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Rural tourism – an oasis of peace and quiet

first_imgThe peak of the tourist season is underway, which we could not help but notice. There is more demand for accommodation on the coast, the motorways are crowded, and the beaches have been provoking public debate lately. Holidays on the Adriatic have obviously become everything but holidays – however, there are alternatives. As new oases of peace and quiet and untouched nature and indigenous experience, among domestic and foreign tourists, villages and various forms of rural tourism are increasingly being profiled.In Vukovar-Srijem County, the heart of Slavonia, there are currently 9 rural tourism facilities, namely: Gondola Sotin, Peasant Household Janković, Peasant Household Fruk, Acin farm, Snašini kućari, OPG Juzbašić – Matkova pecara, OPG Šarčević, OPG Bičanić and Obiteljsko agricultural farm Barbarić. All of the above facilities, in addition to accommodation, of course, have additional content on offer, so let’s make a brief overview:Gondola Sotin is located on the main road Vukovar-Ilok, 8 kilometers from Vukovar. The traffic is very well connected by city and intercity bus lines so a personal vehicle is not a prerequisite for this trip. The location is part of a famous cycling route, and is also located on the famous wine road. The restaurant within the building is part of the project “Tastes of Srijem and Slavonia”, and its gastronomic offer is, of course, focused on traditional indigenous dishes of Srijem and Slavonia.Peasant household Janković from Vrbanja with accommodation includes the possibility of using the service of food, pouring drinks and beverages from its own production. Also, the household offers horseback riding and a quiet rural setting. Fruk peasant household it is suitable accommodation for families, hunters, fishermen and other travelers. As part of the household from Vrbanja, visitors can enjoy organic apple and plum products, as well as other local Slavonian products.Acin farm, is a shocking estate in Tordinci where everything smells of tradition: traditional farm buildings modeled on former apartments, or farms such as balconies, barns, piggeries, horse stables, sheepfolds, gardens, smokehouses, bread ovens… and visitors can participate in some of traditional crafts such as roasting brandy or pork slaughter. The food, which is prepared in the original shocking way, gives a special gastronomic experience; and within the estate, visitors have at their disposal tennis courts, football, volleyball, bowling and the possibility of horseback riding, carriage rides and cars. All this in the immediate vicinity of the bustle of three cities: 12 kilometers from Vinkovci, 14 kilometers from Vukovar and 24 kilometers from Osijek.© GI TepešPeasant household Marica Jovanovac rural holiday house “Snašini kućari” are located in the village of Gradiste not far from Zupanja. Located in one of the oldest houses in the village, visitors can visit a kind of museum of furniture and utility items almost 150 years old, if not more. This ethno house is also intended for vacation, and among other attractions, weaving on a loom and the decoration of decorative zucchini, which are known all the way to Japan, stand out. Certainly, there is a range of delicious Slavonian dishes on offer.Family farm Darko Juzbašić – Matkova pecara is a newly renovated old house in Bošnjaci near Županja with an authentic yard with outbuildings that offer accommodation. Within the farm there is a tasting room for brandies and liqueurs, homemade cured meat products and cakes. Matkova pecara is known for its brandies and liqueurs with which they performed at numerous fairs, from Croatian Village Products in Zagreb, Autumn in Lika, Eco-Ethno, National Exhibition of Fruit Brandy and Liqueurs in Vinkovci and many others where their performance is often crowned. medals, with a sizable amount of gold for the plum brandy. Precisely because of this, visitors can see the entire sequence of production of traditional plum brandy on the estate, but also witness the rural way of life and work in Šokac houses.Peasant household “OPG Sarcevic”, another rural pearl from Bosniaks, also offers a tasting room of brandies and liqueurs, while the household itself has won a number of awards for top quality products produced in the spirit of Shoka tradition and way of life as part of everyday life, festivities and customs.Budimka, ie OPG Bičanić, located in the middle of Ilok vineyards and orchards with a breathtaking view of the Danube, offers visitors a tour of the distillery, vineyards and orchards, then brandy tasting and retail, but also a specific gastronomic offer according to forgotten recipes.Family farm Barbarić, also from Ilok, is engaged in the traditional production of numerous types of brandy and liqueur, as well as wine and Ilok brandy. The entire Barbarić family is engaged in the farm, and in addition to tasting and buying local products, visitors are also offered tasting and buying fruit and a modern interior perfect for private and business trips.The largest number of foreign visitors come from Germany and Slovenia, and the length of their stay is on average 1 or 2 nights. As of July 17, 9 arrivals and 169 overnight stays were recorded in 626 rural tourism facilities of Vukovar-Srijem County.Photo: Vukovar-Srijem Tourist BoardUnfortunately, all of the above economies lack strong and focused promotions. For example, only five of the nine mentioned facilities have their own and modern website, the rest appear as offered content in clusters or tourist boards. More attention needs to be paid to the Croatian rural, a key segment of continental tourism, if we really want to move away from the story of how in the interior, and especially in the east of the country, a well-organized form of tourism should be introduced and formulated tourist content. Travel agencies could very well contribute to this, by creating a unique tourist offer by merging these scattered units into one coherent whole with the story. Unconventional and alternative types of tourism are increasingly attractive to domestic tourists who want to escape from the established, saturated content, while abroad it is part of the standard. The numbers of arrivals and overnight stays in these nine facilities show how persistent foreigners are in finding original and marginal tourist content.In 2017, these facilities recorded 296 arrivals and 864 overnight stays, while this year’s statistics in the first seven months of the year are slowly but surely approaching last year’s record. Namely, until July 17, 169 arrivals and 626 overnight stays were recorded. The largest number of foreign visitors come from Germany and Slovenia, and the length of their stay is on average 1 or 2 nights.Among other great ideas, we can single out the ride on the tourist boat St. Catherine. Sveta Katarina sails the rivers Spačva and Bosut and passes through centuries-old oak forests that are a trademark of this part of Slavonia. Boat ride, offers the possibility of river adventure, bird watching, animals and plant species. Also, there is a ride along the beautiful blue Danube in a panoramic tourist boat Waterbus Bajadera.These exceptional tourist stories, really deserve all the attention I can get. Although they leave the impression of too much risk because they cannot be the bearers of a more massive tourist agenda or the accumulated contents of larger tourist centers, their subversiveness is gladly seen and welcomed in the world. While globally, average travelers tend to escape the hustle and bustle for which they are willing to set aside extra time and resources, we seemingly neglect such potentials or at least put them in the background. It’s high time we start profiling our continental tourism!All relevant information and news about these and similar facilities in the area can be followed on the site Vukovar-Srijem County Tourist Board.last_img read more

Eureka claims AIBT

first_imgMakaila Napoleon scored 10 of her team-high 23 points in the first quarter and the Eureka High girl’s basketball team found no trouble against McKinleyville, winning 58-36 in the Arcata Invitational Basketball Tournament championship game Saturday afternoon at Arcata High.Saturday’s AIBT championship win is Eureka’s second straight. The Loggers beat Arcata 69-65 to claim the AIBT last season.McKinleyville (2-1) stayed even with Eureka 4-0) through the first few minutes of the game as both …last_img

Mma’ Mary is a leading light

first_imgMary Raletoone is a firm believer in a community coming together to helt itself. (Image: Mary Facebook)How does a woman in a disadvantaged area provide opportunities to over 500 people?Social entrepreneur Mary Raletooane, known locally as Mma’ Mary, has accomplished some amazing things with her business, Itekeng Basadi Setsoto.Her garden projects, river-cleaning and sewing business has created work and employment for more than 500 people.“The biggest thing I learned is that if we are together we can do more,” she told Redbull Amaphiko. “Just come forward and share what you’re thinking with other people so that we can have a better life.”She also runs a centre for disabled children, which has dispelled local superstitions about being disabled. “They thought it was a curse,” she said.Raletooane went door to door, talking to residents, to bring greater awareness and understanding of the issue to people.Watch as she explains her work and its impact on her community:PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of the people around you or the environment? Do you know of anyone who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

Lions tab playoff bonus

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Laurenz Victoria paced the Cardinals with 19 points and issued seven assists.It was the Cardinals’ first win since stunning Letran, 78-75, last July 11.“What can I say, it’s been a long time,” said Mapua coach Atoy Co. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Robert Bolick of San Beda for a layup as Armand Noah and Zach Nichols of Arellano U looks on , at the Filoil arena ,INQUIRER PHOTO/AUGUST DELA CRUZNow that it has sealed a twice-to-beat bonus in the Final Four in NCAA Season 93, San Beda is setting its sights on payback against Lyceum.That second-round clash happens on Oct. 19, but the Red Lions, who asserted their mastery of Arellano University, 83-72, on Thursday, have the Pirates on their crosshairs.ADVERTISEMENT Mondilla widens lead to 3 shots San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 93 PLAY LIST 02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9302:00NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates03:13San Beda, Lyceum still title favorites for NCAA Season 9401:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “The games we have right now will be preparation for Lyceum,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez. “LPU is doing great. I will try to find ways to stop LPU.”The Pirates are on a 14-game winning run, with the Lions just a game behind with a 13-1 slate after rolling to a 12th straight win at the expense of the Chiefs, who kept the game close before fading in the final period at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJeramer Cabanag came up with a breakout game, finishing with 14 points to match Jayvee Mocon’s output, while Robert Bolick and Donald Tankoua contributed 13 and 11 points, respectively.“They really prepared for us today,” said Fernandez, referring to the Chiefs, who came within 63-67 early in the fourth period, before the Lions dropped a 9-0 run to put away the contest. “It’s really our individual defense that worried me today.” MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  The Lions nailed a twice-to-beat bonus for the 12th season running, but Fernandez hopes they can still finish the elimination round in the top spot, while preventing the Pirates from completing an 18-game sweep.“As what I’ve always said to my players, we only have to take good care of ourselves,” said Fernandez. “We cannot pray for other teams to lose, other teams to win. All we have to do is take care of ourselves and win our games. We have to take care of ourselves because we have to play LPU on October 19.”The Chiefs dropped to 5-9 and although they are still mathematically in the Final Four race, coach Jerry Codiñera’s squad can no longer afford to drop games.Earlier, Mapua University snapped an 11-game slide, while eliminating College of St. Benilde out of the Final Four race with a 79-69 victory.The Cardinals notched only their second win of the season after pulling away from a 69-all deadlock.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Title run just perfect for NU

first_imgNonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary The Lady Bulldogs, powered by do-it-all star Jaja Santiago, dumped the Far Eastern University, 25-22, 25-19, 19-25, 25-16, to capture the title via a historic nine-game sweep at FilOil Flying V Centre.With Santiago enjoying top-notch support in Risa Sato, Jorelle Singh, Aiko Urdas and Jasmine Nabor, NU made it back-to-back in the league’s college edition in a mighty show of force for the coming season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It was great feeling, we were able to sweep all our matches,” said Santiago in Filipino. “Maybe we have already achieved the maturity that we need to achieve and we didn’t become overconfident.”The Lady Tamaraws missed their team captain Bernadeth Pons—who was on a beach volleyball duty—in the best-of-three finals series. National University completed a perfect run all the way to the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference championship Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img As expected, Santiago ran away with the Most Valuable Player Award for her third straight MVP honor in the league.Earlier, Marck Espejo steered Ateneo to a sweep of Far Eastern University for the men’s title.Espejo fired 20 points for the Blue Eagles, who fashioned out a 25-21, 25-22, 25-16 triumph in Game 2 of their best-of-three title series.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Torre assured of Asian Seniors Chess crown BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

3 days agoAtalanta coach Gasperini reveals special Guardiola gesture: It’d never happened

first_imgAtalanta coach Gasperini reveals special Guardiola gesture: It’d never happenedby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini has revealed a special gesture he received from Pep Guardiola.Manchester City host the Oribici tonight in the Champions League.Gasperini said, “I must say that Guardiola is a very great person, beyond this, he made a gesture that had never happened to me before.”Eight years ago, when I left Inter he called me through Estiarte, with whom we had known each other since Pescara, and invited me to Barcelona to spend a few days with them. “For me it was an extraordinary gesture, of great sensitivity, because at that moment he gave me something beautiful. Also for this I respect him a lot. Having said that being here is beautiful, even if they are definitely dangerous…” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Roy Williams Tees Off On ESPN

first_imgRoy Williams tees off on ESPN.roy williams tees off on espn green roomNorth Carolina head coach Roy Williams is upset with ESPN – and he had no problem letting everyone know on Friday. Williams, ahead of his team’s contest against Boston College this Saturday, expressed that he isn’t a fan of how the network seems to focus on the “green room” players during broadcasts – meaning the players who are locks to be first round NBA Draft picks. He thinks that the game of college basketball is great – and ESPN shouldn’t just be giving the next-level players attention.Here’s video, via North Carolina:Williams makes some good points, but it’s not as-if he hasn’t seen his own share of “green room” players come through his program. Regardless, we don’t expect the network to change its ways.last_img read more

Friend of man shot on Saskatchewan farm breaks down at photos of

first_imgBATTLEFORD, Sask. – A friend of an Indigenous man shot during an altercation on a Saskatchewan farm broke down in tears in court when forced to examine a photo of Colten Boushie’s body.“How come you have to have that body laying in front of that thing like that?” said an emotional Eric Meechance Wednesday when asked to look at a photo of the barrel of a .22 calibre rifle that was near Boushie’s body.Saskatchewan Chief Justice Martel Popescul asked Meechance if he needed a break. Twenty minutes later he was dismissed as a witness.Gerald Stanley, 56, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the August 2016 shooting death of Boushie. The 22-year-old, who was from the Red Pheasant First Nation, died from a single gunshot wound to the back of his head.Meechance, 22, testified that he, Boushie, Cassidy Cross, Kiora Wuttunee and Belinda Jackson had been drinking throughout the day and had been swimming in the South Saskatchewan River. He said they heard a leak in one of the tires when the SUV crossed a culvert.He said they continued driving and stopped at one farm where Cross broke the stock of .22 calibre rifle that was in the vehicle trying to smash the window of a truck. They later drove on to the Stanley farm near Biggar, Sask., and were on an all-terrain vehicle but took off when someone started yelling at them, he said.When Cross crashed into another vehicle in the yard, Meechance said they both got out of the SUV and started running.“Within seconds … I heard two shots and I swear that they were toward me because I could hear a whistling,” Meechance told court. “I heard two shots whistle by me.”Meechance said he heard the third shot when he was crossing the main road near the farm.“Did you see what happened with that third gunshot?” asked Crown prosecutor Bill Burge.“No,” Meechance said. “You get shot at, you hear a third gunshot, you’re not going to turn around and start looking.”Defence lawyer Scott Spencer asked him why the group didn’t tell police they had a gun in their vehicle, suggesting that was a “pretty serious piece of information that the police need.”“I had a gun ban,” Meechance said.Spencer suggested Meechance wasn’t upfront when he said they went to the Stanley farm because they needed help with a flat tire. Meechance and others were “motivated by theft” and didn’t tell the Boushie family the whole story, he suggested.“Don’t you think they deserved to know that you were out checking vehicles? That you had a gun in there, you were shooting a gun out of the vehicle,” asked Spencer. “Didn’t you think the family deserved to know the truth?”“It’s not like we went there in a stolen vehicle. Not like we went there and whipped out a gun or nothing,” Meechance said.Sheldon Stanley told court his father looked like he was going to be sick after the shooting.He said an SUV drove into the family’s farmyard. Shortly afterwards, he said he and his father heard an all-terrain vehicle start and thought it was being stolen. The pair ran toward the SUV as it tried to leave the farm and Sheldon Stanley went in the house to get his truck keys.He said he heard two gunshots while he was inside and a third when he came back out.“I turned as my father walked behind the back of the grey vehicle towards me with a gun in one hand and a magazine in the other. He turned and looked at me and looked like he was going to be sick,” Sheldon Stanley, 28, told court. “He said ‘I don’t know what happened. It just went off. I just wanted to scare them.’“It just went off.”After Boushie was shot, Sheldon Stanley said the two women in the back seat of the SUV were “obviously upset and yelling at us.” He said they pulled Boushie’s body out of the car and, along with him, a gun that was missing a stock.“It was laying between his legs and, as they pulled him, it came out with him.”He said the two young women also attacked his mother while they waited for police.“They had her on the ground and they were hitting her,” he said, adding he told them to get back in their vehicle. “They did stop and got back in their vehicle.”— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

The NCAA Bracket Checking Our Work

Not all the numbers work out so neatly, however. Another bin contains all those favorites with win probabilities in the 50s (anywhere from 50.0 percent to 59.9 percent). These teams were supposed to win about 55 percent of the time. In fact, they’ve won 38 of 63 games, or 60.3 percent of the time. So the teams performed a little better than expected in these games.By contrast, teams with win probabilities in the 60s (from 60.0 percent to 69.9 percent) have won 35 of their 60 games, or 58.3 percent. That’s a bit worse than expected.What’s going on here? How are the somewhat heavier favorites, with win probabilities in the 60s, performing worse than those teams whose win probabilities were in the 50s? Are the heavier favorites getting cocky? Is there something wrong with the model?Probably not. Instead, these differences are well within the ranges that might result from random chance. This is easier to explain visually, as in the following graphic, which portrays the results of games from each bin along with their confidence intervals. Our NCAA tournament forecasts are probabilistic. You could say that FiveThirtyEight is “calling” for Michigan State to defeat Virginia on Friday, but it isn’t much of a call. Our model gives Michigan State a 50.7 percent chance of winning, and Virginia a 49.3 percent chance. For all intents and purposes, it’s a toss-up.Other times, of course, one team has a much clearer edge. Duke was a 92.9 percent favorite against Mercer last week, but Mercer won.Still, upsets like these are supposed to happen some of the time. The question in evaluating a probabilistic forecast is whether the underdogs are winning substantially more or less often than expected. The technical term for this is calibration. But you might think of it more as truth in advertising. Over the long run, out of all the times when we say a team is a 75 percent favorite, is it really winning about 75 percent of the time?FiveThirtyEight’s NCAA tournament projections have been published each year since 2011. The formula has changed very little over that period. (The only substantive change has been adding a fifth computer power rating, ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, this season.) That gives us a reasonable baseline for evaluation: a total of 254 games, counting the 52 played so far this year. (These totals include “play-in” games.)You can find a file containing our past predictions here. It’s important to emphasize that these predictions were published at The New York Times or ESPN versions of FiveThirtyEight in advance of each game — these are actual predictions and not hindcasts.Overall, FiveThirtyEight’s favorite won 70.0 percent of the time. How often was the favorite supposed to win? According to our model, 72.1 percent of the time. So at a macro level, the forecasts have been pretty well calibrated (70.0 percent is well within the 95 percent confidence interval drawn by simulating the results 100,000 times).But that doesn’t tell us everything. It’s also important that the heavier favorites, like Duke in its game against Mercer, win more often than the slim favorites, like Michigan State against Virginia.To evaluate this, we can break the 254 games down into bins. The most intuitive way is to use five bins based on the first digit of the favorite’s win probability. For example, one bin contains the 40 games in which the favorite’s win probability was somewhere in the 90s (that is, anywhere from 90.0 percent to 99.99999 percent; in practice, the heaviest favorite in our database is Ohio State, which had a 99.7 percent chance of beating the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2011.)We’d expect the favorite to win about 95 percent of these games. In fact, the favorite won 38 out of 40, or exactly 95 percent of the time. The exceptions were Duke this year and Missouri in 2012, which lost to Norfolk State despite being a 97.2 percent favorite. Each result is within its respective confidence interval. The calibration is not perfect. But the deviations from perfect calibration are not statistically significant. We encourage you to check our work, and let us know if you think there’s a better way to judge our results. But overall, the tournament’s results have been reasonably true to the FiveThirtyEight probabilities. Just don’t tell that to your buddy who had Duke winning it all this year.Correction: Speaking of checking our work: a reader, D.K., discovered that our database incorrectly listed Kentucky as the winner of its 2011 national semifinal against Connecticut. The chart, table and text have now been changed to reflect the correct result. We appreciate D.K.’s assistance and apologize for the error. read more

Ohio State prepares to take on Towson in semifinals of NCAA championship

Sophomore attackman Jack Jasinski heads for the goal in the fourth quarter during the first round of the NCAA tournament against Loyola Maryland on May 14, 2017. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterIn Saturday’s NCAA semifinal between the No. 3 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team and Towson, defense will be the name of the game.And if the early season matchup between these two teams is any indicator, it could be one of the lowest scoring games of the tournament.When the Buckeyes traveled to Towson, Maryland, earlier this year to take on the Tigers, redshirt senior goalie Tom Carey made eight saves and allowed just three goals in a 6-3 OSU victory.That emphasis on defense can be found in the NCAA leaderboards, where Towson can be found sitting at third for fewest goals allowed on average per game, sporting a miniscule 7.44 number. Of course, the Buckeyes haven’t been too shabby on defense either, sitting only six spots behind the Tigers, allowing just an average of 8.26 goals per game. But for OSU to find success, they will need to head into the matchup with an aggressive game plan like the Buckeyes applied in their matchup against Duke. In that game, players like senior attackman Eric Fannell were able to bully their way through the defense to put shots on net from just outside the crease.Part of Towson’s strength this season has been displaying an ability to box out and keep that opposing offense from getting in close. Despite ranking as one of the stingiest defenses for allowing goals this season, Towson’s goalies wound up averaging the fewest saves per game of any Division I goaltending unit in 2017.However, when the Tigers need their goalie to step up, they have been able to count on consistently strong performances from senior goalie Matt Hoy, who has allowed just 15 goals, while saving 21 shots on goal in upset victories over No. 8 Penn State in the first round and No. 2 Syracuse in the quarterfinals.Hoy did not begin the season as the starter, but has thrived in the role since taking over on April 1, posting a 7-1 record in games he started with only 6.99 goals against average and a .536 save percentage.That defense of Towson will certainly be tested against a Buckeye offense that had little trouble putting up 16 goals against a team that at the time ranked fifth in fewest goals allowed on average.The Buckeyes frequently found themselves in the front of the net, and were able to capitalize on nearly every opportunity, scoring on 51.6 percent of shots taken in the game. This ability to make the most of every shot has been a trend for the Scarlet and Gray this season as the team ranks eighth in shot percentage (.340).But the biggest test for the Tigers could come in finding enough offense to win the game. Though they have put up 22 goals in their two games thus far in the NCAA tournament, their offense currently ranks 46th among all Division I schools, averaging only 9.50 goals per game this season. While the Buckeyes will send out a pair of dynamic goal-scorers in freshman attackman Tre Leclaire – who was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year with a team-best 45 goals – and Fannell (34 goals), the Tigers have only one 30-plus goal scorer on the season – senior attackman Joe Seider. Seider had shortcomings against top-20 defenses this season as he has averaged just one goal per game in five contests. Three of those five goals for Seider came in just one game, against the No. 14 defensive unit in Hofstra.His team follows a similar trend of struggling against top-tier defensive teams, averaging just 7.8 goals per game and managing only a 2-3 record against such opponents. OSU, on the other hand, does not appear to lose a step against top-20 defenses, averaging 11.22 goals per game — less than half a goal below their season average — in nine contests against the nation’s best defensive teams.Given not only more experience against highly-ranked defensive units, but more success against them, the Buckeyes might appear to have a slight edge on paper. But the Tigers have overcome worse odds in the past, as evidenced by their wins over Penn State and Syracuse as the underdog on their way to their second-ever NCAA semifinal matchup.And for this pair of dynamic defensive units, it could simply just come down to who can score the last goal. The winner of the Towson-OSU game will face the winner of the matchup between No. 1 Maryland and No. 5 Denver on Monday at 1 p.m. in Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. read more