Sports SUmmary: Women’s basketball pair earns ACC honors, Senior Night for men’s basketball

Sports SUmmary: Women's basketball earns ACC honors, Senior Night for men's basketball

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Published: March 6, 2019
Women's basketball versus Drexel
Tiana Mangakahia drives to the basket in a Dec. 11, 2017 game against Drexel.

Mangakahia, Djaldi-Tabdi earn All-ACC honors

For the second year in a row, senior guard Tiana Mangakahia has been named to the First Team All-ACC team, while freshman forward Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi was named to the All-Freshman Team. Mangakahia leads the nation in assists with 234 and ranks sixth all-time in program history with 547 career assists. In a March 3 game against Boston College, Mangakahia scored her 1,000th career point, making her the fastest player in program history to do so.

Djaldi-Tabdi, as the team’s sixth-man, shot 54.4 percent field goal percentage and averages 9.5 points per game.

Men’s basketball celebrates Senior Night

On Monday night, Syracuse honored and celebrated seniors Paschal Chukwu, Frank Howard, Ky Feldman, Adrian Autry, Antonio Balandi and Shaun Belbey.

Chukwu finished with eight points and eight rebounds in his final career game in the Carrier Dome as the Orange fell Virginia 79-53. Howard had six points, one assist and one rebound. Feldman, Autry and Balandi together played a total of four minutes. Belbey did not play.

Two former Orange football players perform at NFL combine

Former Syracuse football players Jamal Custis and Chris Slayton took their talents to the NFL combine this past week. Custis’ hands were the largest of any receiver at the combine, at 10 and 7/8 inches. Additionally, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds. He also tested in the vertical jump and broad jump and measured at 34.5-inches and 10 feett, 4-inches respectively.

Slayton participated in five of the seven tests: the 225-pound bench, 20-yard shuttle, 40-yard dash, and vertical and broad jump tests. He performed 28 reps in the 225-pound bench, ran the 20-yard shuttle in 4.73 seconds, ran the 40-yard dash in 5.13 seconds, and his vertical jump was 29 inches while his broad jump was 8 feet, 4 inches.

Jamal Custis

Syracuse receiver Jamal Custis fights off a North Carolina defender on Oct. 20, 2018

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Chris Slayton runs toward Louisville quarterback Sean McCormack on Nov. 9, 2018.

Lustig promoted to assistant coach for Syracuse football team

On Feb. 28, Syracuse head football coach Dino Babers announced special teams coordinator and outside receivers coach Justin Lustig will be promoted to assistant head coach. In his two years at Syracuse, Lustig has coached five All-ACC selections.

Women’s LAX’s Sarah Cooper selected as ACC Defensive Player of the Week

SU defender Sarah Cooper held No. 13 Loyola without a goal for the first 12 and a half minutes of the game, with Syracuse leading 7-0. Cooper also helped the Orange secure a victory over No. 7 Virginia, holding the Cavaliers to tie their season-low for goals in a game this season.

Four Syracuse LAX players named to Tewaaraton Award Watch List

Sophomore midfielder Brendan Curry and redshirt junior Nick Mellen of the Syracuse men’s lacrosse team and senior attacker Nicole Levy and junior attacker Emily Hawryschuk were named to the 2019 Tewaaraton Award Watch List. The award is given to the top male and female collegiate lacrosse players across all three divisions of NCAA lacrosse in the nation.

Curry leads the Syracuse men in scoring this season with 10 points from six goals and four assists. Mellen ranks third this season in ground balls (8) and caused turnovers (4).

Levy is second in scoring for the Syracuse with 25 points on 14 goals and 11 assists. She’s recorded hat tricks in games this season against Binghamton and Loyola. Hawryschuk leads the Orange in scoring with 28 points from 22 goals and six assists and ranks seventh national in points and goals.

Orange women’s hockey takes home multiple conference awards

Four Syracuse women’s hockey team players earned awards at the College Hockey America’s Awards Banquet on Tuesday night.

Freshman forward Lauren Bellefontaine was named CHA Rookie of the Year and was named to the conference’s All-Rookie Team. Abby Moloughney was also named to the All-Rookie Team. Senior defenseman Allie Munroe was named Best Defenseman and landed a spot on the All-CHA First Team. Sophomore forward Emma Polaski earned a spot on the All-CHA Second Team.

Syracuse Women's Hockey vs RIT
Syracuse sophomore forward Emma Polaski (7) carries the puck past RIT sophomore forward and defender Jordan Marchese (22).
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is a sports reporter for The NewsHouse and sophomore at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.