I'm typing from my seat in the pressbox at Yurcak Field on what is possibly the nicest night of the year. It's about 65 degrees, slight breeze and not a cloud in the sky. Somewhat shocking that we had to go to New Jersey for the nicest climate during the lacrosse season.
Interestingly enough there is a decent-sized group of youth lacrosse players who have become huge Georgetown fans for the evening. Right now they are standing in the front of the stands behind the Hoyas bench cheering on the guys through warm ups. Most interestingly, the loudest of our new Georgetown fans is wearing a Syracuse jersey and shorts. I'm wishing I traveled with some spare GU t-shirts for that poor kid. I blame his parents.
Tonight's game is a great opportunity for Georgetown to snap out of a three-game losing streak. The Hoyas have never lost to Rutgers in 13 previous games and GU would need this game along with next week's to avoid finishing under .500 for the first time since 1989 (the year prior to Dave Urick's arrival on the Hilltop).
The Blue & Gray will have to do it against a Rutgers team that is the best face-off unit in the BIG EAST at .593 percent. Christopher Mattes has won .655 of his face-off attempts this season. Georgetown will counter with Brian Tabb, who is five face-off wins away from moving into third place in Hoya history.
Other notes: The PA announcer here is really good. Great voice, kind of gives the game the feel of a championship boxing match. I'd put him in a similar class with Georgetown's very own Kondi Kleinman for best PA voices that I've heard in my travels. The guy here has the opening tagline of "Let's Get This Game Underway." Very similar to a certain line made famous by Michael Buffer. I approve.
Also, Randi Larson the Senior Academic Advisor at Rutgers and wife of former Georgetown Associate SID Ben Shove stopped by to say hello.
Back with the starting lineups and more after the jump...