When It Rains . . .

. . . It poured for the entire game of the lacrosse world championship final one week ago in London, Ontario. The USA team lost 15-10. As I headed out of town a couple hours later, my car tire went flat. Delayed one hour for repairs, I still faced a good 11 hours of driving to get back to DC.

I should have been glum, having witnessed only the second loss ever by the USA team in international competition. The United States has always dominated international lacrosse just like it used to dominate in basketball way back when.

Yet, as I crossed the border, I couldn't help but grin. Following the USA loss, I had surely seen the pain and disappointment on the faces of USA team members and former Hoya stars Scott Urick '99 and Kyle Sweeney '03. One year ago, they both were selected from a star-studded pool of top U.S. players during a week of grueling tryouts. They had invested a good portion of the past year preparing themselves as defending world champions.

Former Hoyas #30 Scott Urick and #4 Kyle Sweeney in pregame warmups

A young USA fan going with the all-American Mohawk look

I had traveled to western Ontario for the semis and finals to photograph and watch them bring home the gold medal for the red, white and blue. They carried a heavy burden though. Probably the most talented USA team ever put together, they were among the 23 best lacrosse players in the world, hand-picked to represent their country in these quadrennial games. Needless to say, they were favored to win it all. Despite the final loss, Scott and Kyle acquitted themselves quite commendably on this world stage: Scott led his USA teammates in total goals scored while Kyle tallied three goals and covered the field exceptionally well from his long-stick defensive midfield position.

I had to smile though as I drove through Niagara Falls, because I had just seen the world's best player compete for the victorious Canadian team. And his name was Brodie Merrill, Georgetown class of 2005. I was proud of him and glad for his parents who use to travel often to the Hilltop to watch their son play on American soil. I had watched in awe as he led, in his typical dominating fashion, his national team to the world title on his home turf.

Current Hoya assistant coach Scott Urick led the US team in goals with 20 tallies during the world championships

Brodie wreaked havoc with the USA offense, here disrupting a shot by one of his college coaches, USA sniper Scott Urick

On more than one occasion, Brodie and Scott chased down each other and the ball . . .

. . . and usually found themselves tied up in a stalemate


Now, I have known for the past two years that Brodie was without peer on the lacrosse field. What happened in London last week was that the rest of the world simply came to the same realization. Highly-regarded lacrosse commentator Quint Kessinich recently wrote, "Brodie Merrill is the biggest difference between this team and the Canada squads of 1994, 1998 and 2002. He's the best player in the game."

Fifteen months ago, in his senior season, I penned the following: ". . . watching Brodie Merrill play lacrosse is truly amazing. He reminds me of the famous quip of golfing legend Bobby Jones about the young Jack Nicklaus: `He plays a game with which I am not familiar.' "

Kyle Sweeney stood out on the USA defense

Once Hoya teammates, Brodie and Kyle lined up for face-offs on opposing sides

Kyle covered some valuable turf for the USA

During their six combined years at Georgetown, Kyle and Brodie made the roving and disruptive long-stick D-midfield position a signature element of the Hoya defense

Sport has a way of acknowledging the greatness of its most famed athletes by referring to these immortals by a single moniker: the Babe, Ali, Pele, Michael, Tiger. In lacrosse, that name may someday be: Brodie.

My camera and I were thoroughly drenched by the time the final seconds of the championship game ticked off. As the heads of the USA team began to droop, the men in red rejoiced all over the field. Just then, the sun came out.

Hoya, Hoya Saxa!   Hoya, Hoya Georgetown!   Hoya Brodie Merrill!

A finalist for the college lacrosse version of the Heisman in his final two Hoya seasons, Brodie outplayed 2004 Tewaaraton Trophy awardee, Mikey Powell and 2005 awardee, Kyle Harrison during the world games

Brodie reacted with joy in the waning moments of the game as Scott Urick hoped to put his corner finder to work one more time

Brodie spent post-game time greeting and modestly signing for his young fans

Already named to all-World team, Brodie hustled to receive the award as world's best defender


Gold medal and flag wearing Brodie with parents Peter and Patricia Merrill

Former Hoya midfielder Trevor Walker '03 traveled to London to see former fellow co-captain Kyle Sweeney at the world championships

Twenty-one nations participated in the 2006 world championships including the Scottish national team

Representing Czechoslavakia were two former Hoyas: all-America Greg Hubschmann `98 and brother Andrew `02 (wrapped with an ice pack). Father and team physician Otakar (in red) and brother Brian (not pictured) also played major roles with the team



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October 21
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October 21
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October 22
1:00 PM
Butler
Indianapolis, Ind.

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October 22
9:30 AM
Richmond
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October 22
11:30 AM
Elon
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October 22
12:00 PM
Sacred Heart
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October 22
2:30 PM
Virginia Tech
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October 22
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October 22
All Day
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October 22
All Day
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October 22
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Boston, Mass.

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October 22
All Day
The ODU/OBX Intercollegiate Old Dominion
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October 22
All Day
Head of the Charles
Boston, Mass.

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October 23
All Day
The ODU/OBX Intercollegiate Old Dominion
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October 24
All Day
The ODU/OBX Intercollegiate Old Dominion
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October 25
2:00 PM
Providence
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October 26
2:00 PM
Xavier
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October 27
2:00 PM
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October 27
7:00 PM
Xavier
Cincinnati, Ohio
October 28
1:00 PM
Holy Cross
Worcester, Mass.
October 28
7:00 PM
St. Johns
Queens, N.Y.

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October 28
11:00 AM
James Madison
Cooper Field
October 28
12:00 PM
Davidson
Davidson, N.C.
October 28
1:00 PM
Maryland
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October 28
3:00 PM
Stony Brook
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October 28
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October 28
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Kenosha, Wis.
October 28
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October 28
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October 29
1:00 PM
La Salle
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October 29
2:00 PM
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Indianapolis, Ind.
October 29
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War Memorial Regatta
Geneva, N.Y.
October 29
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Princeton, N.J.
October 29
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Princeton, N.J.
October 30
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TPC Tampa, Tampa, Fla.
October 31
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November 1
2:00 PM
Creighton
Shaw Field

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November 3
4:00 PM
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November 3
6:00 PM
St. Johns
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November 3
TBA
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Palos Verdes, Calif.
November 3
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November 3
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ICSA Mens and Womens Singlehanded National Championships
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November 4
2:00 PM
Lafayette Homecoming
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November 4
10:00 AM
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New Brunswick, N.J.
November 4
6:00 PM
Seton Hall
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November 4
TBA
Jack Kramer Invitational
Palos Verdes, Calif.
November 4
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ICSA Mens and Womens Singlehanded National Championships
Tampa, Fla.
November 4
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Head of the Occoquan HW/LW
Fairfax Station, Va.
November 4
TBA
Jack Kramer Invitational
Palos Verdes, Calif.
November 4
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Head of the Occoquan
Fairfax Station, Va.
November 5
All Day
ICSA Mens and Womens Singlehanded National Championships
Tampa, Fla.
November 5
TBA
Jack Kramer Invitational
Palos Verdes, Calif.
November 5
TBA
Jack Kramer Invitational
Palos Verdes, Calif.
November 10
6:00 PM
Marquette
Milwuakee, Wis.
November 10
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NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Championships
Bethlehem, Pa.
November 10
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NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Championships
Bethlehem, Pa.
November 11
12:00 PM
Bucknell
Lewisburg, Pa.
November 11
All Day
Coed Atlantic Coast Championships
Bronx, N.Y.
November 11
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ICSA Match Racing National Championships
Charleston, S.C.
November 11
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New London, Conn.
November 12
12:00 PM
Jacksonville
Capital One Arena

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November 12
2:00 PM
DePaul
Chicago, Ill.
November 12
All Day
ICSA Match Racing National Championships
Charleston, S.C.
November 12
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Coed Atlantic Coast Championships
Bronx, N.Y.
November 12
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Womens Atlantic Coast Championships
New London, Conn.
November 14
7:00 PM
Howard
McDonough Arena
November 15
7:00 PM
Mount St. Marys
Capital One Arena

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November 16
7:00 PM
Loyola Maryland
Baltimore, Md.
November 17
10:00 AM
Bucknell Invite
Lewisburg, Pa.
November 17
6:00 PM
Providence
McDonough Arena

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November 18
1:00 PM
Colgate Senior Day
Cooper Field
November 18
12:00 PM
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Capital One Arena

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November 18
10:00 AM
Bucknell Invite
Lewisburg, Pa.
November 18
6:00 PM
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November 18
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IC4A Championships
New York, N.Y.
November 18
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NCAA Championships
Louisville, Ky.
November 18
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NCAA Championships
Louisville, Ky.
November 18
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New York, N.Y.
November 19
2:00 PM
George Washington
Washington, D.C.
November 19
10:00 AM
Bucknell Invite
Lewisburg, Pa.
November 24
8:30 PM
Auburn
Nashville, Tenn.
November 25
6:00 PM
Richmond
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November 25
8:30 PM
Chattanooga
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November 26
3:00 PM
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November 28
8:30 PM
Maine
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November 29
7:00 PM
Florida International
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December 3
6:30 PM
Coppin State
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December 7
8:30 PM
Howard
Capital One Arena

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December 7
7:00 PM
Minnesota
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December 9
2:30 PM
North Carolina A&T
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December 10
2:00 PM
North Carolina State
Raleigh, N.C.
December 16
12:30 PM
Syracuse
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CBS
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December 20
7:00 PM
North Texas
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December 21
6:00 PM
VCU
Richmond, Va.
December 23
12:00 PM
Alabama A&M
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December 27
6:30 PM
Butler
Capital One Arena

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December 28
7:00 PM
Providence
Providence, R.I.

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4:30 PM
Marquette
Milwaukee, Wis.

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December 30
2:00 PM
Creighton
Omaha, Neb.

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January 2
9:00 PM
DePaul
Chicago, Ill.

FS1
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January 2
2:00 PM
Xavier
McDonough Arena

BEDN
January 5
7:00 PM
Butler
McDonough Arena

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January 6
12:00 PM
Creighton
Capital One Arena

FSN
TBD
January 6
All Day
Rose Bowl Regatta
Los Angeles, Calif.
January 7
All Day
Rose Bowl Regatta
Los Angeles, Calif.
January 9
6:30 PM
St. Johns
New York, N.Y.

FS1
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January 10
7:00 PM
Villanova
McDonough Arena

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January 12
7:00 PM
St. Johns
Queens, N.Y.

BEDN
January 13
12:00 PM
Seton Hall
Newark, N.J.

FS1
TBD
January 13
1:00 PM
American/George Washington
Washington, D.C. (American University)
January 14
1:00 PM
Seton Hall
South Orange, N.J.

BEDN
January 17
6:30 PM
Villanova
Capital One Arena

FS1
TBD
January 19
7:00 PM
Marquette
McDonough Arena

BEDN
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January 20
12:00 PM
St. Johns
Capital One Arena

FS1
TBD
January 20
1:00 PM
Drexel
McCarthy Pool