage through two periods, the Wildcats saw James Schneid earn a three-goal hat trick, plus an assist as Billy Fisher got two goals and three assists and Andrew Schneid had four assists.Jeremy Keyes also scored twice, adding a pair of assists as Joe McLaughlin and Alex DeSantis had the other goals. Jake Kopek got two assists. Single assists went to Ryan Considine, Michael Bergan and Will Shields.Even with this, WG needed a win at Fulton 24 hours later to keep the pressure on Syracuse, and it got that victory, keeping the Red Raiders off the board in a 4-0 shutout.Goals by Keyes and James Schneid has the Wildcats in front 2-0 through two periods, and it doubled that margin thanks to a pair of third-period goals by Fisher, which helped overcome 46 saves by Fulton goalie Jadon Lee.Andrew Schneid piled up three assists, James Schneid getting two assists and McLaughlin a single assist. WG’s defense held the Red Raiders to just five shots.Despite these fine efforts, the Wildcats could not keep the Cougars from earning the regular-season title, though the bigger games still remain.After Tuesday’s opening round of the sectional playoffs, where no. 8 seed Liverpool faces no. 9 seed Cicero-North Syracuse and no. 7 seed CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt meets no. 10 seed Cazenovia, the lowest remaining seed draws Syracuse in the quarterfinals, and the other winner takes on WG.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: ice hockeySyracuseWest Genesee What made the win over B’ville particularly sweet was that Syracuse had lost to the Bees 3-2 in the Dec. 7 final of the Bobby Conklin Tournament. Two months later, the result was quite different.Ryan Durand twice set up goals two minutes apart in the first period, setting up Kaleb Benedict’s wraparound effort and then feeding it to Stephan Matro, who scored to make it 2-0.Early in the second period, Tommy Rioux made it 3-0, and Durand himself scored in the final period as Benedict, Nelson Jones and Nick Richards each got one assist.
A national study has found that a gap exists between the experiences of transfers from four-year universities and those from community colleges. But USC’s approach to the transfer process has left only a small discrepancy between each type of transfers, according to many students.The National Survey of Student Engagement, which includes students from both public and private colleges and universities nationwide, found that transfers from four-year institutions were more likely to participate in “high impact” activities, such as studying abroad and researching with a professor, than transfers from community colleges.The study, commonly referred to as the “Nessie,” compared the experiences of “vertical” transfers, who are from community colleges, with those of “horizontal” transfers from four-year institutions. The study aimed to find out as much as possible about campus life, beyond just quantitative data.“We want to change the nature of the conversation about college quality to focus on teaching and learning,” said Alexander McCormick, director of the survey and a professor at Indiana University School of Education’s Educational Leadership and Policy Studies department. “The quality discourse is really about US rankings, and about resources, and doesn’t tell you about what’s going on, on campus.”But to understand how students are affected at schools like USC, some feel the study should factor in socioeconomic status, and say that is an important determinant of what kinds of activities a student will participate in.“For a university like USC, the horizontal transfers are likely to be affluent,” said Alicia Dowd,co-director of the USC Center for Urban Education.This could have some effect on the results, Dowd said, since affluent students are more likely to study abroad and engage in similar activities that require extra expenses.“The Nessie is really measuring only really small differences in behavior … They don’t tell us anything about the value of transfer as a whole,” Dowd said.To help transfer students acclimate to USC, the school offers a separate orientation session for transfer students as well as programs that help specific groups of transfers.“The transfer orientation spends a good deal of time making sure that [transfer students] understand what they’ve been credited for,” said Tom Studdert, director of Orientation Programs at USC. “Also, at transfer orientation, we spend a little more time understanding the culture of student involvement at USC … [and] how it’s different from their previous institution.”In addition to the separate orientation, USC’s SCholars program, funded by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, seeks out potential transfer students at local community colleges who are at a socioeconomic disadvantage, and tries to acclimate them to the USC campus before they apply. If they are accepted into the program, USC ensures that they find out about available opportunities on campus, said Kenechukwu Mmeje, the program’s director.“Our community college students don’t know about these opportunities, and haven’t been introduced to them in a conventional way,” Mmeje said. “We have students participate in fellowships and scholarships, and it’s a result of our deliberate effort to expose students to those opportunities.”Still, the SCholars program reaches out to only a limited number of students, and many transfers, from both two-year and four-year schools, feel USC should offer more programs to help them find out about resources available on campus.Even so, many transfer students said they do not feel there is a large discrepancy in campus participation between transferring from a four-year university versus a community college.“That’s not the case with me, and I’m a community college transfer,” said Kyle Young, an undeclared sophomore who transferred from Moorpark College. “I could definitely see that being true for other people. At a [junior college], it’s a lot less social. You don’t get to be part of your school spirit.”Instead, many students from both two- and four-year schools say the real discrepancy in experiences is between transfer students and four-year students in general.“I don’t feel like I know enough about the groups I can get involved with on campus, so that’s holding me back from participating in more organizations,” said Leher Pathak, a sophomore majoring in communication, who transferred from Loyola Marymount University.Melanie Irinco, a sophomore majoring in public policy, planning and management who transferred from Los Angeles Valley College, also said she hadn’t been exposed to programs helping transfer students.“I’m sure [the existing programs] are effective, but I would hope there would be more programs,” Irinco said. “Also, I wish they were easier to have access to or even just hearing about them would be nice.”Whether they come from two- or four-year colleges, Dowd said, universities should make an extra effort to appreciate and assist transfer students to help them fit in on campus.“USC has the largest number of transfers of any private university,” Dowd said. “We don’t celebrate that, and we should.”
Air Force stuns Pocari to inch closer to PVL Finals Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube After all, the Cool Smashers have easily figured out how to play sans Valdez, whose contributions are nearly impossible to replicate.And it’s all about playing collectively.READ: Valdez out for Creamline for remainder of PVL conferenceOn Saturday, Creamline did just that with Rose Vargas leading the way with 19 points.Pau Soriano added 18 points while Jing Balse turned back the clock with 10 points, four of which off blocks.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith Alyssa Valdez cheering, Creamline proved it can win minus its superstar spiker even in the big stage.The Cool Smashers improved to 4-0 without Valdez in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference and it won’t be of any surprise if they end up winning it all in the absence of the three-time UAAP MVP.ADVERTISEMENT McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return “They’ve already played without me and everyone stepped up. I’m just really happy and proud of the team,” said Valdez.“The players showed their heart,” Almadro said.READ: LVPI okays Valdez return to Creamline for playoffsValdez thinks Creamline will be up to the task of sweeping BaliPure less than 24 hours from now in Game 2.Momentum is with Creamline, but Almadro knows it will take more if the team wants to continue its winning ways.“I guess it’s going to be the mentality of the players for tomorrow’s game. We hope to duplicate our heart and intensity.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite “The team is capable of winning without her,” said Creamline assistant coach Oliver Almadro after the Cool Smashers downed BaliPure in five sets in Game 1 of semifinals Saturday.READ: Valdez-less Creamline survives Bali, nears finals FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“The team is ready to play without Alyssa.”Valdez is expected to miss the rest of the playoffs to prioritize her national team commitments but she is confident Creamline can get the job done. LATEST STORIES MOST READ LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View comments