May 2, 2015
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The No. 13/12 Georgetown University men's lacrosse team (10-5, 4-1 BIG EAST) will meet No. 3/3 Denver (12-2, 5-0 BIG EAST) in the BIG EAST Championship Final on Saturday night at Villanova Stadium. The opening faceoff between the tournament's top-two seeds is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
BROADCAST INFORMATION: Saturday evening's BIG EAST Championship Final will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 2 with Jason Knapp calling play-by-play and Steve Panarelli providing commentary. Live stats will be available on the Georgetown University athletics official website - www.GUHoyas.com. Fans can also receive up-to-date information by following the Georgetown men's lacrosse official Twitter account @HoyasMLacrosse.
SERIES HISTORY: Georgetown and Denver will meet for just the third time in series history, with the first meeting coming in 2014 at Multi-Sport Field. The Hoyas have dropped both contests to the Pioneers, being outscored 36-16 in the two previous games. Earlier this season, GU took a 3-0 lead before the Pioneers went on an 11-0 run, while winning 25-consecutive faceoffs. Sophomore midfielder Eduardo White (Littleton, Colo./Kent Denver) scored two goals in the loss.
ADVANCING TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: BIG EAST Men's Lacrosse Coach of the Year Kevin Warne guided GU to the program's first postseason victory since 2007 in Thursday night's, 12-8, win over Marquette in the BIG EAST Championship semifinal. Senior attack Bo Stafford (Greenwich, Conn./Brunswick) and freshman midfielder Craig Berge (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) each scored three goals and dished out two assists in the Hoyas victory. Senior midfielder Anthony Heaton won a career-best 16-of-22 faceoffs, picked up 14 ground balls and scored a goal for the Hoyas.
FRESHMEN PRODUCE ON EXTRA-MAN IN LAST TWO: Freshman attack Matt Behrens (Bronxville, N.Y./Bronxville) and Berge had a hand in all three of GU's extra-man goals against Marquette. Behrens had one goal and two assists, while Berge had two goals and one assist as GU went 3-for-4 on man-up situations. In the regular season-finale against St. John's freshman attack Zeke Morrill (Baltimore, Md./Gilman/Deerfield) scored two extra-man goals, as Georgetown went 2-for-2.
ABOUT DENVER: Denver used a 9-2 run between the second and third quarter to defeat Villanova in the semifinal matchup on Thursday evening. The Pioneers have not lost a game against a BIG EAST opponent since joining the conference last season. Freshman Trevor Baptiste, the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year, leads the nation in faceoff win percentage, taking .721 (240-for-333) on the season. In his first game against GU, Baptiste went 25-of-26 to help DU control time of possession in a 19-7 win. Attack Wes Berg was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year finishing with 39 goals and 16 assists. Berg has tallied 12 points in two previous games against the Hoyas. He is joined at attack by Connor Cannizzaro, the league's leading scorer, with 43 goals and 28 assists. Denver's offense has five players with 37-or-more points. Sophomore Christian Burgdorf was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year. Burgdorf anchored a defense that held opponents to 8.23 goals per game.