Staff report : SU men’s soccer splits pair of games, places 2nd in Mayor’s Cup

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ The Syracuse men’s soccer team finished with a record of 1-1 in this weekend’s Mayor’s Cup tournament at Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y.The Orange recorded its first win of the season — and first under new head coach Ian McIntyre — in a 1-0 overtime triumph against Northeastern on Friday. SU got the win despite being outshot 17-3. Junior midfielder Nick Roydhouse netted the game-winner on a 22-yard free kick in the sixth minute of extra time.Syracuse took advantage of one of its few opportunities throughout the match. The team managed just one shot in each period of play.Helping preserve the shutout were goalkeepers Ryan Jones and Jeremy Vuolo. Jones, last year’s No. 1 goalkeeper for the Orange, got his first start under McIntyre. Together, the goalie duo made five saves in SU’s second shutout of the season.On Sunday, the Orange fell 2-0 to Columbia, the eventual tournament champion. SU outshot the Lions in the second half and held them to zero corner kicks, but couldn’t find the back of the net. The team’s 10 shots on goal were its most since the season opener against Siena, but only one of its six shots in the second half was on goal.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textColumbia got on the board in the 21st minute on a goal from Henning Sauerbier. The Orange (1-3) played tough for the next 60 minutes until a late goal by the Lions sealed the defeat.Despite Sunday’s loss, the Orange finished second in the tournament by virtue of its head-to-head win over Northeastern.The Orange returns to action Saturday when it travels to Washington, D.C., to take on American.Field hockeyFor the second straight weekend, the Syracuse field hockey team came up just short of two big wins on the road. The Orange defeated No. 17 Old Dominion 3-1 on Saturday, but fell to No. 3 Virginia in a 2-1 overtime loss Sunday. Both games were played at the Powhatan Sports Complex in Norfolk, Va.The ninth-ranked Orange started the weekend strong against Old Dominion, as junior forward Heather Susek and freshman midfielder Leonie Geyer took care of all of the scoring. Geyer beat the ODU goalkeeper from 10 yards out for SU’s first tally, but the Lady Monarchs tied the game before halftime.Susek took over from there. Under a minute into the second half, she tapped in the rebound after an ODU save to give the Orange a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Nearly 10 minutes later, Susek scored in the same fashion for the game’s final goal. All of SU’s goals were unassisted, and sophomore goalkeeper Leann Stiver had three saves for the Orange. SU outshot Old Dominion 19-10 in the game.SU’s game Sunday was a battle from the start, and the first goal didn’t come until 31:45 into the game. Junior midfielder Martina Loncarica scored off of a penalty corner for the Orange’s only goal, but Virginia bounced back with a goal just before halftime. Both goalkeepers were flawless in the second half, and the teams headed into overtime deadlocked in a 1-1 tie. Just over three minutes into overtime, Virginia’s Elly Buckley beat Stiver to hand the Orange (4-2) another disappointing loss.The Cavaliers outshot the Orange 16-11 and had double the amount of penalty corners (8-4). Stiver had eight saves in the game.With her goal in the game on Saturday, Geyer now leads the Orange in points on the season with eight. Susek is tied with senior forward Lindsey Conrad for the team lead in goals with three.The two games were part of a tough six-game road trip that doesn’t end until a Sept. 25 game against Louisville. SU still has two games left on the swing and will face Rutgers and Princeton next weekend before coming home.VolleyballNo matter what happens for the rest of the season, this year’s Syracuse volleyball team will, at least, go into the record books for its hot start to the season.The Orange won this past weekend’s Rose Hill Classic at Fordham, capturing its third tournament title of the season. Syracuse improved to 12-0, marking its best start to a season in program history.Previously, the Orange’s best record to begin a season was 9-1, set in 1991 and 2004.Syracuse swept its opponents on both days of the tournament. Syracuse defeated Stony Brook and Fordham on Friday, and went on to do the same against Rider and Harvard on Saturday.SU had everything working on both days of the Rose Hill Classic, continuing its balanced offensive attack along with its solid defense.Throughout the entire tournament, the Orange never lost a set, in the process beating its opponents by a combined score of 12-0.Outside hitter Noemie Lefebvre continued her strong season, winning the MVP award for the tournament. The junior finished with 42 kills and 24 digs.Lefebvre had 12 kills against Fordham on Friday, while senior outside hitter Hayley Todd had 13 of her own against Stony Brook. Laura Homann had 63 assists throughout both matches.SU had nine different players with kills on Saturday, with Lefebvre notching 20 and middle blocker Lindsay McCabe not far behind at 16. Todd finished the day with 15 kills and 12 digs.Outside hitter Erin Little played for the first time this season after an ankle injury kept her on the bench for the start of the year.Syracuse returns home to play Tuesday against Niagara at 7 p.m.– Compiled by The Daily Orange sports staff Published on September 12, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Commentslast_img

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