Hopping on the Bus

February 8, 2008

Basketball, swimming & diving, and indoor track & field are the traditional winter sports sponsored on the Hilltop for both men and women. That makes six sports that are currently at the height of their season during this first week of February. How is it then that the tennis team opened the spring season two weeks ago, softball opens this weekend, and most of the other outdoor teams are already scrimmaging other schools? It now seems that half of the spring schedules actually take place during the winter.

The reason has to do with coordinating athletic schedules with the academic year, which doesn't quite fit around the seasons as it once did. It makes for some challenging logistical conflicts as well as interesting choices for fans of multiple teams to make.


Head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy


This past week in Hoya sports may be as good as it gets. No need to expound on the success enjoyed by the sixth-ranked men's hoop team thus far this season - they added a couple more victories to one of the best starts by the team ever.

On the indoor circuit last weekend, multiple men and women track & field performers posted 56 post-season qualifying times in a variety of events at the invitational meet hosted by Yale. Highlighting these performances was a sub-four minute mile run by Hoya junior Andrew Bumbalough. Wow!

Even the Hoya natators, who week after week swim valiantly against high quality competition, savored a victory last weekend by the women's team.

But the yell of all the yells is reserved for the women's hoop team who took down #22-ranked Syracuse last Saturday and then St. John's in a comeback win last Wednesday for back-to-back conference victories. Improving to a record of 13-9, here is a team with a whole lot of upside. Now in her fourth season as head coach, Terri Williams-Flournoy and her staff have been putting together a winning squad -- brick by brick. This is no easy task as intra-conference play on the women's side is surely the toughest in the nation. One day soon though, they will be contending for more than just a winning record.

At this moment, coming off a wonderful winter week of Hoya triumphs, and with realistic hopes of even more success with an entire spring sport schedule still unplayed, the resulting feelings of optimism may be too good to last.

But for now, it sure feels swell.


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August 9
4:00 PM
Quinnipiac
Shaw Field
August 11
7:00 PM
Maryland
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August 12
7:00 PM
Navy
Annapolis, Md.
August 15
7:00 PM
VCU
Richmond, Va.
August 18
4:00 PM
West Virginia
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August 19
1:00 PM
Virginia
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August 19
12:00 PM
Towson
Towson, Md.
August 20
1:00 PM
George Washington
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August 24
7:00 PM
Delaware
Newark, Del.
August 25
5:00 PM
American
Washington, D.C.
August 25
2:00 PM
Davidson
Cooper Field
August 27
1:00 PM
Loyola Maryland
Shaw Field
August 27
1:00 PM
Appalachian State
Cooper Field
August 28
1:00 PM
Coastal Carolina
Shaw Field
September 1
4:00 PM
Cal Poly
Shaw Field
September 1
8:00 PM
Stanford
Palo Alto, Calif.
September 1
2:00 PM
Rider
Cooper Field
September 3
4:00 PM
San Jose State
San Jose, Calif.
September 3
1:00 PM
Lock Haven
Cooper Field
September 4
12:00 PM
UCLA
Shaw Field
September 8
4:00 PM
Saint Francis PA
Shaw Field
September 8
7:00 PM
UMass-Lowell
Lowell, Mass.
September 9
TBA
Campbell
Buies Creek, N.C.
September 9
7:00 PM
UConn
Storrs, Conn.
September 10
1:00 PM
Rutgers
Shaw Field
September 10
12:00 PM
Holy Cross
Worcester, Mass.
September 15
2:00 PM
Quinnipiac
Cooper Field
September 16
TBA
Marist
Cooper Field
September 16
7:00 PM
Xavier
Cincinnati, Ohio
September 17
1:00 PM
Towson
Baltimore, Md.
September 17
12:00 PM
Towson
Towson, Md.
September 18
All Day
The Memphis Intercollegiate Memphis
Colonial Country Club - Memphis, Tenn.
September 19
All Day
The Memphis Intercollegiate Memphis
Colonial Country Club - Memphis, Tenn.
September 20
4:00 PM
Stony Brook
Shaw Field