Sports SUmmary: SU partners with MEAC; Men’s Basketball starts; Volleyball rolls home

Sports SUmmary: SU new conference alliance; volleyball comes home

More football weekly awards, volleyball and field hockey keep winning in this week of Orange sports.
Published: September 29, 2021
Football Game Syracuse University vs Liberty, September 24, 2021. Marlowe Wax celebrating a sack.
Marlowe Wax (8) celebrates after sacking Liberty's quarterback on Sept. 24, 2021.

Syracuse and MEAC form an alliance

Syracuse University announced a 10-year partnership with the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

This is the first agreement of its kind, which allows Syracuse to connect and collaborate with MEAC members. One of the current objectives is for Syracuse to compete against MEAC schools in up to 50 contests across all sports.

Syracuse Athletic Director John Wildhack and MEAC Commissioner Dr. Dennis Thomas held an introductory press conference Wednesday on Zoom. The MEAC consists of eight historically Black colleges and universities.

“I want our student-athletes to learn about the history of HBCUs; the HBCUs are absolutely a critical component of higher education in this country,” Wildhack said. “We want to work with Commissioner Thomas and the MEAC schools to raise their profile and brand.”

Orange Basketball lands big recruit

The men’s basketball team added to its 2022 recruiting class with a verbal commitment from 6’11” center Peter Carey.

Carey, who plays at Northfield Mount Hermon School in Gill, Massachusetts, is a three-star prospect according to Rivals. He also had offers from Brown, Bryant, Iona and Massachusetts. He joins guard Quadir Copeland and forward Justin Taylor as Orange commits for 2022.

The news came on the same day Jim Boeheim and SU’s basketball team began official practices. Before Tuesday, the team held short workouts twice a week.

Video courtesy of SU Athletics.

Roscoe earns ACC football honor

Senior Cody Roscoe won the ACC’s Defensive Lineman of the Week award after making a key play to help Syracuse take down Liberty.

Roscoe’s fourth-quarter strip-sack of Liberty’s Malik Willis set up the Orange to beat the Flames on a last-second field goal Friday night. That brought his sack total on the season to 5.5; good for second in the nation.

Roscoe and the rest of the Orange football team are preparing for their ACC opener on Saturday. They’ll travel to Tallahassee to take on the Florida State Seminoles.

Field Hockey shuts out road competition

The field hockey team took to the road last week and shut out two Ivy League opponents.

The 12th-ranked Orange beat Cornell on Wednesday 1-0. Junior Charlotte de Vries scored the lone goal of the contest.

The Orange completed their 2-0 week with a 2-0 win over Pennsylvania on Sunday. Senior Laura Graziosi and graduate Quirine Comans handled the scoring, while freshman goalkeeper Brooke Borzymowski prevented the Big Red and the Quakers from tallying any goals.

Volleyball dominates the Blue Devils

The Orange volleyball team picked up its first conference win of the season with a three-set victory over Duke. The team is now 12-2 on the season, including a 1-1 record in ACC play.

Up next, the group heads home to the SU Women’s Building on Friday to play Wake Forest. It is the team’s first home match since they beat Albany on Aug. 28.

Jonathan semifinalist for scholar-athlete award

Senior defensive lineman Kingsley Jonathan has been named a semifinalist for the 2021 William V. Campbell Trophy.

The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame present this award annually to the best football scholar-athlete in the nation. Kingsley is an Information Studies major at the Syracuse iSchool.