UPDATED: Oct. 11, 2017 at 11:10 a.m.Syracuse hadn’t given up a goal all season until it played Temple in the regional playoffs of the club team championships. That’s when everything changed.“We just left the field defeated,” said Rachel Becker, a senior captain. “It was like this crazy season we just had, not letting up any goals, it just ended because we had a bad half.”After a 2-1 loss to the Owls, SU thought it would not get a bid to the national tournament. Seemingly, its once promising season had ended, until it didn’t.Several hours later, Becker received an unexpected phone call. The Orange had made the 2016 NIRSA National Soccer Championships in Foley, Alabama, the club team finals.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“When I got the call saying we were going, our first reaction was ‘Wow, this is real,’” Becker said. “It sounds corny to say, but it was like our dreams came true.”But SU’s dreams of accepting the bid to play at nationals carried a hard reality: They had to raise $40,000.Club sports, unlike varsity counterparts, aren’t funded by SU Athletics. To make the trip to Alabama, the team needed to raise the money itself. The costs came out to thousands per person, including airfare, hotels, rental cars, food and a $20 per-person entry fee.“It was surreal,” junior defender Hannah Duerr said. “… I remember sitting in the car, and some of the senior girls were like, ‘We can’t accept the bid, we can’t commit to anything,’ because we didn’t have any money.”The girls at first decided it was unlikely they’d come up with the money. The tournament was also the weekend before Thanksgiving and would interfere with class. But the team knew it had to at least try.For the next week, the team honed in on fundraising and soon, priorities changed. Raising money for Alabama came first and class came second.The team emailed everyone they knew, including chancellor Kent Syverud. They started a GoFundMe page. Family and friends immediately supported the team and it seemed like “everyone just donated $5-$10,” sophomore outside back Isabel Reedy said.But there was one promotion in particular that paid off big time.In the early stages of seeking donations, the team decided to reach out to the Twitter page, “@SoccerGirlProbs,” a popular women’s soccer fan page that has more than 200,000 followers. The account responded.“They were like, ‘This is awesome,’” Becker said. “’What do we need to do to help?’”After the account tweeted the GoFundMe, donations skyrocketed. The team reached its goal. They had raised $40,000 in just a week, and the team was officially headed to Foley.SU finished 1-2-1 at the national tournament, beating Arizona, tying Colorado State, and losing to Wisconsin and Cal Poly. After the defeat, Syracuse readied itself for another shot at nationals. Practice began last spring, and the team has been practicing indoors recently.“It is a lot of scary because we lost a lot of girls from last year,” Duerr said. “But based from what I’ve seen so far — from the work everyone is putting in to the support everyone is all showing — I don’t see a reason we can’t push for nationals again.”CORRECTION: In a previous version of this post, the location of the 2016 NIRSA National Soccer Championships was misstated. The tournament was held in Foley, Alabama. The Daily Orange regrets this error.CORRECTION: In a previous version of this post, the length of time between SU’s loss to the Owls and Rachel Becker’s phone call was misstated. Becker was contacted several hours after the game. The Daily Orange regrets this error. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 9, 2017 at 10:56 pm Contact Jesse: firstname.lastname@example.org
Published on August 28, 2018 at 11:36 pm Contact Anthony: email@example.com CORRECTION: In a previous version of this article, Brycen Goodine’s status with SU was misstated. Goodine has verbally committed. The Daily Orange regrets this error. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Wahab also played at Hoop Group Elite Session II in Reading, Pennsylvania, where Boeheim personally watched him play during the July live periods. At Hoop Group, Wahab was named one of the top 20 players at the camp, which featured multiple high and mid-major Division I prospects.Akok Akok is another big that the Orange is recruiting closely in the class of 2019. Akok plays his high school basketball at Putnam Science (Connecticut) Academy and shined this summer playing in the Adidas Gauntlet event with Mass Rivals AAU. Akok is a 6-foot-9 power forward with an even longer wingspan, 7-foot-1. He possesses excellent shot blocking ability and a capable jump shot.Boeheim watched Akok multiple times this summer, including in New York at the Gauntlet event. Syracuse, Texas Tech, Providence, Georgetown and Connecticut are the schools recruiting him the hardest, he told Prep Circuit in July. ESPN ranks him No. 39 on its top 100. Akok’s shot blocking and improving offensive ability could help replace Chukwu. 247Sports has upgraded him to a five-star recruit. UPDATED: Sept. 2, 2018 at 6:50 p.m.Syracuse basketball doesn’t begin its regular season until Nov. 6 against Eastern Washington, but the next three months are critical for the future of the Orange as Jim Boeheim and his staff look to fill out the rest of the 2019 recruiting class.Both Frank Howard and Paschal Chukwu will be seniors on the 2018-19 team, which has 10 players under scholarship, not including Buddy Boeheim, out of an allotted 13. The potential NBA status of junior Tyus Battle and rising sophomore Oshae Brissett remains in question. Should all leave, Syracuse could have to replace four or more players next season.Brycen Goodine, from the Class of 2019, has verbally committed to SU. Goodine is a 6-foot-4, 170-pound guard from St. Andrews (Rhode Island) School. Goodine is a combo guard who will likely help replace the graduating Howard and potentially NBA-bound Battle in the Orange’s backcourt in 2019. Goodine verbally committed in September 2017, prior to his junior season at St. Andrews.He is ranked No. 69 on ESPN’s top 100 list after not being in the top 100 when he first committed. He was named the 2017-18 Gatorade Rhode Island Boys Basketball Player of the Year after his junior season and will be a favorite to win the award again as a senior.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJoe Girard III, a 6-foot-1 guard from Glens Falls (New York) High School, broke the record for the most points in New York state high school history during his junior year — he averaged 50.1 points per game that year. He plans to announce his college choice prior to basketball season.He released his top six schools on June 16: Syracuse, Michigan, Duke, Notre Dame, Boston College and Penn State. Girard has taken two official visits, one to Boston College in August and one to Syracuse in late June.This summer, Girard joined fellow SU recruit Isaiah Stewart in North Augusta, South Carolina to play at Peach Jam. In 22 games with City Rocks, five at Peach Jam, Girard averaged 11 points per game while shooting 36.8 percent from the field and 40-41 (97.6 percent) from the free throw line.Stewart is the No. 4 2019 recruit in the nation, per ESPN. He’s 6-foot-9, 245-pounds with a 7-4 wingspan. Stewart hails from Rochester, but transferred to La Lumiere (Indiana) School for his junior season. This summer, playing for City Rocks, he averaged 18 points per game in 22 EYBL games, while shooting 57 percent from the field.Stewart’s top six include Syracuse, Duke, Washington, Villanova, Michigan State and Indiana. He said during his sophomore season that he has a close relationship with current Washington head coach and former SU assistant Mike Hopkins, per The Democrat and Chronicle, but Duke remains the favorite to land Stewart, according to 247Sports’ projections.Six-foot-10 center Qudus Wahab recently cut his list down to 12 schools. Wahab is from Flint Hill (Virginia) School and has spent the last few weekends touring VCU, Temple and Georgetown. He will visit Syracuse on Sept. 8, per rivals.com. The We R1 big man averaged 8.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game on the Under Armour circuit.