Gov. Wolf Helps Dedicate Monument to Old 8th Ward on Capitol Grounds, Highlights Fight Against Systemic Racism

first_img August 26, 2020 Equality,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf joined legislators and Harrisburg area elected and community leaders for the dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony at the state Capital Complex of a monument honoring the city’s Old 8th Ward. The diverse and densely populated neighborhood was razed to make way for an expansion of the Capitol property starting in the early 1900s.The event also celebrated Women’s Equality Day, marking the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, and the 150th anniversary of the 15th Amendment.“The activists of the 8th Ward cared about equality, and they were educated about it and fought for it,” said Gov. Wolf. “The destruction of the 8th Ward disrupted this activism but did not end it. The seeds of change had been sown, and over the decades since, more wrongs were righted, and more people were enlightened.“Each passing generation recognized with increasing acuity the injustices present in the very foundation of this country.”Following his remarks, the governor participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new monument on the lawn of the K. Leroy Irvis Building near the intersection of 4th and Walnut streets in Harrisburg. A coalition of citizens, civic organizations and educational institutions created the monument. It features four statues of influential Harrisburg residents from the 1800s: William Howard Day, civil rights pioneer; Frances Harper, abolitionist and suffragette; Jacob T. Compton, sergeant in the U.S. Colored Infantry; and T. Morris Chester, Civil War correspondent.The governor also acknowledged that discrimination and racism still exist in Pennsylvania. During his remarks, the governor described efforts of his administration to create a more just Pennsylvania and dismantle systemic racism.Each year the governor has been in office he has proposed a minimum wage increase to address poverty wages and help more hardworking people enter the middle class. The governor believes too many people are struggling to get by because Pennsylvania has not raised the wage in more than a decade. The majority of states, including all of our neighbors, have a higher minimum wage.The governor also has made criminal justice reform a priority. In 2018, the governor signed the landmark Clean Slate Law that is helping thousands who committed low-level offenses and have paid their penalty to get back on the path to a blemish-free record, removing potential roadblocks to jobs, housing, health care and education. The governor has also signed laws extending the time a convicted individual has to file a post-conviction relief action to one year, from what was 60 days under current law, as well as a law to eliminate driver’s license suspensions for non-driving infractions.Last month, the governor signed two laws in his comprehensive police reform plan created in the wake of the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody. The laws improve mental health and background checks of law enforcement officers. The reform plan also creates a deputy inspector general within the Pennsylvania Office of State Inspector General to detect and end any misconduct among law enforcement agencies under the Governor’s jurisdiction. A new advisory commission that the deputy inspector general will oversee will review any allegations of misconduct.To expand opportunities to grow minority businesses and expand opportunities for employment, the Wolf Administration has implemented several reforms to state government. In 2017, the governor launched the Fair-Chance hiring policy for state agencies that removes the criminal conviction question, otherwise known as “banning the box,” from non-civil service employment applications for agencies under the governor’s jurisdiction. The administration also no longer asks job candidates their salary history, so people are evaluated on their skills and experience, rather than a past paycheck.Continuing the governor’s commitment to level the playing field for small businesses and small diverse businesses to compete for state contracts, the Wolf Administration is using new procurement policies to improve opportunities for minority-, women-, LGBT-, veteran- and people with disabilities-owned businesses. The changes are the results of an executive order the governor signed in 2015 to create the Bureau of Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities (BDISBO) within the Department of General Services. The bureau conducted a statewide disparity study, which found disparities in the state’s contracting system which resulted in new policies.To examine issues around how the pandemic is affecting the state’s minority and marginalized populations, the governor and Lt. Governor John Fetterman created a COVID-19 Response Task Force for Health Disparity, which released a report earlier this month. The report includes six recommendations focused on these policy topics related to health disparity, ranked in order of urgency: housing, criminal justice, food insecurity, health disparity, education and economic opportunities. The task force report builds on the work of the Department of Health’s Health Equity Response Team, which is battling the pandemic and health inequities that exist beyond COVID.“There’s still more to be done, but I can’t do this alone and I need the help of everyone,” said Gov. Wolf. “I need activists to continue to call on leaders to fight for equality and reform. I need educators to teach community members about injustice, so the next generations continue to be increasingly aware of systemic racism and equality.” Gov. 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Pacquiao seeks probe on leaked Barangay Dasmariñas letter

first_imgPacquiao also “reminded” Hwang torefrain from making conclusions and also questioned the use of the word“partying” to describe the March 4 meeting of Partido Demokratiko ngPilipinas-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) at his residence, which coronavirusdisease 2019 positive (COVID-19) Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III attended. “The picture that you may have beenreferring to wherein I was seen interacting with Sen. Koko Pimentel and otherofficials, was a political meeting with PDP-Laban members in my residence. Thisevent happened on March 4, 2020. I am sure our Dasmariñas Village guards haverecords of this if only a proper verification was made,” Pacquiao said. In a letter response to BarangayDasmariñas chief Rosanna Hwang, Pacquiao said he will ask for an investigationafter the letter intended for his went viral online and violated his “right toprivacy.” MANILA – Sen. Manny Pacquiao slammed thecirculation of the letter of a Dasmariñas Village barangay official orderinghim and his household members to conduct self-quarantine as a violation of hisprivacy. Senator Manny Pacquiao. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler “Meantime, I will refer this matter tothe appropriate agency for proper investigation to avoid the same incident fromhappening,” the Filipino ring icon added. “It has come to my attention that yourletter has been the subject of several news reports and malicious social mediaposts. In this regard, I wish to know how this private letter addressed to mewent around social media with total disregard to my right to privacy,” Pacquiaosaid. “Let me also emphasize that it was not‘partying’ as stated in your letter. It was a political meeting. The word‘partying’ casts me as someone insensitive to the current crisis of thenation,” he added. Hwang has earlier ordered Pacquiao tohave his entire household quarantined and that “No one…can come out” followingtheir close contact with Pimentel. Pacquiao over the weekend said that he wasnegative for COVID-19./PNlast_img read more

Ighalo opens Man U goal account

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo was on target as Manchester United strolled to a 5-0 win over 10-man Club Brugge to secure their place in the last-16 of the Europa League. Ighalo was handed his full debut for the club since arriving on loan after Anthony Martial sustained a muscle injury in training. Scott McTominay also made his long-awaited return to action having been sidelined since December as United named a strong line-up. And they were on the pulse from the first whistle, testing Simon Mignolet with two chances inside the first five minutes with Fernandes and Mata both forcing a save from the Belgian. United were fortunate not to concede a penalty when Harry Maguire appeared to pull down David Okereke in the penalty area, but neither the referee nor VAR opted to intervene. Bruno Fernandes was enjoying an influential role through the middle and saw another effort saved by Mignolet before playing a part in the opener. The playmaker found Daniel James with a clever backheel and the Welsh winger’s effort was bizarrely saved by Brugge defender Simon Deli. Referee Serdar Gozubuyuk pointed to the spot and pulled out a red card, which seemed like the obvious decision. The Turkish official was told to review the decision on the VAR monitor but, after two minutes of deliberation, decided not to change his mind. Fernandes stepped up and with a hop and a skip, sent Mignolet the wrong way to net his second penalty in the space of five days. The floodgates opened all too quickly and United were feeling rampant. Fernandes was involved again for the second, clipping a lovely pass to the back post and Juan Mata’s cutback found Ighalo, who couldn’t miss from four yards out. United were in complete control and the scoreline soon reflected it when Scott McTominay struck home from the edge of the box after good work from Fernandes and Fred. It was no surprise to see United take their foot off the gas in the second half and Fernandes received a deserved standing ovation when substituted midway through the half. United finally added a fourth eight minutes from time when substitute Jesse Lingard unselfishly set up Fred before the Brazilian added a second in injury time as United cruised into the next round, with the mood certainly improving at Old Trafford.Tags: CVlub BruggeEuropa LeagueManchester UnitedOdion Ighalolast_img read more

TCU looks to extend streak vs Iowa State

first_imgTCU looks to extend streak vs Iowa State ___For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditTCU (15-12, 6-8) vs. Iowa State (11-16, 4-10)James H. Hilton Coliseum, Ames, Iowa; Tuesday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: TCU looks for its sixth straight win in the head-to-head series over Iowa State. TCU has won by an average of 9 points in its last five wins over the Cyclones. Iowa State’s last win in the series came on March 10, 2017, an 84-63 win.center_img February 24, 2020 SAVVY SENIORS: TCU’s Desmond Bane, Jaire Grayer and Edric Dennis Jr. have combined to score 44 percent of the team’s points this season and have accounted for 42 percent of all Horned Frogs scoring over the last five games.FACILITATING THE OFFENSE: Bane has made or assisted on 49 percent of all TCU field goals over the last three games. Bane has accounted for 13 field goals and 21 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: Iowa State is 0-10 this year when it scores 68 points or fewer and 11-6 when it scores at least 69.PERFECT WHEN: The Cyclones are 6-0 when they block at least seven opposing shots and 5-16 when they fall shy of that mark. The Horned Frogs are 7-0 when they make 10 or more 3-pointers and 8-12 when the team hits fewer than 10 from long range.DID YOU KNOW: Iowa State is ranked first in the Big 12 with an average of 70.4 possessions per game.last_img read more

Promoter Bristol supports national female boxers

first_imgBOXING promoter Seon Bristol made a timely presentation to sisters Abiola and Alesha Jackman, who are both members of Team Guyana for the Winfield Braithwaite Caribbean Schoolboys and Juniors boxing tournament, which is currently underway at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.Bristol of Briso Promotions said that the sisters were two of the leading amateur female boxers in the country and that he was happy to help.Along with cash incentives, the New York-based Guyanese presented two pairs of boxing boots to the sisters on Friday evening.Abiola is scheduled to represent Guyana in the 15-16 Juniors category, while her younger sister Alesha is also carded to battle in the 13-14 age category.last_img

Osimhen Hits F’Eagles’ Camp for Burundi

first_imgHe looked quite trim and fit till the end and told the media afterwards that he is ready to go. “l am here to show the coaches what I can do. I have trained very hard to be here and just want to play football,” he said with a smile.The Flying Eagles will take on Burundi in their first match of the 2017 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations qualifying series away in Bujumbura on the weekend of 20 -22 May.Presently, over 50 players are sweating it out twice daily as the battle for shirts intensifies.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram He strolled into the Serob Legacy Hotel camp of the Flying Eagles minutes before kick –off of the UEFA Champions League match between Real Madrid and his German club, VFL Wolfsburg on Tuesday night. He was very confident of his team winning, knowing that it held a 2-0 first leg advantage, but was disappointed to see Cristiano Ronaldo produce another of his magic to give the Les Merengues a 3-2 aggregate victory.FIFA U-17 World Cup record scorer, Victor Osimhen was really disappointed with the scoreline but he is more focused on the task ahead. After scoring 10 goals at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile, Osimhen returns to familiar terrain with former team mates as the build up to the FIFA U-20 World Cup in South Korea begins in earnest.As early as 6.45am yesterday, Osimhen and team –mates were at the FIFA Goal Project pitch at the Package B of the National Stadium, Abuja for Day 7 of the Flying Eagles training.last_img read more

Floyd Mayweather Suffers Second Family Loss

first_imgRoger Mayweather (right), uncle of boxing great Floyd, passed away at the age of 58 years Despite the pair being separated, the 43-year-old has spent the last few days posting to his Instagram page images of himself and Harris during happier times.The pictures were posted along with tributes calling her ‘my rock’ ‘my friend’ and ‘my angel and ‘my love’.Roger was a key member of Floyd’s training team, training the 50-0 boxer when he made his pro debut in 1996 until his father, Floyd Senior, was released from prison two years later.The pair reunited in 2000 and were an iconic fighter-trainer duo for 12 years as Floyd established himself as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet, as well as being a pay-per-view king.Owing to health problems, Roger retired from coaching and Floyd Senior took over as head coach for the twilight of his son’s career.Roger fought 72 fights as a professional, winning 59 of them over an 18-year boxing career. He held the WBA and super featherweight title and WBC light welterweight title during his career.His fighting career is best noted for his memorable bouts with Julio Cesar Chavez and Ray Mancini.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Floyd Mayweather has suffered a second personal heartbreak in a matter of days after his uncle Roger, who played an integral role in his fabled career, passed away aged 58 according to TMZ.The former boxer, who retired in 1999, reportedly had been suffering from poor health including diabetes, and had held the mitts for Floyd when he first set foot in professional boxing.Tuesday’s news follows from what has been a tough period for Floyd, after Josie Harris, the mother of his three children, was found dead in her car by police in California last week.last_img read more

Offensive rhythm lacking for Badgers against NU

first_imgIn the first half of Sunday’s game against Northwestern (13-9, 4-7), the Wisconsin women’s basketball team (16-6,6-5) outshot the Wildcats by a full 10 points in field goal percentage. For the remainder of the game, Northwestern shot 65 percent from the field.Guess who came out victorious?In the 68-62 loss to the Wildcats, the Badgers saw a 32-27 halftime lead quickly evaporate as Northwestern opened with a 6-2 run in the first two minutes of the second half. In a game that featured a variety of statistical oddities, it was defense and free throw shooting that felled Wisconsin.“Credit Northwestern,” Wisconsin head coach Lisa Stone said. “They came out in the second half and made nine of nine right away. We allowed 65 percent shooting in the second half, and that’s not who we are. We’re a defensive team.”Despite the presence of 6-foot-5 junior center and reigning Big Ten Player of the Week Amy Jaeschke and 6-foot-2 freshman forward Kendall Hackney in the Wildcats’ starting lineup, the Badgers managed to win the points in the paint battle, 26-14. Furthermore, while Wisconsin forced five more turnovers, it was Northwestern that had 19 points off turnovers compared to the Badgers’ 17.Three-point shooting was of particular significance in Sunday’s contest, as Northwestern shot 53.3 percent from behind the arc. Meanwhile, Wisconsin converted only 21.4 percent from three-point land. Interestingly, though, the Badgers attempted 16 more shots than the Wildcats, and made six more — highlighting the impact of NU’s hot shooting.For Wisconsin, only three players even attempted a three-point shot. Northwestern, meanwhile, had four players who attempted at least three, and a total of six Wildcats put up shots from behind the arc. Senior guard Kristin Cartwright and junior guard Beth Marshall were especially dangerous, going 2-for-2 and 2-of-3 from three-point land, respectively.“I think it kind of felt like we were a step behind the whole night,” Wisconsin junior guard Alyssa Karel said. “A step slow to help, a step slow to recovery. We didn’t really have our flying around mentality that we usually have, and I think that was what cost us. We were just slow tonight.”The Badgers’ poor defense took some of the luster off another solid offensive game for Karel, who contributed 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting, and a superlative performance by junior forward Lin Zastrow, who scored a career-high 19 points by connecting on 8-of-15 shooting from the field.However, Wisconsin was also hurt by a lack of free throw attempts.Amazingly, the Badgers got to the charity stripe zero times in the first half, compared to eight for the Wildcats. In the second half, Stone’s squad went to the foul line seven times and converted five, but Northwestern went 12-for-16 to finish 18-of-24 for the game.“We weren’t being aggressive offensively,” Stone said of the limited number of free throw attempts. “Now a lot of that has to do with maybe facing a zone; we’re not really driving the ball to the basket, it’s maybe a turn-and-catch. But we got a little more aggressive in the second half.“But once again, their defense sped us up. We tried to live and die by the outside shot, and I thought once we got Lin going — and I thought Lin had a great game offensively — really got her going, got the ball inside, we found some success. But we didn’t get there because we weren’t aggressive offensively.”Also of notable impact was Northwestern’s defensive approach.Throughout the game, the Wildcats rotated their defense between a 1-2-2 full-court press, zone and man-to-man defense. The 1-2-2 was especially crippling for the Badgers, who often struggled to get the ball across half court and saw many of their turnovers come as a result of the full-court pressure.In addition to the lack of offensive rhythm, Stone’s squad dropped its first game with three or more players scoring in double digits. Before Sunday’s loss, the Badgers were 10-0 in such games. In addition to Zastrow and Karel, senior guard Rae Lin D’Alie contributed 10 points.“We could not get into any rhythm,” Stone said. “That was a mixture of the 1-2-2 and the zone as well as their man-to-man. They mixed it up quite a bit. We found, I thought, some really good opportunities in the first half, I thought we moved the ball really well and they went with what was working for them, and that was their 1-2-2 and their zone.”last_img read more

Syracuse earns weekend sweep of RPI

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse broke out of its slump with a pair of 4-0 wins against Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute over the weekend.The first was led by a pair of goals by Melissa Piacentini Friday night. Her first, at 8:59 in the second period was an insurance goal after Margot Scharfe put the Orange (8-5-1, 3-0-1 College Hockey America) on the board at the 11:01 mark in the first period. Piacentini’s second came just more than seven minutes into the third period off an assist from Cara Johnson.Holly Carrie-Mattimoe sealed the 4-0 win with a shorthanded empty-net goal at 13:24 in the third. The goal was her 35th for the Orange, breaking the all-time program record of 34 goals set by Isabel Menard and Stefanie Marty.SU outshot RPI 14-1 in the first period and 36-14 in the game.The Orange used a prolific third period to win by the same score on Saturday. The team led 1-0 after Sadie St. German scored halfway through the first, assisted by Nicole Renault and Caitlin Roach.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRPI stayed with the Orange through the second and early third periods until Piacentini broke the game open with a power-play goal 3:13 into the final period. Scharfe notched the final two goals to finish the win.SU returns to the ice Friday night at Tennity Ice Pavilion at 7 p.m. for the first of two CHA contests with Robert Morris.—Compiled by Jacob Klinger, asst. copy editor, Comments Published on November 25, 2012 at 4:43 pmlast_img read more

Scott Firman emerges as star, quiet leader for Syracuse’s young defense

first_imgAfter a career-ending loss to Maryland in last year’s NCAA tournament, Syracuse senior Brandon Mullins approached a younger teammate to bestow a gift and a challenge. Mullins’ impending graduation meant he’d pass down No. 11, the jersey number awarded to SU’s best defender. A casual hangout in Scott Firman’s apartment turned serious.“He talked to the previous 11s,” Firman said, “and decided on me.”The then-junior played long-stick midfielder for three years at Syracuse before donning the venerable No. 11. Last summer, SU assistant coach Lelan Rogers talked to Firman about bumping down to close defense. He accepted the challenge without hesitation and is now one of the nation’s top defenders, routinely holding top threats to below their season averages. Firman is one of the most indispensable players to a third-ranked Syracuse (12-2, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) team that has excelled defensively despite featuring its most inexperienced unit in years.“I never would have thought,” Rogers said, “a long pole coming down in one year’s time could progress and become one of the best defensemen in the country.”Last year’s defense graduated two players, and the third, preseason All-ACC sophomore Nick Mellen, suffered a season-ending injury. Still, SU has limited teams such as then-No. 1 Notre Dame, Albany and Johns Hopkins to 10 or fewer goals. The buildup to this year’s defensive success began when Firman transitioned to close defense for the second time in his lacrosse career.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe first time Firman picked up a long pole was in fifth grade, when he saw his brother fiddling around with it in the driveway. Mesmerized, Firman took the pole and played catch.“I’ll never forget that,” Firman said.Courtesy of Russ FirmanEntering his freshman year at Jamesville-DeWitt (New York) High School, Firman and the long-stick midfielders crowded around defensive coach Bob Elmer. The first day of practice, Elmer said, “worked them to death.”“We would be honest with them,” Elmer said, “and tell them, ‘Listen, after that first practice, you’re gonna want to quit. But if you stick with it, great things will happen.’ At the end of it, we would say, ‘Welcome to Long Stick University.’”J-D has produced several Division I long-stick midfielders, Elmer said. Most notable is Brian Karalunas, a first team All-American, Villanova’s most-decorated lacrosse player of all-time and current Major League Lacrosse All-Star. Firman, who chose to wear No. 25 because of Karalunas, entered high school surrounded by high expectations. He was one of two freshmen who played varsity, alongside current Syracuse teammate Jordan Evans.“When he made the J-D varsity lacrosse team, I had only seen that once before growing up,” Matt said.  “… When Scott made it as a freshman, it hit home.”One year later, Firman and Evans went back to the former’s house after school. The two sophomores discussed where they would play in college, not knowing they both already had decided on Syracuse. Once they found that out, they called head coach John Desko together to finalize their commitment.“Watching Syracuse lacrosse, going to the Dome from 5 years (old) on,” Russ, Scott’s father, said, “ … This was in his blood.”Courtesy of Russ FirmanAfter winning the state title his freshman year, Firman and Jamesville-DeWitt found themselves in a rematch against Garden City (New York) High School as sophomores. This time Firman wasn’t a long-stick midfielder. He had moved to close defense alongside his brother, Nick, and future Virginia defender Davi Sacco.Tied in overtime, Firman made the biggest play of his high school career. Garden City passed to a player in front of the net and J-D responded by springing its double-team. Firman tomahawked his stick down to knock the ball loose. He picked up the ground ball after a scrum and found long-stick midfielder Matt Kopp, who dished to Evans. The attack scored the game-winning goal — J-D’s second state title in as many years.As a sophomore, Firman guarded the team’s best attackmen, rather than Nick or Sacco, both seniors at the time. When J-D played nearby West Genesee (New York) High School, Firman matched up with Dylan Donahue, a future teammate and two-time All-American at Syracuse.“He doesn’t fall for anything,” Donahue said. “He just stays put. He was a bruiser to go up against in practice. I never wanted to go up against him.”Drawing of Joel White by a young Scott Firman, courtesy of Russ FirmanAfter his junior year at J-D, Firman transitioned back to long-stick midfielder. He stayed there for the next four years, stretching 46 games including his first three seasons at Syracuse. By his senior year, 2017, Syracuse lost its entire starting close defense.Rogers approached Firman about making the same change he had once made six years ago: transition from long-stick midfielder back to anchoring the long poles at close defense.Unlike most players, Rogers said, Firman didn’t resist: he accepted the challenge. Last summer, he watched tape, focusing on how to defend attackmen rather than midfielders. Attacks play behind the net more, while midfielders roam the center of the field.During practice, Firman honed in on technique in one-on-one drills. Rogers watched him closely, giving him tips on spacing or footwork each day. As the team started six-on-six drills, Firman worked on seeing the full field, deciding when to slide and improving communication to keep the offense from getting open looks. He focused on lateral movement rather than turning his hips and sprinting. Firman’s transition went smoothly thanks to previous experience at close defense in high school.Coming from a hockey-first family, Firman played the sport through his senior year of high school. That gave him an extra skillset that separates him from non-hockey players, like pursuing ground balls. Instead of trying to scoop the ball, hockey players normally swat it into open space where it’s easier to pick up.Andy Mendes | Design EditorFor Firman’s superlative senior season, there is no defining moment perhaps because his dominance has been so widespread. By the end of the game, coaches don’t bother challenging him. There’s perhaps no example clearer than SU traveling into South Bend, Indiana, on April 1 to play then-No. 1 Notre Dame.Tasked with guarding the Fighting Irish’s top offensive threat, Ryder Garnsey, Firman forced the sophomore attack to work from behind the net. When Garnsey caught the ball, Firman stopped him from dodging by. Passes in front of the net were cut off. Garnsey couldn’t create as much offense as he had in the game prior, finishing with only one goal as SU downed UND by one.Firman has locked down some of the nation’s top threats. He held Albany’s Connor Fields and Johns Hopkins’ Shack Stanwick scoreless and Garnsey to only one goal. Countless others have been held below their season average when defended by the 5-foot-11 senior.“It’s very unusual that a player can adapt and change that quick,” Rogers said. “… It usually takes a couple years for guys to figure out how to play.”In a position associated with being vocal and commanding, Firman has been the lead-by-example, quiet captain. He knows that’s not his personality, and he doesn’t want to force anything.That’s why SU goalie Evan Molloy barks directions on defense, not Firman. It’s Molloy’s personality and it doesn’t change the fact that when Firman speaks up, the team listens.“Scott’s stepped up and he’s been playing great in transition, great communicator and a great leader,” Molloy said. “You can’t ask more from a defenseman.”Firman uses his play to speak for itself. He said Elmer taught him the only place to “be a bully was on the lacrosse field.” Instead of talking trash to opponents, he quietly stands his ground and nullifies the opposition.“I communicate when we need to in terms of defensive sets and slides and recoveries, Firman said. “But other than that, I keep to myself.”Ally Moreo | Photo EditorMolloy dubbed Firman “The Phantom” a month ago. In the ensuing weeks, the name has stuck. Each week in practice, it echoes more, redshirt senior Paolo Ciferri said.That same quiet nature was present in high school, when he dominated competition, earning Under Armour All-American honors and ranked No. 17 in the Class of 2013 by Inside Lacrosse.This year, there’s a chance for Firman to diverge from the norm. Every year, he’s played long-stick midfielder, Syracuse has failed to make it to the Final Four. After each early elimination, he locks his door at home. He doesn’t want to talk to anyone — just alone with his thoughts. He doesn’t want to watch lacrosse when his season is over.“The last three years, after they’ve lost,” Nick said, “he’s been a clam shell … It takes a lot to shake Scott, and the way they’ve finished the past three seasons, I know he isn’t happy about it.”What awaits is one last opportunity to prove himself, and his team. One last chance at winning the national championship that’s eluded Syracuse since Firman arrived as a freshman. One last chance at running onto the field to celebrate rather than off the field in defeat. Comments Published on May 9, 2017 at 7:35 pm Contact Charlie: | @charliedisturco Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more