THE RUNDOWN: Sports Stories for April 5

AIDAN CURRAN/THE HOYA

AIDAN CURRAN/THE HOYA

Club Basketball Feature

Three years ago, the No. 3 Georgetown men’s club basketball team (22-3, 15-3 Mid-Atlantic East) played three games in an entire year.

The program joined the National Club Basketball Association in 2015, and one year later, the team, boasting a regional championship title, is just three games away from a national championship.

“There was nothing,” senior captain Brody Garrity — who serves as the team’s unofficial head coach — said in reference to the team’s past seasons. “This club was … like, we showed up and ran some pickup at [Yates Field House] and did nothing more than that.”

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FILE PHOTO: CLAIRE SOISSON/THE HOYA

Men’s Lacrosse

A five-goal first-quarter deficit set the tone for the entirety of the Georgetown men’s lacrosse team’s (1-9, 0-2 Big East) Saturday home contest against No. 4 Denver (8 -1, 1-0 Big East), which ultimately ended in a 17-4 loss for the Hoyas — the team’s sixth consecutive loss.

The last time Georgetown met Denver on the lacrosse field was under an entirely different set of circumstances. The Pioneers and the Hoyas faced off May 2, 2015 in the Big East championship game as the No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. Though Georgetown dropped the decision 16-8, the Hoyas had entered the championship game as the one team in the Big East with a chance to keep pace with the powerhouse team that would go on to win the national championship later in the month.

Now at the bottom of the conference standings with one win in 2016, the Hoyas have had to readjust many of their expectations this season.

JULIA HENNRIKUS/THE HOYA

JULIA HENNRIKUS/THE HOYA

Women’s Lacrosse

The Georgetown women’s lacrosse team (3-7, 1-0 Big East) won its first conference game against Vanderbilt (4-7, 0-2 Big East) Saturday afternoon in Nashville.

The Hoyas won 7-5 for their third consecutive road victory. Georgetown, which now holds an 8-0 all-time record against the Vanderbilt, outshot the Commodores 29-23 while the teams tied with seven draw controls and 15 ground balls each.

Freshman attack Taylor Gebhardt scored a hat trick, putting her at 12 goals for the season. Four other Hoyas scored one goal each, including senior attacks Corinne Etchison and Kelsey Perselay, freshman midfielder Francesca Whitehurst and freshman midfielder Morgan Ryan. Georgetown also proved more efficient in free-position shots, securing 2-of-6, while Vanderbilt was unable to convert on any of its three attempts.

Basketball

Allen Iverson, former Georgetown basketball player and NBA star, was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Monday.

Iverson played for the Georgetown men’s basketball team under then-Head Coach John Thompson Jr. from 1994 to 1996.

In his two-season career on the Hilltop, he led Georgetown to two Sweet 16 appearances and helped bring Georgetown to the Elite 8 in his sophomore season.

At Georgetown, Iverson averaged over 20 points per game during both his freshman and sophomore years. The guard dished out 4.5 assists per game his freshman year and 4.7 assists per game his sophomore year.

Tennis

Although early rain forced the teams to towel down the courts at Georgetown Visitation before their Saturday matches against the St. Francis men’s (9-6, 1-0 Northeast Conference) and women’s (4-11, 1-0 Northeast Conference) tennis teams could commence, both Georgetown’s men’s (6-7, 1-1 Big East) and women’s (9-4, 1-3 Big East) tennis teams ultimately defeated the Red Flash in decisive fashions.

This is the second time this season that both Hoya squads have competed against two teams from the same program after both Georgetown teams competed against George Mason on March 16.

Track & Field

The Georgetown men’s and women’s track and field teams opened up the 2016 outdoor season at split sites, with both squads sending groups of athletes to the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., and the Colonial Relays in Williamsburg, Va., where multiple athletes set personal records.

At the Colonial Relays, sophomore Joe White carried over his momentum from the indoor season. He clocked in at 3:47.37 — a personal record — in the men’s 1500-meter event, which placed him fourth overall. Meanwhile, freshman Spencer Brown claimed seventh place by running 1:51.98 in the 800m.

In the men’s 5000m, junior Amos Bartelsmeyer led the way for the Hoyas, finishing in fifth place with a time of 14:05.05. Junior Scott Carpenter followed Bartelsmeyer to a sixth place finish with a time of 14:06.57 — nearly a 15-second improvement over his previous personal record. Graduate student John Murray captured seventh place overall with a time of 14:07.26.

The Beautiful Game

We have learned a few important things coming out of the latest international break.

First, England is capable of beating quality teams like Germany, but it still has consistency issues to work on before the European Championship begins in June. Second, Leicester City continues to secure its spot at the table in the Barclays Premier League. It is now seven points ahead of Tottenham and can lock up the title by winning its next four games. And finally, El Clasico is never a dull game — Real Madrid eked out a 2-1 win over Barcelona in the final few minutes.

Seeing as this international break featured World Cup qualifiers and last-minute friendlies before the Euros, I thought this week I would preview the Euros. This year’s tournament in June will be the first time that 24 teams will play in the first stage. Divided into six groups, the top two teams in every group will advance to the next round, along with the next four best teams.

More Than a Game

The social media world has blown up over the past week after separate news stories broke regarding the love lives of two NBA players. Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving’s name began trending online when the musician PartyNextDoor posted a photo on Instagram showing himself holding hands in bed with R&B singer Kehlani, who recently broke up with Irving. Not long after, a video filmed by the Los Angeles Lakers’ rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell showed fellow Laker Nick Young admitting to cheating on fiancee singer Iggy Azalea with multiple women. On the surface, these stories seem like intrusions on the two players’ love lives, but they intrude further into much darker topics like suicide and infidelity. This sheds light on the invasiveness of the public as well as the monumental role of social media in shaping public opinion.

Softball

The Georgetown softball team (6-23, 1-4 Big East) played DePaul in a doubleheader this weekend in Chicago, losing 11-5 and 11-2. The Hoyas went into this weekend’s matchup with a record of 6-21 following a series of three games against St. John’s that resulted in two losses and one win for Georgetown.

In the first of the two matchups against DePaul, Georgetown experienced a slow start, with DePaul racking up four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Down by four against the Blue Demons early on in the game, the Hoyas remained optimistic.

“It was just the first inning, and there was a lot of game left,” junior catcher Gabriela Elvina said. “It definitely did rattle us, but we’re a team that can score runs, so we knew we had a chance to come back.”

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