Sports SUmmary: Men’s soccer wins, plays Virginia next; Shemanova stars on the court; Szmyt nominated for national award

Sports SUmmary: Men’s soccer wins, plays Virginia next

Published: November 6, 2019
Syracuse's Anonda Hoppner skates with the puck against RIT in November.
Syracuse's Anonda Hoppner skates with the puck.

Shemanova, SU volleyball on a hot streak

The Syracuse volleyball team is currently in the midst of a three-game winning streak in ACC play. The streak started on the road in Raleigh, North Carolina two weekends ago before the Orange defeated the 16-6 Notre Dame Fighting Irish this past Friday. They then followed that up with a win over the 15-7 Louisville Cardinals on Sunday in which Polina Shemanova set the SU school record with 36 kills in a single match. SU now sits 9-11 on the season and 6-7 in conference play.

Shemanova leads the ACC in kills per game on the season with 5.14 per set. She also leads the ACC in points per set with 5.83. They have enjoyed this streak without fellow Russian sensation Marina Markova, who hasn’t played since Oct. 13.

The Orange will return home to play the Virginia Tech Hokies this Sunday. Game time is at noon.

Women’s hockey carry momentum into conference play

The Syracuse women’s hockey team has won two out of three, including one against CHA conference member RIT. They shutout Union by a score of 5-0 last Tuesday. They split a home and away with RIT, losing 4-7 on Friday and winning 3-0 on Saturday.

Jessica DiGirolamo had three goals and an assist over the three-game stretch and is now tied with Kelli Rowswell for the team lead at four goals.

The Orange have a weekend off before playing a home game against the St. Lawrence Saints on Nov. 16. Game time is 2 p.m.

SU men’s soccer takes ACC Tournament opener on penalties

The SU men’s soccer team defeated the North Carolina Tar Heels on penalty kicks by a score of 5-3 on Tuesday afternoon in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Senior Matt Orr scored the winning penalty to give the Orange the victory.

This was the second time this season that the Orange defeated the Tar Heels. They defeated them 4-3 after trailing 3-1 in the second half on Oct. 12.

SU will now head to Charlottesville, Virginia on Sunday to face the Virginia Cavaliers in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament. Game time is at 1 p.m.

Syracuse University kicker Andre Szmyt (91) makes a 23-yard field goal.

Andre Szmyt nominated for national award 

Redshirt sophomore placekicker Andre Szmyt was nominated for the Burlsworth Trophy for the second year in a row on Tuesday. 

The Burlsworth trophy is given annually to a college football player who began his career as a walk-on. It is named after Brian Burlsworth, a former walk-on at Arkansas who worked his way up to being an All-American before tragically dying in a car crash in 1999, 11 days after being drafted by the Colts.  

Last year’s Lou Groza award winner is 11-14 on field goals this season, good enough for 4th in the ACC