The Syracuse Orange fall sports teams are rolling along and that makes for some interesting Athlete of the Week competitions. This week might be the toughest one to call, but we trust you can handle it.
Congratulations to Emma Russell and Liam Callahan for sharing the award last week. Now, let's meet this week's candidates:
Ben Polk- M. Soccer
Ben scored all 3 goals for the Orange as they knocked off both Clemson and Notre Dame last week to earn the ACC Championship. This is the 1st conference title for Men's Soccer in 30 years and they will return to the NCAA Tournament.
Liz Sack- Field Hockey
Liz scored four goals in Syracuse's two NCAA wins this weekend, helping propel the Orange to the Final Four. The four goals are more than her regular season total. Syracuse will face UConn next Friday in Ann Arbor.
Justyn Knight- M. Cross Country
Justyn won the NCAA Northeast Regional with a time of 30:29 for the 10K pacing the Orange to a victory and a trip to Louisville for next week's NCAA Championships. This was Knight's second win this year at Franklin Park in Boston.
Shaylyn Tuite- W. Cross Country
Shaylyn ran her best race of the season in Boston finishing in 12th place and earning All-Region honors. She was the 2nd finisher for the Orange women who earned a spot in the NCAA Championships with their 2nd place finish behind Providence.
Leah Levert- Volleyball
Leah helped the Orange to a 2-0 record this weekend. She recorded 8 kills and 6 blocks against Duke on Friday, and then tallied 12 kills and a career-high 11 blocks in a sweep of Wake Forest. The Orange moved to 20-7 (11-5 in ACC play) on the season.
Stephanie Grossi- W. Ice Hockey
Stephanie tallied a goal and an assist last week as the Orange lost to Clarkson and Cornell. She continues to lead the team in scoring with 17 points in 13 games. Syracuse looks to get back on track this week against RIT.
As always, be sure to vote by Tuesday morning, and use the comments for any write-in candidates.