The X-Factor

May 8, 2006

I can't explain how the Hoyas ended up as the 8th seed in the 2006 NCAA men's lacrosse tournament. I do know that it does not feel right. Don't talk to me about RPI and SOS and quality wins. I admit a strong bias, but still my gut tells me that, whatever construct the selection committee used, it needs tweaking if the outcome produced fails the smell test.

On paper, this season is better than last year when we earned the fifth seed with a 9-4 record. In both years, we beat Navy and Syracuse, but last year, we lost to UMass and Penn State, teams we beat this season. Still, we were fifth a year ago. How do you account for this drop from fifth to eighth then? Sure, some teams like Hofstra and Cornell have performed considerably better, but other top teams have performed worse. The Hoyas have to be among those who performed better.


2006 seniors enjoy their third ECAC championship

A different X-factor: following the Penn State game, young Matthew X. Rienzo guarded his cookies like his dad used to cover attackmen

The missing X-factor is that we did not play Duke this year. The absence of that single game on our schedule apparently lowered Georgetown's strength of schedule in the eyes of the NCAA committee. It's that simple. There, now that I've vented, I am ready to move on.

The Hoyas have had a remarkable season to date. Happily, we get a home game in the first round; against an opponent who will leave it all on the field (Navy) but is still beatable - in fact, we did beat them earlier in the season. If we advance, we likely will play against Virginia, the team most frequently mentioned to play on Memorial Day and to win it all. Ergo, our quarterfinal match-up essentially becomes an early championship game. We also get to play on Sunday in the first round. That means an extra day of rest and a helpful day off on Monday with the team members still in the midst of final exams.

Matt McBride '08 and Andrew Baird '08 at the post-game gathering

Post-game tailgating at Penn State brought together players, coaches, parents, and alums


Forewarned is forearmed. Seating capacity at the Yard is 2,500. Add another 1,000 tickets in the north end zone - standing room only. Tickets for the GU-Navy contest will go on sale this week. If you don't have your ticket by the weekend, you may be on the outside looking in.

A common misperception: There was no AQ or automatic bid given this year to the Hoyas for winning the ECAC title. That won't kick in until next year. Fans of teams left out of the tourney often get worked up about the undeserving AQ's. But there's a lot of history behind them. They are the reason the tournament was allowed to expand from eight teams to twelve and then to 16.

Hoya Saxa!

Early Mother's Day: seniors Reyn Garnett and Pete Cannon thank their moms Stephanie and Susan following Penn State triumph for organizing post-game functions throughout the season



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January 28
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January 28
1:00 PM
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January 28
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9:00 PM
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February 3
12:00 PM
Providence
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New York, N.Y.
February 3
All Day
Armory Invitational
New York, N.Y.
February 4
12:00 PM
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106.7 FM
February 4
1:00 PM
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Chestnut Hill, Mass.
February 4
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All Day
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February 4
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Boston, Mass.
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Boston, Mass.
February 4
All Day
Armory Invitational
New York, N.Y.
February 5
1:00 PM
Creighton
McDonough Arena

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February 5
10:00 AM
Harvard
Boston, Mass.
February 7
7:00 PM
Villanova
Villanova, Pa.

FS1
106.7 FM
February 8
12:00 PM
Morgan State
Arlington YMCA
February 10
7:00 PM
Seton Hall
South Orange, N.J.

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February 10
10:00 AM
Rutgers
Miami, Fla.
February 10
4:00 PM
Florida International
Miami, Fla.
February 10
11:00 AM
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February 10
All Day
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All Day
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February 10
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Ames, Iowa
February 10
All Day
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Ames, Iowa
February 11
12:00 PM
Marquette
Verizon Center

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106.7 FM
February 11
12:00 PM
Rutgers
Miami, Fla.
February 11
4:00 PM
Florida International
Miami, Fla.
February 11
10:00 AM
Providence
Providence, R.I.
February 11
12:00 PM
Drexel
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February 11
1:00 PM
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February 11
4:00 PM
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February 11
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Lynchburg, Va.
February 11
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Boston, Mass.
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Lynchburg, Va.
February 11
All Day
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Boston, Mass.
February 11
All Day
Iowa State Classic
Ames, Iowa
February 11
All Day
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Ames, Iowa
February 12
2:00 PM
St. Johns
Queens, N.Y.

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Memphis
Miami, Fla.
February 14
12:30 PM
Temple
Arlington YMCA
February 14
3:00 PM
High Point
High Point, N.C.
February 15
3:00 PM
George Washington
Washington, D.C.
February 17
7:00 PM
Butler
McDonough Arena

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February 17
6:00 PM
Davidson
Davidson, N.C.
February 17
12:00 PM
Colgate
Greenville, S.C.
February 17
2:00 PM
Furman
Greenville, S.C.
February 18
2:00 PM
Davidson
Davidson, N.C.
February 18
11:00 AM
Towson
Spartanburg, S.C
February 18
1:00 PM
USC Upstate
Spartanburg, S.C.
February 18
1:00 PM
Maryland
Cooper Field
February 18
2:00 PM
Notre Dame
Dallas, Texas
February 18
All Day
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State College, Pa.
February 18
All Day
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Notre Dame, Ind.
February 18
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State College, Pa.
February 18
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Notre Dame, Ind.
February 19
3:30 PM
Creighton
Omaha, Neb.

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106.7 FM
February 19
2:00 PM
Xavier
McDonough Arena

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February 19
1:00 PM
Davidson
Davidson, N.C.
February 22
7:00 PM
DePaul
Verizon Center

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106.7 FM
February 22
3:00 PM
Coppin State
Baltimore, Md.
February 22
11:00 AM
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Arlington YMCA
February 22
4:00 PM
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February 22
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February 23
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Long Island, N.Y.
February 24
8:00 PM
Marquette
Milwaukee, Wis.

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February 24
4:00 PM
USC Upstate
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February 24
11:00 AM
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East Madeira, Fla.
February 24
1:30 PM
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February 24
12:00 PM
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Washington, D.C.
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Staten Island, N.Y.
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Long Island, N.Y.
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Staten Island, N.Y.
February 25
12:00 PM
St. Johns
New York, N.Y.

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February 25
2:00 PM
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February 25
11:00 AM
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East Madeira, Fla.
February 25
1:30 PM
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February 25
12:00 PM
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Cooper Field
February 25
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Staten Island, N.Y.
February 25
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Staten Island, N.Y.
February 26
1:00 PM
DePaul
Chicago, Ill.

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February 26
12:00 PM
Dayton
Spartanburg, S.C.
February 26
11:30 AM
Brown
East Madeira, Fla.
February 28
6:30 PM
Seton Hall
Newark, N.J.

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106.7 FM
February 28
2:00 PM
Navy
Annapolis, Md.
March 1
2:30 PM
George Washington
Arlington, Va.
March 1
5:00 PM
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Baltimore, Md.
March 3
2:30 PM
Chicago State
Port Charlotte, Fla.
March 3
10:00 AM
Prairie View A&M
College Station, Texas
March 3
5:15 PM
Texas A&M
College Station, Texas
March 4
12:00 PM
Villanova
Verizon Center

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March 4
TBA
First Round
Milwaukee, Wis.

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March 4
2:30 PM
Boston College
Port Charlotte, Fla.
March 4
3:00 PM
Texas A&M
College Station, Texas
March 4
5:15 PM
UTSA
College Station, Texas
March 4
12:00 PM
Hofstra
Cooper Field
March 4
3:00 PM
George Mason
Cooper Field
March 4
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IC4A Championships
Boston, Mass.
March 4
All Day
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Boston, Mass.
March 5
TBA
Quarterfinals
Milwaukee, Wis.

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March 5
10:30 AM
Ball State
Port Charlotte, Fla.
March 5
10:00 AM
Prairie View A&M
College Station, Texas
March 5
1:00 PM
UC San Diego
San Diego, Calif.
March 5
2:30 PM
UC San Diego
San Diego, Calif.
March 5
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Battle at Boulder Creek
Las Vegas, Nv.
March 5
All Day
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Boston, Mass.
March 5
All Day
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Boston, Mass.
March 6
TBA
Semifinals
Milwaukee, Wis.

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March 6
All Day
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Las Vegas, Nv.
March 7
9:00 PM
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Milwaukee, Wis.

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March 7
12:00 PM
Western Michigan
Port Charlotte, Fla.
March 7
5:30 PM
Houston
Houston, Texas
March 7
1:00 PM
UC Irvine
Irvine, Calif.
March 7
3:00 PM
Robert Morris
Cooper Field
March 7
TBA
Long Beach State
Long Beach, Calif.
March 7
All Day
Battle at Boulder Creek
Las Vegas, Nv.
March 8
2:30 PM
Central Michigan
Port Charlotte, Fla.
March 9
2:00 PM
Utah State
West End Club (Los Angeles, Calif.)
March 9
TBA
Utah State
Marina del Rey, Calif.
March 9
TBA
Loyola Marymount
Marina del Rey, Calif.
March 10
5:00 PM
Lafayette
Port Charlotte, Fla.
March 10
2:00 PM
Loyola Marymount
Marina del Rey, Calif.
March 10
All Day
GCU Invite
Phoenix, Az.
March 10
All Day
NCAA Championships
College Station, Texas
March 10
All Day
NCAA Championships
College Station, Texas
March 11
2:00 PM
Lafayette
Port Charlotte, Fla.
March 11
12:00 PM
Hobart
Geneva, N.Y.
March 11
1:00 PM
Penn
Philadelphia, Pa.
March 11
All Day
NCAA Championships
College Station, Texas
March 11
All Day
GCU Invite
Phoenix, Az.
March 11
All Day
NCAA Championships
College Station, Texas
March 12
10:00 AM
Lafayette
Port Charlotte, Fla.
March 12
All Day
GCU Invite
Phoenix, Az.
March 15
3:00 PM
Maryland Eastern Shore
Princess Anne, Md.
March 15
11:00 AM
Rider
Nationals Academy
March 15
2:00 PM
Rider
Nationals Academy
March 16
11:00 AM
Wagner
Washington, D.C.
March 17
6:00 PM
Gardner-Webb
Boiling Springs, N.C.
March 17
10:00 AM
St. Bonaventure
Wilmington, N.C.
March 17
5:30 PM
UMass-Lowell
Wilmington, N.C.
March 17
11:00 AM
Xavier
Washington, D.C.
March 18
2:00 PM
Gardner-Webb
Boiling Springs, N.C.
March 18
10:00 AM
UNC-Wilmington
Wilmington, N.C.
March 18
3:00 PM
St. Bonaventure
Wilmington, N.C.
March 18
12:00 PM
Duke
Cooper Field
March 18
1:00 PM
Butler
Indianapolis, Ind.
March 19
1:00 PM
Gardner-Webb
Boiling Springs, N.C.
March 19
10:00 AM
UMass-Lowell
Wilmington, N.C.
March 19
2:00 PM
Hofstra
Washington, D.C.
March 19
11:00 PM
Hofstra
Washington, D.C.
March 21
11:00 AM
Williams College
Washington, D.C.
March 22
3:00 PM
Coppin State
Shirley Povich Field
March 22
3:00 PM
Loyola Maryland
Baltimore, Md.
March 22
7:00 PM
Loyola Maryland
Baltimore, Md.
March 24
10:00 AM
St. Johns
Flushing, N.Y.
March 24
12:00 PM
St. Johns
Flushing, N.Y.
March 24
All Day
Slomin Autism Invitational
PGA National Resort - West Palm Beach, Fla.
March 25
1:00 PM
Brown
Providence, R.I.
March 25
4:00 PM
Brown
Providence, R.I.
March 25
12:00 PM
Creighton
Guy Mason Field
March 25
3:00 PM
Creighton
Guy Mason Field
March 25
11:00 AM
Marist
Poughkipsee, N.Y.
March 25
12:00 PM
Marquette
Cooper Field
March 25
1:00 PM
Uconn
Storrs, Conn.
March 25
All Day
Slomin Autism Invitational
PGA National Resort - West Palm Beach, Fla.
March 25
All Day
Princeton
Princeton, N.J.
March 25
All Day
Delaware
Princeton, N.J.
March 26
12:00 PM
Brown
Providence, R.I.
March 26
11:00 AM
Creighton
Guy Mason Field
March 26
12:00 PM
Bates College
Washington, D.C.
March 26
All Day
Princeton
Princeton, N.J.
March 26
All Day
Slomin Autism Invitational
PGA National Resort - West Palm Beach, Fla.
March 29
3:00 PM
Navy
Shirley Povich Field
March 30
6:00 PM
Towson
Towson, Md.
March 30
All Day
Bryan National Collegiate
Greensboro, Nc.
March 31
3:00 PM
George Mason
Shirley Povich Field
March 31
All Day
Bryan National Collegiate
Greensboro, Nc.
April 1
2:00 PM
George Mason
Fairfax, Va.
April 1
12:00 PM
Providence
Guy Mason Field
April 1
3:00 PM
Providence
Guy Mason Field
April 1
1:00 PM
Temple
Cooper Field
April 1
3:00 PM
Denver
Denver, Colo.
April 1
All Day
Bryan National Collegiate
Greensboro, Nc.
April 1
All Day
Temple & St. Josephs
Philadelphia, Pa.
April 2
1:00 PM
George Mason
Fairfax, Va.
April 2
12:00 PM
Providence
Guy Mason Field
April 2
10:00 AM
Navy
Washington, D.C.
April 2
TBA
The Citadel
Washington, D.C.
April 2
All Day
Bryan National Collegiate
Greensboro, Nc.
April 3
All Day
East Carolina Intercollegiate
Brooke Valley Golf Club - Greenville, N.C.
April 4
3:00 PM
Cornell
Shirley Povich Field
April 4
All Day
East Carolina Intercollegiate
Brooke Valley Golf Club - Greenville, N.C.
April 5
2:30 PM
Towson
Towson, Md.
April 5
7:00 PM
Villanova
Villanova, Pa.
April 7
3:00 PM
NYIT
Shirley Povich Field
April 7
1:00 PM
Temple
Philadelphia, Pa.
April 7
All Day
GW Invite
Washington, D.C.
April 8
1:00 PM
NYIT
Shirley Povich Field
April 8
12:00 PM
Seton Hall
South Orange, N.J.
April 8
3:00 PM
Seton Hall
South Orange, N.J.
April 8
12:00 PM
DePaul
Washington, D.C.
April 8
1:00 PM
Vanderbilt
Cooper Field
April 8
1:00 PM
Providence
Providence, R.I.
April 8
All Day
Princeton Invitational
Springdale Golf Club - Princeton, N.J.
April 8
All Day
Yale & MIT
Derby, Conn.
April 8
All Day
GW Invite
Washington, D.C.
April 8
All Day
Columbia & Harvard
Overpeck Park, N.J.
April 9
12:00 PM
NYIT
Shirley Povich Field
April 9
12:00 PM
Seton Hall
South Orange, N.J
April 9
All Day
Princeton Invitational
Springdale Golf Club - Princeton, N.J.
April 9
All Day
Hoya Invitational
Four Streams, Beallsville, Md.
April 10
All Day
Hoya Invitational
Four Streams, Beallsville, Md.
April 12
4:00 PM
Mount St. Marys
Emmitsburg, Md.
April 12
2:00 PM
Cincinnati
Cooper Field
April 13
3:00 PM
Creighton
Shirley Povich Field
April 14
4:00 PM
Creighton
Shirley Povich Field
April 14
1:00 PM
Villanova
Guy Mason Field
April 14
4:00 PM
Villanova
Guy Mason Field
April 15
1:00 PM
Creighton
Shirley Povich Field
April 15
1:00 PM
Villanova
Guy Mason Field
April 15
2:00 PM
Marquette
Milwaukee, Wis.
April 15
2:30 PM
Villanova
Cooper Field
April 15
All Day
Holy Cross
Princeton, N.J.
April 15
All Day
Navy
Washington, D.C.
April 15
All Day
The Rutherford Collegiate
Penn State Blue Course - State College, Pa.
April 16
All Day
The Rutherford Collegiate
Penn State Blue Course - State College, Pa.
April 16
All Day
The Rutherford Collegiate
Penn State Blue Course - State College, Pa.
April 18
3:30 PM
Mount St. Marys
Emmitsburg, Md.
April 18
6:00 PM
Virginia
Charlottesville, Va.
April 18
7:00 PM
Mount St. Marys
Emmitsburg, Md.