Sports SUmmary: Women’s soccer shows grit; Hofrichter collects another award

Sports SUmmary: Women's soccer shows grit; Hofrichter collects another award

Losses and awards kick off the month of October for SU sports.
Published: October 3, 2019
SU goalie Lysianne Proulx (22) makes a save during the Sept 29 game vs FSU.
Syracuse goalie Lysianne Proulx (22) makes a save during Sunday's game against Florida State.

The Orange have enjoyed a much-improved season in first-year coach Nicky Adams’ inaugural season in large part due to grit. Amidst a lot of injuries, SU gave the defending national champion and No. 6 team in the nation Florida State all they could handle before falling to the Seminoles 1-0 on Sunday afternoon.

Syracuse played stifling defense all day, led by senior midfielder Georgia Allen. The Orange held onto the lead until reigning second-team All-American Deyna Castellanos put FSU ahead for good in the 72nd minute.

The Orange also had to deal with some unusual circumstances this past week. A widespread team illness for No. 22 Louisville forced the game between the Cardinals and the Orange to be postponed from Thursday evening to Friday morning. The Cardinals jumped out to a lead in the first minute and never looked back, coming out with a 3-0 win. The loss gave SU their first home loss of the season.

The team returns to action at 7 p.m. Friday at Notre Dame.

Hofrichter collects his second ACC honor

Punter Sterling Hofrichter was selected as ACC Specialist of the Week for the second time this season. After being selected for his stellar performance against Clemson, he earned it again following a strong showing against Holy Cross.

He punted five times for an average of 43 yards against Holy Cross. He was able to pin the Crusaders four out of five times inside their own 20-yard line.

Hofrichter also helped to put some points on the board with a booming 52-yard field goal in the first quarter.

With his performances this season, he is on the shortlist for this season’s Ray Guy Award, which is given annually to the top college punter in the country.

Volleyball continues its winning ways

The Orange have hit their stride, winning four out of their last five matches after starting the season 0-4. They swept their Boston trip two weekends ago by beating Northeastern and Harvard.

They then lost their opener 3-1 against Georgia Tech in Atlanta before returning home to defeat Clemson 3-2 in their ACC opener on Sunday.

The match against Clemson was their first after a nine-game road stretch that included trips to Wisconsin, Kansas, Massachusetts, and Georgia.

They enjoy some nice home cooking with their next four in Syracuse, starting with a matchup against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. WF currently sits at 10-3 but 0-2 in ACC play. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday.