Sports SUmmary: Adams named women’s soccer coach, SU-Duke celeb sightings

Sports SUmmary: Adams named women's soccer coach, SU-Duke celeb sightings

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Published: February 26, 2019
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Adams named Syracuse women’s soccer coach

On Monday, Syracuse Athletics announced former Rice University coach Nicky Adams will take over as head coach for the Orange women’s soccer team. Adams has coached at Rice since 2003 and led the Owls to an 87-55-23 overall record.

Adams was a standout player at Texas A&M and helped her team win Big 12 Tournament championships in 1997 and 2001. She was inducted into the Texas A&M Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015.

She is the fourth head coach in the history of the women’s soccer program, succeeding Phil Wheddon, who resigned at the end of the 2018 season.

“I am extremely blessed, honored and thrilled to be the next head coach at Syracuse University,” Adams said in a press release. “My family and I are very excited to begin this new chapter and I am looking forward to begin to work with the team. I want to thank John Wildhack, Herman Frazier, Jamie Mullin and the rest of the search committee for providing this amazing opportunity. I cannot wait to get started!”

Celeb sighting at Carrier Dome for Duke matchup

On Saturday, the Duke Blue Devils defeated the Syracuse Orange in a close, ten-point game, 75-65. Amongst the record-breaking 35,642 fans in the Carrier Dome were New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith.

Gronkowski, Amherst native and longtime Syracuse fan, sat courtside with his family while sporting a customized Orange jersey. His father is a former offensive guard for Syracuse.

SU vs Duke: Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski sits courtside at the Syracuse/Duke matchup with his family on Feb. 23.

SU vs Duke

ESPN's Stephen A. Smith stops to pose for a picture at the Syracuse/Duke game on Feb. 23.

SU women’s ice hockey nabs back-to-back wins

The SU Women’s Ice Hockey team defeated Lindenwood on Friday and Saturday. On Friday, the Orange won 5-4 after freshman forward Abby Moloughney scored the game-winning goal on a penalty shot in overtime.

Syracuse wore purple jerseys to honor Sherry Goodnough — mother of former SU hockey player Kallie Goodnough — who recently passed away from pancreatic cancer. A saying on each jersey’s nameplate was “Dig Deep,” a phrase Goodnough used frequently to motivate and encourage the players.

During Saturday’s Senior Day game, freshman forward Moloughney put on a show yet again. She powered the team with two goals, and the Orange defeated Lindenwood 5-1, honoring the five seniors on the team: Allie Munroe, Sarah Stuehr, Dakota Derrer, Brooke Avery and Maddi Welch.

The Orange’s regular season will come to an end after March 1 and 2 matchups against Robert Morris.

Porter posts career-high saves in men’s lacrosse over Army

The No. 20 Syracuse men’s lacrosse team defeated No. 15 Army West Point in a closely contested 10-8 game. The Orange’s Drake Porter and Jakob Phaup rose to the occasion. Porter posted a career-high 16 saves. Phaup, an attackman, went 15-of-18.

Inside Lacrosse ranks Syracuse men’s lacrosse at No. 12 and USILA Top 20 Polls ranks Syracuse at No. 14.

The Orange’s next game is at noon against Virginia in the Carrier Dome.

Hawryschuk earns ACC LAX Player of the Week honors

After scoring an overtime goal for an Orange victory over Northwestern, Emily Hawryschuk was named the ACC Women’s Lacrosse Player of the Week.

The Inside Lacrosse Top 20 poll ranked Syracuse women’s lacrosse at No. 4. The Nike/US Lacrosse rankings have Syracuse at No. 8.