April 10, 2015
WASHINGTON - The No. 17/17 Georgetown University men's lacrosse team (7-4, 2-1 BIG EAST) hosts BIG EAST-rival Villanova University (5-5, 0-2 BIG EAST) on Saturday afternoon at Multi-Sport Field. The opening faceoff between the two squads is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday will also be Alumni Day at Georgetown, as former members of the men's lacrosse will be on hand to watch the game.
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. 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 Villanova meet for the 30th time in series history with the Wildcats holding an 18-11 advantage. The Hoyas had won every meeting from 1993 until their 11-9 win in 2011, but have dropped the last four meetings, including the 2013 BIG EAST Championship semifinal. Senior attack Reilly O'Connor (Brooklin, Ontario/The Hill Academy) has 14 points (7 goals, 7 assists) in his last three games vs. Villanova.
LAST GAME: Georgetown scored eight of its nine goals between the second and third quarter and freshman goalie Nick Marrocco (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) made 18 saves, as the Hoyas defeated Providence, 9-6, for its second BIG EAST victory of the season. Senior attack Bo Stafford (Greenwich, Conn./Brunswick) had two goals and two assists, while freshman attack Stephen Quinzi (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford) had two goals and one assist. O'Connor and freshman midfielder Craig Berge (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) each had one goal and two assists on a blustery day in Providence.
MARROCCO NAMED USILA NATIONAL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Marrocco racked up national and league honors after his 18 save, six goals allowed performance at Providence last Saturday. The freshman goalie was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season on Monday, then earned the first national weekly honor by a GU player on Wednesday.
Bo Stafford'S 22-GAME POINT STREAK: Stafford scored two goals and had two assists to keep his team-high 22-game point streak alive. The streak is tied for the 23rd longest in the nation. During the streak Stafford has accumulated 65 points (33 goals, 32 assists), while earning BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week on March 23 and earning a spot on the weekly honor roll twice. Through 11 games, he is sixth in the BIG EAST and 46th in the nation with 3.36 points/game. His 37 points surpasses his previous season career-high of 31 set in 2014 in 14 games.
HOYA SHIRT SWAP: The Georgetown University Athletics Department will hold a t-shirt exchange during Saturday's men's and women's lacrosse doubleheader at Multi-Sport Field. All students and fans in attendance can turn in their non-Georgetown t-shirts and exchange them for new Georgetown gear. The exchange will take place inside the gates of Multi-Sport Field starting at 11:30 a.m. and continue while supplies last. All shirts collected from the exchange will be given to local charities, and Georgetown Athletics will match that donation by donating a number of new shirts to the charities as well.
ABOUT VILLANOVA: Villanova looks for its first BIG EAST Conference victory after losses to Marquette and Denver. Jack Curran and Sean Cerrone lead Villanova's offense with 25 points each and have combined for 23 goals and 27 assists. Freshman face-off specialist Luke Palmadesso has posted a .480 win percentage from the faceoff X this season taking 84-of-175 attempts. The Wildcats average 8.80 goals per game on offense and surrender 9.50 goals per game defensively. Junior Greg Stamatov and sophomore Dan Willis have split minutes in net for the Wildcats and have combined for a .530 save percentage and 107 saves on the season. Villanova as a team has combined for 214 ground balls (21.40/game) and 53 caused turnovers.