Having spent the last five Saturdays in enemy territory, the Hoyas were ecstatic to return to a packed Homecoming crowd. “I actually started to miss Multi-Sport Facility,” junior linebacker and Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week Robert McCabe said, drawing laughs from Head Coach Kevin Kelly and his teammates. With the way the Georgetown football team (6-2, 2-1) played in its 40-17 homecoming victory over Colgate after five straight road games, it’s hard to blame him.
Last October, then-senior running back Phillip Oladeji waltzed into the end zone in the fourth quarter, giving Georgetown its first Homecoming game victory since 2006. The 17-7 victory against Patriot League rival Holy Cross brought real excitement back to Multi-Sport Field for the first time in over a year and a half.
For the first time in over a month, the Georgetown football team will get to sleep in their own beds on a Friday night. But their long stretch of away games has still yet to end, as the team faces cross-town rival Howard. Officially labeled the D.C. Mayor’s Cup after an attempt by the mayor’s office in 2008 to instigate an intra-city football rivalry between the two schools, the event has been rekindled after the teams did not meet in 2010.
The road stretch of their Patriot League schedule has yet again bested the Georgetown football team. After crushing Marist last weekend with a historic offensive performance, the Hoyas fell 35-18 on the road to Bucknell. The team failed to put up much of a fight early on, falling into a 28-0 hole by halftime.
Typically, it never works out. Football teams, whether at the professional or collegiate level, almost always name one quarterback––a single voice and leader––to orchestrate their offense. The Georgetown football team, however, has successfully bucked this trend thus far this season, having been propelled to a 3-1 record on the backs of quarterbacks Isaiah Kempf and Scott Darby.
Georgetown’s matchup against Marist to close the 2010 football season hardly gave then-freshman tailback Nick Campanella cause for celebration. Despite their 14-7 win over the Red Foxes, the Hoyas had just wrapped up a dismal slide that saw them finish 4-7 overall, while Campanella failed to see any action in the game outside of special teams.
The Georgetown Hoyas (2-0, 1-0 Patriot League) will be taking their quest for a Patriot League title on the road for the next five weeks. But in their last home game until mid-October, the Hoyas gave fans a thriller, coming back in the last minutes to defeat conference rival Lafayette 14-13.
After hitting rock-bottom with an 0-11 record in 2009, the Hoyas bounced back with an inspired start to 2010, despite faltering in the final weeks. But captain Wayne Heimuli is not taking any breaks to pat himself on the back for last season’s improvements, knowing the Hoyas have the potential to take yet another step forward this term.
Standing just five feet, eight inches tall, Travis Comeau does not look like your stereotypical, hulking Division I lacrosse player. The sophomore attack does not act like a typical lacrosse star either, remaining humble while displaying his friendly and polite demeanor.