Syracuse University Magazine

Sports Notes

Former Syracuse lacrosse stars Matt Abbott ’09, G’10, John Galloway ’11, and JoJo Marasco ’13 were named to the U.S. Men’s National Lacrosse Team in February. Team USA will defend the gold medal at the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship this July in Denver.

The SU men’s basketball team (28-6) advanced to the third round of the NCAA tournament, where it was upended by Dayton, 55-53, at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo. Seeded third in the South regional, the Orange defeated Western Michigan, 77-53, to reach the Round of 32. SU started the season with a 25-0 win streak (its best start ever), spent several weeks atop the national polls, and finished second in its inaugural season in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The Orange men also welcomed an NCAA on-campus record crowd of 35,446 to the Carrier Dome as they knocked off Duke, 91-89, in overtime on February 1. It was the first ACC meeting in the Dome between the storied programs and the two winningest coaches in college basketball, SU’s Jim Boeheim ’66, G’73 and Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski. The record crowd was also treated to a performance by superstar Vanessa Williams ’85, who sang the national anthem.

Orange basketball forward C.J. Fair ’14 was recognized as an All-American by several media outlets and organizations. The Associated Press named him a third-team All-American, while he received second-team All-America accolades from USA Today, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, the National Association of Basketball Coaches, the Lute Olson All-America team, and the Senior CLASS (Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School) Award. Fair led the Orange in his senior campaign with 16.5 point per game and was a close second with 6.4 rebounds per contest. He completed his collegiate career ranking 15th all-time in scoring at SU with 1,660 points and tied for third in games played with 143.

The SU women’s basketball team concluded its season with a 23-10 record, which included the program’s second-straight NCAA tournament appearance and its first-ever NCAA victory. Coach Quentin Hillsman’s sixth-seeded Orange women defeated Chattanooga, 59-53, in the tourney’s opening round, then dropped a 64-59 loss to third-seed Kentucky at Memorial Coliseum in Lexington.

The SU women’s ice hockey team had one of its best seasons in program history, tallying a 20-14-3 record that is its all-time best and matched the program record for wins while setting a new low in losses. The Orange women were 9-8-3 in College Hockey America (CHA) games and advanced to the CHA tournament semifinals.

Shaina Harrison ’16 won the women’s 60-meter dash at the 2014 ECAC & IC4A Indoor Track & Field Championships in Boston in March. Harrison clocked in at 7.39 seconds to collect first place.  

Syracuse field hockey players Adrian Chambers ’14 and Laura Hahnefeldt ’14 and distance runner Sarah Pagano ’14 were named recipients of Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Postgraduate Scholarships. They were among 44 ACC student-athletes selected for the Weaver-James-Corrigan Award, which provides $5,000 toward graduate education, recognizing outstanding performance in the classroom and in their respective sport as well as exemplary conduct in the community.

Orange field hockey forward Emma Russell ’15 was named to the Ireland Under-21 National Team. This summer, she will compete internationally with the squad, including at the EuroHockey Junior Championship II in Vienna, Austria, in July.


SU’s Jim Boeheim ’66, G’73 greets Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski in front of an NCAA on-campus record crowd of 35,446 in the Carrier Dome on February 1. The Orange knocked off Duke, 91-89, in overtime. It was the first Atlantic Coast Conference meeting in the Dome between the storied programs and the two winningest coaches in college basketball.


Photos courtesy of SU Athletics