4 underclassmen step up as role players in place of injured offensive starters

first_img Published on February 25, 2016 at 12:50 am Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettus Facebook Twitter Google+ Tim Barber stood on the sideline, clutching his helmet in his hand. The starting midfielder, who had started at attack in place of an injured Nick Piroli, just watched as his teammates played.“It’s a luxury, I mean, for our whole team,” Barber said on Feb. 18 — three days before the game. “If someone goes down, you have people that you can pull down from the midfield. … You don’t miss a beat.”But Barber had been flattened with a helmet-to-helmet hit at the end of the first half against Albany on Sunday. He stayed on one knee as the teams jogged off the field and stayed on the sideline when the game resumed.Syracuse knew it’d have to replace 63 percent of its scoring coming into the season, including its entire starting midfield. But what it couldn’t have known is that just a game and a half into the year, it’d have to replace two starters sidelined with injuries.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPiroli, a graduate attacker, is “week-to-week” with a lower-body injury, head coach John Desko said, and he expects to have him back before the end of the year. Barber, a senior, is expected back “pretty quick,” but as of Sunday, Desko didn’t know whether or not he’d miss any games.Redshirt sophomore attack Matt Lane stepped in when Barber had to move positions to replace Piroli. Freshman attack Devin Shewell entered when Barber went down. If both Piroli and Barber can’t go, Lane and Shewell will likely be in the starting lineup when the No. 3 Orange (2-0) faces Army on Sunday in the Carrier Dome at 4 p.m.“You probably saw somewhat of the pecking order today,” Desko said after the game on Sunday, “with Shewell and (Nate) Solomon, and we want to get (Gale) Thorpe in also.”Lane was the first in. Standing in a circle near midfield, he towered over the rest of the starting lineup. At 6 feet 7 inches, the tallest player in the Carrier Dome used his size to his advantage, muscling past a 7-inches shorter Albany midfielder, Ky Tarbell, before tossing the ball to Shewell for a goal.Lane finished with two goals and two assists on the day.“I really just took it as any other game,” Lane said of his first career start. “I was just happy to be out there and help the team win. I don’t really think I was that successful.”Just over a minute into Shewell’s one half of play, he had already scored. SU caught Albany keeper Blaze Riorden out of the cage going after a groundball and Shewell cut to the net and caught a pass from Dylan Donahue for the goal.Shewell ended the game with two goals on six shots.Liam Sheehan | Asst. Photo Editor“I thought he fit in very well,” Desko said. “One of his strengths is his shot. … He’s finding the back of the net as a freshman and that’s a good thing.”Solomon, another freshman, was next off the bench after Shewell and Thorpe, a redshirt freshman, followed in the final minutes of the game.Desko has praised Thorpe, labeling him as a scorer and saying he’d be the first player on the field on offense in the man-up situation. But because Donahue and Jordan Evans, both left-handed, were the two attacks remaining, righties Shewell and Solomon got the nod before the left-handed Thorpe to add variety to the lineup.After Syracuse’s first game, a win over Siena on Feb. 13, Desko answered a question on if his players were all healthy with one word: “Yes.”One game later, it took six sentences, 75 words, and the sentiment was more a matter of “we’ll see.”“They’re our future,” Desko said of Shewell, Solomon, Thorpe and others on Feb. 13.If Piroli and Barber can’t return for Sunday, they’ll also be the present. Commentslast_img read more

Dennis Lloyd Townsend, Oxford, 55: Oct. 20, 1958 – March 9, 2014

first_imgDennis TownsendDennis Lloyd Townsend, longtime Wellington resident, went to be with the Lord after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer on Sunday, March 9, 2014 from his home in rural Oxford at the age of 55.Dennis was born the son of Harold and Wauneta (Ashcraft) Townsend on Monday, October 20, 1958 in Wellington.On February 11, 1983, Dennis and Linda S. Carty were united in marriage in Caney. Together they celebrated 31 years of marriage.Dennis owned and operated his own commercial painting and decorating business for over 26 years.Survivors include his wife, Linda Townsend of rural Oxford, mother, Wauneta Townsend of Wellington, son, Mark McClure of Wellington, son, Fred Taylor of Wichita, daughter, Heather Campbell and her husband Matt of Wichita, granddaughter, Alexis McClure of Winfield, sister, Nancy Driver and her husband Dean Prindle of Wellington, sister, Karen Crowe and her husband Richard of Wellington, brother, Hal Townsend and his wife Bena of Wellington, sister, Janet Allen and her husband Doug of Milan, brother, Richard Townsend and his wife Cassie of Wellington, brother, Steve Townsend of Wellington, sister, Beverly Hoffine of Caney, brother, Gary Gorby and his wife Julie of Caney, sister, Vanessa Read and her husband Sig of Ipswich, Suffolk England, brother, Rick Storey and his wife Valerie of Ipswich, Suffolk England; grandchildren, Braden, Logan, Brynn, Nicholas, Shane, Lillian and Mason along with a great-grandson, Jayden and a large extended family of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins..He was preceded in death by his father, Harold Townsend, sister, Carol Townsend, grandmothers: Sylvia Townsend and Myrtle Ashcraft along with his parents-in-law, Robert and Dorothy Carty.Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 1 to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 13, 2014 with family present from 6 to 8 p.m.Funeral services for Dennis will be at 2 p.m., Friday, March 14, 2014 in the First Christian Church, Wellington.Interment will follow at the Osborne Cemetery in Mayfield.Memorials have been established in his loving memory with Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 26 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10004 or Hope Children’s Home, 11415 Hope International, Tampa, FL 33625. Contributions can be mailed or left with the funeral home.To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.dayfuneralhome.info.Arrangements are by Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.last_img read more