Sarah Holden’s game-winning, double-overtime goal in the NCAA tournament semifinal wasn’t just important for the women’s lacrosse team, but for women’s sports at Syracuse as a whole.The Orange ultimately fell to Northwestern in the national championship, but the reaction to the game from the SU fan base alone was proof of just how far this team had taken women’s sports at Syracuse.“It really puts a spotlight on women’s sports right now at the school,” SU attack Michelle Tumolo said.The Orange has never won a national championship in a women’s sport, but Syracuse got as close as it ever had last season. After capping an incredible seven-goal comeback in the semifinal, the Orange captured the attention of Syracuse fans.During the 8-6 loss to the Wildcats, hordes of SU fans took to Twitter to complain about NU’s stall tactics — something that would have been unheard of for a women’s sport before the national-championship run.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It put us on the map,” Syracuse head coach Gary Gait said. “A lot of people last year really looked at us as, ‘Hey, wow, this women’s lacrosse team is really good and improved.’ The goal is to win and we’re getting close. So I think they recognize that.”But one season of success isn’t enough for the Orange. With pretty much the entire offense returning from last season’s run, SU will likely boast a lofty preseason ranking. But it still needs to prove itself on the field.“The key was to get there, but now I think you need to show that you belong there year in and year out, and I think that makes this year really important to show that we’re not just lucky to get there and we’re not an every-other-year team,” Gait said. “We need to be consistent year in and year out.”But Tumolo doesn’t think all the attention should be reserved for the women’s lacrosse team. Women’s sports at Syracuse are playing at an all-time high level, and people are starting to take notice.“It’s not just us that’s doing well; field hockey’s No. 1 right now, so we’re doing good,” Tumolo said. “It’s not just us — women’s lacrosse — that are making a name for ourselves; I think a lot of the women’s sports here are. Maybe we’ll get more recognition and respect.”Fellow attack Alyssa Murray said the success last season already has proven that the team is on the same level as some of the men’s teams. The reception players got in Syracuse after the season was proof of that.But she’s not satisfied with that. The only way to top last season is to win a national championship, she said.“After the final four, we were packing up our apartments and our houses and stuff and people would come up to us and say, ‘Hey, that was a great season,’” Murray said. “So everyone knows what’s going on and that we’re on the brink of something really special. So it’s really exciting to be a part of.” Comments Published on October 3, 2012 at 2:03 am Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Recognition, significance of 1995 Title IX lawsuit filed by eight women against SU forgotten over timeCulture of resistance: Early women’s teams at Syracuse struggled in fight for equalityA lasting effect: Title IX opens career opportunities in sports for women in last 40 years
Joel Embiid, 76ers outshine Lakers in battle of rebuilding franchises Lakers’ Larry Nance Jr. reconnects with his Army pen pal 14 years later The Sixers are now 8-6 after losing 253 games in their previous four seasons. Much of that was intentional, but much of it was also due to Embiid’s inabiliity to overcome foot, back and knee injuries. He played 31 games last year and never on back-to-backs. In two games in three days at Staples Center, he turned in 70 minutes. The 76ers’ discretion has produced uncommon valor.“I love Staples Center,” Embiid said, grinning. “I wanted to come in here and put on a show, which I did. I hadn’t been aggressive, and I didn’t do very well against Golden State and their team defense. The Clippers (on Monday) didn’t double-team me until late in the game. Tonight I wanted to attack from the beginning.“They kept throwing me the ball and I kept finding new ways to score. I went to the free-throw line (16 for 19) and that’s what I was best at. Me going to the free-throw line, you know, guys really don’t know what to do after that.”Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersNobody has ever gotten 46-15-7-7 before, and Embiid also hit three 3-pointers, including one that made it 7-2 and activated every other weapon he has.He was a one-man battalion of drives from the wing, pump-and-go attacks from out front, outside shots, and post moves, including one rubber-band-man maneuver that seemed to take five minutes and drew oohs from the Sixers fans and resigned aahs from the Lakers crowd. If you saw it and thought Hakeem Olajuwon finally had a descendant, you were right.“I had been watching a little bit of Hakeem and I thought I’d try that move, that duck-under, shimmy-shimmy,” Embiid said. LOS ANGELES — It rhymes with indeed, or friend in need.The NBA has enough under-25 stars to fill up several red carpets. Maybe the league can loan Joel Embiid to the NFL, or some other distressed business that seeks a savior.On Wednesday night, in a building that has celebrated two NBA championships, two Stanley Cups, Adele and Taylor Swift, Embiid stapled a new page in league history. He also punched a hole in the Lakers, or at least in their delusions that they’re anywhere close to catching up to the times.Ordinarily you’d need a whole frontcourt to put together this numbers mosaic. Embiid, 23, had 46 points, 15 rebounds, seven blocked shots, seven assists and shot 14 for 20 for Philadelphia, which held off the Lakers 115-109. Although Embiid was drafted in 2014, with the third pick, this 46-pointer came in only his 43rd career game. If he keeps outscoring his experience, he might be something.“He’s just a beast, like I’ve been saying,” said Ben Simmons, the first overall pick in 2016 who missed all of last season with a foot injury and now teams with Embiid in what really could become the league’s most dynamic two-man game. Simmons had 18 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds.“Yeah, and he (Embiid) took one of my rebounds,” Simmons said.“I did?” Embiid said. “Well, I wanted to get that triple-double with blocked shots, like (MIami’s) Hassan Whiteside. Don’t worry, Ben will get a lot of triple-doubles.”Simmons is 6-foot-10, gets the ball downcourt like a bullet train, sees everything, and needs only to sharpen his shot to become a future MVP candidate himself. You say an NBA champion needs 2½ superstars? Simmons and Embiid might add up to somewhere north of two.“I think we can make the playoffs,” Simmons said. “That’s been our goal all along.”“The fact that Joel played 70 minutes here in these two games is a great number,” said Brett Brown, the 76ers’ coach. “It’s a tribute to him and to our medical staff. He missed training camp and that set him back, and we were saying we wouldn’t see his best until Thanksgiving. Well, maybe Thanksgiving came early.”“Embiid is a heck of a player, sometimes you just tip your hat,” Lakers coach Luke Watlon said. “He was hitting 18-foot post-ups. When that happens he’s going to be a problem.”The Lakers took a 24-11 gut punch in the first 5½ minutes but never quit scrambling to catch up and, in fact, led 100-98 on Brandon Ingram’s jumper. They worked for 22 offensive rebounds and 27 second-chance points, and they persuaded Philadelphia into 16 turnovers.But they missed 24 of 27 3-point attempts, and Lonzo Ball rarely looked as if he belonged on this court. Again, he was benched in the fourth quarter and missed eight of nine shots, most of them by a lot.And when the Lakers needed organization and structure at the end of the game, it wasn’t there. Brown praised Ingram and Kyle Kuzma, likening them to Embiid and Simmons in the way the Lakers have “identified keepers, just like us.”But even if the Lakers had found cogent offense, they still needed to contest the uncontestable“Joel was just dominant,” Brown said. “We’re always trying to play with pace and movement. But sometimes we had to face a choice of playing with pace and movement or giving it to Joel Embiid. And giving it to Joel Embiid was the right choice tonight.”Indeed.