THE RUNDOWN: Sports Stories for February 23

FILE PHOTO: KATHLEEN GUAN/THE HOYA

FILE PHOTO: KATHLEEN GUAN/THE HOYA

Men’s Lacrosse

The No. 17 Georgetown men’s lacrosse team (0-1) fell in its 2016 debut to No. 1 Notre Dame (1-0) 12-7 Saturday in Atlanta, Ga. in the Cobb County Classic. In the end, the Fighting Irish’s offense was too much for the Hoyas to handle.

“I thought we played hard, but as what happens in the beginning of the season [is that] you practice against yourself a lot, and some of the teams might do something that you’re not used to,” Head Coach Kevin Warne said.

Georgetown struggled throughout the game to win faceoffs, and the team’s inability to do so hurt it in the first quarter. Notre Dame won all five of the faceoffs in the first quarter and went on a 4-0 run to start the game. Georgetown went on to win only 22 percent of its attempts at the X.

ISABEL BINAMIRA/THE HOYA

ISABEL BINAMIRA/THE HOYA

Men’s Basketball Commentary

By now, everyone has taken off the rose-colored glasses. Fans and pundits alike see the Georgetown men’s basketball team’s (14-14, 7-8 Big East) season for what it truly is — or perhaps more aptly, was — and recognize that the postseason is all but a pipe dream. No. 8 Xavier (24-3, 12-3 Big East) came into Verizon Center on Saturday and shredded the nets in the second half to the tune of 77-percent shooting from the field. The student section, a shell of what it was just a few weeks ago, nearly completely emptied itself by the under-four-minute timeout in the second half en route to an 88-70 blowout loss.

“To be honest, it’s hard to sit here and find some positives,” Head Coach John Thompson III said after the team’s loss at home to Seton Hall (19-7, 9-5 Big East) last Wednesday — a sentiment reinforced after Saturday’s loss.

A10_WomensBball_StanleyDai-300x267Women’s Basketball

The Georgetown women’s basketball team (14-12, 7-9 Big East) came out on the losing end of a tough battle with conference rival Villanova (17-10, 10-6 Big East) Sunday at McDonough Arena. The Hoyas had a 12-point lead in the fourth quarter, but the Wildcats battled back, coming away with a narrow three-point victory.

“This game came down to that half an inch,” Head Coach Natasha Adair said. “These [conference] games are just so close and it comes down to that possession. It comes down to that stop. It comes down to that layup. It comes down to that free throw. It comes down to that turnover.”

Women’s Lacrosse

A 12-goal first-half deficit proved to be insurmountable for the Georgetown women’s lacrosse team (0-2) when it lost to No. 1 defending national champion Maryland (2-0) 18-8 on Saturday. Maryland scored 14 goals in the first half to Georgetown’s two, but the Hoyas were able to tally six goals in the second half. Maryland controlled the offensive pace throughout the game, outshooting Georgetown 34-17 and controlling over 70 percent of the draws.

The Terrapins tallied 12 straight goals in the first 19 minutes of the game, starting with a goal only 53 seconds into the game by senior midfielder Bryn Boucher. Maryland sophomore attack Megan Whittle scored four goals while freshman midfielder Caroline Steele scored three. Senior midfielder Taylor Cummings finished with four points as she had three assists and a goal, and three goalies saw action. After Whittle and Steele notched goals in the second half, the Hoyas regained some momentum and scored five straight to bring the game to 16-8.

Track & Field

The No. 15 Georgetown men’s and the No. 11 Georgetown women’s indoor track and field teams competed in multiple meets last week, with a selected portion of the men’s squad traveling to Boston, Mass. to compete in the Boston University Valentine Invitational on Feb. 13, while others were sent to the Spire Invitational in Geneva, Ohio on the same day. The women’s team sent runners to the Penn State Tune-Up on Feb. 20.

As the Big East Championships loom on the horizon, the men’s team continued to build on its momentum from past meets.
Senior Ahmed Bile set another personal record in the men’s invitational 3000-meter race at the BU Valentine Invitational. Bile clocked in at 7:51.77, finishing first place in the event. Bile’s time is currently the fifth fastest in the nation.

Junior Amos Bartelsmeyer followed Bile in the 3000-meter race with a time of 7:57.28, also a personal record. This time placed Bartelsmeyer third overall in the event. Senior Michael Lederhouse also broke eight minutes in the race, securing fifth place with a time of 7:58.46, another personal record.

Baseball

The Georgetown baseball team (1-2) travelled to North Carolina this weekend to participate in the season-opening Wake Forest Invitational, losing its first two games against Wake Forest (3-0) 3-1 and Virginia Military Institute (2-2) 4-0 before beating University of Maryland Baltimore County (1-3) 6-5 in 10 innings in a dramatic walk-off win.

The drama of the extra-innings win was amplified by the unlikely hero: sophomore backup catcher Richie O’Reilly. The hit came in his first career at bat, after senior starting catcher Eric Webber was pinch-hit for in the bottom of the ninth. O’Reilly caught the top of the tenth before driving in the winning run on a single.

The Beautiful Game

With the return of the Champions League, as well as regular domestic games and other competitions, February is always a hectic month in the soccer world. It is no surprise that many players get injured — we are looking at you, Wayne Rooney. With the Premier League not in action at the moment, I would like to focus on one of my favorite competitions in the world: the Football Association Challenge Cup.

The FA Cup started in 1871, making it the oldest soccer competition in the world. In the last 144 years, there have been 42 different tournament winners. Arsenal currently holds the record for most wins at 12, although Manchester United and Tottenham are not far behind with 11 and eight, respectively. While it can be very difficult to find a good stream of the games online, it is absolutely worth your while to do so.

Softball

Last season, senior pitchers threw 78.3 percent of the innings for the Georgetown softball team. This season, the Hoyas (1-7) have shown their inexperience in the circle. This weekend, they struggled to prevent runs at the Dolphin Invitational in Jacksonville, Fla., allowing 63 runs in five losses.

“We’ve got a lot to work on,” Head Coach Pat Conlan said. “That’s the great thing about this time of the year. The one thing that we’re trying to focus on is just making sure every aspect of our game is consistent: the offense, the defense and the pitching. And it hasn’t been.”

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