LAST WEEK: The biggest news of the week was the naming of two of SU's signees for next year being named McDonald's All-Americans, the first time in program history that two players from one class earned such honor.
On the court, the Orange hosted #2 Notre Dame on Tuesday, and cut a 15-point halftime deficit to as little as 10 in the second half, but the Irish took control, and defeated SU 74-55. The Orange were led (as usual) by Iasia Hemingway, who scored 15.
Saturday was more of the same, as Syracuse traveled to Louisville and did not enjoy the cooking at the YUM! Center, as they lost to No. 20 Louisville, 89-62. Kayla Alexander led the Syracuse attack with a 20 point, 12 rebound game, as Iasia Hemingway was held to two points. The Cardinals won the game from behind the three-point line, scoring a whopping 54 points from behind the arc.
The Orange are now 15-11 (4-8)
THIS WEEK: It is a quiet week for Syracuse, with only a Saturday home date with Marquette on the schedule.
LAST WEEK: The season got off a strong start on Friday, as Syracuse defeated Texas State in the season opener, 4-0. The game was over early, as the good gals put up four runs in the top of the first inning. Stacy Kuwik pitched a complete game one-hitter for the Orange, who did not allow a runner past second base the entire game.
Later Friday, the Orange defeated Cal State Northridge 10-2, to sweep day one of the Kajikawa Classic. Jasmine Watson hit the first SU home run of the year to pace a 12-hit attack. Jenna Caira threw the second one-hit game of thew day for Syracuse
The ladies woke up early Saturday morning to battle McNeese State (still at the Kajikawa Classic), a team that beat #1 ASU the night before. The Orange staked Jenna Caira to a 6-0 lead in the early innings, and Caira struck out five of the first nine Cowgirls (yes, that is their name) she faced, en route to an 11-2 win. Give the game ball to Morgan Nandin, who had a school record 7 RBI.
The first real test of the young season came on Saturday afternoon, as the Orange battled #8 Arizona, and came out on the wrong side of an 11-1 rout. Syracuse managed just three hits in the loss, and surrendered three home runs to the Wildcats.
On Sunday, Syracuse battled No. 3 California, and took a 1-0 lead in the second inning off Jasmine Watson's home run. However, in the top of the fifth, Cal scored three runs on two hits, taking a 3-1 lead, and built the lead up to 6-1 in the top of the seventh. Another Jasmine Watson home run for Syracuse made the final score 6-3.
NEXT WEEK: A week off for the Orange.
LAST WEEK: Syracuse traveled to Mercyhurst, and were swept 6-2 and 3-1. On Friday, the Lakers built a 4-0 lead, and never looked back, as they outshot the Orange 43-20. Brittney Krebs scored her first collegiate goal for Syracuse, and Margot Scharfe scored her team-leading 12th goal of the season. Saturday was a closer affair, as Mercyhurst lead only 1-0 after two periods. However, two late third-period goals built the lead to 3-0, and only a later Syracuse goal by Holly Carrie-Mattimoe broke the shutout.
NEXT WEEK: The regular season concludes with a pair of games at Niagara University.
LAST WEEK: The Orange upset No. 55 Boston College on Saturday, 4-3. Emily Harman extended her winning streak to six matches for Syracuse. On Sunday, Syracuse defeated another nationally ranked opponent, sinking the brainiacs at No. 60 Harvard, 4-3. Emily Harman won (again) in singles for the Orange.
Syracuse is now 5-3 (2-1).
NEXT WEEK: Home matches with Temple on Saturday, and Rutgers on Sunday.
The season opens on February 21, and Syracuse is ranked 12th in the preseason coaches poll.