What To Watch For is a new weekly post replacing Weekend Preview that will highlight the most compelling Georgetown home games and other televised athletics contests for the coming weekend.
[Editor’s Note: My good friend Arik here was being lazy as usual, so I wrote half of this…I won’t say what I added, but feel free to give me credit for whichever parts you think are the best]
Men’s Lacrosse vs. Rutgers – Friday, 7 p.m.
For the 15th consecutive season, these two combatants face off, and the Hoyas will be coming in with all the pressure firmly on them; Georgetown (6-6, 2-3 Big East) has defeated Rutgers (6-8, 1-4 Big East) in all of those 14 previous encounters. This will also be Senior Night, the final home game of the regular season, and following an upset win over No. 14 Syracuse, the Blue and Gray will be looking to end the year on a positive note. The most important repercussions in this one, though, are actually for Georgetown Head Coach Dave Urick himself. Urick has never had a losing season during his entire 21-year tenure on the Hilltop, and he needs a win over Rutgers to keep that streak intact.
Women’s Lacrosse vs. Rutgers – Saturday, 1 p.m.
On Saturday, the women’s team (8-7, 4-3 Big East) likewise faces off against Rutgers in a game that can be seen on CBS Sports Network. The women’s team is ranked No. 15 in the nation, with the Blue and Gray coming off a tough 19-10 loss to fifth-ranked Maryland in College Park. With the final spot in the four-team Big East Championships—and, consequently, the possibility of an NCAA Tournament berth—on the line for both squads, the drama is sure to be intense at MultiSport Facility.
Georgetown Day – Friday, All Day
But Georgetown Day isn’t a sporting event! you say. Au contraire—in the eyes of many Hoyas, there just may be no greater sporting event this side of men’s basketball. Totally legitimate sports to be played out on Copley Lawn throughout the afternoon reportedly include wiffleball, volleyball, and paddleball. Actually, upon Googling that last one for confirmation, paddleball’s definitely not a sport (or at least is about as much of one as ball-in-a-cup). Anyway, there are also food-eating contests, which ESPN says constitutes a sport, in addition to a dunk tank, which if you think about it is practically baseball except with the whole “sitting around in-between pitches” part substituted for an awesome “make people angrily fall into water” part. Make sure to check it all out.
Elsewhere in Hoya sports this weekend: Men’s and women’s track race at Penn Relays; Baseball plays three games at Pitt; Softball has three at Louisville; and men’s golf competes at the Big East Championships
For full schedules, be sure to visit the official Georgetown Athletics website at http://www.guhoyas.com/.