The Washington Times - May 4, 2011, 11:08AM

Georgetown wraps up its lacrosse season Saturday night when Villanova visits. The Hoyas (6-7) must win to avoid their first losing season since 1989 and the first sub-.500 season in coach Dave Urick’s 32-year career.

Regardless of outcome, it will be the fourth straight season the Hoyas have missed the NCAA tournament. For the first time in that stretch – which followed 11 straight NCAA berths – the Hoyas enter their finale with effectively no chance to play deeper into May.

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Urick said he and his staff will reflect on where things went wrong with greater detail once the season is over. But one thing stood out from a cursory analysis: Stumbles in close games.

“I’ve never been in a season where you have lost this many one-goal games,” Urick said. “You can look at it a couple ways. We have five one-goal losses if you include Duke since they threw one in the open net at the end. Syracuse in overtime. Notre Dame was a one-goal loss. Those are two of the top teams in the country. Loyola and Harvard. Do you take some measure of accomplishment from that? I don’t think so necessarily. A loss is a loss.”

Urick wasn’t kidding. Georgetown matched its high of one-goal losses during his tenure this season. Unsurprisingly for toss-up games, the Hoyas have a record close to .500 (29-27) over the last 22 years.

1990: 0-1
1991: 1-0
1992: 0-0
1993: 0-1
1994: 0-1
1995: 1-0
1996: 2-0
1997: 0-2
1998: 0-4
1999: 0-1

2000: 3-1
2001: 1-0
2002: 2-2
2003: 3-0
2004: 2-1
2005: 1-3
2006: 2-0
2007: 5-0
2008: 2-2
2009: 1-3

2010: 2-1
2011: 1-4

Ultimately, Urick’s also correct on another point: The results are the results. And when those results are dissected, there’s a pretty clear dividing line.

The six teams Georgetown defeated – Jacksonville, St. John’s, Providence, Navy, Mount St. Mary’s and Rutgers – own a combined record of 28-53. Only Mount St. Mary’s (7-6) has a winning record.

The seven teams the Hoyas lost to – Maryland, Harvard, Syracuse, Duke, Notre Dame, Loyola and Yale – are a combined 72-22. Each owns at least eight wins.

It is a tough schedule, as Urick points out, and Villanova carries an 11-3 record in Saturday. The Hoyas warrant credit for playing Maryland, Duke, Loyola and others out of league. But in a year like this (when Georgetown simply couldn’t survive a one-goal game against anyone other than Navy) it hasn’t done the Hoyas a whole lot of good.

Patrick Stevens