Syracuse University Magazine

Sports Notes

Both the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams captured their first Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) tournament titles on April 26. The men’s squad upended Duke, 15-14, at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania, in the championship game. Kevin Rice ’15 tallied three goals and four assists to collect tournament MVP honors. Rice was also voted ACC Offensive Player of the Year. Coach John Desko ’79, who notched his 200th career victory earlier in the season, was named ACC Coach of the Year.

In Charlottesville, Virginia, the women’s lacrosse team defeated North Carolina, 9-8, on a game-winning shot by Kayla Treanor ’16 in the second overtime to give the Orange women the ACC crown. Treanor was named tournament MVP.


The ACC awarded $5,000 post-graduate scholarships to three SU student-athletes: tennis player Komal Safdar ’15, a biochemistry and psychology major; and football players Sam Rodgers ’15, a nutrition major, and Cameron Lynch ’15, an economics major.


All-America Orange distance runner Martin Hehir '15 placed seventh in the 3,000 meters at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas, in March. Hehir qualified for the NCAA meet with a second-place finish in the 3,000 at the ACC indoor championships, where he also won the 5,000-meter run and was named the meet's MVP.


Three Syracuse men’s soccer players were selected in the 2014 Major League Soccer (MLS) SuperDraft. All-America goalie Alex Bono ’16 and defender Skylar Thomas ’15 were both first-round selections of Toronto FC, with Bono picked sixth overall and Thomas 11th. Defender Jordan Murrell ’15 was chosen in the third round (57th overall) by Real Salt Lake. Bono and Thomas are the first two Orange players to be picked in the first round, and Bono is the highest pick in Syracuse history.


Former Orange standout football player Chandler Jones ’12 registered a sack and three tackles for the New England Patriots as they defeated the Seattle Sea-hawks, 28-24, for the Super Bowl XLIX title. Jones, a defensive end in his third season with the Patriots, picked up the 33rd Super Bowl ring for Orange alumni.


Orange running back Prince-Tyson Gulley ’14 and linebacker Cameron Lynch ’15 played in the NFLPA Bowl in Carson, California, while linebacker Dyshawn Davis ’15 participated in the College Gridiron Showcase in Arlington, Texas, and offensive tackle Sean Hickey ’15 played in the 90th annual East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Florida. Gulley also competed in the Medal of Honor Bowl in Charleston, South Carolina.

NCAA Imposes Sanctions on SU

In March, the NCAA leveled a number of sanctions against the SU men’s basketball and football programs—including five years of probation—for rules violations. The decision followed a nearly eight-year investigation that reviewed conduct from 2001-02 through 2011-12. None of the allegations involved current student-athletes.

SU initially self-reported potential violations to the NCAA in 2007 and conducted its own internal investigation. As part of the process, the University self-imposed penalties, including a post-season ban on the men’s basketball team this season. While the University acknowledged it accepts several of the NCAA's penalties, it is appealing a couple of them. For the latest information, go to