The Best of WAER Sports Podcast

WAER is the original home of the Orange. Syracuse University sports has been a staple of our broadcast for years, and now a Podcast to celebrate that sports coverage. The Best of WAER Sports Podcast, is a weekly look at some of the best feature stories produced by our sports staff.  Listeners will hear historical perspectives, player profiles, and additional stories of interest to the Syracuse sports fan.

For any team to be successful they need to find that balance between solid offense and solid defense. But, let's be honest most of us would rather watch a really exciting offense versus a stifling defense. This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast we are going shine the spotlight on the defense. WAER's Cooper Boardman has the story of junior midfielder Peter Dearth and the leader he's become on the Syracuse Men's Lacrosse team.

Also this week, with the regular season all wrapped up Syracuse will advance to the NCAA Tournament. To help us understand how the orange will fare, WAER's Tim Leonard has a post-season preview.


The month of April puts us squarely in the heart of lacrosse season. Right around that time in the regular season when you hope to see young players maturing and start to take on a leadership role. This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast Jack McMullen tells us that is exactly what's happening with sophmore Brendan Curry.

Also this week, Syracuse University Men's Lacrosse has it's fair share of rivals. But none of them boast the kind of memories that Syracuse and Cornell hold. WAER's Frankie Vernouski has the story of a game for the ages, from almost 10 years ago.

 


Looking back at the past few seasons for Syracuse Men's Lacrosse there have been a few key factors that have resulted in wins. This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast, we examine those factors starting with Senior Nate Soloman. As WAER's Jonah Karp explains, it's pretty simple, when Soloman is scoring they win and when he isn't, they tend to lose.

But, before that we hear a little something about possession. They say it's 9/10's of the law and in lacrosse that might just be an understatement. WAER's J.D. Raucci tells us that for years now, winning faceoffs and maintaining possession has been a big part of SU victories. 


The ACC  didn't fare so well in the Men's College Basketball Elite Eight this past weekend. That being said the ACC is still a powerhouse of a conference in men's lacrosse. It boasts teams such as Virignia, Syracuse, and Duke, all ranked in the Top 20. This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast, Tim Leonard looks at the conference as a whole and how it stacks up across the rest of Division One lacrosse.

Also this week, they don't call them the 'cardiac cuse' for no reason. Syracuse Men's Lacrosse has been clutch in the finals minutes this season.  WAER's Jonathan Hoppe has the story behind SU's late game success.


The NCAA Tournament is a time of excitement, with often times dreams becoming reality, and memories that last a lfietime.This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast, Connor Federico takes a look at one of those memories that Virginia and headcoach Tony Bennett would like to forget.

But first, Tyus Battle had already done a whole lot for Syracuse University basketball after his first two seasons. Now in his junior year, he's being asked to do even more. WAER's Luc Sigaud shares how Battle is carrying even more responsibility this season, than in the past.


Each year when March rolls around it's easy to get caught up in the frenzy that is March Madness. Is the basketball team on the bubble? Can they reach the Sweet Sixteen this year? At times it can be easy to forget there is another perennial athletic powerhouse in the midst of their season.

This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast we take a look at Syracuse Mens's Lacrosse. First, WAER's Jonathon Hoppe shows the depth of the roster that's already been called on, early in the season. Then, Tim Leonard tells us about the successful recruiting efforts of head coach John Desko that have landed talented freshman such as Griffin Cook.


This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast, Cooper Boardman takes us on a trip to Yorktown,NY. A hotbed for producing quality lacrosse players and the hometown of Syracuse Men's Lacrosse Midfielder Austin Fusco.

Also this week, a number of sports fans were sad to see Syracuse leave The Big East. Saying goodbye to the yearly rivalries with Connecticut and Georgetown, but as we hear on this weeks episode, the Syracuse-Duke rivlary is off to a great start. 


For a while now Syracuse, New York has had a reputation as a basketball city. Stars like Carmelo Anthony and Gerry McNamara long with coach Jim Boeheim has propelled Syracuse Unviersity Men's basketball to the forefront in Central New York. This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast, Dana Grey tells us that there is a new show in town, and it's Syracuse Women's Basketball.

Also this week, Jim Boeheim is known for being a coach who expects a lot from his players. But, that style of coaching apparently isn't for everyone. WAER's Corey Spector compares the freshman struggles of Syracuse guard Jalen Carey to previous player who have left the program.


Syracuse University Men's Lacrosse has a history of being a dominant force in college lacrosse. If they want to keep that claim this year they'll need susbstantial leadership from their team of captains. This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast, Jonah Karp explains that this year's captains have a interesting blend of old and new. 

Also this week, Boston College might not impress you in the landscape of  ACC Men's Baskteball, but it hasn't always been that way. WAER's Tim Leonard reminds us that BC used to be a force in the conference and explain their plan to return to that state. 


It's hard to be part of a major university for over 30 years and not make a slew of connection along the way. This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast,  the subject of both our stories have strong connections to Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim. First up is Mike Hopkins, who is now the head coach for the University of Washington.  WAER's Noah Eagle explains how even after his departure he's still impacting Syracuse hoops.

And then, there's almost no stronger connection one can have than that of  a blood relative. So  it's safe to say, Syracuse freshman Buddy Boeheim knows the coach pretty well. That being said, Buddy is a freshman and has had his share of ups and downs. WAER's JD Raucci tells us how the freshman has grown throughout the season. 


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