SU Sports Recap: Thursday, October 29th-Wednesday, November 4th

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Red-Zone turnovers killed any chance Syracuse had to upset #5 Cincinnati.

Football

Cincinnati:  28           Syracuse:  7

Don’t look too much into this score. The Bearcats (8-0, 4-0) outscored Syracuse 14-7 in both halves while turning the ball over zero times. Consequently, turnovers kept them unbeaten. The Orange turned the ball over twice inside the Cincinnati 10-yard line. First, on a Greg Paulus interception on a ball intended for former receiver Mike Williams. The second turnover came on a Delone Carter fumble at the Cincinnati 8-yard line. Not to mention, that the Bearcats tricked the Syracuse special teams unit on a fake field goal that ended in a touchdown pass. If you take away our two turnovers, who knows what would’ve happened?

Greg Paulus was benched halfway through the fourth quarter for Ryan Nassib after throwing for 85 yards on 12 of 17 passing, with a touchdown and an interception. Delone Carter rushed for 50 yards on 19 carries and Donte Davis caught 5 balls good for 51 yards.

Next up for the Orange (3-5, 0-3) is a trip to Pittsburgh to play the 13th-ranked Panthers (7-1, 4-0). As if the task wasn’t daunting enough, they have to do it without star wide-out Mike Williams, who quit the team this past week.

Men’s Basketball

Syracuse:  79            Le Moyne:  82

Okay, fair enough. We lost to a Division II basketball school that got to call themselves the best team in Syracuse for a night. However, don’t read too far into this one. It was an exhibition game, therefore it didn’t count for anything more than pride. Let me also make this point evident to you: teams that work out the kinks early in the year are the best at the end of the year. So, we lost the best game to the best possible opponent. Our team lost a game that doesn’t count towards their regular season record. Additionally, other teams will most likely write us off a little. Those teams can go ahead and think that, because now the Syracuse basketball team is playing for redemption, and you always play the best when you play like you have something to prove.

There were some positives in the game, however. Highly touted transfer Wes Johnson, led the Orange with 34 points while Andy Rautins added 13 and Rick Jackson pulled down 8 boards and scored 10. Like I said, this game is the early season embarrassment mediocre teams need to become good teams by the end of the year. So, good luck Albany, trying to beat the Orange avenging a loss on Monday night at the Carrier Dome.

The women’s basketball team opens up its season next Friday when they host Fairleigh Dickinson University at 7 pm.

Field Hockey

After beating Rutgers last Saturday 6-1, the Syracuse Field Hockey team maintained their #5 ranking in the country and finished the regular season with a 16-2 overall record while going 6-0 in the Big East. This commanding victory gives them the momentum they need going into this weekend’s Big East Tournament in Providence, Rhode Island. On Saturday, they open the tournament against Providence at 11 am. If they win, they play the winner of the matchup between #13 Louisville and #7 Connecticut on Sunday at 1 pm.

Cross Country

The #11 Men’s Cross Country team won the school’s first Big East Championship last weekend. The #10 Women’s Cross Country team finished a respectable 3rd in the Big East Championship. Next up for the two teams is next weekend’s NCAA Northeast Regional (November 14th) in Boston, Massachusetts.

Rowing

This past Saturday, the Rowing Crew hosted the annual Syracuse Invitational. The competition brought together Colgate, Cornell, Hobart, Marist, and Rochester. The men’s varsity “A” team took first in a time of 17:51.8. The women’s varsity “A” team took second place in 21:22.4. This marks the end of the season for the men, while the women’s team competes at the Foot of the Charles in Boston on November 14th.

Men’s Soccer

The Men’s Soccer team wrapped up the season last weekend. On Saturday, they did what the football team couldn’t. They beat Cincinnati by the count of 3-1. In the season finale on Sunday, the Orange took a loss at the hands of St. John’s, 2-0. They finish the season with an overall record of 3-15, and a conference record of 2-9.

Women’s Volleyball

Last weekend, the Women’s Volleyball team suffered 3-1 losses at the hands of Louisville and Cincinnati. This weekend, they host DePaul Friday night, then welcome in Notre Dame on Sunday. The Orange then take a trip to Binghamton on Tuesday before wrapping up the season at home versus Villanova next Friday. All of these games are crucial considering the team is on the verge of earning a berth in the Big East Tournament with a conference record of 7-4 and an overall record of 18-9.

Women’s Ice Hockey

The Ice Hockey team plays its home opener this Friday versus the Niagara Purple Eagles before meeting them a second time on Saturday. The team is currently 3-4-1.

-Jon Harris

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