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THE RUNDOWN: Sports Stories for September 11

Fall Sports Preview 2015:

Men’s Soccer: Defense Returns for 2015

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Entering its 2015 season, the No. 25 Georgetown men’s soccer team (1-2-1 overall, 0-0-0 Big East) boasted a defense that had the potential to be the envy of the NCAA. All four starters — seniors Cole Seiler, Josh Turnley and Keegan Rosenberry and junior Joshua Yaro — returned for the Hoyas, creating a back line to be reckoned with. In 2015, all four players became co-captains. The defense was expected to lead the way for a team with national championship ambitions.

Those expectations seemed warranted. Yaro was named Big East Preseason Defensive Player of the Year just prior to the start of the 2015 season. He could have been the No. 1 overall MLS draft pick had he not chosen to return to school. His talent has drawn the attention and praise of teammates, opponents and professional scouts.

Not to be overlooked, however, are the three seniors who have seen extended minutes on defense since 2013. Seiler and Rosenberry started for the Hoyas in the national championship game in 2012 and have been starters ever since. Turnley stepped into the starting 11 the following year. The experience gained by spending several seasons competing as college athletes is an extremely valuable asset.

Men’s Soccer: Season Preview



In the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament, the Georgetown men’s soccer team (1-2-1) experienced a heartbreaking loss in penalty kicks to Virginia — a team that went on to win the 2014 National Championship.

Nonetheless, this loss had little impact on expectations for the Hoyas in their 2015 campaign. Georgetown was ranked third in the nation, and with the return of star junior defender Joshua Yaro despite the lure of Major League Soccer and a history of solid offensive production, Georgetown was set to be a powerhouse team on both sides of the field. Yaro and senior forward Brandon Allen were named to the Hermann Trophy Watch List, which compiles the players most likely to win the award for the best college soccer player in the nation. In addition, Yaro and Allen were named the Big East Preseason Defensive and Offensive Players of the Year, respectively.

Women’s Soccer: Revamped Offense Features Veterans

WSoc-GARPH-300x229You cannot win if you do not score. This adage rings true in nearly all sports, but it holds a special significance in soccer, where goals are particularly hard to come by.

Fortunately, the Georgetown women’s soccer team (3-2-0) began its 2015 season with an offense that has had little trouble finding the back of the net. The Hoyas have scored 10 goals in just five games and have been shut out only once. Collectively, the team has already taken 80 shots, while its opponents have tallied only 42.

The team’s offensive success can largely be attributed to three dynamic forwards who have each stepped up to lead the Hoyas’ attack. For graduate student forward Audra Ayotte, junior forward Grace Damaska and senior forward Crystal Thomas, the statistics speak for themselves. Continue reading

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Spring Sports Wrap

As Georgetown’s summer begins, we wanted to recap the conclusions of the Hoyas’ spring athletics season. We have already covered the end of some sports seasons, including baseball, softball, women’s lacrosse, women’s golf and men’s lacrosse,

Men’s Golf:

The men’s golf team finished fifth in the Big East championships at Callawassie Island Golf Club in Callawassie Island, S.C. The Hoyas finished with a score of 51-over par 915 in the three-day tournament, 18 strokes behind champion Marquette. Freshman Sam Madsen finished ninth overall with a score of eight-over par 224, followed by senior Greg Podufal with 13-over par 229 and freshmen Cole Berman and Jack Musgrave with 15-over par 231.

Men’s Tennis:

The men’s tennis team earned a dramatic upset victory over third-seeded DePaul in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament. The Blue Demons earned the doubles point before winning the first and third singles matches to take a 3-0 lead, but the Hoyas fought back to win the final four points, sealing the match with a 4-3 score. However, Georgetown lost its semifinal match against second-seeded Marquette 4-0, ending its season.

Women’s Tennis:

The women’s tennis team’s season ended in disappointment at the Big East tournament, as it fell 4-0 to fourth-seeded Marquette. Freshman Casey Marx and sophomore Sophia Barnard earned a victory in third doubles, but it was not enough to drive the Hoyas to a victory.

Track & Field:

Sophomore Jonathan Green (10,000-meter), freshman Joe White (800m), sophomore Sabrina Southerland (800m), senior Ryan Gil and junior Darren Fahy (3,000m steeplechase) all qualified for the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in their respective events. Saturday is the final day of preliminary racing, but the program is already guaranteed to be well-represented.

Men’s Rowing:

The men’s heavyweight rowing team travelled to Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass., to compete in the Eastern Associations of Rowing Colleges (EARC) Sprints. The Hoyas’ three boats finished sixth, fifth and sixth in their respective opening heats before finishing fifth, third and fourth in their respective finals.

Women’s Rowing:

The women’s rowing team finished fifth in the Patriot League championships for the second consecutive year, earning a total of 27 points. Navy (54 points) earned the championship by winning all three grand final races.


The women’s sailing team earned a sixth-place finish in the Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) championships. The Hoyas’ coed team is still in the midst of competition at the ICSA team championships, and is currently in sixth place after the conclusion of the Friday races.

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Top Sports Features of the Year

The Hoya’s final issue of the academic year is set to hit stands in just hours, and the lead sports story is a feature on the relationship between the head lacrosse coach, Dave Urick, and his son and assistant coach, Scott. It got me thinking about some of my favorite sports features of the year. Since it’s 4 or so in the morning now, I’ll use a completely unscientific method of choosing… namely, whatever comes to my mind right now. Here we go…

Men’s Basketball
A Coach and A Player by Harlan Goode
Does it get any better than the story of our favorite coach and point guard? I don’t think so. Check out the entire basketball preview for some other excellent stories.

Big Man High by Bailey Heaps
When Roy Hibbert was in high school at Georgetown Prep, the Little Hoyas’ frontcourt consisted of Big Roy (7-foot-2), Davis Nwankwo (6-foot-9) and Aris Williams (6-foot-9). That’s a big trio for college — to say it’s enormous for high school may be an understatement.

At West Virginia, Mountaineering is a Full-Time Job by Harlan Goode
Okay, so technically it’s a column. But I find it hilarious how serious West Virginia is about the guy they dress up and give a gun (it’s a real one, apparently). Continue reading

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