Sports SUmmary: Polina Shemanova passes Dana Fiume for all-time career kills in school history

Sports SUmmary: Polina Shemanova passes Dana Fiume for career kills

Men’s soccer pulls off win over Wake Forest and continues to roll.
Published: October 12, 2022
SYRACUSE, NY: Alyssa Bert #3 of Syracuse Orange and Polina Shemanova #11 of Syracuse Orange celebrate a point scored against the Yale Bulldogs during a women’s volleyball match at the Women’s Building at Syracuse University on September 9, 2022.
Syracuse's Alyssa Bert (left) and Polina Shemanova (right) celebrate a point scored against Yale during a match on September 9.

Fifth-year outside hitter Polina Shemanova set a new program all-time career kills record (1,701) on Sunday against No. 2 Louisville. She surpassed the previous record holder Dana Fiume (1,698) during Syracuse’s third set.

Fiume previously held the Syracuse kills record for over 20 years.

After the loss against Louisville, Shemanova received an outpouring of support from the Syracuse community. Her teammates, fans and coaches gave her strong adulation. She was given flowers and received a phone call from her parents on WhatsApp, which made her “emotional.” 

While the Orange have lost their last two games, head coach Bakeer Ganesharatnam‘s squad plans finish strong in the remaining 12 games of the season.  

Syracuse will look to get back on track on the road Friday against NC State at 7 p.m.

Men’s Soccer shuts down Wake Forest and dominates Loyola Maryland

Syracuse men’s soccer (10-2-1) had a stellar performance on Friday, defeating then-No. 4 Wake Forest 2-0.

Syracuse got its goals off a Jeorgio Kocevski penalty and an own goal, while goalkeeper Russell Shealy had a stellar performance with five saves.

Wake Forest was shut out for the first time this season. The Orange only allowed two Wake Forest players to get shots on goal, the fewest they’ve had all year.

Syracuse continued its strong play against Loyola Maryland on Monday, winning 6-1.

It was the most goals Syracuse scored all year. Five different players scored.

Syracuse moved up two spots in the United Soccer Coaches rankings.

The Orange plans to replicate their recent dominant performances when they hit the road against No. 11 Louisville on Friday at 7 p.m.

7 OCT 2022: The Wake Forest Demon Deacons takes on the Syracuse Orange at SU Soccer Stadium in Syracuse, NY. ©Isaiah Vazquez/Wake Forest Athletics
Syracuse soccer played Wake Forest at the SU Soccer Stadium on Friday.

Syracuse football’s magical season has its biggest test yet

While Syracuse football and star running back Sean Tucker have had an impressive 5-0 start to the season, none of its games have been against ranked opponents. 

That changes on Saturday, as the Orange play No. 15 NC State at the JMA Wireless Dome at 3:30 p.m. in a matchup that is primed to be the team’s biggest test to their goal of reaching the school’s first 6-0 start since 1987

Syracuse starting quarterback Garrett Shrader and wide receiver Oronde Gadsden II plan to continue the connection they have shown all year against the Wolfpack’s 15th-ranked scoring defense. Linebacker Mikel Jones, defensive back Garrett Williams and Syracuse’s ninth-ranked scoring defense will attempt to limit NC State’s offense to under 20 points for just the second time all year.

SYRACUSE, NY - OCTOBER 1: Garrett Shrader #6 of Syracuse Orange hands the ball to Sean Tucker #34 of Syracuse Orange at JMA Wireless Dome on October 1, 2022 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Isaiah Vazquez)

Garrett Shrader hands the ball to Sean Tucker during a game against Wagner on October 1.

SYRACUSE, NY - OCTOBER 1: Steve Linton #17 of Syracuse Orange reacts after making a sack against the Wagner Seahawks at JMA Wireless Dome on October 1, 2022 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Isaiah Vazquez)

Steve Linton reacts after making a sack against Wagner at the JMA Wireless Dome on October 1.

Zaire Franklin’s Career Year

Former Syracuse linebacker Zaire Franklin, who was the school’s first three-time captain since the 1890s, is playing well for the Indianapolis Colts this year. With Shaquille Leonard in for just 16 snaps this season, Franklin has stepped up. Franklin’s tied for first in total tackles this season with 54, alongside Chicago Bears linebacker Roquan Smith and Seattle Seahawks linebacker Jordyn Brooks.

Cary Randall becomes new men’s lacrosse director of operations

Former Syracuse women’s lacrosse attacker Cary Randall has returned to the Orange lacrosse program, but not as a player this time. Randall is now the director of operations for men’s lacrosse, helping out with player development, scheduling, along with many more tasks. 

Randall was previously an administrative assistant at MIT. 

Randall is a key piece to a staff that has plans to help men’s lacrosse win their first National Championship since 2009.