Syracuse University Magazine

Orange All-Americans

For the fall and winter sports seasons, seven Syracuse student-athletes representing four sports were recognized as All-Americans. For the Syracuse field hockey team, the trio of Alyssa Manley ’16, Emma Russell ’16, and Lieke Visser ’18 earned All-America accolades from the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA). Manley and Russell were named to the first team and Visser to the third team. All-America honors from the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association went to Orange cross country runners Martin Hehir ’15 and MJ Erb ’17 (who has since transferred). In men’s soccer, Alex Bono ’16 was named to the All-America First Team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. And for the Orange men's basketball squad, Rakeem Christmas '14 received All-America recognition from USA Today (second team), The Associated Press and Sporting News (third team), and (Lute Olson team).



Alex Bono ’16

Position: Goalkeeper

Major: Broadcast and digital journalism

Hometown: Baldwinsville, New York

Season Highlights: Finalist for MAC Hermann Trophy (national player of the year); ACC Defensive Player of the Year; set Syracuse single-season records for goals-against average (0.55), shutouts (12), and minutes played (1,949).


Cross Country

Martin Hehir ’15

Majors: Biology, Spanish

Hometown: Washingtonville, New York

Season Highlights: Finished 38th in NCAA meet to earn All-America honors; won the ACC championship; ACC Men's Cross Country Performer of the Year; All-ACC Academic Team; ACC Cross Country Scholar Athlete of the Year.


Field Hockey

Emma Russell ’16

Position: Forward

Major: Economics

Hometown: Enniskerry, Ireland

Season Highlights: All-ACC First Team and Tournament Team; Longstreth/NFHCA All-Mideast Region First Team; All-ACC Academic Team; set ACC tournament record with six goals; led SU in scoring with 46 points on 21 goals and four assists.

Lieke Visser ’18

Position: Midfielder

Major: Public health

Hometown: Bunnik, Netherlands

Season Highlights: Longstreth/NFHCA All-Mideast Region First Team; All-ACC Second Team; led Orange with 17 assists, the third highest total in program history. 

Alyssa Manley ’16

Position: Midfielder

Major: Child and family studies

Hometown: Lititz, Pennsylvania

Season Highlights: All-NCAA and All-ACC tournament teams; Longstreth/NFHCA All-Mideast Region First Team; ninth player in school history to earn multiple All-America honors (third-team selection in 2013).



Rakeem Christmas ’14

Position: Forward/Center

Major: Instructional design, development, and evaluation (graduate student)

Hometown: Philadelphia

Season Highlights: Finalist for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lute Olson, Oscar Robertson, and John R. Wooden awards; ACC Most Improved Player; ACC Co-Defensive Player of the Year; All-ACC First Team; ACC All-Defensive Team; averaged a team-best 17.5 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 2.5 blocked shots per game this season.

Photos courtesy of SU Athletics