The spring season has started here at Georgetown and there is a lot going on, let's
get to it...
The swimming & diving teams had two dual meets last week
with the women's team running their unbeaten streak to eight in a row.Senior Lindsay Vickroy was a part of two
relay-winning teams and also won four events over the two days.This Saturday is their Senior Day up at Yates
against Howard at 1 p.m.This will be
the last home meet for 11 seniors so please go out and support them before they
head to BIG EAST's in three weeks.
The tennis teams also started spring competition last
weekend as the men took two out of three at the VCU 4+1 Invitational with wins
over Campbell and James Madison.Meanwhile, the women's team earned the first victory over an Ivy League
school in program history with a sound defeat of Penn.This weekend the men travel to CP for a date with the Terps.
Saturday is a huge day for Georgetown Athletics as a
whole.The final big event may be the
one not many people know about.Hoyas
Unlimited will host the Sixth Annual Diamond Club First Pitch Dinner benefiting
baseball that evening.Olympic hero and
goaltender on the 1980 U.S. Hockey Team Jim Craig will be this year's keynote
speaker. The First Pitch Dinner will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, January
30, 2010 in the Leavey Center Ballroom on the campus of GeorgetownUniversity.
The fundraising dinner will also feature a silent auction that will include
vacation getaways and Major League Baseball tickets.
Over the past several years the First Pitch Dinner has
featured such luminaries as Tim Kurkjian, Johnny Bench, Terry Francona and the
late Tim Russert, along with former andcurrent MLB players, umpires, general managers and Georgetown alumni.
Craig is most notable for being the goaltender for the 1980 U.S. Olympic
hockey team thatwon the Olympic gold
medal at the Lake Placid Winter Games. In the Olympic semifinal game against
the heavily favored Soviet Union, known as the "Miracle on Ice",
Craig stopped 36 of 39 shots on goal as the U.S. beat the Soviets, 4-3, in what
is widely considered one of the greatest upsets in sports history.
Staying with the baseball team, due to the recent natural
disaster, a number of college baseball teams have banded together to "Pinch Hit
for Haiti."The ElonUniversity
baseball team started the initiative with the goal of raising money to help in
the Haitian relief efforts despite being confined to campus with preseason
workouts.The team asked every NCAA
collegiate baseball team to donate money to the Red Cross.In the D.C. metropolitan area, extending out
to all of Virginia and Maryland,
GeorgetownUniversity has taken the lead in
cultivating funds to provide to the Red Cross for relief efforts in the island
nation recently ravaged by an earthquake.
"The disaster in Haiti
put the lifestyles we lead here at Georgetown
in perspective," senior captain Tommy Lee said."Our team could not be more proud to represent GeorgetownUniversity
and join the tremendous community that exists in collegiate baseball around the
country. We are fortunate to have Mike Melillo down at ElonUniversity
start the effort and to have every member of our team contribute. Georgetown
Baseball will continue to provide further donations and support for this "Pinch
Hit for Haiti" initiative as we try our best to help those in need."
Donations are being made directly to the Red Cross in a
variety of ways. If you would like to help out in this effort, you can donate
to the Haiti Relief and Development fund at www.redcross.org. You can also
donate $10 via your mobile phone by texting "Haiti" to 90999.
Finally, the women's basketball team, ranked No. 17 in the
nation, hosts Rutgers in McDonough on Saturday
afternoon.Tip is slated for 4 p.m. and
this is a huge game for the team as far as league and national implications are
considered.You can easily, make it back
from Verizon after the Georgetown
men play some team from Tobacco Road that will go unnamed.So if you would like to catch TWO outstanding
basketball games that day, make the pilgrimage back to campus after the men's
game for Georgetown-Rutgers.