Another Hoya Joins the New England Revolution

Former Hoya midfielder Tyler Rudy has signed his first professional contract. He went undrafted in January’s Major League Soccer Draft but went on trial with the New England Revolution.

After several weeks with the Revolution, Rudy announced on Twitter that he would be joining the team on a more permanent basis.

The team has not released the details of Rudy’s contract, but the central midfielder will likely see few, if any, minutes with the first team this season. The most probable landing spot for Rudy is Rochester, which hosts New England’s second tier affiliate.

Rudy has had the chance to practice along side midfielder Jermaine Jones, who played a very similar role for the United States National Team in the 2014 FIFA World Cup as the rookie did for Georgetown.

In addition to big names, there is one familiar face in the New England organization. Forward Steve Neumann, one of the best players in the history of Georgetown’s program, played in 23 games in his rookie season with New England last season.

Unfortunately, Rudy’s first game as an official member of the Revolution ended early when a late tackle in a preseason match against the Sounders saw him sent off with a straight red card. After taking a poor first touch, Rudy tried to win back the ball in the midfield but caught a Seattle player and was ejected from the game in the 60th minute.

Goalkeeper Tomas Gomez, who also was a senior captain with Georgetown in 2014, has had a less successful preseason. Gomez’s draft stock seemed to fall during the MLS Combine, but that worry did not pan out as the Columbus Crew selected the goalkeeper in the third round of the draft.

Just weeks into the preseason, however, Columbus released Gomez to go on trial with other MLS teams. Most recently, Gomez joined Rudy and Neumann in New England’s camp but he has not signed a contract. In fact, he is not one of the three goalkeepers listed on the team’s preseason roster.

The Revolution will kick off their season in Seattle on March 8. Neumann will certainly be dressed for the game and will likely make an appearance, either as a substitute or as a starter, while the landing spot of Rudy within the New England organization and the professional future of Gomez are more uncertain.

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THE RUNDOWN: Sports Stories for Feb. 24

Swimming & Diving

FILE PHOTO: CLAIRE SOISSON/THE HOYA Sophomore Katie Duncalf finished first in the women’s 200-yard backstroke, with a time of 2:00.81, breaking a program record that she had previously set.

FILE PHOTO: CLAIRE SOISSON/THE HOYA

After months of building up to this event, Georgetown’s swimming and diving team showed up to the BigEast Championship in Ithaca, N.Y., last Wednesday stronger than ever. The Hoyas earned silver medals after the four-day contest and broke five program records on the final day of competition alone.

The women’s team finished second behind Villanova for the second year in a row, as the Hoyas finished with 736.5 points and the Wildcats topped the rankings with 957.7 points. Similarly, the men, who earned 763 points, trailed only Xavier and its 904 points for the second consecutive season.

In addition to its second-place finishes, Georgetown earned an honor for its team as Head Coach Jamie Holder was named Big East Men’s Coach of the Year in his fifth year at the helm of the team.

 

Indoor Track & Field

In the final meet of the regular season for the Georgetown indoor track and field team, the Hoyas accomplished what they had already done so much of throughout the year: they made history.

Trekking through the blizzard up to Penn State this past Saturday, both the men’s and women’s teams rewrote the record books in the 800-meter event, with sophomores Ryan Manahan and Sabrina Southerland dashing their way into the respected lore of Georgetown University track and field.

 

Commentary: Men’s Basketball

FILE PHOTO: JULIA HENNRIKUS/THE HOYA Freshman forward Isaac Copeland has been named the Big East Rookie of the Week three times this season, including the last two weeks.

FILE PHOTO: JULIA HENNRIKUS/THE HOYA

As the final seconds ticked away, the Georgetown men’s basketball team trailed Butler 59-58. Senior guard and co-captain Jabril Trawick dribbled up the court, shrugged off a screen set by senior center Joshua Smith, and penetrated to his left. That is when he noticed freshman forward Isaac Copeland standing open in the corner.

Without hesitating, Trawick snapped a pass to Copeland, who immediately rose up and buried a three-pointer, giving the Georgetown men’s basketball team a critical home win back on Jan. 17. A packed Verizon Center student section erupted in a state of jubilation, and there was renewed hope that maybe Georgetown was back.

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Wilson, Taft Top List of (Hypothetical) Targets for Coach Thompson

No place blends basketball and politics quite like Georgetown. Who among the student body hasn’t paused his or her episode of the West Wing in order to head to the Verizon Center? One question, therefore, dominates the thoughts and conversations of everyone on campus: Which former president would Head Coach John Thompson III have recruited?

As it turns out, JTIII has two top targets. Our experts are on the scene to share their scouting reports.

Honorable Mention : John F. Kennedy — 6’0” G

Molly O’Connell: Simply put, he has the right personality for this team. Much like the Hoyas, JFK was generally well liked, but horrifyingly inconsistent. The way he handled the Cuban Missile Crisis was pretty awesome, kind of like absolutely destroying No. 4 Villanova. Rumor has it the White House staff stormed the situation room after the Soviets folded. The Bay of Pigs on the other hand reminds me of losing to Villanova by 16 three weeks after beating them by 20.

Woodrow Wilson — 5’11” G

Russell Guertin: Wilson, the 13th President of Princeton, would quickly mesh into the Princeton offense. Plus, Thompson always loves supporting his alma mater.

Dillon Mullan: Wilson, like JTIII, has strong ties to Princeton. He already knows the offense.

William Howard Taft — 5’11” C

Maddie Auerbach: Considering that Thompson loves having big senior center Josh Smith on the court, I don’t see why he also wouldn’t favor another 300-pounder. Though Taft’s 5’11” stature doesn’t compare to Smith’s 6’10” height, Taft would dominate the paint in a similar way that we’ve seen Smith do all season long. As long as Taft doesn’t commit 3-second violations as frequently as he gets stuck in bathtubs, I think that JTIII would instantly pick up our most obese president in a throwback draft.

Tyler Park: Thompson would have recruited William Howard Taft. It’s clear from his use of Josh Smith that Coach knows how to use a massive big man on the block. Taft might be limited to only about 11 minutes per game, but he would be a force under the basket.

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Georgetown Unable to Overcome Turnovers Against Seton Hall

The Georgetown women’s basketball team (4-23, 2-13 Big East) traveled to South Orange, N.J. on Friday to face Seton Hall (23-4, 12-3 Big East). The Hoyas were not able to pull out the win, falling to the Pirates 95-68. Georgetown committed 29 turnovers in the face of Seton Hall’s full-court pressure, allowing Seton Hall to collect 39 points off of those turnovers. The Blue and Gray also shot 39 percent (24-for-61) from the field, compared to 48 percent (31-for-64) from their opponents.

Despite the loss, Georgetown’s sophomore guard Faith Woodard recorded a career-high 24 points and 12 rebounds and was 8-for-10 from the line. Freshman guard Dorothy Adomako, who has been nothing but impressive in her first season with the Hoyas, tacked on 18 points and 5 rebounds and went 8-for-8 on the free throw line. Georgetown managed to outrebound Seton Hall 44-37, but its other troubles prevented them from stealing a win on the road.

Just over five minutes into the matchup, the two teams were tied at 11, but the Pirates put pressure on Georgetown’s offense and pulled away. Towards the end of the first half, Adomako and Vitalis reentered the game, scoring quick points in the paint. Despite this surge, the Pirates began to heat up from behind the arc and built on their lead.

Sparked by junior forward Brittany Horne’s 3-pointer with nine minutes left in the game, Georgetown made an 11-0 run. Despite this effort, it still trailed 85-57 showing just how dominant Seton Hall was from the very start.

With 7:58 left in the second half, the Hoyas made another run going 7-0. Despite both teams putting up 38 points in the second half, Georgetown was not able to come back from a 27-point first half deficit.

For the Pirates, junior guard Tabatha Richardson-Smith broke Seton Hall women’s basketball all-time record for three-pointers. She put up 23 points, including four three-pointers, and seven rebounds, while her teammate and graduate point guard Ka-Deidre Simmons put up 16 points, seven assists and four steals.

The Georgetown women will be back on the court Sunday at St. John’s with tipoff scheduled for 2 p.m.

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NBA Weekly Recap: Trade Deadline Edition

NBA Weekly Recap: Trade Deadline Edition

After an exciting All-Star game that ended with a West victory 163-158 and Russell Westbrook scoring 41 points in 27 minutes, the entire NBA exploded on February 19, 2015 around 3 p.m. as the NBA’s trade deadline approached. Record setting numbers of players were traded, many of them were big names. For a few teams, these moves drastically alter the playoff landscape.

The list of notable trades:

  1. The Minnesota Timberwolves sent forward Thaddeus Young to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for forward Kevin Garnett.
  2. The Miami Heat acquired guard Goran Dragic in exchange for sending forward Danny Granger and draft picks to the Phoenix Suns.
  3. In a three team deal, Phoenix received guard Brandon Knight in exchange for center Miles Plumlee and guard Tyler Ennis, while the Milwaukee Bucks received guard Michael Carter-Williams in exchange for Brandon Knight. The Philadelphia 76ers, after sending off MCW, received draft picks.
  4. The Detroit Pistons traded guard DJ Augustin and forward Kyle Singler and received guard Reggie Jackson from the Oklahoma City Thunder, who received the two Detroit players as well as center Enes Kanter and forward Steve Novak from the Utah Jazz, who acquired center Kendrick Perkins, forward Grant Jerrett, and draft picks.
  5. The Pistons acquired forward Tayshaun Prince from the Boston Celtics, who received forward Jonas Jerebko and forward Luigi Datome from the Pistons and guard Isiah Thomas from the Suns, who received Marcus Thornton from the Celtics and a draft pick.
  6. The Portland Trail Blazers landed guard Aaron Afflalo and forward Alonzo Gee from the Denver Nuggets, who acquired forwards Thomas Robinson and Victor Claver as well as guard Will Barton and a draft pick.
  7. The Houston Rockets received guard Pablo Prigioni in exchange for sending guard Alexey Shved to the New York Knicks.
  8. The Houston Rockets received guard KJ McDaniels from the 76ers in exchange for guard Isiah Canaan and a draft pick.
  9. The Washington Wizards traded guard Andre Miller to the Sacramento Kings for guard Ramon Sessions.
  10. The Denver Nuggets traded the rights to a player, draft picks, and center Javale McGee to the 76ers in exchange for the rights to guard-forward Cenk Akyol.

 

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