Syracuse University Magazine

Sports Notes


The Syracuse women’s lacrosse team finished its season with a 19-6 record and advanced to its fifth consecutive Final Four of the NCAA tournament. Kayla Treanor ’16 (pictured) capped off her storied career by setting an NCAA Division I single-season record for draw controls with 217. Her career point total of 393 moved her to fourth on the NCAA Division I all-time scoring list and ranks second in Orange program history. She was also a finalist for the third straight year for the Tewaaraton Award, which honors the nation’s top collegiate lacrosse player, and for the Honda Sports Award for women’s lacrosse.

Treanor was also named to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-America First Team for the fourth consecutive year and the IWLCA Division I Attacker of the Year. She was ACC Offensive Player of the Year for the third straight season and recognized as the ACC Women’s Lacrosse Scholar Athlete of the Year. Teammate Halle Majorana ’16 received IWLCA All-America honors for the second year. She was named to the second team.


Seven members of the SU track and field team were awarded All-America status by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association following their performances at the NCAA Division I Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon, in June. Freddie Crittenden III ’17 earned First-Team All-America honors with a fourth-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles. Crittenden previously received outdoor second-team and honorable mention accolades. He was also 2016 NCAA runner-up in the 60-meter hurdles and won ACC titles in both the indoor and outdoor seasons. Collecting Second-Team All-America accolades for the Orange were Colin Bennie ’18 (10th in the 10,000 meters), Justyn Knight ’18 (10th, 5,000 meters), and Adam Palamar ’19 (12th, 1,500 meters). Distance runners Philo Germano ’17, Margo Malone ’16, and Shaylyn Tuite ’15, G’16 received honorable mention honors for qualifying for the nationals.

  Martin Hehir ’15 was named to the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-America Division I Track and Field/Cross Country First Team for the second time. Colin Bennie received second-team honors.  


Syracuse men’s lacrosse player Dylan Donahue ’16 received First-Team All-America honors from the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association. Teammates Brandon Mullins ’16, Ben Williams ’17, Sergio Salcido ’17, and Nick Mariano ’17 were named to the USILA All-America Second Team.

  The Orange (12-5) won its second straight ACC championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament. Coach John Desko ’79 picked up his second consecutive ACC Coach of the Year award.


The Syracuse men’s rowing team finished in 15th place in all three final races it competed in at the 2016 Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship Regatta in West Windsor, New Jersey, in June.


The SU women’s rowing team finished 13th overall at the 2016 NCAA championship at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center in May.


Orange basketball player Malachi Richardson ’19 was a first-round pick in the NBA Draft, going 22nd overall to the Charlotte Hornets, who traded him to the Sacramento Kings. Michael Gbinije ’15, G’16 was selected 49th overall by the Detroit Pistons.


The Syracuse women’s tennis team advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament. It was the first time in program history that the team competed in the tournament. In the NCAA individual championships, the doubles team of Valeria Salazar ’17 and Gabriela Knutson ’19, and graduate student Anna Shkudun became the first Orange players to compete in the national tourney since 1996.

Orange Olympians

With the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro wrapped up, here's a look at how several former Orange athletes fared in the international competition:

» Former Orange basketball star Carmelo Anthony collected his third straight gold medal as Team USA defeated Serbia, 99-69, in the men's basketball final. Anthony became the first American player to take to the court in four Olympics and the first to win three golds. He established several records, including most games played (31) and most points (336). The Rio Games reunited Anthony with Coach Jim Boeheim ’66, G’73, an assistant coach with Team USA, and head coach designate Mike Hopkins '93, a court coach with Team USA.

» Michael Gbinije ’15, G’16 played for the Nigerian men's basketball team.

» Former SU cross country and track and field standout Katie (Hursey) Zaferes ’12 placed 18th in the women’s triathlon, finishing in 2:00:55. American teammate Gwen Jorgensen grabbed the gold, America's first in the event.

» Former SU sprinter Flings Owusu-Agyapong ’12 carried Ghana's flag, leading the country's delegation in the Opening Ceremony. She competed in the 100-meter dash, advancing to the quarterfinal round and finishing 28th overall. She also ran a leg of Ghana's 4 x 100-meter relay, which finished 14th.

» Former Orange rower Natalie Mastracci ’11 was a member of the Canadian coxed eight rowing team, which finished fifth. She earned a silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics.

» Former Big East heptathlon champion Uhunoma Osazuwa 10 appeared in her second straight Olympics for Nigeria. She finished 29th in the Rio hepathlon.

» Orange field hockey captain Alyssa Manley ’16, who helped lead SU to its first NCAA title last fall, played for the U.S. Women’s National Team. The U.S. women won a program record four games in the Pool B competition, but fell to Germany, 2-1, in the quarterfinals.

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