Once More, Part 4

November 14, 2007

I missed the season opening basketball game against William & Mary last Saturday. Instead, I chose to be on campus for the last game of the 2007 football season. And what an arduous year (1-9) it was for this hard-working group of young men!

None of the current footballers were on the Hilltop just four short years ago when it was our men's basketball team that was experiencing such a difficult year. Circumstances then were different for sure, but the similarity runs to the promising future of the program and the commitment of the University to strive toward excellence.




Senior Matt Basseuner and family were honored in pregame ceremonies at last home game of 2007

There is more. While seeking excellence in playful endeavors is but one of many elements of the University's mission, we believe, as a Catholic Jesuit school, that virtue also finds expression through service to others. And one of the ways these student-athletes provide service to others is by displaying their talents as part of something larger than themselves. During a down year like this past football season, it is immensely more challenging for a team and its members to perform day-in and day-out. But there is truth in the saying: virtue is its own reward.

And the day will come when the gridiron Hoyas will be riding high again.

This posting continues the photographic review of the basketball Hoyas' successful run through the 2007 post-season.

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The NCAA regionals, aka Sweet 16, returned the Hoyas to the NY metro area - the Manhattan skyline from the Meadowlands

Continental Airlines Arena was the site for the eastern regional

Band and cheerleaders primed the pump of pregame excitement for gathering Hoya fans



Pregame analysis: Bill Price '74 and George Olvany `80

Fred Pennekamp '70 and Ed Rogozinski `79

With the Vandy game on the line, Hoya fans were apprehensive



Joe Riggs '55 reacts with joy to sweet 16 win over Vanderbilt

Final score: Hoyas 66, Commodores 65

Following the victory, diehard Hoya Joe Guarriello '71 donned new garb to root against the Tarheels



The quarterfinals found the Hoyas in a rematch from 1982 with North Carolina

Mike Nardella '71 with fellow Hoya fans

Longtime fan Bruce Casner and Ron Lignelli, GU's managing director of performing arts

Jim Bond and son-in-law Charles Andreas await tip-off



Hoya cheerleaders came back for more pregame rallying

Both new and longtime fans joined in

Hoya afficianados of all ages were on hand



Student Hoyas took charge of the balcony

A Hoya comeback tied the game at the end of regulation

Kevin Reynolds '10 and dad Bill '79 anticipate the inevitable victory in overtime



A surreal aura befell the Hoya crowd

Georgetown Hoyas: 2007 Eastern regional champions

Trey Whipple '95 and Jarrett Morrell '95 in jubilation




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7:00 PM
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September 10
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September 10
12:00 PM
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September 15
2:00 PM
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