The field hockey team will be celebrating Senior Day this weekend on Sat. Oct. 30 when they take on BIG EAST opponent Providence at 1:30 p.m. Annika Bannon will be honored as the lone senior on the team this year.
Each of our road games this season has been some kind of big weekend for our opponent. For Davidson, Lafayette and Yale it was each school's opening game. We were at Colgate for Homecoming and now its Family Weekend at Sacred Heart!
Chuck Timanus, the radio voice of the Hoyas (who you can listen to by CLICKING HERE) and I are sitting here in the Sacred Heart press box, in sunny, but chilly Fairfield, Conn. Today marks the second game this season the Hoyas have played against a Northeastern Conference opponent, with the first being the 22-16 double overtime heartbreaker against Wagner at Multi-Sport Field two weeks ago.
So far, the Sacred Heart public address system has played a steady dose of Bruce Springsteen, which has been just fine with GU Tight Ends Coach Kyle McAllister. McAllister, a New Hampshire native, mentioned that he did not need to be from New Jersey to recognize the greatest rocker of all time. Chuck Timanus put in his vote for Bob Seger, but so far we have not heard "Like A Rock" or any other Seger classics today. (I'll keep you informed).
It is also our second trip to Connecticut this season, having played a few moments away at Yale on Sept. 18. If you remember that game, it was a crazy Connecticut homecoming weekend, as Conn. natives Keerome Lawrence (New Haven, Conn.) had a 100+ yard receiving performance, Jeremy Moore (New Haven, Conn.) returned a kick-off for an 85-yard touchdown and John O'Leary (Stamford, Conn.) caught a touchdown pass. Hopefully we'll see some similar performances today.
Speaking of Jeremy Moore, while the sophomore cornerback has made his presence felt on defense averaging 1.00 pass defended per game, good for third in the Patriot League, and 1.14 tackles for loss per game, fourth in the league, he has been extremely valuable as a kick-off returner. Moore is second in the Patriot League averaging 28.9 yard per return, a number that would rank as the top single-season average yards per return in program history.
In other football-related news, junior CB Jayah Kaisamba and senior left tackle Dan Semler will be back in the lineup today after missing a week. Kaisamba is tied for the PL lead with four interceptions and 11th in NCAA Division I FCS averaging 0.67 INT's per game.
Last weekend, Nick Parrish registered 14 tackles to become the first Hoya to surpass 300 tackles. Parrish is currently sixth in the PL averaging 8.6 tackles per game. With four games left he is certainly not done making his all-time tackles record at Georgetown mighty tough for the next guy to catch.
About the trip: Our trip to Sacred Heart meant we stayed at the Trumbull Marriott for the second time this season, which is fine with all of us support staffers. The restaurant at the hotel, J. Porter's, serves a maple smoked bacon wrapped meat loaf that earns my vote as "Best On-the-Road Meal" of the season. Athletic Trainer Christina Nistler would likely agree if asked.
I'll have more football related info (along with random observations from Sacred Heart) as we move along, so you should probably just keep this window open and hit refresh every now and then...updates will appear after the jump.
Since it's Breast Cancer Awareness month, make sure to come out this weekend to watch the field hockey team take on Towson at 1:00 on Sunday, October 17th. This will be our spirit game for the season as well as a fundraiser for Play 4 the Cure. This organization is very important to our team because it helps raise money for the Susan G. Koman Foundation that supports breast cancer awareness and research. The goal of this organization is to help find a cure through raising money at field hockey games and events. Some of the ways you can choose to give money is through individual donations or giving a predetermined amount of money for every goal scored or for every offensive corner that is earned.
My ears perked up on Sunday night as I sat at home watching the New York Giants football game. I had gone to the Giants website so my wife and I could watch the halftime ceremony announcing the team's Ring of Honor at their new stadium. What caught my attention was that one of the names being inducted to the team's Ring of Honor was Al Blozis.
I will try to keep you somewhat entertained and informed throughout the afternoon as the Hoyas take on the Preseason Patriot League favorite Colgate Raiders. This week we are in Hamilton, N.Y. a nice town with a very cool small town feel to it. On the bus into the stadium this morning we drove through the main drag of town to several blocks worth of what appeared to be a combination tailgate/farmers market/bazaar. For Patriot League travelers it reminds of a little of the historic Bethlehem, Pa. area near Lehigh (though with less hills).
Climate wise it is also a stark change from last week where the game time temperature at Multi-Sport Field was 92 degrees. It is currently 53 degrees here. I could have used a hoodie.
Some Fun Facts to the tune of "You Give Love a Bad Name" by Bon Jovi (currrently playing on Colgate's PA system.
* Colgate's QB Greg Sullivan was the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year and so far the only non-Hoya to walk away with the weekly honor. RB Nate Eachus, who started his career at Colgate as a linebacker has transitioned into the backfield well, leading the Patriot League in rushing and ranking fourth in the nation averaging 142 yards per game.
*The Series...Georgetown and Colgate have met seven times, beginning the series the year after GU joined the Patriot League in 2002. Colgate has won each of the seven matchups.
*In the Red Zone...The Hoyas offense has scored in 11-of-12 trips into their opponents 20 yard line, including 10 touchdowns. That is the second best percentage in the Patriot League behind Bucknell who is 7-for-7...The Blue & Gray defense has also excelled leading the Patriot League by limiting opponents to 12 scores in 17 red zone chances. They have also blocked three field goals and created two turnovers inside their own 20 yard line.
*Unimportant Fact of the Day...We stayed at the Radisson of Utica last night where they had those sleep number beds that you may see on commercials. I learned through a series of trial and error that my sleep number is 45.
I'll have more football related info (along with random observations from the lovely Andy Kerr Stadium) as we move along, so you should probably just keep this window open and hit refresh every now and then...updates will appear after the jump.
Wednesday Night Lights has been the theme of the week here in the office. After a thrilling Homecoming victory for the football team, we have now started focusing on some big games this week including the men's soccer team's matchup against Adelphi on North Kehoe Field.