Sports SUmmary: Football players accruing post-season honors; Women’s Hoops rest up for tough stretch

Sports SUmmary: Football players accruing post-season honors; Women’s Hoops rest up

ACC team spots, SU awards and all-star game invites recognize top performers.
Published: December 12, 2019
Syracuse Football
Syracuse football players celebrate the overtime win against Wake Forest on Nov. 30.

While falling short of a goal to return to a bowl game, SU Football players are still earning recognition and attention for the season’s top performers.

With an invitation to play in the Jan. 26 Hula Bowl in Hawaii, senior linebacker Lakiem Williams joins defensive linemen Alton Robinson and Kendall Coleman set to see all-star game action at the Senior Bowl and East-West Shrine Bowl respectively.

Also, Coleman’s name was called out twice among the 14 team honors handed out this past Sunday night at Syracuse Football Senior Recognition and Honors Banquet.

Coleman earned both the Bill Horr Most Valuable Player Award and Coach “Mac” Award for intensity, focus, effort and attitude.

Punter Sterling Hofrichter added to his slew of honors on Tuesday with a spot on The Associated Press’ All-ACC first team, while sophomore safety Andre Cisco made the second team.

Also, Hofrichter is among the three finalists for the Ray Guy Award as the nation’s top college punter, which will be announced Thursday on ESPN.

Syracuse women’s basketball splits week, has tough stretch coming up

The SU Women’s basketball team went 1-1 this past week. This started with an 84-76 overtime loss to the No. 24 Michigan Wolverines in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Thursday. They then bounced back nicely on Sunday, defeating the UMBC Terriers at the Dome 82-48. They now sit at 5-4 on the season.

They will head to Florida next week to take part in the Florida Sunshine Classic. While there, they will face the No. 19 Michigan State Spartans and then the West Virginia Mountaineers. They will then return home for a three-game stretch at the Dome to open up ACC play.

They will play No. 2 Louisville (Dec. 29), No. 8 Florida State (Jan. 2) and last year’s runner-up Notre Dame (Jan. 5).

Syracuse Men’s Basketball bounces back against Georgia Tech

The Syracuse men’s basketball team tied their highest offensive output of the season with a 97-63 road win against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Elijah Hughes and Buddy Boeheim posted career highs with 33 points and 26 points.

This was on the heels of a tough 68-54  loss at the Dome to the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Tuesday. The Orange now sit at 5-4 on the season.

They will rekindle an old rivalry this Saturday as they head to Washington D.C. to take on the Georgetown Hoyas. Game time is 1 p.m. on Fox.

SU Women’s Hockey shines against Lindenwood

The Syracuse Women’s Ice Hockey team headed to Maryland Heights, Missouri this past weekend and came back with a combined 20-1 score advantage. They defeated the Lions 7-0 on Friday and followed that up with a 13-1 win on Saturday.

In the game on Friday, freshman Brynn Koocher recorded her first career goals, netting two. Goalie Allison Small also got her first career shutout. In the game on Saturday, Lauren Bellefontaine and Anna Leschyshyn led the team with two goals each.

The victory on Friday was the team’s 100 conference victory in the CHA, and are now 4-1-1 in the CHA on the season.