Sports SUmmary: Field hockey on fire, Orange punter receives ACC honor

Sports SUmmary: SU field hockey on fire

SU's field hockey squad is 5-1 heading into ACC play.
Published: September 19, 2019
Women's Field Hockey 2019
Junior Sarah Luby took a pair of shots during Friday's win over St. Joseph's at the SU Soccer Stadium on Friday.

After suffering its first loss of the season on Sept. 7 at Cornell, the SU Women’s field hockey team has gone 2-0 since, pushing their season record to 5-1. Their record is good enough for a No. 23 ranking in the National Field Hockey Association Coaches Poll. 

The Orange beat the St. Joseph’s Hawks 2-1 at home on Friday, Sept. 13 before traveling to Lewisburg, Pennsylvania and beating the Bucknell Bison on Sunday by a score of 3-1. The goals against the Hawks were scored by Charlotte DeVries and Laura Graziosi. DeVries added another one against Bucknell with Carolin Hoffmann and Chiara Gutsche netting the other two. 

The win against St. Joseph’s also resulted in Coach Ange Bradley’s 200th win at Syracuse. She has been the coach since 2007. She guided the team to an NCAA title in 2015, helping that team become the first women’s program to win a national championship at SU. 

In more good news, SU senior back Claire Webb was named a Syracuse University Scholar-Athlete of the week. She has twice been named to the ACC Academic Field Hockey team. She picked up the honors along with SU junior tight end Aaron Hackett. 

SU’s next game will be at 4:30 p.m. Friday at J.S. Coyne Stadium against the No. 6 Virginia Cavaliers. Admission is free. The game will be broadcasted on ACC Network. 

Hofrichter collects ACC honor

Syracuse University kicker Sterling Hofrichter kicks off to Wagner College during the Sept. 8th game. Syracuse defeated Wagner 62-10.

One of the bright spots for Syracuse football against Clemson was Sterling Hofrichter. The redshirt senior punter was voted the ACC Specialist of the Week for his performance against the Clemson Tigers on Saturday night.

He averaged 52.2 yards on nine punts against Clemson. He matched a career-long punt of 65 yards and was able to pin the Tigers inside the 23 times. 

Syracuse kicker Andre Szmyt also had a stellar night going two for two on his field goals with a long of 29. Last year’s Lou Groza award winner now stands 3-3 on the season. 

SU Volleyball picks up the W

The Syracuse women’s volleyball team was able to clinch their first win of the season against the Kansas Jayhawks on Sunday. They were able to sweep the Jayhawks at KU with a score of 25-21, 31-29, and 25-12. 

Freshman outside hitter Marina Markova led the Orange with 19 kills in the win. Fellow Russian Polina Shemanova had 13 kills. Marina Markova also led the Orange with four aces.

Freshman middle blocker Abby Casiano led the Orange with four blocks and sophomore setter Elena Karakasi led SU with 34 assists and nine digs. 

The win was the last of three games in the Kansas Tournament hosted by KU. They lost a close one to Morehead State on Friday before losing to the Arizona Wildcats on Saturday.

The team heads to Boston this weekend where they will play at Northeastern on Friday night and at Harvard on Saturday. They return home against Clemson on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 1 p.m. 

Broncos come to town

Western Michigan is coming to the Dome on Saturday, September 21. The game is a noon kickoff and will be available to watch on ACC Network. Syracuse opened last season with a 55-42 win in Kalamazoo. After a 13-1 season in 2016 which included a 24-16 loss to Wisconsin in the Cotton Bowl, the Broncos have had consecutive 6-6 seasons, losing 49-18 last year in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. 

In April, it was announced that Syracuse will have another home and home with Western Michigan in the coming years. They are scheduled to play Western Michigan on the road in 2020 and in the Dome in 2023. Western Michigan is coached by former Syracuse Offensive Coordinator John Lester.

“The opponent that we are playing proved last year that they are capable of scoring points and they can get us into a shootout. They are not afraid of us. Their head coach has a lot of experience playing in this place so he knows the positives and the negatives he needs to get his team ready.” Dino Babers on WMU at his weekly press conference.