One SU team played a real game this weekend

The basketball team had its “Midnight Madness” scrimmage.

The football team crushed Bye Week 56-17. (Don’t believe me? I read it on Twitter: @NunesMagician) I can’t believe they didn’t block that field goal.

But the field hockey team had some real business to take care of.

First, the background. We have lagged a bit in the FH updates. When we last checked in, SU was 9-1, ranked #6, going into a weekend of games vs. #9 UMass and #20 Albany. The Orange sent both of those teams home in a world of pain, defeating UMass 5-2 and Albany 1-0 (which was not as close as the score indicates — Albany managed only three shots on goal the entire game). The following weekend the ladies kept up their winning ways, defeating Dartmouth 2-0 and crushing Georgetown 10-0, bth at Coyne field. This was actually an improvement, from the Hoyas’ perspective, considering that they trailed last season’s matchup 11-0 at halftime. Way to go, Georgetown. Keep up the good fight. (Yes I even hate you in field hockey.)

These results put SU at 13-1 on the season, and allowed them to maintain their #6 ranking going into this weekend’s affair with their top conference rival the University of Connecticut. UConn, you may recall, knocked a previously-undefeated SU from the #1 spot in the national poll last season with a 1-0 win. That game was a home game for SU; this year they traveled to Storrs to try for some old-fashioned field hockey revenge. UConn came in ranked #7, having recently lost to Princeton (who were responsible for SU’s only loss as well). Both teams were undefeated in the conference and the winner would have the inside track at the regular season championship and the #1 seed in the BET this fall.

SU’s Lindsey Conrad and UConn’s Melissa Gonzalez battle it out — Photo from

The matchup was as good as advertised. It did not go six overtimes, but it did take more than regulation to finish this one off. After 70 minutes the game was tied at 2-2. Early in overtime, SU star Martina Loncarica was given a yellow card, sending her off the field for an 8-minute penalty, putting the Orange at a one-player disadvantage for that length of time. But the defense was stalwart, allowing just one shot during those 8 minutes and sending the game into a second overtime. In the second extra frame, Loncarica found freshman rising star Amy Kee for the game-winner. SU prevailed 3-2, sending the UConn team back to their dorms even more depressed (I mean, beyond the standard depression that results from attending UConn).

The Orange thus move to 14-1 with three games remaining in the regular season, against Villanova, Rutgers, and Boston College (hiss). SU will be favored to win all three games, but they’ve been in so many tight contests this year that you don’t want to take anything for granted. (Unless they’re playing Georgetown of course.)

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