Katrina Coogan does not remember finishing her first cross-country race.
A dual-sport athlete in high school, the now collegiate All-American in both cross-country and track and field came to Georgetown having never run an event longer than the 3000 meters. But on a fall day three years ago in Pennsylvania, Coogan toed the line at the Paul Short Invitational Meet, ready to take off for her first time as a Hoya — on a 6000m course. For the freshman runner, who at that point had spent just as much time on the soccer pitch as she had on the track, the result was predictable.
“It was not fun,” Coogan said, remembering the race with a wavering smile. “I ended up falling short.”
It has been a tough season for the Georgetown softball team (13-28, 3-10 Big East), that recorded another loss on the diamond on Tuesday against George Washington (22-20, 4-11 Atlantic 10).
The Hoyas could not hold off the Colonials, losing 4-2 in their last non-conference game of the season and extending their losing streak to five games.
George Washington scored off a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first inning to take the lead, but Georgetown evened things up in the top of the fourth when junior shortstop Grace Appelbe scored on an error.
Changes in coaching staff are never easy. Neither are losing seasons, changes in conference rivalries or regular-season schedules brimming with ranked opponents. But for senior attack and co-captain Reilly O’Connor and senior attack Bo Stafford of the No. 13 Georgetown men’s lacrosse team (8-5, 3-1 Big East), experiencing major changes and taking them in stride has been fundamental in shaping their senior year into their most successful season on the Hilltop.
O’Connor and Stafford began their Georgetown careers under the leadership of former Head Coach Dave Urick, a Georgetown coaching legend who posted winning records in all 23 seasons that he was at the helm of the program. Urick retired after the 2012 season, and current Head Coach Kevin Warne took over in August of 2012 with big shoes to fill.
After rollercoaster seasons that included a variety of results on both the men and women’s sides, the Georgetown tennis teams will travel to Indianapolis, Ind. for the Big East Tournament from April 23 through April 26. The women (11-4, 2-1 Big East) finished the season strongly with a three-match win streak, while the men’s team (8-9, 1-2 Big East) has fallen in four of its last five matches.
The women earned a victory over University of Maryland, Baltimore County (5-2) on April 14, providing a huge momentum boost – the victory was the third-straight win for the Blue and Gray. Freshmen Daphne de Chatellus and Casey Marx have both been huge contributors this season, and this trend continued when they played against their opponents from the America East conference. Marx and de Chatellus won their singles matches in straight sets, while de Chatellus and sophomore Victoire Saperstein won their doubles match 8-1. Saperstein recorded her fifth-straight victory at the No. 1 singles spot on Wednesday over UMBC sophomore Mariami Dolashvili.
College Park, Md., home to the University of Maryland, sits less than nine miles from the front gates of Georgetown. If a Hoya fan hopped on the Metro after a 7 p.m. game at Verizon Center, he or she could take the green or yellow line to Maryland’s Xfinity Center in time to catch the second half of the Terps’ nightcap.
But for much of the last 35 years, College Park might as well have been Beijing. Despite competing as the two premier college basketball programs in the talent-heavy Washington, D.C. metro area, Georgetown and Maryland have played each other only three times since 1980.
Chris Paul is the best point guard to ever play the game. That sounds insane, especially for someone with zero MVPs, zero NBA Finals appearances, zero championships and yes, zero conference finals appearances. But beyond the stats, Chris Paul really is the best to ever play the position, and this year, he and the Los Angeles Clippers have a legitimate shot at the NBA Finals.
Granted, it has only been two games, but Paul’s dismantling of the San Antonio Spurs in game one showed exactly what the Clippers can do when their offense is firing on all cylinders; Los Angeles had an offensive rating of 112.4 in the regular season. If the Clippers continue to play well offensively and prevent the Spurs from getting open looks, then Paul and his star running mate, forward Blake Griffin, may very well topple the defending champs.
With its walk-off 8-7 win Wednesday night, Georgetown’s baseball team (20-17, 3-3 Big East) extended its win streak to four games by sweeping the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (13-26, 11-7 MEAC) in a doubleheader. The team now sits three games above .500, exactly where Head Coach Pete Wilk wanted it to be.
“I hope this doesn’t come off the wrong way, but we’re a good baseball team. I expect to be over .500 with this squad and the talent that we have on the field,” Wilk said. “Any time you put a four-game winning streak together is good. I don’t care who you’re playing.”
If you took the historical success of the New York Yankees franchise, the continual hubris that Dallas Cowboys fans have despite nearly two decades of mediocrity, and the love that Notre Dame fans have for living in and reminding others of their unparalleled history, then you have a relatively decent idea about how the rest of the NHL, and Canada in particular, views the Montreal Canadiens. Just for good measure, they are the champions of French-Canadians, too. Unfortunately for the rest of our friends up North, Montreal is the team most capable of bringing Lord Stanley’s Cup back to Canada.
Montreal’s name is already engraved on the Stanley Cup 24 times, over double the amount of the second place Detroit Red Wings. The Habs are also the last Canadian team to have its name engraved on the Stanley Cup – they won the title in 1992-1993. Currently, the Habs’ quest to end Canada’s 22-year Cup drought could not be going better; they hold a three-games-to-one lead over the Ottawa Senators and are in prime position for a first-round victory.
While the Georgetown women’s lacrosse team (6-9, 5-1 Big East) suffered from inconsistencies earlier on this season, the Hoyas have a chance on Saturday to redeem themselves with a Big East regular season title.
If the Hoyas beat the Temple Owls (10-5, 2-4 Big East) on the team’s senior day, they will earn a share of the Big East title — their first since 2011 — drawing level with No. 13 Florida at a 6-1 conference record.