Syracuse Athletics Had Itself A Nice Little Weekend

Harry How

The Syracuse football team, field hockey team, women's basketball team and men's basketball team dominated the weekend and kept Orange fans happy.

We often remember the really bad weekends in annals of Syracuse Orange Athletics. Like that one a couple years back when we lost early in the NCAA Tournament and in the Lax Tournament basically on the same day.

This past weekend was not one of those weekends.

Things kicked off early Saturday when the football team had it's annual "Where The Hell Did That Come From?" victory over a team that, on paper, it should not have any business defeating. And in doing so, they set the table for a legitimate bowl appearance. They can and should beat Temple. They can and probably won't (but could!) beat Missouri.

That they did it on Senior Day and during Homecoming Orange Central with a tons of soldiers in the stands, well that just makes it gravy.

Sunday got a nice start with a Syracuse program qualifying for a Final Four! It was the field hockey team, who defeated Penn State 5-2 and advanced to their second Final Four in program history.

The Orange will play No. 1 North Carolina (22-1) in the national semifinals on Nov. 16 in Norfolk while No. 2 Princeton (18-1) and No. 6 Maryland (18-5) meet in the other semifinal.

Then it was time for the men's and women's basketball teams to finish strong and finish strong they did.

The women's team kicked off their season in the Dome, routing Fairleigh Dickinson 94-47. Kayla Alexander led the team with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 8 blocks(!). In their debuts, highly-touted freshman Brittney Sykes recorded 11, while Brianna Butler added 10 points.

And finally, the men's basketball team traveled to San Diego to play the San Diego St. Aztecs on a giant boat and they paddled SDSU to the tune of 62-49. Despite some early rust and questionable decisions at times, the Orange were never in real trouble. C.J. Fair and Michael Carter-Williams both scored 17 points and Fair added 10 boards. Brandon Triche added 15 points as well.

If only they could all be weekends like this...

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