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Women's lacrosse: Ziegler shines on Senior Day, leads SU to win

The senior's season-high five goals propels Orange past upset-minded Albany.

Loren Ziegler was already in the midst of a breakout offensive season, and the Syracuse senior capped it off with a flourish in her final home game.

Ziegler scored five goals, a season-high, and the No. 9 Orange outlasted No. 19 Albany 14-12 at the Carrier Dome on Senior Day.

"I'm happy we got through a very good Albany team that's made up of a lot of local kids who came in here to pull off the upset and gave us everything we could handle," SU head coach Gary Gait said. "I'm proud that we finished the game and got through it."

The Great Danes were the aggressors early, jumping out to a 5-3 first half lead. However, a goal by SU's Kayla Treanor sparked a three-score volley to rally the Orange. Ziegler later scored to send the game to a 7-7 tie at the intermission.

The game remained even with 11:42 left in the final half, but Erica Bodt scored off a Treanor assist to finally put the Orange ahead for good just under five minutes later. Freshman Riley Donahue would add an insurance tally near the end of the half.

Treanor led all scorers with seven points and moved past Tee Ladouceur for sixth all-time on the SU assist list (82).

The Orange moved to 11-6 this season and will face Boston College on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament. 


Women's lacrosse: Orange offense finally clicks in win over Virginia Tech

Five different SU players score at least three goals in romp over the Hokies.

The Syracuse football team might have been scrimmaging on Saturday, but the Orange women's lacrosse team was in top form against Virginia Tech.

Five different Orange players scored at least three goals, led by Kayla Treanor's four tallies, as SU romped over the Hokies, 22-8, at the Carrier Dome.

"We executed from the very beginning," SU head coach Gary Gait said. "I thought we played well. The offense was sharp, focused and running at full speed. We really shot well, especially in the first half. That's what we worked on on the offensive all week was execution. They delivered in the first half. The defense played well. I'm happy with the outcome today."

Syracuse (9-4, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) floored the accelerator early, jumping out to a 6-1 advantage. Midfielder Erica Bodt played one of the best offensive halves of her career, netting a hat trick before the midway point of the period.

The Hokies (6-8, 0-5 Atlantic Coast) scored three-straight goals near the end of the half to stay within distance of a comeback, but the Orange tuurned on the afterburners the rest of the way.

Taylor Gait, Halle Majorana, Devon Collins and Treanor all tallied hat tricks of their own, and SU scored eight of the game's final nine goals to pull away to an insurmountable lead.

Kailah Kempney won nine draws for SU, while opponent Meg Bartley snatched 10.

The 22 goals are the most by Syracuse since a 25-0 win over Stetson on Jan. 24, 2014.

The Orange will look to keep rolling on Tuesday when it takes on Notre Dame at 7 p.m. in the Dome.

Chris McCullough to declare for NBA Draft

This is the second-consecutive season an SU freshman has been one-and-done.

Syracuse forward Chris McCullough will declare for the 2015 NBA Draft, according to a report this morning by

The 6-foot-10-inch freshman averaged 9.3 points and 6.9 rebounds per game for the Orange this past season before tearing his ACL in January.

McCullough had been identified as a potential one-and-done player before the season began, but had stated in recent weeks that he planned to rehabilitate his knee and stay at SU for his sophomore season. His size and athleticism make him an intriguing pro prospect, but his court awareness was often questionable during the early part of SU's season.

McCullough is the second player to leave SU after only one season in as many years, as guard Tyler Ennis declared for the 2014 draft following his rookie campaign.

The Orange is expected to pull in one of the best recruiting classes in the country, with four players ranked in ESPN's Top 100, so McCullough's departure isn't a crippling blow the the Orange's chances. However, depth in the frontcourt is now a legitimate question with the graduation of ACC Most Improved Player Rakeem Christmas.


Rapper 50 Cent with G-Unit headlines 2015 Block Party lineup

Kygo will co-headline the annual campus concert event.

Rapper 50 Cent with G-Unit will headline University Union's annual Block Party on April 24 in the Carrier Dome, according to a press release by University Union representatives.

Joining 50 Cent are co-headliner Kygo and hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd.

One of the most successful rappers in history, 50 Cent has sold more than 22 million albums worldwide and received 13 Grammy nominations during his career. He's the CEO of G-Unit records, which houses Tony Yayo and Lloyd Banks, among other artists.

EDM artist Kygo has amassed over 7 million plays across YouTube and SoundCloud, along with over 40 million plays on Spotify.

Tickets will go on sale tomorrow at, with a student pre-sale for full-time SU and SUNY-ESF students to run from 10 a.m. through noon on Friday, April 3. Sales to the public start Saturday, April 4 at 10 a.m.

Student prices are $25 for general admission Dance Floor access and $20 for First Level general admission and Second Level reserved seating. Students may order a maximum of two tickets at these prices.

Doors to Block Party, which follows Mayfest in Walnut Park, will open at 6:30 p.m.

East Regional Friday notebook: Barber hampered by illness

The N.C. State sharpshooter dealt with an ailing stomach, while Michigan State squeezed in a few laughs before the big game.

As Louisville and North Carolina State battled each other on the court, the Wolfpack’s Anthony “Cat” Barber and Louisville’s Terry Rozier were battling their own bodies. 

Both Barber and Rozier were significantly ill the night before and hours leading up to their clash in the East Regional semifinal at the Carrier Dome on Friday night. 

Barber, one of N.C. State’s potent backcourt shooters, showed violent symptoms of a stomach virus according to head coach Mark Gottfried. 

“Last night — it’s unfortunate these things happen, for whatever reason,” Gottfried said. “(Barber) gets a virus. He spends all last night throwing up, got diarrhea, can’t sleep, can’t eat. He had no energy today.” 

Barber shot 3-of-14 from the field and scored only eight points. 

Rozier, meanwhile, was spraying Afrin to breathe more easily during the game, but it didn't stop him from pulling down 14 rebounds (double that of teammate Montrezl Harrell) and helping the Cardinals surge to a 75-65 victory. 

“He had a terrible cold,” Louisville head coach Rick Pitino said. “All season long, Rozier has been a great rebounder, and tonight he’s got 14. So the surprise of March Madness… I look so forward to this time of year.” 

Get Soft? 

Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo knew his team would have a lot of time to kill before tip time against Oklahoma Friday night. So while he was having breakfast with a couple of his captains, he suggested they watch film. 

But not game film. The new comedy film “Get Hard” starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart. 

“Will Ferrell had visited our place a few years ago,” Izzo said. “Last year, I sat with Kevin Hart at the UConn game.  So I said, ‘This could be a good omen.’ So they went. 

“I said, ‘If we lose, we’ll never do it again. If we win, hell, we might go to the movies tomorrow. I don’t know.’” 

Izzo stayed behind, but figured the lighthearted nature of the film would help his players stay loose for the game. He said in past tournaments, he felt me had mismanaged the team’s free time, and so he is re-evaluating ways to give the players more rest and his staff more time to work. 

It appeared the plan might backfire, as the Spartans fell behind in the first half with sluggish play. However, strong second halves by Denzel Valentine and Travis Trice propelled them to a win over the Sooners. 

“(The tournament) is tough on a player,” Izzo said. “I understand why. I tell them they can sleep all summer. Don’t worry about that.” 

Bahamas Buddies 

Michigan State’s tilt with Oklahoma was of key interest to residents in The Bahamas, as two hometown heroes took the court at the same time. 

The Sooners’ Buddy Hield and Spartans’ Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn Jr. are from Freeport and Nassau, respectively. The pair became teammates and close friends at Sunrise Christian Academy (Kansas) in 2011, and they continue to communicate via text. 

So when Nairn emerged victorious, Hield greeted him with a message in the post-game handshake line. 

“Go win it all,” Hield said. “I feel like since they beat us, we’re not the only team they can beat. So go win it all.” 

Hield said the exposure he received as Oklahoma’s leading scorer this season did a lot for aspiring Bahamian basketball players, and that he always tells them to keep working hard because anything is possible. 

Nairn has admitted that Hield often emerged victorious in their one-on-one battles at Sunrise, but that wasn’t exactly the case Friday. Despite scoring 21 points, Hield couldn’t lead the Sooners to victory. 

“We just made him take tough shots,” Nairn said. “I just tried to make it tough on him to score.”

Broadcaster Verne Lundquist talks March Madness, Syracuse sanctions

Lundquist has been calling NCAA Tournament games for more than 30 years.

Verne Lundquist witnessed the legendary Iron Bowl in 2013 between Alabama and Auburn and famously narrated the rise to fame of an uncontrollable golfer in the 1996 comedy film “Happy Gilmore.” 

Still, the 74-year-old broadcaster said the excitement surrounding the NCAA Tournament beats all other scenes in sports. 

Lundquist will be behind the microphone during this weekend’s East Regional at the Carrier Dome with color commentator Jim Spanarkel for TBS. Known by most as one of the voices for CBS’ coverage of Southeastern Conference football, Lundquist has been a part of many memorable moments in sports history, including Christian Laettner’s legendary buzzer-beater in the 1992 East Regional final. 

But this weekend, he’s hoping the on-court action at the Dome can produce another magical March moment. 

“The names on the jerseys of the four teams we have here… pretty impressive,” Lundquist said. “(Tom) Izzo and Michigan State, (Rick) Pitino and Louisville, Lon Kruger Oklahoma, and N.C. State with Mark Gottfried. 

“I think the eyeball test is pretty good.” 

Lundquist has been a fixture of the post-season college basketball scene since 1982, when he broadcasted a game from Tulsa, Oklahoma, during the first tournament televised by CBS. Since then, he has done play-by-play during all but three tournaments. 

This year is a bit different, though, as usual partner Bill Raftery is preparing to call the Final Four games in Indianapolis. Lundquist said the promotion is well-deserved, and he is easily adjusting to life with new partner Spanarkel. 

“Jim Spanarkel has made it through two weekends, and I have not heard ‘Onions!” Lundquist said in reference to Raftery’s famous catchphrase. 

Lundquist also responded to the sanctions levied against Syracuse’s basketball program and head coach Jim Boeheim this month as a result of multiple violations within the athletic department. He said he has known Boeheim for what seems like forever, and he’s very sorry to see what has happened in the wake of the NCAA’s investigation. 

“We’re standing on this court, and Bill Raftery and I were here when they named it the Jim Boeheim Court,” Lundquist said. “It’s unfortunate at this point in a legendary career that this has to come down. I’m not saying he’s blameless. Certainly not, but I don’t know enough to pass judgment on him.”

NCAA East Regional open practice: What you need to know

Fans of all ages will be able to see each of the four teams competing at the Carrier Dome during Thursday's fan-friendly event.

Looking to be a part of this weekend's NCAA East Regional without having to break open your piggy bank?

Well then you're in luck.

On Thursday, practice for Friday's Sweet 16 games will be open with free admission at the Carrier Dome to all fans, including those without tickets to the rest of the "Madness." Gates open to the public at 11 a.m., with practices beginning at noon.

Each of the four teams competing (North Carolina State, Louisville, Michigan State and Oklahoma) will take the court for 50 minutes throughout the afternoon. The schedule is as follows:

12:00-12:50 North Carolina State

1:00-1:50 Michigan State

2:10-3:00 Louisville

3:10-4:00 Oklahoma

Concessions and merchandise stands will be also be open for fans to purchase food, drink and tournament gear. Those commuting to campus can park for free at Skytop and shuttle over to the Dome.

Louisville and N.C. State will square off Friday at 7:37 p.m., with Oklahoma and Michigan State to directly follow. The winners of both games will play each other on Sunday for the East Regional championship and a berth in next weekend's Final Four in Indianapolis.

Check back with The NewsHouse all throughout the weekend for continuing coverage of the tournament.


Women's lacrosse: Treanor shut out in loss to Northwestern

The duo of Mupo and Lasota carries Wildcats to non-conference victory.

No. 5 Syracuse worked ever so hard to overcome an early three-goal deficit against Northwestern on Sunday.

But it ultimately came up one play short.

Former Tewaaraton Trophy finalist Kayla Treanor was shout out for the fourth time this season, and the Orange offense failed to capitalize on a number of late opportunities in an 11-10 loss to the seventh-ranked Wildcats.

"It's a tough game," Syracuse head coach Gary Gait said. "We came up just short again. We couldn't quite get back to a tied situation. We couldn't make the stop and get it to the next level. We had opportunities, but we didn't finish our shots."

SU (8-3) quickly fell behind after Northwestern attacker Kara Mupo torched its defense with four goals in the first half, but manged to stay within two scores by the break.

Erica Bodt quickly scored to bring the Orange within one with 27 minutes remaining, but Northwestern (5-2) seemingly had an answer for each SU goal. Mupo finished with five scores, while teammate Selena Lasota added four of her own to keep the Wildcat lead safe.

Kelly Cross and Halle Majorana both continued their stellar offensive seasons, recording a pair of hat tricks to keep SU within striking distance. Majorana leads the Orange with 45 points this season.

Syracuse will take on Duke this Saturday at 1 p.m. in Durham.

Women's basketball: Orange's season ends with loss to South Carolina

SU struggled from the field and could not overcome a balanced attack from the top-seeded Gamecocks.

For the second-straight season, Syracuse reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament thanks to a tight victory over Nebraska on Friday.

But that would once again be as far as the Orange could surge.

Despite hanging with South Carolina earlier in the season, SU fell behind early and never recovered in a 97-68 drubbing at the hands of the top-seeded Gamecocks. The Orange finishes the 2014-15 season with an overall record of 22-10.

"We played hard the entire game," SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. "That's how we do it at Syracuse. We compete the whole game. I thought our kids gave it everything they had. I give them a lot of credit. They gave it everything they had."

Alexis Peterson scored 23 points to lead the Orange, which quickly found itself with a huge deficit thanks to a 42-18 run by South Carolina to close the first half.

SU recovered out of the break, shooting 43 percent from the field, but simply couldn't stop the Gamecock offense. Six South Carolina players scored in double figures, including three off the bench.

Cornelia Fondren added 16 points for SU, while Brianna Butler scored 12 in 29 minutes of play.

Syracuse returns all but two players to its lineup next season, the team's third in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Daryl Gross stepping down as Syracuse director of athletics, Jim Boeheim to retire in three years

After more than 10 years at the helm, Gross will transition to a new role at SU.

Daryl Gross is out as Syracuse's University's director of athletics, according to an email message sent by Chancellor Kent Syverud on Wednesday morning.

Peter Sala, managing director of the Carrier Dome, will serve as the interim athletic director with assistance from special assistant and former SU football star Floyd Little.

Gross will now serve as vice president and special assistant to the chancellor and an adjunct professor in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics.

"Dr. Gross cares deeply about our University, our student-athletes and the Athletics Department," Syverud said. "Under his leadership, Syracuse Athletics has had strong and broad success.

"Overall, under his leadership, thousands of student-athletes have succeeded in competition, in the classroom and in the world as proud Syracuse alumni."

The decision was made less than two weeks after NCAA vacated 108 wins by the SU men's basketball team and levied a nine-game suspension against head coach Jim Boeheim following multiple violations by the athletic department.

Gross oversaw many big changes around the program, including the Orange's move from the Big East to the Atlantic Coast Conference and new practice facilities for the football, basketball and lacrosse teams.

Board of Trustees member Steve Ballentine will chair a committee responsbile for helping Syracuse find a new athletic director.

Additionally, Syverud also said that Boeheim intends to retire as head coach in three years in order to "bring certainty to the team and program in he coming years, and enable and plan for a successful, longer-term transition in coaching leadership."

Boeheim will adress the media Thursday at 10 a.m.

You can read Syverud's full statement here.