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Orange cross country team finishes 5th in NCAA meet

The Syracuse men’s cross country team finished fifth in the NCAA Division I Championships—its best showing at the national meet since 1957. MJ Erb ’17 and Martin Hehir ’16 led the Orange, placing 37th (30:52.9) and 38th (30:54.7), respectively, in the 10-kilometer race held November 22 at Terre Haute, Indiana. They both were named All-Americans. Joining them in the top 45 were Max Straneva ’15, who was 42nd (30:58.5), and Dan Lennon ’16, who came in 45th (31:03.3). In the 6-kilometer women’s meet, Margo Malone ’16 finished 63rd (20:58.3) to pace the Orange women, who were 24th overall.

En route to the NCAA meet, the Orange men captured their second straight ACC and NCAA Division I Northeast Regional championships. At the ACC meet in Earlysville, Virginia, Hehir won the individual title, clocking in at 23:15.2 to set the 8-kilometer course record. The Orange placed eight runners among the top 19 finishers and scored 32 points, the best team total in seven years at the ACC meet.  It was the fifth conference title in six years for Coach Chris Fox’s runners.

At the NCAA regional meet at Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx, SU placed five runners in the top 15, scoring 45 points to top runnerup Providence (48 points). Hehir led the way for Syracuse, finishing sixth in the 10-kilometer race (30:36.2). Malone, who placed third in the ACC women’s cross country meet, finished fifth in the Northeast regional to lead Syracuse to a fourth-place showing.

SU field hockey team falls in national final

The SU field hockey team made its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament final, but was upended, 1-0, by defending national champion Connecticut at College Park, Maryland, on November 23. Coach Ange Bradley’s squad advanced to the NCAA Final Four for the second time in three seasons with victories against Boston University (2-1) and Penn State (3-1) at J.S. Coyne Stadium. In their NCAA semifinal game, the fourth-seeded Orange women defeated top-ranked North Carolina, 3-2, in a penalty shootout to advance to the final against UConn. Forward Kati Nearhouse G’15, midfielder Alyssa Manley ’16, and forward Lies Lagerweij ’18 were named to the All-NCAA Tournament Team. In addition, Manley and forward Emma Russell ’16 were named to the Division I All-America First Team by Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association, and midfielder Lieke Visser ’18 received All-America Third Team honors. The Orange, who finished second in the ACC tourney, completed the season with an 18-6 record.