Syracuse University Magazine

Sports Notes

The Orange men’s cross country team finished 10th in the 2013 NCAA Men’s Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Indiana, on November 23. Robert Molke ’14 led the Orange with a 51st-place finish, clocking in at 30:55.0 in the 10-kilometer race. It was the best team finish yet in the NCAA championship under head coach Chris Fox. Colorado won the title (149 points), while SU scored 329 points. The women’s team, paced by Margo Malone ’15 (49th), placed 22nd overall.

The Orange earned an automatic team bid to the national finals by collecting its fourth NCAA Division 1 Northeast Regional Championship in five years. At Van Cortland Park in the Bronx, the Orange placed five runners in the top 21 to tally 57 points, outdistancing runner-up Columbia by 21 points. Among 255 runners, Martin Hehir ’16 and Robert Molke ’14 finished third and fourth, respectively, to lead SU. The team also captured the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship—the first ACC title for an SU team—in Kernersville, North Carolina. It was the second consecutive conference title for Fox’s runners, who won the Big East championship last season. Martin Hehir ’16 led the team with a third-place finish among 129 competitors. Fox was honored as the ACC Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year and was also named men’s Northeast Region Coach of the Year for the fourth time in the past five years.


The SU football team upended Minnesota, 21-17, to win the Texas Bowl at Reliant Stadium in Houston on December 27. Quarterback Terrel Hunt '16 scored on a 12-yard run with 1:14 remaining in the game to seal the victory. With the Orange trailing 17-14, Brisly Estime '17 set up the game-winning drive when he motored 70 yards on a punt return to move SU deep into Minnesota territory. Hunt was named the MVP, completing 19 passes (an SU bowl record) on 29 attempts for 188 yards and rushing for 74 yards on 15 carries and two touchdowns. It was SU's third bowl win in four years and lifted Coach Scott Shafer's squad to 7-6 in his inaugural season at the helm.

The Orange closed out its regular season with a stunning 34-31 victory over Boston College in the Carrier Dome on November 30.  Hunt led the Orange on a 75-yard drive in the closing two minutes, connecting with tight end Josh Parris ’17 on an eight-yard touchdown strike with six seconds left to claim the win. The victory lifted SU to 6-6 overall and made the Orange eligible for a bowl game. The team finished with a 4-4 mark in its inaugural season in the Atlantic Coast Conference, tying BC for third place in the ACC’s Atlantic Division behind Florida State and Clemson.


SU football great Donovan McNabb ’98 had his jersey retired in a halftime ceremony at the Syracuse-Wake Forest game in the Carrier Dome. Earlier this year, McNabb, a University Trustee, had his jersey retired by the Philadelphia Eagles, where he played from 1999 to 2009. He retired in 2011 following a 13-year career in the NFL.


The SU field hockey team concluded its 2013 season with a 16-4 mark after being upended, 2-1, by Michigan State at Coyne Stadium in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The loss snapped the second-ranked Orange women’s 45-game home winning streak that began in 2009.


The SU men’s basketball team won the EA Sports Maui Invitational with a 74-67 victory over Baylor on November 27. It was the third Maui Invitational title for Coach Jim Boeheim’s Orange, who also captured the tournament in 1990 and 1998. C.J. Fair ’14 received the MVP award and Jerami Grant ’16 earned all-tournament honors.


The SU women’s basketball team won the Reef Division title at the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands in November. En route to the title, Coach Quentin Hillsman’s Orange women posted double-digit victories against Texas, Memphis, and then 12th-ranked Texas A&M, which they defeated, 78-63, in the championship. The win propelled the Orange to a 22nd ranking in the Associated Press women’s basketball poll. Guard Brianna Butler ’16 scored a career-high 29 points in the upset win against the Aggies and was named MVP of the tournament, as well as Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week.

Coaching Honors


Sonny Spera ’85 (second from left) joins SU men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim ’66, G’73 in October at a basketball clinic at SUNY Cortland, where they were both honored by the Basketball Coaches Association of New York (BCANY). Spera, who played for Boeheim at SU from 1981 to 1985, is the girls’ varsity coach at Maine-Endwell High School. He guided the team to the 2013 Class A state finals and was named the 2012-13 Girls High School (Class A) Coach of the Year. Boeheim, who guided the Orange to a 2013 Final Four appearance, received the BCANY Men’s College Division 1 Coach of the Year honor.

Meeting with MCW


Former SU basketball star Michael Carter-Williams (center), point guard of the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, meets with students and recent alumni of the Sport Management and Sport Venue and Event Management (SVEM) master’s programs in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. The group was on a three-day field trip in November as part of a sport facilities management graduate class taught by Falk Professor Rick Burton ’80 (right) and was joined by Professor Chad McEvoy, director of the SVEM graduate program (seventh from left). The trip featured visits with various executives from the 76ers, Eagles (NFL), and the Phillies (MLB), including Mike Carson ’95, controller of the Phillies, as well as from Front Row Marketing and Aramark, a global leader in facilities and food services.