As hard as it is to imagine, we're here folks. Fall sports are on and while fans are not allowed to attend sporting events at Syracuse University, fans can get excited again and at least keep up with their favorite orange team by checking out highlights and keeping up with reporters on the game's social media website and so on.
We start with volleyball. The women in orange got off to a phenomenal start, sweeping the Pittsburgh Panthers and finishing fifth in the national ranks (with 50 teams participating). This is the first time the team has been ranked in program history, led by head coach Leondin Yelin and star outside batsman Polina Shemanova, who put in a stellar performance with 28 kills, 28 digs and eight blocks. Watching the three-time ACC titleholders' remarkable feat with a subpar performance against Notre Dame nationally, the women dropped their first game on the road this season. There were some positive aftermaths from losing, as Junior Elena Karakasi recorded 46 team level assists, Viktoriia Lokhmanchuk the 6-foot-5 student recorded nine career-level kills, and newbie defensive specialist Lauren Hogan set up a career. high with 25 digs. Next up, the ladies travel to Louisville while the Cardinals await an exciting matchup against Syracuse. The game is scheduled for October 9th at 7pm.
The Syracuse men's football team is still waiting for their highly anticipated season to begin due to a game cancellation (versus Navy) and delay (versus Pittsburgh). Well, the wait ends tonight as the Orange welcomes the country's second largest team in Pittsburgh. Among the players to be featured in this game is Pitt transfer Tim Ekpone who will be a key defender against his previous squad and should see the time on the field. One plot that will follow for this season will be how quickly the team can come together with a cut season due to the coronavirus pandemic on the field. The Orange finished last season with eight wins and were eliminated in the second round of the championship. After losing 12 players from last season including Ryan Roposo and Massimo Ferrin, Syracuse's top two scorers and assistants, the incoming newbies and transfers will be busy. This is the first of two games this season against Pitt that resulted in a strong 3-1 win over Notre Dame (# 5). The game starts tonight at 7pm at the SU Soccer Stadium.
With a 12-7 record last year, the Syracuse field hockey team got off to a rocky start to the 2020-21 season. After losing their season debut to Virginia (1-0), the women had a chance of redemption. The two teams met again later in the week and the women in orange showed resilience. Syracuse lost two points to start the second half against the nationally ranked Virginia squad. The game would mean double overtime, in which the Cavaliers prevailed and Syracuse would give back to back defeats to start the season. Midfielder SJ Quigley led the team in total points, assisted in the first career goal of newcomers Florine van Boetzelar (midfielder) and scored two goals of his own. The women want to get back on their feet in the home game against Boston College and get into the profit column. The game is scheduled for October 10th at 12 noon in Syracuse.