As we start to get back into the school-year swing of things here at Paranoia, this feature–adapted at the end of last semester from the (in my opinion, more boring) “Weekend Preview” of yore–is finally making its return. Here, then, are what all Hoya fans should be watching out for this weekend:
The big storyline on the weekend for Georgetown athletics is the football team’s game against the Tigers on Saturday night, which will be the first appearance in the history of the program on national television. Thanks to a deal with Princeton, ESPNU will be broadcasting the game with play-by-play from Capitals announcer Joe Beninati and color commentary from former NFL and UMass running back Rene Ingoglia.
The Hoyas are 2-1 on the season, having topped Davidson and Warner before losing a tough one to Yale at home last time out. Princeton, meanwhile, has only played once–a 17-14 loss at Lehigh–but the crowd and country-wide exposure will definitely give them a boost in their home opener. Make sure to tune in to see if GU can ruin the hosts’ day and make the most of their 3+ hours of fame.
The Blue and Gray are into the top 10 now in the national collegiate rankings, having experienced the best start in program history as they’ve chalked up an impressive mark of 7-0-1 to get off very much on the right foot. All of those eight games, however, have come against non-conference opponents, and the Scarlet Knights will thus present Georgetown’s first Big East challenger when they come to North Kehoe Field tomorrow afternoon.
Rutgers has only played five contests so far (compiling a 3-2 record in the process), and their defense currently ranks second in the Big East in goals allowed; senior Andy Riemer, who notched a hat trick last time out against Penn, will look to partner with strikers Steve Neumann and Brandon Allen to help break RU down.
Like the men’s squad, Georgetown’s women’s soccer team is likewise making some waves early on this season, starting off 8-1-1, including two wins in two tries in Big East play. The 19th-ranked Hoyas will try to extend that run of success this weekend, when they face off with Providence (7-2-1, 2-0-0 Big East) on Sunday at North Kehoe. Last weekend, Daphne Corboz and Co. bounced back in a major way from their 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Stanford in Palo Alto two weeks ago, embarrassing Seton Hall 8-0 and squeaking by #16 Rutgers on the road. The Friars will present another stiff test, and since we all know you’re not going to actually be doing work on Sunday afternoon anyway, go out and support the Blue and Gray as they attempt to bolster their NCAA tournament résumé.
Whatever you’re a fan of, it’s not a bad slate.