Seniors celebrate final victory at home

first_imgFor a quarter of the student body, Saturday’s football victory against Wake Forest represented more than an undefeated season at home. It also marked the seniors’ last game in the student section of Notre Dame Stadium. Saint Mary’s senior Maria Malm said this weekend’s celebrations were the perfect culmination to her four years in the student section as a Notre Dame fan. “I had so much fun in the stands on Saturday,” she said. “The atmosphere was incredible and it was so great to get to spend it with all of my classmates. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend my last game as a student.” While the Irish victory and preservation of the undefeated record were key components to the weekend’s joy, Malm said one of the best parts of the game came after the final whistle when she and other seniors spilled onto the field. “Going on the field was by far one of the highlights of my four years in the student section,” she said. “I had so much fun taking pictures and just taking it all in. It was a special moment and I know I’ll remember it forever.” Saint Mary’s senior Claire Priestly joined Malm and the other seniors in rushing the field after the game. She also said it was a special way to celebrate her time as a student fan. “It was a great end to the four years I’ve spent going to the games with all of my friends,” she said. “We had so much fun and enjoyed it a lot.” Saint Mary’s senior Megan Lynch also spent her Saturday in the student section cheering on the Irish for one final time. She said her final game was enjoyable, if also surreal. “It didn’t hit me that it was the last game until I was walking into the Stadium,” she said. “It was sad thinking that I would never be able to attend a game as a student again, but it was extra special to walk into the last game with the same best friends that I walked into my first home game with freshman year.” Notre Dame senior Ellie Griep said she thought Saturday’s game marked the end of a fantastic senior season. “This is the perfect senior season,” she said. “No. 1 is the pinnacle and we will all ride out on that high.” Griep said cheering on the Irish this year was a different experience than past seasons. “I have never cared about football as a sport before, and still am not interested in any other team or league, but there isn’t anything I wouldn’t give to see Notre Dame at the BCS National Championship,” she said. In addition to beating Wake Forest and maintaining an undefeated season at home, Malm said she was also excited about other results in the college football world. “Going to bed Saturday night with the news both Oregon and Kansas State lost was the perfect ending to the day’s festivities,” she said. “I can’t believe the season Notre Dame has had, and I feel so blessed I was here to experience it all.” Notre Dame senior Eddie Hjerpe agreed the season has been a perfect culmination of the past four years and quoted the football team from popular television show “Friday Night Lights” on their quest for a state championship. “One team, one dream. … We’re going to state,” he said. “[I] could not have asked for a better year to be a senior at Notre Dame.”last_img read more

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Bruce and Poyet play down spat

first_img Bruce was also grateful to Burt for his persistence in holding him back when the red mist descended. “I thanked him, I’ll probably have to buy him a beer too,” he said. “A big heavyweight like me and he was a lightweight to be fair to him. He was exhausted trying to keep hold of me.” Poyet was less forthcoming in his post-match comments. Asked to offer an account of the incident with Bruce, he said: “No, because I am old-fashioned. What happened stays on the pitch. “I’ve spoken to Steve and shaken hands. I just saw him, nothing happened. It’s football. It’s passion. “I have to convince the officials not to put any buckets of drinks around me. I have no regrets whatsoever. If that is a bad image for football I am sorry but I don’t think it’s something to worry about.” Poyet was at least clear that Rodwell was the victim of inconsistency from referee Mike Dean, suggesting Paul McShane had won a free-kick in similar circumstances to Rodwell. “I was not happy with the decision of McShane. He was diving like he was in a theatre, dancing, ballet and then he got a free-kick for Hull. “And then Jack was diving and got a yellow card and free-kick against him. So give me one, you cannot get both against you. “McShane, in the first half, jumped with both feet and went down like he had been shot, but he won a free-kick. I was just asking for the same treatment, simple as that.” The rival managers clashed after Poyet was sent to the stands in the first half for reacting to Jack Rodwell’s caution for diving by angrily kicking a container of water bottles. The Uruguayan made a beeline for Bruce before making his way and – after an angry exchange of words and gestures – the Tigers boss lunged towards Poyet before being restrained by assistant referee Stuart Burt. Neither man covered themselves in glory in the heated incident, but tempers had cooled somewhat by full-time. Bruce admitted behaving like a “raging idiot” for his part, while Poyet declared himself “old fashioned” and preferred to leave the matter on the pitch. The pair shook hands in a KC Stadium corridor after seeing goals from Dame N’Doye and Rodwell cancel each other out, but there was plenty of simmering resentment beneath the surface. “We all do stupid things and we will wake up to stupid headlines. We’ll both regret it in the morning, but we get on with our lives,” said Bruce. “These things happen in the heat of the moment, grown men acting like a couple of children. “What he said will stay between me and him…it’s up to Gus to reveal what he said but I don’t think he will. “It wasn’t very pleasant, like ‘have a nice evening Steve’. But I’m not going to reveal it to sell your newspapers. “The critical thing was that Gus has seen it differently about Jack Rodwell diving to gain advantage. The referee got it right, but I think by his reaction Gus saw it the other way.” Press Association Steve Bruce and Gus Poyet both attempted to downplay their touchline spat after an ill-tempered 1-1 draw between Hull and Sunderland. last_img read more

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Syracuse basketball recruiting: Class of 2017 guard Howard Washington commits to SU

first_imgClass of 2017 point guard Howard Washington has committed to Syracuse, he announced on Twitter Thursday afternoon. Published on March 16, 2017 at 4:11 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman Syracuse offered Washington last week after the high school senior had long expressed interest in the Orange. He is the third member of SU’s Class of 2017, joining forwards Oshae Brissett and Bourama Sidibe. Howard hails from Buffalo, and the 6-foot-2 point guard plays for Athlete Institute Basketball Academy in Ontario, Canada, with Brissett.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWashington is a four-star prospect, according to ESPN, but he’s not ranked in the Top 100. Syracuse still doesn’t have any incoming recruits in the ESPN Top 100 for the first time since ESPN compiled such rankings. Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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