Feb. 26, 2015
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's lacrosse team (0-2, 0-0 BIG EAST) hosts Hofstra (1-2, 0-0 CAA) on Saturday at Multi-Sport Field on the campus of Georgetown University. The opening face-off between the Hoyas and the Pride is scheduled for noon.
BROADCAST INFORMATION: The game will be broadcast live via HoyaVision accessible through the Georgetown Athletics official website - www.GUHoyas.com - with Chuck Timanus calling play-by-play and Tyler Knarr providing analysis. Live stats can also be found on the Hoyas' website with live game updates available on the team's twitter account @HoyasMLacrosse.
SERIES HISTORY: Georgetown and Hofstra meet for the sixth time in series history, but just the second time since 2000, as the Hoyas fell to the Pride in overtime, 9-8, last season at James M. Shuart Stadium on Long Island. Last season GU trailed by as many as five goals, before going on a 7-1 run to take the lead in the fourth quarter. Hofstra scored the last two goals, including the overtime game-winner. Senior attack Reilly O'Connor (Brooklin, Ontario/The Hill Academy) and sophomore midfielder Devon Lewis (Orlando, Fla./Lake Highland Prep) each scored two goals in the losing effort. Georgetown leads the overall series 3-2.
LAST GAME: Against No. 16/14 Towson, Georgetown fell into a 7-0 hole to start the game and were never able to recover, despite a dominant second half. Graduate student Gabriel Mendola (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca[Harvard] won all seven of his second-half face-off attempts and the Hoyas ended the game on a 4-0 run, but fell 9-6 to the Tigers. Freshman midfielder Craig Berge (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) scored one goal and had one assist in the loss.
EXTRA-MAN OFFENSE AMONG NATION'S MOST EFFICIENT: Georgetown's extra-man offense has been a bright spot for the team through the first two games, as they are 4-for-5 when they go man-up. Their man-up conversion percentage of .800 is currently second in the nation behind Holy Cross. Freshman attack Matt Behrens (Bronxville, N.Y./Bronxville) leads the squad with two man-up goals, while freshman attack Stephen Quinzi (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford) and senior attack Bo Stafford (Greenwich, Conn./Brunswick) each have one goal.
HOYAS MAN-DOWN UNIT AMONG NATION'S BEST: In nine man-down opportunities through two games Georgetown has allowed just two goals, holding opponents to a .222 man-up conversion percentage. Both of those man-down goals came at No. 2 Notre Dame, as GU held Towson to an 0-for-6 day on extra-man opportunities.
REVERSING SLOW START TREND: When Head Coach Kevin Warne spoke to media this week he emphasized the need for the Blue & Gray to be more effective in the opening quarter. In the Hoyas' two losses they have been outscored 10-2 in the first quarter. GU has outscored its opponents 16-13 in the remaining three quarters.
ABOUT HOFSTRA: The Pride enter Saturday's game after defeating Manhattan 18-0 on Tuesday afternoon. Sam Llinares, a 2014 All-America honorable mention, scored six goals and had two assists in the victory. It was Hofstra's first win after opening the season with losses to Marquette and Princeton. Sophomore Kris Clark has won .652 percent of his face-offs through the first three games. The Pride are coached by Seth Tierney, in his ninth season at the helm of the program. Tierney has guided Hofstra to three CAA regular season titles and four-consecutive NCAA Tournaments between 2008-11. The Hoyas have plenty of connections to the Hofstra program as Warne played at Hofstra from 1997-2000 and assistant coach Matt Rewkowski worked under Tierney for four seasons.