Georgetown Hoyas fall/winter sports roundup

November 13, 2013

A roundup of the fall and winter sports at Georgetown.

Football: After a bye week, the Hoyas (1-8, 0-3) return to action against Patriot League rival Bucknell University (4-5, 2-2) on Saturday. A free live audio broadcast of the game will be available on Georgetown’s athletic Web site.

Women’s basketball: Georgetown had five players score in double figures, including three freshmen, in its season-opening 82-78 victory over Richmond on Friday at McDonough Arena. Freshman forward Shayla Cooper led the way with 17 points in Coach Jim Lewis’s debut, while senior guard Samisha Powell added 15 and freshman center Natalie Butler posted a double-double in her first career game with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Powell also had eight assists and five steals. The Hoyas shot 50 percent from the field and 50 percent from three-point range, holding the Spiders to just 31.3 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from beyond the arc. Richmond narrowly outrebounded Georgetown, 49-46, but the Hoyas posted 14 blocks, including five from Butler.

The Hoyas will travel to South Dakota State on Friday before returning home against No. 10 California on Sunday at McDonough Arena.

Men’s soccer: The Hoyas downed Villanova, 1-0, to clinch the Big East regular season title and the top seed in the conference tournament. Sophomore forward Brandon Allen scored his 11th goal of the season and junior goalkeeper Tomas Gomez helped the squad to its 12th shutout of the season. Both were named to the Big East weekly honor roll.

The Hoyas earned a bye to the Big East semifinals, where they will play either fifth-seeded Creighton or fourth-seeded Providence on Friday at 6 p.m.

Women’s soccer: Georgetown earned an NCAA tournament berth for the second straight year and for the fourth time in program history on Monday. The Hoyas will host La Salle, the Atlantic 10 champion, on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Shaw Field, the first time Georgetown has hosted an NCAA tournament game. Should the Hoyas win, they will play the winner of a match between St. Francis (Pa.) and No. 1 Virginia on Nov. 22.

The Hoyas lost in the Big East semifinals, 1-0, to DePaul. Junior Daphne Corboz was named Big East midfielder of the year and senior Emily Menges was named Big East defensive player of the year.

Volleyball: The the Hoyas (10-16, 4-9 Big East) dropped three home conference matches over the weekend at McDonough Arena. Playing three of the top teams in the Big East, Georgetown lost to Xavier (3-2), Creighton (3-1) and Butler (3-0). Prior to Saturday’s match, the Hoyas celebrated their three seniors – Annalee Abell, Brooke Bachesta and Whitney Jencks. Freshman Ashlie Williams set a career high on Friday with 17 kills and totaled 34 kills on the weekend with an impressive .329 hitting percentage. Mackenzie Simpson averaged 4.58 digs per set over the three matches and registered a 2.3 passer rating.

The Hoyas’ final three matches of the season will be on the road: at Butler (Friday), Xavier (Saturday) and Creighton (Nov. 22).

Men’s crew: The Hoyas wrapped up the fall portion of their schedule at the Rutgers Fall Classic Regatta on Saturday. Georgetown’s Varsity Four “B” crew won their race in a time of 13:51. The Hoyas crossed the finish line eight seconds ahead of the crew from Bucknell. In the same race, the Hoyas’ “A” boat took fifth in 14:13. With the times of the “A” and “B” times added up, Georgetown came in first as a team in the Varsity Four event, defeating Patriot League foe Navy by an eight-second margin, 28:04 to 28:12.In the Freshman Eight race, the Georgetown “A” boat finished in a tie for fifth with a time of 13:34.

Sailing: Georgetown’s Greg Martinez won the ICSA men’s singlehanded national championship with a commanding three-day performance on the windward/leeward courses out of Sail Newport in Newport, R.I. The sophomore, part of the 2013 U.S. sailing development team, won the event by 10 points following a total of 18 races over three days.

Swimming and diving: The Hoyas finished strong at the Big East quad meet over the weekend, as the men’s team defeated Villanova and Seton Hall, while the women fell to Rutgers, Seton Hall and Villanova.

Evan Grey won the 400-yard individual medley and the 500-yard freestyle, while senior captain Christian Kilgore had a victory in the 200-yard breaststroke. Allison Fulenwider earned a fourth-place finish for the Hoyas’ women in the 200-yard breaststroke.

The Hoyas will participate in the eighth annual Ted Mullin Hour of Power on Tuesday afternoon, to support research at the University of Chicago into the causes and treatment of sarcoma.

After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.
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