Notre Dame’s strong fourth quarter halts Syracuse’s three game win streak

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Syracuse welcomed another top 10 opponent into the JMA Wireless Dome on Sunday afternoon. The Orange had a chance to extend their 3-game win streak, while Notre Dame has been winners of 4 of their last 5.

The first three quarters of the game could not have been scripted better for the Orange. Syracuse constantly kept the game close and even took the lead a few times. That was before the Irish would pull away with a 22-point fourth quarter that would be all the difference.

It started in the first quarter when Syracuse couldn’t get the offense going, but did not need to because the defense was able to stand tall with three blocks delivered to the Irish. The first 10 minutes would end with both teams tied at 16.

The second quarter would be another back-and-forth affair, with the Irish pulling ahead. Notre Dame would take a 5-point lead into halftime, 31-26.

Only one player was in the double-digits in points after the first 20 minutes, and that was Notre Dame’s Olivia Miles with 10.

#5 Miles takes a Mid-range jumper en route to her 23 points against Syracuse at JMA Wireless Dome on Jan. 15th
#5 Miles takes a Mid-range jumper en route to her 23 points against Syracuse at JMA Wireless Dome on Jan. 15th

As the second half got underway, the game plan did not change for the Orange. The defense stayed pesky and made it difficult to pull away. The Irish and Orange once again tied quarter points each with 19, keeping the lead at just five for Notre Dame.

The fourth quarter is where everything changed for the Orange. The Irish have been one of the best teams in the country in the fourth quarter all season long, and on Sunday, it was no different. Before the Orange could blink, the Irish quickly went on a 7-0 run to start the final frame of action. Notre Dame would end up outscoring the Syracuse by 11 points in the fourth quarter alone.

After looking like the Orange had the potential to pull of the upset through the first 30 minutes, in the final 10 minutes, the Irish proved why they are the number seven team in the country, and walked out of the JMA Wireless Dome with a 16 point victory.

The Irish were led in the scoring column by the pair of Olivia Miles and Dara Mabrey. Miles led all scorers with 23 points and was 11-15 from the field. Mabrey followed with 15 points and hit three from beyond the arch. Lauren Ebo was all over the boards for the Irish, securing eight rebounds.

#1 Mabrey shoots one of her 3 pointers against Syracuse at JMA Wireless Dome on Jan. 15
#1 Mabrey shoots one of her 3 pointers against Syracuse at JMA Wireless Dome on Jan. 15

On the other side, the Orange were led by Dyaisha Fiar and Asia Strong. Fair had a team high 14 points and Strong followed with 11. Kyra Wood worked hard in the point and was rewarded with nine rebounds.

#15 Strong gets ready to shoot a free throw against Notre Dame at the JMA Wireless Dome on Jan. 15th
#15 Strong gets ready to shoot a free throw against Notre Dame at the JMA Wireless Dome on Jan. 15th 

Nothing More Left to Prove, Men’s Soccer is the National Champion

Cary, N.C. — Lets set the scene. It is 6:00 p.m. and a cool 45 degrees in North Carolina. There is pryo going off behind you as “The Star-Spangled Banner” echoes throughout WakeMed Soccer Park. You’re standing on the pitch getting ready to play in your first ever National Championship. That is exactly what the Syracuse Orange went through on Monday night.

Fireworks launch into the sky as National Anthem ends before National Championship game in Cary. Gabe Carr-Johnson (c) 2022 

The Orange were back in the College Cup for the first time since 2015, when they lost to Clemson in the semi-finals. That game would end in a scoreless tie and be decided on penalty kicks. This script would get a few altercations in Cary, including the team the Orange would take on.

The Indiana Hoosiers were making their recording-breaking 17th appearance in the National Championship, one of the most impressive runs that the soccer world has seen. Entering the game, the Hoosiers had not given up a goal in any tournament game. 360 minutes, zero goals. That would be because of JT Harms in net, making nine saves through the first four games for the Hoosiers.

JT Harms makes a diving save in the National Championship Game. Gabe Carr-Johnson (c) 2022

The Orange would break the shutout streak for the Hoosiers, scoring when Nathan Opoku would make some pretty moves inside the box and take a shot with his left foot, finding the back of the net. Make it 1-0 Orange in the 24th minute.

About eight minutes later, the Hoosiers would tie the game up. Patrick McDonald found the set piece in the air and sent it past Russell Shealy. But the game would not stay tied for long. Just 86 seconds later, Curt Calov would take the cross and settle the ball before snapping it past the goalkeeper.

Syracuse players celebrate Curt Calov’s goal that gave them a 2-1 lead. Gabe Carr-Johnson (c) 2022

Syracuse would hold the lead all way until the 80th minute. Indiana’s Herbert Endeley would rifle a shot past the outstretched arms of Shealy into the top left corner of the net. A winner was not in sight as the game would remain tied all the way to the 90th minute. Overtime.

Indiana bench and fans celebrate the game tying goal late in 2nd half of National Championship. Gabe Carr-Johnson (c) 2022

With both teams visibly exhausted throughout the entire overtime periods, it still would not be enough to determine a National Champion. Just like that Friday night in 2015 the overtime periods would end and the Orange would head to PKs.

Here are the Full PKs from the NCAA Twitter:

Re-watch all the PKs that propelled @CuseMSOC to its first National Championship! 🏆#MCollegeCup— NCAA Soccer (@NCAASoccer) December 13, 2022

The two teams would match each other through the first seven attempts, each having a miss in the 2nd round. Maouloune Goumballe would step up in the 8th round for the Hoosiers. He would try and go just to the left of Shealy, but Shealy would take a step to his left and a dive to make the stop and put Syracuse in position to win the title with a goal.

Syracuse goalkeeper Russell Shealy makes the game winning save to put his team on the advantage. Gabe Carr-Johnson (c) 2022

The Orange faithful did not know who was going to step up for the chance to win a National Championship. As the fans and team settled from the energy of the save, team captain Amferny Sinclair would emerge from the midfield and make his way to the PK spot.

Amferny Sinclair approaches his PK attempt in the National Championship game. Gabe Carr-Johnson (c) 2022

With the title on the line, he would approach from six yards away. Sinclair would take the shot to the right side of the net. AJ Harms would guess correctly, but what he did not guess was that Sinclair would go high instead of low.


For the first time in program history, the Orange are NCAA National Champions, beating Indiana 7-6 in the penalty shootout! 

WE LOVE THIS TEAM 🧡🧡#DareToDream— Syracuse Men’s Soccer (@CuseMSOC) December 13, 2022

The PK attempt would soar past Harms and hit the back of the net securing the first National Championship in program history for the Syracuse Orange. It would be the 80th National Championship in school history.

Syracuse players and coaches huge during the celebration after winning the 2022 National Championship. Gabe Carr-Johnson (c) 2022

Shealy was named the 2022 Men’s College Cup Defensive Most Outstanding Player, while Opoku earned Most Outstanding Offensive Player. They were joined on the All-Tournament Team by Levonte Johnson, Curt Calov, Christian Curti and Jeorgio Kocevski.

Russell Shealy celebrates with teammates and trophy after winning College Cup Defensive Most Outstanding Player. Gabe Carr-Johnson (c) 2022

The celebration would be plentiful for the Orange, who were projected to finish fourth out of six in the ACC Atlantic division. Coach McIntyre talked about the success of his team after the game with the ESPNU team.

🎥 Our National Champion Head Coach,— Syracuse Athletics (@Cuse) December 13, 2022

Back in Syracuse, the Dome was hosting a watch party with the men’s basketball team playing. As the stars would align, PKs would happen during halftime of the hoops game. Sinclair would put the game away with the entire attention of JMA Wireless Dome watching. 

Syracuse Graduate Student Karl Winter captured the moment on twitter:


SYRACUSE ARE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS. 🍊🏆⚽️— Karl Winter (@karlwinter23) December 13, 2022

Syracuse finished the season 19-2-4. On their path to the National Championship, they would upset #1 Clemson on the road and only lose one ranked matchup all season. In the NCAA tournament, they wouldn’t leave Syracuse until the semi-finals, taking down Penn in OT, getting revenge on Cornell, and then beating Vermont to head to Cary. In the semis, Syracuse would go back and forth with Creighton before winning 3-2.

Here are the full Cinematic highlights of the contest from NCAA Soccer on Twitter:

Last night, we witnessed a classic. #MCollegeCup— NCAA Soccer (@NCAASoccer) December 13, 2022

Onondaga County Veterans Day Ceremony

SYRACUSE , N.Y. (NCC News) — Taps echoed throughout the crowd at the hallowed hall of the Onondaga County War Memorial, patrons looked on and honored the sacrifice so many have made for our country. Anne Marie Mancilla, who served in Iraq, had her kids in attendance at the event.

“Maya was born while I was still serving, and it’s important for them to see and just all generations of people that I’ve served, you know, outside of us,” said Mancilla. “But yeah, just to, you know, be able to to be part of these ceremonies.”

Friends of Veterans Award recipient Cindy Meili said that it’s important to remember and thank those who put our country ahead of themselves right.

“We just need to show them that they what they’ve done will be reflected in the future,” said Meili

With Vets in attendance who are running for congress like Brandon Williams and from all around New York,  those from Wounded Warrior projected and even from serving in the navy on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Mancilla says the having these events are meaningful, “That’s what it’s about. We all did this to protect our freedoms.”

The purpose of the event was to honor vets and Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon and Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh read a proclamation to cement the day in history.

New Solar Farm Approved For Conquest

CONQUEST,  N.Y.  (NCC News) — Conquest New York will be the new home of the Garnet Energy solar farm. The future 200-megawatt facility was approved by the state and will be one of largest of its kind. The project will cover nearly 2,300 acres in the town as part of the state’s climate and clean energy initiative. The project will cost nearly $215 million.

Charles Knapp, the town supervisor, said there will be an adjustment, “this changes our whole landscape. I mean we’re a farming community.”

Some residents in farming community have voiced their concerns at various public comments. Residents have cited complaints of future property value with solar panels in their backyards.

Rory Christian, the siting board chair, sent out a statement through the department of environmental conservation earlier this week showing support for the new facility saying that the project is vital in meeting carbon reduction targets in the state.

“The Garnet Energy solar farm and other renewable energy projects built or currently under development are vital to meet the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act’s aggressive carbon reduction and clean energy targets to combat climate change,” said Christian. “This solar farm will benefit all New Yorkers by reducing our reliance on fossil fuels, boosting clean-energy investment, creating clean-energy jobs, and improving our environment.”

Even though the project has already been approved, Knapp said the state never gave Conquest the proper representation on the siting board,  “the Article 10 process clearly states that two people from the town would be on that board to represent the town, and that never happened.”

Although conquest was never able to gain those seats on the board Knapp said the project still brings some positives. “I’m going to be pushing to help everybody we can with that funding.”

The project will bring in an extra nearly 300,000 dollars a year used for improvements at places like the fire department and the municipal center. The project set to begin in 2023.

Knapp said he has one goal in mind,  “If we’re going to be forced to take this thing and we’ve got to make it the best possible, beneficial project for the town across.”

Extreme Heat in Central New York Leads to Extreme Caution

Live report from the field on Thursday, Aug. 4th.

SYRACUSE, N.Y.  (NCCNews) — A heat advisory is in effect for the city of  Syracuse as temperatures are expected to hit triple digits with humidity, something Central New Yorkers have unfortunately been getting used to.

It’s not easy to stay cool, especially with the humidity cutting through the clouds like a knife.

Trying to beat the heat can be a challenge, but some are starting to figure it out.

Pat Tato is a local musician and was out walking his dog today during the cooler part of the day. Tato said it was a quick decision to try to get around the heat today.

“I was going to test it out, and I saw that  at 10 o’clock it was going to be the hottest and it’s going to stay this way all day. We’ve been in front of the fan quite honestly,” Tato said.

The New York State Department of Health recommends drinking plenty of water and avoiding unnecessary activities outside.

Also, if possible, stay in an air-conditioned building or visit the nearest cooling center, which may include a public library or even some community centers. You can find a full list of cooling centers in our area here: 

Other tips from the New York State Department of Health:

-Wear sunscreen
-Slow your pace
-Drink water and rest more often
-Seek shade and avoid long periods in direct sunlight
-Do not hike in extremely hot weather

It is also important to pay attention for signs of heat stroke.  Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States. These heat-related deaths and illness are preventable.

Symptoms of heat stroke include:

Hot, dry, red skin
A rapid pulse
Rapid and shallow breathing
A body temperature higher than 105 degrees
Loss of alertness, confusion, and/or loss of consciousness

Central New York Farmers are Looking to use Their Voices

FABIUS,  N.Y. (NCC News) – Local Farmer Bret Bossard gets into his tractor every day to check around his farm in Fabius, making sure his product is up to standard. In this case, the farm produces dairy goods. Bossard and his team face different challenges day in and day out and he wants more people to know that it is not easy to be a farmer.

“It’s hard, it’s a struggle every day,” Bossard said. “We face the same challenges as every other industry…labor shortages, inflation, rising costs.”

Governor Hochul, who grew up in a farming family, knows that change is needed. The legislation that is simply known as the Farm Bill is set to expire next year and the governor wants to hear directly from the people the bill affects most.

“People from elsewhere think of New York, they don’t always think agriculture. But, that’s what we live and breathe in our state,” Gov. Hochul said.

The state will be hosting a series of roundtables inviting the farming community to give their thoughts on where the future of farming is heading.

For an industry that accounts for nearly $7 million acres of land in New York or a quarter of the state, Bossard said he wants local farmers to have a seat at the table.

“As long as those that are making the laws are, you know,  can hear the voices and hopefully we can have an equal say,” Bossard said.

The dairy farmer has 75 people employees. They all depend on the farm to put the product they help produce on their own tables. Bossard said the upcoming changes are important to get right.