Sept. 30, 2013
WASHINGTON - Early on Saturday morning, as the rest of campus set up for the large Homecoming crowd, The Georgetown University men's lacrosse team welcomed nearly 50 former players back to Multi-Sport Field for its annual Alumni Game. It was just the second consecutive game of the revisited tradition under Head Coach Kevin Warne, but one that everyone involved hopes will continue to grow through the years.
"Last year we had such positive feedback and turnout and word spread, so this year it continued to grow," Crease Club President Trevor Casey (Col. '07) said following the game. "We were able to get the guys uniforms and have the breakfast tailgate, and it was great because we don't get to see each other very often, so it brings back a lot of memories and the inside jokes start coming back. I hope the numbers keep growing and I hope the younger guys keep coming out."
For Casey, it was an opportunity to suit up on the same alumni team with his younger brother Brian, a 2013 graduate and a captain for the Hoyas last season. It was the first time the pair had been able to play on the same team during their lacrosse careers.
Another 2013 graduate, Brennan Bicknese was also able to team up with older brother, Eric Bicknese for the first time since his freshman season on the Hilltop. The alumni team saw an influx of new players, as several recent alumni joined the "old guys" team for the first time, with Jason McFadden, Patrick Murray and Chris Nourse all suiting up a year after leading the current Hoyas squad in the game.
"Being on the current team side last year, I know that Coach Warne likes to set the tone and he takes the alumni game pretty seriously," Chris Nourse said. "I wanted to come onto the alumni side and tell the guys that we were going to go after it. It was a great experience. This year it was fun to be on the alumni side and chat it up with some of the older guys from seven or eight years back. I still try to come out pretty competitively, but the current guys are in better shape."
For the current Hoyas squad, it was a first look against competition after three weeks of fall ball, as the team prepares for a two-game weekend in the Play 4 Parkinson's event at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va. For the alumni, it was an opportunity to step back onto the field and away from the "real world" and catch up with former teammates.
The alumni kept it close early, with the current Hoyas leading 4-3 in the second quarter, but the current Hoyas showed the importance of fresh legs as the game went on, pulling away for a win. More than the competition aspect, the alumni game has provided an opportunity for the current squad to see the importance of the family atmosphere within the program.
"The quote is we stand on the shoulders of the guys before us and that is true," Trevor Casey said. "Just giving the younger guys an opportunity to see what the program is all about and what it means to so many of us and to see some of the old faces is important.
"I think we all see the importance that the legacy of the program has and that they'll have a connection to this program for life," Graduate student and current Hoya Tyler Knarr said. "Being able to interact with the alumni makes you feel more connected to what we're doing every day in practice. You realize that everything we do represents all the classes before us, so there is a responsibility to always work your best and try your hardest."
NOTES: Among the men's lacrosse alumni making the appearance on homecoming morning were: Michael Shotwell, Andrew Lohrfink, Brian Will, Brett Weiss, Stoddert Nibley, Christopher Nixon, Kurt Watkinson, Patrick Collins, Peter Cannon, Matthew Winter, Christian McCormack, Vernice Stefano, Matthew Rienzo, Scott Kocis, Sean Denihan, Ryan Shuler, Andrew Brancaccio, Richard Mirabito, Neil McGroarty, Gerry Reilly, Jake Samperton, Daniel Nolan, Michael Hammer, David Bauer, Garrett Wilson, Robert Koger, Christopher Nourse, Preston Connell, Brennan Bicknese, Christopher Schuville, Craig Dowd, Adam Donahue,Trevor Casey, Brian Casey, Eric Bicknese, Brennan Bicknese, Patrick Murray, Zac Guy, Dan McKinney, Jason McFadden and Francis McDonough.