Thursday Musings

February 23, 2006

Still catching up on blog notes after a long sports weekend out of town. We are entering a cross-over time of year to yet another athletic season: spring. With all the winter teams in action and nine of 14 spring teams suiting up, there is little time for respite. For Hoya fans, it provides a wonderful buffet of sports action. One downside is having to choose what events to attend and what to miss. Narrowing the list below of most interesting contests has gotten incredibly harder of late.


Say it ain't so! JoLo(nardo) reports that after 15 or more years of attending the GU-SU home basketball game, the days of seeing Jim Boeheim's cardboard face behind the scorers' table giving the business to Coach Boeheim, are over. It's true, the Boeheim mask has been retired. Thanks, Joe, for so many good years of courtside mimicry.

Joe Lonardo `69 and Art Murphy '69 with coaching pal on a stick



BIG EAST basketball tournament tickets are looking tighter than ever. Back in the day, Georgetown would get over 2,700 sets of tickets to sell to its loyal fans. This year, it will be less than 500. What happened? Well, conference membership has grown to 16 schools, all of which are entitled to an equal number of tickets. In addition, corporate marketing of the conference has exploded, requiring a huge cut for BIG EAST sponsors. I have to believe that ticket brokers will reap the benefits of all these reallocations as those with little school loyalty or without their team in the tournament will dump their tickets for cash.



Also back in the day when playing in the NCAA tournament was nearly automatic, good planning required scoping out possible first-round sites for possible Hoya support and local knowledge. So, without jinxing ourselves by looking too far ahead, here are the possibilities for 2006:

THURSDAY & SATURDAY, MARCH 18 & 20, 2006
Greensboro, NC -- Greensboro Coliseum

Jacksonville, Fla. -- Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena

Salt Lake City, Utah -- Jon M. Huntsman Center

San Diego, Calif. -- Cox Arena

FRIDAY & SUNDAY, MARCH 17 & 19, 2006
Dayton, Ohio -- University of Dayton Arena

Philadelphia, Penn. -- Wachovia Center

Dallas, Texas -- American Airlines Center

Auburn Hills, Mich. -- Palace of Auburn Hills



Thirty years ago, the men's lacrosse team was in the midst of a four-year swoon that produced a combined record of 2-30, with both victories coming in 1976. Women's lacrosse was brand new and struggling to fill their roster. My, how times have changed! On Saturday, these two national contenders kick-off their seasons against Maryland and Mt. St. Mary's respectively. The women's game ought to be a tune-up for one of the toughest schedules in the nation. The men's game picks up the competition against the Terps that ended the Hoyas tournament run in the NCAA quarterfinals last May.

With the start time of the men's game recently set back to 2 pm, a flood of Hoyas are planning to make it a doubleheader with `Cuse at noon at MCI and a dash back to campus for the lax game. Easily the top game of the weekend nationwide, the crowd will be further swelled by the lack of local high school and youth lacrosse contests which won't begin for several weeks. Might just turn out to be a tougher ticket than the hoop game which appears to be a sell-out.

Former attackman (#28) Jeff Mullen `91 and company are coming to town to double up on the big Hoya twin bill.




My picks for most interesting contests this coming week:

> Men's Lacrosse: THE rematch: in the season opener for the laxmen, they face cross-town nemesis and #4-ranked Maryland (0-0), who squeaked past the #6-ranked Hoyas (0-0) into the final four last May. For those returning to the campus Yard from the Syracuse hoop game at MCI Center, expect to find a near sell-out to local young fans who will turn out in droves for the biggest lacrosse attraction in the country on Saturday at 2:00 pm.

> Men's Basketball: This game is already a sell-out as the Syracuse Orange (19-8) come to town looking to bolster their conference and post-season standings. The tip-off is Saturday at noon. When these two team meet, you can expect the unexpected. The #23-ranked Hoyas (17-7) first meet Rutgers at home on Wednesday evening.

> Women's Basketball: As long as we got all the big rivalry trains running, let's add the contest at Villanova to the mix. The Wildcats (15-9) first face Seton Hall at home on Thursday before meeting the Hoyas (10-15) at the Pavilion at 2:00 pm on Saturday.

> Baseball: Now let's sprinkle in a little Jesuit competition as the Hoya diamond nine opens at home with a three-game series against the Hawks of St. Joseph's (0-3). Georgetown (1-3) will play two on Saturday at 1:00 pm and one on Sunday at the same start time at Shirley Povich Field in Bethesda.

Last week, the Hoya athletic teams posted an overall win-loss record of 1-6 and earned a 2nd, a 7th, two 11th, and a 12th place finishes in standings competition.




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April 23
L, 10-5
Seton Hall
South Orange, N.J.
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BEDN
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April 23
L, 5-3
DePaul
Guy Mason Field
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April 23
L, 8-1
Depaul
Guy Mason Field
April 23
L, 5-2
Villanova
Villanova, Pa.
RECAP
April 23
L, 4-3
Villanova
Villanova, Pa.
RECAP
April 23
All Day
MAISA Womens Championship
Annapolis, Md.
April 23
1st of 6
Big East Conference Championship
Callawassie, Sc.
RECAP
April 23
All Day
Arrigan Memorial Regatta
Washington, D.C.
April 23
All Day
Admirals Cup
Kings Point, N.Y.
April 26
7:00 PM
UMBC
Shirley Povich Field
April 26
4:00 PM
George Mason
Fairfax, Va.
April 27
All Day
Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa.
April 27
All Day
Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa.
April 28
3:00 PM
Villanova
Plymouth Meeting, Pa.
April 28
9:00 AM
St. Johns
Cayce, S.C.
April 28
4:00 PM
Seton Hall
Cayce, S.C.
April 28
All Day
Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa.
April 28
All Day
Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa.
April 29
2:00 PM
Villanova
Plymouth Meeting, Pa.
April 29
12:00 PM
St. Johns
Queens, N.Y.
April 29
2:00 PM
St. Johns
Queens, N.Y.
April 29
9:00 AM
Semifinals
Cayce, S.C.
April 29
12:00 PM
St. Johns
Cooper Field
April 29
12:30 PM
Semifinals
Cayce, S.C.
April 29
1:00 PM
Florida
Gainesville, Fla.
April 29
All Day
Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa.
April 29
All Day
Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa.
April 29
All Day
America Trophy
Ithaca, N.Y.
April 30
1:00 PM
Villanova
Plymouth Meeting, Pa.
April 30
12:00 PM
St. Johns
Queens, N.Y.
April 30
9:00 AM
Championship
Cayce, S.C.

BEDN
April 30
12:30 PM
Championship
Cayce, S.C.

BEDN
April 30
All Day
America Trophy
Ithaca, N.Y.
April 30
All Day
Eastern Sprints
Worcester, Mass.
April 30
All Day
The BIG EAST Championship
Callawassie Island - Charleston, S.C.
April 30
All Day
Class of 2006 Cup vs. North Carolina
Washington, D.C.
May 1
All Day
The BIG EAST Championship
Callawassie Island - Charleston, S.C.
May 2
7:00 PM
George Washington
Shirley Povich Field
May 2
All Day
The BIG EAST Championship
Callawassie Island - Charleston, S.C.
May 4
TBA
Semifinals
Providence, R.I.

CBSSN
May 4
TBA
Semifinals
Villanova, Pa.
May 5
7:00 PM
St. Johns
Shirley Povich Field
May 5
All Day
Payton Jordan Invitatinoal
Palo Alto, Calif.
May 5
All Day
Kehoe Twilight Meet
College Park, Md.
May 5
All Day
Payton Jordan Invitational
Palo Alto, Calif.
May 5
All Day
Kehoe Twilight Meet
College Park, Md.
May 6
7:00 PM
St. Johns
Shirley Povich Field
May 6
2:00 PM
Butler
Indianapolis, Ind.
May 6
4:00 PM
Butler
Indianapolis, Ind.
May 6
4:30 PM
Championship
Providence, R.I.

FS2
May 6
TBA
Championship
Villanova, Pa.
May 7
1:00 PM
St. Johns
Shirley Povich Field
May 7
12:00 PM
Butler
Indianapolis, Ind.
May 8
All Day
Ncaa Regional Championship
Nm./Nc./Tx./Oh.
May 9
All Day
Ncaa Regional Championship
Nm./Nc./Tx./Oh.
May 10
5:00 PM
Maryland Eastern Shore 7 innings
Shirley Povich Field
May 10
7:30 PM
Maryland Eastern Shore
Shirley Povich Field
May 10
All Day
Ncaa Regional Championship
Nm./Nc./Tx./Oh.
May 12
7:00 PM
Butler
Shirley Povich Field
May 12
All Day
BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Villanova, Pa.
May 12
All Day
BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Villanova, Pa.
May 12
All Day
Patriot League Championships
Camden, N.J.
May 13
7:00 PM
Butler
Shirley Povich Field
May 13
All Day
BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Villanova, Pa.
May 13
All Day
BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Villanova, Pa.
May 14
1:00 PM
Butler
Shirley Povich Field
May 14
All Day
Eastern Sprints
Worcester, Mass.

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May 16
6:00 PM
UMBC
Baltimore, Md.
May 18
3:00 PM
Xavier
Cincinnati, Ohio
May 19
3:00 PM
Xavier
Cincinnati, Ohio
May 19
All Day
Ncaa National Championship
Sugar Grove, Il.
May 20
12:00 PM
Xavier
Cincinnati, Ohio
May 20
All Day
Ncaa National Championship
Sugar Grove, Il.
May 21
All Day
Ncaa National Championship
Sugar Grove, Il.
May 22
All Day
Ncaa National Championship
Sugar Grove, Il.
May 23
All Day
Ncaa National Championship
Sugar Grove, Il.
May 23
All Day
ICSA Womens National Championships
Charleston, S.C.
May 24
All Day
Ncaa National Championship
Sugar Grove, Il.
May 24
All Day
ICSA Womens National Championships
Charleston, S.C.
May 25
All Day
ICSA Womens National Championships
Charleston, S.C.
May 26
TBA
TBD
Omaha, Neb.
May 26
All Day
ICSA Womens National Championships
Charleston, S.C.
May 27
TBA
TBD
Omaha, Neb.
May 27
All Day
NCAA Championships
Princeton, N.J.
May 27
All Day
ICSA Team Race National Championships
Charleston, S.C.
May 28
TBA
TBD
Omaha, Neb.
May 28
All Day
NCAA Championships
Princeton, N.J.
May 28
All Day
ICSA Team Race National Championships
Charleston, S.C.
May 29
TBA
TBD
Omaha, Neb.
May 29
All Day
NCAA Championships
Princeton, N.J.
May 29
All Day
ICSA Team Race National Championships
Charleston, S.C.
May 30
All Day
ICSA Coed National Championships
Charleston, S.C.
May 31
All Day
ICSA Coed National Championships
Charleston, S.C.
June 1
All Day
ICSA Coed National Championships
Charleston, S.C.
June 2
All Day
IRA National Championships
Lake Natoma, Calif.

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All Day
ICSA Coed National Championships
Charleston, S.C.
June 3
All Day
IRA National Championships
Lake Natoma, Calif.
June 3
All Day
IRA National Championships
Lake Natoma, Calif.

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June 4
All Day
IRA National Championships
Lake Natoma, Calif.
June 4
All Day
IRA National Championships
Lake Natoma, Calif.

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June 5
All Day
IRA National Championships
Lake Natoma, Calif.