MADRID, Spain (Reuters) – The Spanish Referees Committee (CTA) has said Video Assistant Refereeing (VAR) in La Liga has helped in all aspects of the game after the first season with the new system.VAR checked 4 293 actions – an average of 12 per match – in the 380-game La Liga season, intervening a total of 121 times (3.14 per game) and leading to 114 changed decisions.This included the awarding of seven red cards that on-field officials missed, with 60 goals awarded by video technology.The CTA also said player protests were down 17.3%, while simulation dropped by 68% following the introduction of VAR.“Our officials have adapted very well to the changes and so have the fans and media. It’s like we’ve always played with VAR,” said CTA president Carlos Velasco Carballo.Spain was the country most represented in European competition by its officials, with 34 designated for matches across the continent throughout the season, ahead of Italy (33), Germany (32) and England (23),Two Spanish referees were used in the Champions League last 16 and quarter-finals, while Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz, who is the fourth official at the final, took charge of Tottenham Hotspurs’ semi-final first-leg home defeat by Ajax Amsterdam.Spurs face fellow Premier League side Liverpool in the June 1 showpiece at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid.
While it was a busy Saturday afternoon for area high school boys lacrosse teams in the Section III Class C playoffs, it wasn’t a stressful one.East Syracuse Minoa, Jamesville-DeWitt and Christian Brothers Academy each prevailed in their quarterfinal games, the Spartans’ victory a particularly satisfying one as it went to Watertown and took out the Cyclones 15-8.Three weeks earlier, on April 27, ESM had lost at Watertown 10-4, a particularly poor effort that the Spartans, once it saw it had the no. 5 seed in the sectional bracket and would meet the no. 4 seed Cyclones again, was eager to avenge. Tags: boys lacrosseCBAESMJ-D Before the first quarter was done, ESM already had more goals than in that first Watertown trip, gaining a 6-2 lead, and it nursed that margin the rest of the half.Up 8-3 at the break, the Spartans withstood a Watertown charge in the third quarter, producing enough to keep an 11-8 advantage, and its defense took over late, blanking the Cyclones in the final period as Logan Lemelbaum worked his total to 14 saves.Four different ESM players had three-goal hat tricks, with Luke Rosaschi earning five assists and Lance Madonna getting three assists as Jackson Palumb and Eric Callahan matched their output. Matt Kenney had a goal and assist, while Tim Crouse and Nolan Palmer also found the net. Ryder Simser led Watertown with five goals, but that was more than half his team’s output.And now ESM will try to upend Jamesville-DeWitt in Tuesday’s sectional semifinal at Central Square, something it couldn’t do twice during the regular season, though one of them was an 11-10 decision on April 25.J-D, the top seed in Class C, had no trouble with its sectional quarterfinal against no. 8 seed New Hartford, stomping those other Spartans 20-3 as it settled matters in a first-half blitz that produced a 15-1 margin.The state no. 3-ranked Red Rams saw Matt Kemmis produce six goals, twice the opponent’s entire total, while Johnny Keib and Tanner Burns each got three goals and one assist.Tom Sabatino scored twice, adding an assist. Will Davis had a goal and three assists, with Connor Durkin getting two assists as Brendan Coyle, Alex Sanville, Ethan Kesselring and Lucas Bort also found the net.Meanwhile, at Alibrandi Stadium, CBA, the no. 2 seed, took out no. 7 seed Carthage 17-3, with the state no. 2-ranked Brothers steadily moving in front during the first half and then shutting down the Comets in the last two periods.Wyatt Auyer’s six goals led the way as Colin Kelly scored four times. Ryan Mackenzie amassed five assists, with Preston Taylor getting two goals and one assist. Mackenzie, Sam Bonacci, Joey Matheson, Josh Hulslander and Tommie Caputo got one goal apiece.In that sectional Class C semifinal twin bill at Central Square, CBA faces no. 3 seed Westhill, a team it beat earlier this month, with the winner getting J-D or ESM in Friday’s title game at Liverpool High School Stadium.Earlier in the week at Liverpool, Fayetteville-Manlius, the top seed in Class B, meets no. 4 seed Fulton in its sectional semifinal, looking to advance to the Friday title game at Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium against Auburn or Oswego.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story