-Wins for Burrowes and Thomas in female singlesCHASE Academy and Charlestown Secondary School registered team victories over the weekend in the Guyana Table Tennis Association, NSC, Ministry of Education, National Schools’ Novices, Elite Teams and Singles Table Tennis Championships, which was played at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.Chase Academy were able to defeat defending champions Bishops’ High School in the Elite U-18 Boys team battle, while Charlestown got past all rivals in the Novice female division.In the singles, 14-year-old Marian Academy student, Thuraia Thomas, repeated as U-18 Elite women’s winner, while Charlestown Secondary’s fifth former, Samirah Burrowes, gained a second win when she defeated her twin sister, Sufah, in the Novice female finals.Charlestown Secondary School players: Samirah Burrowes, Coach Candacy McKenzie, Lisana Ramascindo and Sufah Burrowes.OLD RIVALRYIt boiled down to the old rivals duking it out in the Elite U-18 Boys’ team battle.Bishop’s High went ahead with Jonathan Van Lange defeating Terrence Rausch 3-1 (12-10, 13-11, 8-11, and 14-12), before Jamal Nicholas tied the clash with a 3-1 (12-10, 6-11, 11-9, 11-6) win against Krystian Sahadeo.Nicholas and Rausch then edged out national players, Van Lange and Sahadeo 3-2 in theThuraia Thomas defended her U-18 Elite Women’s title.doubles. They won 10-12, 5-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-4) to go on top.Van Lange kept Bishop’s in with a 3-2 (13-11, 9-11, 11-7, 6-11 and 11-9) win against Nicholas, before Rausch got past Sahadeo 3-0 (11-8, 11-6, 11-8) in the final clash to seal the win.According to Nicholas, the side did some training for their rivals. “It was great to beat the guys this year.”Thomas defeated Crystal Melville in the final of the U-18 female battle, that game ended 3-0 (11-7, 11-7 13-11).IMPROVEMENTMeanwhile, Charlestown females were able to work their way to the top in the Novice division. When they played in the last competition, none of the players registered a win, this year round they have become a dominant force.The girls credit table tennis coach Candacy McKenzie for their improvement.Not only did Charlestown finish first via the racquets of the Burrowes sisters, but their B team (made up of Lisana Ramascindo and U. Hackett) also finished second.Meanwhile, in their battle yesterday in the Novice female finals, Samirah got past her sister, Sufah 2-1 (12-10, 10-12, 11-4).
Head dropped and spirits low, then-junior Stephanie Grossi was visibly frustrated. After jumping out to a two-goal lead against then-No. 6 Boston College, the Orange faced a four-goal onslaught and whiffed a potential upset.That was 10 months ago on Jan. 4.Now, with a rematch against No. 3 Boston College (6-0-1, 3-0-1 Hockey East) approaching, Syracuse (1-6-1) looks to jump start its season with a home upset. With two weeks to prepare for the Eagles, the Orange is relishing an opportunity to strike back.“We really played well that first period and built a two-goal lead,” head coach Paul Flanagan said referencing last year’s loss. “I would like to think that our veterans look at the (Boston College) game as a chance for revenge.”With only one win against BC in the history of the program, Flanagan and Syracuse have historically struggled against the Eagles.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLast season, after Syracuse scored twice in the first period, Boston College stormed back with four second-period goals, including a hat trick from then-senior forward Kristyn Capizzano. While disheartening, that stretch led to a greater motivation toward this weekend’s game, sophomore defender Lindsay Eastwood said.On Dec. 10, 2015, SU was determined to defend home ice against BC, Flanagan said. Facing the then-undefeated and second-ranked Eagles, the Orange was ready to pull a major upset.Two minutes in, Boston College dashed SU’s hopes. Then-Eagles senior Dana Trivigno dug the puck out from near the boards and found then-senior Lexi Bender at the point. Her shot in traffic bounced right to a forward who easily placed it past SU senior goalkeeper Abby Miller.That goal was only the start of a six-goal run in the first 35 minutes, and the Orange never fully responded in a 7-2 loss.SU still has memories of that game and having to finish out one of the worst losses in program history.“We know what we didn’t do well and that was play defense,” Grossi said. “They’re definitely a skilled offensive team so we need to focus on our defense.”This season, the Orange enter the rematch with Boston College on a three-game losing streak. After notching its first win against Providence on Oct. 13, SU has scored four goals while allowing 13 in nine periods.Following a bye week, SU had time to fix offensive and defensive issues, Flanagan said. The Orange will face another strong offense in a BC team that averages just over four goals a game.“The bye week has come at an opportune time,” Flanagan said. “We tried to do some extra things off ice … I wanted to give them some time to be students, recover any nagging injuries, and just get away from the game for a little bit.“Boston College is very good and we need to be ready.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 2, 2017 at 1:07 am Contact Adam: firstname.lastname@example.org | @_adamhillman