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Yelin: “The Team Didn’t Show Up”

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Coming off a win against Boston College, the Syracuse Orange was swept by the NC State Wolfpack on Sunday in its second match of the Atlantic Coast Conference season (25-15, 25-18, 25-20).

It wasn’t a lack of skill that attributed to the loss, but a lack in mental focus, head coach Leonid Yelin said.

“The team didn’t show up, you know that’s all I can say because over one night people not losing skills,” Yelin said. “They mentally not prepared.”

Set 1:

The tone of this match was set early on when the Orange women (2-10, 1-1 ACC) made two service errors and an attack error giving theWolfpack (8-6, 1-1 ACC) a 7-3 lead. NC State seemed to have complete control of set one. The Wolfpack wasn’t doing anything out of the ordinary that would shake up the Orange. The Orange players hurt themselves by having too many unforced errors.

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Set 2:

Going into set two, the Orange still didn’t seem to be focused. The first play was an unforced attack error. As the set went on, NC State’s passing started to break down, and Syracuse began to find a rhythm. Syracuse began to pull away with a five point run making the score 8-4.

But the Wolfpack started to come back into the game with kills flying past the Orange’s block.

Syracuse, which usually depends on its big block, had to rely on the floor defense. Without the block to work around, the floor defense had trouble picking up balls. Junior libero, Belle Sand, said when it comes to defense it comes down to communication and being able to read the attacker.

“As a young team we are, we just need to work on getting to our spot and that not being our set spot,” Sand said.

Again, NC State wasn’t doing anything special in its offense. When the Orange left a whole in the block or it was a one-on-one block, the Wolfpack seized the opportunity to kill.

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Set 3:

It was back and forth for most of set 3. Syracuse and NC State hit the best in the third. The Orange hitting .231 and the Wolfpack hitting .464. Syracuse had a more consistent set with keeping the attacks and serves in play. However, their defensive game is what became the Orange’s demise. NC State out-dug Syracuse 41 digs to 34 and out blocked Syracuse 7.5 blocks to 6.0.

Looking ahead:

The Orange hopes to find consistent mentality for the matches ahead.

“We emphasize a lot on you can’t just turn it on and off,” Sand said. “You got to keep it up and I feel like that’s something we have to focus on now for the next couple games.”

The Orange plays the Florida State Seminoles (9-2, 2-0 ACC), who are ranked 15th in the nation, in Tallahassee on Friday, Sept. 30th.

 

Defense Big as Orange Upsets Huskies on the Road

Defense Big as Orange Upsets Huskies on the Road

By Bridget Chavez Photos by Kelsey Snider EAST HARTFORD, CONN. – One yard, one turnover and one final scoring drive made all the difference in Syracuse’s 31-24 win over UConn Saturday afternoon at Pratt and Whitney Stadium. With little time left in the final quarter, the Orange defense held the Huskies on fourth down-and-one at the […]

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By Bridget Chavez

Photos by Kelsey Snider

EAST HARTFORD, CONN. – One yard, one turnover and one final scoring drive made all the difference in Syracuse’s 31-24 win over UConn Saturday afternoon at Pratt and Whitney Stadium. With little time left in the final quarter, the Orange defense held the Huskies on fourth down-and-one at the goal line, forcing a turnover. The Orange offense took over with a 99-yard scoring drive, getting into the red zone for the first time in the game, sealing the deal for SU, who came off a two week losing streak at home.

“It’s a big difference to say you’re 2-2 instead of 1-3,” Coach Dino Babers said. “For them to get this win against a very good opponent, I’m happy and hope to keep it going.”


Orange starts fast again, then stalls

An early 14-0 lead at the start of the first quarter set up the Orange to outplay the Huskies in both passing and receiving yards.

Wide receiver, Amba Etta-Tawo, was well on his way to breaking SU records with 118 receiving yards at the end of the first quarter. By the end of the game Etta-Tawo had shattered a 31-year-old Syracuse record for most receiving yards in a single game with 270 receiving yards. Huskies wide receiver, Alec Bloone, trailed with 20.

SU’s quarterback, Eric Dungey, threw for 145 yards while UConn’s, Bryant Shirreffs, threw for 36 yards.

Momentum shifts

With 12:20 left to play in the second quarter, Shirreff’s attempted pass to Hergy Mayala was tipped by and apparently snagged by SU’s Cordell Hudson at the 11-yard line for an interception. The call was challenged by UConn and overturned.

The Huskies offense then began to poke holes in the Orange defensive line scoring their first touchdown on a two-yard rush by running back Ron Johnson. Bobby Puyol’s extra point sailed through the goal posts.

Down by seven with less than a minute to play in the half, the Huskies, Arkeel Newsome, scored the home team’s second touchdown on a 6-yard run. Again, Puyol scored the extra point for the Huskies, tying up the score, 14-14.

Desperate to regain the lead, SU marched up the field to the UConn 30-yard line falling short again of making it into the red zone. After three time outs as UConn tried to ice him with two-seconds to play, SU’s Cole Murphy made a 47-yard field goal bringing the Orange to a 17-14 lead at the half.

Second half.

UConn started off the third quarter with a 30-yard drive only to be stopped by the Syracuse defense, who held them on fourth-and-two. The SU offense took over at its own 6-yard line for a mere 7-yard drive and punted.

The Huskies offense made it to the 10-yard line but instead of going for it on fourth-and-one, as they did several times before in the game, they went for the 27-yard field goal tying up the game again, 17-17.
Orange defense scores, then stops Huskies

SU’s often-struggling defense came through again as Cordell Hudson intercepted Shirreffs pass after Zaire Franklin had tipped it for a pick six, running the ball back 22-yards for a touchdown with less than one-minute left to play in the thurd quarter. Cole Murphy’s PAT was good and Syracuse led 24-17.

Franklin, the middle linebackerwho had the game-changing tip, then made the goal line stop as the Huskies drove tie on  fourth down.

Dungey drives, flies

Orange offense came back to score on a 99-yard drive with Dungey vaulting into the end-zone on a 6-yard rush, securing the Orange win.

UConn responded with a touchdown on a 24-yard pass to close the gap, but time expired and SU took home the win.

Next

The Orange will take on the Irish Saturday, Oct. 1 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The once tenth-ranked Fighting Irish were upset by the Duke Blue Devils, Saturday, 38-35 in South Bend and fell to 1-3..

The UConn Huskies will face the University of Houston Cougars on Thursday, Sept. 29.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orange Volleyball Opens ACC Season with Win over BC

Orange Volleyball Opens ACC Season with Win over BC

Story and photos by Kelsey Snider SYRACUSE, N.Y. – After struggling in non-conference play Syracuse won it’s first Atlantic Coast Conference match Friday night against the Boston College Eagles. The Orange started strong and won the match in four sets (25-18, 25-12, 15-25, 25-21). Discipline is the focus, head coach Leonid Yelin said afterward. “I am just […]

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – After struggling in non-conference play Syracuse won it’s first Atlantic Coast Conference match Friday night against the Boston College Eagles. The Orange started strong and won the match in four sets (25-18, 25-12, 15-25, 25-21).

Discipline is the focus, head coach Leonid Yelin said afterward.

“I am just sitting in practice and praying for them to get faster, mature and use it because they have skills and they have abilities and they want to win.”

Good to be home

After losing all three matches last weekend in Iowa, the Orange women (2-9, 1-0 ACC) were back in the Women’s Building and ready for the first conference win and the second overall win of the season.

A key turning point in this match was when Syracuse went on a ten-point run in set two. Junior setter, Jalissa Trotter, keep her composure at the service line and kept serving a nice line drive float to the Eagles. The Eagles (5-6, 0-1 ACC) had difficulty passing, and the Orange were able to get an easy ball back and run an effective offense.

However, it wasn’t a very consistent match from beginning to end for the Orange.

Yelin said the team needs to take care of the ball more in out of system situations. The players need to live to die another day. If the Orange keeps the ball in play rather than making an unforced error, it gives a chance to play defense when the ball is attacked back or gives the opponent an opportunity to make a mistake.

“Don’t give them easy points,” Yelin said. “This is experience. This is mental.”

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Set 1:

Syracuse came out with the first play of the game with a roof block. Outside hitter, Anastasia Gorelina, then came barreling in with a strong game setting swing making the score 2-0. As the set furthered, Boston College came back into it, and it was a back and forth game. Syracuse went on a 5-point run, which created a separation bringing the score to 13-6. Boston College tried to come back from that, but Syracuse kept the pressure on with defense and blocking and won 25 -18.

Set 2:

Syracuse came out on fire with a 10-point service run by Jalissa Trotter. Boston College looked as if it had been back up in a corner with Syracuse showing no mercy. The Eagles were struggling to find composure on the court, which caused many reception errors and unforced errors.

The Eagles attack percentage for set two was -.192. With that, the Orange looked as if it was firing on all cylinders. The serving was very aggressive as well as attacking aggressive. The Orange’s hitting percentage was .364, but it was the blocking that made a difference. Boston College had a hard time finding court where the Orange’s net and floor defense wasn’t.

“In the blocks is what did it,” Yelin said. “It was great blocks. They have to get around block, you know, and it’s easy to play defense. We make transition. That was like a volleyball book,”

Syracuse out-blocked Boston College 9.0 to 6.0.

Set 3:

Coming into set three, the Eagles didn’t look like they were down two sets. They came out strong with a 3-0 lead. This was the first time in the match where the Eagles led the Orange in points. At the first timeout of the set called by Syracuse, the Eagles were up 15-11. With a couple more kills and a few attack errors by the Orange, Boston College went on a 5-point run making the score 18-11. The Eagles, not ready to lose, kept the lead and went on to win the third set 25-15.

Set 4:

With both teams having a very up and down match, the fourth set was when they started to find a consistent rhythm.  The Orange and the Eagles were neck and neck the entire set. It was tied at 18-18, and that’s when Syracuse started to pull away advancing the score to 25-21. Outside hitter, Mackenzie Weaver got a career high of 12 kills, hitting .182 for the match.

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Looking ahead:

The Orange women are back in the Women’s Building on Sunday, Sept. 25, taking on the North Carolina State Wolfpack at 1 p.m.

Women’s Soccer: Syracuse and Notre Dame settle for a tie

Women’s Soccer: Syracuse and Notre Dame settle for a tie

Story and photos by Jacqueline Mundry SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Syracuse Orange and the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame opened their ACC season at the SU Soccer Stadium on Sunday with a tie after two overtimes, finishing the game with a score of 1-1. Syracuse forward Eva Gordon, who scored the Syracuse goal, summed up the […]

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Syracuse Orange and the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame opened their ACC season at the SU Soccer Stadium on Sunday with a tie after two overtimes, finishing the game with a score of 1-1.

Syracuse forward Eva Gordon, who scored the Syracuse goal, summed up the result logically.

“A tie is better than a loss but not as good as a win,”  she said.
Wheddon: a little bit of belief 

It was the third straight draw for Notre Dame (5-1-3) which came into Sunday’s game with a number 20 ranking, while Syracuse (7-1-2) was unranked.

“I thought it was a pretty even match end to end,” Syracuse head coach Phil Wheddon said. “This is our first game against a top 20 team. It gives the team a little bit of belief that they can compete.”

Although not coming out with a win isn’t ideal, the consensus for the Orange players was that they were happy with their first ACC game of the season.

“In the ACC, any goal is a good goal,” Gordon said.
The facts

Notre Dame outshot Syracuse 18-17, putting a lot of pressure on the Orange defense and goalkeeper Courtney Brosnan throughout the game. She made six saves.

“They have a lot of amazing forwards out there so their shots were coming a lot quicker than I expected,” Brosnan said.

After two one-handed saves by Brosnan, Syracuse got on the board first with Gordon’s goal in the 33rd minute. Syracuse went into halftime with a 1-0 lead but knew it would have to keep the momentum going.

Wheddon said he knew going into Sundays game that Notre Dame was a “second half team,” and that he reminded his team of that during halftime.

After the half, the Irish answered. In the 53rd minute, midfielder Taylor Klawunder recovered a corner kick and put it in the net.

Praise for Brosnan

Brosnan seems to be a leader for Syracuse. You can often hear her cheering on and motivating her teammates, while also doing her part on the field.

Wheddon said multiple times that he was proud of the way his team performed and competed against the Irish, but more specifically, proud of Brosnan.

“I’ve often said that she’s one of the best in the ACC and doesn’t get enough credit for it and I think tonight proved it,” he said.

Notre Dame put pressure on Brosnan for the majority of the second half and both overtimes. Aside from the one goal, she did what her team needed her to do.

Up next

The Orange hits the road for the next few weeks. The team will be play #13 Clemson on Thursday, Sept. 22, Miami on Sunday Sept. 25, and #9 Duke on Oct. 2.

After their road trip the Orange will be back in Syracuse to host #17 Virginia Tech on Thursday Oct. 6.

 

Bulls Spot Orange 17, then Roll 45-20

Bulls Spot Orange 17, then Roll 45-20

Story by Aubrie Tolliver Photo by Jacqueline Mundry Syracuse, N.Y. — The ACC leader in receiving yards, Syracuse’s Amba Etta-Tawo, had 123 on Saturday, but it was the University of South Florida that came out on top in a 45-20 romp over Syracuse on Homecoming Weekend at the Carrier Dome.. With the win, USF improves to […]

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Photo by Jacqueline Mundry

Syracuse, N.Y. —
 The ACC leader in receiving yards, Syracuse’s Amba Etta-Tawo, had 123 on Saturday, but it was the University of South Florida that came out on top in a 45-20 romp over Syracuse on Homecoming Weekend at the Carrier Dome..

With the win, USF improves to 3-0 on the season while the Orange falls to 1-2.

“I thought we started well,” Syracuse head coach Dino Babers said in his post-game press conference. “We just weren’t quite able to finish.”

 

Orange starts strong

Syracuse took an early lead, scoring on its first three drives of the game. On the first, quarterback Eric Dungey connected with Ervin Philips, who dove for the ball to his right from behind a covering Bull. He caught the ball while his entire body was in mid-air. Then it was Brisly Estime, who after receiving a 47-yard pass from Dungey, shook off three USF defenders and took it into the end zone. After kicker Cole Murphy’s field goal, it was 17-0 at the end of the first.

But, that just made the Bulls angry.

Bulls stampede

After gaining just 64 yards with only three first downs in the opening quarter, the USF offense more than quadrupled its production by half time. The Bulls had 280 yards, 14 first downs and made it into the end zone four times. Three of those touchdowns were thanks to wide receiver Rodney Adams. One more was tacked on my WR Marlon Mack, who ran a short two yards into the zone. The score was 28-17 at the halfway point.

“It was good to see our guys fight back,” USF Head Coach Willie Taggarts said  after the game. “I told them when they come we’re not going to flinch. We’re going to look [adversity] in the eye and say, ‘Bring it on.’”

Syracuse scored just three more points on a field goal by Murphy while South Florida tacked on 17. Mack scored his second touchdown of the night, a 52-yard run, and D-Ernest Johnson took a punt return 83 yards to the house.

A USF field goal by Emilio Nadelman in the fourth made it 45-20, the final score.

 

Numbers

Syracuse’s Etta-Tawo led the game in receiving yards with 123 while RB Dontae Strickland’s 128 yards led in the rushing category; although, USF’s Mack was not far behind him. He had 120 total rushing yards.

Dungey completed 66 percent of his passes (32 out of 48 attempts) but threw two interceptions. Opposing quarterback Quinton Flowers kept the ball on the ground most of the game, throwing a total of 24 times while completing 12. His offense earned 263 rushing yards.

 

No excuses

Syracuse lost two key players, safety Antwon Corky and cornerback Juwan Dowels, this week due to injuries they received against Louisville. Cordy suffering from a forearm injury and Dowels from an injury to his knee. Both were starters and will miss the rest of the 2016 season.

“We have to find a way to win with the people that we have, with the depth that we have, with the injuries that we have,” Babers said.

 

Next

South Florida is scheduled to take on Florida State at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. Saturday, Sept. 24 at 12 p.m. The Seminoles will be coming off a 63-20 blowout by Louisville.

Syracuse is scheduled to hit the road for the first time of the season, taking on the University of Connecticut at 1 p.m. in East Hartford, Conn.

 

 

Volleyball: Penn State Sweeps Orange to Win Syracuse Tournament

Volleyball: Penn State Sweeps Orange to Win Syracuse Tournament

Story by Kelsey Snider Photo by Aubrie Tolliver SYRACUSE, N.Y – During warm-ups, there was a feeling in the gym that let you know Saturday night’s match against the Penn State Nittany Lions was a big one. Fans started filling the stands until there were no more seats left on the bleachers and had to […]

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Photo by Aubrie Tolliver

SYRACUSE, N.Y – During warm-ups, there was a feeling in the gym that let you know Saturday night’s match against the Penn State Nittany Lions was a big one. Fans started filling the stands until there were no more seats left on the bleachers and had to start sitting on the floor.

There were fans from both teams cheering as loud as they could. The Women’s Building felt alive and energetic.

Those cheering for the visitors went home happy. But the Orange faithful left with a bit of optimism.

 

Nittany Lions too strong

Saturday night’s match was the last match of the Syracuse Tournament. Coming off its first win against Siena earlier on Saturday, the Orange seemed ready to play Penn State, who already had beaten Siena and Hofstra.

The Nittany Lions are a known powerhouse in the volleyball world. From 2007-2010, the Nittany Lions consecutively won the NCAA D-1 National Championship. They lost that title in 2011 (NCAA Regional Semifinal) and 2012 (NCAA Final Four), but regained the championship title in 2013 and 2014. While they’d lost three times this season, each time it was to another Top 20 team – North Carolina, Colorado and Stanford.

The upset the Orange was looking for did not happen as the team lost to the Nittany Lions, who are ranked 10th in RPI this year (25-22, 25-17, 25-12).

 

Set one:

The Orange women came out strong and ready to fight. They kept neck and neck with the Nittany Lions the entire set. Syracuse was passing the best it had all tournament and could run a successful offense keeping Penn State on their toes. The Orange’s defense was dialed in and digging up all the hard driven hits from Penn State.

Blocking has been a key strength to this year’s Syracuse team and it showed in this set and the entire match with the Orange out blocking the Nittany Lions 10 blocks to 8.

 

Set two:

Coming into set two the Orange players still had high hopes. You could tell they were pleased with their performance in set one.

However, as it moved into the middle of the set, the Orange players’ passing started to break down, which kept them out of system and hitting against Penn States’ solid double block. Syracuse made more unforced errors and took weaker swings trying to hit around a big block, which ultimately hurt the Orange. The Orange were out hit by the Nittany Lions .182 to -.056.

Syracuse depended on it’s good blocking and defense to stay in the set as long as possible, but Penn State pulled away.

 

Set three:

Going into set three, you knew Penn State was carrying the momentum of the game as they came out with an 11-6 start. The Nittany Lions racked up 15 kills with only four errors making their hitting percentage .367. The Orange women, however, didn’t come out as strong as they had in the first two sets.

The Nittany Lions had two long point runs in the set. Penn State had a six point run towards the beginning of the set going from 9-6 to 15-6, and a four point run towards the end of the set going from 19-10 to 23-10. After that, it was hard for the Orange to come back.

Syracuse’s passing continued to struggle in the third set keeping them out of system. The Orange hit .000, while the Nittany Lions hit .367.

Even with the continued strong blocking and defense by the Orange, it was nowhere near enough to pull out a set win as the Nittany Lions completed the sweep with their biggest margin of the night.

With that win, the Nittany Lions won the tournament. Hofstra took second, Syracuse came in third, and Siena took fourth.

 

Going into conference:

Head coach Leonid Yelin said his team stepped up for this match, and he hopes that his team can carry this feeling going into conference play.

“We’re going to find out the next match, every match we’re going to play from now we will learn about ourselves,” Yelin said.

Next week the Orange will head to Cedar Falls, Iowa to play in the UNI Tournament and will be back in the Women’s Building on Friday, September 23rd to play the first conference match of the season against Boston College.

Orange Volleyball Breaks Through with Win over Siena

Orange Volleyball Breaks Through with Win over Siena

Story and photo by Kelsey Snider SYRACUSE, N.Y. – You could feel the there was a change in energy in the gym as Syracuse was getting ready for its second match in the Syracuse Tournament against the Siena Saints on Saturday. By the way they were holding themselves, you could tell that the Orange women […]

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Story and photo by Kelsey Snider

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – You could feel the there was a change in energy in the gym as Syracuse was getting ready for its second match in the Syracuse Tournament against the Siena Saints on Saturday. By the way they were holding themselves, you could tell that the Orange women were focused and ready to get that first win of the season.

The Orange achieved their first victory of the season in a hard fought four set battle with the Saints (25 – 23, 25 – 16, 14 – 25, 31 – 29).

 

Sets one and two:

Syracuse came out strong in the first two sets with blocking being a key factor to the success. By the second set, the Orange out-blocked the Saints eight to zero with middle blocker Amber Witherspoon leading the Orange with 5 block assists.

Another key to the early success of the Orange was serve receive. Syracuse could run an effective offense using all its hitters. Syracuse outhit Siena in both sets hitting .232 compared to Siena’s .014.

 

Set three:

Coming into set three, the Orange didn’t start as strong and fell behind the Saints early in the set. The Orange passing started to break down and therefore running a composed offense was difficult. The Orange made more attacking mistakes and was outhit by the Saints, who were hitting .429 compared to the Orange hitting .062.

However, Syracuse’s blocking continued to dominate the game out-blocking Siena 10 to 4.

“I think that it gave us a chance to reevaluate ourselves and say what happened this isn’t ok, but were going to fix it right now, and we’re going to talk about it later and we’re going to move on,” freshman outside hitter Mackenzie Weaver said.

 

Set four:

Syracuse, which came in 0-5, was determined to win its first match of the season and that showed in the grueling fourth set.

 

“It came to a realization that we need to win,” Weaver said. “We need to win this weekend. And if it’s going to be ugly, it’s going to be ugly, but we have to get it done.”

With a rough start to the set, the Orange regained composure in the middle of the set and started to fight back and compete with the Saints. Middle blockers Leah Levert and Amber Witherspoon played major roles for the Orange leading to a fourth set victory. Levert got five kills, and Witherspoon attained 3 blocks making the team total to 15 blocks for the entire match.

 

Coming up next:

The Orange will play the Penn State Nittany Lions Saturday at 7pm. The Nittany Lions are ranked 10th in RPI.

“We’re going to have to see what they can do, reevaluate what we can do in our system and try to find holes in theirs,” Weaver said.

The Orange stuck around and watched Penn State play Hofstra to prepare for the match.

Louisville’s Rout of Syracuse in ACC Opener

Louisville’s Rout of Syracuse in ACC Opener

Story by Matt D’Ambrosi Photos by Julian McKenzie   SYRACUSE, N.Y. – It was a record-setting performance in more ways than one at the Carrier Dome Friday night for senior quarterback Lamar Jackson and the Louisville Cardinals. Jackson’s 610 yards of total offense were the most in both Louisville and Atlantic Coast Conference history as […]

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Story by Matt D’Ambrosi

Photos by Julian McKenzie

 

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – It was a record-setting performance in more ways than one at the Carrier Dome Friday night for senior quarterback Lamar Jackson and the Louisville Cardinals.

Jackson’s 610 yards of total offense were the most in both Louisville and Atlantic Coast Conference history as the Cardinals rolled to a 62-28 victory over the Syracuse Orange in the first conference matchup of the season for both teams.

 

Lamar Jackson Is The Real Deal

If the records mentioned above aren’t enough to convince you, how about sixteen seconds? That’s how long it took Lamar Jackson to prove to everyone at the Carrier Dome just how lethal he actually is.

On the Cardinals’ first play from scrimmage Jackson connected with senior wide receiver James Quick for a 72-yard score in what was the first of eight Louisville touchdowns on the night.

In fact, by the end of the first quarter, Jackson had tallied 207 yards and one touchdown through the air and 108 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. After the game, Syracuse Coach Dino Babers had nothing but praise for Jackson.

“He’s an exceptional player,” Babers said. “I saw him outrun contain, where three guys were exactly where they were supposed to be and he should have got tackled for an eight-yard loss and he runs all the way to the other sideline for an eight-yard gain.”

Jackson, who had eight total touchdowns last week against Charlotte, put the cherry on top of his unbelievable performance this week with an acrobatic leap over defensive back Cordell Hudson on a touchdown run in the second quarter that had his name trending on Twitter all night.

In all, the senior from Boynton Beach, Fla. finished with a video-game stat line of 411 yards passing and 199 yards rushing to go along with five total touchdowns (one passing, four rushing).

 

Amba Etta-Tawo Will Be Vital to Syracuse’s Offense This Season

If there was a silver lining in the blowout loss for Syracuse it was that Maryland-transfer Amba Etta-Tawo built upon his week one performance.

After catching twelve passes for 210 yards and one score in the opener against Colgate, it became clear last night that Babers will look to continue the trend of trying to get Etta-Tawo the ball – even if it means running the exact same play twice in a row.

In the second quarter Etta-Tawo ran the same fade route to the corner of the end zone on back-to-back plays, reeling the ball in on the second one to cut the score to 35-14.

When asked about what it was like facing a defense of Louisville’s caliber, Etta-Tawo said it’s more important to focus on what can be done internally.

“It comes down to doing what we do best,” Etta-Tawo said. “It’s not really the opponent we play. It’s just executing on offense, doing what we do throughout the week [and] executing things that we practice.”

Etta-Tawo, who had only 20 receptions all of last year, already has that many through two games and showed that the Colgate game was no fluke; he is capable of putting up big-time numbers against big-time teams.

The senior wide receiver finished with 103 yards receiving and two touchdowns on eight catches.

 

Syracuse’s Pace of Play

There was one part of the box score that the Syracuse and Babers won Friday night and that was the number of plays each team ran. At the halfway mark, Syracuse had run 58 plays to Louisville’s 42. The total at the end of the game was in Syracuse’s favor as well, 92 to 83.

For Syracuse, the point here is not necessarily efficiency – at least not yet. Babers’ recipe for success is playing fast. And running 81 plays last week against Colgate and 93 plays this week is fast.

There were numerous times throughout the game, especially on the Syracuse drive that led to their first touchdown, in which it was evident that Coach Babers’ quick pace of play was getting to the Cardinals. Play was stopped as Louisville players went down with what appeared to be leg cramps and were helped off the field.

 

Up Next

The Cardinals will play host to Florida State next week at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. As for the Orange, they’ll look to rebound during next Saturday’s homecoming game against the University of South Florida.

Hofstra Sweeps Orange Volleyball; SU Still Winless

Hofstra Sweeps Orange Volleyball; SU Still Winless

Story and photo by Kelsey Snider  SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Orange Women were back at home in the Women’s Building Friday afternoon for the first day in the Syracuse Tournament, but went into the weekend still looking for their first win. The Hofstra Pride swept Syracuse three sets to none (25-18, 25-18, 25-20) making the Orange’s […]

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 SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Orange Women were back at home in the Women’s Building Friday afternoon for the first day in the Syracuse Tournament, but went into the weekend still looking for their first win.

The Hofstra Pride swept Syracuse three sets to none (25-18, 25-18, 25-20) making the Orange’s overall record 0-5.  Head coach, Leonid Yelin says is not so worried about the technical side of the game, but more about the confidence his players have.

“What we have to do from now is get with more games is hopefully build confidence,” Yelin said. “Defense and serve receive definitely really struggled today, and I don’t see it’s because of our skills actually. It’s more of a level of confidence.”

Close, but…

In all three sets, Syracuse was close to Hofstra, but there were a couple of areas that could have been improved to possibly lead to a victory. The Orange had seven service errors, eight reception errors, and 11 block errors. All of which can be improved over time.

Hofstra led Syracuse in attack percentage, total number of assists and total number of digs.

 

Two more chances

The tournament is composed of four teams, Syracuse, Hofstra, Siena, and Penn State.

Syracuse will be back in the Women’s Building Saturday to take on Siena at 10 a.m. and Penn State at 7 p.m.

Penn State plays Hofstra at 12:30 and Siena and Hofstra play at 4:30.

 

So Far, So Good: Orange Ushers In Dino Babers Era With 33-7 Win Over Colgate

So Far, So Good: Orange Ushers In Dino Babers Era With 33-7 Win Over Colgate

Story by Mike Drew Photos by Robert Schiff Syracuse, N.Y. — New beginnings are usually treated with a sense of optimism. Hope that a brighter day has finally arrived. While the house was far from packed, those who came to the Carrier Dome reflected these sentiments and then some during the head coaching debut of […]

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Story by Mike Drew

Photos by Robert Schiff

Syracuse, N.Y. — New beginnings are usually treated with a sense of optimism. Hope that a brighter day has finally arrived. While the house was far from packed, those who came to the Carrier Dome reflected these sentiments and then some during the head coaching debut of Dino Babers Friday night.

Excitement filled the air as the opening kickoff approached. Babers’ quick success at Bowling Green and Eastern Illinois has instilled renewed spirit in the Syracuse football program since his arrival last December.

Now, in front of a crowd announced at 31,366, his team finally had a chance to take his fervent teachings and apply them on the field against FCS opponent Colgate.

Starting Strong

Both teams’ offenses opened the season with impact. Colgate took the opening kick and marched 75 yards on 12 plays. The drive was kept alive by a roughing the punter penalty against the Orange after the Raiders were stopped on their first third down attempt. Quarterback Jake Melville hit wide receiver Owen Rockett for a 19-yard touchdown to give Colgate an early 7-0 lead.

The much anticipated fast-paced offense of the Orange responded, as you would expect, quickly.

Quarterback Eric Dungey completed all five passes on his season’s opening drive, including an impressive 43-yard touchdown strike to Wide Receiver Amba Etta-Tawo. In just one minute and 46 seconds, the Orange evened things up at 7-7.

 

A Sudden Halt

In his post-game news conference, Babers articulated the point he made to his defense after Colgate’s opening drive. “Wouldn’t it be a heck of a football game if that was the last score they got the entire night,” he said.

His players heeded his message. The Raiders were held to a three-and-out on their second possession.  They would not score on any of their remaining 12 possessions in the game. Colgate’s offense finished with just 143 total yards and only 11 first downs.

 

Continued Efficiency

While Colgate’s offense disappeared, Syracuse’s continued to move. although it struggled in the red zone, four times settling for field goals. Dungey completed his first 13 passes  and finished 34 of 40 with 355 yards and two touchdowns.

The mobile signal-caller also carried the ball ten times for 35 yards, and converted a 4th-and-1 from midfield in the first quarter.

“If you put his opening performance up against all the other quarterbacks I’ve had, I’d imagine it might be the best,” Babers said.

Before the game, Dungey was surprised by his brother, Matt, who flew in from his army base in Germany to watch him play. It was the first time they had seen each other in two years.

“That was cool, overwhelming, surreal to be honest,” Eric Dungey said. “I had to lock back in and get ready for this game.”

 

Speed and the need for more

Babers spent much of his post-game news conference talking about how he wasn’t satisfied with the pace of his team’s offense throughout the game. “That’s the slowest game you’ll see us play all year,” he said.

But, one player who undoubtedly fit the speed moniker was Etta-Tawo. The red-shirt senior transfer from Maryland lit up the Colgate secondary all night, hauling in 12 catches for 210 yards and the aforementioned score.

Etta-Tawo’s highlight of the night came mid-way through the 3rd quarter when he somehow corralled a 40-yard dart from Dungey on the near sideline. He gained possession of the ball with one hand, managed to tap one foot down in bounds and maintain control of the ball with both hands on his way to the ground. The play was initially ruled a catch, then reviewed, and ultimately upheld.

“The techniques that we work in practice really just gave me the opportunity to keep my foot up and it becomes natural when you work so often in practice,” Etta-Tawo said.

 

Special teams unit comes through

On the four occasions on which the Syracuse offense settled for field goals. Kicker Cole Murphy made the most of his opportunities. He went a perfect 4-for-4 on field goal attempts, connecting from 32, 41, 32 and 33 yards.

Despite Murphy’s performance, Babers was clear that settling for three points is not something he plans on making a habit.

“We have to score touchdowns. We can’t kick field goals all the time,” he said. “And if we have to go for it, we have to go for it. We’re not playing to be close. We’re playing to win.”

 

Road ahead

Colgate (0-1) will make its way to New Haven for its next match-up against Yale on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 1:30 p.m. The Orange (1-0) will stay home and welcome the Louisville Cardinals (1-0) to the Dome Friday, Sept. 9 at 8:00 p.m. for the ACC opener. The 19th-ranked Cardinals hammered Charlotte 7-14 in their opener on Thursday.

“We have to come in tomorrow and look at the tape unselfishly,” Babers said. “We have to drop the e in ego and just go and get going at making this place better.”

 

Notes

Wide Receiver Ervin Philips finished as the leading pass-catcher for the Orange. He reeled in 14 catches for 87 yards and a touchdown. That ties the record set by Art Monk.

Freshman Running Back Moe Neal found the end zone in his first collegiate game. He finished with 71 yards on 9 carries, including a 49-yard touchdown scamper in the second quarter.

Both backup quarterbacks, Colgate’s Sage Attwood and Syracuse’s Zack Mahoney saw brief action in the fourth quarter.

Bison End SU Women’s Unbeaten Streak

Bison End SU Women’s Unbeaten Streak

Story and photo by Jacqueline Mundry SYRACUSE N.Y. – Two undefeated teams faced off on a windy Thursday afternoon at the SU Soccer Stadium, but only one  finished the game with the same title. The Syracuse Orange women (3-1-0) were defeated by the Bucknell Bison (4-0-0) in a spirited 90 minutes.   The almost goal Many […]

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SYRACUSE N.Y. – Two undefeated teams faced off on a windy Thursday afternoon at the SU Soccer Stadium, but only one  finished the game with the same title.

The Syracuse Orange women (3-1-0) were defeated by the Bucknell Bison (4-0-0) in a spirited 90 minutes.

 

The almost goal

Many of the more than 200 spectators groaned in minute 36 when Syracuse’s freshman midfielder, Carolin Bader’s shot appeared to have gone in but the referee said no, keeping it scoreless.

“I thought it was in, our players thought it was in but that’s a call for the referee,” Syracuse head coach Phil Wheddon said.

 

Six minutes of play

All three goals that did count were scored within six minutes in the second half.

Junior forward, Kendall Ham, of Bucknell scored in the 68th minute, ending SU goalie Courtney Brosnan’s shutout streak.

Bucknell struck again four minutes later when sophomore defender, Maddie Dano kicked one out of of Brosnan’s reach, in the top left corner.

The Bison were up 2-0 and the environment at the Syracuse Soccer Stadium completely changed.

Yelling was coming from the stands, sidelines, and the field when the Orange’s junior forward, Eva Gordon broke away and scored just a minute after Dano’s goal.

That made the score 2-1 in the 73rd minute but there was no more scoring after that.

 

The end of two streaks

“People started talking about being undefeated and the best start and all that kind of thing, we just need to be better,” Wheddon said after the game.

Brosnan went from not having given up a goal in the season, to giving up two in one game.

“Obviously she kicked it very well and put it in the corner,” Brosnan said of Dano’s goal. “I tried to do my best but I couldn’t get there,”

 

Moving forward

“One game doesn’t define us,” Wheddon told his team.

Wheddon said that the team needs to keep improving to be prepared for the coming games.

The Orange has no time to waste, hitting the road to play at Cornell on Sunday, Rhode Island on Thursday, and Fairfield next Sunday before returning home to play Buffalo on Thursday Sept. 15.

 

 

Volleyball: Colgate Comes Back to Beat Orange

Volleyball: Colgate Comes Back to Beat Orange

Story and photo by Kelsey Snider SYRACUSE, N.Y. – From the sound pouring out of the Women’s Building, you could tell volleyball was back in action for their season opening weekend. On Sunday, the Syracuse women’s volleyball team fell to Colgate (1-3) in an intense four-set match making the Orange record 0-2. Syracuse won the […]

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Story and photo by Kelsey Snider

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – From the sound pouring out of the Women’s Building, you could tell volleyball was back in action for their season opening weekend.

On Sunday, the Syracuse women’s volleyball team fell to Colgate (1-3) in an intense four-set match making the Orange record 0-2. Syracuse won the first set 25-18, and looked strong coming into the next three sets, but just couldn’t hold it (22-25, 23-25, 22-25).
“It’s a lack of confidence,” head coach Leonid Yelin told Cuse.com http://cuse.com/news/2016/8/28/volleyball-first-set-surge-not-enough-in-home-loss-to-colgate.aspx
“It’s a game of momentum. It happens to much better teams, but they can respond much faster back. That’s why I’m saying lack of experience, and based off of that, we start losing our confidence.

“We were responding a little bit late. Giving up more than a couple points puts us in a situation where we’re deep in a hole and have to dig ourselves out. That definitely did not help us. We are painfully learning to stay focused. We lose and now we get ready to play.”

Even though SU led in points, with outside Mackenzie Weaver leading the team with 20.5 points, and blocking led by middle blocker Amber Witherspoon, with six blocks, it was the SU offense that became its downfall. The Orange trailed the Raiders in kills, assists and hitting efficiency.

 

On Friday, September 2, the Orange will take on the Oregon State Beavers in Lincoln, Nebraska at the Nebraska Invite.

 

Volleyball will be back at home in the Women’s Building on Friday, Sept. 9, where Syracuse will play against Hofstra at 1 p.m. in the Syracuse Tournament.