Published on May 20, 2017 at 11:54 am Syracuse’s quest for its first national title in eight seasons and first Final Four since 2013 continues on Sunday at noon against Towson at Delaware Stadium in Newark, Delaware. The No. 2 Orange (13-2, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) face a tough challenge in the No. 11 Tigers (11-4, 5-1 Colonial Athletic), which won its league, upset former No. 1 Penn State in State College last week and brings its third-ranked defense to Delaware. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2. The winner of Syracuse-Towson will play the winner of Ohio State-Duke next Saturday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.Here’s how our Syracuse men’s lacrosse beat writers predict SU will fare against Towson.Charlie DiSturcoEeny MeenySyracuse 12, Towson 10Syracuse has proven time and time again that it can withstand a very weak performance at the faceoff X and still win. Towson’s Alex Woodall is among the best in the country and will be a deciding factor in the game’s outcome. But, Syracuse thrives in come from behind situations and one-goal games. That’s where the balanced offense with six strong scoring threats finally breaks through. Another late game push led by Danny Varello at the faceoff X will give SU the fourth-quarter run it needs to advance to the Final Four for the first time since 2013.Sam FortierTiger StyleSyracuse 10, Towson 9AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe biggest roadblock in Syracuse’s path to its first Final Four in four years is its own offense. In each of the Orange’s last five games, it has had to come from behind against teams like Colgate (36th-ranked scoring defense), Yale (31st) and North Carolina (34th). The offense eventually kicks into gear, scoring 11.6 goals per game in that stretch, but now it faces Towson. The Tigers have the third-best defense and force a much slimmer margin of error. Don’t rely on a comeback. Syracuse’s offense needs to get it from the get-go to put the Orange in the Final Four.Matthew GutierrezFirst in FourSyracuse 9, Towson 8Don’t expect a barn burner down in Delaware: Towson owns a stingy defense and Syracuse’s offense has stalled lately. Just know that the No. 2 Orange will score when needed and advance to its first Final Four in four years via a one-goal game. Evan Molloy continues to be excellent in goal and senior attack Jordan Evans hangs a few points on the Tigers in Syracuse’s 14th victory of 2017. Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments
The UV environment of the Beagle 2 landing site: detailed investigations and detection of atmospheric state
December 25th 2003 will see the Beagle 2 lander arrive at the surface of Mars in the Isidis region, allowing for the first time in situ measurements of ultraviolet (UV) flux directly from the surface of Mars through the use of a sensor designed as part of a miniaturised environmental package. The expected conditions the sensor will experience are studied here, and the detection signatures for phenomenon such as dust devils. H2O clouds ands near-surface fogs are presented. The beginning and end of mission surface fluxes show little variation, though the period towards mid-nominal mission does experience a maximum in total daily dose levels. Diurnal profiles are calculated highlighting the effects of increased scattering towards shorter wavelengths. A possible dust storm scenario is presented, and the effect upon component UV fluxes is shown to reverse the relative contributions of direct and diffuse components of the total UV flux. The presence of cloud formation above the landing site will be detectable though the observation of elevated diffuse/direct flux ratios. Near-surface morning fogs show a characteristic ‘dip’ in the morning profile when compared to clear mornings, allowing their detection on cloud-free mornings through post-event analysis of long term data. Predicted Phobos eclipses are investigated at each of the sensor centre wavelengths, and show greatest reduction in relative intensity at short wavelengths. Observations of near-miss eclipse events will also be possible, through monitoring of the diffuse UV flux. Dust devil encounters are shown to create a double minima lightcurve, with the depth of the minima dependent upon the total dust loading of the vortex. The effects of these changing conditions on DNA-weighted irradiances are investigated. Possible dust storms provide the greatest increase in biological protection, whereas expected cloud formations at the Beagle 2 site are found to offer negligible protection. Within just five minutes of landing > 95% of any Bacillus subtilis-like bacteria present on the surface of the craft will have lost viability.