WHO confirms report will look at stockpiling of H5N1 vaccine

first_imgFeb 18, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A World Health Organization (WHO) official confirmed today that the agency is working on a report suggesting that governments consider stockpiling H5N1 avian influenza vaccines, but he stressed that such a stockpile “would not solve the problem” if a flu pandemic emerges.New Scientist magazine published an article yesterday saying that the WHO was preparing to recommend that governments consider stockpiling H5N1 vaccines. The story depicted that move as a change in WHO policy, saying the agency has previously maintained that a vaccine for pandemic flu can’t be produced until a pandemic begins.Dick Thompson, WHO spokesman on infectious disease issues, confirmed by e-mail today that WHO will suggest possible stockpiling in an upcoming report. But he characterized this as not signaling a major policy change.”There is a paper which WHO has been developing, which looks at the pros and cons of stockpiling H5N1 vaccine,” Thompson told CIDRAP News in the e-mail message. “The paper, which will be formally published in about 4 weeks time, states that those which can (wealthy countries) may want to consider stockpiling H5N1 as part of their larger flu pandemic preparedness as it could serve as part of a first response.”But he said the paper also describes three disadvantages of stockpiling: H5N1 may not match the pandemic strain, the vaccine’s shelf life of up to 2 years is relatively short, and, because companies have not yet begun clinical trials, licensing of the vaccine is months away.”At the same time WHO emphasizes that a stockpile would not solve the problem—that a few million doses in wealthy countries globally still leaves significant gaps,” Thompson added. “Therefore all countries should be preparing a full pandemic response, which does not rely on the availability of a vaccine.”The WHO’s concern about a pandemic is based on the H5N1 avian flu in Southeast Asia. The virus has caused at least 55 human illness cases, 42 of them fatal, since late 2003.Thompson also took issue with the magazine article’s statement, “Until now the WHO has said that a vaccine cannot be made until a pandemic starts, as only then can it be based on the exact strain of the virus responsible.”Calling this “incorrect,” Thomspon wrote, “We have long stated that an H5N1 vaccine could be useful, and have been coordinating with vaccine producers for months to follow the process of H5N1 vaccine development.”A lengthy new WHO report, “Avian influenza: assessing the pandemic threat,” says that stockpiling a “true pandemic vaccine” in advance is not possible, because the vaccine must “closely match the actual strain of a pandemic virus and must therefore await its emergence.” However, the report says that bulk antigen that protects against the H5 virus can be produced and stored in advance.Two companies, Sanofi Pasteur and Chiron Corp., are currently under contract to make H5N1 vaccines for the United States. Each company received a contract in May 2004 to make small pilot batches. In September, Sanofi (formerly Aventis Pasteur) received a contract to make 2 million doses. US officials have said that clinical trials of those vaccines are expected to start soon. Chiron is also under contract to make 40,000 doses of an H9N2 vaccine, another flu strain regarded as having pandemic potential.Thompson said WHO officials met with a number of manufacturers last week to review the status of H5N1 vaccine production, but he provided no information on the results of the meeting.He also commented that the WHO has not changed its assessment of the risk of a pandemic.See also:WHO report “Avian influenza: assessing the pandemic threat”http://whqlibdoc.who.int/hq/2005/WHO_CDS_2005.29.pdfJan 20 report by WHO Secretariat, “Influenza pandemic preparedness and response”http://www.wpro.who.int/entity/emerging_diseases/documents/docs/B115_44en.pdflast_img read more

Arcotel Allegra in Zagreb is closing its doors

first_imgBack in 2003, the ARCOTEL Allegra hotel was opened in the center of Zagreb, and now, 15 years later, at the end of December 2017, the lease agreement at the Branimir Center expires. ARCOTEL Hotels Group tried to extend the lease agreement, but it did not materialize, so this 150-room hotel closes its doors on December 31, and until then it will operate in full.”We as a hotel group wanted to continue working with this hotel. We believe in the destination and we are interested in new hotel projects in Zagreb“, Explains Martin Lachout, CEO of ARCOTEL Hotel AG.The ARCOTEL Group is positioned in the business and city hotel segment with currently 11 hotels in Austria, Germany and Croatia. In August 2017, the third hotel in Vienna, ARCOTEL Donauzentrum, was opened. The family-owned company, founded in 1989 in Vienna, attaches great importance to a personal and individual environment with an international standard and top quality, and the group employs more than 850 satisfied employees.”ARCOTEL Allegra has grown in my heart and I have many fond memories of this hotel. We would like to thank all our guests, clients, business partners and companions”, Concludes Dr. Renate Wimmer, owner of the ARCOTEL group.last_img read more

Arsenal fans hail ‘best recruiter’ Matteo Guendouzi after Pape Gueye message

first_imgGueye, who has been described as a mixture between Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante, has some impressive defensive stats for Le Havre in Ligue 2 this season.This would not be the first time Arsenal have raided the French second division, with Guendouzi himself arriving from FC Lorient back in 2018, and Le Havre have a reputation for developing some enormously talented players, such as Pogba, Riyad Mahrez and Benjamin Mendy.MORE: Arsenal set date for Matteo Guendouzi contract talks to secure midfielder’s futureMORE: Arsenal target Dayot Upamecano keen on Premier League move as contract talks stallMore: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Comment Guendouzi is Arsenal’s best recruiter by far. Saliba, Upamecano, Pape Gueye etc. Get Raul out of my club. It’s Guendouzizou SZN.— © (@Centravanti9) February 12, 2020 Metro Sport ReporterThursday 13 Feb 2020 10:17 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link12.6kShares Agent Guendouzi 👀First Saliba, then Upamecano and now Pape Gueye… pic.twitter.com/Lvydht5pnX— LacaZte. (@LacaZte) February 12, 2020 Arsenal fans hail ‘best recruiter’ Matteo Guendouzi after Pape Gueye Instagram message First he spent last summer tapping up Upamecano, this year Guendouzi is once again doing the Lord’s work on Pape Gueye.#afc pic.twitter.com/QI7J9md8xb— Gilles (@_Grimanditweets) February 12, 2020 Pape Gueye commented on Guendouzi’s Instagram post ?Not long until Arsenal Twitter aka. CIA found out Pape’s entire family’s information… 😂— Claude Wu 🔴 ⚪️ (@claudewuAFC) February 12, 2020 The Le Havre midfielder has been linked with a move to north London (Pictures: Getty)Le Havre midfielder and rumoured Arsenal target Pape Gueye has got Gunners fans excited after sending a message to midfielder Matteo Guendouzi on Instagram.The north London club are reportedly working on a cut-price deal to sign Gueye in the summer, with the 21-year-old available for around £5million as his contract expires in 2021.Guendouzi has something of a reputation for sliding into the DMs of Arsenal transfer targets – often messaging William Saliba last summer before his move – though this time it was the other way around.ADVERTISEMENTThe Arsenal star posted a message on Instagram from the Gunners’ winter break warm-weather training camp in Dubai and Gueye replied, writing ‘Guendouzzzz!’ along with a couple of emojis.AdvertisementAdvertisementInnocuous though the exchange may be, that has not stopped Arsenal fans from getting a little carried away and hailing ‘Arsenal’s best recruiter’ for tempting another target to north London.‘Agent Guendouzi,’ wrote one fan. ‘First Saliba, then Upamecano and now Papa Gueye!’ Advertisementlast_img read more

Environment Agency fund urged not to divest from carbon

first_imgIt would not be “progressive” for the £2.2bn (€2.7bn) Environment Agency Pension Fund (EAPF) to divest its fossil fuel holdings, an independent analysis of its portfolio has found.The fund, which is part of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS), asked consultancy Trucost to calculate its exposure to stranded fossil fuel assets via its existing investments.EAPF already integrates the consideration of environmental, social and governance issues in its investment decision-making process.Trucost, however, analysed the extent at which the EAPF portfolios are exposed to carbon stores that may be embedded within listed companies. It found none of the EAPF’s nine portfolios were significantly more exposed to these stores more than the relative benchmark index.One of the fund’s portfolios, however, had a 15% exposure to fossil furl extractive companies, but this was still ten percentage points lower than the FTSE 100 index.The report from Trucost also provided a range of recommendations for the fund, in order to assess and manage the risks associated with embedded carbon emissions.It said those asset owners exposed to the fossil industry should not consider divestment, suggesting it is neither industry leading nor a progressive approach.Funds should be part of the conversation and influence decisions, the report said, and reducing capital exposure does not precipitate a reduced prevalence of the industry.“An asset owner the size of the EAPF, would be unable to affect the values put on the future cash flows of fossil companies simply by divesting its holdings in those companies,” the report said.“Even a coordinated action by the entire universe of university endowments and public pensions funds would unsurprisingly be rapidly corrected by neutral investors eager to take advantage of a temporary depression in market sentiment.”Trucost also said investors should lobby for disclosure from fossil fuel companies, suggesting its own analysis on the EAPF’s exposure was hampered by the lack of ready information from organisations.It said not enough companies disclose data which allows for robust analysis, and only a distint minority make reserves data, broken down by fuel type, available.This makes accurate emissions profiling of companies, and portfolios, statically inadequate, Trucost said, and funds should engage to ensure comprehensive data is publically available.Investors in indices and fossil companies should also engage with the management to ensure, and understand, plans on the development of new fossil fuels, and the shift to a lower carbon economy.They should also raise awareness of stranded assets in fossil companies, encouraging governments to legislate for said transition.Chief investment and risk office at the EAPF, Faith Ward, said the fund had identified key actions based on Trucost’s analysis.“The EAPF has made considerable progress in addressing climate risk,” she said, “but there are still opportunities to further reduce the financial risk to the portfolio and potentially increase the returns of the fund as a shareholder.”last_img read more

Bowers becomes first to repeat at Springfield

first_imgThe caution on lap nine bunched the field together again. Drake continued to ride the extreme top groove on the racy surface but Bowers was a rocket off the bottom side and grabbed the front spot coming off turn two and left the race for the runner-up. SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (July 11) – Steven Bowers Jr. is known as one of the top IMCA Modified drivers in the Jet Racing Central Region. On Saturday night at the Quick-Quarter of Springfield Raceway, Bowers became the first repeat winner in six Bad Boy Mowers IMCA Modified events by taking the top spot from Trevor Drake following a lap nine restart. In a tight battle behind Bowers, Drake had a constant battle with Jody Tillman and Andrew Smith and Shawn Walsh were in the thick of the battle before completing the top five.  Bowers started the 20-lap feature from seventh and let the pack start to loosen up before making his charge. Drake had grabbed command on lap four and was trying to put distance between his 12d car and the rest of the field. IMCA Modified racing presented by Bad Boy Mowers continues Saturday, July 18 with race time set for 7 p.m. Bowers now has two wins and a close second place finish, to Ken Schrader on opening night, to show for his thee Springfield Raceway starts this season. last_img read more

Knockout stages commence today in COURTS/Petra U-11 football

first_imgKNOCKOUT-round action in the Petra-organised Courts Pee-Wee under-11 schools football competition will commence today after weeks of round-robin games.In the first game of the day, Marian Academy will take on Winfer Gardens from 11:00hrs, while St Stephens will take on Tucville in the second of the two games to be played simultaneously.At 11: 45hrs, F.E. Pollard and Stella Marris will take the field alongside St Pius who will have to play Redeemer Lutheran Primary for the winner to advance.North Georgetown will go head to head with St Margarets from 12:30hrs, while St Angela’s Primary will face Maes for a spot in the next round.The final game of the afternoon will see St. Agnes playing South Ruimveldt Primary, while West Ruimveldt Primary will oppose St Gabriel’s.Teams for the round of 16 were chosen on the basis of points accumulated during the round-robin phase, with the first and second places gaining automatic entries.The final four spots were awarded on the basis of the four best third-place finishers.The various winners of today’s matches will move on to play for positions 1-8, while the losers will vie for positions 9 to 16.last_img read more

WBB : Defense leads Syracuse in ‘signature’ win over Cardinals

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ An Erica Morrow free throw put Syracuse up six with just 30 seconds left. All the Orange had to do was protect the 3-point line against Louisville, and it would walk away with the victory.Cardinals guard Tia Gibbs hurried the ball up court to the right wing. Junior Becky Burke, a 40 percent 3-point shooter on the season, came at her teammate for a handoff. As the two Cardinals crossed, Gibbs faked the pass and pulled up for a 3 one dribble later.But SU guard Elashier Hall jumped right in her face. With no room for a shot, Louisville head coach Jeff Walz had to call a timeout. On the ensuing inbounds play, Burke jacked up a shot from the left wing with Syracuse’s Carmen Tyson-Thomas contesting. It clanged off the rim, and Hall pulled in the rebound, all but sealing the Orange victory.Syracuse pulled out a 53-45 victory over the Cardinals on Wednesday in front of 1,343 fans in the Carrier Dome. It was the fewest points a conference opponent scored on the Orange (18-7, 6-6 Big East) all year and was the lowest total for Louisville (16-10, 7-5) this season. The Cardinals shot just 28 percent from the field and hit only 5-of-26 from 3-point territory.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘I’ve seen them shoot the ball obviously a lot better than that,’ SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. ‘But I think our guards and our forwards did a very good job eliminating their 3s. … If you want to play a zone and they’re going to get five 3s in an entire game, I think you can be happy with the zone.’From the opening tip, both teams struggled offensively. After the Cardinals took a 9-7 lead with 12:06 left, they tallied just one bucket over the next 10 minutes of play. That stretch included 10 missed 3-pointers in a row for Louisville.While the UL shooters faltered from deep, the Orange shut down any inside threats. SU center Kayla Alexander established herself in the paint early on the defensive end when Monique Reid tried to drive to the basket. Louisville’s leading scorer went straight at Alexander, but the sophomore was up for the challenge, holding her ground and swatting the shot away.‘I just wanted it,’ said Alexander, who finished with four of Syracuse’s eight blocks. ‘I tried to go out and stop them from getting easy baskets.’But while the Cardinals offense stalled, SU was only able to build a 12-point lead. A short Louisville spurt that included two 3-pointers by Gibbs just before halftime closed the gap to 23-19 at the break.Still, the defensive struggle continued into the second half. Louisville continued to get looks at the basket — sometimes contested, sometimes wide open — but couldn’t find any rhythm from beyond the arc. The Cardinals’ second-leading scorer, Shoni Schimmel, finished the game shooting 1-of-12 from 3-point range and missed all five of her two-point shots.‘We probably could have just stopped at half court and thrown them up,’ Walz said. ‘And we’d make just as many.’As the game wore on, Louisville managed to hang around as Syracuse couldn’t pull away on the other end. In the second half, the Orange never led by more than the eight-point final margin, and it was much closer throughout the period.For senior guard Morrow, the clock simply would not move fast enough as the Cardinals refused to go away.‘As the point guard and always being aware of the clock,’ Morrow said, ‘it felt like it was taking a really long time.’The Orange finally put the game away late with some offensive rebounding.After taking a 47-45 lead with 2:51 left and regaining possession after the Cardinals missed yet another 3-pointer, SU maintained possession for the next 73 seconds. The Orange’s misses resulted in rebounds by Alexander, forward Iasia Hemingway and Tyson-Thomas, allowing Syracuse to run the clock down.Once Louisville finally got the ball, it couldn’t claw back.As the final seconds ticked off, Hillsman didn’t let his emotions show as he clapped nonchalantly and shook hands with the Cardinals. But he said after the game just how important this victory was for SU.‘This was one of those games where we needed to come out and get a signature win in conference,’ Hillsman said. ‘And I believe this is definitely one.’zjbrown@syr.educenter_img Published on February 16, 2011 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

Jordan Roper finds starting role at Clemson almost 3 years after suffering a stroke

first_img Published on January 5, 2016 at 9:15 am Contact Tomer: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langer Facebook Twitter Google+ Jordan Roper walked into his statistics exam on March 25, 2013, and was greeted by classmates, including then-Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins. When they asked him how he was doing he told them he felt kind of weird. He knew something felt a little off, but he couldn’t quite articulate what was happening to him.Clemson’s season — and Roper’s freshman campaign — had just wrapped up 11 days prior. Now, in the middle of an exam, he was suffering a stroke.Still not knowing what was happening to him, Roper made his way over to the weight room for the scheduled lifting period he had with all of the other freshmen on the basketball team.He came in and went to greet his teammates. At that point, they could tell that something was wrong, too.“He just didn’t look like himself,” teammate Jaron Blossomgame said. “He was talking but only one side of his face was moving.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDespite battling through an ailment that’s rare for college students, almost three years later Roper has started all 14 games for the Tigers this season. He’s averaging 9.5 points and 3.8 assists per game for Clemson (8-6, 1-1 Atlantic Coast), who will face Syracuse (10-5, 0-2) on Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.“There’s family history (for suffering strokes) on both sides, my mother’s side and my father’s side,” Roper said. “But, at the age of 19, no one that young had had a stoke.”After Roper was taken to the emergency room, he saw several doctors who told him that a blood clot probably broke off and blocked the passageway to his brain, which caused the stroke. Still, they couldn’t give him a reason as to why it happened.Roper wasn’t allowed to practice the entire spring following the stroke. He started again in the summer as Clemson prepared for a trip to Italy, which is where he played his first game since the scare.Roper didn’t suffer any severe physical side effects from the stroke. Immediately after, he dealt with an occasional migraine, though, and sometimes struggled to articulate his thoughts into words. But he said that he didn’t feel like he lost any of his athleticism or ability to compete.As Roper regained strength on the court, he started going through periods of depression and anxiety off it, similar to about one-third of stroke victims according to Loyola University Medical Center physicians.Jordan frequently had deep talks with his father, Eric Roper, and those continued whenever he was facing roadblocks in his recovery.“Those were probably more deep then you would ever want to get in to,” Eric Roper said. “… It’s a matter of trying to answer questions that you don’t really have the answers to … in terms of how long you’re gonna live, what’s gonna happen in the time that you live, and what you’re gonna do.”Roper said that playing basketball helped him in the healing process. Sometimes, when he had too much free time, he said he would overthink himself into a bad place. But on the hardwood, he allowed himself to just go out and focus on basketball.Blossomgame and Roper built a strong relationship together since coming in as freshmen together. The former suffered a compound leg fracture after his senior year of high school. He said that Roper is like a brother to him, and a big portion of their friendship has been predicated on helping each other through their serious setbacks.On the court, Roper has elevated his game to completely new heights this season. He’s played 31 minutes per game and his 9.5 points per game is the highest he’s had at Clemson. He’s set a career-high with 50 assists this season and he’s just now reaching the halfway point in the season. He was singled out by head coach Brad Brownell in the ACC coaches teleconference after he made a career-high seven 3-pointers to help lead the Tigers to a win over Florida State on Saturday.Roper — who according to his father was modest to begin with — was humbled by the experience. He can’t explain the stroke and why it happened, but he now considers himself fortunate to still be alive and getting to do what he loves.“More then anything, I just appreciate to everyday go on the court, be with my teammates, and play ACC basketball,” Roper said. “I’m lucky to play today and I appreciate every moment a lot more.” Commentscenter_img Related Stories Beat writers predict mixed outcomes for Syracuse’s matchup against ClemsonFrank Howard reportedly won’t play against Clemson on TuesdayClemson head coach Brad Brownell previews matchup with SyracuseSyracuse basketball opponent preview: What to know about Clemsonlast_img read more

UW offense finds life in Coliseum

first_imgOver the last four games, Wisconsin’s offense has been firing on all cylinders scoring 15 times including five goals against St. Cloud State, much to the Coliseum crowd\’s delight.[/media-credit]It’s finally all coming together for the Wisconsin men’s hockey team.With home ice in the WCHA playoffs on the line, the Badgers came through in a big way Saturday, winning 3-2 in its second game of a two-game series with WCHA leaders St. Cloud State to clinch a share of fourth place in the conference after losing vital points in a 4-2 loss the night before.Coming into the weekend, the Badgers found themselves just four points out of first place in the conference, while they needed to earn three points over two games in order to secure home ice advantage on their own terms.Having defeated University of Nebraska at Omaha on the road in back-to-back games March 1 and 2, UW held onto a slim one-point cushion over UNO for the sixth and final home ice slot heading into the weekend.The puck stops hereExcluding SCSU goals in the first and final minutes of the game Saturday night, sophomore goaltender Joel Rumpel held the Huskies scoreless for over 58 consecutive minutes – recording 18 saves on 20 shots on goal along the way.Coming into the weekend, St. Cloud State led the conference – along with Minnesota – in goals scored per game, averaging over three goals a contest.Paired with the conference’s best scoring defense, Rumpel and Co. contained the Huskies offensive firepower to only two goals in the regular season finale – a night and day difference from just one day earlier.Despite allowing an average of only 2.21 goals per game on the season – fourth best among goaltenders in WCHA play – a poor performance from Rumpel Friday had many wondering if fellow sophomore Landon Peterson would get his chance against St. Cloud State in the final game of the regular season.Deadlocked with the top-ranked team in the WCHA for much of the final period of play Friday, UW seemed content to take the tie and keep their chances at a home ice playoff berth alive.Then, with fewer than four minutes to go in the game, a mistake by Rumpel changed everything.A desperation shot from SCSU’s Nick Jensen at an impossible angle from the right side of the net squeaked past Rumpel on the nearside of the pipe and trickled in.“After giving up that bad third goal to give St. Cloud State the win last night, I knew I had to have a big game to respond,” Rumpel said. “I felt I did that job [Saturday], unlike [Friday]. Being a goalie you have to have short-term memory. You learn from it that night and forget about it.”Offensive reawakeningAfter the third-period collapse Friday night – giving up 3 goals in an 18-minute time frame – Wisconsin only needed a tie Saturday in order to clinch home ice.In stark contrast to the struggling Wisconsin team that began the 2012-13 season with an unexpectedly poor 1-7-2 record, the Badgers proved against UNO last weekend they are a team capable of scoring in addition to their strong defense.“This year has definitely been a long journey for us. We started off 1-7-2 and now we’re finishing in fourth place,” junior defenseman Frankie Simonelli said. “There’s a lot of gratitude in the locker room with being able to get home ice.“It’s been a while for most of us, some of us have never even played in the playoffs at home before so this shows that we’ve come a long way and we’re all really excited about it.”Taking the lead in the first minute Saturday with just 43 seconds off the clock, Wisconsin claimed the first goal of the game for the second night in a row after taking a first-period lead Friday night as well.Over their last four games, the Badgers have scored first in each game, going on to win three of four in that span.Wisconsin took a lead into the third period on all four occasions as well.On the season, the Badgers have been tied or in the lead in 30 of their 36 contests this season and have gone on to win 16 of 22 games in which they held a lead entering the final period.A sign of a much more confident Wisconsin men’s hockey team, head coach Mike Eaves believes the recent increase in offensive production has the team firing on all cylinders just in time as they prepare for Minnesota-Duluth in the first round of the WCHA playoffs.“To achieve home ice as a reward for their blood, sweat and tears and sticking through hard times, it’s a great thing for them,” Eaves said. “Now we get to go back to the Kohl Center and we get to practice there all week in preparation.”last_img read more

In an improved year, SU goalkeeper Asa Goldstock is playing more steady

first_imgAsa Goldstock walked slowly out of the halftime tunnel on April 22 against Louisville alongside Neena Merola and Riley Donahue. Her stick rested on her right shoulder as the rest of the team trailed behind with slight hops in their jog as they passed her, blocking her from view.She could have been lost in the crowd. She offered no emotion as she walked and stood with two seniors, whose Senior Day ceremony earlier that day was dedicated specifically to honoring them. But her dark blue helmet served as a reminder that the goalkeeper never leaves the spotlight. With the score tied at eight, Goldstock needed to stand tall in net for one more half for SU to pick up its first Atlantic Coast Conference win.For Goldstock, standing out has never been the issue. Her past tendencies have produced her best moments, but the sophomore still felt the need for a change to the way she’s always played. While she’s excelled at making the tough plays she said goalies don’t always make, her goal this season was to perfect the simpler things. She needed to wait back, to be patient.In 2018, Goldstock said she needed to be more steady.“It’s just focus,” Goldstock said. “Stay in the game, that’s my goal.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe emphasis on steadiness and focus is something new for Goldstock, who has built her livelihood with a playing style so unorthodox that she can’t think to compare herself to any other goalies. Last season, the then-freshman struggled to put together all of her talents. The faster Division I game made her “jumpy” habits less effective, she said.Long clears and aggressive play worked against her and she struggled to stay consistent on a game-to-game basis last year. While her talent showed, in some games it led to disaster. In 2017, she was second on the team in turnovers (29) and, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against Boston College, the then-freshman allowed 19 goals in an overall poor performance for SU.But this year, Goldstock has seen a steady rise in her save percentage — increasing from .412 last season to .440 this season — despite Syracuse’s recent defensive struggles, which often leave Goldstock without a chance.Finding that improvement became a mind game for Goldstock. Countless hours of film and a full offseason of experience under her belt, she realized she needed to simplify things.During games, Goldstock said that she works on keeping her mind clear to avoid poor decisions and anxieties near the ball. She does this by staying tight to the net to improve her reaction time on shots. She focuses on setting her feet and allowing the shooter to come to her to improve her leverage to make the save.On March 20, Goldstock had one of her best performances of the season in the Orange’s 14-7 domination over Cornell. Goldstock stood outside Schoellkopf Field with a smile. She had just tied a career-high with 16 saves without seemingly moving at all.The sophomore held firm that it wasn’t poor shooting that was her opposition’s undoing. Instead, on a dreary Tuesday night, Goldstock cast a light on her season-long attempt at growth.“I think personally it was kind of just me not being my old self,” Goldstock said on March 20. “That’s something I’ve been practicing.”Max Freund | Staff PhotographerThose strategies haven’t always worked. And sometimes, her old tendencies put her in bad spots.Four days after she hit most of her clears in one of her best performances of the season, some of the sophomore’s struggles returned. Against Maryland on March 11, following a save, Goldstock looked quickly toward the sideline and then burst up field, cradling left and right as she panned the field for open SU players down field. She made it out all the way to the opposing 45-yard line before attempting to loft a clear to one of her teammates.The pass was intercepted, which sent Goldstock running with reckless abandon down to the  unguarded goal. While the Terrapins didn’t convert, Goldstock exemplified tentative play for the remainder of the game in what was SU’s first lopsided loss of the season.While Goldstock’s goal this season has been to stay more focused in the net, Gait said the next task is to work on her decision making when she leaves the net following a save.“Get a rest,” Gait said. “Then you got a better shot of making a save the next time.”Goldstock’s kryptonite has been “doing too much,” Gait said. So, this year, she has installed confidence in her defense, allowing her to breathe. Results have followed.Senior defender Mia DiBello said Goldstock excels at “zoning in” prior to games, evidenced by her body language on the field. Often wearing eye black that streams down her face, she rarely smiles as she strides slowly across the field to her spot her in goal.Against Florida on March 7, Goldstock had to do very little. She made saves when she needed to, but as SU exercised its dominance, she often had her back to the play, watching the play on the large screen overhead and waiting for her opportunity.“We all talk to each other and I think (steadiness) comes with it,” junior defender Alexa Radziewicz said, “being relaxed and knowing she can trust us and knowing we can trust her.” It’s been a focus of Goldstock’s for a long time, whose steady goals have led her to experiment with new things. Last year, for the first time in her career, Goldstock wasn’t at the top and a lack of consistency held her back from turning her best moments into lasting success. But this year was different.“Nothing really else is coming to the field with me anymore,” Goldstock said. “I’m just leaving it. It’s just for lacrosse.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 29, 2018 at 9:17 pm Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcClearylast_img read more