Virginia Cavaliers

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.


Generally in sports it’s difficult to win on the road. And occasionally you just come across a team and venue that simply has your number. For Syracuse Men’s lacrosse that has largely been the case when traveling to play Virginia. 

This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast, James Colgan examines the road ails that SU lacrosse has experienced when traveling to Virginia. 

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Syracuse men's lacrosse (3-1, 1-0) turned smooth sailing into a wild ride in Sunday's 12-11 win over Virginia (4-1, 0-1). 

The Orange almost threw away a masterfully played three quarters, but freshman Tucker Dordevic was there to save the day in the game's closing seconds. A rightwards spin dodge followed by a right-handed fling gave Dordevic his fourth goal of the day and gave Syracuse the road victory.

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If Jim Boeheim is looking for any positive takeaways on the court, he will have a hard time finding one.

Despite the biggest crowd this season in all of college basketball, the 27,083 attendees could not push Syracuse (15-8, 4-6) past second-ranked Virginia (22-1, 11-0).

Coming off a disappointing 55-51 loss to Georgia Tech, Syracuse knew the path to the big dance was narrowing. The first team in their way was the red-hot Virginia Cavaliers. With the top-ranked defense in the country, the Cavaliers managed to reel off 13 straight wins and had yet to lose an ACC contest.

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For the first ten minutes of the game, the No. 2 Virginia Cavaliers couldn't do anything against the Syracuse zone.

Hit open jumpers. Make simple passes. Or even get out of their own way.

In the final thirty minutes of the game, they couldn't be stopped. 

Even in a game when Virginia scored just two points in nearly the first 14 minutes of the game, they escaped with a comfortable victory.  The defensive-minded Cavaliers and head coach Tony Bennett shut down the Orange (18-12, 9-8 ACC) for a 59-47 win in the Carrier Dome, spoiling Rakeem Christmas' farewell tour.