The Hoya takes a look at the upcoming seasons and important players for each of Georgetown’s fall sports teams.
Home-field advantage has been crucial to the recent success of the Georgetown women’s soccer team. After going unbeaten at home in 2013 with a 10-0-2 record, the Hoyas will expect equally raucous crowds to greet them at Shaw Field this year. Currently sporting a 3-0-1 record after a tough four-game non-conference slate of matches, the 13th-ranked Hoyas face high expectations following last year’s impressive 16-win campaign.
Hailing from Green Brook, N.J., the Corboz sisters are at the heart of the present and future of a Georgetown women’s soccer program on the rise.
Two games into the season and the Georgetown men’s soccer team (0-0-2) has already played the past two NCAA tournament champions, Indiana and Notre Dame. But this is just the beginning for the Hoyas, as they have a grueling 2014 season.
The Georgetown men’s soccer team (0-0-2) entered the 2014 season ranked ninth overall, riding the strength of a 2013 campaign in which the team went 14-5-2 and won the regular-season Big East title. However, that team also lost in the first round of the Big East tournament and exited the NCAA tournament in just the second round after an upset loss at home against Michigan State. This year’s team returns nine starters looking to atone for last season’s inauspicious postseason exits.
Entering the 2014 season, the Georgetown football team (0-1) finds itself searching for just its second winning season in 15 years. The team, which eked out two victories last season, aims to replicate the 2011 campaign — one bright spot in this extended malaise. That year, led by a strong senior class, the Hoyas finished 8-3 overall with a 4-2 record in the Patriot League, good for a second-place finish. Leading the way in 2014 is a solid crop of seniors, who also happen to be the last remaining players on the roster from the magical 2011 season.
After a busy offseason for Georgetown football, the team (0-1) appears to have solidified its defensive-minded identity. Former defensive coordinator Rob Sgarlata (COL ’94) took over as head coach and the talented veteran defensive core he worked with before has largely remained intact. Offensively, however, he inherits a team adjusting to major departures and new faces.
Qualifying for all three spring national championships, a win at the World University Championships in Italy and three All-Americans: These are a few of the Georgetown sailing team’s accomplishments in the past year that the 2014 squad will hope to replicate. These top national and world finishes came after stellar performances in fall national and conference competitions, including a win at Singlehanded Nationals by junior Greg Martinez and a win at Match Race Nationals.
Next Saturday, the Georgetown cross-country program will officially kick off its season at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational in State College, Pa. In recent years, the opening meet has failed to be an accurate indicator for how the teams will fare over the course of the season.
After a year of transition and inconsistency, the 2014 Georgetown volleyball team (2-1) will attempt to establish a new winning tradition. The team heads into the new season with a firm foundation, returning five seniors, as well as a majority of its defensive force from the 2013 season. But fresh talent and a renewed attention to detail are needed ingredients in the Hoyas’ push to the top of the Big East.
After a disappointing 2013 campaign in which the Hoyas only won twice, there is a renewed sense of optimism surrounding the field hockey team this year. Despite being picked to finish last in this year’s Big East standings, first-year Head Coach Shannon Soares and her two new assistant coaches, Shelly Montgomery and Mary Beth Barham, are confident about the upcoming season.