March 4, 2016
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's lacrosse team (0-3) travels to Hempstead, N.Y. to take on No. 9/8 Hofstra for a Saturday afternoon matchup at James M. Shuart Stadium. The opening faceoff between the Hoyas and Pride is scheduled for noon.
BROADCAST INFO: Saturday's game will be broadcast live on the Lax Sports Network (LaxSportsNetwork.com) with Matthew Shortis providing play-by-play and Steve Panarelli adding analysis. Courtney Cox will report from the sideline. Live stats from Saturday's game will be available by visiting the Georgetown's official athletics website Ã¢â'¬" www.GUHoyas.com. In-game updates will be available via the Georgetown men's lacrosse official Twitter account @HoyasMLacrosse.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. HOFSTRA: Georgetown meets the Pride for the seventh time in program history, as the Hoyas hold a 4-2 all-time series advantage. GU won last season's matchup, 13-11 at Multi-Sport Field, as sophomore attack Stephen Quinzi (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford) scored three goals and sophomore goalie Nick Marrocco (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) had 17 saves. The victory came a year after Hofstra stunned GU in 2014, winning 9-8, to snap the Hoyas' 2-0 start. The Blue & Gray has not beaten Hofstra on its home field since 1996, the freshman season of GU Head Coach Kevin Warne, who starred at Hofstra in the late-90's.
LAST GAME: Eight different Hoyas scored goals, with junior midfielder Peter Conley (Mamaroneck, N.Y./Mamaroneck) and freshman attack Daniel Bucaro (East Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) each scoring one goal and dishing out two assists, but Mount St. Mary's scored the last four goals of the game to hand GU its third-consecutive loss, 11-8. The loss drops Georgetown to 0-3.
REVERSING SLOW START TREND: The Hoyas have been outscored 10-1 in the first quarter of their first three games, forcing them to play from behind throughout the season. Possession has been a factor, as GU is just 3-for-14 on faceoffs in the first quarter through three games, causing a minus-11 shooting margin and a minus-12 shots on goal margin. Georgetown has responded, outscoring opponents 10-7 in the second quarter. Sophomore faceoff specialist Peter Tagliaferri (Danville, Calif./San Ramon Valley) had his best collegiate performance against the Mount, going 12-of-22 with four ground balls, though GU managed just three first quarter shots.
HOYA LEADERS: Bucaro has paced the offense through three games, leading the squad with nine points (six goals, three assists). Conley has three goals and three assists, while junior midfielder Devon Lewis is second on the team with four goals. Junior defensemen Michael Mayer (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's) and Charlie Ford (San Carlos, Calif./St. Ignatius) are tied for the team lead with seven ground balls, while junior midfielder Nick Carpenter (Oakton, Va./Paul VI) leads the team with five caused turnovers.
ABOUT HOFSTRA: Hofstra is 3-0 on the young season following victories at North Carolina (10-5) on February 20 and home wins over Princeton (11-10 in OT) last Saturday and New Jersey Institute of Technology (19-4) this past Tuesday. Hofstra, which is 3-0 for the first time since 2011 when the Pride won their first five contests, will be playing the third of four consecutive home games on Saturday. Hofstra is led by Josh Byrne with 12 goals and six assists. The 2015 NJCAA Attackman of the Year has also picked up 13 ground balls. Senior attack Sam Llinares, the 2015 Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year, has added 11 goals and two assists. Junior Kris Clarke has now won 37 of 60 face-offs and picked up 27 ground balls. Sophomore goalie Jack Concannon has a 6.54 goals against average with 35 saves and a .660 save percentage in three outings this season.