Syracuse: 9 Louisville: 10
The football team has done the seemingly impossible and it now seems as if we will finish the season with a 0-7 Big East conference record. Yes, we lost to Louisville (4-6, 1-4) and now we get #25 Rutgers (7-2, 2-2) and Connecticut (4-5, 1-4) to finish the season.
On a day when the Orange (3-7, 0-5) held the ball 35 minutes, achieved 18 first-downs to Louisville’s 11 first-downs, and outgained the Cardinals in total yardage (266 to 151), they still found a way to lose the game. Perhaps it was the decision to try for the two point conversion following Delone Carter’s 3-yard touchdown scamper after taking a 9-3 lead (extra point would have made it 10-3). However, give some credit to Louisville as they executed a drive to score the game-winning touchdown with 1:24 left in the fourth quarter.
After star wide receiver Mike Williams quit the team, it just seems the offense lacks all the firepower it had in the win versus Northwestern, and in the thriller versus Minnesota. Although Greg Paulus went 12-16, he threw a pick and only accumulated 89 yards (aka:5.6 yards per completion). Obviously, not very explosive. One player who is absolutely dominating as of late is Delone Carter. Over the last four games, he has eclipsed the century mark three times, totaling 492 yards and 4 TDs. On Saturday, he went for 129 on 28 carries, good for 4.6 yards per carry.
This Saturday, the Orange get #25 Rutgers, who is fresh off a win versus previously #24 South Florida by the dominating count of 31-0. Syracuse is on a three game losing streak, while Rutgers has seen a three game winning streak against the likes of Army, Connecticut, and the aforementioned South Florida Bulls. The game is at 3:30 on Saturday at the Carrier Dome.
#24 Syracuse: 95 #12 California: 73
Syracuse (3-0) went into Madison Square Garden and absolutely took it to the Cal Bears (2-1), and will now play Friday night (7 pm) in the 2K Sports Coaches versus Cancer Classic championship game versus #4 North Carolina who defeated #15 Ohio State by the count of 77-73.
Sophomore guard Scoop Jardine came off the bench and put up huge numbers. In just 27 minutes, he scored 22 points, grabbed six rebounds, and dished out six assists, while turning the ball over only once. Also having another stellar game was junior forward Wesley Johnson, who scored 17, brought down 11 rebounds, and rejected 6 shots in 32 minutes of work.
After battling with North Carolina Friday night at 7 pm on ESPN, the Orange play Cornell (2-0) this Tuesday at 7 pm in the Carrier Dome.
The Syracuse women (3-0) opened up their season last Friday night against Farleigh Dickinson, and came away with a 65-45 victory. Nicole Michael scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Erica Morrow added 10 points, 4 assists, and 3 steals.
Following their first win of the season, Syracuse defeated Presbyterian 97-56 to improve to 2-0 on the young season. Four of Syracuse’s starters were in double figures, while the bench scored 45 of the team’s 97 points.
On the 19th of November, the Syracuse women improved to 3-0 on the season, as they defeated Alabama State 74-66. Erica Morrow led the way with 20 points and Nicole Michael added 18 and grabbed 14 rebounds.
This Sunday, Syracuse battles Binghamton at 2 pm in the Carrier Dome.
In the opening round of the NCAA Tournament (November 14), Syracuse (18-4, 6-0) handily defeated #9 Boston College by the count of 6-2. In the next round on November 15th, Syracuse’s season came to an end as #4 Princeton won 7-3. There was good news, however, as six athletes were named to the Mideast All-American team.
The #11 Men’s Cross Country team and the #10 Women’s Cross Country team both finished 1st this past Saturday (November 14) in the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships. For the men and women, these titles are the first in school history. Next up, is the NCAA Championships on Monday, November 23rd, in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Last Friday, the Syracuse volleyball team (21-10, 9-5) defeated Villanova three sets to none. They open up the Big East Tournament this Friday (November 20) versus Louisville at 6 pm in the Kentucky Convention Center. In other news, senior middle blocker Sarah Morton was named First-Team All Big East.
Women’s Ice Hockey
The Syracuse ice hockey team (4-5-1, 1-1-0) is back in action this Friday and Saturday against Robert Morris. Both games take place at 7 pm in Pennsylvania. Following their two games with Robert Morris, Syracuse takes a trip to Hamilton, NY to play Colgate on Tuesday (7 pm).
Swimming and Diving
Next up for the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams after opening their season at the Syracuse Invitational on October 16-17, is the Bucknell Open in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. The event takes place from Friday, December 4 through Sunday, December 6.