There was a time when Georgetown went to 11 straight NCAA tournaments, which included a run of six consecutive appearances in the quarterfinals. But the Hoyas have fallen on difficult times, going five years without a tournament berth and ushering the dismissal of former coach Dave Urick.
The task of turning the program around has been entrusted to former Maryland defensive coordinator Kevin Warne, who was part of the brain trust that guided the Terps to back-to-back national title games in 2011 and 2012. Warne declined to outline a timetable for that priority, but he acknowledged that he would prefer to meet that goal sooner rather than later.
“I guess as a competitor, you want to say that you’ll be there immediately,” he said Friday afternoon. “I think what everybody has seen is the game of lacrosse has changed so much. In the past five years and with the advent of early recruiting and the quality of coaches and the good players from different hotbeds now, everybody’s good. I think that’s why you saw last year with Lehigh and Colgate. Four, five or six years ago, nobody mentioned them much in the playoff picture, and they’re getting to the quarterfinals or hosting first-round games. That’s good for the game. So I think what happens is, there are more pieces to this puzzle. Everyone works and everyone cares for lacrosse and everybody puts money into the programs. When there are more fish in the lake, the lake gets crowded.”
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Warne said his first task was talking to the players and introducing his philosophy to them. After fall workouts and preseason scrimmages, Georgetown opened the season with an 11-10 overtime loss to Lafayette last Saturday.
Reversing the program’s downward trend could take a while and will require some patience from the administration. Warne said university officials have been very supportive of him and his staff, and he said he wants to make sure that the work is done correctly.
“We’re going to do things our way,” he said. “It’s been proven in the past in the programs that I’ve been at. So we’re going to make sure that we do what we need to do to build the program, but also understand that we owe it to the seniors that we’ve got to put them in the best possible situation to win as many games as possible. If we win 12 games, awesome. If that doesn’t happen, we’re going to win as many games as we can so that they understand that this is the way Georgetown lacrosse is going to be.”