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Hello Hoya fans!

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...
Good morning Hoya fans (and other readers)!

We're about an hour and 15 minutes away from the opening face-off here at Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C. on the campus of Duke University. The Hoyas will be matching up with the No. 4 Blue Devils, winners of its last five, including wins against top-10 opponents Maryland and UNC.

I'm already in the pressbox, which is open-air and would be a beautiful place to view a game if not for the 40 degree temperature and wind. We're expecting rain here in Durham, as well. As soon as we walked off the bus (about 30 minutes ago) we were greeted by Jeremy Anderson, the game operations person we've been working with during our trip, who informed us of the possibility of lightning and the proper protocol if there are strikes nearby.

FYI: Both teams are to head to their respective locker rooms after a lightning strike. Play can resume 30 minutes after the last strike within 10 miles of the stadium.

With that being said, I'm going to get some more work done and make my move to acquire some starting lineups. I'll be updating throughout the game (unless of course rain and lightning make it impossible for me to keep my computer hooked up) so check back after the jump for updates from the game!

In the meantime here are today's game notes: CLICK HERE
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