My staff has been working harder than ever, but part of the reason we've been working harder is because our teams have been doing better. And while we all value and treasure the experiences we have working with student-athletes and coaches, we all like to win too.
And Georgetown teams have been winning this year...and the fall isn't even done yet. At a staff Monday afternoon, Pat McArdle, Executive Director for Athletic Relations, said that it may be one of the best fall seasons we've had in 20 years.
This past weekend was a microcosm of the year.
While I was down in South Carolina with the men's basketball team, I was covering the women's soccer team in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament in Minnesota. The Hoyas, behind a goal from junior Samantha Baker in the 90th minute, punched a ticket to the Elite Eight on Saturday afternoon. It was the 15th win of the season for the Hoyas, setting a new school record for wins in a season.
The football team closed out the 2010 season with a win at home. The win closed what was, without question, a positive season for the team after a winless 2009.
On Sunday, as the men's basketball team was taking the court in South Carolina, I was glued to my laptop, listening to Dan Helfrich's broadcast of the men's soccer game at North Carolina in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Hoyas lost to one of the top five teams in the country, but there were a lot of people in Carolina First Arena coming to me for updates on that game.
And today, returning to the office a bit sleepy after getting home at 2:30 in the morning, I was among a group of staffers following the cross country teams at the NCAA Championships. The women's team, led by Emily Infeld, finished in fourth place overall.
Things will continue this week, as I head out to Ohio with the women's soccer team for a chance to make the Final Four.
It's been a wild ride for all of us this Fall, and we're thankful for the success, but it's not over yet.