(Hoyas Clinching Big East Championship against Creighton on Shaw Field, 11/15/15, Laura Farina)
Which Team Has the Best Chance at Bringing Home a National Championship to Georgetown in the 2015-16 Season?
Answer: The Men’s Soccer Team.
Georgetown University men’s soccer team (15-2-2) earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament this week, receiving received the third overall seed in the tournament of 48 where the top 16 teams are seeded and receive a first-round bye. This marks the squad’s fifth tournament berth in the past six seasons.
This has been a season of history in the making, as Georgetown won its first ever BIG EAST (tournament) Championship with a 2-1 double overtime victory over the then-No. 5/6, and second-seeded, Creighton University Bluejays (17-3-0) in an exciting and high quality Championship Game at Shaw Field before over 1500 fans. With the level and quality of soccer the Hoyas have been playing this season, they are deserving of crowds of 15,000.
Before securing the championship, the Hoyas won the BIG EAST Regular Season Championship for the fifth time in program history. Last Sunday’s victory continues a record 16-game unbeaten streak and 13-consecutive wins. It is also the first time in program history that the squad has earned an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Georgetown has been in the national polls for the entire season. Starting the season at #3, the Hoyas last week was ranked No. 3 in the NSCAA poll and No. 1 in TopDrawerSoccer.com’s poll.
The team and several individual players have been recognized for their outstanding play this season. Junior defender Joshua Yaro was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year as well as a unanimous First Team All-BIG EAST selection; freshman goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski was the BIG EAST Freshman of the Year and a First Team All-BIG EAST honoree. Senior forward Brandon Allen and sophomore forward Arun Basulevic were also deserving of their BIG EAST First Team selections. The BIG EAST Second Team consisted of junior forward Alex Muyl, and three stellar senior defenders Keegan Rosenberry, Cole Seiler and Josh Turnley.
The fine Georgetown coaching staff lead by head Coach Brian Wiese earned BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year accolades. This is Georgetown’s fifth NCAA Tournament berth under Head Coach Wiese. The Hoyas have been to the tournament on six previous occasions and last season, Georgetown fell short against the eventual national champions, the University of Virginia Cavaliers, in the Elite 8, in an exciting OT game ending in PKs.
In 2012, the team was the national runner up falling to Indiana, 1-0, in the national championship game. Prior to 2012, the program had never been beyond the second round of the tournament with previous appearances in 2010, 1997 and 1994. The Hoyas are 8-4-3 overall in the NCAA Tournament.
On Sunday at 1pm on Shaw Field, the Hoyas will play Hofstra, who prevailed in the first round against Lehigh University. Georgetown is 0-1 all-time against Hofstra with the lone meeting coming during the 1996 season, nearly two decades ago.
Having seen the Hoyas play in several of their home games this season, including victories over perennial powers UCLA and Maryland and two against Creighton, this is an exciting time to be a fan of Hoya soccer, with some of the finest players and the coaches in the nation. Don’t be surprised if this team competes for and captures a national championship.