Syracuse Daily Links - Happy Birthday, Carrier Dome

The Carrier Dome Turns 32; Do You Remember When . . .? - College Crosse
The Carrier Dome officially opened 32 years ago today; Syracuse played its first game under the roof on March 21, 1981 against Navy (a 14-10 victory for the Orange). Since that time, Syracuse has won 11 national championships (10 if you don't believe in imaginary things that are actually reality), rolled out All-American after All-American, and helped reshape the landscape of Division I lacrosse. It's hard to try and catalogue all the great lacrosse moments that have happened in the bubble over the last three decades, but I'm going to list three of my favorites. You can pop additional ones into the comments if you have them.

Syracuse Will Beat Minnesota If... - Inside the Loud House - A Syracuse Orange Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
The Orange play a solid first half:Minnesota has outscored their opponents 58-20 in the first half this season. In the second half, the Golden Gophers have only outscored their opponents 27-23. Granted this includes a blowout win over an FCS team, but regardless Syracuse can’t afford to come out of the gates slow in this one or they could find themselves in a big hole by halftime.

Sporting News' Big East football power rankings: Syracuse falls, Pittsburgh rises | syracuse.com
Falling: Syracuse. We gave the Orange too much credit last week just for hanging in there vs. USC on the heels of a one-point loss to Northwestern. We have no love for a team that struggled to beat Stony Brook; Syracuse actually trailed 17-14 at halftime of that game before rallying for an utterly unimpressive home win.

The Morning Orange: Nathaniel Hackett likes (mostly) that flowing Syracuse football offense | syracuse.com
"It’s getting there," he offered at Manley Field House on Wednesday evening. "I think we still have a lot of work to do. There are a lot of things we can still continually improve on. It’s been very productive, but there’s a lot of things to be had out there that we’ve just missed."

Syracuse receiver Marcus Sales earns 'Saturday Sales' nickname with performances | syracuse.com
"We call him the old Saturday Sales. He shows up and makes great plays," Orange offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett said. "He’s got a knack for catching the ball, a great knack for the game. It’s hard to explain. He’s not a super-fast guy, he’s not a super-aggressive guy, he just has this feel for getting open. That’s a big security blanket for a quarterback because he always knows right where that guy’s going to be. He knows he’s going to make a big catch."

Orange lacrosse losing its edge? Team looking for midfielders that can break down defense | syracuse.com
"Will Syracuse step up after a 9-8 campaign? The Orange appear to have lost their edge."

Adkins on the Orange: Top 5 Quotes from Syracuse’s Recruiting Coordinator : Orange Fizz
"We have an evaluation tool that we use here, per position. We’ve set a criteria for that position of what we’re looking for in that particular position. They get a score, and if their score ranks in the recruiting numbers that we’re looking for, then we’ll offer a scholarship whether no one’s offered or 20 people have offered him. It makes no difference whether they’re five-star, two-star, or four-star. We use our own service to evaluate our players."

College Football Betting Picks, Week 4: Oregon Will Destroy Arizona - SBNation.com
Syracuse +2 at Minnesota: Syracuse is one of the best two-loss teams in the country and has been getting quality quarterback play. As for home field advantage, Minnesota is offering $10 tickets. Minnesota's offense just hasn't put it together, and I like Syracuse here as a live underdog.

For Syracuse To Get Its First Road Win, Nassib Will Have To Be Flawless | College Spun
While this game could turn into a shootout, SU is facing a defense that is barely ranked ahead of USC (who SU scored 29 points on), according to ESPN. Nassib will be able to control the tempo throughout the game with help of the balanced attack from the backfield to lead the Orange to an even 2-2 record.

Gophers sell 5,000 tickets for $10 in push for sellout | StarTribune.com
In an effort to create a loud and electric atmosphere for Saturday's game against Syracuse, the Gophers' only night game at TCF Bank Stadium this year, Minnesota put more than 5,000 upper-bowl tickets on sale shortly after last Saturday's victory over Western Michigan. Gopher fans apparently know a bargain -- the tickets were snapped up by Monday evening. There are still tickets available to watch the Gophers try to improve to 4-0, but all in the better reserved sections, priced between $40-90. Assuming those tickets move by game time, it could give the Gophers their first sellout of the season.

Gopher Gameday Vitals - Syracuse - The Daily Gopher
What you should know: They have a prolific offense that may be very difficult to defend. They have the third highest scoring offense in the Big East and that is impressive mostly because they have scored 32.7 points per game while playing two BCS opponents (more than most programs have played at this point in the season). Yardage-wise they lead the Big East at 533 yards per game! Defensively they have allowed 33.7 points per game! So this one might be an old-fashioned shoot-out.

15 Worst College Football Teams of the BCS Era | AthlonSports.com
15. 2005 Syracuse Final Record: 1-10 Paul Pasqualoni was fired after going 16-20 in his final three years at Syracuse. However, the Orange probably wished for Pasqualoni back after recording a 1-10 record in Greg Robinson’s first season. Syracuse’s only victory came against Buffalo, a team that also went 1-10 that season. The Orange lost by an average score of 27-14 and suffered five losses of more than 20 points.

Baldwinsville native Firenze living dream playing at Syracuse | The Daily Orange
She was even more comfortable with putting on a Syracuse jersey for the first time. "I guess a lot of people would be nervous, but I was more excited than nervous," Firenze said. "I mean, obviously there were some butterflies, but it was great. I was so happy."

Interviews with Syracuse Olympians Jim Boeheim, Mike Gennaro and Natalie Mastracci by Time Warner Cable Sports' Dan Liedka at the Orange's football game vs. Stony Brook.


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