first_imgAfter sweeping two home spring break matchups against Marquette, 11-4, and Saint Mary’s, 20-7, the USC women’s lacrosse team packed their bags and left the sunny fields of Southern California for their second East Coast trip of the season.Looking to extend their six-game winning streak, the Women of Troy battled with a winless Dartmouth team on Saturday in Hanover, New Hampshire, before traveling south to face No. 2 ranked Boston College in Newton, Massachusetts, on Monday. The trip marked the second time that the Women of Troy have traveled east this year. They dropped a 7-4 affair to then-No. 16 Stony Brook on Feb. 21 before rallying to beat Marist, 11-7, the next day during a frigid New York trip earlier in the season.On Saturday, USC found themselves in a close clash with a surprisingly resilient Dartmouth team that, although winless, was fairly battle-tested entering the game. Three of the Big Green’s seven losses on the season were to top-15 ranked opponents, and in two of those three games, the team managed to keep the score within five goals (a March 7 loss to then-No. 10 Princeton, 8-5, and a Mar. 21 loss to then-No. 14 Penn, 10-5).Dartmouth jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on a goal from junior midfielder Jaclyn Leto six minutes into the game, but the Women of Troy responded with four straight goals en route to a 5-3 halftime advantage. The match was essentially even from that point forward, as USC’s four goal second-half output was matched by the Big Green.The game became especially tense with 7:41 remaining, when sophomore Dartmouth midfielder Taryn Deck put home a shot past USC freshman goalie Gussie Johns, bringing the score to within one at 8-7. That tally would remain constant until just over four minutes left, when USC junior attacker Caroline Cordrey scored her second goal of the game to pad the lead for good at 9-7.The victory marked the seventh in a row for the Women of Troy, the longest in the young, three-year-old program’s history. Sophomore attacker Michaela Michael once again stuffed the stat sheet for USC, winning four draw controls, scooping up three groundballs, forcing two turnovers, and a garnering a   hattrick with three goals scored. Cordrey’s two goals helped bolster the attack for the Women of Troy, and junior attacker and team points-leader Caroline de Lyra added a goal and two assists of her own.In addition to Saturday’s victory being a seventh-straight win for the team, it also marked the eighth-straight game in which the Women of Troy’s defense held the opposing team to seven goals or less.Monday’s matchup with         No. 2 Boston College provided a huge test for the Women of Troy before they finish out their MPSF conference play in April. And though the 16-12 final score tilted in the Eagles’ favor, the heart and fight shown by the Women of Troy served as an indication that good things may be to come in the coming weeks leading up to the MPSF Conference Tournament that begins on April 30 in Denver, Colorado.USC game out of the gate firing in the first half, jumping to a 4-2 lead in the opening seven minutes on the backs of junior midfielder Amanda Johansen and sophomore attacker Cynthia Del Core, who each put home two goals during that time frame. Boston College’s 10th-ranked scoring offense (14.27 goals per game entering Monday) overpowered USC’s eighth-ranked scoring defense (6.78 goals allowed per game), however, as the Eagles put home 10 goals in the next 20 minutes to take a strong 12-7 lead into halftime.The second half told a more balanced story, with the Women of Troy slightly outscoring the Eagles 5-4 and taking advantage of seven second-half Boston College turnovers. A goal from Cordrey with just under seven minutes to play cut the defecit to four for USC, but, neither team would score again in the game.Johansen was huge for the Women of Troy, netting four goals while picking up two ground balls and draw control wins. De Lyra dished three assists and added two goals of her own, bringing her team-best season point total to 42. Del Core, Cordrey and Michael all added two goals as well, and Johns made six    second-half saves to keep hope for a full rally alive.Boston College was lead by a talented trio of midfielders, as juniors Caroline Margolis (three), Sarah Mannelly (four) and senior Mikaela Rix (four) all recorded hat-tricks for the hometown Eagles.Despite the Monday loss, the Women of Troy find themselves in a good spot heading into the final weeks of conference play before the MPSF Tournament at the end of April. The team’s only three losses this season have been to ranked nonconference opponents, with Monday’s competitive four-goal loss being the largest final-score deficit of the three.The Women of Troy have shown resilience throughout the season and will look to continue their solid play Friday on the road against Oregon. The match will be the first of a remaining six conference games, and is scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m.The game will be covered by the Pac-12 Networks.last_img read more

first_imgWhen the device was turned off, Romano’s blood flow quickly returned to its previous state.  Kjenstad said that increase in microcirculation translates to a feeling of fresher legs after working out by reducing delayed onset muscle syndrome — soreness caused by muscle inflammation shortly after working out.  Still, the research supporting the firefly was convincing, so Romano and his team decided to give the device a try.  Traditional electrical muscle stimulation devices were used at schools across the country to help college athletes recover after games and practices. These devices were often large and bulky and required athletes to slip cumbersome boots on their legs to reap the benefits of the treatment.  “USC was a very early adopter,” Kjenstad recalled. “It’s only grown with USC. Again, they’re probably one of the few schools that uses it across all of their sports — not [only] what I would call the money sports like football and basketball.”  After determining the firefly’s efficacy, Romano and USC gradually introduced it to the University’s athletes.  “It used to be about being stronger, being faster, being in the weight room, getting in as much time as you can performing and training and [practicing],” said Anthony Kjenstad, founder and president of Athletic Recovery and Performance. “Now, there is probably as much of a push to make sure you are recovering as well as you can so that you perform optimally.”  “[The research papers] definitely validated the product as a device to increase blood flow,” Romano said. “But from a recovery standpoint, [the diagnostic ultrasound] really validated it for me in addition to those other papers [because] I saw it first hand.”  Several USC sports teams have begun using the firefly, a small device intended to increase blood-flow after games, practices and workouts. (Photo courtesy of Lauren Campbell) “You can be hooked up to recovery boots,” Romano said. “Those exist, but you’ve got to plug those into an electrical outlet, or they’re battery-operated and you have to wear these bulky boots … but [with] fireflies, I can carry 50 pairs of fireflies in a Ziploc bag. I can’t carry 50 pairs of boots.”  Despite the positive reception of the firefly thus far, Romano stresses that there is still much more to athletic recovery.  “Yes,” Romano said. “I’m really pleased with it. I think there’s a direct benefit, otherwise we wouldn’t use them.”  Romano confesses that at first, he just saw the firefly as one of the many recovery devices that he has been pitched over the years.  “It’s an adjunct to all the things that assist in recovery,” Romano said. “Getting ample sleep is really important. Post-game nutrition and hydration are extremely important in the recovery process. The fireflies play a role in that but you have to do a combination of things to be successful.” The firefly is an electric sports recovery device that stimulates the common peroneal nerve on the knee to elicit a muscle contraction in the calf that stimulates blood flow. It comprises a small adhesive strip that wraps around the knee and sends a small, painless electrical stimulus to the nerve.  “We were able to demonstrate that not too much was happening — normal blood flow was going on with the device off,” Romano said. “When I turned the device on, [I] saw a big effect [on] blood flow.” center_img Beyond continued use among USC’s athletic teams, Romano says the USC intends to study the broader implications the device might have on the field of sports recovery.  With the help of a team physician, Romano used a diagnostic ultrasound machine to examine a blood vessel in his knee. While wearing the firefly, Romano and the physician monitored the vessel as the device was turned on and off.  “I’ve had some players come to me and say, ‘Yeah, these were great, I wasn’t as sore as I usually would expect to be after a game like this,’” Romano said. “One [football] player told me that he usually would have muscle cramps every time [we traveled] … This person had cramped throughout their career, and the firefly eliminated that.”  Still, Romano was able to provide some insight into how the product has been received amongst Trojans.  “I get pitched [new technology] all the time,” he said.  For decades, sports has centered on the notion that the longer you practice and the harder you train, the better you’ll play. In recent years, that appears to have changed. The firefly has entered USC at a time when there is growing concern regarding young athletes injuring themselves so early on in their career. The issue has already started to affect USC, as prominent athletes such as football sophomore quarterback JT Daniels and soccer junior midfielder Savannah DeMelo — among others — have suffered injuries that threaten not only their health this season but possibly their future careers as well.  “We’re looking at it to see where it can benefit post-injury,” Romano said. “We’re looking at it to see the effects of increasing blood-flow — what’s in the blood that’s beneficial to the body … Those are the things we don’t fully understand but we’re trying to get a better picture of it.”  When asked whether or not USC plans to continue using the product, Romano was quick to respond.  The device came to Romano’s attention when a former knee brace representative introduced him to the product. Before then, the technology had been used in British hospitals to prevent blood clots. It has only recently been re-engineered into a sports recovery product.  According to Kjenstad and Romano, USC’s football, basketball, soccer, rugby, lacrosse and rowing teams have all used the product. Due to concerns regarding potential NCAA violations, players on the teams could not be contacted for fear of their being perceived to endorse a product. In layman’s terms, the firefly increases blood flow in the lower body to help athletes recover faster from workouts, practices and games.  “You will get two things out of it,” Kjenstad said. “If you’re running blood to your heart faster, you’re going to get more oxygenation in your blood … so that’s going to help you with overall performance recovery by reoxygenating your blood and running it through your system faster. The other component you’re going to get from the firefly is an increase in lower extremity microcirculation by 400%.”  But innovation is on the rise as this idea of improving sports recovery surfaces. According to Russ Romano, head athletic trainer at USC, the firefly, a device exclusively distributed by Athletic Recovery and Performance, is beginning to change the sports recovery landscape.last_img read more

first_imgAndrew Gregg, who saw his first big-screen film at the Kiggins Theatre in 1961, knows he’s one of many local folks who feel undying love for downtown Vancouver’s historic movie palace.“Vancouverites of a certain age nostalgically recall that theater as a venue for life events that remain special memories,” Gregg said. “Whether it was a first movie, first date, or first kiss, the Kiggins Theatre is … inextricably bound to our sense of place, our respect for history, and that feeling that our human journey is defined by experiences that might be shared with complete strangers in a darkened movie house.”Therefore, Gregg said, we all owe a debt of enjoyment to J.P. Kiggins, who arrived here as a humble Army sergeant in the late 1800s and grew into a leading businessman, builder and nine-term mayor — a defining visionary of the city Vancouver would become.Tonight, Gregg will highlight Kiggins’ life and monumental local impact in a talk called “Kiggins: The history of John P. Kiggins and his theater.” It’s the latest in the Clark County Historical Museum’s First Thursday Speaker Series.Don’t get confused about the location: Gregg’s talk is not at the Kiggins, but up the street at the Clark County Historical Museum, 1511 Main St. Doors open at 5 p.m. and Gregg speaks at 7 p.m. Admission is $5; seniors and students are $4. Visit for more information, or call 360-993-5679.Gregg, who grew up in Vancouver, is a local historian with a master’s degree in public history from Washington State University. He currently serves on the Clark County Historic Preservation Commission.last_img read more

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Celebrity Homes Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-10-29 Abby Gregory in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology French Castle in Pyrenees Foothills Lists for $27.4M Though a few “”recent U.S. real estate listings””: have promised royal living in oversized stateside mansions, a sprawling home in France has hit the market, giving potential buyers the opportunity to purchase an authentic castle that’s truly worth of a fairytale. Located in Ceret, an “”artsy”” town in the Pyrenees foothills, Chateau D’Aubiry is for sale, priced at $27.4 million.””According to Curbed””:, the 32,300-square-foot palace was commissioned by Jean Bardou as a home for his son. Finished in 1900, the 13-bedroom abode was designed by Danish architect Viggo Dorph-Petersen and is said to be an “”untouched example of a baroque masterpiece from the Belle ├âãÆ├óÔé¼┬░poque.”” Curbed went on to add that the expansive estate also includes a chapel, traditional English gardens, a pool, and a conservatory.[COLUMN_BREAK][IMAGE]center_img October 29, 2012 466 Views Sharelast_img read more