The women’s lacrosse team’s undefeated season came to a screeching halt on Saturday with a 12-11 overtime loss to Syracuse in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals at the Carrier Dome in New York, ending the Trojans’ season in heartbreaking fashion.The Women of Troy (20-1) rallied from a 3-goal deficit with under six minutes to play in regulation to force overtime, only to have Syracuse junior Kelly Cross score the game-winner with three minutes and 21 seconds remaining in the first overtime session. Cross took a pass from Halle Majorana and buried it from point-blank to send the Orange (19-5) to their fifth consecutive semifinals appearance in the NCAA tournament.It was a back-and-forth first half that ended with the score deadlocked 5-5. The Trojans scored the first two goals of the second half on tallies by senior midfielder Amanda Johansen and junior attacker Cynthia Del Core. But the Orange went on a 3-0 run, with two goals by Majorana to give her a hat trick in the second half and Syracuse a 8-7 advantage.Johansen equalized with her fourth goal of the game, but the Orange connected on three straight goals once again over the next five minutes to give them an 11-8 lead. Still, the Trojans swung the pendulum back in their favor with the next two goals, and Del Core equalized with under two minutes remaining as she took a feed from Johansen across the middle and fired it in.Johansen, who was all over the place in the game, had a chance to win it in the dying seconds as she dodged left and attacked the net aggressively, but was stopped by the glove of Syracuse goaltender Allie Murray.In overtime, a turnover by junior attacker Kylie Drexel handed possession to the Orange, who called timeout and set up the game-winning goal by Cross.The Women of Troy had been perfect in 1-goal games this season, though this was the first time they played a game that went to overtime. They are now 0-4 all-time in overtime games. The 12 goals was the most allowed by USC this season. USC defeated Stanford handily in the second round of the NCAA Tournament before running into Syracuse.The loss is a bittersweet end to a historic season for the fifth-ranked women’s lacrosse team, which won all 17 regular season games for the first time in its four-year history and cruised through the MPSF Tournament.Junior attacker Michaela Michael moved into second place in MPSF history for single-season goals after scoring her 68th goal of the season in the loss. The 99 points she scored on the season are also a USC record and fifth in MPSF history.
Participants after the launch. The Rural and Renewable Energy Agency (RREA) in cooperation with the Ministry of Information recently launched the Renewable Liberia Information website.The web platform will provide various stakeholders, including companies and other actors in the private sector, with project information and training opportunities, according to its managers.The web portal contains various information technology tools adapted for Liberia’s needs. It will include stakeholder’s directory, reliable data, dynamic maps, background information and articles about renewable energy technologies and activities in Liberia.Liberia already benefits and will benefit more from a strong renewable energy sector that delivers jobs and investment, while cutting carbon emissions and securing Liberia’s energy supplies.The platform also includes information for and from different stakeholders in the renewable energy sector in Liberia. The platform’s aim is to inform them on how the growth of renewable energy can help sustain light and power Liberian homes and businesses.During the presentation of the website, the head of administration of EnDev Liberia, Stephen A. Mulbah, said consumers need awareness and trust in technologies and services in this new market because people do not have much experience with solar power, hydropower, and biomass.According to Mulbah, the web platform is part of the innovative ICT4Renewables toolbox.He said the mapping tool transfers external data into a dynamic webmap that will make key information easy to be accessed and will allow stakeholders to get insights based on location intelligence.Mulbah added that renewable energies, as well as reliable access to electricity in Liberia, only reach 5 percent of the population, which is still among the lowest in the world.“Renewable energies such as hydro, solar, wind, and biomass are slowly but increasingly replacing diesel, charcoal, and dirty fuels. Renewable energy can supply almost all the energy needs of the people of Liberia and contribute to development,” he said.The Renewable Liberia team consists of people from various institutions who called on investors, businesses and customers to get connected.The Minister of Information, Eugene Nagbe, said this is the way forward for the future of Liberia as the country is lagging behind in the use of the internet, adding: “This will help in information dissemination because the ministry does not sit on information but rather releases it to the public.”The website, he said, will benefit those in the rural parts of the country and give them access to solar power.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)