Sports SUmmary: Syracuse women’s hoops, hockey players make most of tournaments

Sports SUmmary: Syracuse women earn tournament honors despite losses

Post-season play creates opportunities for Emily Engstler, Allison Small and Jessica DiGirolamo to excel.
Published: March 10, 2021
Syracuse Louisville ACC Women's Tournament
Syracuse's Emily Engstler drives to the basket under pressure from Louisville's Kianna Smith in the semifinals of the Women's ACC Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 6, 2021 at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex.

Last weekend, Syracuse women’s basketball lost in the semifinals of the ACC tournament and hockey lost in the championship of the CHA tournament. Despite losing in the tournaments, there were some players that earned honors.

Basketball’s Emily Engstler was named ACC All-Tournament Second Team after averaging 13 points and 10 rebounds per game. Engstler was also name ACC Co-Sixth Player of the Year.

Jessica DiGirolamo and Allison Small, had outstanding performances in the CHA tournament. DiGirolamo had four goals in the quarterfinals win and Small had 79 saves through three games.

Men’s soccer falls against Clemson on the road

Syracuse’s ACC schedule started with a loss to No. 1 Clemson, 3-1, on Sunday, March 7. The Orange tied the game 1-1, but the Tigers took over with two unanswered goals.

“Our response after we went down 3-1 was terrific. We pushed and got some big performances from our veterans and our new guys,” said head coach Ian McIntyre. “I see enough to know we’re not that far away and if we keep training well, the results will come.”

Clemson got the start from the sixth minute of the game, but it was sophomore Noah Singelmann in the tenth minute that tied the game. The goal came when Simon Triantafillou passed the ball to the left side and connected with Singelmann. Not long after that, the Tigers scored their second goal to take the lead and scored again in the 50th minute.

One bright spot following the loss was that McIntyre became a U.S. citizen. He has been at the helm of Syracuse men’s soccer for over 10 years.

Cuse’s next game will be on the road against Louisville on Friday, March 12 at 7 p.m.

Field hockey start the spring season with a win

The Orange started their first spring season with a 4-1 win over St. Joseph’s on Sunday afternoon. St Joe’s started the scoring game, but three minutes into the second frame Cuse answered back.

Syracuse’s SJ Quigley scored to tie the game and sophomore Charlotte de Vries scored with a tiebreaking goal in the 35th minute, putting Syracuse up 2-1. Chiara Gutsche scored Syracuse’s next goals, one with three minutes left and the other in final minute of the game.

Emily Streib made three saves in her first career start as a goalie while Gutsche got her first multi-goal game of the 2020-21 season.

The Orange’s next game will be against Towson on March 14 at noon.

Syracuse cross country advances to NCAA Championship

Men’s cross country punched their ticket to the NCAA Championship after being in the selection show on Sunday afternoon. The Orange’s visit to the Championship will be the 12th straight qualification for the program.

Amanda Vestri qualified for the individual competition and will represent the women’s team on March 15.

Cuse has two NCAA titles (1951 and 2015) and an individual title in 2017, but one of the most remarkable things is that the ACC has six teams participating in the event. The Big Ten is the next conference with four teams.

The event will start at 12:30 p.m. on ESPNU on March 15.