Post by reformation on May 13, 2018 20:13:44 GMT -5
Nice performances by sprinters-a few good ones in our d-md specialties, but not a great yr for Gtwn track overall. Hope/expect a rebound next yr in our traditional strengths; otherwise kind of wonder where the program is going.
Post by reformation on Apr 27, 2018 21:19:27 GMT -5
Too bad no Joe White. I think we would have had a good shot for the win with JW in the mix. Great open and anchor legs, terrible qtr and so so 800.
Women's run probably as good as one could expect with no real 1500 runners. Placing was ok but probably slowest time for Gtwn in 2 decades. Gtown pretty consistently runs about 30 sec faster in this event when we have an average team and maybe 45-50 sec faster when we have a top squad. Typically we'd have to face either stanford, ore, much but none of those teams showed this yr. Relatively weak fields this year for both the mens and women races.
Men's lacrosse, a once dominant sport on the Hilltop which has not made the NCAA's in 11 years, had a legitimate opportunity to contend for an NCAA berth in 2018. The staff filled its non-conference fare with teams like High Point, Mount St. Mary's, Drexel, Marist, and NJIT, the latter two in the bottom 10 of the RPI nationally.
As a result, Georgetown sits at #22 in the RPI for a 16 team tournament that they will likely have to sweep the Big East for an invite. Forget playing Duke or Hopkins, any combination of Rutgers, Bucknell, or Navy instead of High Point, Marist, and NJIT puts them in the at-large conversation.
Let's not make that mistake for basketball.
Presumably the basketball schedule is an aberration given the start up phase of Ewings tenure. Lax schedule both Men's and women's to a lesser but still noticeable extent has been getting worse every year tracking both teams relative declines over the past decade.
Both men's and women's lax are a bit better this year maybe due to easier schedule but both probably also have to win the BE tournament to make the NCAA tourney. With regard to Ewing, I think its fair to cut him some slack as he tries to resurrect the program. For Lax its kind of the opposite, as it seems the admin is complicit with the coaches in trying to mask the relatively declines of the squads by having much less interesting and easier schedules than we have had historically. Given the changes in the BE, the conf schedule for lax is not as interesting as it used to be, so I'm sure the coaches and admin would point to that ignoring that both squads don't play Duke, e.g., anymore in non conf. Our Ivy or ACC Lax competitors have tough conferences so they can't hide poor perf as we can.
Post by reformation on Mar 21, 2018 17:52:14 GMT -5
Changes make sense.
In terms of upgrading the curriculum the SFS could go one of two ways, fewer requirements so students can do more of their own thing or revamping the existing sequence to bring it up to date and make it much more rigorous. Obviously they are choosing the former(path of least resistance). I'm not sure what kind of diff adding one science course is going to make, but it probably can't hurt much either.
Post by reformation on Mar 11, 2018 19:54:56 GMT -5
watched video--great race by Sabrina--at Gtwn she always seemed to go out too hard and fade--she ran very smartly and torched elite field. Hope she continues to do well. i would be interesting to know how Sabrina and Samantha compare their experiences at Gtwn vs Oregon. I think Samantha btw is the only athlete to win XC title at two schools as I think she was also on Gtwn's women's NCAA winning squad several years ago--
Post by reformation on Mar 11, 2018 7:33:40 GMT -5
Congrats to Sabrina. I think she's the second hoya woman to win natl championship after leaving to do 5th yr at Oregon. Sam Nadel I think did win an NCAA XC champ at Oregon as well. Certainly still root for ex Hoya as grad student elsewhere. I guess it's a mixed blessing for our program--obviously athletes are having more success elsewhere and not sticking around anymore for 5th yr, so we are only really getting 3yrs out of some top recruits. On the other hand its pretty good from athlete perspective to be able to do get gown degree/experience and do a a 5th yr at a place like Oregon or Stanford(as some have done) and be successful-so maybe its good for recruiting. Not really sure what the impact on Gtwn is but definitely seems to be a trend.
Post by reformation on Mar 10, 2018 8:55:12 GMT -5
Hopefully team will have better luck in outdoors. Having Joe White running should certainly help. I would think this is the first time in many years that neither the men nor women scored at the NCAA indoor meet.
Post by reformation on Feb 22, 2018 15:58:27 GMT -5
Nice to see men start 2-0, though a 1pt win vs Robert Morris does not inspire confidence. I guess we'll see where they really are next week when they play a ranked team. We can stay optimistic until then!
Women get blown out by Towson, so it seems more of the same for them(somewhat disappointing, though we have been conditioned to disappointment by both squads over the last 5yrs or so.)
Post by reformation on Feb 18, 2018 17:12:59 GMT -5
Nice to see men start 2-0, tough a 1pt win vs Robert Morris does not inspire confidence. I guess we'll see where they really are next week when they play a ranked team. We can stay optimistic until then!
Women getting blown out by Towson, so it seems more of the same for them(somewhat disappointing, though we have been conditioned to disappointment by both squads over the last 5 yrs or so.)
Post by reformation on Jan 26, 2018 20:52:05 GMT -5
Decent 1000 and 400 splits for the women. Women's 800/1600 were pretty mediocre. Mens splits ok except for the 800. Times will not be close to NCAA qualifying, if that was the goal. Women don't really have an anchor leg to be competitive as they have been in the past so DMR may not be a focus for them. Men have a much better shot at a DMR medal at the NCAA.
Post by reformation on Jan 23, 2018 10:59:29 GMT -5
Remember that Larry Johnson was one of the top 3 or so players in college and an elite NBA guy(before back injury-lost some of his explosiveness, had trouble elevating). There are some similarities but would not get carried away.
Post by reformation on Jan 15, 2018 15:43:18 GMT -5
It would be interesting to know whether the recent # of 5th year transfers out of the program are viewed as good or bad for the program/recruiting. Obviously Oregon/Stanford(I think we've had a couple go to Stan too) think highly of our athletes(which is a good thing, maybe decent reflection on the coaches). On the other hand we used to get really top 5th years come here, which seems to only happen occasionally now-kind of indicating we're viewed maybe like a good ivy competitively(conversely not a great vote of confidence in coaches). I have no issue with the athletes leaving, might be good for them both academically and running wise. Just curious whether anyone has any insight re how this trend of people doing their 5th year elsewhere is viewed and will it continue.
Post by reformation on Jan 15, 2018 14:43:25 GMT -5
There must have been enough red flags to make this an easier decision than we might think. I know people who know the kid(and father) very well but probably won't see them for another couple of weeks. It will be interesting to see what they say about him. (Also i have seen him play in person-I think he would have added to our squad but is not a transcendent talent on his own. his value add could have been high or marginal depending on how he meshed with the team. I was hoping he'd come, but usually decisions not to take somebody based on fit concerns are the right ones)
Post by reformation on Jan 1, 2018 15:20:40 GMT -5
This guy looks to be an immediate upgrade and also seems to have some versatility and a much better stroke than anyone we have. I would also think landing a highly ranked recruit would also provide some momentum to the overall recruiting effort. Seems like a no brainer unless based on the avail info.