Sports SUmmary: Porter snags pair of awards; SU players head to NFL combine; Dome clinches attendance title

Sports SUmmary: Porter snags two awards; SU players head to NFL combine

Sterling Hofrichter was one of just 7 punters invited to the NFL Combine.
Published: February 26, 2020
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Syracuse goalie Drake Porter, shown making a save during the game vs Army, earned ACC Defensive Player of the Week honors.

Drake Porter picks up two honors

Drake Porter had a career-high 18 saves against the No. 7 Army Black Knights on Sunday, garnering him ACC Defensive Player of the Week honors. They needed all of those saves in a gritty, come from behind 9-7 win.

The senior goalkeeper is 9th nationally in save percentage at .621. He has made 41 saves this season.  The 18 saves were the most by a Syracuse goalkeeper since 2010 when John Galloway stopped 18 shots in a game against #1 Virginia.

He was also named Scholar-Athlete of the Week along with Gabrielle Cooper of the Women’s Basketball team. He is majoring in advertising at Newhouse with a minor in communications and rhetorical studies. He was named to the All-ACC Academic Team and the ACC Honor Roll in 2019.

SU Football players try out for NFL teams

The NFL Combine kicked off in Indianapolis this week, with four former SU players showcasing their abilities. Defensive ends Kendall Coleman and Alton Robinson, punter Sterling Hofrichter, and wide receiver Trishton Jackson were all invited.

Coleman grew up in Indianapolis and was a four-year starter for the Orange. Hofrichter is the most decorated punter in SU history and was one of only seven punters invited. Jackson had 11 touchdowns for the Orange last year and is the first Orange player to leave early since 2015. Alton Robinson is projected to be the highest-drafted SU player this year.

The four combine attendees will make up the most the Orange have had at the Combine since 2013 when SU sent four as well.

The annual event runs through Monday and can be viewed on NFL Network.

31,458 people attended the game at the Carrier Dome making it the largest on-campus crowd in the country this season.
31,458 people attended the Duke game at the Carrier Dome, making it the largest on-campus crowd in the country this season.

SU Basketball clinches attendance title

With still one home game to go, the SU Men’s Basketball team clinched back-to-back attendance titles for the first time since 2014-2015. With one game to go, they are currently averaging 21,256 for 17 home games.

Despite second place Kentucky having two home games remaining and SU having just one, SU’s average attendance is above the capacity of Kentucky’s Rupp Arena, it is impossible for Kentucky to pass them.

No matter what, this coming weekend’s contest against North Carolina will be the last men’s basketball game in the Dome for the year. If the team were to make the NIT and host a home game, it is still yet to be determined where that game would take place. The only thing that could take the crown away is if they host a “home” game at a venue away from campus. It is still unclear whether attendance would count there.

The Women’s team will close out the Dome for good for the year with a 4 p.m. Sunday game against Boston College.