Georgetown Hoyas sports roundup

December 12, 2013

A roundup of the fall and winter sports at Georgetown.

Women’s basketball: On Sunday, Georgetown fell to No. 12 Penn State, 77-68, at McDonough Arena. The Hoyas cut a 19-point deficit to five with two minutes remaining, but ultimately fell to 5-3 on the season. Sophomore guard Katie McCormick led way with 17 points, freshman center Natalie Butler added 12 and freshman forward Faith Woodard scored 10. Butler posted nine boards and senior forward Andrea White managed five assists and seven steals.

Five days earlier, the host Hoyas defeated local rival George Washington, 78-57, as five players scored in double figures, Butler led the way with 17. White posted her second consecutive double-double with 15 points and a team-high 13 rebounds. McCormick had 15 points, going 3 of 7 from beyond the three-point arc, and Woodard managed 13 points, 9 rebounds and a 7-of-9 performance at the line. Senior co-captain Samisha Powell added 12 points and four assists.

On Monday, Butler was named the Big East rookie of the week for the third time this season. She is currently leads the Big East in rebounding (12.3 per game).

McCormick earned a spot on the Big East weekly honor roll after averaging 16 points and 5.0 rebounds making eight three-pointers in the two contests. It marked her first career honor.

Men’s soccer: Four Georgetown players were named all-Northeast Region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Senior Steve Neumann and sophomore Brandon Allen both made the first team, while junior Tomas Gomez and freshman Joshua Yaro made the second team.

Women’s soccer: Hoyas standouts Emily Menges and Daphne Corboz were among a group of 24 players called up to participate in training camp with the U.S. under-23 women’s national team. The U.S. team, coached by Steve Swanson, will hold its first training camp Dec. 14-21 in Sunrise, Fla.

Menges, a captain, she concluded her Georgetown career as one of the most decorated players in program history, earning all-Big East honors three times in her four seasons on the Hilltop. She was one of 15 Division I players selected as a semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy, given to the top player in the country, and also was a first-team all-Big East selection and the league’s defensive player of the year.

Corboz is a two-time all-American. She was named the Big East midfielder of the year in 2013 and led the team with 27 points. She was named the Big East offensive player of the year in 2012 and was a first-team all-American in 2012. In just three years on the Hilltop, Corboz is the all-time leader in goals scored (35) and ranks second all-time in points scored (92).

Both players were also selected to the NSCAA all-Northeast Region first team earlier this week. Menges was selected a NSCAA first-team all-American and Corboz earned second-team honors.

Georgetown closed out the season with a 16-3-2 record, tying the program record for wins in a season, set last year when the Hoyas went 16-4-3. The team set a program record with 58 goals and was ranked among the top three in the country in scoring offense.

Track and field: The Georgetown indoor teams opened the season at the Navy Invitational in Annapolis (men’s team) and the Bucknell Invitational in Lewisburg, Pa. (women’s team). The men posted five first-place finishes and the women put up two of their own.

Both teams return to action at the George Mason Invitational on Jan. 11 in Fairfax.

Swimming and diving: The Hoyas defeated crosstown rival Howard on Saturday at McCarthy Pool, with the men earning a 123-78 victory and the women taking a 135-58 win. The Hoyas won the first five events of the meet, taking the top three spots in the women’s and men’s 400-yard medley relay.

Georgetown also took the top four spots in the women’s 200-yard freestyle as well as the top three spots in the women’s 100-yard butterfly. Martin Vanin and Jared Cooper-Vespa each earned victories in two events.

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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