After rising to a No. 3 rank, the women’s water polo team will look to add its third-straight title victory at the Barbara Kalbus Invitation this weekend. The Trojans have won the last two years’ tournaments, which have been hosted by UC Irvine. Photo by Emily Smith | Daily TrojanOver three days, the team will have the chance to face four opponents, including top competitors such as No. 1 Stanford, No. 2 Cal and No. 4 UCLA. The tournament is a chance for the top teams in the MPSF and the nation to face off. From year to year, it is a consistently competitive weekend, but this year, the tournament will feature 16 top-20 teams, providing a truly elite lineup of competition.The weekend for the Trojans will start out with a matchup against San Jose State on Friday. The No. 18 team will provide a solid challenge to begin the weekend, but the team’s eyes will be set on the second game of the tourney. A win over San Jose State would result in a game against the winner of the opening game between No. 6 Arizona State and No. 15 UC San Diego on Saturday. An opportunity to face the Sun Devils this early in the tournament would be a welcome trial for the Trojans, who often duel with them in the MPSF tournament.A pair of opening victories would give the Trojans a berth into the semifinal game on Saturday night. The ultimate goal of the tournament is to reach the championship game on Sunday, which could set the team against any of its in-state foes. The Trojans already took down the Bruins in a 6-4 victory in the title game of the Triton Invitational two weeks ago. The win gave the Trojans their fifth-straight championship in the tournament, highlighted by two goals from standout freshman driver Paige Hauschild, who scored the final goal to clinch the 2-point advantage. Hauschild went on to win MPSF Newcomer of the Week following her performance in the tournament. The award was her second in only six weeks of NCAA play.Although the Trojans took home the title thanks to a ferocious offensive effort — with senior captain driver Brianna Daboub notching her 100th career goal in the semifinal victory over UC Irvine — it was the defense that held down the championship for USC. Goalkeepers senior Victoria Chamorro and junior Amanda Longan split time in the net, with Chamorro earning 27 saves on the weekend and Longan picking up 23 in the semifinal and championship match.A similar defensive effort will be necessary for the Trojans this weekend, as they will most likely face off against two of the top four teams in the nation. The team has yet to face Cal and Stanford so far this season, but all three teams are well-acquainted as they will play each other a handful of times in regular season games and tournaments, as well as in the MPSF and NCAA tournaments. The matchups are not set in stone yet, but the Trojans can expect a challenge no matter which of their in-state rivals they face at the finish line.
A Donegal teenager turned up the heat when he challenged Minister Richard Bruton over climate action during a speech at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties.Conal O’Boyle, a 16-year-old student from Crana College in Buncrana, accused Fine Gael of “passing the buck onto the everyday citizen” when it comes to climate action.He slammed the Minister for Climate Action at the MacGill Summer School yesterday. “The Fine Gael Party line of ‘every individual has a role to play in tackling climate change’ is a lie.“Of course, we have a civic responsibility to recycle and ensure that our towns and villages are litter free, but Mary in Dingle or John in Castlebar cannot pull the plug on oil exploration off the west coast.“They cannot introduce a smoky coal ban or implement policy that will curb our emissions.“That’s the job of the legislators in Government. “Fine Gael are trying to pass the buck onto the everyday citizen of the country, when ultimately, the buck stops with them.”He added: “We need bravery, not cowardice.“I am a sixteen-year-old boy who cares about the living world.“I don’t know why I have to stand up for my future at this age.“None of those sitting beside me ever – apart from Jessie (another student activist) – had to do that. “I can campaign and lobby and scream and shout all I want, but at the end of the day, the ball is not in my court.“I cannot vote, so all I can do is make my voice heard.“It’s not fun, it’s not cool, but it’s necessary.”Conal’s speech was greeted with great applause from the hundreds in the hall of the Highlands Hotel – the vast majority who were at least four times his age. A surprised Richard Bruton sat in silence during the student’s speech and looked very down-in-the-mouth as everyone else cheered.Donegal teenager turns up the heat on Minister during MacGill Summer School was last modified: July 25th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:climateConal O’BoyledonegalMACGILL SUMMER SCHOOLspeech
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