April 3, 2016 |
HOUSTON - It's a precarious spot for North Carolina, Saturday's easy favorite in the second NCAA semifinal, the reigning Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season and tournament champion in the Final Four against a team that was ninth seed in the same ACC tournament. Yet in Syracuse there's still a team to be feared, even by the Tar Heels, preseason No. 1 nationally and back at the top coming into NRG Stadium. This Orange group has picked up Jim Boeheim's zone defense and has the kind of parts that make it work.
January 10, 2016 |
The 40th season in the life of Jim Boeheim as Syracuse's head basketball coach resumes Saturday night, and what better way for him to return from a nine-game suspension than to run into No. 6 North Carolina before an expected crowd of more than 25,000 at the Carrier Dome? The NCAA imposed the suspension on Boeheim last March for rules violations, finding that the university failed to control its athletic department and was guilty of impermissible benefits, academic misconduct and errors in drug policy.
October 2, 2015 |
After a brief flirtation with Penn's football program, Lake Zurich (Ill.) linebacker Colton Moskal committed to Syracuse after his junior year in high school. Penn wanted to add the 6-foot, 225-pound inside linebacker - as did coaching staffs at Yale, Minnesota, Purdue and a number of other schools - but once Moskal committed to Syracuse, the Quakers moved on. But Moskal, who never rose above the scout team as a freshman in 2014, realized that climbing the depth chart at Syracuse would be difficult.
May 24, 2015 |
Taylor Cummings postgame cool down was repeatedly interrupted. Multiple teammates patted her back and offered high-fives as she jogged from sideline to sideline. When she walked toward the team's stretching circle she was blocked by a group of Maryland players who smothered her into a group hug. They were all thanking Cummings for her six points and five draw controls in the Terps' 10-8 semifinal win over Syracuse at PPL Park on Friday. The win puts top-ranked Maryland (20-1, 5-0 Big Ten)
May 19, 2015 |
Unseeded Johns Hopkins took a three-point lead into the fourth quarter and held on to shock No. 2 seed Syracuse, 16-15, Sunday in Annapolis, Md. The Blue Jays advanced to the NCAA men's lacrosse final four this Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field. They will face Maryland after Notre Dame tangles with Denver at 1 p.m. Maryland was a surprising 14-7 winner over North Carolina in Sunday's other quarterfinal at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Top-seeded Notre Dame beat Albany, 14-0, on Saturday, the same day that Denver defeated Ohio State, 15-13.
May 12, 2015 |
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The Penn women's lacrosse team formed a circle in front of its bench and each player put an arm around her closest teammate. Some players cried. Others lightly laughed. After chasing Syracuse (15-7, 3-4 Atlantic Coast) around a rain-soaked field for 60 minutes, the Quakers (14-6, 6-1 Ivy League) saw their season end in a 13-10 loss to the Orange at SU Soccer Stadium on Sunday afternoon. It's the second straight year that Penn's NCAA tournament run ended in the second round.
April 28, 2015 |
The Syracuse men's lacrosse team made the most of its opportunities Sunday. The Orange erased an early Duke lead and held on to secure their first Atlantic Coast Conference tournament title with a 15-14 victory at PPL Park. Syracuse (11-2) reached the championship Friday with a 9-8 victory over North Carolina. The Orange scored on all but one of their four man-up situations Sunday, all of them coming after they had dug themselves a 5-1 hole against the Blue Devils. By contrast, Duke, a much younger and less-experienced team, was unable to capitalize on any of its four extra-body possessions.
March 25, 2015 |
CHESTER HIGH had won consecutive PIAA AAAA titles when it played Lower Merion in the 2013 championship game. The Clippers had beaten Lower Merion in the 2012 title game, 59-33, to finish off an unbeaten season. Its star, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, was on his way to Arizona. The expected script was altered when senior B.J. Johnson went for 22 points and 11 rebounds for Lower Merion and the Aces took the championship, 63-47. Johnson went on to Syracuse, but it never worked out as he hoped.
March 25, 2015 |
B.J. Johnson, a former Lower Merion basketball standout who is transferring from Syracuse after two seasons, committed Monday to continue his career at La Salle. Johnson's father, Bobby, was a sharpshooting wing guard for ex-coach Speedy Morris and the Explorers from 1986 to 1990. "I couldn't be happier about B.J.'s decision," the Southern High School graduate said. "There's a legacy there which I think he'll eclipse. " A 6-foot-7, 190-pound sophomore forward, B.J. Johnson averaged 4.1 points and 3.1 rebounds in 25 games for Syracuse in the recently completed season.
March 21, 2015 |
Having received limited playing time in two years at Syracuse, former Lower Merion High basketball standout B.J. Johnson said Thursday he will transfer. "He wants a chance to go somewhere where he can maximize his playing potential, get 25 minutes or more a game," said his father, Bobby Johnson. "And with the year off, he'll have time to work on his body and put on a few pounds. " Johnson made the announcement the same day that Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said in an hour-long news conference that he and the university will appeal punishments for academic and benefits violations.