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Wolfpack Downs Dungey-less Orange, 35-20

Wolfpack Downs Dungey-less Orange, 35-20

Story by Jon Cerio Photos by Aubrie Tolliver SYRACUSE, N.Y. —  Playing without starting quarterback Eric Dungey, the Syracuse Orange saw its bowl hopes fade Saturday afternoon as the North Carolina State Wolfpack won 35-20 in the Carrier Dome, dominating the stat sheet in the process. Just about an hour before the game, Syracuse announced that […]

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Story by Jon Cerio

Photos by Aubrie Tolliver

SYRACUSE, N.Y. —  Playing without starting quarterback Eric Dungey, the Syracuse Orange saw its bowl hopes fade Saturday afternoon as the North Carolina State Wolfpack won 35-20 in the Carrier Dome, dominating the stat sheet in the process.

Just about an hour before the game, Syracuse announced that Dungey, who’d been injured against Clemson the week before and listed as questionable for this game, would not play.

“Before the Clemson game, I think that he was ranked in the top‐10 quarterbacks in the country,” Syracuse head coach Dino Babers said. “Obviously, we missed him a great deal out there. There would’ve been a lot of things that we could’ve taken advantage of.”

Hot Start

One day after Veterans Day, it was Military Appreciation Day in the Carrier Dome and things started well for the Orange.

After winning the coin toss and deferring to the second half, the defense stopped the opening Wolfpack drive on downs at the Syracuse 39-yard line.

Zack Mahoney got the nod at quarterback, and found chemistry with Erv Philips.  They connected three times on the opening drive for 26 yards.

The third came on fourth down and two at the NC State 28, Mahoney connected with Philips for a first down at the 16,

Then, on third and four, Dontae Strickland went up the middle on a 10-yard touchdown run.

Syracuse led 7-0 with 7:05 left in the first quarter.

 

Pack and Forth

While Syracuse kept the Wolfpack off the scoreboard for the remainder of the period, NC State was driving toward the end of it and started the second quarter with third down and one on the Syracuse seven-yard line.

Much of the Wolfpack yardage on the drive was on the back of Matthew Dayes and the senior from Fort Lauderdale took the ball in seven yards for the touchdown on the first play of the second quarter.  By that point, Dayes had carried the ball ten times for 44 yards. He was far from being finished.

The Orange answered back.  On a drive that started on the Syracuse 25-yard line, Mahoney found Alvin Cornelius for 46 yards to the NC State 27.  But Syracuse stalled and settled for a Cole Murphy 48-yard field goal, and a 10-7 lead.

 

Head of the Pack

NC State started its next drive with 12:06 left in the half and Ryan Finley still at quarterback. On third and 10, Finley found Nyheim Hines for 56 yards, down to the Orange 17-yard line.  Four plays later, Jaylen Samuels got into the end zone on a three-yard rush.

With 8:40 left in the first half, NC State had its first lead of the ball game, 14-10.  The Wolfpack took the ball 76 yards in seven plays, and only needed 3:26 to do it.

On its next possession, the Wolfpack went with Sophomore quarterback Jalan McClendon, and the Charlotte native carried the ball himself for three,17, and ten yards, then for just one, enough for a first and 10 on the Orange 10-yard line.

After Dayes got the ball to the three, the Orange used its timeouts.  That proved beneficial, as the defense stopped Dayes on second and goal from the two, and on third down got a huge interception by Rodney Williams for a touchback.

Williams had a very big first half showing, making seven tackles and getting that key interception near the end of the half.

 

Two-Trick Mahoney

But the Pack still led 14-10 at the half and there was a disparity in stats.

The Wolfpack out-rushed the Orange 103-12, and threw for 158 yards, 70 more than Mahoney could muster.  Syracuse’s star receiver, Amba Etta-Tawo, had only one reception for four yards.

It was essentially a two-man show for the Orange receiving corps at that point.  Cornelius had three receptions for 60 yards, and Philips had four receptions for 30.  Conversely, NC State had four players with at least two receptions, Harmon gaining 22 yards, Cherry with 39, and Nyheim Hines with 62 yards on two receptions.

 

Second Half

Syracuse only held onto the ball for 1:07 to start the second half.  When NC State got the ball back, it only had the ball for :37.  The difference is, the Wolfpack took the ball 80 yards on only two plays to take a 21-10 lead.

Harmon had added to his total with a 68- yard reception from Finley.

 

Anything You Can Do…

The Orange wasn’t going away, though.  In fact, Syracuse did the Wolfpack one better.  In two plays, the Orange went 82 yards, with 81 of them coming on a touchdown pass from Mahoney to Etta-Tawo.  With 12:39 left in the third quarter, it was NC State 21, Syracuse 17.

Syracuse, riding high on the big play, forced the Wolfpack to punt on its next possession.  On fourth and six, Sean Riley broke through the line to block the kick, giving the Orange the ball on the NC State 17-yard line.  The Dome was rocking at this point.

The crowd quieted down soon after, as Mahoney lost three on a keeper,then missed a connection with Philips and passed for negative yardage to Etta-Tawo.  The Orange settled for another field goal from Cole Murphy, bringing Syracuse within one point of the Wolfpack at 21-20.

 

Dayes’ Day

Finley and NC State answered over the next 7:34, slicing through the Orange defense in chunks, with passes to Hines, Cherry and Harmon.  The Wolfpack mixed in some rushes from Dayes for good measure, including a 20 yard run down the right sideline for the score.

At this point, Dayes had rushed for 91 yards and two touchdowns. He would finish with 108 yards on 27 carries.

The 14-play, 86-yard drive put NC State up 28-20.  That was the score at the end of three quarters of play.

 

Last Hope Dashed

Syracuse stumbled with another three-and-out with its next possession to start the fourth quarter.  After some inefficiency on the next few drives of the game for both teams, Syracuse appeared to be in possession to tie the game after a long ball from Mahoney to Cornelius down the right side.  A two-point conversion would do the trick. But the touchdown was called back due to an illegal blocking penalty.  You could feel that this was the key turning point in the game.

“There were some critical calls that didn’t go our way, that’s part of the game,” Babers said. “We won’t cry over spilled milk.”

 

Cherry on Top

NC State eventually put the game away with big passes to Samuels and Cherry, and a third touchdown run for Dayes from 13 yards out.

They advanced to 5-5, 2-4 in the ACC, on the year with the 35-20 victory in the Dome.  Syracuse fell to 4-6, and 2-4 in the ACC.

“That was a football game,” Babers said. “We were playing well into the fourth quarter with an opportunity to win the football game.”

 

Bowling?

The Wolfpack, now one win away from bowl eligibility, gets Miami at home next week.

NC State, after starting the season 4-1, had suffered four consecutive losses.   Aside from their loss at Louisville, the three other losses were decided by seven points or less.

“I’m very proud of the resiliency of our football team,” NCState head coach Dave Doeren said. “As you mentioned, losing four of our five games. They were able to stick together and I’m really proud of what they did today.”

Syracuse has the Florida State Seminoles coming to the Carrier Dome next Saturday.  The Orange would have to beat the #15/17 Seminoles then win at Pitt to get to six wins and a guaranteed bowl shot. The Panthers upset #3 Clemson in Death Valley on Saturday.

When Babers was asked whether Dungey will be available next week, he didn’t seem optimistic.

“It’s probably doubtful,” Babers said.

 

 

Orange Men Crush Colgate in Opener

Orange Men Crush Colgate in Opener

Story by Robert Schiff Photo courtesy cuse.com Syracuse, N.Y. – A Tyler Roberson jam 17 seconds into the game set the tone early for Coach Jim Boeheim’s Orange Men, as they rolled past Colgate in their season opener, 83-55, in front of 23,844 fans at the Carrier Dome Friday night. “It’s our first time and first […]

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Story by Robert Schiff
Photo courtesy cuse.com


Syracuse, N.Y.
 – A Tyler Roberson jam 17 seconds into the game set the tone early for Coach Jim Boeheim’s Orange Men, as they rolled past Colgate in their season opener, 83-55, in front of 23,844 fans at the Carrier Dome Friday night.

“It’s our first time and first real game. I’m happy to get it and get back to work tomorrow to work on trying to get a little better,” Boeheim said afterward.

Unusual Suspect

The 6-8 Senior from Union, N. J. averaged just under nine points per game last year, but on Friday night, Roberson dominated on the offensive end, with three dunks early in the first half. He shot 9-for-13 from the field, and finished with 18 points in just 24 minutes.

“Going to the basket, that’s where he’s effective,” Boeheim said. “He was very good. He’s a good finisher when he gets to the basket.”

“We’ve got a lot of games to go and I just really want to start playing well,” Roberson said.

Two Are Better than One

The guard play shown in two exhibition games continued to be stellar for the Orange on Friday night. Picking up where they left off on Tuesday night against LeMoyne, Frank Howard and John Gillon combined for 24 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the field, as well as 15 of the team’s 23 assists.

“It’s important for those guys to play well. It helps everybody,” Boeheim said. “That’s a lot of assists out of one position and they scored as well.”

“I’m just taking every game with what the defense gives me,” Gillon said. “If you want to back off me, I can hit the shot. If you want to get too close, I can go right by you. If I go right by you, I have great bigs and great shooters around me, so I can dish it off and kick it out. It’s about using my thought process and basketball IQ.”


Far From Perfect

Despite the 28-point win, it wasn’t a perfect performance by the Orange, especially on the boards, barely outrebounding the Raiders 46-40.
“It was a terrible rebounding night,” Boeheim said. “We have to rebound the ball better than that. That’s not good.”
Boeheim also had issues with his team’s full-court press. “It was horrendous,” he said. “It wasn’t even worth saying that we pressed them.”

This was Syracuse’s 51st straight win against Colgate. The Raiders kept it close for the first ten minutes of the game, trailing 18-15, but the Orange then went on a 12-0 run, and never looked back. Colgate shot only 26 percent from the field in the first half, going just five-for-23 from behind the arc. As for the Orange’s three-point performance, Frank Howard didn’t miss a shot, hitting three from deep, and surpassing his total of two from last season.

What’s Next
The Orange’s next test will come against Holy Cross Tuesday night at the Carrier Dome. As for Colgate, the Raiders will travel to Ithaca to take on Cornell on Wednesday night.

 

Syracuse Women’s Basketball Blasts URI in Season Opener

Syracuse Women’s Basketball Blasts URI in Season Opener

Story and photo by Jacqueline Mundry SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The National Championship runner-up opened its season at the Carrier Dome with a 95-49 win over the Rhode Island Rams Friday afternoon. The Orange used its signature pressure defense and bombed away from outside on offense to run away in the second half. Leading 56-38 after three […]

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Story and photo by Jacqueline Mundry

SYRACUSE, N.Y.
 — The National Championship runner-up opened its season at the Carrier Dome with a 95-49 win over the Rhode Island Rams Friday afternoon.

The Orange used its signature pressure defense and bombed away from outside on offense to run away in the second half.

Leading 56-38 after three quarters, the Orange poured in 39 points in the fourth to reach the final score.

“This was a great game by our kids and a great effort,” head coach Quentin Hillsman said.

Freshman hits and misses

The Orange started the game on top. Freshman guard Gabby Cooper scored the team’s first points of the season with a three pointer.

Despite the fact that the Orange lost its best three-point scorer in Brianna Butler after last season, the team connected on 17 of its 45 three-point shots, which is the school record.

Cooper, shot at 18 of those 45 and only made four. Hillsman said he was pleased with his team’s effort, including Cooper’s. He said there’s a reason that he continued to let her shoot.

“It lets her know how much confidence I have in her,” Hillsman said.

Hillsman said he almost took Cooper out of the game but decided not to because he believed the freshman could turn it around.

Cooper said when coming into the Dome for her first game of her career she was nervous but making the first shot of the season helped her calm her nerves.

Seniors lead

Senior guard Alexis Peterson led the Orange with 28 points on offense and half a dozen steals on defense in 30 minutes playing time. Her backcourt mate, redshirt senior Brittney Sykes chipped in eleven points, 13 rebounds and four steals. Center Briana day had 16 points and eleven rebounds.

Turnovers

The three-point record wasn’t the only one set in the Carrier Dome on Friday. The women’s basketball team forced 43 turnovers.

Rams head coach, Daynia La-Force, said her players are not used to being pressured this hard.

“Tonight was a prime example of being exposed and not being disciplined the way we’re supposed to be disciplined,” La-Force said.

She said she was happy to learn these lessons early on in the season, especially since the team has just started practicing.

“Facing this type of pressure where you’re going to face every press in the book, it’s not easy to do with only 27 practices,” she said.

Second quarter

Rhode Island had the biggest chance to pull ahead in the second quarter. The Rams cut the score to 25-19 but ultimately could not overcome the pressure put on by the Orange.

The second quarter had a lot of back and fourth and it wasn’t the scoring many were expecting to see. The Rams put up a total of six points while the Orange put up eleven.

Up next

The Orange Women will be back in the Carrier Dome on Monday at 7 p.m. when they take on Siena. The Rams will host Marist on Sunday at 2 p.m.

 

No Le Moyne Upset on this Election Night

No Le Moyne Upset on this Election Night

Story by Jake Lapin Photos by Dontae Harris SYRACUSE, N.Y. – After an early scare in its first exhibition game, Syracuse won in wire-to-wire fashion at the Carrier Dome over local foe Le Moyne on Tuesday night, 97-64. The Orange avoided another Election Night upset to the Dolphins, which occurred back in 2009 when Le […]

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Story by Jake Lapin

Photos by Dontae Harris

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – After an early scare in its first exhibition game, Syracuse won in wire-to-wire fashion at the Carrier Dome over local foe Le Moyne on Tuesday night, 97-64.

The Orange avoided another Election Night upset to the Dolphins, which occurred back in 2009 when Le Moyne won 82-79 at the Carrier Dome on the same night Mayor Stephanie Miner was elected.

White Hot

Grad transfer Andrew White III was the story of the night, finishing with 24 points in 26 minutes.

He shot 6-of-10 from beyond the arc, which could come in handy since SU lost its top-three three-point shooters from last season.

“We lost three guys who could really shoot,” Coach Jim Boeheim said. “Andrew showed tonight how effective he can be shooting the basketball.”

“That’s what he does,” said Le Moyne head coach Patrick Beilein.

While with Nebraska last season, White scored 15 points against Michigan, coached by none other than Patrick’s father John Beilein, himself a former Le Moyne coach.

Guard Watch

Same as last week, a lot of eyes were on the point guards Frank Howard and John Gillon, who are battling for the starting spot.

Howard started each of the exhibition games, and appears to be safe in that slot to start the season.

In 25 minutes, the sophomore had 11 points and seven assists, with just one turnover.

Gillon on the other hand, had a rough first half but got going in the second, finishing with 14 points of his own in just 14 minutes on the floor.

However, after nine assists in game one, Gillon only had two assists to go with his two turnovers on Tuesday.

“I think John and Frank really combined to play very well together, each in his own time frame,” Boeheim said. “It’s good to have two guys who can play.”

Le Moyne Shot Selection

Le Moyne shot 39 times from deep, compared to just 17 times inside the arc.

Perhaps the reason for this is the Dolphins’ tallest player on the night was 6-6 Isaiah Eisendorf, who is just one inch taller than SU’s starting point guard Howard.

Still, Le Moyne shot the three-ball quite well, hitting 14 of its 39 attempts, good for 35.9 percent.

Last season, Beilein’s squad made just 34.6 percent of it’s threes, which has become a focus for this year.

“I thought we executed much better,” Beilein said in comparison to last season’s matchup versus Syracuse. “You’re going to get threes against the zone, but our offense is built around the three-point shot.”

Notes

Freshman Matt Moyer was officially redshirted Tuesday, after playing nine minutes in the first exhibition. Boeheim noted that Moyer, coming off a toe injury, missed a lot of time and is not quite in game shape just yet. He also mentioned that Moyer would not have gotten much time as the ninth or tenth man in the rotation, but lots of players who redshirted went on to start for SU, such as last year’s backcourt of Michael Gbinije and Trevor Cooney.

The first half came to a crazy close, as White and Tanner Hyland for Le Moyne went back-and-forth on a three-point rampage. White finished the half 5-of-7 from deep. Hyland finished 5-of-6 in the first half, and ended the game with 18 points of his own. He did not attempt a single two-point shot.

Syracuse’s win improved the team to 7-1 versus Le Moyne since 2004, with the Dolphin’s lone win coming in 2009.

What’s Next?

Syracuse officially starts its season on Friday when Colgate comes to the Carrier Dome. The game begins at 7 p.m. and can be seen on ACCN Extra.

Le Moyne, who finished last year just 10-17, will start its season in Albany this weekend at the Northeast-10 Challenge versus Concordia College.

Death Valley Day: Clemson Dominates Syracuse

Death Valley Day: Clemson Dominates Syracuse

Story and photos by Matt D’Ambrosi CLEMSON, S.C. — It all started with Ryan Carter. With a little under five minutes remaining in the first quarter of Saturday’s ACC game in Death Valley between the third-ranked Clemson Tigers (9-0, 6-0) and the Syracuse Orange (4-5, 2-3) and Clemson ahead, 3-0, the Tigers’ cornerback picked off Syracuse’s Eric […]

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Story and photos by Matt D’Ambrosi

CLEMSON, S.C. — It all started with Ryan Carter.

With a little under five minutes remaining in the first quarter of Saturday’s ACC game in Death Valley between the third-ranked Clemson Tigers (9-0, 6-0) and the Syracuse Orange (4-5, 2-3) and Clemson ahead, 3-0, the Tigers’ cornerback picked off Syracuse’s Eric Dungey.

Carter returned the interception 17 yards down to the Orange’s 15-yard line. From that point forward, the Tigers never looked back.

The 54-0 win is the largest margin of victory in an ACC game this season.

View from the press box:

 

Dungey Down

Quarterback Deshaun Watson ran it in to the end zone from one yard out on the ensuing offensive possession. The score gave Clemson a 10-0 lead when Dungey and company returned to the field to start the fourth Syracuse drive of the game.
That drive, however, is when Dungey went down after a hard hit from Clemson linebacker Dorian O’Daniel and left the game and whatever chance Syracuse had of staying in it went with him.
“It’s pretty typical, even in the NFL,” Syracuse Head Coach Dino Babers said. “You lose your starting quarterback early in a game, it normally doesn’t work out well for you.”

He was right. With Dungey out the Tigers just kept on rolling.

Tigers explode in Second Quarter

Clemson scored touchdowns on three straight possessions in the second quarter starting with a 65-yard bomb from Watson that was reeled in by sophomore wide receiver Deon Cain. The Tigers scored in two plays, starting at their own five-yard-line.

After the touchdown pass to Cain, redshirt junior quarterback Austin Wilson, who had stepped in at the end of the first quarter for the injured Dungey, came back out on the field again for the Orange. But, Syracuse couldn’t get anything going and punted to the Clemson eleven

That gave Clemson the chance to take the ball 89 yards in 13 plays during a drive that was capped by a 14-yard touchdown pass from Watson to wide receiver Mike Williams.

Clemson missed the PAT but with 7:04 left in the first half, the Tigers had amassed a 23-point lead over the Orange.

Orange glimmer, then gloom

A huge return on the following kickoff by wide receiver Sean Riley allowed Wilson and the Syracuse offense to set up shop at the Clemson 32. That was quickly negated, however, when Wilson threw a pass that was intercepted by Clemson cornerback Cordrea Tankersley.

Watson and the Tigers came on the field after the turnover and were moving the ball up field with ease. After an incompletion on first down from Syracuse’s 35-yard line though, Watson left the game and with an apparent shoulder injury and did not return to action.

Backup quarterback Nick Schuessler ended up primarily finishing the rest of drive (and the game for that matter), and connected with junior Artavis Scott for a five-yard score just before the end of the first half.

Clemson went into the break up 30-0 over Syracuse.

Backups’ Duel

Due to both Clemson and Syracuse losing their starting quarterbacks in the first half (Watson for Clemson, Dungey for Syracuse), Saturday’s game saw six different players under center between the two teams.

Watson was shining for the Tigers until he was taken out of the game after sustaining a “bruised shoulder” towards the end of the second quarter. He had thrown 13 passes on 19 attempts for 169 yards and two scores while also recording 39 yards and a touchdown on seven carries.

Regardless, he never returned to the field and that paved the way for Clemson backups Nick Schuessler and Kelly Bryant to get some reps. Schuessler filled in well for Watson finishing with a passer rating of 191.0. He went eleven for 17 accumulating 177 yards and tossing two touchdowns. Bryant only threw it four times, completing two passes for 21 yards.

“When Deshaun got banged up, we felt we had good control of the game and he was ready to come back in the second half, but Schuessler did a great job stepping up today,” Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said.

For the Orange, Dungey had thrown it just nine times before leaving game. Therefore, it was Austin Wilson who took the lion’s share of the snaps for Syracuse. Wilson went 17 for 27 on the day finishing with 116 yards and two interceptions.

“It was an honor to play against them,” Wilson said. “But at the end of the day, we didn’t get the job done which hurts right now. But it was a big task. And I think we were up for it.”

Junior quarterback Zack Mahoney got some time for the Orange as well, completing one pass on four attempts for eight yards. Mahoney was listed as the backup on SU’s depth chart going in.

Asked about playing Wilson over Mahoney, Babers said “Austin was the next guy we were going to bring in in that situation,”and declined to elaborate.

As for Dungey, “The medical people haven’t given me the details,” Babers said.”They just said he couldn’t come back into the game,”

Takeaways & What’s Ahead

In spite of the crushing defeat, Babers indicated that playing a team like Clemson and experiencing a venue like Death Valley does benefit him as he tries to build the Syracuse program.

“There’s a part of the fourth quarter there where I’m just sitting there, and I’m just surveying,” Babers said. “And I’m like, ‘now that you know what the top of the mountain is. Now you have a plan to get there.”

For now though, Babers is stuck with dealing what’s in his immediate future: the rest of the season. Both Syracuse and Clemson have three games remaining in the 2016 regular-season campaign.

Saturday’s win helps Clemson inch ever closer to securing a spot in the College Football Playoff. For Syracuse, the loss means the Orange will have to win two out of its next three games to have a legitimate shot at a bowl game. Syracuse hasn’t played in one since the Texas Bowl in 2013.

Clemson will look stay unbeaten next Saturday when Pitt (5-4, 2-3) comes to Death Valley, while Syracuse will host N.C. State (4-5, 1-4) at the Carrier Dome.

Notes

Syracuse wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo’s nine catches for 84 yards on Saturday were good enough to break school records for receptions and yards in a single season.

Etta-Tawo now has 75 catches on the year, giving him five more than the previous record set by Alec Lemon in 2012.

His new total of 1,158 yards receiving is 27 more than Marvin Harrison’s mark of 1,131, which was set back in 1995.

Orange Men Start Slow, Finish Strong in Exhibition Opener

Orange Men Start Slow, Finish Strong in Exhibition Opener

Story by Jake Lapin Photo Courtesy Cuse.com SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Hardwood is back at the Carrier Dome, as Syracuse men’s basketball began its 2016-17 campaign with an exhibition win over Indiana University (Pa.) Tuesday night. SU overcame an unexpected 15-point deficit in the first half to the Division-II Crimson Hawks before closing the half on a […]

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Story by Jake Lapin

Photo Courtesy Cuse.com

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Hardwood is back at the Carrier Dome, as Syracuse men’s basketball began its 2016-17 campaign with an exhibition win over Indiana University (Pa.) Tuesday night.

SU overcame an unexpected 15-point deficit in the first half to the Division-II Crimson Hawks before closing the half on a 33-13 run, and rolling to a 83-65 victory.

“We didn’t get off to a good start for a few reasons,” Coach Jim Boeheim said after the game. “I thought we battled back really well.”


Early Struggles


After scoring the first basket of the game, Syracuse struggled early on as IUP jumped out to a 20-5 lead in the first six minutes or so of action.

Interestingly, a Boeheim-coached team started the game in a man-to-man defense, instead of the 2-3 zone that Syracuse is known for playing.

“It’s something we work on every day,” Boeheim said about the man-to-man defense. “We could theoretically use it in some situations. We’ll see.”

The Hawks started the game 5-of-11 from deep against the man defense, which sparked the early lead, before missing their next 10 attempts as the Orange clawed back.

Syracuse had three early turnovers before the first 16-under timeout which contributed to the deficit as well.

Serious Size

Syracuse trotted out a starting lineup of Frank Howard and Andrew White III in the backcourt, with Tyler Lydon, Tyler Roberson and DaJuan Coleman up front.

Coleman and Lydon are each 6-9, Roberson is 6-8, White is 6-7 and Howard is 6-5.

The Orange’s height will be helpful when Boeheim installs his 2-3 zone.

Boeheim also has freshman Taurean Thompson, 6-10, and transfer Paschal Chukwu, 7-2, at his disposal off the bench.

Crowded Backcourt

Returning starters Roberson and Coleman are expected to start this season, as is Lydon, who received second-team All-ACC honors this preseason.

The starting guards are still to be determined.

Howard got the nod to start the game on Tuesday, but grad transfer John Gillon got some run-time as well, as each played 20 minutes.

Howard finished with 10 points, 2 assists and 3 turnovers, including one that aggravated Boeheim and instigated a timeout.

Gillon added 6 points himself, including a three-pointer, as well as 9 assists and 2 turnovers.

“I think John did a good job in the first half,” Boeheim said. “I think Frank did a good job for the most part, just a couple bad turnovers.”

While Gillon has more NCAA experience after playing his freshman year at Arkansas-Little Rock and the past two seasons at Colorado State, Boeheim noted that Howard has more experience playing in the Syracuse system.


Notes

Down 20-8 with just over 12 minutes to go in the first half, Syracuse switched off the man-to-man defense into a zone, but also set up a full-court press. The press created six turnovers and a bunch of fast break opportunities that fueled a 33-13 run to end the half.

Boeheim was clearly getting a feel for his unit tonight, as he tried out 18 different lineup combinations in the matchup. Ten different players played at least nine minutes, including three freshmen.

Tyus Battle, a freshman, made his SU debut in style, hitting four 3s in five attempts. He and White combined for 6-of-12 from beyond the arc, while the rest of the team finished just 1-of-8.

The IUP Crimson Hawks finished 21-8 last season en route to a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference division title. Coach Joe Lombardi, in his 11th season, has seven returning players including his son, Dante, who scored 14 points against the Orange. The Hawks head to Villanova on Nov. 5 for another Division-I exhibition matchup.

Looking Ahead

One down, one to go for Syracuse in terms of exhibitions.

The Orange men will take on LeMoyne next Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. as they wrap up the preseason schedule at the Carrier Dome.

The regular season begins a few days later on Friday Nov. 11 at 7 pm, as Syracuse will take on Colgate at home.

Both of those games will be aired on ACCN Extra.

Volleyball: Duke Too Much for Orange in Four-set Win

Volleyball: Duke Too Much for Orange in Four-set Win

Story and photos by Kelsey Snider SYRACUSE, N.Y. –  Syracuse Orange Volleyball took on the University of Duke Blue Devils Sunday afternoon in the Women’s Building looking for another win after beating Wake Forest on Friday. But the Blue Devils (16-6, 10-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) beat the Orange (6-16, 5-7 ACC) three sets to one. […]

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Story and photos by Kelsey Snider

SYRACUSE, N.Y. –  Syracuse Orange Volleyball took on the University of Duke Blue Devils Sunday afternoon in the Women’s Building looking for another win after beating Wake Forest on Friday.

But the Blue Devils (16-6, 10-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) beat the Orange (6-16, 5-7 ACC) three sets to one.

“I just think we played a more disciplined team,” said Syracuse’s sophomore middle blocker Santita Ebangwese.  “The mistakes we made on Friday we couldn’t make today and we did and therefore it resulted in a loss.”

Set 1:

It was back and forth for the start of set one. The Orange and the Blue Devils were tied at 4-4.

Duke then got on a six-point run and started to pull away from Syracuse. The score was 10-5.

Syracuse continued to give up point runs, and Duke went on another four-point run further pulling away from the Orange making the score 16-10.

Syracuse tried to stay in the game, but Duke kept getting kills and went on another four-point run and

the Blue Devils took set one handily at 25-15.

Set 2:

It was a slow start for both the Orange and the Blue Devils in set two.

The set started off with two unforced errors by Syracuse – a passing error followed by an unforced hitting error.

Duke took the lead, but Syracuse stayed close not letting the Blue Devils get more than three points ahead and the Orange tied up the score at 9-9, then went on to take the lead with three kills in a row, which brought the score to 13-10.

The Blue Devils didn’t let that affect them and stayed close to the Orange. Duke tied the score at 20-20.

Syracuse took the lead back with three of the five points being kills from junior setter Jalissa Trotter.

Trotter had a total of eight kills in the match with a hitting percentage of .304.

“I just try to stay aggressive regardless of what position I’m playing, whether coach is wanting me to set, play defense,” Trotter said. “I just try to be aggressive that’s the only thing. I just go for it.”

Even with the lower hitting percentage, the Orange held off the Blue Devils taking the second set 25-23 and evening the match.

Set 3:

After losing set two, the Blue Devils started off  the third strong with a five-point run.

“They were putting much more pressure on us even when it’s not perfect pass,” Syracuse’s head coach Leonid Yelin said. “They still playing so fast offense…it was a lot of pressure on us.”

Syracuse fought back with two blocks back-to-back to come within a point of Duke and from then, the Orange started to get in a groove and tied the score at 8-8 with two kills from the outside and the back row.

The Orange took the lead for the first time in the set at 17-16 and held it until they made two attack errors tying the score at 20-20.

The Blue Devils took that opportunity and went on a four-point run making the score 24-20.

Syracuse got the ball back but Duke got a side out with a kill taking set three 25-21.

Set 4:

Duke again took the lead early in set four and held Syracuse consistently three points behind.

The Blue Devils then started to pull away even farther in the middle of the set at 17-13 and used a four-point run to make it 21-14

Syracuse tried to stay in the match with a returned three-point run getting a couple of kills from the middle making the score 24-20 but it wasn’t enough. The Blue Devils won the set 25-21 and with it the match.

Looking Ahead:

Syracuse will play the Boston College Eagles on Wednesday, Nov. 2, in Chestnut Hill, Mass. at 7:30 pm. Duke will return home to Durham, N.C. to play the University of Louisville Cardinals on Friday, Nov. 4, at 3 p.m..

Volleyball: Orange Comes Back to Down Demon Deacons

Volleyball: Orange Comes Back to Down Demon Deacons

Story and photos by Kelsey Snider SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Orange Volleyball was back in the Women’s Building Friday evening with a lively crowd as it took on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. It would be a battle for both teams the entire match. After losing two matches on the road last weekend, the Orange (6-15, 5-6 […]

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Story and photos by Kelsey Snider

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Orange Volleyball was back in the Women’s Building Friday evening with a lively crowd as it took on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. It would be a battle for both teams the entire match.

After losing two matches on the road last weekend, the Orange (6-15, 5-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) looking for a win, beat the Demon Deacons (9-13, 5-6 ACC) three sets to two.

However, the Orange players are not satisfied and want more.

“We need to stay consistent, and we have to continuously talk to each other,” sophomore middle blocker Santita Ebangwese said.

Set 1:

It was a slow start for Wake Forest with unforced hitting errors giving Syracuse momentum to take the lead.

That slow start would not be the determining factor for the rest of the set.

Wake Forest fought back with defense and attacking and tied the set at 11-11. From that point on it was neck and neck for both teams. It wasn’t until the score was 16-16 when the Demon Deacons took the lead for the first time in the set with a four-point run making the score 20-16.

Stopping the run with a stuff block the Orange tied the score back up at 20-20. Head Coach Leonid Yelin said the biggest factor in the win was the team’s blocking.

Syracuse has the chance to win the set at 25-24, but an attack error tied the score back up at 25-25.

Syracuse won the close first set 28-26.

Set 2:

Wake Forest’s players kept their heads going into the second set. The Demon Deacons took the lead early with a three point run making the score 8-5.

Syracuse fought to stay in the set, not letting the Demon Deacons get more that a two-point run.

It wasn’t until the score was 17-13 that Wake Forest started to pull away but the Demon Deacons used a four-point run starting at 21-16 to seal the deal.

The defense from both teams remained strong. The Demon Deacons had a total of four blocks and the Orange eight going into the third set.

“Our block did amazing, and our block sets up our defense,” junior libero Belle Sand said. “I can contribute a lot of my digs, like being in the right position based off our block.”

Set 3:

Wake Forest continued the momentum from set two and started off with a six-point lead. Syracuse, however pulled within two points of the Demon Deacons at 8-6.

The Orange kept fighting point by point and after a three point run Syracuse took the lead for the first time in the set at 15-14.

Both teams kept it close for the rest of the match with long rallies. Both teams’ offensive and defensive play was in rhythm.

The defense was starting to frustrate the attackers for both sides as more hitting errors were made. Syracuse had a total of 18 attack errors making the attack percentage .167 going into the fourth set. Wake Forest had a total of 24 making its attack percentage .220.

The Demon Deacons held off the Orange and took the set 25-23.

Set 4:

The Orange was down but not out and after trailing early in the fourth set, took the lead at 9-8. From there it was back and forth the entire set. The Orange pulled away at 20-17 with a quick attack from the middle, but the Demon Deacons closed it to 23-22.

With a chance to earn points, Wake Forest served the ball into the net giving Syracuse match point. Wake Forest got a kill and an ace tying the score to 24-24.

But the Demon Deacons had a miscommunication on the court giving the Orange the set win at 26-24 and the match at 2-2.

Set 5:

The Orange came into the fifth set strong with a three point run and kept the lead at the switch 8-6.
After the switch, the Orange took charge, winning the fifth set 15-8 and the match 3-2.

Wake Forest had no answer for Syracuse’s middle attack, especially by Ebangwese. She led both teams with 16 kills hitting .640 for the night.

“When ‘Tasty’ [Ebangwese] pounds a ball, I think everyone on the team feels her excitement,” Sand said.

Looking Ahead:

 

The Orange will be back in the Women’s Building on Sunday, October 30th, at 1pm to play the University of Duke Blue Devils. The Demon Deacons will travel to Chestnut Hill, Mass. to play the Boston College Eagles.

Orange Holds Off Eagles to Even Record at 4-4

Orange Holds Off Eagles to Even Record at 4-4

  Story by Kelsey Snider Photos by Bridget Chavez CHESTNUT HILL, MASS. – On a gloomy, rainy day at Alumni Stadium, Syracuse University and Boston College lined up against on Saturday each other looking for a ray of sunshine. The game was sloppy in every way but Syracuse Orange (4-4, 2-2 ACC) found that ray, gaining […]

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Story by Kelsey Snider

Photos by Bridget Chavez

CHESTNUT HILL, MASS. – On a gloomy, rainy day at Alumni Stadium, Syracuse University and Boston College lined up against on Saturday each other looking for a ray of sunshine.

The game was sloppy in every way but Syracuse Orange (4-4, 2-2 ACC) found that ray, gaining its second Atlantic Coast Conference win against the Eagles (3-4, 0-4 ACC).

“We had mistakes,” Syracuse’s head coach Dino Babers said. “We weren’t perfect, but we’re human and we’re excited to be at .500 again,”

“I thought we competed hard,” BC head coach Steve Addazio said, “and I think we can see where there’s opportunity for us as we — it’s like we percolate and hit it and then we have a penalty and we do this and do this and then we drop. It’s our job to smooth that out, develop that, keep that going positively in the right direction and continue to grow.”

First quarter: rough start, defining moment

Both the Orange and the Eagles came out aggressive without much discipline. The Eagles started off with a personal foul on the first play from scrimmage giving the Orange a first down at the SU 30-yard line. Following that, Syracuse had two false start penalties.

The moment which defined this game was an interception by the Eagles’ William Harris for a 64-yard return to the Orange’s 29-yard line. Syracuse’s quarterback Eric Dungey made the tackle and threw Williams to the ground well out of bounds, then shoved another Boston College defender who was standing over him. That started a brawl. Both teams received penalties for unsportsmanlike conduct and Dungey was penalized individually.

“Well, it wasn’t frustration,” Dungey said after the game. “I was trying to finish the tackle. I get tackled all the time, so when I get a chance to tackle, I was trying to tackle him. Some guy is standing over me talking smack, and I just tried to get him off me, and then one thing led to another.”

“I told him that his job is to get the guy down, not to hit him like a middle linebacker because he needs to preserve himself,” Babers said. “He did a great job in stopping the touchdown. That’s what he’s supposed to do, and then after that he needs to protect himself.”

Asked if he thought Dungey should have been ejected, Addazio said “I can’t speak to any of that. I wasn’t out there. I think there’s some stuff on the video that will need to be addressed on that play. Some stuff went down over there that I could see myself, and that’s going to be addressed over there.”

The Orange defense held and Mike Knoll connected on a field goal from the 30-yard line, giving Boston College a 3-0 lead with 11:37 left in the first quarter.

Orange drives

Dungey had three complete passes to Steve Ishmael and then a rush of eight yards to get to Boston College’s 12-yard line on the next possession. A holding penalty by the Eagles put the Orange at the BC six-yard line. SU’s wide receiver Ervin Phillips received a backwards pass from Dungey to get the first touchdown of the game. The Orange led 7-3.

Syracuse stopped BC three-and-out and Dungey completed passes to wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo putting SU at Boston College’s 10-yard line. But Dungey fumbled on the next play, and the Eagles stopped what looked like a certain Syracuse score.

Boston College did not score again in the first and Syracuse held the lead, 7-3.

 

Second Quarter: Orange strikes, Eagles respond

The second quarter was much like the first – back-and-forth.

Syracuse started its first drive at its own 20, about two minutes in. The Orange drove to the Eagles 10-yard line and Dungey completed a pass to Phillips for the touchdown making the score 14-3.

The Orange celebration didn’t last long.

The Eagles running back Myles Willis ran the kickoff back 89 yards bringing Boston College right back within four points, trailing SU 14-10. It was Willis’ third career TD on a kickoff return.

That turned out to be the halftime score.

 

Third quarter: a touchdown each

It was a slow start for both teams starting the second half of the game but the Eagles looked to be on track to take the lead as they drove to the Syracuse 20-yard line with  4:29 left in the quarter.

But Syracuse linebacker Parris Bennett intercepted  a pass intended for BC wide receiver Michael Walker. The pass from quarterback Patrick Towles got to Walker, but he bobbled the ball and Bennett grabbed it and ran for seven yards to the Syracuse 14.

Syracuse drove 53 yards for a TD. Dungey’s pass to Etta-Tawo gained 33, putting the Orange in scoring range. Dungey then connected with  Steve Ishmael for an 11-yard touchdown pass. The Orange led the Eagles 21–10.

Just as in the second quarter, Boston College did not give Syracuse much time to celebrate. After an incomplete pass, Towles ran 75-yards around left end with a terrific bit of deception.The last play of the third put the Eagles again within four points of the Orange at 21–17.

 

Fourth quarter: Orange seals it at last

Syracuse started the fourth quarter with a complete pass to Etta-Tawo for 11-yards. This pass would put Etta-Tawo in the company of three other Syracuse players who have over 1,000 receiving yards for a single season. But Syracuse did not score.

Boston College did on its first drive with a 39-yard field goal bringing the Eagles within one point of Syracuse, 21-20.

But Dungey and Etta-Tawo connected again for what turned out to be a game-sealing 68-yard touchdown pass. It was Etta-Tawo’s tenth reception for 144 yards in the game.

“He’s brought so much spark and energy to this team,” Dungey said. “He made a great catch. Guy holding his arm like all season. He did a great job and he knows how to use that speed.”

Boston College had one last shot, driving to the Syracuse 14 with Darius Wade at QB. But Josh Black sacked him at the 25 and on fourth down he threw high over Charlie Callinan in the back of the end zone.

Syracuse ran out the clock.

 

Looking ahead:
Syracuse has a bye week before heading to Death Valley to face Clemson on Nov, 5. Boston College will next face NC State on Oct. 29.

 

Orange Madness: Pictures at an Exhibition

Orange Madness: Pictures at an Exhibition

Photos by Jacqueline Mundry SYRACUSE N.Y. — Basketball is back in Syracuse. The Orange kicked off its season on Friday night with Orange Madness where both the men’s and women’s basketball teams were given a warm welcome back to the Carrier Dome. Both teams are coming off of an impressive season as they made it […]

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Photos by Jacqueline Mundry

SYRACUSE N.Y.
— Basketball is back in Syracuse.

The Orange kicked off its season on Friday night with Orange Madness where both the men’s and women’s basketball teams were given a warm welcome back to the Carrier Dome. Both teams are coming off of an impressive season as they made it to the final four, with the women’s team losing in the National Championship game to UConn.

The teams showed off their final four rings, enjoyed a performance from rapper Jadakiss, honored service men and women, and scrimmaged in front of their fans for the first time this season.

The men start their season with an exhibition against Indiana, Pa. on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Carrier Dome. The women begin on November 11 at 3 p.m. at the Carrier Dome hosting Rhode Island.

Here is a look at the evening in photos:

Free Kick Gives Orange Women First ACC Soccer Win

Free Kick Gives Orange Women First ACC Soccer Win

Story and photo by Jacqueline Mundry SYRACUSE, N.Y. — One free kick was all it took to seal the fate of Sunday’s ACC match  between the Pittsburgh Panthers and Syracuse Orange at the SU Soccer Stadium. The Orange (8-5-3, 1-4-2 ACC)) defeated the Panthers (2-12-1, 1-6-0) by a score of 1-0. The lone goal came […]

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — One free kick was all it took to seal the fate of Sunday’s ACC match  between the Pittsburgh Panthers and Syracuse Orange at the SU Soccer Stadium.

The Orange (8-5-3, 1-4-2 ACC)) defeated the Panthers (2-12-1, 1-6-0) by a score of 1-0.

The lone goal came in the 26th minute after a Pittsburgh foul gave Orange freshman defender, Taylor Bennett, an opportunity for a 25-yard free kick and she made the most of it.

Bennett’s boot

This was Bennett’s second career goal, the first also was a free kick in a win over the University of Albany.

“I think from the angle we had, it could be one of the goals of the season,” Syracuse head coach Phil Wheddon said.

Panthers head coach, Greg Miller acknowledged Bennett as well.

“I’m proud of our effort but at the end of the day you have to score goals,” he said. “The goal they scored was not savable, that was a great free kick and it was the difference maker.”

“Taylor gave everything she could on the field so did the rest of the players so I’m really pleased,” Wheddon said.

Defenses win games

Both the Orange and the Panthers needed a win on badly Sunday and both teams played aggressive defense.

“Two teams battling to get three points, both teams needed these three points,” Wheddon said.

Syracuse’s junior goalkeeper Courtney Brosnan has been nursing an injury since the loss to Virginia Tech. Even with a five-save shutout on Sunday, she still appeared to be in pain.

“She’s tough and she fights through,” Wheddon said.

He praised his goalie for being able to shut out an ACC team.

“It’s great for Courtney today to come in here and get a shutout against a team that can be very dangerous in the attack,” he said.

This was Brosnan’s sixth shutout of the season.

Pitt’s keeper Taylor Francis recorded six saves.

Neither Bennett nor Brosnan was available for an interview after the match,

Coming up

Wheddon wasn’t thrilled with his team’s overall performance, but he is looking ahead.

“It wasn’t our best performance, I thought we were disorganized at times, I thought we gave the ball away very very easily but that’s the great thing about soccer, if you win a game and you don’t play your best, you know that you’ve got more to come so we’ll have more to come when we play against Wake Forest and UNC next week,” he said.

Both teams are back in action on Thursday Oct. 20. Syracuse will travel to Wake Forest and Pittsburgh will host #11 North Carolina.

Dungey Delivers In Upset Win Over Virginia Tech

Dungey Delivers In Upset Win Over Virginia Tech

Story by Julian McKenzie Photos by Brianna Adams SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse players couldn’t wait until the clock expired to celebrate their 31-17 upset victory over #17 Virginia Tech, the program’s first win over a ranked team since 2012 and their first win over an opponent in the Atlantic Coast Conference this season. The team celebrated […]

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Story by Julian McKenzie

Photos by Brianna Adams

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse players couldn’t wait until the clock expired to celebrate their 31-17 upset victory over #17 Virginia Tech, the program’s first win over a ranked team since 2012 and their first win over an opponent in the Atlantic Coast Conference this season. The team celebrated at midfield before being joined by fans who ran down from the bleachers in pure joy. Even after the band played the alma mater, spectators remained on the field, kneeling and running around in disbelief.

“That’s what college football is all about,” Orange head coach Dino Babers said. “That excitement, that energy. It’s so pure. It’s so honest. Anytime when you’re 18-22 years old and you have an opportunity to experience something like that, it’s going to always be special. It’s always going to be something that stays with you for a very long time.”

Dungey’s Day

Syracuse was led by quarterback Eric Dungey who threw for 311 yards, a touchdown pass, and an interception. Dungey was also effective in the run game with 24 carries for 106 yards and a game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter.

All this despite suffering an injury to his right knee in the second quarter after being hit by Hokies linebacker Mook Reynolds. Dungey was brought down from behind and his knee was caught under Reynolds’s body, forcing the quarterback to wear a knee brace for the rest of the game.

“Training staff did a good job of letting me go back in. I was going to go back in regardless, but I’m happy I’m alright,” Dungey said.

“We need him, and we need him healthy,” Babers said.

Ineffective Hokie Half

Meanwhile, the Hokies missed out on capturing their fifth straight road win against ACC teams. The team was coming off a 34-3 win over UNC last week, their first win over a ranked opponent since defeating Duke in 2014. Not only were the Hokies held to three points in the first half and 17 overall, the Orange nearly matched the amount of points they had allowed in the last three games in the first half. VT had only allowed 20 points in their last three games.

The Hokies were behind from the opening quarter as Syracuse scored first. Wide receiver Ervin Phillips caught a pass near midfield and was untouched as he sprinted towards the end zone for a 58-yard touchdown. On Syracuse’s first time on defense, the Orange held the Hokies to a three-and-out. Senior defensive lineman De’Jon Wilson sacked VT quarterback Jerod Evans, who came into the game as the ACC leader in passer rating, before the Orange defense made two more stops, forcing them to punt.

Virginia Tech’s only score of the first half came from a 36-yard field goal from Joey Slye with over six minutes left in the first quarter.

Syracuse then caught the Hokies defense off-guard in the second quarter with a trick play, courtesy of a pass from running back Dontae Strickland. The sophomore caught a pitch from Dungey before he found a wide open Brisly Estime for an 84-yard touchdown pass. It’s the longest pass play of the season for Syracuse and the sixth longest in program history.

“We practiced that play on Tuesday or Wednesday,” said Strickland, who threw and for a touchdown in the victory. “Coach had confidence in me and I had confidence in myself and my teammates had confidence in me so the play had to be done.”

Soon after, Syracuse kicker Cole Murphy hit a 51-yard field goal, the longest of his collegiate career and Syracuse’s longest since 2008. The field goal gave the Orange a 17-3 lead with four seconds left in the half, giving Syracuse a 14-point lead at the break.

Rising to the Occasion

The Hokies were down but they were not out as they responded with 14 unanswered points in the second half. Their first touchdown of the day came in the third quarter as Evans threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Ford, bringing the Hokies within six points of Syracuse. However, the point after attempt was blocked by Kendall Coleman, leaving the score at 17-9.

Virginia Tech then tied the game in the fourth quarter as tight end Bucky Hodges caught a screen pass from Evans, ending an eight-play, 66-yard drive. This time, the Hokies converted a two-point attempt with a reception by receiver Chris Cunningham.

Syracuse responded with a 17-play, 75-yard drive led by Dungey, who scored on a one-yard run to give his team the eventual game-winning score. The Orange marched downfield with a mixture of pass and run plays before Dungey kept the ball from himself following the snap and ran it in the end zone.

The Orange added another touchdown, this time a 16-yard score by Strickland who shed several tackles on the way to the end zone, to give Syracuse a 31-17 lead with 5:23 to play, and placing the final nail in Virginia Tech’s chances of coming back.

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Syracuse’s victory gives it a 3-4 overall record and improves the conference record to 1-2. Virginia Tech has four wins and two losses overall this season, but the loss was their first against a conference opponent. The Hokies have two other victories against ACC opponents.

The Orange’s next game will be on the road at Boston College on Oct. 22 while the Hokies will try to regroup for a Thursday night ACC showdown at home versus Miami.

Women’s Soccer: No. 2 Florida State and Syracuse Finish in a Draw

Women’s Soccer: No. 2 Florida State and Syracuse Finish in a Draw

Story and photos by Jacqueline Mundry SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The teams scored relatively early but not often as the Syracuse and #2 Florida State women’s teams finished in a 1-1 double-overtime draw at the SU Soccer Stadium on a cool Sunday afternoon. “Today we played a very very good defensive team, Syracuse head coach Phil Wheddon […]

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — 
The teams scored relatively early but not often as the Syracuse and #2 Florida State women’s teams finished in a 1-1 double-overtime draw at the SU Soccer Stadium on a cool Sunday afternoon.

“Today we played a very very good defensive team, Syracuse head coach Phil Wheddon said.
“I mean Florida State is #2 in the country for a reason, they’re well coached, well organized, We’ve got to be a little bit more creative on attack.”

Starting early

The Orange (7-5-3, O-4-2 ACC) got on the scoreboard in the first minute of play when junior forward Alex Lamontagne scored her first goal of the season.

24 minutes later, the Seminoles (9-2-2, 3-1-2) responded, when sophomore forward, Elin Jenson, also scored her first goal of the season.

And that was that for the scoring, although not for lack of trying by both offenses.

A goalkeeper’s game

The Florida State offense kept pressure on junior goalkeeper Courtney Brosnan for the vast majority of the game, resulting in 27 shots and 15 saves for Brosnan.

“The number of shots on goal for Florida state talks about their efficiency about getting the ball on frame,” Wheddon said.

15 saves is a new career-high and the second highest number of single game saves by a Syracuse goalie, behind Shannon Myers who had 17 saves at Princeton on Oct. 27, 2004.

“Courtney’s been great for us all year. I’ve said all along that she’s one of the best goalkeepers in the ACC,” Wheddon said.

Both Wheedon and Brosnan explained that the choice for her to play was a game time decision. On Thursday against Virginia Tech, Brosnan suffered an injury and wasn’t able to train Friday or Saturday.

Brosnan said she felt ready to go on Sunday, “pain is relative so obviously it hurts a little bit but it was fine.”

Florida State  redshirt junior, Cassie Miller faced similar pressure in the goal. The Florida State defense did a lot to keep the ball out of the net, but Miller faced nine shots, resulting in three saves.

Wheddon was proud that his team could put that kind of pressure on Miller, “getting a point against the #2 team in the country is massive,” he said.

Up next

Syracuse will continue ACC play on Sunday Oct. 16 at 1 p.m. when it hosts Pittsburgh for the Alumni Game. The Seminoles will also stay in the ACC as they travel to NC State for a match on Saturday Oct. 15 at 3 p.m.

 

Demon Deacons Take Down Dino’s Orange 28-9

Demon Deacons Take Down Dino’s Orange 28-9

Story by Robert Schiff Photos by Jon Cerio WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — On a chilly, wet night, the Syracuse Orange had come to Winston-Salem with a mission Saturday – getting their first ACC win of the season. The Orange will have to try again next week.  This night belonged to the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest.  Wind and […]

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Story by Robert Schiff

Photos by Jon Cerio

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — On a chilly, wet night, the Syracuse Orange had come to Winston-Salem with a mission Saturday – getting their first ACC win of the season. The Orange will have to try again next week.  This night belonged to the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest.  Wind and rain from the edge of Hurricane Matthew driving along the coast made the going tough for both teams and just about shut down the effectiveness of Coach Dino Baber’s speeded-up offense.

“We knew when the game started, that with the weather, the game was going to come down to turnovers and who was going to be able to execute and stay patient the longest,” Babers said. “It was a tight game all the way to the fourth quarter. We thought we had an opportunity to win in the end. We had some costly turnovers, three-and-outs, and some bad situations. Those really forced us to do some things down the stretch to put it back into their favor.”

“Nothing comes easy to us,” Wake Forest head coach Dave Clawson said.” It’s not like we go out there and hit a 75-yard bomb or get a punt return. It just seems like every win we get is a grind but that’s the nature of our team. Nothing has come easy and that goes from year-one to year-three. But our guys are starting to get rewarded for all their work.”

Wind, rain and a slippery football

Babers wasn’t as aggressive on Saturday night as he has been in the past. Syracuse wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo came into the game second in the FBS in receiving yards (840), but only caught four balls for 36 yards on Saturday. The Orange rushed the ball 40 times against Wake Forest, attempting only 26 passes.

“They were blitzing a lot on first down, they were stressing some personnel,” Babers said. “We had trouble with it. The quarterback can’t throw it to them if he can’t see them.”

It started with a three and out for SU on its first drive.  A bad snap from Wake Forest on its first possession was recovered in the end zone by the Demon Deacons for a safety as a couple of Syracuse players missed the chance to pounce on it for a touchdown.  Syracuse was up 2-0.

It didn’t get much better for Syracuse.  The Orange punted on its first three possessions.  Normally relying on the offense, it was the Orange defense that kept Syracuse in the game.  With the Demon Deacons driving to go ahead near the end of the first quarter Jonathan Thomas knocked the ball out of QB John Wolford’s hand as he tried to reach over the goal line and Cordell Hudson recovered  for the Orange for a touchback.

At the end of the first quarter Syracuse had punted on all four possessions, but still led 2-0.

With 11:07 left in the second quarter that changed.  Wolford ran for a seven-yard TD, capping a 79-yard drive and making it 7-2 Wake Forest.

The Orange answered with a one-yard TD run from Dontae Strickland, finishing off a 59-yard drive that consisted almost entirely of rushes.

The Orange held onto that two-point lead for a little over three minutes.  That’s when Wolford ran for a 37-yard touchdown on a beautifully executed quarterback draw play.

Syracuse wouldn’t score again, but they came close just before halftime.  Strickland ran for 49 yards into the Demon Deacons red zone.  But on the next play, Dungey threw an interception to Amari Anderson in the end zone.

“Huge!” Clawson said. “You’re going from a lead at the half and you’re about to go down two. When I saw that guy open I’m like ‘Oh man, they got it,’ and he just jumped up and made a play.

It was 14-9 Wake Forest at the half.

Second half, Syracuse struggles, Wake soars late

The second half was more of the same for Babers and Company — missed opportunities.   A Jake Pickard interception gave Syracuse the ball at midfield, but Dungey couldn’t capitalize. The Syracuse QB was sacked for a loss of 13, and the Orange punted, something Syracuse did ten times Saturday night.

As if the field conditions weren’t bad enough, the Orange also allowed penalties to hurt down the stretch. After Syracuse’s Kendall Coleman was disqualified for targeting with four minutes left in the game, the next play saw Wake Forest running back Cade Carney rush into the end zone for a 3-yard score, making it a two possession game, 21-9. The Demon Deacons then recovered a Jordan Fredericks’ fumble and take it back 83 yards for another touchdown with 1:30 left in the 4th quarter — putting the final nail in the Orange’s coffin.

“A lot of our guys have grown up and sometimes you have to be in that situation once before, then you have success in it,” Clawson said. “Last year we played a lot of young guys and I really hope the benefit of doing that would come this year. In a lot of ways it has.”

“You have to take your hat off to Coach Clawson and his staff,” Babers said. “In the third year of their program you can see that this is a different Wake Forest team. I’m looking forward to getting my program to the stages he has in his third year.”

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The Demon Deacons move to 5-1 on the year and will travel to Tallahassee next weekend to take on Florida State. The Orange falls to 2-4. Syracuse will look for its first ACC win of the year next week, when it takes on Virginia Tech at the Carrier Dome. Kickoff is at 3:45 p.m.

Notre Dame Sweeps Syracuse Volleyball

Notre Dame Sweeps Syracuse Volleyball

Story and Photos by Kelsey Snider SYRACUSE, N.Y. –  Orange Volleyball was back home in the Women’s Building on the SU campus Friday night, hoping to make it two in a row after winning at Miami last Sunday. Instead Notre Dame (14-3, 5-0 ACC) swept Syracuse (25-16, 26-24, 25-10). “We have to accept that that is […]

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. –  Orange Volleyball was back home in the Women’s Building on the SU campus Friday night, hoping to make it two in a row after winning at Miami last Sunday.

Instead Notre Dame (14-3, 5-0 ACC) swept Syracuse (25-16, 26-24, 25-10).

“We have to accept that that is not OK and that is not Syracuse volleyball,” freshman outside hitter, Mackenzie Weaver said.

Set 1:

It was back and forth in the beginning of set one. Both teams seemed to be getting into their own rhythms.

The Fighting Irish came out with a fast offense creating one-on-one situations and holes in the Orange’s block.

Syracuse which is known for its blocking seemed to get a little shook up due the Notre Dame’s speed. Syracuse was getting blocks against Notre Dame’s outside hitters, but didn’t have an answer for the middle and right side attacks. Head coach Leonid Yelin said it was frustrating for the bench and coaches because they knew the slide attack was coming.

“That really destroyed us because we knew it,” Yelin said. “We have to keep attacking them with a serve to force them to go as much as possible to the left side.”

Yelin said he thinks that’s when the match started to go downhill.

Notre Dame started to pull away in the middle of the set with a four-point run by junior setter, Caroline Holt advancing the lead to 11-6.

The Fighting Irish kept that lead the entire set, and won 25-16.

Set 2:

The beginning of set two started a lot like the first. Both the Orange and the Fighting Irish were neck and neck, but different from set one, it continued to be close throughout the entire set.

The Orange had the lead at 10-9, which was the first time it had the lead.

With a couple of point runs here and there from both teams, the Orange and the Fighting Irish were tied at 19-19.

The Orange had three kills in a row making the score 22-19. Notre Dame came back with two kills from the outside hitters. The score was 23-21 with the Orange leading.

At 24-22, the Orange was in winning range, but a block error and and attack error brought the Fighting Irish back into the game with a tied score at 24-24.

The fast offense from Notre Dame sealedl the deal with kills from both the middle blocker right side making the score 26-24 for the win.

Set 3:

Going into set three, Notre Dame still seemed to want it and Syracuse seemed to have a deflated morale.

“I think that we mentally broke down in the third set. I think it comes with experience and it comes with youth,” Weaver said.

A lack of focus showed with Syracuse hitting a lot of unforced hitting errors. The Orange had eight attack errors with six kills this set creating the attack percentage for this set to be -.062. Notre Dame, on the other hand, had only two errors with 15 kills making the attack percentage .333.

Junior setter, Jalissa Trotter says a main focus of the Orange needs to be consistency.

“I just think we need to be more consistent with everything we’re doing. Focusing on what we have to do and just making sure we do it every game and not just one game and skipping a few games. We just got to continue to keep it up.”

The Fighting Irish had three 3-point runs in set three, and for every three points Notre Dame would score, Syracuse would score one.

Notre Dame won the third set 25-10, sweeping Syracuse.

Weaver says to win, the Orange players need to put their words into action.

“We have to learn from our mistakes,” Weaver said. “We can’t keep talking and say we’re going to do better. We have to do better. We have to hold ourselves to a higher standard.”

Looking ahead:

Syracuse will play the University of Louisville Cardinals (5-9, 0-4 ACC) on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 1 p.m. The match will also be Military Appreciation Day.

Yelin says the Syracuse needs to learn how to prepare for a team and understand what it means to wear the Syracuse jersey.

“Until everyone understands how privileged it is to wear this, we’re not going to be better,” Yelin said.

Yelin: “The Team Didn’t Show Up”

Yelin: “The Team Didn’t Show Up”

Story and photos by Kelsey Snider 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 […]

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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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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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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 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.