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Mother Nature 1, Me 0...and assorted GU Athletics Good Deeds!

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I had a dream on Friday night that I woke up and the snow that had begun before I went to bed had turned to rain. Needless to say I was in for a rude awakening when I woke up on Saturday morning. See, I'm a bit of a weather cynic. So when weather.com calls for 10-20 inches of snow, I'm the guy that sits around saying things like, "I've heard that before, we'll be lucky to get three to four inches." You can probably blame a childhood full of staying up late on nights with heavy projected snow falls, only to wake up to nothing, except the promise of a miserable, half asleep day of school...

By not grocery shopping like everyone else in the D.C. metro area on Friday, I was left with oatmeal, some protein bars and OJ for most of the weekend. More surprisingly, when above ground metro stations closed around 1 p.m. on Saturday, that all but ended my chances of getting to work at McDonough Arena for the GU vs. Old Dominion game. It also halted Sunday's Georgetown vs. Jacksonville State women's basketball game, in which I was scheduled to provide the play-by-play for HoyaVision.  Sadly, my prayers for a loaded sled and team of huskies (or reindeer) were not answered. Though if that prayer was answered it would have likely looked something like this:

 

Despite the lack of Georgetown sporting events this weekend, we have had some interesting news on the Hilltop over the last week:

Assistant field hockey Emily Beach earned The Washington Post's All-Met Field Hockey Player of the Decade. I missed seeing this in print on Wednesday, as I spent much of the day preparing for a final exam, only to find out from head field hockey coach Tiffany Marsh and baseball coach Pete Wilk on Thursday afternoon. I guess the Post isn't lying with the whole "If you miss a day, you miss a lot" tagline.

This is Beach's, second big media hit of 2009 after earning some publicity in August for her invention, the Dribble Dr., a field hockey training device for players working on their stick control that she had patented. This All-Met Player of the Decade honor wraps up a big 2009 for Coach Beach.  

In more holiday-related stories, Jon Cassidy from the football team earned praise for work with Wreaths Across America, an organization that puts wreaths on the graves of fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery as well as cemeteries across the country. WUSA-Channel 9's Dave Owens featured Cassidy and the event here! Cassidy has participated in the emotional event for the third year, one of the countless community-related endeavors Cassidy has participated in during his four-year career at Georgetown.  

Volleyball's Samantha Trauth and members of Georgetown's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee reached out to Childhelp, a non-profit that works with abused and at-risk children, to help provide Christmas through the Holiday Giving Tree program. To read more about touching good deeds that Trauth and her fellow student-athletes were able to provide click here!

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