I absolutely loved Tyler Ennis in the high school ranks. What I respected most about his game was the poise in which he played with and how he led. As a freshman he is doing an outstanding job leading the Orange to a top-5 national ranking in an unassuming fashion. Over nine games he is playing 31 minutes per game, and he is making the most of those minutes.
The Syracuse Orange is ranked No. 2 in the 2014 Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook Preseason Top 20, released Monday, Dec. 9. It marks the fourth time in the last six years the Orange has been ranked either first or second in the annual publication.
"It wasn’t pretty. We didn’t come out ready to play," Cooney said of the sluggish beginning. "We had four big games and then we had this game, but you know you have to treat every game the same. And when you don’t, that’s what happens to you."
Shafer’s work has been nothing short of impressive in SU’s first year in the highly-competitive ACC, which again features the top-ranked team in the country, two BCS Bowl-bound squads and 11 total bowl-eligible teams. The Texas Bowl has a lot on its plate for Syracuse to succeed. The task is to simply capitalize on these opportunities.
"I think people make the mistake around here of criticizing hosts when they don't talk SU sports 100 percent of the time," he explained. "I know Syracuse fans who are Giants fans or Sabres fans or Red Sox fans or Yankees fans or whatever fans. This is a sports culture here too, beyond Syracuse athletics. But SU sports will always be No. 1 as it should be."
Fair said teams are not only coming out to within a step of him at the 3-point line, but his defender is also making a conscious effort to force him to his right hand. Fair said he's developed the ability to go to his right.
Sunday, December 15: #2/#3 Syracuse at St. John's (11am Central, Fox Sports 1) - So, technically, this is a home game for the Red Storm, but given the ridiculous "NEW YORK'S COLLEGE TEAM" advertising campaign, how much of the crowd will be wearing Syracuse orange?