Sports SUmmary: Legette-Jack becomes first SU female athlete to have number retired

Sports SUmmary: Felisha Legette-Jack becomes first SU female athlete to have number retired

SU postseason play, recruiting news and player awards round out this week's SUmmary.
Published: November 16, 2021
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Felisha Legette-Jack got emotional as her No. 33 was retired at halftime of Sunday's game against Notre Dame.

Legette-Jack’s No. 33 retired at the Dome

Orange basketball legend Felisha Legette-Jack became the first Syracuse female athlete to have her number retired, with her No. 33 jersey raised to the Dome rafters on Sunday.

Legette-Jack, who is currently the head women’s basketball coach at Buffalo, finished her Syracuse career in 1989 as the school’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder (now fifth and third). She was the Big East Rookie of the Year in 1985 and was named to the Big East Conference Silver Anniversary Team in 2004.

The jersey-retirement ceremony took place at halftime of the Syracuse vs. Notre Dame game, which the Fighting Irish won 82-56.

Orange cross country squads make NCAA championships

Syracuse men’s and women’s cross country teams qualified for the NCAA Championships at Tallahassee, Fla. on Nov. 20.

The Orange men’s team won the Northeast Regional Championship in Boston, paced by third-place finisher Aidan Tooker (30:15). Also earning points for Syracuse were Joe Dragon (sixth, 30:21), JP Trojan (eighth, 30:24), Matthew Scrape (13th, 30:47) and Alex Comerford (21st, 30:59).

Amanda Vestri won the women’s race with a time of 20:05, leading the Syracuse women to second-place overall behind Harvard. Annie Boos (12th, 21:05), Abigail Spiers (17th, 21:08), Holly Bent (25th, 21:17) and Savannah Roark (26th, 21:19) rounded out the Orange scorers.

Field hockey finishes season in Elite Eight

No. 10 Syracuse fell one game short of the Final Four, dropping a close 2-1 contest to No. 5 Maryland.

Syracuse’s Eefke van den Nieuwenhof scored off a penalty corner in the 4th quarter to tie the game 1-1. Just over a minute later, Maryland’s Bibi Donraadt scored to give the Terrapins the lead for good.

The Orange finished 14-6 overall, including a 4-1 win over No. 4 Penn State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Carolin Hoffmann was named to the NFHCA Senior Team in recognition of her stellar career.

Men’s basketball receives five official commits

Five recruits in the Class of 2022 signed National Letters of Intent to play for Syracuse.

Guard Quadir Copeland (IMG Academy, Fla.), forwards Justin Taylor (IMG Academy, Fla.), Malik Brown (Blue Ridge School, Va.) and Chris Bunch (Wasatch Academy, Utah) and center Peter Carey (Northfield Mount Hermon School, Mass.) will be the newest members of the Syracuse men’s basketball team.

All five gave verbal commitments earlier this year, and are now officially signed to enroll at Syracuse and join the Orange in 2022.

Men’s soccer duo earn awards

Orange sophomore forward Deandre Kerr was named to the All-ACC First Team, while Curt Calov was an All-Freshman Team selection.

Kerr led Syracuse with nine goals and 21 points, which ranked third and fifth in the ACC. Calov made seven starts for the Orange in his debut season, finishing third on the team with five goals and 11 points.

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