THE RUNDOWN: Sports Stories for April 14

Men’s Lacrosse

FILE PHOTO: CLAIRE SOISSON/THE HOYA Senior attack Reilly O’Connor matched his career high by scoring five goals in Georgetown’s 19-7 win over conference rival Villanova. As a result of his strong performance, he was named the Big East Men’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week on Monday.

FILE PHOTO: CLAIRE SOISSON/THE HOYA

Continuing his role as a key offensive player, senior attack Reilly O’Connor matched his career high of five goals as he led the No. 13 Georgetown men’s lacrosse team (8-4, 3-1 Big East) to a 19-7 victory over conference rival Villanova (5-6, 0-3 Big East).

O’Connor added one assist to his effort to tally a game-high six points. He was named the Big East Men’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week on Monday for his performance.

“Reilly O’Connor today was awesome,” Head Coach Kevin Warne said. “[But] across the board, [the team just had] a really good effort. We have a bunch of guys getting a bunch of goals, and I think it’s pick your poison with our team on the offensive end.”

 

Outdoor Track & Field

Unfortunately for the rest of the nation, Georgetown’s stable of middle-distance runners keeps improving on a week-to-week basis.

Although Georgetown’s track and field program already boasts one of the deepest groups in the country, this week, two Hoyas — one each from the men and women’s teams — stepped up to add even more depth to the unit.

 

Softball

FILE PHOTO: JULIA HENNRIKUS/THE HOYA Senior pitcher Megan Hyson pitched four innings and allowed one run in Georgetown’s extra-inning 5-4 win over DePaul.

FILE PHOTO: JULIA HENNRIKUS/THE HOYA

When the Georgetown softball team (13-24, 3-7 Big East) took the field this weekend, it played against a DePaul team (15-18, 7-1 Big East) that had beaten Georgetown in each of the last 10 meetings between the two sides.

DePaul continued its winning ways in the first matchup of the three-game series, defeating Georgetown 2-0. But in Saturday’s second contest, Georgetown emerged victorious, winning 5-4 in two extra innings.

“[Saturday’s game] was our first win over DePaul in 11 games,” senior pitcher Megan Hyson said. “Our energy level was really high that entire game and we definitely needed that [win].”

 

RAAB: Around the District

In baseball, you can’t jump to conclusions about teams in April. Consequently, I resented the implications of hoards of armchair Twitter analysts condemning the Washington Nationals for losing their first series of the year to the New York Mets, and their second to the Phillies.

It’s presumptuous, unfair and impossible to jump to any season-defining conclusion from what the Nationals have done in a mere seven games.

Yet, at the same time, I’m starting to feel that I’ve seen this story before. The team has a batting average of .194 on the season (.200 without the pitchers) with a .256 OBP. It is averaging 2.2 runs per game, with more than half of those runs coming on home runs.

 

MICHELLE LUBERTO/THE HOYA Sophomore goalkeeper Maddy Fisher recorded five saves in her team’s 8-4 win over Cincinnati. Fisher has started all 13 games this season and has saved 73 shots, with a save percentage of 40.3 percent.

MICHELLE LUBERTO/THE HOYA

Women’s Lacrosse

fter a dominant first-half performance against Cincinnati (2-12, 0-4 Big East), in which the Hoyas exploded for seven goals, the Georgetown women’s lacrosse team (4-9, 3-1 Big East) stumbled to an 8-4 win Saturday at MultiSport Facility.

With this win and Georgetown’s victory over Villanova last Wednesday, the Hoyas have managed consecutive wins for the first time this season.

 

FIEGE: Out of Our League

Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland suffered an injured abdomen and elbow. Atlanta Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha sustained a fractured tibia. Both players are out for the season.

Ask any casual follower of the NBA how these injuries occurred, and they would probably assume that there must have been an ugly collision at a Pacers-Hawks game the night before. Of course, if that had been the case, Hawks forward Pero Antic would not have spent time in a New York City jail, and Sefolosha would not be at the center of a police brutality investigation.

On April 8, a little after 4 a.m., Copeland and his ex-fiancee left New York City’s 10AK nightclub and were approached by a stranger who would not leave them alone. It is unclear whether a verbal altercation broke out, but a comment of Copeland’s spurred the stranger to take out a knife and swing at the couple, injuring them both. When Copeland’s driver finally wrangled and subdued the stranger, the police showed up — and that is when the story takes a strange turn.

 

Baseball

FILE PHOTO: MICHELLE XU/THE HOYA Junior catcher Nick Collins recorded five hits, scored three runs and notched three RBIs in Georgetown’s three-game series against Villanova.

FILE PHOTO: MICHELLE XU/THE HOYA

Georgetown’s baseball team (16-15, 3-3 Big East) lost a close game to Villanova (13-17, 1-2 Big East) in the final matchup of a three-game series on Sunday, but earned victories in the first two games in Philadelphia to win the series.

The Hoyas’ bats were alive to open the weekend against their Big East opponents, as Georgetown scored nine runs in the first three innings on Friday.

“It was huge, especially playing away, to get that win, especially with the lead we had, putting up all those runs,” sophomore center fielder Beau Hall said.

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