Facebook Twitter Google+ Senior Margot Scharfe knew that her line would need to continue its recent success in order to stand a chance against Conference Hockey America leader Robert Morris.So when Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan grabbed the scorecard following the game Friday, he marveled at the amount of success his top line had against the conference frontrunner.Scharfe’s line accumulated three goals and six assists for the Orange on Friday night, and she assisted on all of SU’s goals.“She was playing possessed,“ Flanagan said. “She played so well defensively and on the power play. That’s just exhibiting your senior leadership.”As Syracuse prepares for a road trip to Missouri against Lindenwood (5-21-2, 5-10-1 CHA), the top line of the Orange (16-11-3, 7-6-3) has provided consistent production over the last month. In fact, the staple of the offense this year has circulated around Syracuse’s most talented front line.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut the success has been largely due to the leadership of Scharfe, who embraces the role as the team’s captain, and will lead her line and the team into a weekend series with Lindenwood, an 8 p.m. matchup Friday and a 2 p.m. meeting Saturday.“We’re just a gritty line,” Scharfe said. “We don’t try to do anything special besides putting the puck in the open net.”Scharfe anchors a line that has been relied upon in every crucial spot for Flanagan’s squad. While the defensive starters rotate on the line, the primary scorers have started with Scharfe throughout this season.As Melissa Piacentini leads the team in goals, Allie LaCombe provides consistency by being aggressive with the puck when it’s in her control.Scharfe is comfortable sharing the spotlight with her teammates since it’s leading to success.“It’s really great to play with them. I’m lucky to play with them,” she said. “(Piacentini) is sneaky on the ice, and Allie has a great shot. We continue to get more comfortable playing with each other.”Scharfe uses her calm personality to gain respect from her starting line on a daily basis. She wants to be defined by her work ethic on the ice, and openly praises her teammates that allow their effort to be on display.The Orange might rely on a handful of senior leaders across the roster, but Scharfe’s used her calm and collected personality to instill confidence in her teammates.“She’s a really hard worker and just a great captain,” defender Caitlin Roach said. “Margot is one who always looks for someone else on the ice.”Under Scharfe’s leadership, her line has established itself as the most reliable each game, resulting in opposing defenses zoning in on Scharfe and her teammates.Flanagan believes that when Robert Morris focused on limiting Scharfe’s line during their game Saturday, the second line became motivated to play with the same intensity.“It’s good to see that we’re not one-dimensional. You get a little nervous,” Flanagan said. “But the fact we got good offense from our first two groups is a good sign.”Scharfe will finish out the final weeks of her collegiate hockey career with the goal of winning a conference championship still in mind.With the final weeks of the regular season approaching, she is hopeful that her line will continue playing with the same mentality.“I think we’re in a good position to finish the season strong,” Scharfe said. “We need to keep working hard and continue having confidence out there on the ice.” Comments Published on February 13, 2014 at 2:44 am
Comments Published on April 9, 2019 at 10:30 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ No. 9 Syracuse (7-3, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) bested No. 8 Cornell (7-4, 2-2 Ivy), 13-8, on Tuesday night in the Carrier Dome. The Orange held the Big Red’s second-best offense to three first-half scores. Bradley Voigt totaled a hat trick on his senior night and freshman Griffin Cook added an assist. Meanwhile, goalie Drake Porter stayed consistent with 10 saves.Listen to our beat writers break down the win.
Gfinity Plc announced late last week that it had raised £6,250,000 following an oversubscribed placing.The placing, conducted by Allenby Capital Limited, saw new and existing institutional and other investors of 31,250,000 Placing Shares at 20 pence raise proceeds of £6.25 million before expenses. The Placing Shares represent approximately 16.56% of the issued share capital of the Company as enlarged by the issue of the Placing Shares. The recent round of investment will see Charles Street International Holdings Limited grow its share of the company from 29.98 to 29.99%, whilst Euroblue Investments Limited and Mike McTighe have kept their shares at 13.93% and 3.18% respectively. Neville Upton, CEO, has seen his share of the company fall from 9.35% to 7.8%The reasons for the placing, and use of proceeds are outlined in the release as follows: Further investment into the wholly owned Gfinity Elite Series: £1.7 million to “accelerate long-term revenue streams such as franchise fees, sponsorship programmes, advertising revenue, broadcasting rights and online betting”. Develop an industry leading proprietary esports technology platform to automate esports competition management: £0.6 million to develop the technology and allow third parties to build esports competitions under a “white labelled” software licensing and revenue model;Investment in new senior management: £0.5 million to hire a Chief Strategy Officer, Chief Operating Officer and also to increase the strength of the Gfinity broadcasting team.Neville Upton, Chief Executive Officer of Gfinity, is quoted as saying: “I’m delighted to announce this oversubscribed Placing, reflecting support from both new and existing shareholders and the success of the Gfinity management to date in establishing a leading brand in the fast-growing esports sector. These new funds will allow Gfinity to further invest in the Elite Series, a new “bedroom to podium” esports structure in UK, as well as investing further in our market leading technology platform and personnel. Importantly, we are now well positioned to take advantage of the opportunity presented by continuing growth in the esports sector and the strong reputation that the Company has already carved out within that.”The article also suggests the Elite Series will get underway in Summer 2017 after it was delayed last week although nothing is confirmed.Esports Insider says: More money going into Gfinity as theey look to progress their Elite Series. As shown by the £1.7million allocated towards the Elite Series it’s safe to suggest that the product wasn’t and isn’t finished and wouldn’t have been ready for the initial launch date. Roll on summer and the Elite Series!