Day & Time: Sunday, May 12 at 3 p.m. ET
Location: SU Soccer Stadium, Syracuse, N.Y.
Radio: WJPZ 89.1 FM
Gerogetown blog: Casual Hoya
Rivalry: 14-8, Georgetown
Current Streak: 4, Orange
First Meeting: Syracuse lost to Georgetown, 17-9 on the road back in 1999. The Orange lost three straight to start that season, but took 12 of the last 13 to finish 12-4.
Last Meeting: Fittingly, Syracuse won the Big East title on their way out the door, defeating the Hoyas 14-7 in the 2013 championship game. SU took an early 6-3 lead, then completely ran through Georgetown in the second half to finish out the win. Kayla Treanor scored six goals for the Orange to lead the way.
Head Coaches: SU: Gary Gait (12th year, 189-69); Georgetown: Ricky Fried (15th year, 163-112)
Coach Bio: Fried played for UMBC and was an All-American midfielder for the Retrievers. He was an assistant coach with Johns Hopkins for nine seasons, then headed to Georgetown where he was an assistant as well before taking over the head job. See, he started fine at UMBC, then just made escalating terrible decisions from there. Fittingly, Georgetown hasn’t made it past the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals with Fried at the helm.
Last Year: The Hoyas went 12-7, falling to Denver in the Big East Tournament, and then Virginia Tech in the NCAAs. As is customary, the Hoyas went 7-1 in league play, only to collapse in the postseason.
Last Game: In a rare feat, Georgetown won an NCAA Tournament game. Coming off a double overtime win over Denver to win the Big East Tournament, the Hoyas outlasted the favored Penn Quakers in double OT as well on Friday. Taylor Gebhardt scored seven goals for Georgetown. Worse still, they pulled this off playing in Syracuse. That should be illegal.
”Fear Me, I’ve Killed Hundreds of Timelords”: Pick your poison between Gebhardt and Francesca Whitehurst. The two have combined for 141 points on the year (91 goals, 50 assists) and account for the lion’s share of the offense for Georgetown.
If Syracuse Wins: Syracuse will face the winner of Notre Dame vs. Northwestern on the other side of the quadrant. The Orange beat both teams already this year, but both wins came by just a single goal. Both were at home as well.
If Syracuse Loses: Welp... it would certainly be a disappointing finish for the fifth-seeded Orange, who haven’t won an NCAA Tournament game since 2016. This is definitely a Final Four-caliber team, so falling short of that on its own would be pretty deflating.
Fun Fact No. 1: It’s (whatever time you’re reading this article)
Fun Fact No. 2: ... and Georgetown still sucks.