Georgetown athletes have an action-packed Friday and Saturday before the holiday this long weekend. Then again, game day is the perfect time to work off that Valentine’s Day chocolate.
Tomorrow, three Hoya teams take the road to start weekend competition. The women’s tennis team doesn’t have far to go, as it takes on William and Mary in Williamsburg. After a strong 6-1 victory in their Big East opener against Pittsburgh last weekend, the team looks to defeat the Tribe after suffering a tough 4-3 loss to Washington this week. The softball team travels farther, going to South Carolina for the USC-Upstate Tournament and hopes to build on the positive of last week’s .500 performance at the Elon Tournament. The team’s first game is against UNC-Wilmington on Friday, followed by two games on Saturday against George Mason and Howard, closing out the tournament on Sunday against the hosts. The baseball team also be heading to the Palmetto State this weekend to open its season against Charleston Southern.
Saturday will be even busier than Friday for those representing the Blue and Gray, as an impressive slate of contests is populated by the men’s and women’s Track and Field championships, two basketball games, and a sailing invitational. The Big East Championships for Indoor Track and Field are hosted this weekend in the Big Apple at the New Balance Track and Field Center at the Armory. The team is set to compete all day Saturday and Sunday. Junior Emily Infield and sophomore Andrew Springer recently earned Big East athlete of the week recognition and hope to continue their impressive running from last week at the championships.
The sailing team is also scheduled to compete this Saturday and Sunday, and will be sailing in both the College of Charleston Spring Invitational as well as the Quad Invite at St Mary’s in Maryland.
Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams have conference games against the Providence Friars this Saturday. The women beat Villanova 60-54 on Tuesday to earn their ninth Big East win. They’ll be tipping off against a middling Friars team at 2 p.m. at McDonough in search of double-digit conference wins. If you’re planning on going, be sure to arrive early for the pre-game ceremony honoring the seven senior members of the team.
The men’s team heads to Rhode Island this weekend after recording a ten-point win over St. John’s in a sparsely attended game at Verizon Center last weekend. The Hoyas beat the lowly Friars by nine in a low-scoring affair earlier this year at Verizon, and should be able to avoid an embarrassing loss and keep the Friars firmly rooted to the bottom of the Big East standings. For those not making the trek up to New England, the game will be broadcast on MASN at 7 p.m., and if nothing else it should be interesting to see just how many times the announcers can mention that Markel Starks is running in the GUSA elections.