Wednesday Musings

Why do we never stop and appreciate what we have until we no longer have it. I am really talking about people - those who leave us before we are ready to say goodbye. Recent months have taken three lives for whose demise I certainly was not prepared. First came the loss of Geraldine Trunz, then Peter Karches '74, and just yesterday, Fr. Joseph Sweeney, SJ. Their passing has rippled throughout the Georgetown community, deeply affecting the many people they touched. If you are able to watch the Georgetown men's lacrosse team this year, you will see Gerry's son facing off for the Hoyas, and his dad Charles '75 faithfully following him from the grandstand. In a few years, when you wander out of the new business school building to watch a men's soccer game, remember Peter, who was a major benefactor to these two components of his own Georgetown education. Finally, if you graduated from an undergraduate school on the Hilltop between 1966 and 1972, you can thank Fr. Joe Sweeney for admitting you to Georgetown. Requiescant in pace.




Head coach Dave Urick prepares to accept the inaugural Boyle Cup from the family of Scott Boyle

Senior lacrosse moms organized their usual first-class tailgate for the team and fans following the Navy game

One of the more interesting experiences as a Georgetown athlete is to travel to Annapolis and to enter Navy-Marine Corps Stadium to compete against the Midshipmen. The facility also serves as a shrine to some of our nation's most famous conflicts. Inspiring? Intimidating? You can guess which way it is supposed to work. Last year, the Hoya men's lacrosse team paid a visit and ultimately prevailed. Sadly, at the very end of the first half, one of the game officials collapsed and died on the field. The game was continued to the next day. This year, due to a quirk of scheduling, the Hoyas again were the visiting team. On April 1, they conquered the home team by the score of 9-5. At game's end, the first annual Scott Boyle Cup, in memory of the fallen referee, was presented to the victors by his family. It will be given each year at the Georgetown-Navy game to the winning team. The usual celebratory tailgate meal sponsored by Hoya parents followed.

Past Hoya parent Ed Collins (son Patrick '03) with sophomore midfielder Matt McBride `08 at the Hoyaville tailgate tent

Outstanding player of the game Rich D'Andrea '06 in a post-game TV interview by sports reporter and former Hoya lax standout Sheehan Stanwick `01




A few weeks ago, back when the VFTH blog was out of commission, I got a call from long-time friend and former lacrosse captain, Brendan Owen, who was about to make a presentation to the Real Estate class of professor Tim McBride, another old friend and second cousin of Matt above. So I quickly grabbed my Nikon and trekked over to the Walsh building for some snapshots and a free lesson in business. Once there, I was happy to see another old friend, Bob Billingsley, who had traveled from New York to be part of the presentation. Turns out, it was an all-star panel of alumni/parents in the real estate field. I was most impressed with this first-class collaboration between the academic and private sector. Great work, Tim.

Bob Billingsley '68 revealed a bit of his theatrical talents for the class

Bob, a Foreign Service grad, was right at home in the Walsh building

Brendan Owen `88 powerpoints the way for the class of Tim McBride L`75




My picks for most interesting contests this week:

> Women's Lacrosse: On Wednesday, the #3-ranked Hoyas (9-2) host #4-ranked Virginia (13-2) at 3:45 pm at the Georgetown Yard. The Hoyas are coming off of a triple overtime victory over conference foe Notre Dame last Saturday.

> Men's Crew: On tap next Saturday are head races against the Temple heavyweights on the Potomac. Take a break to catch these penultimate home races starting in the morning down at Thompson's Boathouse and watch the Hoya rowers in action.

> Softball: The first-year Hoyas (2-20) play an away doubleheader against cross-town foe Howard (23-21) on Saturday at 1 pm in Banneker Stadium. After picking up their second win of the season this week, the Hoyas will look to avenge two shutouts last fall against the Bison.

> Men's Lacrosse: The #7-ranked Hoyas (8-2) will seek to rebound against 8th-ranked UMass (8-2) on Saturday at 1 pm at the Hoya Yard. The Blue & Gray laxmen currently sport an identical conference record with the Minutemen after falling last weekend to ECAC foe Loyola.

Last week, the Hoya athletic teams posted an overall win-loss record of 5-6 and earned eight 1st, seven 2nd, four 3rd, five 4th, three 5th, and two 6th place finishes in track and field standings competition. Men's and women's outdoor track had multiple top collegiate finishes and qualifying times.





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August 27
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4:00 PM
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September 4
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September 8
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September 9
TBA
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September 9
7:00 PM
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September 10
1:00 PM
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September 10
12:00 PM
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September 15
2:00 PM
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September 16
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September 16
7:00 PM
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September 17
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