A Georgetown sports roundup.
Men’s basketball: Georgetown senior Markel Starks was named to the Big East weekly honor roll on Monday after his performance in a pair of games last week. Starks averaged 18 points, 4.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds during a 1-1 week for the Hoyas. The senior guard shot 48.1 percent from the floor (13 of 27) and hit 70 percent of his free throws (7 of 10). In a win over Michigan State on Saturday, Starks had 16 points, four assists and two rebounds to lead three players in double figures as the Hoyas ended a five-game losing streak. Earlier in the week, he had 20 points, five assists and three rebounds in a loss to Villanova.
Starks, who has scored in double figures 18 times this season, is second on the team with 16.4 points, which ranks eighth in the Big East, and leads the team with 4.assists per game, which ranks tie for sixth in the league. Overall this season he has played 91.1 percent of the team’s minutes (774 of 850). Starks passed the 1,000-point mark for his career in the loss to Villanova, becoming the 44th player in program history to pass that mark. He has now scored 1,020 points in 114 games and needs five more to pass Bill Lynn ('76) for 41st all-time and six more to pass Al Dutch ('80) for 40th all-time.
Women’s basketball: On Monday, freshman center Natalie Butler was named Big East rookie of the week. Butler averaged 16.5 points, 11.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists for the Hoyas, including a game-high 19 points against Villanova on Wednesday. Along with the 19 points, Butler snagged 14 boards against the Wildcats.
She followed that performance with a 14-point, eight-rebound, four-assist showing at Marquette on Saturday. Butler also added a pair of blocks against the Golden Eagles.
Butler has earned the award eight times this season, tying for second all-time with Connecticut’s Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis. The league record of 10 held by Connecticut’s Maya Moore (2007-08).
Women’s lacrosse: Georgetown are ranked No. 10 in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association’s preseason poll, No. 9 in the Brine media poll and No. 9 by Lacrosse Magazine. The Hoyas will open the season Feb. 15 at home against Delaware.
Last week, Georgetown was selected to finish first in the Big East preseason coaches’ poll. Six Hoyas were named to the all-Big East team, with senior midfielder Kelyn Freedman and junior attacker Caroline Tarzian as unanimous selections.
Baseball: The 10th annual First Pitch Dinner will take place Saturday. Highlighting this year’s fundraiser as the keynote speaker is Dan Duquette, executive vice president of baseball operations for the Baltimore Orioles.
The First Pitch Dinner will be held on Georgetown’s campus in the Leo J. O'Donovan Dining Hall. Cocktails and the silent auction begin at 6:30 p.m., with dinner and speakers beginning at 7 p.m. The annual event celebrates the beginning of the 2014 Georgetown baseball season and honors the 2013 team and its seniors.
Men’s tennis: Georgetown defeated George Mason on Jan. 31. The Hoyas swept the singles play to take the match, 6-1. The Hoyas have two matches over the weekend in New Haven, Conn. Georgetown will play Yale at noon Saturday and Bryant University at 10 a.m. Sunday.
Women’s tennis: The Hoyas traveled to Massachusetts last weekend but was not able to come away with a win. The women lost to Boston College on Saturday, 5-2, and to Boston University on Sunday, 5-1. Freshman Victoire Saperstein won two singles matches over the weekend for her first two singles wins of her collegiate career. The squad faces St. John’s on Friday at 11 a.m.
Softball: Georgetown opens its 560game schedule this weekend with five games at the Florida Gulf Coast University Invitational. The Hoyas will take on Liberty at 12:15 and the host, FGCU, at 7 p.m. on Friday. The Hoyas then play two games on Saturday against Ole Miss at 10 a.m. and Western Kentucky at 12:15 p.m. Georgetown will play one game on Sunday, depending on how it does in the rest of the invitational. The team, led by Coach Pat Conlan, returns 12 players and welcomes four incoming freshmen.
Track and field: Georgetown competed at the Penn State National Invitational over the weekend and recorded a number of top times, including four that rank among the top 10 nationally as well as a new meet record.
Billy Ledder won the men’s 800-meter run with a time of 1:48.92, enough for the 10th-best time in the nation and the best time recorded in the Big East. Ledder also ran the third leg (800 meters) on the men’s distance medley relay, and the foursome of Ryan Manahan (1,200 meters), DeVante Washington (400 meters), Ledder and Ahmed Bile (1,600 meters) clocked in at 9:39.25, the 10th-best time in the country thus far this season.
All-American Katrina Coogan did her part, running the 3,000-meter with a time of 9:10.27 in a stacked race that saw the top three times among the five best times in the country this year. Her time is the fourth-best time in the nation. Coogan also anchored the women’s distance medley relay as she teamed up with Sabrina Southerland, Emma Keenan and all-American Chelsea Cox. The quartet timed in at 11:04.79, the sixth-best time in the country.
Also impressive this weekend was Amos Bartelsmeyer in the men’s 1,000-meter invitational timing in at 2:22.75, a new Penn State National Invitational record.
The Hoyas travel to Boston for the Valentine Invitational on Saturday.