Comments NEW YORK — As Adrian Hilburn sped forward — 30 yards into the end zone with just more than a minute remaining in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl — the emotion of the moment took over.All Kansas State needed was a two-point conversion to tie the game at 36-36. One final comeback in a game where the Wildcats and Syracuse traded offensive scores throughout.And because of all that, Hilburn got caught up in the moment and flashed a military salute toward the crowd. That simple salute doomed KSU’s comeback chances.‘I was just saluting,’ Hilburn said. ‘That’s something you do out of respect for your teammates or your fans, you know.’Hilburn’s salute drew a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that moved the Wildcats back from the 3-yard line to the 18. It was a controversial call that drew strong reaction from Kansas State.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter the penalty, Carson Coffman’s subsequent pass attempt was incomplete. And Syracuse went on to run out the rest of the clock in the victory formation to close out a 36-34 win in Yankee Stadium.In a statement to a pool of reporters after the game, referee Todd Geerlings cited Rule 9-2-1d as cause for the penalty, which states that a penalty is called for ‘any delayed, excessive, prolonged or choreographed act by which a player attempts to focus attention on himself (or themselves).’‘It was the salute,’ Geerlings added in the statement, ‘which was the judgment of the calling officials, which were the head linesman and the back judge. Two officials threw the flag, both judged it to be drawing attention to themselves, and that’s what the flag was for.’But Hilburn didn’t accept the explanation, saying he was ‘devastated.’ He said he saw Syracuse players Delone Carter and Marcus Sales similarly celebrate after their own touchdowns.‘I saw our opponent throw up diamond signs after they score a touchdown, and I give a salute,’ he said. ‘What’s that? … It hurts. I know we’re kind of on their turf and maybe I shouldn’t have done that, but I still don’t think that was a good call.’As soon as he gave the salute, Hilburn said he heard the official tell him, ‘Wrong choice, buddy.’‘And then I see the flag,’ Hilburn said, ‘and I’m like, ‘Oh, really? For that?”It didn’t take long for the issue to be brought up with Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder after the game, either. After pausing four seconds, Snyder said he couldn’t comment on the call.Snyder did say that the official gave him an explanation of why the flag was thrown. ‘The young man (Hilburn) did something to call attention to himself,’ Snyder said.‘I concur with the rule in regards to the intent of the rule. I concur with that.’SU head coach Doug Marrone was also asked about the call in his postgame press conference. He said he did not see the salute, turning his attention immediately to the two-point conversion after he saw Hilburn score.‘I didn’t even see it,’ Marrone said. ‘I really didn’t. My mind was going on to the second play, making sure the defense was getting ready for it.’And Syracuse wide receiver Marcus Sales said it’s difficult to keep emotions in check after a touchdown score. Sales threw up a diamond sign after his first score, a 52-yard touchdown in the first quarter.‘When you get a touchdown,’ Sales said, ‘it’s difficult for everybody to hold their emotions in.’Hilburn said he had done similar salute celebrations during his four-year career at Kansas State. Never, he said, had he been penalized for doing so. For Hilburn, it was a devastating end to his career. And it’s one that he thought probably shouldn’t have happened.‘It hurts,’ he said. ‘I blame myself for it. I shouldn’t have done it. But at the same time, it was emotional for me. We were down. All we had to do was score the (two-point conversion), and I guess my emotions just took over me. That’s what happened.’firstname.lastname@example.org–– Development Editor Tony Olivero contributed reporting to this article, email@example.com Published on December 29, 2010 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 9, 2018 at 10:34 pm Contact Eric: firstname.lastname@example.org | @esblack34 Comments Six words are tattooed on Allie Munroe’s ribs. Inked on the right side of her body during her freshman year, the message finishes each conversation with her dad.“The best is yet to come.”Maurice Munroe began saying the phrase when his daughter was younger and would suffer a setback during a game or weekend series. He believed that no matter what, the situation could always improve. He didn’t like to see Munroe pout when things didn’t go her way, so the phrase caught on as a reminder that she should keep her head up.“If your life’s going good, that doesn’t mean it can’t get better. If your life’s going bad, I just think it can only go up,” she said. “I view that in a hockey sense and a life sense.”Now a senior at Syracuse University, Munroe has had far more successes than failures in her hockey career, one filled with individual and team accolades. As a captain for the Orange, she is still looking for SU’s elusive first-ever College Hockey America conference championship. She’s won CHA defender of the year, all-conference first team honors and was named to the Canadian National Women’s Development Team. But all she talks about are the downs: CHA playoff losses and the one time she was cut.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Unless we ask her, she doesn’t really say too much,” roommate and co-captain Lindsay Eastwood said. “She doesn’t want to throw it in our face at all … she’s super humble about it.”Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerMunroe had dreamt about the chance to play for the development team since she was a kid. She expected to make it, just like she had with all of her other teams — only this time, she’d represent her country.Along with 46 other girls who were invited to the development team camp, Munroe waited to talk to the coaches. Once in the room, Munroe heard news she hadn’t before: she didn’t make it.Munroe left the facility and boarded the bus where the other girls who’d also gotten cut were transported home. Instead of crying, she held it in. The sadness and disappointment of being told she’d missed the team sunk in quickly, but the tears took a while. She didn’t usually cry in front of people.“Everyone’s rooting for you, so it goes to your head,” Munroe said. “You don’t only disappoint yourself. Everyone wants you to succeed, so it’s difficult when you fail.”Following the announcement, she called her parents, who listened to their daughter through speakerphone. She sounded depressed, Maurice said, a quality in her voice that is rarely heard.Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerMunroe received a letter after she returned to Syracuse notifying her of the good qualities she exhibited during the camp as well as the ones she needed to work on. She had skill, it said, but she needed speed.“(Her teammates) didn’t give her a chance to be down too long,” Maurice said. “She had a role to play on the team at Syracuse. It made her focus on the moment at hand.”Before long, the best season of Munroe’s Syracuse career was underway. Using her experience from the summer with the development team, she posted career-highs in goals (seven) and assists (14), en route to being named the conference’s defender of the year in her sophomore season.Despite Munroe’s accolades, Syracuse fell in the CHA championship for the second year in a row. As a freshman, she’d scored a goal and tallied an assist in the title game loss. As a sophomore, Munroe and the Orange were shut out. She was named to the all-tournament team both years, but that didn’t matter.When Syracuse fell to Mercyhurst 4-3 in double overtime of the CHA championship in her freshman year, SU’s seniors pleaded to the underclassmen not to do what they’d done.“Don’t wait until your senior year to win the CHA,” the seniors said, something that Munroe has never forgotten.Last year, Munroe contracted mono late in the season, causing her to miss the playoffs — something she chalks up as a “failure” — and watched Syracuse’s season end while on the bench.“I remember some of our meetings when she was (a freshman),” SU head coach Paul Flanagan said. “Just wanting to win a championship. Now all of a sudden you fast forward, she’s a senior, here we go, you still got one chance.”Laura Angle | Digital Design EditorBy the end of her sophomore year, her consecutive failures individually and as a team piled up. When the decisions for the Canadian Development Team were made, Munroe felt as pessimistic as ever. She couldn’t make the camp that summer, so she expected the worst.At her Syracuse apartment with her roommates, Eastwood, Brooke Avery and Maddi Welch, the call came. As her phone rang, she looked at them and thought, “I’m getting cut.” But when she emerged from her room after the call, she told them the good news: she made it.“It was a shock, to be honest,” Avery said. “She never goes out of her way to share that stuff … she came out and she was like, ‘I made the team,’ it was just so relieving, for us, she was so stressed about it.”For a period after getting cut the first year, the letter informing her of her shortcomings from the first tryout hung in her room at Syracuse, reminding her of her biggest failure in hockey. It also alluded to her strengths. As a kid, Munroe’s dream was to get invited to and ultimately make the Canadian Development Team. As a member of the Orange, her only goal has been to win the CHA title.Munroe’s teammates and coaches have seen noticeable differences in her play and demeanor since getting cut by and later making the Canadian Development Team. She’s introduced new ideas in practice and games and, as captain, helped acclimate freshmen to Syracuse.The pieces are there to win a CHA championship, Flanagan said. After the past CHA title losses, Maurice relayed the message Munroe’s heard all her life: The best is yet to come.“At the end of the year, it’s a failure, you don’t move on,” Munroe said. “It’s been tough the last couple years with that — just drives me more.”
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