Hofrichter makes ACC first team; Volleyball ends season strong

Hofrichter makes ACC first team; Volleyball ends season strong

Both SU basketball teams are participating in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge
Published: December 5, 2019 | Updated: December 7th, 2019 at 11:26 am
Syracuse University kicker Sterling Hofrichter kicks off to Wagner College during the Sept. 8th game. Syracuse defeated Wagner 62-10.
Syracuse kicker/punter Sterling Hofrichter is now the leader in total punt yardage in Orange football history.

SU football players collect ACC Honors

Syracuse had six players collect ACC Honors on Tuesday, with Sterling Hofrichter named to the first-team. He is one of three finalists up for the Ray Guy Award, given to the best collegiate punter each year.

Andre Cisco and Trishton Jackson collected second-team honors. Last year’s Lou Groza Award winner, Andre Szmyt, picked up third-team honors along with linebacker Lakiem Williams.

Alton Robinson received an honorable mention. He is the 88th ranked player in the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft, according to cbssports.com and will play in next month’s Senior Bowl.  

 

Syracuse guard Gabrielle Cooper plays defense against Albany.
Syracuse guard Gabrielle Cooper plays defense against Albany.

SU women’s basketball teams in action this week as part of annual challenge

The SU women’s basketball team faces the Michigan Wolverines as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in Ann Arbor at 9 p.m. Thursday on ESPN.

The men’s team also participated in the annual challenge, losing to the Iowa Hawkeyes at the Dome on Tuesday night. 

Both teams are coming off early season tournaments. The men’s team competed in the NIT Season Tip Off, beating Bucknell at home and then losing contests to Oklahoma State and Penn State at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The women’s team placed fourth in the Greater Victoria Invitational in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. They beat Houston and then lost contests to No. 3 Stanford and Wisconsin-Green Bay.

 

Syracuse Football
Syracuse's Trill Williams runs for a touchdown to beat Wake Forest 39-30 in overtime in Syracuse, N.Y., on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019.

SU Football wins in unbelievable fashion on Senior Day

The football team pulled off an overtime upset against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on Saturday by a score of 39-30. They were able to get the rare two-possession overtime victory from a strip fumble returned for a TD by Trill Williams. 

Senior Clayton Welch got the start for the Orange as regular starter Tommy DeVito nursed an injury. Welch went 21-36 for 234 yards with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. 

Syracuse broke two records during the game. Punter Sterling Hofrichter became SU’s punting yardage leader for his career. He ends his career with 11,651, passing Brendan Carney (2003-06) with 11,534. 

Trishton Jackson also became just the sixth receiver in school history to record a 1,000-yard season. He racked up 111 yards on Saturday to finish the season with 1,023 yards. 

Cuse Volleyball has strong end to the season on Senior Day

The Syracuse Women’s Volleyball team sent off seniors Aliah Bowllan and Kendra Lukacs by sweeping the Clemson Tigers at the Women’s Building on Friday. It was also Coach Leonid Yelin’s 600th career win. 

Lukacs had 12 digs and an ace in her last career match for the Orange. Polina Shemanova led the Orange with 22 kills. She finishes the season with 485 kills, the fourth most in a season in Syracuse volleyball history. 

SU finishes the season with a 12-13 record, going 9-9 in ACC play. The Orange finished the season strong, going 7-2 in their final nine matches. 

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