GW hoops prepped for road fight at Notre Dame

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GW hoops prepped for road fight at Notre Dame

The matchup: George Washington (1-1) takes to the road for a second straight road game. This one involves a rise in competition and the first ever meeting with Notre Dame (3-1). The two sides, led by coaching friends, square off Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. in South Bend.

Last time out: Rebounding from a season-opening home loss to Youngstown State, GW downed Boston University 72-59 on Saturday behind freshman guard Joe McDonald and defensive leader Isaiah Armwood. The Colonials led the Terriers by a solid margin throughout as McDonald, the reigning co-Atlantic 10 Rookie of the week,  tallied 21 points and seven rebounds while Armwood controlled the paint. The energy big man and former Villanova transfer finished with 12 rebounds and eight blocks. GW shot 52.2 percent (24 of 36) from the floor while holding Boston to 32.4 percent (22-68).

The coaches: The friendship between George Washington's Mike Lonergan and Notre Dame's Mike Brey, a former George Washington basketball star and D.C. area native, dates back to their high school playing days for Archbishop Carroll and DeMatha respectively. While Lonergan continues sifting through his roster - a deeper one than last year thanks to an impressive freshmen class led by McDonald and swingman Patricio Garino - for a steady rotation, Brey typically plays iron man ball seven players.

The foe: Notre Dame fell out of the Top 25 this week after a 79-70 overtime loss to Saint Joseph's, but came back the next night for a 10-point win over Brigham Young on Saturday. Bruising big man Jack Cooley is a double-double force, averaging 17 points and 11.8 rebounds. Bowie native Jerian Grant (11.3 ppg) and Columbia's Eric Atkins (45 percent on 3-pointers) provide the perimeter help.

Virginia fires legendary lacrosse coach Dom Starsia

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Virginia fires legendary lacrosse coach Dom Starsia

Virginia is making a change in leadership at the head of its lacrosse program.

On Monday the university announced that Dom Starsia, the all-time winningest coach in Division I lacrosse history with 375 victories, is being removed from his head coaching position, with a national search for a replacement to follow.

 

“Dom Starsia is a Hall of Fame coach and I want to thank him for all he has done for Virginia men’s lacrosse, UVA athletics, the University of Virginia, and the Charlottesville community,” Virginia athletic director Craig Littlepage said in a statement. “In addition to winning 73 percent of his games at UVA with multiple ACC and NCAA championships, Dom was committed to the development of student-athletes as his teams were cited for their sportsmanship and academic achievements. I’m grateful for the opportunity to have worked with and learned from Dom."

Under his watch, the Cavaliers won the ACC regular season championship ten times, and led the program to four National Championships (1999, 2003, 2006 and 2011).

He took a program that had not made the NCAA Tournament in four consecutive seasons and had not won a national championship since 1972 and turned it into arguably the top program in college lacrosse. Virginia is not just a good program, nor is it just a great program. It is a blue-blood program, something that can only be ascribed to one of three or four programs.

But the firing of Starsia comes on the heels of a 7-8 record, the program's second in three years, capping a four year stretch in which the program lost at least five games a year, for a 34-27 record since the start to the 2013 season. Prior to 2013, Starsia's Virginia teams had lost five games in a season just five times since taking over as the head coach of the Cavaliers in 1993. Virginia has a 1-15 record in the ACC since 2013 and has dropped 12 consecutive conference games. 

It also ends two weeks of speculation for Starsia, the program and recruits. On May 17th, it was reported that the university would not be renewing Starsia's contract. Two days later on May 19, a report indicated a contract extension had been confirmed.

But now it is official: Virginia is in the market for a new lacrosse coach for the first time since 1992.

Frank Beamer seems to be really enjoying retirement

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Frank Beamer seems to be really enjoying retirement

Retirement doesn't seem to suit everyone, especially in sports. History is full of examples of players and coaches who get antsy soon after calling it quits. That doesn't seem to be the case with Frank Beamer.

Beamer stepped aside at the end of the 2015 season after a 44-year college coaching career that included 29 years as the head coach at Virginia Tech. After such a long and storied career, you could understand if Beamer struggled a bit to adjust to life outside of coaching, but he seems to be doing just fine.

Hey, when you lead a program to 22 bowl games, seven conference championships and one national championship game berth, you can enjoy retirement any way you want.

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Hokies commit pulls off crazy spin move

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Hokies commit pulls off crazy spin move

Sometimes people can get too caught up with numbers. When fans hear about a player committing to their favorite team they immediately want to know how many stars? What are his stats? What are his rankings?

So when receiver Muskegon, Mich. native Kalil Pimpleton committed to Virginia Tech, it didn't get a lot of attention. Pimpleton is not rated by Rivals and is ranked as only a two-star commit from 247 Sports.

But when you see Pimpleton pull off moves like this, it's easy to see why the Hokies are excited about him:

Pimpleton is only 5-foot-7. The only other offer he received, according to 247, was from Eastern Michigan. But if he can keep making plays like that, the Hokies may have found a diamond in the rough.

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