Sports SUmmary: Syracuse cross country ends season at NCAA Tournament

Sports SUmmary: Syracuse cross country ends season at NCAA Tournament

Amanda Vestri finished in 71st position in the 5000-meters while representing the Orange in individual competition.
Published: March 24, 2021
Amanda Vestri at the 2021 NCAA Cross Country Championships.
Amanda Vestri competed as an individual in the NCAA Cross Country Championships as Syracuse's lone female representative.

Syracuse cross country wrapped up its season last Monday at the NCAA Cross Country Championship.

Amanda Vestri was the only female to represent the SU women on a national level this season. She finished 71st overall in her competition. Vestri previously won first at the ACC Tournament in the 5000-meters earlier in the month.

For the men, Joe Dragon claimed the 130th position in the 10k race, leading the Orange men and crossing the finish line in 28:30. In the 12th-straight NCAA appearance for the Syracuse men, Matthew Scrape, Dominic Hockenbury, Silas Derfel and Nathan Henderson finished behind Dragon, but their combined times were good enough for 30th place overall as a team.

Syracuse will head into the outdoor track season this spring, and will start competing next month.

Men’s lacrosse continues win streak with 9-point victory over Holy Cross

The Orange beat the Crusaders 15-6 in the Carrier Dome on Saturday. After a slow start, Chase Scanlan and Owen Hiltz contributed to the win, with Scanlan netting seven goals and Hiltz pitching in five assists and a goal of his own.

The Syracuse defense steadily pressured Holy Cross, keeping it scoreless in the first half and outshooting the Crusaders 65 to 20. Drake Porter made five saves and allowed just three goals before leaving in the fourth quarter.

Apart from Scanlan and Hiltz, Stephen Rehfuss, Jamie Trimboli, Owen Seebold, Brett Kennedy, Liam Ferris and Lucas Quinn led the offense in the win against the Crusaders.

“All in all a good day for us today,” said head coach John Desko during the postgame press conference. “I thought our defense was good most of the game, faceoffs were strong and most important of all we came out healthy. I think with a short week coming up with Duke on Thursday, to come out healthy, rest some guys and get some other guys playing time – all is good.”

The Orange’s next game will be on the road against the No. 1 seeded Duke on Thursday night on the ACC Network.

Mar 12, 2021; Syracuse, New York, USA; Syracuse Orange attackman Chase Scanlan (22) takes a back-hand shot on Stony Brook Seawolves goalie Anthony Palma (33) during the first half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes
Syracuse Orange attackman Chase Scanlan (22) takes a back-hand shot on Stony Brook Seawolves goalie Anthony Palma (33) during the first half at the Carrier Dome.

Rowing launches “Pack the Pickup” initiative as season gets underway

All ACC rowing teams joined forces to fight hunger in their neighborhoods by providing resources to low-income communities.

The initiative was created by the Syracuse junior rower Grace Asch and is a collaborative partnership with the Syracuse Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

“Schools across the ACC will be filling up pick-up trucks with donations and dropping them off at a local Boys and Girls Club,” Asch said. “The one we’re doing is for the Central Village Boys and Girls Club of Syracuse.”

Asch created connections with the local community and the ACC rowing teams in her three years in Syracuse. The Orange rowing team hopes to keep the initiative alive for years to come. They also hope to maintain their relationship with the community and integrate their sport in Syracuse.

Volleyball finishes weekend doubleheader with two losses

The Orange lost 3-0 to No. 23 Georgia Tech on Saturday and 3-2 to Virginia Tech on Sunday. Cuse’s Viktoriia Lokhmanchuk and Ella Saada finished the weekend as the highest scorers for the Orange.

Syracuse opened Saturday’s contest with a first-set lead. But as the match went back and forth, Georgia Tech won after a 7-4 run. In the second and third sets, the Yellow Jackets got an early start and won them 25-15 and 25-10. Lokhmanchuk led the Orange offense with nine kills and five digs, followed by Saada (six kills and five digs).

Against Virginia Tech, Cuse won the first set 25-23 and then lost the next two 25-20 and 25-19. Syracuse was losing the fourth set 24-21, but after five consecutive points they won the match, 26-24. The fifth set started with a 4-1 lead from Virginia Tech, but the Orange fought back to tie the game. In the end, with back-to-back kills from VT, they won the game 15-11. Cuse’s setter, Elena Karakasi shined with 44 assists, four blocks and 13 digs.

Syracuse volleyball will return to the court on Friday, March 26 at 4:00 p.m. against Wake Forest.