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Lacrosse season is heating up!

MEN'S LACROSSE (11-2, 6-1 in ECAC)
Ranked #5 in the nation, ECAC Champions

LAST: Sat 5/6, #5 HOYAS 10, Penn State 9, at Penn State
NEXT: Sun, 5/14, Navy at #8 HOYAS, 3:30pm, Multi-Sport Field (NCAA Opening Round)
(4/22)  On a damp Senior Day, the #5 Hoyas used a strong first half and then held on in the second to defeat the #8 UMass Minutemen 8-6.  In front of 1,776 fans at The Yard, the Hoyas jumped out to a 6-2 halftime lead, but UMass drew within 7-6 late in the fourth quarter.  Some spectacular saves by senior Rich D'Andrea and a late insurance goal by Dave Paolisso sealed the deal.  Seven different players scored goals for the Hoyas, who now are alone in first place in the ECAC.
(4/1)  On a rainy Saturday afternoon in Annapolis, the #5 Hoyas pulled away from the #8 Midshipmen in the second half en route to a 9-5 victory.  Before a cable audience on CSTV, the Hoyas turned a 3-2 halftime advantage to a 9-3 lead with aggressive offense and strong goaltending from senior Rich D'Andrea.  Andrew Baird scored 3 goals, and Danny Nolan had a nice breakaway goal to crush Navy's spirits.  Big statement win for the Hoyas.

WOMEN'S LACROSSE (13-3, 5-0 in Big East)
Ranked #4 in the nation, Big East Champions

LAST: Sat, 5/6, #4 HOYAS 8, #12 Johns Hopkins 7, at Johns Hopkins
NEXT: Sun, 5/14, #3 HOYAS at Monmouth, 1pm

Senior Stephanie Zodtner races across the field to score a miraculous, last second goal vs. Loyola.

(4/29)  In a season full of thrilling finishes, it will be nearly impossible to top what happened on Multi-Sport Field Saturday afternoon.  In a tense, back and forth battle, Georgetown notched a miraculous 9-8 overtime victory over the Loyola Greyhounds, thanks to a buzzer-beating goal by senior Stephanie Zodtner at the end of regulation.  The amazing victory gives the Hoyas their sixth consective Big East title and their 34th consecutive conference victory.

On Georgetown's Senior Day, Loyola jumped out to a surprising 4-1 lead over the higher-ranked Hoyas, and maintained a 4-2 advantage at halftime.  After the break, the Hoyas came out firing, scoring four consecutive goals to take a 5-4 lead.  From there, it was back and forth, and the score was knotted at 7 apiece when Loyola scored a goal with 5.8 seconds remaining to seemingly secure a victory and a Big East title for the Greyhounds.
But it was not to be, and Georgetown was not to be denied on this day.  After a penalty gave the ball to the Hoyas, senior Stephanie Zodtner raced across the field with a 4.7 seconds left and sent the ball into the Loyola goal an instant before the clock expired, sending the team and Hoya fans into a frenzy.  In the second overtime period,  junior Sarah Zorzi sent one into the net for the Hoyas, with 13.8 seconds left, and Georgetown survived a final attack from the Greyhounds to secure a dramatic victory.

(4/19)  The #3 Hoyas jumped out to an early lead and never relinquished as they rolled to an 8-4 win over #4 Virginia on a beautiful Wednesday afternoon at the Yard.  Georgetown raced out to a 6-1 lead in the opening 16 minutes of play.  Junior Schuyler Sutton scored a career high four goals for the Hoyas.  Another big win for the Georgetown lady laxers.

BASEBALL (23-27, 9-12 in Big East)

MEN'S BASKETBALL (23-10, 10-6)
LAST: 3/24, #3 Florida 57, #7 HOYAS 53, Minneapolis Regional Semifinals
NEXT: Midnight Madness, October 2006

The student student section organizes a distraction against Duke's JJ Redick.

The Hoyas completed their most sucessful NCAA Tournament run in five years, advancing to the Sweet 16 before falling in a heartbreaker to eventual Minneapolis regional champion Florida.
The 7th-seeded Hoyas faced 10th-seeded Northern Iowa in the first round in Dayton, Ohio, a tough opponent from the Missouri Valley Conference.  The Hoyas fell behind early, but were able to draw within four points at halftime, 30-26.  Georgetown then grabbed the lead with twelve minutes left in the half on a Jessie Sapp three-pointer and never let go.  NIU drew close in the closing minute, but Ashanti Cook scored the final six points of the game, including a breakaway dunk.  Roy Hibbert led the way for the Hoyas with 17 points and 8 rebounds in the low-scoring affair.
Georgetown then faced #2 Ohio State, who were Big Ten regular season champions and boasted the Big Ten Player of the Year, forward Terence Dials.  The game was also being played an hour from Ohio State's campus in Columbus, so it was a virtual road game, with the vast majority of the sell-out crowd dressed in red and rooting for the Buckeyes.
Nevertheless, Georgetown came out strong and hungry.  The Hoyas quieted the crowd and built a 38-25 halftime lead on strong inside play and precision three-point shooting.  The Buckeyes drew as close as six in the second half, but the Hoyas answered every time.  A three-point play by Jeff Green with three minutes left put the Hoyas ahead by 11, and from there Georgetown coasted to a 70-52 upset victory.  Only four players scored for the Hoyas, but all were in double figures, Big Roy again leading the way with 20 points and 14 rebounds.  Ohio State fans left for the exits early, leaving a small but boisterous Georgetown section chanting, "We are Georgetown!" and "Sweet 16!"
Next, the Hoyas traveled to Minneapolis the following week to take on the third-seeded Florida Gators for a chance to advance to the Elite 8 for the first time since 1996.  The Hoyas again opened strong, building a 21-12 lead before Florida struck back.  Georgetown led 30-28 at the half, but Florida scored the first seven points out of the break to take a five-point lead.  From there, it was a back-and-forth affair.  Ashanti Cook banked in a foul line jumper to put the Hoyas ahead 53-52 with 1:49 remaining.  However, a miraculous three-point play by Florida's Corey Brewer put the Gators up 55-53 with 27.5 to play.  Senior Darrel Owens had an open three-pointer to put the Hoyas back on top with under 10 seconds left, but the shot drew back iron, and two free throws by Florida sealed the deal.  Jeff Green led four Hoyas in double figures with 15 points, as well as 6 rebounds and 4 assists.
Nevertheless, it was a great run for the Hoyas, who made their first NCAA appearance under John Thompson III a memorable one.  The most encouraging thing, however, is that there is a very good chance that the best is yet to come.  GO HOYAS!

The fifth-seeded Georgetown Hoyas made a solid run to the Big East Tournament semifinals before losing a heartbreaker to eventual champion Syracuse.
In the opening round game against 12-seed Notre Dame, the Hoyas stumbled out of the blocks, falling behind in the first half by 11 points.  However, the Hoyas came back to pull within 3 at the half, then overtook the Irish in the second half for a 67-63 victory.  Senior Brandon Bowman scored 25 points, including a acrobatic layup with 20 seconds left to help seal the victory.
The Hoyas then faced 4-seed Marquette, who enjoyed a first round bye.  It was a hard fought game throughout, but the Hoyas ultimately prevailed 62-59.  The Hoyas again fell behind by 11 in the first half, but tied the game by halftime.  Georgetown led by 7 in the final minute before a feverish Marquette comeback.  Brandon Bowman hit four three throws in a row in the final 15 seconds, and Marquette had a 30-footer clang off the rim at the buzzer.
In the Georgetown's first appearance in the Big East tournament semifinals since 2000, the Hoyas faced a familiar foe: unexpected 9-seed Syracuse, who had upset top-seeded UConn in overtime the day before.  The Hoyas built a 15-point halftime lead, but ultimately succumbed to the Orange in the final minute on a layup with 9 seconds left.
Thanks to all who made the trip to the Madison Square Garden to represent Georgetown!  Fans complemented Georgetown on having the best student section in the arena.  Now, it's on to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in five years.  Hoya basketball is back on the right track!  GO HOYAS!