In the first national semifinal, Houston, playing in its third consecutive Final Four, edged Virginia, which reached the Final Four as a No. 7 seed in the East region, 49–47. The Cavaliers reached the national semifinals despite the graduation of four-time All-American Ralph Sampson the previous season. Coincidentally, Houston’s All-America center, Akeem Olajuwon, would soon become Sampson’s teammate with the Houston Rockets.
In the NCAA final, Georgetown faced Houston on April 2. Reggie Williams demonstrated his true potential for the first time, putting in a strong defensive performance and shooting 9-for-18 (50.0%) from the field with 19 points and seven rebounds in the game, while Wingate scored 16 points and Ewing managed 10 points and nine rebounds. Jackson scored 11 points and had six assists, two of which set up Ewing and Graham for decisive baskets late in the game. The game was decided well before the final whistle, and the Hoyas won the school‘s first national championship 84–75. Late in the game, with Georgetown enjoying a comfortable lead, Thompson began to pull starters out and give bench players some time on the court; the game’s enduring image came when senior guard Fred Brown came out of the game.
The 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship Game (also known as the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s College Cup) was played on December 15, 2019, at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina, and determined the winner of the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Tournament, the national collegiate soccer championship in the United States. This was the 61st edition of the oldest active competition in United States college soccer.
The match featured Georgetown University of the Big East Conference and the University of Virginia of the Atlantic Coast Conference. It was the first time in NCAA Tournament history that the final featured two programs from the Washington, D.C. metro area. This was also the highest-scoring national final since 1980.
The Georgetown Fight Song, known as “There Goes Old Georgetown”, is actually an amalgamation of three songs, only the oldest of which, 1913’s “The Touchdown Song”, contains the lyric “here goes old Georgetown”. Students combined a version of “The Touchdown Song” with “Cheer for Victory”, written in 1915, and “The Hoya Song”, written in 1930, both of which are included in their entirety. The authors of these songs, and of the combined version, are unknown.
Georgetown’s fight song is rare among U.S. university fight songs for mentioning other colleges by name. Specifically, it mentions Yale University, Harvard University, Princeton University, College of the Holy Cross, the United States Naval Academy, and Cornell University, who were all rivals of Georgetown in the early to mid-20th century, and mocks their fight songs. In recent years the Hoyas only play Cornell and Holy Cross regularly (in football), and many of these schools no longer use the fight songs that Georgetown’s song mocks.
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Hoyas – The University admits that the precise origin of the term “Hoya” is unknown. At some point before 1893, and likely before 1891, students versed in classical languages combined the Greek hoia or hoya, meaning “what” or “such”, and the Latin saxa to form Hoya Saxa!, or “What Rocks!” This cheer may either refer to the stalwart defense of the football team, or to the baseball team, which was nicknamed the “Stonewalls”, or to the actual stone wall that surrounds the campus. Father William McFadden, S.J., campus Jesuit and the team’s in-house announcer at the Capital One Arena, has disputed the Greek and Latin origin, suggesting the classical words were retroactively applied to a nonsensical cheer.
Five young shirtless men pose defiantly in a crowd. Each has a letter in blue on their chests to spell HOYAS.
The name “Hoyas” derives from Georgetown’s college yell, Hoya Saxa.
After World War I, the term “Hoya” was increasingly used on campus, including for the newspaper and the school mascot. In 1920, students began publishing the campus’s first sports newspaper under the name The Hoya, after successfully petitioning the Dean of the College to use it instead of the proposed name, The Hilltopper. “Hilltoppers” was also a name sometimes used for the sports teams. By the fall of 1928, the newspaper had taken to referring to the sports teams as the Hoyas. This was influenced by a popular half time show at football games, where the mascot, a dog nicknamed “Hoya,” would entertain fans.
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