Georgetown lacrosse entered a new era on Friday, with legendary head coach Dave Urick announcing his retirement from the program after 23 years at its helm. A press release made the announcement on Friday, also stating that Urick would continue to work in the Athletic Department as a Special Assistant to Athletics Director Lee Reed.
“Dave Urick has been a great ambassador for Georgetown University and he has guided our men’s lacrosse program to the top of the sport nationally,” Reed said in the release. “He is an icon in the sport and his legacy on the Hilltop will last for years to come. Dave brought our program from the ground up and made it one of the best in the country, both on the field and off. We’re grateful for all that he has done for men’s lacrosse and Georgetown University and I’m happy that we will have him here as a resource.”
Urick’s Hoyas have struggled over the past couple of seasons, failing to get past seven wins. The only reason these seasons were considered disappointments, though, is because of the precedent Urick set in 21 seasons prior, leading the Hoyas to 223 wins in his time on the Hilltop. The program reached its heydey beginning in 1997, when Urick’s Hoyas started a string of 11 straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including an appearance in the 1999 semifinals.
This week’s feature previews the upcoming men’s and women’s lacrosse seasons. Kevin Joseph interviews men’s head coach Dave Urick about his young squad’s outlooks this year, Abby Sherburne profiles women’s team captains Sophia Thomas and Kelly Barnes and Keaton Hoffman previews the men’s squad’s important clash with eighth-ranked Maryland on Friday at 7 p.m. on the Multi-Sport Field.
On the editorial page, the Ed Board criticizes the Metropolitan Police Department for systematically inflating the percentage of open homicide cases it solved in 2011.
In News, Vanya Mehta documents the frustrations of many student employees who aren’t being paid because of the University’s new payment management system.
In Sports, Daniel Kellner previews Georgetown’s Gray Out game against Villanova on Saturday at the Verizon Center.
In the Leisure section, Paul Quincy watched all five Oscar live-action shorts nominees at the E Street Cinema and gives us his quick guide to what you need to know about this year’s contenders in the category.
I just got an email from Will Rennie, the Georgetown student who previously said he was called homophobic slurs by some Georgetown lacrosse players. Rennie planned to get the players thrown out, the team’s coach fired, and the team’s season cancelled. Now, though, he says everything’s cool (unless you’re a lacrosse player from Maryland or Rutgers):
Last night I was able to talk to the guys in the 3635 S St house and after talking for a long time I feel the entire issue is resolved. I am convinced that Georgetown Lacrosse players were NOT involved (nor were the residents of the house) and therefore I have already emailed Office of Student Conduct requesting that judicial proceedings that I started come to an end. The people who harassed me were probably lacrosse players at Maryland and Rutgers (and who sublet-ed this summer at 3635) and I have told this to DPS.
Currently I am in the process of getting these douche-bags kicked out of school, I am filing hate-crime charges, and I am suing them. Finally, I am going to get the lacrosse coach fired and make sure the lacrosse team never plays a game this season. No one fucks with me without paying for it.
Oct. 11, at Navy, time TBA
Feb. 21, at Maryland, 1
Feb. 28, at St. John’s, 1
March 7, Syracuse, noon
March 11, at Delaware, TBA
March 14, at Hobart, 1
March 21, at Duke, 1
March 25, Harvard, TBA
March 28, Navy, 1
March 31, at Mount St. Mary’s, 4
April 4, Fairfield, 1
April 11, Loyola, 1
April 18, at Massachusetts, 1
April 25, Rutgers, 1
May 2, Penn State, noon
Lacrosse is supposed to be our best team after basketball, but I’ve never seen a game. For those of you who have, how fun are our lacrosse games to watch?