Top 10 moments of the last 4 years in Syracuse athletics

first_imgWith graduation quickly approaching, check out the 10 most memorable events in Syracuse sports over the last four years.Josh Chang | Staff PhotographerNov. 2013-Feb. 2014 — Men’s basketball’s 25-0 start to seasonThe Orange got off to its best start in school history by winning the first 25 games of the year. Led by freshman point guard Tyler Ennis, SU shot through the national rankings. Included in the run were memorable wins against Duke and Pittsburgh. The win against Duke set the all-time record for an on-campus crowd (35,446) and the Orange won 91-89 in overtime in the two schools’ first meeting as ACC foes. On the road at Pittsburgh, Syracuse trailed Pitt by one with 4.4 seconds left but Ennis pulled up from nearly half court and drained a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to extend the Orange’s win streak.Daily Orange File PhotoAdvertisementThis is placeholder textMay 25, 2014 — Women’s lacrosse national championship lossIn Syracuse’s second championship game appearance in three years, the Orange let Maryland score five goals in the game’s opening five minutes and eventually lost the matchup, 15-12. While the game was just another loss to Maryland — since head coach Gary Gait started coaching SU, his program is 1-11 against UMD — it was the last game SU legends Alyssa Murray and Kayla Treanor played together.Daily Orange File PhotoMarch 6, 2015 — NCAA sanctions The NCAA released a 94-page report detailing improper academic benefits, violations of the school’s drug policy and a lack of institutional control that had taken place over the course of more than a decade involving the men’s basketball and football teams. As a result, Director of Athletics Daryl Gross stepped down, head men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim said he would retire in three years and the teams were put on five years probation — among other things. Through appeals, the university won back scholarships, Boeheim was able to start his nine-game suspension earlier than originally stated, but the school failed in its appeal of vacated wins (parts of five years worth of basketball wins and three years worth of football wins).Daily Orange File PhotoNov. 22, 2015 — Field Hockey national championship winAfter an undefeated regular season, Syracuse lost to North Carolina in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game. But the Orange got revenge by winning SU’s first-ever national title for a women’s program. Senior goalie Jess Jecko made several key late saves and Syracuse’s offense did enough to secure the 4-2 win. In 2014, the Orange lost to Connecticut in the national championship and before that, SU had made several deep postseason runs. But finally Syracuse broke through with the ultimate prize: a national title.Bryan Cereijo | Staff PhotographerNov./Dec. 2015 — Men’s soccer Final Four runSyracuse began the 2015 season needing to replace nearly 70 percent of its scoring from the year prior. All the Orange did was win 16 games and advance to the program’s first ever Final Four. Crucial wins down the stretch against No. 5 North Carolina, No. 2 Clemson and No. 9 Notre Dame led to SU’s first conference title since 1985. In the NCAA tournament, a Ben Polk header in the 79th minute of the Elite Eight sent the Orange to the Final Four. But SU lost to Clemson in penalty kicks in the semifinal game.Evan Jenkins | Staff PhotographerMarch/April 2016 — Women’s basketball Final Four runTwo blowout losses to Notre Dame and Louisville had Syracuse at rock bottom in the middle of the season, but what happened next was an improbable run to the ACC and national championship games. The Orange went on an 11-game winning streak to end the season and received a No. 4 seed in the tournament to host games for the first time in program history. SU headed to Sioux Falls, South Dakota and took down a powerhouse in No. 1 seed South Carolina that had lost just once all season. The team’s first Sweet 16, Elite Eight and Final Four berths culminated in a national championship game appearance against No. 1-ranked and undefeated Connecticut. Syracuse native Breanna Stewart and the Huskies ended the Orange’s magical run.Daily Orange File PhotoMarch/April 2016 — Men’s basketball Final Four runSyracuse sat on the bubble on Selection Sunday, but after getting in as a No. 10 seed, the Orange made the most of its trip to the Big Dance. First with two dominant wins and then with two ferocious comebacks to reach the Final Four. The Orange trailed No. 11 seed Gonzaga in the Sweet 16 by as many as nine with under seven minutes to play and trailed No. 1 seed Virginia in the Elite Eight by as many as 15 with under 10 minutes to play. SU pulled off both remarkable upsets and despite losing in the Final Four to No. 1 seed North Carolina, Jim Boeheim’s fifth Final Four run as a head coach was memorable.Jessica Sheldon | Staff PhotographerDec. 5, 2015 — Dino Babers hired as SU football coachSyracuse hires Dino Babers as its fifth head football coach since 2000, replacing former coach Scott Shafer. The now 55-year-old Babers played collegiately at Hawaii, before beginning his coaching career there in 1984. Babers, who led Bowling Green to a Mid-American Conference championship in 2015, inherited an SU program that had been through two straight seasons without a bowl game appearance and won only 36.6 percent of games since Greg Robinson was hired in 2005.Tony D. Curtis | Staff PhotographerSept. 2016-Nov. 2016 — Amba Etta-Tawo has best single season for a Syracuse receiverAfter transferring from Maryland as a graduate transfer, Amba Etta-Tawo broke out, stringing together the best single season as a Syracuse receiver. The wideout broke 10 different records and earned third-team All-American honors. Etta-Tawo finished his senior year with 1,482 receiving yards on 94 receptions and 14 touchdowns, all SU single-season bests. (He tied Tommy Kane’s 1987 touchdown record). He dominated all season long, no performance more prevalent than his five-touchdown game against Pittsburgh.Jessica Sheldon | Staff PhotographerFeb. 4, 2017 — Jim Boeheim wins 1,000th* game against VirginiaJim Boeheim had 101 wins vacated by the NCAA before the season began. But SU fans and media members had a different win count for the men’s basketball head coach. Syracuse had an Elite Eight rematch with then-No. 9 Virginia with Boeheim sitting unofficially on 999 wins. Fans stormed the court after the 66-62 victory and Boeheim waved as he walked off. After the win, Boeheim said, “I know how many wins I’ve had. I’m very proud of that. Very proud.” Comments Published on May 9, 2017 at 6:58 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

New Commissioner of Lands and Surveys takes office today

first_imgTrevor Benn, the new Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Guyana Lands and SurveysMinister of State, Joseph Harmon addressing the preliminary meeting of the Board of Directors of the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission Wednesday afternoon in the Commission’s boardroomCommission (GL&SC), will commence work today.Benn, who was previously a Senior Land Developer at the Commission, was most recently a Programme Analyst with responsibility for governance and poverty at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).On Wednesday, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon made the announcement at a preliminary meeting of the Board of Directors of the GL&SC at the Commission’s D’Urban Backlands location, where he said that the Commission was well poised to advance its work in the administration of State lands.At the meeting, the Minister used the opportunity to welcome the Board members and the Observers, who were drawn from the various Government Ministries and departments, and expressed confidence that their varied expertise and experience will promote the work of the Commission.“I trust that with the composition of this Board, the blend of experience from academia, from business, of persons who are in legal practice, persons who are in private land surveying, that you bring that total blend of skills [to] make the Commission what it was meant to be,” Minister Harmon said.Incoming Commissioner Benn, who was not at the meeting, met with President David Granger Wednesday afternoon and said, in an invited comment following that meeting, that he was both pleased to accept the appointment and with the confidence that the President has reposed in him.He said he intended to use his knowledge and experience “to help to bring about some changes to the way we see land and use land in Guyana”, adding that “it is not acceptable for people to be waiting exceptionally long for a piece of land.”With regard to his immediate plans, Benn said he intended to make priority issues related to policy, the backlog of lease allocations and those related to the welfare of the Commission’s staff.The Board of Directors has agreed to meet once per month and the next full meeting is scheduled for May 19 when a time and date for monthly meetings will be made statutory.The Board will be chaired by Paulette Henry, Lecturer, Head of the Department of Sociology and Interim Director of Gender Studies at the University of Guyana and will include Rawle Small, CEO, Habitat for Humanity Guyana Incorporated; Patsy Ross, former Programme Officer at the UNDP; Lieutenant Colonel Ramkarran Doodnauth of the Guyana Defence Force, Commander at Base Camp Stephenson; Joel Trotman, Civil Engineer/Land Surveyor; Maurice Gajadhar, CEO of New Timehri Handling Services Incorporated; Wilfred Brandford, local hotel entrepreneur; Randy Storm, Executive Manager at Banks DIH Limited; Clayton Hall, former Commissioner of Forests at the Guyana Forestry Commission and Programme Director at Conservation International, now of the Natural Resources and the Environment Ministry; Kevin Samad, Civil Engineer in the Public Infrastructure Ministry; Leon Rutherford, Manager of Surveys, GL≻ Rawle Edinboro, Chief Development Planner, Central Housing and Planning Authority and Carol James, Surveyor.last_img read more