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Crew Wraps Outdoor Training

November 19, 2013

Story, photo and video by Matt Dowell Syracuse University’s men’s rowing team is wrapping up outdoor practices for the fall.  With the weather getting progressively colder and the water bound to get icy, the team will move indoors and focus primarily on fitness. The fall racing swing for the team included a Top 10 finish for the varsity […]

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Story, photo and video by Matt Dowell

Syracuse University’s men’s rowing team is wrapping up outdoor practices for the fall.  With the weather getting progressively colder and the water bound to get icy, the team will move indoors and focus primarily on fitness.
The fall racing swing for the team included a Top 10 finish for the varsity eight at the Princeton Chase, coming in ninth out of 60 collegiate teams. But the Orange finished a disappointing 24th out of 32 crews at the Head of the Charles that included both collegiate and post-collegiate club rowers.

The goal going through the winter and into the spring season is to peak toward the end of the spring for the Eastern Sprints and the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Regatta which serves as the national championships for Division I men’s crew.

“We understand that we’re not really race ready the first race of the season,” said Captain Kyle Rogers, a graduate student in his fourth year rowing for SU. “Usually our stroke rating for the race is a little lower earlier in the season and we try and build up and add and kind of use what we learned in the first race and build on the next one. Hopefully by the final race of the season, we’ve peaked.”

“Our coach (Dave Reischman) would say our goal is to row hard every day,” said Jake Martens, a senior and the other captain “To put in as much work as we possibly can to maximize the return on our investment and I would say our ultimate purpose behind doing that is to get back to the Grand Final at Sprints and hopefully top 10 in the country at the IRA.”

 Syracuse crews have won five IRA championships in the varsity eight-oared shell competition over the years but the most recent came in 1978. The crew had a disappointing third level finish at the IRA last spring after making the Grand Final in two of the three years before.
Martens says the athletes definitely feel the pressure.
“We’re all very aware of the past successes of the university,” he said. “And we’re also aware of the fact that over the last 30 years or so it hasn’t performed to the standards of its history.”
The first spring race is a scrimmage at Princeton in March.

Orange Escapes Terriers’ Grip

November 19, 2013

Story and video by Mason Walling Photo by Michael Silver   The St. Francis Terriers would simply not lie down on Monday night, but it was the Syracuse Orange who wound up standing at the end winning by a final score of 56-50. “It’s a very difficult game, “SU coach Jim Boeheim said afterward. I […]

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Story and video by Mason Walling

Photo by Michael Silver

 

The St. Francis Terriers would simply not lie down on Monday night, but it was the Syracuse Orange who wound up standing at the end winning by a final score of 56-50.
“It’s a very difficult game, “SU coach Jim Boeheim said afterward. I think this will help us going forward.”

DaJuan Coleman led the charge early on for the Orange, scoring 10 points and grabbing five rebounds in the first 12 minutes of play. With just over two minutes to play in the first half, Trevor Cooney hit a three-point jumper from the corner and was fouled, giving Syracuse a six point lead after completing the four point play. However, the Orange never led by more than eight in the first half, and the Terriers went into the break only trailing 30-26.

St. Francis (Brooklyn) came out of the break hot, taking the lead 33-32 on a three pointer from Anthony White with just over 17 minutes left. Syracuse tied the game four times after that but the Orange would not hold the lead again until there was less than a minute left.

With only one minute and thirty seconds remaining, C.J. Fair missed a contested layup, but Jerami Grant got the rebound and the put back to tie the game at 50. On the next possession, Grant got a steal and drove the ball coast to coast, dishing it to Michael Gbinije for the go-ahead layup.

St. Francis forced up desperate shots on its next two offensive tries, leading to a must foul situation where a pair of free throws from Grant and another pair from Fair sealed the win for the Orange. Syracuse held St. Francis scoreless in the final four minutes of the game.

“We’ve certainly got a lot of work to do and that’s not a surprise,” Boeheim said.

Each team had three players finish in double digits as Coleman led the Orange with 14 points while Grant had 13 and Cooney 12. C.J Fair, who’d been averaging over 20 points a game was held to seven on two for 13 shooting. Jalen Cannon of St. Francis led all scorers with 16 points, as Wayne Martin finished with 13 and Anthony White with 10.

The Terriers fall to 2-2 on the season, and the Orange improves to 4-0 as the team prepares to travel to Hawaii to finish out the bulk of the Maui Invitational. Monday’s game was billed as the opener for the Maui tournament although had St. Francis pulled off the upset Syracuse would still have advanced.
“Any team is beatable in the NCAA, we almost lost to St. Francis, so definitely going into this [Maui Invitational] we have to build our confidence up and get ready to play next time,” Jerami Grant said.

Post game video here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HUl0yC7Igo

 

Orange Escapes Terriers’ Grip

November 19, 2013

SYRACUSE (Newhouse Sports Media Center) — The St. Francis Terriers would simply not lie down on Monday night, but it was the Syracuse Orange who wound up standing at the end winning by a final score of 56-50. “It’s a very difficult game, “SU coach Jim Boeheim said afterward. I think this will help us going forward.” […]

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SYRACUSE (Newhouse Sports Media Center)  The St. Francis Terriers would simply not lie down on Monday night, but it was the Syracuse Orange who wound up standing at the end winning by a final score of 56-50.

“It’s a very difficult game, “SU coach Jim Boeheim said afterward. I think this will help us going forward.”

DaJuan Coleman led the charge early on for the Orange, scoring 10 points and grabbing five rebounds in the first 12 minutes of play. With just over two minutes to play in the first half, Trevor Cooney hit a three-point jumper from the corner and was fouled, giving Syracuse a six point lead after completing the four point play. However, the Orange never led by more than eight in the first half, and the Terriers went into the break only trailing 30-26.

St. Francis (Brooklyn) came out of the break hot, taking the lead 33-32 on a three pointer from Anthony White with just over 17 minutes left. Syracuse tied the game four times after that but the Orange would not hold the lead again until there was less than a minute left.

With only one minute and thirty seconds remaining, C.J. Fair missed a contested layup, but Jerami Grant got the rebound and the put back to tie the game at 50. On the next possession, Grant got a steal and drove the ball coast to coast, dishing it to Michael Gbinije for the go-ahead layup.

St. Francis forced up desperate shots on its next two offensive tries, leading to a must foul situation where a pair of free throws from Grant and another pair from Fair sealed the win for the Orange. Syracuse held St. Francis scoreless in the final four minutes of the game.

“We’ve certainly got a lot of work to do and that’s not a surprise,” Boeheim said.

Each team had three players finish in double digits as Coleman led the Orange with 14 points while Grant had 13 and Cooney 12. C.J Fair, who’d been averaging over 20 points a game was held to seven on two for 13 shooting. Jalen Cannon of St. Francis led all scorers with 16 points, as Wayne Martin finished with 13 and Anthony White with 10.

The Terriers fall to 2-2 on the season, and the Orange improves to 4-0 as the team prepares to travel to Hawaii to finish out the bulk of the Maui Invitational. Monday’s game was billed as the opener for the Maui tournament although had St. Francis pulled off the upset Syracuse would still have advanced.

“Any team is beatable in the NCAA, we almost lost to St. Francis, so definitely going into this [Maui Invitational] we have to build our confidence up and get ready to play next time,” Jerami Grant said.

Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HUl0yC7Igo

Tenacious Terriers Come Up Short

November 19, 2013

SYRACUSE (Newhouse Sports Media Center) — The scrappy squad from Brooklyn came into the Dome Monday night and was unfazed by the “Loud House” or the ninth-ranked Orange basketball team. The Terriers controlled the tempo early and often with a pressuring man defense and aggressive inside play in the paint. Syracuse was lucky to be up by […]

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SYRACUSE (Newhouse Sports Media Center)  The scrappy squad from Brooklyn came into the Dome Monday night and was unfazed by the “Loud House” or the ninth-ranked Orange basketball team. The Terriers controlled the tempo early and often with a pressuring man defense and aggressive inside play in the paint. Syracuse was lucky to be up by four at halftime, 30-26. St. Francis, which plays in the North Eastern Conference, made headlines to start the season, shocking the University of Miami on the road, 66-62 in overtime.

The Terrier defense began to lock down and slow the pace even more in the second half. Orange players were forcing bad shots and committing untimely turnovers to the dismay of the home crowd. Senior guard Ben Mockford hit a three 3-pointers to silence the crowd during the last 20 minutes.

“We needed to keep playing our style of basketball,” Mockford said. “Getting in the passing lanes, aggressive defense, it was working really.”

With four minutes remaining, the small school from Brooklyn took a four-point lead. But the lead slipped away as the Terriers began to turn the ball over. The Orange went on a 10-0 run to finish and win going away 56-50, in what became an unexpectedly entertaining matchup.

Looking dejected after the loss, Mockford, who hails from Shoreham, England, touched on how close his team had been to another upset in this early season.

“A few plays here and there down the stretch and we could have won that ball game,” he said. “It’s tough to shoot in that zone [defense], you know. It’s not your typical zone where people think you can shoot threes. The wings are 6’8”. It’s tough.”

Wayne Martin, the freshman forward who attended South Shore High in Brooklyn was dominant inside for the Terriers. He outplayed all of the Orange big men, finishing with 13 points on five for eight shooting, with five rebounds and two blocks.

Head Coach Glenn Braica expressed admiration for his young team and the strategy coming in.

“Our game plan was to get the ball inside, then go from there,” Braica said. “Whether it was our bigs going to the basket, or playing inside out.”

Mockford, the team captain with plenty of tattoos and attitude recognized the opportunity his team had. Playing on national television, in a hostile environment and summed things up eloquently.

“Syracuse are a great team, a great program. We came into this game wanting to win. It came down to a few plays here and there, and it’s just the way it fell.”

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Tenacious Terriers Come Up Short

November 19, 2013

Story and photo gallery by Michael Silver The scrappy squad from Brooklyn came into the Dome Monday night and was unfazed by the “Loud House” or the ninth-ranked Orange basketball team. The Terriers controlled the tempo early and often with a pressuring man defense and aggressive inside play in the paint. Syracuse was lucky to […]

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Story and photo gallery by Michael Silver

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The scrappy squad from Brooklyn came into the Dome Monday night and was unfazed by the “Loud House” or the ninth-ranked Orange basketball team. The Terriers controlled the tempo early and often with a pressuring man defense and aggressive inside play in the paint. Syracuse was lucky to be up by four at halftime, 30-26. St. Francis, which plays in the North Eastern Conference, made headlines to start the season, shocking the University of Miami on the road, 66-62 in overtime.

The Terrier defense began to lock down and slow the pace even more in the second half. Orange players were forcing bad shots and committing untimely turnovers to the dismay of the home crowd. Senior guard Ben Mockford hit a three 3-pointers to silence the crowd during the last 20 minutes.

“We needed to keep playing our style of basketball,” Mockford said. “Getting in the passing lanes, aggressive defense, it was working really.”

With four minutes remaining, the small school from Brooklyn took a four-point lead. But the lead slipped away as the Terriers began to turn the ball over. The Orange went on a 10-0 run to finish and win going away 56-50, in what became an unexpectedly entertaining matchup.
Looking dejected after the loss, Mockford, who hails from Shoreham, England, touched on how close his team had been to another upset in this early season.
“A few plays here and there down the stretch and we could have won that ball game,” he said. “It’s tough to shoot in that zone [defense], you know. It’s not your typical zone where people think you can shoot threes. The wings are 6’8”. It’s tough.”
Wayne Martin, the freshman forward who attended South Shore High in Brooklyn was dominant inside for the Terriers. He outplayed all of the Orange big men, finishing with 13 points on five for eight shooting, with five rebounds and two blocks.
Head Coach Glenn Braica expressed admiration for his young team and the strategy coming in.

“Our game plan was to get the ball inside, then go from there,” Braica said. “Whether it was our bigs going to the basket, or playing inside out.”

Mockford, the team captain with plenty of tattoos and attitude recognized the opportunity his team had. Playing on national television, in a hostile environment and summed things up eloquently.
“Syracuse are a great team, a great program. We came into this game wanting to win. It came down to a few plays here and there, and it’s just the way it fell.”
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Syracuse Defense Causes Problems for Cornell in 89-48 Victory

November 18, 2013

Text and Photo by Ethan Joyce Video by Chelsea Brobst   (Syracuse) – The Syracuse women’s basketball team used stingy defense to cause 29 turnovers and create multiple fast break opportunities against Cornell Monday evening, beating the Big Red 89-48. Brittney Sykes lead the Orange with 23 points and five steals in a matchup at […]

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Text and Photo by Ethan Joyce

Video by Chelsea Brobst

 

(Syracuse) – The Syracuse women’s basketball team used stingy defense to cause 29 turnovers and create multiple fast break opportunities against Cornell Monday evening, beating the Big Red 89-48. Brittney Sykes lead the Orange with 23 points and five steals in a matchup at the Carrier Dome.

“Today in shootaround, we really focused on ball pressure,” Sykes said. “We knew that Cornell, after scouting them, that they really couldn’t handle ball pressure even though they are a great team.”

The Orange (3-0) started off quickly on defense, working a full-court press until coming across half court and settling into the zone. Within the first five minutes of the game, Cornell (2-1) turned the ball over four times.

Syracuse’s offense also stumbled in the opening minutes. Cornell forced the Orange into three turnovers.

Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman called a timeout about six minutes into the game to remind his team to stay focused when handling the ball.

“It’s just about knowing who is in your area,” Hillman said. “I think there are times that we didn’t do a very good job in our sets. But once we settled down and got back into the half court, then I thought they (the players) did a great job recognizing what was going on.”

After the quick regroup, Syracuse went on a 24-3 run. The team shut down Cornell’s passing lanes and used defensive rebounds to start fast breaks. Shakeya Leary (6’3″) used her height advantage against the Cornell frontcourt pulling down 10 rebounds and blocking two shots before the half. She finished the game with 10 points and 15 rebounds.

Leary said she feels her defensive rebounding has improved since last season, and it is helping her start the offensive attack.

“I’ve just really been going to the boards and getting rebounds,” Leary said. “That is really starting the transition on the offense for my teammates. Especially to Brittney–she is good at leaking out.”

Sykes had 11 points by the end of the first half. She said during halftime, she noticed that she only had two rebounds. She decided to dedicate her second-half efforts on battling for more.

“I was kind of upset with myself, knowing that I wasn’t helping my team going to the offensive glass and getting those possessions back,” Sykes said. “After realizing that, I knew I had to pick it up for my team.”

This was Sykes’ second 20-point effort in the first three games of the season and Hillsman said he is proud of the effort he has seen from his leading scorer.

“I thought Brittney did a good job getting out in transition. She created numbers for us, and once the ball gets off the glass, she is attacking the paint.”

With Sykes leading the attack, Syracuse dominated Cornell’s interior defense and scored 36 points in the paint.

Syracuse’s  next game will be at home on Wednesday against Maryland Eastern Shore at 7 p.m.

For video of Coach Hillsman’s and the players’ news conference, click here: http://youtu.be/MufV8DXWA1w

 

SU Men earn 48th straight victory over Colgate, 69-50

November 17, 2013

Story, photo and video by Rilwan Ameen Having to overcome slow starts is becoming a common theme for the Syracuse Orange (3-0) early in this season. Deja vu occurred again at the Carrier Dome Saturday. As in the opening game of the season against Cornell, SU’s opponent, the Colgate Raiders (0-2) came out firing away from three […]

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Story, photo and video by Rilwan Ameen

Having to overcome slow starts is becoming a common theme for the Syracuse Orange (3-0) early in this season. Deja vu occurred again at the Carrier Dome Saturday. As in the opening game of the season against Cornell, SU’s opponent, the Colgate Raiders (0-2) came out firing away from three to take an early lead, causing the Orange to adjust its game-plan en route to a 69-50 victory.

The turning point in Syracuse’s 25th consecutive win at the Carrier Dome came when Trevor Cooney and C. J. Fair connected on back-to-back three-pointers to extend the lead to nine (27-18). The baskets capped a 10-0 run at the 6:39 mark in the first half.

From that point on, the Orange never looked back.

Syracuse’s activity on the glass, contesting of shots in the paint and big games from freshman point guard Tyler Ennis and Fair all led to the comeback from an early deficit.

Fair led the way with a game-high 20 points and Ennis hit 4 of his 6 three-point attempts.

The performances of both helped the Orange shift the game in their favor and grab the momentum.

“Threes were a big part of the game and we started pressing and we kind of sped them up and turned them over,” Fair said.

With Colgate’s defensive attention focused on stopping reigning ACC player of the week Trevor Cooney beyond the arc, Ennis, made the most of his open looks from the outside.

“My guys were finding me today when they got the ball open in the middle of the zone,” Ennis said. “I’m going to take the open shots when they’re there and hopefully they fall like they did today.”

Ratcheting up its defensive effort from the first half, when Syracuse forced 12 Colgate turnovers, the Orange forced 9 more in the second half with their full-court press traps; two of which led to Sophomore Michael Gbinije electrifying the Carrier Dome with explosive dunks.

“That’s definitely what Boeheim wants, for us to just get out and run,” Gbinije said. “He wants us to have an up-tempo basketball game, those were my first two dunks of the year, so I’m kind of excited about that.”

Despite his team winning its first three contests, Coach Jim Boeheim pointed out missed free throws as one of several flaws in the Syracuse performance.

“When you’re playing a slow paced game you can’t miss 16 free throws. We missed three dunks and three other layups and you have to capitalize on those things.” Boeheim said.

“We didn’t make a lot of turnovers, but we made three or four bad ones in transition where we could score.”

After halftime, Syracuse turned to its size advantage to put the game out of reach.

“In the second half we got on the boards better,” Boeheim said. “That’s something that you obviously have to do when your playing a smaller team, you have to take advantage of your size.”

Senior Center Baye Moussa Keita was part of a strong effort by the Syracuse front-court to protect the paint and crash the boards with four blocks and 26 offensive rebounds of 52 total boards.

“I think we needed that,” Keita said. “Just today was just one of those games because we played a smaller team with a lot of shooters.”

Looking to improve in the next game, Gbinije said the Orange have to come out ready no matter the opponent.

“You can’t sleep on anybody, upset season starts right at the beginning of the season.”

The Orange (3-0) hosts another in-state rival, the St. Francis (Brooklyn) Terriers next on Sunday. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Watch Coach Boeheim’s post-game news conference here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8H9JF1BgoEg

Reporter Role Model Dave McMenamin

November 16, 2013

Newhouse alum covers the Lakers By Pete Sweeney The first newspaper Dave McMenamin ever wrote for was called the “Suburban and Wayne Times” in the suburbs of Philadelphia. The bi-weekly paper had a distribution of 25,000 people. For the first time, his name was on the byline and he relished the idea that so many […]

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Newhouse alum covers the Lakers

By Pete Sweeney

The first newspaper Dave McMenamin ever wrote for was called the “Suburban and Wayne Times” in the suburbs of Philadelphia. The bi-weekly paper had a distribution of 25,000 people. For the first time, his name was on the byline and he relished the idea that so many people would be seeing his work.

Today, as the ESPN Los Angeles Lakers beat writer, McMenamin has nearly 51,000 Twitter followers, including Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Michael “Flea” Balzary, who direct messages him on a regular basis to talk basketball.

“I was in high school playing ‘Californication’ until the CD wouldn’t work,” McMenamin says. “In that respect, it’s a fantastic thing.

Talking to a member of his favorite band is just one of the many perks of being an NBA basketball writer, something McMenamin has always known he has wanted to do. A “voracious reader” as a young kid, he developed a passion for writing and story telling at a very early age. He says that this gave him a distinct advantage in pursuing his dream.

“When I had friends in high school and in college going through that searching process, I already had a direction.”

McMenamin went to Syracuse to study at the Newhouse School in pursuit of his dream. While at Syracuse, his love for basketball never waned. He helped manage the Syracuse basketball team and even played college basketball in Ireland during his study abroad year.

Upon graduation in 2005, McMenamin’s first job was a high school basketball coach in San Diego. The job paid $1,000 for the season. To supplement that virtually unlivable salary, he worked in a Halloween store. Even though he was still working in basketball, his passion, he wasn’t happy.

But that’s when things changed. The NBA reached out to McMenamin about a job he had applied to four months earlier, working for its website. McMenamin would spend the next four years as a writer for NBA.com before leaving in 2009 for ESPN.

One of the major things that have made McMenamin so successful is his willingness to go the extra mile. Before he writes a piece, he reads everything he possibly can about that given topic. Before he conducts an interview, he’ll log onto YouTube and watch as many one-on-one interviews with that person that he possibly can.

“There is no such thing as over-preparation,” McMenamin says.

This type of attitude didn’t hurt when McMenamin was given the opportunity to interview Kobe Bryant in an ESPN Sunday Conversation this past summer, a moment he describes as a “surreal thing.”

“When you’re sitting in a director’s chair in a darkened room and there’s a camera behind you and a camera in front of you and three producers, a couple PR people, and a Nike rep, you’re sitting there and you’re having a conversation one-on one, and you [think about] how many people are going to see it when it’s finished. That stood out because it was kind of surreal thing to go to.”

But the magnitude of the moment did not affect McMenamin’s preparation. He had done his research. Earlier this year, Kobe posted the following on Facebook: “I’d rather be perceived as a good winner than a good teammate.”

Without researching, McMenamin would have never read this. And he would have never been able to ask a question that no one had ever asked him before: “What good is winning, if you’re not sharing it with your teammates?”

What Kobe responded with was a personal vision of his future – sitting with other Lakers players 20 years down the line, staring each other in the eye and wondering “What if?” Thanks to research, McMenamin gave us a previously unseen look into the competitive psyche of Kobe Bryant, one of the greatest basketball players of all time.

“Be relentless. Be creative. Be persistent,” he says.

Along with staunch research, McMenamin stresses how important it is to be well-rounded in today’s sports media world. If you’re a columnist and you’re good at it, you’ll eventually have to do radio. If you’re on the web and the radio, you’ll likely have to eventually do television.

“Getting yourself comfortable in every medium could help you get more opportunities,” he says.

While you’re busy getting comfortable in all forms of media, McMenamin preaches to never say NO when presented with an opportunity. The sports media business is smaller than one might think. In Philadelphia, McMenamin interned for a high school sports show on NBC. There was an older talent there that had just graduated college. He became a mentor for McMenamin. Years later, his mentor was producing for SportsCenter, booking McMenamin for basketball segments. You never know, he says.

Most importantly, be passionate about what you do. McMenamin has been passionate about basketball his whole life. He’s covered the game from Team USA to Game 7 of the NBA finals, and takes pride in the fact that he is now a “keeper of the game.” When it’s all set and done, he’s content in the fact that he will be able to leave something legitimately important behind.

“Athletes care about their legacy, and [for us,] it’s a different ballgame,” McMenamin said. “In journalism, one of the perks of the job is that you are able to build a body of work and hopefully leave something that’s still around when you’re not.”

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Syracuse Women Dominate Dartmouth in Dome Opener, 88-47

November 15, 2013

SYRACUSE (Newhouse Sports Media Center) — The Syracuse Orange women’s basketball team (2-0) left the Dartmouth Big Green (1-2) feeling a bit blue Thursday night. Sophomore Brittney Sykes led the way with a career-high 26 points as SU cruised past Dartmouth 88-47 in the Carrier Dome opener. The Orange took an lead early in the game off […]

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SYRACUSE (Newhouse Sports Media Center)  The Syracuse Orange women’s basketball team (2-0) left the Dartmouth Big Green (1-2) feeling a bit blue Thursday night. Sophomore Brittney Sykes led the way with a career-high 26 points as SU cruised past Dartmouth 88-47 in the Carrier Dome opener.

The Orange took an lead early in the game off a three-pointer from Taylor Ford as part of a 9-0 run that took place in the first five minutes of the game.

Syracuse then broke out the full court press, creating turnovers on consecutive Dartmouth possessions and finishing with easy baskets in transition.

At halftime, Taylor Ford was a perfect 4-for-4 from beyond the arc, notching 12 points. Sykes led all scorers with 18.

Despite the sharp shooting early, it seemed as though both teams forgot their offense in the locker rooms. Syracuse and Dartmouth went a combined 2-for-23 from three point range in the second half. The Big Green was initially able to keep pace with the Orange, but it was only a matter of time before Syracuse defensive pressure once again caused havoc.

The Orange offense got a boost from the defense, as a steal and dish to Sykes regained momentum. Sykes collected her 26 points in only 28 minutes of action.

With five minutes remaining in the game, Coach Quentin Hillsman had taken out all his starters. That’s when the Orange bench stepped up. Senior Phylesha Bullard had a stellar performance, scoring 9 straight points to end the game.

Ford went 4-for-5 on three-pointers for the night, missing her last and only attempt in the second half.

Shakeya Leary contributed a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds, half of which were offensive boards.

Freshman Isabella Slim struggled from the field but was an impressive 6-for-8 from the free throw line, totaling 10 points for the game.

Defense was the driving force in this game. Syracuse’s full-court press forced 22 turnovers and had 13 steals.

“I think our defense was great. I thought we got a lot of traps,” said Brianna Butler, who finished with 9 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists. “We got a lot of back court 10-second calls. So I think that our defense helped definitely into transition for Brittney to get out and everyone to run the floor.”

“If we’re going to play fast, going to play up and down the court, we have to play numbers,” Hillsman said. “We gotta play our bench players, we gotta play our subs. They gotta get in the game and be productive. We can go 9 or 10 deep easy. Every night. And that’s what we’re really getting towards.”

Next Game

Up next, the Orange women will take on the Cornell Big Red in the Dome. Tip off is set for Monday at 4:30 p.m.

Video

Post game from Coach Q, Shekaya Leary, Brittney Sykes, and Brianna Butler: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zReUHp9Ma-Q

Syracuse Women Dominate Dartmouth in Dome Opener, 88-47

November 15, 2013

Story. photo and video by Julianne Dellorso SYRACUSE – The Syracuse Orange women’s basketball team (2-0) left the Dartmouth Big Green (1-2) feeling a bit blue Thursday night. Sophomore Brittney Sykes led the way with a career-high 26 points as SU cruised past Dartmouth 88-47 in the Carrier Dome opener. The Orange took an lead […]

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Story. photo and video by Julianne Dellorso

SYRACUSE – The Syracuse Orange women’s basketball team (2-0) left the Dartmouth Big Green (1-2) feeling a bit blue Thursday night. Sophomore Brittney Sykes led the way with a career-high 26 points as SU cruised past Dartmouth 88-47 in the Carrier Dome opener.

The Orange took an lead early in the game off a three-pointer from Taylor Ford as part of a 9-0 run that took place in the first five minutes of the game.

Syracuse then broke out the full court press, creating turnovers on consecutive Dartmouth possessions and finishing with easy baskets in transition.

At halftime, Taylor Ford was a perfect 4-for-4 from beyond the arc, notching 12 points. Sykes led all scorers with 18.

Despite the sharp shooting early, it seemed as though both teams forgot their offense in the locker rooms. Syracuse and Dartmouth went a combined 2-for-23 from three point range in the second half. The Big Green was initially able to keep pace with the Orange, but it was only a matter of time before Syracuse defensive pressure once again caused havoc.

The Orange offense got a boost from the defense, as a steal and dish to Sykes regained momentum. Sykes collected her 26 points in only 28 minutes of action.

With five minutes remaining in the game, Coach Quentin Hillsman had taken out all his starters. That’s when the Orange bench stepped up. Senior Phylesha Bullard had a stellar performance, scoring 9 straight points to end the game.

Ford went 4-for-5 on three-pointers for the night, missing her last and only attempt in the second half.

Shakeya Leary contributed a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds, half of which were offensive boards.

Freshman Isabella Slim struggled from the field but was an impressive 6-for-8 from the free throw line, totaling 10 points for the game.

Defense was the driving force in this game. Syracuse’s full-court press forced 22 turnovers and had 13 steals.
“I think our defense was great. I thought we got a lot of traps,” said Brianna Butler, who finished with 9 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists. “We got a lot of back court 10-second calls. So I think that our defense helped definitely into transition for Brittney to get out and everyone to run the floor.”

“If we’re going to play fast, going to play up and down the court, we have to play numbers,” Hillsman said. “We gotta play our bench players, we gotta play our subs. They gotta get in the game and be productive. We can go 9 or 10 deep easy. Every night. And that’s what we’re really getting towards.”

Up next, the Orange women will take on the Cornell Big Red in the Dome. Tip off is set for Monday at 4:30 p.m.

Post game from Coach Q, Shekaya Leary, Brittney Sykes, and Brianna Butler: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zReUHp9Ma-Q

SU’s Strong Start Pushes The Orange Past Fordham, 89-74

November 13, 2013

SYRACUSE (Newhouse Sports Media Center) — Unlike their first half performance in last Friday’s game against Cornell, the Syracuse men’s basketball team had an explosive start in the first half against Fordham Tuesday night. The Orange led 46-21 at the half and went on to win it 89-74. Just under five minutes into the game, the Orange […]

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SYRACUSE (Newhouse Sports Media Center)  Unlike their first half performance in last Friday’s game against Cornell, the Syracuse men’s basketball team had an explosive start in the first half against Fordham Tuesday night. The Orange led 46-21 at the half and went on to win it 89-74.

Just under five minutes into the game, the Orange pulled out a 10 point lead against the Rams. Syracuse shot 53 percent in the first half and 70 percent from the free throw line. The Orange’s defense matched its strong offensive start in the first half with Syracuse holding Fordham to only six points in the paint and seven offensive rebounds.

“First half we were pretty good, ” head coach Jim Boeheim said. ” We did a pretty good job defensively. I think Fordham is a pretty good team offensively and we held them to 21 points and they made a couple of tough shots in that group.”

But the second half did not go as smoothly for the Orange. Entering the second half with a 25 point lead, Syracuse relaxed on defense letting Fordham cut the lead to 12 points. The Orange allowed Fordham’s guard Branden Frazier to score 19 of his 33 total points in the second half.

“I think we felt we had control of the game, ” said Boeheim. ” We lost our defensive edge and they took advantage of it. It’s something we obviously have to work on.”

A bit of the Orange’s defensive woes resulted from having to adjust to the new NCAA rule changes involving enforcement of hand-checking that went in affect this season. This translates to more foul shots and potential foul trouble for teams. In tonight’s game, Syracuse shot 42 free throws and Fordham shot 30 combining for a total of 55 fouls called in the game. Syracuse had three players, Rakeem Christmas, Trevor Cooney, and Michael Gbinije with four fouls. Fordham’s Ryan Rhoomes, Bryan Smith, and Travion Leonard all fouled out of the game.

“They’re going to call fouls,” Boeheim said. “You’ve got to be able to play without fouling. When we got into foul trouble we stopped guarding and you can not do that. They are going to call fouls. It’s going to be that way. Every game I watched today and last night, they are calling these fouls so we have to adjust to it.”

“I can see why they changed it but I think it kind of takes away from the game, ” said forward C.J. Fair. “It is just now a free throw contest. It slowed the game down and kind of got us out of sync on offense. It’s something we got to adjust to though.”

Fair led the Orange with 26 points, including 7 of 7 from the line. Syracuse had three other players score double digit points. Guard Tyler Ennis and forward Jerami Grant both chipped in 16 points. Center DaJuan Coleman added 10.

Next Game

The Orange hosts Colgate University Saturday. Tip off is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

Video

Watch Head Coach Jim Boeheim’s postgame news conference here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CRcu0WMz2I

SU’s Strong Start Pushes The Orange Past Fordham, 89-74

November 13, 2013

Story, photo, and video by Jasmine Haynes Unlike their first half performance in last Friday’s game against Cornell, the Syracuse men’s basketball team had an explosive start in the first half against Fordham Tuesday night. The Orange led 46-21 at the half and went on to win it 89-74. Just under five minutes into the […]

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Story, photo, and video by Jasmine Haynes

Unlike their first half performance in last Friday’s game against Cornell, the Syracuse men’s basketball team had an explosive start in the first half against Fordham Tuesday night. The Orange led 46-21 at the half and went on to win it 89-74.

Just under five minutes into the game, the Orange pulled out a 10 point lead against the Rams. Syracuse shot 53 percent in the first half and 70 percent from the free throw line. The Orange’s defense matched its strong offensive start in the first half with Syracuse holding Fordham to only six points in the paint and seven offensive rebounds.

“First half we were pretty good, ” head coach Jim Boeheim said. ” We did a pretty good job defensively. I think Fordham is a pretty good team offensively and we held them to 21 points and they made a couple of tough shots in that group.”

But the second half did not go as smoothly for the Orange. Entering the second half with a 25 point lead, Syracuse relaxed on defense letting Fordham cut the lead to 12 points. The Orange allowed Fordham’s guard Branden Frazier to score 19 of his 33 total points in the second half.

“I think we felt we had control of the game, ” said Boeheim. ” We lost our defensive edge and they took advantage of it. It’s something we obviously have to work on.”

A bit of the Orange’s defensive woes resulted from having to adjust to the new NCAA rule changes involving enforcement of hand-checking that went in affect this season. This translates to more foul shots and potential foul trouble for teams. In tonight’s game, Syracuse shot 42 free throws and Fordham shot 30 combining for a total of 55 fouls called in the game. Syracuse had three players, Rakeem Christmas, Trevor Cooney, and Michael Gbinije with four fouls. Fordham’s Ryan Rhoomes, Bryan Smith, and Travion Leonard all fouled out of the game.

“They’re going to call fouls,” Boeheim said. “You’ve got to be able to play without fouling. When we got into foul trouble we stopped guarding and you can not do that. They are going to call fouls. It’s going to be that way. Every game I watched today and last night, they are calling these fouls so we have to adjust to it.”

“I can see why they changed it but I think it kind of takes away from the game, ” said forward C.J. Fair. “It is just now a free throw contest. It slowed the game down and kind of got us out of sync on offense. It’s something we got to adjust to though.”

Fair led the Orange with 26 points, including 7 of 7 from the line. Syracuse had three other players score double digit points. Guard Tyler Ennis and forward Jerami Grant both chipped in 16 points. Center DaJuan Coleman added 10.

The Orange hosts Colgate University Saturday. Tip off is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

Watch Head Coach Jim Boeheim’s postgame news conference here:

Orange Digs Out of First Half Hole; Tops Big Red 82-60

November 9, 2013

Breakout Night for Cooney Story and photos by Julianne Dellorso SYRACUSE – Down big in the first half at the Carrier Dome Friday night, Syracuse ratcheted up its defense in the second half to pull away from Cornell for an 82-60 win. On the offensive end, Trevor Cooney had a breakout performance in SU’s first […]

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Breakout Night for Cooney

Story and photos by Julianne Dellorso

SYRACUSE – Down big in the first half at the Carrier Dome Friday night, Syracuse ratcheted up its defense in the second half to pull away from Cornell for an 82-60 win. On the offensive end, Trevor Cooney had a breakout performance in SU’s first regular season game, putting up 27 points, going 7 for 8 from beyond the arc. C.J Fair added 19 and Rakeem Christmas had a dozen.

The Orange scored first in the game, with Fair putting in a layup on the opening possession. That lead was short lived, however, as Cornell went on a 12 point run, led by Nolan Cressler who had 20 points in the first half, scoring from all over the floor. Cornell eventually led by as many as 14. Two Cooney threes just before halftime cut the Big Red lead to 38-32 at the break.

In the locker room Boeheim called for improvement and the players got the message. Cooney said they knew that they had dug themselves into a hole and needed to find their way out.

Syracuse emerged after the break with a vengeance. The Orange applied full-court pressure in the second half and went on a 10-2 run that returned them the lead for the first time since being up by a point in the middle of the first half.

(c) Dellorso 2013

(c) Dellorso 2013

“We just made some adjustments defensively that just made a big difference,” Boeheim said. “We took away the high-post pass and we got to the shooters better. I just thought our movement was a little better. When you don’t move on defense, it doesn’t matter what defense you play.”

One thing the Orange did is find Cressler, who scored only three in the second half. What the Big Red could not do is stop Cooney. He sank five more three-pointers in the second half as Su outscored Cornell 50-22. He also had four steals in the game.

As the Orange got into the lead, the Dome crowd got into the game. The 24,788 in attendance started to chant Cooney’s name and get fired up by slams from Cooney, Fair and Christmas.

“A crowd for our first game was awesome,” Cooney said.”It felt good to have them behind you and the team,”

After the game, Boeheim talked about his expectations for the season.

“My realistic expectation is that we’re going to get better. We’re going to back and try to play better next week. And you know, go game by game and see if we can become what everyone’s predicting that we could become. We’re far from it.”

In a game where Cornell held the lead for almost the entirety of the first half, Boeheim had to give props to the Big Red.

“They made seven three’s against us in the first half,” he said “Not many teams do that.”

The Orange plays Fordham next, on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.

Coach Boeheim news conference here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=646t5mcOWNk#t=74

C.J. Fair postgame here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mOHg6DVO9w

Orange Digs Out of First Half Hole; Tops Big Red 82-60

November 9, 2013

SYRACUSE (Newhouse Sports Media Center) — Down big in the first half at the Carrier Dome Friday night, Syracuse ratcheted up its defense in the second half to pull away from Cornell for an 82-60 win. On the offensive end, Trevor Cooney had a breakout performance in SU’s first regular season game, putting up 27 points, going […]

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SYRACUSE (Newhouse Sports Media Center)  Down big in the first half at the Carrier Dome Friday night, Syracuse ratcheted up its defense in the second half to pull away from Cornell for an 82-60 win. On the offensive end, Trevor Cooney had a breakout performance in SU’s first regular season game, putting up 27 points, going 7 for 8 from beyond the arc. C.J Fair added 19 and Rakeem Christmas had a dozen.

The Orange scored first in the game, with Fair putting in a layup on the opening possession. That lead was short lived, however, as Cornell went on a 12 point run, led by Nolan Cressler who had 20 points in the first half, scoring from all over the floor. Cornell eventually led by as many as 14. Two Cooney threes just before halftime cut the Big Red lead to 38-32 at the break.

In the locker room Boeheim called for improvement and the players got the message. Cooney said they knew that they had dug themselves into a hole and needed to find their way out.

Syracuse emerged after the break with a vengeance. The Orange applied full-court pressure in the second half and went on a 10-2 run that returned them the lead for the first time since being up by a point in the middle of the first half.

“We just made some adjustments defensively that just made a big difference,” Boeheim said. “We took away the high-post pass and we got to the shooters better. I just thought our movement was a little better. When you don’t move on defense, it doesn’t matter what defense you play.”

One thing the Orange did is find Cressler, who scored only three in the second half. What the Big Red could not do is stop Cooney. He sank five more three-pointers in the second half as Su outscored Cornell 50-22. He also had four steals in the game.

As the Orange got into the lead, the Dome crowd got into the game. The 24,788 in attendance started to chant Cooney’s name and get fired up by slams from Cooney, Fair and Christmas.

“A crowd for our first game was awesome,” Cooney said.”It felt good to have them behind you and the team,”

After the game, Boeheim talked about his expectations for the season.

“My realistic expectation is that we’re going to get better. We’re going to back and try to play better next week. And you know, go game by game and see if we can become what everyone’s predicting that we could become. We’re far from it.”

In a game where Cornell held the lead for almost the entirety of the first half, Boeheim had to give props to the Big Red.

“They made seven three’s against us in the first half,” he said “Not many teams do that.”

The Orange plays Fordham next, on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.

Video

Coach Boeheim news conference here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=646t5mcOWNk#t=74

C.J. Fair postgame here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mOHg6DVO9w

SU Volleyball Sweeps Notre Dame

November 7, 2013

Women’s volleyball team reflects Syracuse’s up-and-down ACC transition but few come to watch Story and Photos by Jillian Thaw Stadium seating is pulled taut when the Syracuse University women’s volleyball team hosts a match in the Carrier Dome.  It’s not hard to get a good seat. Game attendance for the season has thus far averaged 299.  Against […]

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Women’s volleyball team reflects Syracuse’s up-and-down ACC transition but few come to watch

Story and Photos by Jillian Thaw

Stadium seating is pulled taut when the Syracuse University women’s volleyball team hosts a match in the Carrier Dome.  It’s not hard to get a good seat. Game attendance for the season has thus far averaged 299.  Against ACC foe Notre Dame on Wednesday night, the count was 215.

Not many people have witnessed the team’s growth as it transitions into a new conference  A win in straight sets over Notre Dame is a testament to that growth, albeit against a team that is making the same transition from the Big East to the ACC.

When the Orange played the Fighting Irish, then a Big East foe in 2011, 585 people showed up. That remains the attendance record for women’s volleyball at SU.

The most raucous fans were the members of the Sour Sitrus Society, the energetic musical pep squad blasting out an assortment of fight songs and Top 40 hits.

Members of the men’s soccer team cheered on players by name. A few locals peppered the mostly empty seats, offering golf claps for digs while student fans hollered and hooted for kills. Loudest of all was the wind outside, pounding the Teflon-coated roof of the Carrier Dome.

This was the third time the Orange women swept an ACC opponent, and the sixth sweep overall this season. The Orange opened the 2013 season being swept by Louisville and Penn State in August.

Much blame for the slow start of the season can be directly applied to the team’s mental state, and the players’ tendency to lose focus as points carry on and emotions run high. As they struggled to establish an identity, the fundamentals of the game suffered—especially the serve receive and blocking. And despite vastly improved defensive awareness and blocking in the first set, those problems were still evident against the Irish.

The strong victory in the first set was followed by a lapse in mental awareness during the second, which saw the Orange have to clamber out of a 15-22 hole in a come-from-behind 25-23 victory. The Orange went on a 9-point streak before Notre Dame was able to answer.

“We bounced back,” head coach Leonid Yelin said. “It was all about our focus. Getting our focus back. It is a game of momentum, taking a little mental break. That’s what changed.”

Like any team in transition, women’s volleyball has struggled. The players have allowed too many mental errors, and have let emotions get in the way of smart play and instinct. The win over Notre Dame was similar to a 3-0 win over Maryland Oct 3. in College Park, which saw the Orange come from behind to claim a set.

“We’ve experienced that a lot,” said junior outside hitter Nicolette Serratore, who had 12 kills and a .346 attack percentage against the Fighting Irish. “Well—we’re staying confident out there.”

“They’ve started learning how to adjust, how to refuse to lose,” Yelin said. “They are more consistent. They are doing what we asked them to do, and preparing better. They are learning how to stay longer in the game.”

In 25 matches so far, Syracuse now sits at 12-13 overall and above .500 in conference play at 7-6. The Orange is enjoying a two-win streak after splitting its matches last week with a loss to nationally-ranked No. 18 Duke and a win in four sets over Wake Forest.

The volleyball team mirrors the football team in a way, bouncing back and forth between solid wins and serious losses, hanging in overall record purgatory while striving to maintain an even record in conference play. Injuries to players have caused some strife—Valeriya Shaipova, a redshirt freshman outside hitter who saw plenty of playing time early in the season, fell in practice and tore her ACL. And an inability to understand and adapt to their opponents mid-game has given the volleyball team more losses than their skill set should allow.

“When you play, you have to take every game for what it is,” said Melina Violas, the junior libero (defensive specialist). Coming off of an 18-dig performance against Duke, Violas maintained her momentum, staying sharp on defense.

“Early on we had struggles. But It feels good knowing that having high expectations for the rest of the season,” Violas said. “We’ve come together and found ourselves as a team—our defense, our blocking, our serving, serve-receive.” She smiled. “It took us awhile, but better late than never.”

The match against Notre Dame carried deeper implications. There’s a long mostly one-sided rivalry between the two teams, which first met in 1981. The Orange won that match. A 1990 rematch saw Notre Dame emerge victorious. The Fighting Irish then won 16 times against the Orange until Syracuse defeated Notre Dame in five sets in 2011. Notre Dame swept the Orange in South Bend last year.

This year’s SU sweep was the final match for the team’s four-game “Home to the Dome” series. Most home games are played in the Women’s Building.

“To win our last appearance in the Dome for the season is great,” Serratore said. “[Playing against Notre Dame]—the first couple of times the mindset affected us. But we were moved that they gave us this opportunity to play in the Dome. This feels like our second home. It’s great to be part of history.”

“I’ve been a Syracuse fan my entire life,” added Violas, who is from Sherman Oaks, California. “Every time I’m here it’s great—I remember coming to the games with my grandpa (who lived in Central New York) when I was a little kid—it’s just so memorable.”

Not many people are sharing the memories this team is making in the Dome.

Perhaps a pep talk from Yelin could sway the community (including the student body) to turn out in better numbers for the volleyball matches. His talks seem to work on the players, given the momentum swing in the second set, when the Orange went from 15-22 to win the set 25-23. But when asked exactly what he said to take back the set, Yelin shrugged, raised an eyebrow, and smiled.

“Do you really want to know?”

Next the Orange women travel to Chestnut Hill, Mass. to face Boston College Sunday, Nov. 10, renewing a longtime rivalry on hiatus since 2005. The team will attempt to go 8-6 in conference play and reach .500 overall.

SU Volleyball Sweeps Notre Dame

November 7, 2013

SYRACUSE (Newhouse Sports Media Center) — Stadium seating is pulled taut when the Syracuse University women’s volleyball team hosts a match in the Carrier Dome.  It’s not hard to get a good seat. Game attendance for the season has thus far averaged 299.  Against ACC foe Notre Dame on Wednesday night, the count was 215. Not many people […]

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SYRACUSE (Newhouse Sports Media Center)  Stadium seating is pulled taut when the Syracuse University women’s volleyball team hosts a match in the Carrier Dome.  It’s not hard to get a good seat. Game attendance for the season has thus far averaged 299.  Against ACC foe Notre Dame on Wednesday night, the count was 215.

Not many people have witnessed the team’s growth as it transitions into a new conference  A win in straight sets over Notre Dame is a testament to that growth, albeit against a team that is making the same transition from the Big East to the ACC.

When the Orange played the Fighting Irish, then a Big East foe in 2011, 585 people showed up. That remains the attendance record for women’s volleyball at SU.

The most raucous fans were the members of the Sour Sitrus Society, the energetic musical pep squad blasting out an assortment of fight songs and Top 40 hits.

Members of the men’s soccer team cheered on players by name. A few locals peppered the mostly empty seats, offering golf claps for digs while student fans hollered and hooted for kills. Loudest of all was the wind outside, pounding the Teflon-coated roof of the Carrier Dome.

This was the third time the Orange women swept an ACC opponent, and the sixth sweep overall this season. The Orange opened the 2013 season being swept by Louisville and Penn State in August.

Much blame for the slow start of the season can be directly applied to the team’s mental state, and the players’ tendency to lose focus as points carry on and emotions run high. As they struggled to establish an identity, the fundamentals of the game suffered—especially the serve receive and blocking. And despite vastly improved defensive awareness and blocking in the first set, those problems were still evident against the Irish.

The strong victory in the first set was followed by a lapse in mental awareness during the second, which saw the Orange have to clamber out of a 15-22 hole in a come-from-behind 25-23 victory. The Orange went on a 9-point streak before Notre Dame was able to answer.

“We bounced back,” head coach Leonid Yelin said. “It was all about our focus. Getting our focus back. It is a game of momentum, taking a little mental break. That’s what changed.”

Like any team in transition, women’s volleyball has struggled. The players have allowed too many mental errors, and have let emotions get in the way of smart play and instinct. The win over Notre Dame was similar to a 3-0 win over Maryland Oct 3. in College Park, which saw the Orange come from behind to claim a set.

“We’ve experienced that a lot,” said junior outside hitter Nicolette Serratore, who had 12 kills and a .346 attack percentage against the Fighting Irish. “Well—we’re staying confident out there.”

“They’ve started learning how to adjust, how to refuse to lose,” Yelin said. “They are more consistent. They are doing what we asked them to do, and preparing better. They are learning how to stay longer in the game.”

In 25 matches so far, Syracuse now sits at 12-13 overall and above .500 in conference play at 7-6. The Orange is enjoying a two-win streak after splitting its matches last week with a loss to nationally-ranked No. 18 Duke and a win in four sets over Wake Forest.

The volleyball team mirrors the football team in a way, bouncing back and forth between solid wins and serious losses, hanging in overall record purgatory while striving to maintain an even record in conference play. Injuries to players have caused some strife—Valeriya Shaipova, a redshirt freshman outside hitter who saw plenty of playing time early in the season, fell in practice and tore her ACL. And an inability to understand and adapt to their opponents mid-game has given the volleyball team more losses than their skill set should allow.

“When you play, you have to take every game for what it is,” said Melina Violas, the junior libero (defensive specialist). Coming off of an 18-dig performance against Duke, Violas maintained her momentum, staying sharp on defense.

“Early on we had struggles. But It feels good knowing that having high expectations for the rest of the season,” Violas said. “We’ve come together and found ourselves as a team—our defense, our blocking, our serving, serve-receive.” She smiled. “It took us awhile, but better late than never.”

The match against Notre Dame carried deeper implications. There’s a long mostly one-sided rivalry between the two teams, which first met in 1981. The Orange won that match. A 1990 rematch saw Notre Dame emerge victorious. The Fighting Irish then won 16 times against the Orange until Syracuse defeated Notre Dame in five sets in 2011. Notre Dame swept the Orange in South Bend last year.

This year’s SU sweep was the final match for the team’s four-game “Home to the Dome” series. Most home games are played in the Women’s Building.

“To win our last appearance in the Dome for the season is great,” Serratore said. “[Playing against Notre Dame]—the first couple of times the mindset affected us. But we were moved that they gave us this opportunity to play in the Dome. This feels like our second home. It’s great to be part of history.”

“I’ve been a Syracuse fan my entire life,” added Violas, who is from Sherman Oaks, California. “Every time I’m here it’s great—I remember coming to the games with my grandpa (who lived in Central New York) when I was a little kid—it’s just so memorable.”

Not many people are sharing the memories this team is making in the Dome.

Perhaps a pep talk from Yelin could sway the community (including the student body) to turn out in better numbers for the volleyball matches. His talks seem to work on the players, given the momentum swing in the second set, when the Orange went from 15-22 to win the set 25-23. But when asked exactly what he said to take back the set, Yelin shrugged, raised an eyebrow, and smiled.

“Do you really want to know?”

Next Game

Next the Orange women travel to Chestnut Hill, Mass. to face Boston College Sunday, Nov. 10, renewing a longtime rivalry on hiatus since 2005. The team will attempt to go 8-6 in conference play and reach .500 overall.

Boeheim Says Team is “Ready to Go” after Win Over Ryerson

November 6, 2013

Story and photo by Andrew Pogar SYRACUSE – C.J. Fair scored 15 of his 18 points in the first half, DaJuan Coleman recorded a  double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds and the Syracuse men’s basketball team dispatched Ryerson University 81-46 in an exhibition win on Tuesday in front of an announced crowd of 6,674 at the Carrier […]

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Story and photo by Andrew Pogar

SYRACUSE – C.J. Fair scored 15 of his 18 points in the first half, DaJuan Coleman recorded a  double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds and the Syracuse men’s basketball team dispatched Ryerson University 81-46 in an exhibition win on Tuesday in front of an announced crowd of 6,674 at the Carrier Dome.

The Rams scored the first basket to start the second half cutting the Orange lead to 14 points and prompting Orange head coach Jim Boeheim to a call a timeout. But that would be the closest Ryerson would get. A three from Trevor Cooney and a layup by freshman guard Tyler Ennis helped spark a 16-0 run for the Orange to secure the victory.

The Orange defense was also in full effect Tuesday, forcing 24 turnovers, blocking eight shots, and outrebounding the Rams 49 to 37.

“I thought they made us work on defense,” Boeheim said. “They did a lot of screening, things we’re going to see. I thought it was a good exercise for us.”

Despite the margin of victory, the Orange shot only 23 pecent on three-pointers.

“That’s going to happen,” said Boeheim, who is entering his 38th season as head coach of the Orange. “You’re going to have games where that happens where you get 22 good looks and you make five. Some games you’re going to make nine or 10 but we still have to get better on the boards.”

While the Orange struggled from beyond the arc, Boeheim was pleased with his starting frontcourt’s performance from Coleman and Rakeem Christmas, who chipped in 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

“I think DaJuan and him are doing things better in spurts,” Boeheim said. “I thought DaJaun was much better rebounding the ball tonight. I thought he was much more physical going up to get it. I think that part of it was really good.”

“When they get a lot of touches, just like anybody, you get into a rhythm and you get more

confidence,” echoed senior forward C.J. Fair. “DaJuan is finishing well and if he misses he’s going to get the offensive rebound. And Rakeem, he’s always had the ability it’s just confidence and coach has confidence in him.”

Freshman point guard Tyler Ennis added seven points, five assists, and a game-high four steals. The Brampton, Ontario native has played five of his first six games for SU against Canadian colleges.

“He’s important for our team,” Boeheim said. “I told him at halftime that he’s got to be a little bit more aggressive offensively and when you tell him something he does it.”

Aaron Best and Adika Peter-McNeilly both paced Ryerson with 11 points each.

During his post-game news conference, Boeheim discussed criticism circulating around the graduation rates of his basketball program.

“I think if you have 12 players over a four year period and they play for four years and only five graduate, I think that’s an institutional problem,” Boeheim said. “You haven’t done a good job with those guys. However, in our case it’s not what happened.

“We had six guys stay out of the 12; five graduated. The other six, a couple for the NBA, a couple weren’t playing enough and transferred. One guy was hurt and just didn’t play anymore.”

“So if somebody could explain to me how if six guys choose to leave for whatever reason and I think some of them were good reasons in that 12 person group. So if somebody can tell me how we’re supposed to graduate a guy who leaves I would love for them to come and tell me that. Explain how we can do that.”

The Orange will open the 2013-14 season against Cornell on Friday in the Carrier Dome.

“There’s a lot of things at this stage…a lot of positives and you know we’re going into Friday night and you know I think everybody’s anxious to start the season,” Boeheim said. “We’ve had pretty good preparation to this point and I think we’ll be ready to go.”

 

Postgame wrap here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xcFS5IsxWI&feature=youtu.be

Boeheim news conference here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bC40MHa3_LE

Tyler Ennis & C.J. Fair interviews here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFt5o_s8ruE&feature=youtu.be

 

 

 

Boeheim Says Team is “Ready to Go” after Win Over Ryerson

November 6, 2013

SYRACUSE (Newhouse Sports Media Center) — C.J. Fair scored 15 of his 18 points in the first half, DaJuan Coleman recorded a  double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds and the Syracuse men’s basketball team dispatched Ryerson University 81-46 in an exhibition win on Tuesday in front of an announced crowd of 6,674 at the Carrier Dome. The Rams scored the […]

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SYRACUSE (Newhouse Sports Media Center)  C.J. Fair scored 15 of his 18 points in the first half, DaJuan Coleman recorded a  double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds and the Syracuse men’s basketball team dispatched Ryerson University 81-46 in an exhibition win on Tuesday in front of an announced crowd of 6,674 at the Carrier Dome.

The Rams scored the first basket to start the second half cutting the Orange lead to 14 points and prompting Orange head coach Jim Boeheim to a call a timeout. But that would be the closest Ryerson would get. A three from Trevor Cooney and a layup by freshman guard Tyler Ennis helped spark a 16-0 run for the Orange to secure the victory.

The Orange defense was also in full effect Tuesday, forcing 24 turnovers, blocking eight shots, and outrebounding the Rams 49 to 37.

“I thought they made us work on defense,” Boeheim said. “They did a lot of screening, things we’re going to see. I thought it was a good exercise for us.”

Despite the margin of victory, the Orange shot only 23 pecent on three-pointers.

“That’s going to happen,” said Boeheim, who is entering his 38th season as head coach of the Orange. “You’re going to have games where that happens where you get 22 good looks and you make five. Some games you’re going to make nine or 10 but we still have to get better on the boards.”

While the Orange struggled from beyond the arc, Boeheim was pleased with his starting frontcourt’s performance from Coleman and Rakeem Christmas, who chipped in 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

“I think DaJuan and him are doing things better in spurts,” Boeheim said. “I thought DaJaun was much better rebounding the ball tonight. I thought he was much more physical going up to get it. I think that part of it was really good.”

“When they get a lot of touches, just like anybody, you get into a rhythm and you get more

confidence,” echoed senior forward C.J. Fair. “DaJuan is finishing well and if he misses he’s going to get the offensive rebound. And Rakeem, he’s always had the ability it’s just confidence and coach has confidence in him.”

Freshman point guard Tyler Ennis added seven points, five assists, and a game-high four steals. The Brampton, Ontario native has played five of his first six games for SU against Canadian colleges.

“He’s important for our team,” Boeheim said. “I told him at halftime that he’s got to be a little bit more aggressive offensively and when you tell him something he does it.”

Aaron Best and Adika Peter-McNeilly both paced Ryerson with 11 points each.

During his post-game news conference, Boeheim discussed criticism circulating around the graduation rates of his basketball program.

“I think if you have 12 players over a four year period and they play for four years and only five graduate, I think that’s an institutional problem,” Boeheim said. “You haven’t done a good job with those guys. However, in our case it’s not what happened.

“We had six guys stay out of the 12; five graduated. The other six, a couple for the NBA, a couple weren’t playing enough and transferred. One guy was hurt and just didn’t play anymore.”

“So if somebody could explain to me how if six guys choose to leave for whatever reason and I think some of them were good reasons in that 12 person group. So if somebody can tell me how we’re supposed to graduate a guy who leaves I would love for them to come and tell me that. Explain how we can do that.”

The Orange will open the 2013-14 season against Cornell on Friday in the Carrier Dome.

“There’s a lot of things at this stage…a lot of positives and you know we’re going into Friday night and you know I think everybody’s anxious to start the season,” Boeheim said. “We’ve had pretty good preparation to this point and I think we’ll be ready to go.”

Video

Postgame wrap: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xcFS5IsxWI&feature=youtu.be

Boeheim press conference: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bC40MHa3_LE

 

Orange Gets Fourth Win in Shutout of Wake

November 3, 2013

Story, Photo and Video by: Andrew Pogar   SYRACUSE – Remember back in August when most preseason power rankings had the Syracuse Orange placed in the cellar of the ACC? Well, those pundits may soon be eating their own words. Terrel Hunt scored on a 6-yard run to break up a scoreless tie in the third quarter, […]

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Story, Photo and Video by: Andrew Pogar

 

SYRACUSE – Remember back in August when most preseason power rankings had the Syracuse Orange placed in the cellar of the ACC? Well, those pundits may soon be eating their own words.

Terrel Hunt scored on a 6-yard run to break up a scoreless tie in the third quarter, freshman defensive end Isaiah Johnson set up up another score intercepting a pass moments later, and the Orange (4-4, 2-2) defeated the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (4-5, 2-5), 13-0 on Saturday, in front of and announced crowd of 38,550 at the Carrier Dome.

Coming off of a bye week, Head Coach Scott Shafer said he was impressed with his team’s resilency after being steamrolled 56-0 on the road against Georgia Tech in its last game.

“I was really proud of that fact that our kids stuck their chests out and went to work after that difficult loss,” Shafer said. There’s been no separation with these kids. They’ve become tighter when we’ve had tough situations and I love them for it.”

Syracuse’s inability to score persisted against Wake Forest as both teams combined for 14 punts in the lackluster first half. The Orange found themselves in a tough situation offensively producing only 121 yards of total offense.

However, the Orange registered 176 total yards in the third quarter, beginning with a 75-yard drive that was capped off by a 6-yard Terrel Hunt keeper for a touchdown.

“We were just more hungry,” Hunt said. “We knew what we had to do. It was a tough one in that first half but we got everything corrected and finished out good in the second half.”

Less than three minutes later, a tipped interception by Johnson gave Syracuse prime field position at the 25-yard line.

On the next play, offensive coordinator George McDonald decided to incorporate some trickery into the gameplan. Wide receiver Jarrod West delivered a 25-yard pass to Brisly Estime to give the Orange a 13-0 lead.

“Well it’s actually pretty funny because all week long we tried three different kids on that play and its was interception, interception, duck…I mean it was horrible,” Shafer said. “I told George (McDonald) it was out.

“By the way he looked they were going to keep working on it and they got it right by game time. That’s what counts. “It was a heck of a call by George.”

West couldn’t believe how easy the play unfolded.

“He was wide open,” said West, the sophomore wide receiver from Bethlehem, Pa. “I could have kicked it too him.”

The Orange have been trying to get Estime more involved in the offense lately, particularly with screen plays. Saturday afternoon he led the team with nine receptions for 62 yards.

“They put me on screen plays because they know I can make the first person miss,” he said. “I fit in the offense.”

While it took more than thirty minutes for the Orange offense to get into a groove, the defense stymied the Demon Deacons from start to finish.

“When you have a lack of execution on the offensive side of the ball you probably have a pretty darn good execution on the other side,” Shafer said.

“We’re a team that’s continuing to try to grow on that offensive side of the ball and when you grow, your brothers on the other side got to do a good job of picking up the slack,” Shafer said. “I thought our defense did that today.”

Shafer also praised his coaching staff, especially defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough.

“I’m extremely proud of Chuck Bullough and the defensive staff for the job they did coming off a difficult loss a couple weeks ago when we were all embarrassed, starting with me.”

Durell Eskridge, Jay Bromley, Cameron Lynch, Marquis Spruill, and Robert Welsh led a defensive effort that limited the Demon Deacons offense to 213 total yards.

Quarterback Tanner Price, who entered the game third in the ACC in passing yards behind Tajh Boyd and Jameis Winston completed just 22 passes on 54 attempts.

Price appeared heavily affected by the loss of dependable wide receiver Michael Campanaro. The dynamic senior wideout left the first half of the game with a collarbone injury. He is expected to miss the next 4-6 weeks.

The last time the Orange shut out multiple opponents in one season was in 1997 when the team defeated Wisconsin and East Carolina.

Shafer says he’s going to enjoy the win for the night, but has already looked ahead to next week.

“We just have to keep finding ways to win,” he said. “I don’t care how pretty or ugly they are as long as we find a way to get it done.”

“We’re back to .500, but we have a tall task as we go over there to play a talented Maryland ball club.”

 

Links to post game news conference:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iefaEfC1TNs&feature=youtu.be (Scott Shafer)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lrOe1tuYEw&feature=youtu.be (Terrel Hunt & Jarrod West)

Orange Gets Fourth Win in Shutout of Wake

November 3, 2013

SYRACUSE (Newhouse Sports Media Center) — Remember back in August when most preseason power rankings had the Syracuse Orange placed in the cellar of the ACC? Well, those pundits may soon be eating their own words. Terrel Hunt scored on a 6-yard run to break up a scoreless tie in the third quarter, freshman defensive end Isaiah Johnson set […]

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SYRACUSE (Newhouse Sports Media Center)  Remember back in August when most preseason power rankings had the Syracuse Orange placed in the cellar of the ACC? Well, those pundits may soon be eating their own words.

Terrel Hunt scored on a 6-yard run to break up a scoreless tie in the third quarter, freshman defensive end Isaiah Johnson set up up another score intercepting a pass moments later, and the Orange (4-4, 2-2) defeated the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (4-5, 2-5), 13-0 on Saturday, in front of and announced crowd of 38,550 at the Carrier Dome.

Coming off of a bye week, Head Coach Scott Shafer said he was impressed with his team’s resilency after being steamrolled 56-0 on the road against Georgia Tech in its last game.

“I was really proud of that fact that our kids stuck their chests out and went to work after that difficult loss,” Shafer said. There’s been no separation with these kids. They’ve become tighter when we’ve had tough situations and I love them for it.”

Syracuse’s inability to score persisted against Wake Forest as both teams combined for 14 punts in the lackluster first half. The Orange found themselves in a tough situation offensively producing only 121 yards of total offense.

However, the Orange registered 176 total yards in the third quarter, beginning with a 75-yard drive that was capped off by a 6-yard Terrel Hunt keeper for a touchdown.

“We were just more hungry,” Hunt said. “We knew what we had to do. It was a tough one in that first half but we got everything corrected and finished out good in the second half.”

Less than three minutes later, a tipped interception by Johnson gave Syracuse prime field position at the 25-yard line.

On the next play, offensive coordinator George McDonald decided to incorporate some trickery into the gameplan. Wide receiver Jarrod West delivered a 25-yard pass to Brisly Estime to give the Orange a 13-0 lead.

“Well it’s actually pretty funny because all week long we tried three different kids on that play and its was interception, interception, duck…I mean it was horrible,” Shafer said. “I told George (McDonald) it was out.

“By the way he looked they were going to keep working on it and they got it right by game time. That’s what counts. “It was a heck of a call by George.”

West couldn’t believe how easy the play unfolded.

“He was wide open,” said West, the sophomore wide receiver from Bethlehem, Pa. “I could have kicked it too him.”

The Orange have been trying to get Estime more involved in the offense lately, particularly with screen plays. Saturday afternoon he led the team with nine receptions for 62 yards.

“They put me on screen plays because they know I can make the first person miss,” he said. “I fit in the offense.”

While it took more than thirty minutes for the Orange offense to get into a groove, the defense stymied the Demon Deacons from start to finish.

“When you have a lack of execution on the offensive side of the ball you probably have a pretty darn good execution on the other side,” Shafer said.

“We’re a team that’s continuing to try to grow on that offensive side of the ball and when you grow, your brothers on the other side got to do a good job of picking up the slack,” Shafer said. “I thought our defense did that today.”

Shafer also praised his coaching staff, especially defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough.

“I’m extremely proud of Chuck Bullough and the defensive staff for the job they did coming off a difficult loss a couple weeks ago when we were all embarrassed, starting with me.”

Durell Eskridge, Jay Bromley, Cameron Lynch, Marquis Spruill, and Robert Welsh led a defensive effort that limited the Demon Deacons offense to 213 total yards.

Quarterback Tanner Price, who entered the game third in the ACC in passing yards behind Tajh Boyd and Jameis Winston completed just 22 passes on 54 attempts.

Price appeared heavily affected by the loss of dependable wide receiver Michael Campanaro. The dynamic senior wideout left the first half of the game with a collarbone injury. He is expected to miss the next 4-6 weeks.

The last time the Orange shut out multiple opponents in one season was in 1997 when the team defeated Wisconsin and East Carolina.

Shafer says he’s going to enjoy the win for the night, but has already looked ahead to next week.

“We just have to keep finding ways to win,” he said. “I don’t care how pretty or ugly they are as long as we find a way to get it done.”

“We’re back to .500, but we have a tall task as we go over there to play a talented Maryland ball club.”

Links to post game news conference:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iefaEfC1TNs&feature=youtu.be (Scott Shafer)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lrOe1tuYEw&feature=youtu.be (Terrel Hunt & Jarrod West)