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.
A woman who was jailed for life for luring a Donegal man to his execution has lost an appeal against her conviction for murder.Mary Ryan met up with businessman Manny O’Donnell, 53, at a Glasgow hotel in 1998 before he was driven to woodland and shot and stabbed 22 times.Ryan and co-accused Francis O’Donnell, both 39, were convicted of O’Donnell’s murder. Manny O’Donnell was originally form Lettermacaward and was later buried there after this death.Appeal judges rejected claims that there was insufficient evidence at the original trial to secure convictions.Mr O’Donnell – a wealthy businessman in the construction industry – was known to be an IRA fundraiser and suspected of having links to criminal enterprises in Scotland.During the trial, the court heard how Ryan worked for Mr O’Donnell and her boyfriend, Patrick Devine, was a ganger in a tar-laying squad.Francis O’Donnell had worked in the same squad as Devine before becoming Mr O’Donnell’s personal driver.Following the discovery of Mr O’Donnell’s body, in woodland near East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, Ryan had given conflicting accounts to police of her movements.Initially she said she was with Devine in his flat on the night of the crime.But in a final interview with detectives she claimed she met Mr O’Donnell by arrangement at the Tinto Firs Hotel, in Glasgow’s Newlands area, to go to a business meeting in the west end of the city.Ryan said as she drove them out of the hotel car park, two gunmen wearing balaclavas jumped into the back of the car and shot her boss twice.She also claimed that afterwards, they gave her back the keys of the car and her mobile phone and told her to walk home and not report the crime.The burnt out vehicle was later found at a car park in Newton Mearns the following morning.Following their trial, Ryan and Francis O’Donnell were jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum of 15 years in prison.The murder charge against Devine was found not proven.All three were found guilty of setting fire to the hired Renault Megane which took Mr O’Donnell to his death.Following lengthy appeal proceedings, Ryan and O’Donnell’s case was heard by Lord Mackay, sitting with Lord Osborne and Lord Nimmo Smith.The appeal judges heard that the murder victim ran “irregular” businesses with wages paid in cash, gangers employed without proper health and safety certificates and shell companies used to defeat the interests of creditors.Ryan’s lawyers argued that there was insufficient evidence to allow the jury to convict her of the charge.It was claimed that the evidence was sufficient to establish that she was present when the murder was committed, but not that she knew it was to take place or that she was acting along with the killers.But Lord Mackay rejected the submission, and said: “In our opinion, the jury heard evidence which entitled them to convict her on the charge of murder.”ENDSWOMAN JAILED FOR LIFE FOR LURING DONEGAL MAN TO HIS DEATH LOSES APPEAL was last modified: August 28th, 2011 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:MANNY O’DONNELLMARY RYANmurder
West Ham forward Enner Valencia has joined Mexican club Tigres UANL.The Hammers have confirmed the 27-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Everton, has moved for an undisclosed fee.Valencia arrived in east London from Mexican side Pachuca in 2014 after impressing at the World Cup with Ecuador.He made 68 appearances for the Hammers, scoring 10 goals, including a memorable long-range strike against Hull in his first season.Valencia played 23 times for Everton last term, mostly as a substitute, and scored three goals. 1 Enner Valencia