THE RUNDOWN: Sports Stories for March 18

CLAIRE SOISSON/THE HOYA

CLAIRE SOISSON/THE HOYA

Men’s Lacrosse

The Georgetown men’s lacrosse team (1-5) will travel south to Durham, N.C. this Saturday to take on the No. 11 Duke Blue Devils (5-3). The Hoyas lost both of their games last week, including a one-goal loss to the Hobart Statesmen (4-3).

The start to the Hoyas’ season has been a tough one. Three of Georgetown’s first five opponents were ranked in the top 20, including the No. 1 team when No. 2 Notre Dame (4-1) sat atop the rankings in Georgetown’s season opener.

FILE PHOTO: CLAIRE SOISSON/THE HOYA

FILE PHOTO: CLAIRE SOISSON/THE HOYA

Men’s Basketball

Voices echoed down hallways and balls bounced in the background in McDonough Arena. It was Media Day in October, and the outlook for the Georgetown men’s basketball season was strong.

“As many players as we have returning and with the group we have, I think we’re better than people perceive us to be. And we just got to go and prove that,” senior guard and co-captain D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera said of the team’s potential at the beginning of the season. “I’m not really going to say too much of what we can do, but you’ll see when the games come around and the teams that we play.”

Track & Field

The No. 23 Georgetown men’s and No. 11 Georgetown women’s indoor track and field teams each competed at the NCAA championships in Birmingham, Ala. last weekend. The women captured 21 points and secured ninth place overall at the meet, and the men fell short of placing in the top 10.

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COURTESY GEORGETOWN SPORTS INFORMATION

The Hoyas were led by the relay of graduate student Andrea Keklak, senior Heather Martin, junior Emma Keenan and graduate student Katrina Coogan in a historic performance in the women’s distance medley relay. The foursome captured Georgetown’s third national championship in the event in program history with a time of 10:57.21, the ninth fastest time in NCAA history.

Women’s Lacrosse

The Georgetown women’s lacrosse team (2-5) beat George Mason (2-2), 15-12 on the road in its second victory of the season Wednesday night. The win marked the 13th consecutive time the Hoyas have beaten the Patriots dating back to the beginning of George Mason’s program in 1994.

Senior attack Corinne Etchison and freshman attack Taylor Gebhardt each scored four goals for the Hoyas. Etchison has scored nine goals so far this season, while Gebhardt currently has scored seven. Senior attack Kelsey Perselay added two goals, and five other players each scored a goal, including senior midfielder Kristen Bandos for her 13th goal of the season. On George Mason’s team, junior attack Jacquelyn Spalding led the way with three goals and two assists. Junior midfielder Brooke Lorber also had a hat trick and an assist.

Baseball

Following an impressive five-game winning streak on the team’s spring break trip to the Snowbird Baseball Classic in Florida, the Georgetown baseball team (10-7) embarked on a stretch of five straight home games on Tuesday with a 5-4 win against Yale (0-8) in the first game of this week’s homestand. In a closely fought matchup, the Hoyas overcame the Bulldogs on a walk-off home run by junior outfielder Beau Hall.

“I actually thought to myself before I came up to bat that I’ve never hit a walk-off before in my career,” Hall said. “[I was] just going up looking to get on base, get a good pitch to hit, get the next guy up and keep our chances alive.”

Softball

It’s not often that one hears the coach of a team leaving an invitational with five straight losses say it was a successful showing — but that’s exactly how Head Coach Pat Conlan described Georgetown softball’s (5-16) performance in Arizona last weekend at the Arizona State Louisville Slugger Invitational.

“It was [tough], but it really was a great weekend. It was some of our best ball that we’ve played this year against some of the best teams in the country, so I was very, very pleased,” Conlan said. “It was one tough set of games, but overall I think our kids competed very well, and we’re proud of the progress we made.”

Upon Further Review

How is it that in just two years of having its own playoff selection committee, college football has already shown that it is incredibly more adept at ranking its teams at year-end than the NCAA basketball selection committee? College basketball has been picking teams for its March Madness tournament since 1939 and for some reason still does not seem to have a clue what it is doing.

Aside from the brutal snubs the NCAA tournament committee dished out to several teams this year — Monmouth, your bench will be missed — the seeding of the teams that are actually in the tournament is puzzling to say the least. There is no reason that Oregon should be a one-seed over Michigan State — the Spartans’ only loss since mid-January was to the 10th-ranked Purdue Boilermakers, whereas Oregon has three losses to teams ranked 100 or worse this season. It is inexplicable why the overall No. 1-seed Kansas is in a region stacked with the Villanova Wildcats, Miami Hurricanes, California Golden Bears and Maryland Terrapins. And why are the No. 1 overall Jayhawks not seeded in the region closest to them?

The Water Cooler

The dawn of free agency in the NFL means that teams will now spend hundreds of millions of dollars on a wide array of talent in a process that has always been something of an imperfect science. Teams attempt to use a player’s past performance as a guide for their future value, and they are often incorrect. One company, Zebra Technologies, has attempted to change that. By installing radio frequency identification chips in each player’s shoulder pads, teams will have instant access to real-time data involving speed, velocity and other previously unobtainable metrics. Over time, RFID chips should revolutionize the game both by making coaches better at their jobs and franchises smarter when it comes to making offseason moves.

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