Welcome to "Sweep Week" at The View. Lets recap some sweeps in basketball (good), ice hockey (bad), and tennis (mixed).
LAST WEEK: The week began well, as Syracuse traveled to Providence on Tuesday, and roasted the Friars 80-54. The Orange established a Big East record, by shooting a perfect 23-23 from the free throw line (previous record was 22-22 by WVU). The game was over early, as SU jumped out to a 20-7 lead, had a 15-point advantage at the half, and led by as many as 31 in the second half. Iasia Hemmigway was the leading Orange scorer with 24, and Shakeya Leary had a career high 15 off the bench.
Syracuse continued the winning ways on Saturday, defeating South Florida 76-61 at the Carrier Dome. Iasia Hemmingway once again led the Orange scoring attack, as she hit for 24 points, to lead three Syracuse players in double figures. The final score was not indicative of the difference between the two teams, as SU held a 33 point lead with 12 minutes remaining. This is the second consecutive Big East game in which Syracuse has built a 30-point lead.
Syracuse now stands at 15-9 (4-6).
THIS WEEK: The Orange host #2 Notre Dame on Tuesday, and travel to Louisville on Saturday.
LAST WEEK: The first four-year class of seniors in program history concluded their home careers with a pair of losses to Robert Morris. On Friday, Syracuse scored a goal in each period, but a four-goal burst by RMU in the second period sent the Orange back to the dorms with a 4-3 loss. Margot Scharfe (11), Kallie Goodnough (5), and Holly Carrie-Mattimoe (11) scored the Syracuse goals. Kallie Billadeau made 22 saves for the Orange.
On Saturday, the Orange scored the first goal of the game, but allowed Robert Morris to score twice in the final minute of the first period, and again in the first minute of the second, and lost their home finale 5-2. Holly Carrie-Mattimoe (12) and Nicole Ferrara (5) scored for SU.
Syracuse is now 9-18-3 (0-5-3).
NEXT WEEK: A trip to Erie, PA awaits the icers, for a weekend series with CHA overlord Mercyhurst.
THIS WEEK: The women began the weekend with a visit to No. 57 ranked Ohio State on Saturday, and were defeated 5-2. Emily Harman (No. 1 Singles) and Amanda Rodgers (No. 6 Singles) were victorious for Syracuse.
Sunday was a different story, as the Orange traveled to Cincy, and swept the Bearcats 7-0 Syracuse did not just sweep the match, they did not drop a single set.
The Orange are now 3-3 (2-1), and have won all three matches in sweep fashion.
NEXT WEEK: It's a weekend in Boston, as Syracuse faces #55 Boston College on Saturday, and #60 Harvard on Sunday.
THIS WEEK: The season opens in Tempe, Arizona as the #26 ranked (aka top team "Receiving Votes") Orange participate in the Kajikawa Classic. The Orange open with what should be a pair of easy games on Friday, against Texas State and Cal State Northridge. On Saturday, the women start with McNeese State, and then reality sets in.
Syracuse should bring a 3-0 record into their Saturday afternoon clash with #8 Arizona (in Tempe, mind you), and then on Sunday they battle #3 California. Coach Ross clearly has not read Coach Boeheim's scheduling manual - the Orange also have another date with Arizona, as well as games with #13 UCLA, #16 Michigan, and #RV Northwestern.
ESPN's Graham Hays has Syracuse ranked No. 20 in his preseason sotball preview. Look for The View to have an extended softball preview later this week.
IN OTHER NEWS: Junior Michele Tumolo was named to the US Lacrosse women's senior national team for the North American Challenge Cup in July.
Did You Know?
Christina Dove is the all-time leader in lacrosse goals scored with 250.
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