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Syracuse WBB Remains Undefeated

November 16, 2019

Story by Tanner Russ, Photos by Kyla Wright SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Syracuse’s women’s basketball team entered the game against University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), with a slow start en route to the 65-50 win on Tuesday. “We just want to continue to progress, play hard, and try to get starting rotations in the game, […]

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Story by Tanner Russ, Photos by Kyla Wright

SYRACUSE, N.Y. Syracuse’s women’s basketball team entered the game against University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), with a slow start en route to the 65-50 win on Tuesday.

“We just want to continue to progress, play hard, and try to get starting rotations in the game, and play clean basketball,” said coach Quentin Hillsman after the game. “So far, so good.”

The Orange had to dig themselves out of a 10-2 deficit early but found themselves in the lead 14-13 at the end of the quarter. The turning point in the streak was thanks to Syracuse’s guard.

Junior Kiara Lewis intercepted a pass and ran it three quarters of the way down the court for the go-ahead layup midway through the first quarter. The second quarter was where ‘Cuse really separated themselves. Solid shooting outside and bruising inside the paint led to a 29-20 tally at the end of the second quarter.

The heavy lifting in the first half was done in large part thanks to sophomore Emily Engstler. The 6’1” guard put up 11 points and 6 rebounds in the first half, carrying the bulk of the Orange’s scoring for the first 20 minutes, and ending the half on an emphatic block.

Another strong part of the half was Syracuse’s outside shooting. Of the Orange’s 10 baskets, 7 came from beyond the arc, three of them from Engstler.

“I think it’s just about confidence,” Engstler said. “When you have some, it makes the game a lot easier. You make a couple shots, you’re not afraid to shoot the ball.”

Hillsman noted that his starting sophomore was able to buy time for the rest of the offense to find its footing.

“She was very aggressive in the game, that was the big thing,” Hillsman said. “I want to continue to see her play hard and get down the floor. I thought she put her head down and went to the bucket when should could have taken the three, but she’s shooting the ball well. She’s got to continue to be aggressive and take what the defense is giving her.”

The third quarter was a continuation of the same. Syracuse leapt out to a 38-22 lead in the first four minutes of the quarter, in part thanks to the shooting of senior guard Gabrielle Cooper. The Orange never looked back, finishing the third stanza 46-29.

The final quarter was the only quarter where the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks scored more than Syracuse, 21-19 in this frame, but it was too little too late. Syracuse finished out the game 65-50 to move to 2-0 on the season.

“I figured we were moving the ball well, we were playing off of what they were giving us,” Cooper said.

It was a big night not only for Engstler, who finished with 15 points, but also for Cooper and junior forward Digna Strautmane. Cooper finished the game with 11 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 steals. Strautmane had 17 total points, including 5-of-9 from beyond. There were 37 shots from beyond the arc for Syracuse during the game.

“Coach just told me to shoot more, so I was shooting,” Strautmane said.

20thranked Syracuse will move on to face off against the Albany Great Danes (1-2) on Saturday, Nov. 16. After that, they face the No. 1 ranked team in the country when they host the University of Oregon (2-0) on Saturday, Nov. 24.

Orange Bounce Back Against Fellow NY foe

November 14, 2019

Story by Nicholas D’Alessandro, Photo by Maria Trivelpiece  SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Syracuse Orange defeated the Colgate Raiders by a score of 70-54 on Wednesday evening at the Carrier Dome. Syracuse got their first win of the season behind strong performances by Buddy Boeheim (17 points., 6 assists) and Elijah Hughes (14 points., 8 assists). […]

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Story by Nicholas D’Alessandro, Photo by Maria Trivelpiece 

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Syracuse Orange defeated the Colgate Raiders by a score of 70-54 on Wednesday evening at the Carrier Dome. Syracuse got their first win of the season behind strong performances by Buddy Boeheim (17 points., 6 assists) and Elijah Hughes (14 points., 8 assists).

The Raiders had an early 9-1 lead behind three pointers from Tucker Richardson, Will Rayman, and Jack Ferguson. Syracuse shook off their slow start behind back-to-back threes from Buddy Boeheim, tying the game at 11 points, about nine minutes in.

For the rest of the half, Syracuse repeatedly built a small lead, only to let Colgate trim it or tie the game. Elijah Hughes played a big role in the offensive outburst on Syracuse’s end. He didn’t get his first bucket until 7:28 left in the half but found a stride and went into halftime with 7 points.

In the second half, it was all Orange. Marek Dolezaj got the half started with a lay-up and a spin move, followed by a thunderous dunk the next time down the floor. Joe Girard III hit a three soon after, and the hit Bourama Sidibe for an alley-oop right after.

With 7:33 left to play, the Orange had their biggest lead at 58-34. From there, the Raiders made a nice offensive push, but it was too little too late and the Orange prevailed.

Notably, after the game, Coach Jim Boeheim said that Girard would be taking over for Jalen Carey at starting point guard on Saturday night, against the Seattle Redhawks. Though his stats didn’t jump off the sheet, Boeheim said he thought Girard played good defense, stabilizing the offense.

The Raiders lived and died by the three and SU made sure it wasn’t going to be the former. They held Colgate to 31.7% from behind the arc. They also only allowed the Raiders to shoot seven free throws the entire game.

Boeheim was happy with the defense but said the offense still needs work. “You got four new guys who have got a lot of work to do to get fit together and we need game experience,” he said.
He then mentioned that he needs to get a group that gets used to playing with each other, as you cannot have consistency with 9 or 10 guys playing significant minutes.

Boeheim was also happy that Buddy was being more aggressive. “We got more rebounds because he was penetrating,” he said. He also added that freshman John Bol Ajak will redshirt this season.

Buddy Boeheim, with the ball.

Roars cold be heard from the spatters of Colgate fans around the Carrier Dome. With Colgate only being approximately 40 miles down the road, it was expected that Syracuse’s fellow Upstate neighbor was going to have a presence.

The Syracuse student section, Otto’s Army, released a statement before the game encouraging students not to attend as a protest in light of how they felt the university handled recent hate crimes on campus, making for a nearly empty student section.

The Orange will be back at the Carrier Dome this Saturday to take on the Seattle Redhawks at 7PM on the ACC Network.

Women’s Basketball Opens Season With Win Against Ohio  

November 9, 2019

Story by Maria Trivelpiece, Photos by Tze Kiu Wan   SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Head Coach Quentin Hillsman knew that the Ohio University Bobcats were going to be a tough matchup for his team. “That’s why we scheduled them,” he said. After the first quarter, it looked as if the Syracuse Women’s basketball team may be […]

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Story by Maria Trivelpiece, Photos by Tze Kiu Wan

 

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Head Coach Quentin Hillsman knew that the Ohio University Bobcats were going to be a tough matchup for his team. “That’s why we scheduled them,” he said.

After the first quarter, it looked as if the Syracuse Women’s basketball team may be starting their season 0-1. After ten minutes of play, they trailed 22-10. They were only four-for-18 from the floor and had nine turnovers.

“Ohio had an urgency that they come up with at the beginning of the game,” said Coach Hillsman. “We didn’t have that same sense of urgency.”

Between quarters, Hillsman addressed this and the Orange came out with the urgency they lacked in the first. They outscored the Bobcats 21 to eight in the second, shooting 62.5% from three-point range and snagging eleven rebounds. To end the half, Taleah Washington made a shot to put Syracuse up by one.

“I give my kids a lot of credit,” said Hillsman. “They fought hard.”

They carried their fight into the second half, outscoring Ohio 35-24. They shot 14-for-32 from the floor and had 27 rebounds. Kiara Lewis notched 12 points in the half and 17 total on the night. Even with the tough-fought battle against a hard-nosed opponent, the Orange still have some work to do.

They had 18 turnovers and only shot fifty percent from the free-throw line.

“I’m not going to let them settle,” said Hillsman.

The team agreed, taking accountability for their individual downfalls in the game.

“I had six of the turnovers myself,” said Kiara Lewis, a redshirt junior guard. “That can’t happen. We have to get better and we’re going to get better.”

Syracuse will be home again Tuesday, Nov. 12 to take on the University of Maryland Eastern Shore at 8:00 pm.

Syracuse Defense Struggles Against Boston College

November 9, 2019

Story By Maria Trivelpiece, Photos By Nicholas D’Alessandro SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Syracuse headed into their game on Saturday with hopes of picking up their first ACC win, and it initially seemed as if they might get it. After each team’s opening drives, the Orange led 7-3. The rest of the first quarter was a series […]

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Story By Maria Trivelpiece, Photos By Nicholas D’Alessandro

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Syracuse headed into their game on Saturday with hopes of picking up their first ACC win, and it initially seemed as if they might get it. After each team’s opening drives, the Orange led 7-3.

The rest of the first quarter was a series of lead changes. Boston College scored on a 29-yard run from David Bailey. The next Eagles’ drive resulted in a fumble recovered by Andre Cisco that eventually led to an Andre Szmyt field goal.  

Boston College fumbled again on their next possession, but this time the Orange converted with a touchdown. Heading into the second quarter, Syracuse leads, 17-10.

Syracuse’s defense started to collapse as thirty-eight seconds into the second quarter, Boston College quarterback Dennis Grosel found Koby White for a 64-yard touchdown. The Orange responded with a field goal of their own, but it was one of the last times they would score.

Boston College scored touchdowns on their next three possessions on a pass from Grosel to Zay Flowers, a 51-yard run by AJ Dillon, and finally a pass from Grosel to Miranda.  At the end of the first half they led the Orange 44-20. 

Trishton Jackson, celebrating.

Syracuse’s final score of the game was an 85-yard pass from DeVito to Trishton Jackson toward the end of the third. Dillon ran for two more touchdowns, one in the third and another in the fourth, with a final score of 58-27. 

Dillon ran for a season-high of 242 yards and David Bailey followed closely behind with 172. As a team, Boston College rushed for 511 yards.

“Our defense just got tired of hitting Dillon,” said Head Coach Dino Babers. “Obviously I’m extremely disappointed about the outcome of the game. I think they played really hard, but the score didn’t show it.”  

The Orange have a bye-week and will then head to Duke. Babers said that going into their break, the team has to, “dig deep and find something out” about themselves.

Pittsburgh’s Defense Stifles Syracuse, Orange Remain Winless in Conference

October 24, 2019

Story by Nicholas Ursini, Photo by Noah Lowy SYRACUSE, N.Y. – It was a slow start for both Pittsburgh and Syracuse, but it was Pittsburgh’s defense that recorded nine sacks en route to their fourth-straight victory. The Panthers knocked off the Orange 27-20 inside the Dome. Four punts to start the game before Pitt (5-2, 2-1 […]

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Story by Nicholas Ursini, Photo by Noah Lowy

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – It was a slow start for both Pittsburgh and Syracuse, but it was Pittsburgh’s defense that recorded nine sacks en route to their fourth-straight victory.

The Panthers knocked off the Orange 27-20 inside the Dome.

Four punts to start the game before Pitt (5-2, 2-1 ACC) finally got their offense rolling. The Panthers moved the ball down the field for 52-yards on seven plays and broke the tie with a 47-yard field goal from Alex Kessman.

Syracuse (3-4, 0-3 ACC) got some momentum going after Maurice Ffrench muffed a punt return and Cameron Jordan recovered it. A sack and a penalty forced the Orange to kick a 28-yard field from Andre Szmyt to tie the game with 3:07 left in the first quarter.

Ensuing Panthers possession, quarterback Kenny Pickett threw a 43-yard touchdown strike to Aaron Mathews off a flea-flicker trick play to put Pitt up 10-3 with 1:23 left in the first quarter.

To start the second quarter, Syracuse was driving deep into Pittsburgh territory.

The Orange had first-and-goal from the four-yard line, but could not find the end zone and settled for a Szmyt 20-yard field goal.

Pittsburgh got the ball on Syracuse’s 39-yard line after forcing a punt deep in Orange territory.

The Panthers took five plays to go 39-yards, capped off by an A.J. Davis 5-yard touchdown rush putting Pittsburgh up 17-6 with 4:53 left in the first half.

Syracuse goes three-and-out and next Pittsburgh possession, they score once more. Pickett connected with Ffrench from 14-yards out with 23-seconds left on the clock in the second quarter.

That touchdown sent Pitt to halftime with the 24-6 lead.

TOMMY DEVITO INJURED, IN COMES CLAYTON WELCH:

After both Syracuse and Pitt punted, Clayton Welch entered the game for an injured Tommy DeVito at the 12-minute mark in the third quarter. DeVito took a hit to the shoulder after he escaped the pocket. He left the game with no return.

On third-and-eight, Welch dropped a dime to Taj Harris who shrugged off the cornerback for a 94-yard touchdown reception.

Welch’s first career touchdown pass cut into Pittsburgh’s lead. Syracuse was down 24-13 with 11:12 left in the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Syracuse had a third-down and two-yards to go, Welch was sacked and the 49-yard field goal attempt by Szmyt was hooked left.

Pitt added a 34-yard field goal with 7:03 remaining, extending their lead by two touchdowns.

Welch led Syracuse on a 15 play, 75-yard touchdown drive capped off by a Welch to Aaron Hackett four-yard reception, Hackett’s fourth touchdown of the season.

Syracuse could not stop Pittsburgh on a third-and-two and the Panthers ran out the clock, securing the 27-20 victory.

HEAR FROM DINO:

Head Coach Dino Babers saw Welch play the most football he ever has in an Orange uniform and said he could not be more proud.

“It was good to see him finally get out there as a senior,” Babers said. “It might be his last time playing football.”

After giving up nine sacks, no team has given up more sacks this season than Syracuse as their season total climbs to 35.

Through seven games, Syracuse’s offensive line is exposed and Coach Babers says it’s time for a reevaluation.

“Everyone’s job is in jeopardy,” said Babers. “It’s not fair to keep playing the same guys if the results do not change. There are certain guys in the game that are not doing good enough.”

This is the second game in a row that DeVito has exited with an injury. DeVito finished the night 11-for-23 with 101 yards.

Coach Babers said Tommy wanted to go back out.

“You have done enough,” said Babers. “Those guys are like my stepsons and that hit was enough for me. I did not need to see him go through that again.”

Seven games into the season and Syracuse is 3-4, remaining winless in the conference. Syracuse will now travel south to Tallahassee to face the Florida State Seminoles.

For Syracuse, the clock is ticking with five games left, they need to win three to become bowl eligible.

Coach Babers would not say who he would start as quarterback against Florida State. He said it is all about how guys heal.

Kickoff at Doak Campbell Stadium is set for 3:30 p.m.

Esports Class Visits NYC to see Tournament

October 7, 2019

Story by Kyla Wright, Photos by Olivia Stomski BROOKLYN, N.Y. – In Fall 2018, Syracuse held its first “Esports and Media” class, taught by Olivia Stomski, Director of the Newhouse Sports Media Center, and Chris Hanson, an assistant English professor at the University. In the same semester, the class visited ESL One New York for […]

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Story by Kyla Wright, Photos by Olivia Stomski

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – In Fall 2018, Syracuse held its first “Esports and Media” class, taught by Olivia Stomski, Director of the Newhouse Sports Media Center, and Chris Hanson, an assistant English professor at the University. In the same semester, the class visited ESL One New York for its third annual Counter-Strike Global Offensive tournament.
Last month, Stomski and Hanson returned with their new class of students to experience “the biggest esports event on the East Coast.” They watched eight teams battle for the grand prize of $200,000.

Rubin Wright, a senior in the esports class, attended the tournament both years and has noticed growth within the year. Wright took the class not only due to his interest in video games but also because he knows esports is a field that’ll potentially rival the sports industry in 10-15 years.

“Believe it or not, video games and tech are becoming up to par with actual sports,” said Wright.

Syracuse alum, Sunghwan Kim ‘14, is a Junior Account Executive for Brand Partnerships at ESL. He works with brands and agencies to educate them on esports and help them figure out how to best approach esports from a marketing opportunity perspective with ESL. Kim gave a tour to the class before Sunday’s tournament. The tour was Wright’s favorite part of the day’s events, because he appreciated the opportunity to see the behind-the-scenes of the tournament.

“I liked being able to witness the production side,” said Wright. “From seeing producers work to getting the product to an online streaming platform.”

Kim showed the students backstage aspects from lighting and cameras, to the press area and production trucks. He additionally gave a tour of the concourse where students saw brand activations with a variety of ESL’s partners such as Pepsi, Sony, Intel and ASUS.

“ESL has been running some of the largest esports competitions all over the world for close to two decades,” said Kim. “For us to use an amazing venue like Barclays Center, provides a great opportunity and challenge to fit our scope of work in a multi-purpose facility.”

As a fellow Orangeman, Kim credits Syracuse for its strong network and relationships while he was a student and in his post-graduate career – an inspiration behind creating this experience for the class.

“If there are any opportunities to provide insight, make connections, then I want to give back in the same way that I received,” said Kim.

 

Orange Winless Since Holy Cross

October 7, 2019

Story by Kienan Dixon, Photos by Julianna D’Urzo SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Tommy DeVito and the Orange haven’t gained a win since they beat Holy Cross 41-3, over a month ago. DeVito showed poise against Holy Cross, pitching four touchdown passes for 269 yards. The redshirt sophomore was 19-31 through the air, with a late pick […]

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Story by Kienan Dixon, Photos by Julianna D’Urzo

SYRACUSE, N.Y. Tommy DeVito and the Orange haven’t gained a win since they beat Holy Cross 41-3, over a month ago.

DeVito showed poise against Holy Cross, pitching four touchdown passes for 269 yards. The redshirt sophomore was 19-31 through the air, with a late pick on an underthrown pass.

DeVito left the fourth quarter with an apparent elbow injury.

The QB’s main targets were Taj Harris, who he found for 6 receptions and 107 yards. Harris was also one of four beneficiaries of a DeVito dime that found the end zone, as the Orange showed diversity in their offensive threat through the air. Joining Harris in the touchdown column were Aaron Hackett, Triston Jackson and Luke Benson.

The defense held strong, sacking Holy Cross quarterback Connor Degenhardt five times and holding the Crusaders to just 138 yards of offense. They also held Holy Cross to 18 yards on 32 attempts.

Andrew Armstrong led the Orange’s defense with eight tackles, including three for a loss. Brandon Berry got to Degenhardt often, sacking him 2.5 times with five total tackles.

On the downside, Syracuse did not record an interception for the first time in 17 games, which was the longest current record in the country. On the upside, the Orange continued its takeaway streak with one fumble recovered. The streak gets pushed to 19 games, the third-longest in the country.

The  fumble set up a 17-yard touchdown pass from DeVito to Jackson.

The most impressive play of the day was a 47-yard catch and run for a touchdown by Taj Harris in the third quarter. Harris caught a pass ten yards downfield, then reversed field to beat every Crusader to the end zone.

The Orange’s losing streak began at NC State where the score was 10-16.

DeVito is the Future of Orange Football

September 25, 2019

Story by: Darron Wallace, Photo by: Michelle Knezovic SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Nearly three weeks into the 2019 season, Syracuse quarterback Tommy DeVito has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns and has a 30.9 QBR. This was supposed to be the year that head coach Dino Babers gave DeVito the keys to the Porsche. So far, the […]

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Story by: Darron Wallace, Photo by: Michelle Knezovic

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Nearly three weeks into the 2019 season, Syracuse quarterback Tommy DeVito has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns and has a 30.9 QBR. This was supposed to be the year that head coach Dino Babers gave DeVito the keys to the Porsche. So far, the Porsche is driving more like a hooptie. Coach Babers came to Syracuse with a reputation of coaching teams with fast-paced and high-scoring offenses. This year’s offense has been far from that. Though there have been some injuries and adjustments made to the offensive line in addition to former QB Eric Dungey graduating, this year’s offense was expected to pick up where they left off. After last weekend’s 41-6 defeat to Clemson, it may be time to look at the man under center and wonder what’s going on.

Turnovers, really bad turnovers
Through three games, DeVito has thrown four interceptions and two of them were particularly puzzling. While playing Maryland, DeVito rolled to his right but unable to find a receiver, forced him to pass down the field — apprearing as if it was intended for the defensive back. Against Clemson, he threw a pick that was similar to the one against Maryland and it came at the absolute worst possible time. Chris Fredrick picked off Trevor Lawrence and set the Orange up inside the 10. During the next play, a pick was thrown to a Clemson defender with no Syracuse receiver in a ten yard radius. If the Orange would’ve found a way to come away with a touchdown then it would’ve been a different ball game.
“I was disappointed that it kind of happened in the same place in the same situation and I talked to him about that,” said Babers in reference to the similar plays. “It was one of those reactionary things and I didn’t think I would be talking about it again, but I really don’t believe it’s going to happen again. I really think that that’s it and that we’ll grow from it.” Those sort of mistakes from DeVito pose the question if he’s capable of leading a high-powered offense, but Coach Babers is adamant that he is the guy.

Indecision
Another one of DeVito’s apparent struggles was his indecisiveness in the pocket. Potentially due to offensive line instability or lack of confidence; when standing tall and stepping into his throws, DeVito looked his greatest. Though the Orange didn’t score any touchdowns, they looked their best when their leader looked confident. Throughout the night, the signal caller was throwing off his back foot or flat footed, resulting in off-target or mistimed throws. If Taj Harris catches the slant route in the first quarter, could that have changed the way DeVito played the rest of the game? Maybe. Regardless, for an offense that’s fast-paced and based on timing, stepping up in the pocket and making timely throws are crucial to an offense operating on schedule. If DeVito can make that adjustment, perhaps he can look like the DeVito that fans sparatically saw last season. If not, there won’t be much to be excited about for the rest of the season.

No one knows what other SU quarterbacks have to offer. Clayton Welch checked into the end of the game, but it didn’t mean much. Other than that, no one can say that there’s an answer outside of DeVito. It’s his team. This team will live and die by the play of Tommy DeVito.

What Happens Next?
It’s important to see growth from DeVito after the last few games. The recent game against Western Michigan was a great opportunity to see how the young quarterback could bounce back from a lackluster performance, albeit against one of the top defenses in the nation. Syracuse won comfortably, meaning there is still hope for an 8 or 9-win season.
The Clemson game was winnable. After Fredrick’s interception, if Syracuse would’ve found the end zone after that play, it could’ve been a 17-13 game.
“It is just a lot of growing, just trying to get better every game moving forward,” said DeVito. “I am just trying to be the best leader possible and try to move the offense down the field.”
It is imperative that DeVito corrects his mistakes from the first three weeks and helps turn the offense back into the high-paced production that it was last year. It’s too early to write the Orange off and this small homestand comes at the right time. If the offensive line can get back on track and the defense continues to give opposing teams fits, we could see Syracuse fighting for a bowl game, but the team can only go as far as DeVito can carry them.

Orange get spark back after defeating Western Michigan

September 25, 2019

Story by Racquel Stephen, Photo by Kris Wan SYRACUSE, N.Y. – It was a much-needed win for Syracuse as the Orange defeated Western Michigan 55-42 after a crushing loss to Clemson (41-6) at home the previous weekend. The Orange’s running game dominated the first quarter with a 60-yard rush by quarterback Tommy DeVito placing Syracuse […]

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Story by Racquel Stephen, Photo by Kris Wan

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – It was a much-needed win for Syracuse as the Orange defeated Western Michigan 55-42 after a crushing loss to Clemson (41-6) at home the previous weekend. The Orange’s running game dominated the first quarter with a 60-yard rush by quarterback Tommy DeVito placing Syracuse in the red zone on the second play of the game. SU’s star running back, Moe Neal, completed the drive, rushing into the endzone scoring the Orange’s first touchdown only 1:30 into the first quarter.
Later in the quarter, WMU loses their star receiver, Dwayne Eskridge after suffering a collar bone injury when colliding with defense on a deep pass. The Broncos were forced to rearrange their offensive strategy, while SU managed to score another TD with 5:29 left in the quarter.
The Orange’s defense only allowed one 4th down conversion of five attempts. The offense remained unstoppable in the second quarter with a 36-yard TD by DeVito on the first drive of the 2nd quarter, putting SU ahead 21-0.
As the Broncos began to utilize their star running back, Levante Bellamy, he finally put points on the board for the away team with nine minutes left in the 2nd quarter. Bellamy was later sidelined in the 3rd quarter with an injury.
With two offensive juggernauts out of the game, the Bronco’s offense took a big hit while DeVito made magic with Trishton Jackson (WR) and Aaron Hackett (TE) in the final half connecting with both players six times for 189 yards and 4 touchdowns. Jackson was named ACC receiver of the week for his performance in Saturday’s game.
“I thought that they were extremely focused, and maybe even a little embarrassed about some of the things that had happened recently,” said Orange Head Coach, Dino Babers. “They thought about the Orange in front of their chest and not their names on the back.” He said about the offensive spark that carried the team this week.
SU’s record is even again, at 2-2 going into their match up with Holy Cross on Saturday.

’02 Howard Chen Returns to SU

September 24, 2019

Story and Photo by Kyla Wright SYRACUSE, N.Y. – ESPN International Producer Howard Chen returns to the place where his sports journalism career began – the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. A 2002 broadcast journalism graduate, Chen knew that he’d be in the industry, whether it was in front of or behind the camera. Chen […]

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Story and Photo by Kyla Wright

SYRACUSE, N.Y.  ESPN International Producer Howard Chen returns to the place where his sports journalism career began – the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

A 2002 broadcast journalism graduate, Chen knew that he’d be in the industry, whether it was in front of or behind the camera. Chen discussed negotiation skills, the media industry, his Newhouse experience and his career with current undergraduate and graduate students.

Growing up in Canada and eventually moving to Texas, Chen fell in love with hockey among other sports, but quickly realized he wouldn’t play them professionally, so he decided to find another way to enter into the sports realm: journalism.

As a student, Chen was active in WAER, Z89 and UUTV (now CitrusTV). He credits being on staff for these outlets for setting him a part from his competition upon graduation. Chen worked at NBC and FOX affiliate stations before reporting for Comcast SportsNet Houston, which landed him his current position at ESPN.

While at ESPN, Chen has been allowed numerous opportunities such as traveling to the ESPYs, NBA Finals and All-Star Game, US Open and at least two NBA games a week.

“I get to do all this big picture stuff, I never imagined myself doing and I get to see all my friends while in all these cities,” Chen said.

Though he is now primarily behind the camera, it was important for Chen to spend time in his career in front of it. He always dreamt of  inspiring others who look like him, as there aren’t a lot of Asian sports broadcasters.

“I knew I could do more good and influence more people if my face was on a screen,” said Chen.

Chen also advised students to learn at least one other language and to be open to all opportunities.

“Be willing to go to small markets, sleep on the couch,” Chen said. “I look back and I have no regrets – you’ll definitely have your ups and downs and you can’t help but wonder, ‘am I stuck here forever?’”

Chen attributes a lot of his successes to Newhouse and his friends for pushing him to be better. As all other Newhouse alumni, Chen is a part of the coined, “Newhouse Mafia.” Some alumni don’t particularly care for the name, but Chen doesn’t feel the same, he feels it makes up a piece of who he is.

“I don’t hate it, I love it,” said Chen. “I take pride in it.”

Revitalized Maryland offense rolls over Syracuse

September 24, 2019

Story by: Brady Williams  Photos by: Aaron Kassman COLLEGE PARK, Md. — The No. 21 Syracuse Orange are suddenly underdogs again, losing on the road to the University of Maryland Terrapins 63-20. Coming off their best season in recent memory, the Orange (1-1) entered this season ready to impress the NCAA. Instead, the Terps throttled […]

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Story by: Brady Williams 

Photos by: Aaron Kassman

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — The No. 21 Syracuse Orange are suddenly underdogs again, losing on the road to the University of Maryland Terrapins 63-20. Coming off their best season in recent memory, the Orange (1-1) entered this season ready to impress the NCAA. Instead, the Terps throttled ‘Cuse from the very first snap.

The Orange overwhelmed

Maryland scored 21 points in a first quarter dominated by Maryland’s blitzkrieg offense. Following a quick three-and-out on Syracuse’s opening drive, Maryland’s junior transfer quarterback Josh Jackson threw for 63 yards in a commanding march downfield that ended in a touchdown for tight end Tyler Mabry.

The drive set the tone for most of the game. The Orange’s defensive line provided a decent push throughout the game, but the Terrapins relied on quick passes, play action, and a vast array of weapons to neutralize the rush.

In addition to their struggle to keep up with Maryland’s versatile offense, Syracuse simply failed to execute in several areas. On Syracuse’s second drive, the offensive line began to collapse, forcing quarterback Tommy DeVito to rely on his legs. As he took off on the fourth play of the drive, Keandre Jones forced DeVito to fumble, resulting in a turnover on the Syracuse 32-yard line.

The turnover was Maryland’s 14th straight game with a forced turnover — the fifth-longest streak in the NCAA — right behind SU with 15.

Jackson continued to spread the ball around with ease as the Syracuse secondary struggled to cover Terp receivers. When throwing didn’t work, the Terps handed the ball off and found great success on the ground, with rushing touchdowns from Anthony McFarland Jr. and Javon Leake in the first quarter.

Syracuse managed to score one touchdown doing what they do best. DeVito showed on one drive that he can perform well when he stands tall in the pocket and delivers quick strikes. With 3 passes for 71 yards, he managed to net Trishton Jackson his first of two touchdowns on the day.

‘Cuse crumbles

The second quarter highlighted Syracuse’s inability to execute on what few opportunities they had. Maryland’s first drive was put to a halt thanks to the Orange’s stellar defensive front. Their pressure forced two incomplete passes, which were followed by a great sack from redshirt sophomore Curtis Harper.

After the punt, failed blocks forced DeVito to leave the pocket and throw on the run. Maryland safety Jordan Mosley intercepted the wild pass attempt. Maryland responded with a 20-yard rushing touchdown through an enormous hole in the defense by McFarland.

Tempo is everything with Syracuse’s offensive style, and they showed flashes of that again with a 39-yard pass to Jackson and a 15-yard touchdown reception by Sean Riley. Even after that, the Orange failed to follow through on their successes as Andre Szmyt missed the first extra point of his career.

Syracuse let the clock run out, ending the half with a score of 42-13.

Defense dominates 3rd quarter

Maryland opened the second half with a 64-yard rushing touchdown by Javon Leake. Despite the early slip, the ‘Cuse defense that saved the Liberty game returned to strong play in the 3rd.

DeVito again connected with Jackson for a 52-yard touchdown reception. Unfortunately for the Orange, Maryland’s defense also showed up for the second half, and the touchdown was Syracuse’s last.

On Maryland’s answering drive, Andre Cisco intercepted his second pass of the year. The two teams held each other for another set of drives, giving Syracuse the ball.

Two more for the Terps

The Orange’s first drive of the final quarter ended on another failed fourth-down conversion with three yards to go. Maryland took the ball back and began working to run the clock out.

The Terrapins handed the ball off to Tayon Fleet-Davis for seven consecutive plays. On those plays, he ran for 58 yards and a touchdown. ‘Cuse failed another fourth-down conversion, allowing Maryland running back Jake Funk 92 yards and a touchdown on three plays.

The Orange substituted the second team for a final failed drive. With 63 points to Syracuse’s 20, Maryland took a knee.

Family focus moving forward

Maryland dominated today. With 650 total yards of offense, 296 yards passing to eight different receivers 2 or more catches and 354 rushing yards, the Terrapins mounted an attack that the Orange could neither anticipate nor match pace with.

The loss was nothing if not a culture shock. In his post-game press conference, Dino Babers conceded that the outcome was certainly a piece of “humble pie.” He suggested many of his team’s struggles were a result of poor game film for Maryland due to their 79-0 blowout against Howard.

Babers said his focus is on the team as a family, and how they can improve and prepare to face Clemson next in the Carrier Dome.

Currently No. 1 in the country, Clemson arrives in Syracuse on Sept. 14 for a highly anticipated match between the ACC foes.

Orange defense shines, offense struggles to find rhythm vs. Liberty

September 24, 2019

Story by: Maria Trivelpiece Photos by: Alyssa Lyons LYNCHBURG, Va. – Coach Dino Babers is known for his aggressive and successful offense, but in Syracuse football’s season opener it was the defense that sealed the Orange’s 24-0 victory over the Liberty Flames. Tommy DeVito and the offense started shakily with a three-and-out on the opening drive. […]

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Story by: Maria Trivelpiece

Photos by: Alyssa Lyons

LYNCHBURG, Va. – Coach Dino Babers is known for his aggressive and successful offense, but in Syracuse football’s season opener it was the defense that sealed the Orange’s 24-0 victory over the Liberty Flames.

Tommy DeVito and the offense started shakily with a three-and-out on the opening drive.

“They were playing a very unique defense,” Babers said. “These guys had not seen this on tape so we had to make game-time adjustments.”

Syracuse struggled to make any meaningful changes in the first quarter. The best they could do was squeeze a 25-yard-field goal out of kicker Andre Szmyt.

But defensive coordinator Brian Ward’s guys remained tough. Kendall Coleman picked up his first sack of the season at the start of the second quarter.

“The defense was great,” Babers said.

And great they were, holding Liberty to negative net rushing yards.

MAKING ADJUSTMENTS

Towards the end of the second quarter, the offense started to make adjustments. Abdul Adams bulldozed his way into the end zone and Szmyt made the extra point to give the Orange a 10-0 lead. DeVito threw his second interception of the game right before halftime, but it caused no harm.

By the start of the third quarter, Syracuse showed the Flames signs of why they are nationally ranked. Andre Cisco made a key interception with about seven minutes left in the third quarter that led to a score from Jarveon Howard. Coleman also snagged another sack.

SOLID START

By the fourth quarter, the Orange had fully settled in. Senior running back Moe Neal ran for a 42-yard touchdown and Szmyt made the extra point.

“I’m happy we got the win,” Babers said. “We are 1-0 and we have a chance to be 2-0 next week.”

The Orange head to College Park next Saturday to take on the University of Maryland at 12 pm. The Terrapins won their matchup today against Howard University 79-0.

Jason Smorol Keeps Hitting it out of the Park as Syracuse Mets GM

September 24, 2019

Story and Photo by: Nicholas D’Alessandro  SYRACUSE, N.Y. — It is a Thursday night game in the dog-days of summer as the nearly .500 Syracuse Mets take on the Pawtucket Red Sox. The lines at NBT Bank Stadium are overflowing with fans buying dollar hot dogs and two dollar beers. This weekly promotional occurs every Thursday […]

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Story and Photo by: Nicholas D’Alessandro 

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — It is a Thursday night game in the dog-days of summer as the nearly .500 Syracuse Mets take on the Pawtucket Red Sox.

The lines at NBT Bank Stadium are overflowing with fans buying dollar hot dogs and two dollar beers. This weekly promotional occurs every Thursday since Mets General Manager Jason Smorol pioneered it during his days in Auburn, bringing it to Syracuse. Six years into his role, the North Syracuse native has already begun leaving a lasting impression within the organization.

 

Back in Syracuse

Donald F. Johnston, better known as “Donnie Baseball,” is the lively and dynamic press box manager for the Mets, ready to greet visitors with a handshake and the lineup for the day. He met Smorol in 2003 while he was attending SUNY Cortland and Smorol was an adjunct professor. Johnston assisted Smorol, with the Auburn’s Minor League Baseball Team, the Doubledays, and they’ve kept contact since then. Johnston credits Smorol as being an advertising and public relations savant, propelling the Syracuse baseball franchise back to profitability.

“There would not be baseball in Syracuse today, had it not been for Smorol,” said Johnston.

According to Smorol, the team was $1 million in the hole when he took over in 2013. He said the Mets were close to not being able to fulfill its debts which would have resulted in the team being taken over by Minor League Baseball.

Smorol credits many of his former staffers for keeping the team in Syracuse and members of the Chiefs First Group  who helped to finance the team out of debt.

Jason Smorol worked in baseball from 1993 to 2003.

 

A break from the sport 

At the end of the 2003 season, Smorol got married and had two children, but wanted more of a work-life balance. In the Fall of 2003, began working as an account manager at Hilti, a company that manufactures and sells tools for manual laborers and manufacturers in the construction industry.

He worked at Hilti for ten years until the former President of the Syracuse Chiefs, Bill Dutch, sent him a friend request.

Soon after, Smorol said he was on the phone with Dutch who offered him the job as the General Manager of the Chiefs.

He discussed the opportunity with his wife, and just like that, he was back in baseball.

 

Minor league mentality

Smorol said that they have turned the Mets into a profitable team by embracing the, “minor league mentality of fun.”

Since his start with the team, Smorol has been proudest of their engagement with the community and their charity work. With Smorol on board, the Mets have raised hundreds of thousands for Challenger Baseball, a baseball program for special needs children and adults.

As a minor league GM, Smorol isn’t involved with player development and transactions. Instead, he is in charge of several aspects of the game.

Though he’s in a demanding role with no set routine, Smorol has still been able to thrive.

Dave Smolnycki and Marty Nave are season ticket holders and have been attending Mets games in Syracuse since the early 1960s. They both agree that customer service is Smorol’s greatest asset.

“Smorol is a good public relations man who brought family fun back to the stadium,” said Smolnycki.

Smorol did this by adding more on-field entertainment, talking to fans about their ideas, and solving fan problems.

Additionally, Smorol has shown hospitality by checking in with players’ companions, assuring their comfortability.

Nave, a member of the Syracuse Chiefs Hall of Fame, echoed that Smorol is great at listening to fans. Smorol has brought groups on the field and gives back to season ticket holders as they receive precedence on bus trips and he threw an all-star game party for them.

Unbeknownst to Nave, Smorol knew that he had been attending games for years. When Smorol became GM, he asked Nave if he would he run a Mets fan club. Although Nave declined, Smorol continued to lean on him for advice.

“He has given a lot to preaching Syracuse baseball. He makes fans like me part of the experience and makes fans engage,” said Nave.

 

Working with Smorol

The Director of Business Operations and Merchandise, Katie Berger, works with Smorol daily to ensure that staffing needs are met for each game and to discuss actions they can take to make the stadium better.

“When someone is upset, people go to him and he is able to resonate and connect with them more than anyone else,” she said.

Tim Leonard, a broadcast assistant for the team, knows Smorol for his positive and energetic spirit.

“It doesn’t matter if it is game seven of a seven game homestand or game one, he is just as excited and passionate,” said Leonard.

He also noted that Smorol goes around the stadium greeting every employee and interacting with fans during the games.

“The real work is customer service and catering to your fans first,” said Smorol.

Matt Park has been a broadcaster for Syracuse Athletics since 2004, but has never worked directly with Smorol.

“He has been a great smile on the franchise,” Park said.  “He has lifted the brand of the team and has made a real effort to talk to fans, be accessible, and make it fun.”

He also said that Smorol has made major gains in engaging the business community.

 

Changing the Game

From local sponsors such as Burdick Mitsubishi and Upstate Orthopedics, to Bud Light and Toyota, the billboards on the outfield walls are full.

“Other GMs aren’t necessarily as forward [about] where they are personally and individually involved. He has found something effective that works,” Park said.

Jason Smorol wants to be here for the long haul.

He said that the Mets are the second-largest attended sporting event in the city of Syracuse by total number of people and he plans on beating out Syracuse University Basketball to make it the first. Contingent on Syracuse Football’s attendance remaining the same, they’ll have to average just over 2,000 more fans per home game in 2019 to beat them out.

Tony DeFrancesco, the manager of the team, said something about Smorol that has remained a common theme,

“I’ve been around him every day for four months and he makes it very enjoyable to be here.”

Syracuse vs. Pittsburgh: Preview

November 22, 2013

SYRACUSE (Newhouse Sports Media Center) — Syracuse and Pittsburgh have played each other 68 times on the gridiron. This Saturday, for the first time ever, the game will be played with both teams as members of the ACC. “I’m extremely humbled to be a part of it as a head coach now,” said Syracuse Head Coach Scott […]

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SYRACUSE (Newhouse Sports Media Center)  Syracuse and Pittsburgh have played each other 68 times on the gridiron. This Saturday, for the first time ever, the game will be played with both teams as members of the ACC.

“I’m extremely humbled to be a part of it as a head coach now,” said Syracuse Head Coach Scott Shafer at his Thursday press conference. “Growing up as a kid, I watched those games…now we’re in the ACC, that’s the only change.”

Shafer’s team is 5-5 on the year, with two chances left at earning a bowl bid. The same is true for the 5-5 Pitt Panthers.

Historically, these two teams are about as even as two teams can be. Pitt leads the overall series 34-31-3, and has won seven of the last eight. Yet when the two teams met last year, Syracuse won a close one 14-13. They’re so close that throughout the history of this rivalry, Syracuse averages 19.6 points per game against Pitt, and Pitt averages 19.5 against the Orange.

Both teams are coming off tough losses, but in different fashion. Syracuse ran into the ACC’s version of a superpower last week in Florida State, and the Seminoles had their way with the Orange. Pitt played a close game against North Carolina, but even after a furious rally in the fourth quarter, the Panthers comeback attempt fell just short.

Familiar Opponents

This game features a ton of guys who know each other very well from the past. The two teams feature 14 players who played together in high school. Syracuse RB/WR Ashton Broyld (Sophomore/Rochester, NY) played with four Pitt players at Milford Academy in New Berlin, NY.

“They talk a lot of trash, you can see it on film, helmet moving, looking at the guy with their body language,” Broyld said. “I don’t keep in touch with any of those guys.”

Complete list:

Milford Academy (New Berlin, NY) – Syracuse: RB/WR Ashton Broyld, LB Dyshawn Davis, WR Jeremiah Kobena; Pitt: FB Mark Giubilato, DL Khaynin Mosley-Smith, DB Jevonte Pitts, LB Todd Thomas

Liberty High School (Bethlehem, PA) – Syracuse: WR Jarrod West; Pitt: WR Devin Street, LB Anthony Gonzalez

The Haverford School (Haverford, PA) – Syracuse: CB Joe Nassib; Pitt: LB Matt Galambos

Blue Mountain High School (Schuylkill Haven, PA) – Syracuse: C Jason Emerich; Pitt: K Brad Lukasak

Key Match-ups

Pitt Wide Receivers vs. Syracuse Defensive Backs

The Panthers have two of the best wide receivers in the ACC in Devin Street (Senior/Bethlehem, PA) and Tyler Boyd (Freshman/Clairton, PA). Street and Boyd are the only pair of teammates to rank in the ACC’s top seven in both receptions and receiving yards per game.

“Street’s had a real good run at Pitt, but Tyler Boyd is only a handful of catches…under what Larry Fitzgerald [had] in his freshman year,” Shafer said. “Larry Fitzgerald, come on, so this kid is really good.”

Syracuse is a little banged up in the secondary. After losing CB Keon Lyn (Senior/Miramar, Fla.) for the season to a lower body injury against Clemson, the Orange lost CB Julian Whigham (Sophomore/West Palm Beach, Fla.) to a long contusion against Florida State.

Look for Wayne Morgan (Sophomore, Brooklyn, NY) to see a lot of time in Whigham’s stead, and Joe Nassib (Senior/Newton Square, PA) could see some action as well.

Aaron Donald vs. Syracuse Offensive Line 

Donald (Senior/Pittsburgh, PA) has been a one-man wrecking crew on the Pitt defensive line. He’s a finalist for the Nagurski Award (awarded to the top defensive player in college football), as well as the Rotary Award (awarded to the nation’s top offensive/defensive lineman). He has 22.5 tackles for loss to go along with ten sacks so far this year in ten games.

Syracuse’s offensive line is one of the few units on the team that has remained healthy all year. The Orange has started the same offensive line for every game this season. Keeping Donald out of the face of quarterback Terrel Hunt (Sophomore/Rosedale, NY) is key for the Orange to gain any sort of yardage with all of their offensive injuries.

Injuries

Syracuse

Adrian Fleming (lower body) – out for year

Ross Krautman (lower body) – out for year

Keon Lyn (lower body) – out for year

Tyler Marona (upper body) – out for year

John Raymon (lower body) – out for year

Prince Tyson Gulley (lower body) – out for game

Brisly Estime (upper body) – out for game

Isaiah Johnson (upper body) – out for game

Ben Lewis (upper body) – out for game

Jarrod West (upper body) – out for game

Julian Whigham (upper body) – out for game

Jason Emerich (lower body) – doubtful

 

Pittsburgh

No formal injury report released to media.

Syracuse Sets Records, Stays Undefeated Against Maryland Eastern Shore

November 21, 2013

(Syracuse) – Maryland Eastern Shore led the game 1-0 one minute into the first half.  Then, the rest of the game happened. The Syracuse women’s basketball team pummeled the Lady Hawks in record-setting fashion Wednesday night at the Carrier Dome, 113-42, to move to 4-0 on the season. The win was never in doubt as […]

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(Syracuse) – Maryland Eastern Shore led the game 1-0 one minute into the first half.  Then, the rest of the game happened.

The Syracuse women’s basketball team pummeled the Lady Hawks in record-setting fashion Wednesday night at the Carrier Dome, 113-42, to move to 4-0 on the season.

The win was never in doubt as the Orange set a program record for most points in a game and most points in a half after leading 64-15 at the end of the first.  It was also the widest margin of victory in team history.

“I had no idea what the record was,” said head coach Quentin Hillsman after the game.  “It was just one of those things where we got it clicking. We played phenomenal.”

The Lady Hawks were unable to handle the swarming Orange full court and half court zone pressure. Syracuse forced 31 turnovers and produced easy baskets in transition.

“We got going into situations where we made them cross half court and try to make a play,” said Hillsman.  “I think that our length and our athleticism really changed the game with our pressure.”

Sophomore guard Brianna Butler had struggled coming into this game, shooting only 28 percent from the field on the season. She served up a big performance, scoring 20 of her career-high 23 points in the first half.  Butler added another personal-best for 3-point field goals made by draining 7 of 11 from deep.

“I just hit the open shot. I just focused on getting my feet set and getting in rhythm,” said Butler.  “They were just falling.”

Butler’s fellow sophomore guard Brittney Sykes continued her hot start to the year with an impressive overall line of 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists.  She recognized the importance of the sophomore duo playing well.

“Coach talked to us and told us that we had to contribute big this season as sophomores and take a leadership role,” Sykes said.  “To combine for 42 (points) is a great feeling to know that our teammates trust us with the ball.”

Senior guard La’Shay Taft finished with 12 points off the bench and hit a three from the right wing in the second half to break the previous team record of 103 points.  That was set by the 1978 Orange women against William Smith.

“I guess I’ll be known for that until somebody snaps the record,” said Taft with a smile.  “It’s a good thing.  It’s a plus.”

Hillsman said his team played two complete halves and continued to play hard and clean despite having a large lead.

“I thought overall it was one of those nights where we just got it rolling, got it clicking and we played well,” said Hillsman.

Syracuse will close out its four-game homestand against Maine on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.  It will be the last home game for the Orange women until Dec. 16.

Coach Quentin Hillsman postgame:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7viJXBahcRA

La’Shay Taft, Brittney Sykes, Brianna Butler Postgame:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcAi4S7Mf6g

SU Sets Records; Tramples UMES

November 21, 2013

SYRACUSE (Newhouse Sports Media Center) — Maryland Eastern Shore led the game 1-0 one minute into the first half.  Then, the rest of the game happened. The Syracuse women’s basketball team pummeled the Lady Hawks in record-setting fashion Wednesday night at the Carrier Dome, 113-42, to move to 4-0 on the season. The win was never in […]

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SYRACUSE (Newhouse Sports Media Center)  Maryland Eastern Shore led the game 1-0 one minute into the first half.  Then, the rest of the game happened.

The Syracuse women’s basketball team pummeled the Lady Hawks in record-setting fashion Wednesday night at the Carrier Dome, 113-42, to move to 4-0 on the season.

The win was never in doubt as the Orange set a program record for most points in a game and most points in a half after leading 64-15 at the end of the first.  It was also the widest margin of victory in team history.

“I had no idea what the record was,” said head coach Quentin Hillsman after the game.  “It was just one of those things where we got it clicking. We played phenomenal.”

The Lady Hawks were unable to handle the swarming Orange full court and half court zone pressure. Syracuse forced 31 turnovers and produced easy baskets in transition.

“We got going into situations where we made them cross half court and try to make a play,” said Hillsman.  “I think that our length and our athleticism really changed the game with our pressure.”

Sophomore guard Brianna Butler had struggled coming into this game, shooting only 28 percent from the field on the season. She served up a big performance, scoring 20 of her career-high 23 points in the first half.  Butler added another personal-best for 3-point field goals made by draining 7 of 11 from deep.

“I just hit the open shot. I just focused on getting my feet set and getting in rhythm,” said Butler.  “They were just falling.”

Butler’s fellow sophomore guard Brittney Sykes continued her hot start to the year with an impressive overall line of 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists.  She recognized the importance of the sophomore duo playing well.

“Coach talked to us and told us that we had to contribute big this season as sophomores and take a leadership role,” Sykes said.  “To combine for 42 (points) is a great feeling to know that our teammates trust us with the ball.”

Senior guard La’Shay Taft finished with 12 points off the bench and hit a three from the right wing in the second half to break the previous team record of 103 points.  That was set by the 1978 Orange women against William Smith.

“I guess I’ll be known for that until somebody snaps the record,” said Taft with a smile.  “It’s a good thing.  It’s a plus.”

Hillsman said his team played two complete halves and continued to play hard and clean despite having a large lead.

“I thought overall it was one of those nights where we just got it rolling, got it clicking and we played well,” said Hillsman.

Syracuse will close out its four-game homestand against Maine on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.  It will be the last home game for the Orange women until Dec. 16.

Video

Coach Quentin Hillsman postgame: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7viJXBahcRA

La’Shay Taft, Brittney Sykes, Brianna Butler Postgame: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcAi4S7Mf6g

Crew Wraps Outdoor Training

November 19, 2013

SYRACUSE (Newhouse Sports Media Center) — 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 […]

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SYRACUSE (Newhouse Sports Media Center)  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

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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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