When Georgetown lacrosse coach Dave Urick is asked what it's like to have his son, Scott, on the team, he answers with dry humor.
"His locker is as sloppy as his room at home," Urick said. "But if he keeps scoring goals, I guess we'll keep him around."
There's little doubt Scott Urick is around to stay. A redshirt freshman attackman, he is the No. 4 scorer on the seventh-seeded Hoyas, who play Maryland in the first round of the NCAA tournament tomorrow at 2: 45 p.m. at Towson State.
"He's also second on the team in penalties, which isn't necessarily bad," said the coach, who in eight years has brought Georgetown from mediocrity to its first appearance in the NCAA tournament. "He's not afraid to throw his weight around."
On a college lacrosse team, a father-son relationship is rare. At Villanova, Randy Marks coached his son for two years, but Dave, whose dream was to play for Johns Hopkins, transferred there.
At Princeton, coach Bill Tierney will welcome his son, Trevor, a goalie, next year. It is uncertain whether Maryland coach Dick Edell's son, Gregg, a freshman player at Dartmouth, could have prospered at the Terps' level.
When Scott Urick was growing up in Geneva, N.Y., where his fa
ther was coaching perennial Division III champion Hobart, he played baseball. There were no organized lacrosse programs for grade-schoolers except summer camps.
When Dave Urick took the Georgetown job and moved the family to Fairfax, Va., he asked Scott, then in seventh grade, whether it would be baseball or lacrosse.
"The decision was pretty easy," Scott said. "I had watched him coach all those great Hobart teams and gone to his camps."
After finishing as Robinson High's all-time leading scorer and helping lead the school to the 1994 Virginia state championship, Scott aroused the interest of Penn, Duke, Notre Dame and Gettysburg as well as Georgetown.
"I had concerns how it would work out at Georgetown," Scott said. "How would the other players treat me? Would it ruin Dad's and my relationship? Would people think he was playing me because I was his son? I didn't want added pressure on him in a job already full of it."
Dave put no pressure on Scott, saying he would send him anywhere. It boiled down to this: It had long been Scott's dream to play for his father.
"Scott always gives all he's got, but I wasn't sure he could play VTC at this level, and it's difficult to predict," Dave said. "All through high school, I tried not to come on too strong. I didn't critique his every move, but waited until he came to me."
The father-son match is working. It helps that the other players pay no heed to it. Scott, who calls his father "Coach" around the team, "couldn't ask for a better situation."
He was redshirted last year only to prolong a period that, according to Dave, often "is the best of a young man's life." This season, he was a starter from the outset.
"I didn't want him to be uncomfortable," said Dave, whose daughter, Holly, plays on the Georgetown women's team. "Early on, I paid more attention to what he wasn't doing than what he was doing. The further we got into the season, the more I treated him like just another player."
Even the condition of Scott's room at home has improved, if only because he lives on campus.
Scott chuckles at the mention of it: "It's not bad now, but once I'm home for a week, it'll be pretty ugly."
Pub Date: 5/10/97