April 16, 2018
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University senior Nick Marrocco (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) was named the BIG EAST Men's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week for the second-consecutive week while junior Lucas Wittenberg (Kennesaw, Ga./Harrison/Mercer) was named the BIG EAST Midfield Player of the Week, as announced by the league office on Monday. The duo led the Hoyas to a 1-1 week against a pair of nationally-ranked opponents, including a road victory at No. 13/13 Villanova.
In addition, junior Daniel Bucaro (East Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) and freshman Gibson Smith (Pelham, N.Y./Pelham Memorial) were both named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll.
Georgetown (8-4, 2-2 BIG EAST) dropped a tough 11-8 decision to No. 9/10 Loyola Maryland in a rescheduled midweek matchup before taking down the No. 13/13 Wildcats on the road in BIG EAST action. With the win over Villanova, the Hoyas put themselves in the driver's seat to securing a berth in the BIG EAST Championship for the first time since 2015.
Marrocco repeats as the Defensive Player of the Week after posting his 600th career save in the win over Villanova. He hauled in 22 saves on the week, including a season-high 15 against the Wildcats, to become the first BIG EAST player with 600 career saves since 2013. Marrocco is now one of just four Hoyas in program history to achieve the feat.
Wittenberg earns his first BIG EAST weekly honor after posting three goals and five assists on the week. He tallied a goal and two assists in the loss to Loyola before posting two goals and three assists against Villanova in the upset.
Bucaro led the Hoyas with seven goals and four assists for 11 points on the week en route to honor roll accolades. He had two goals and three assists against the Greyhounds and followed up with five goals and a helper against Villanova. With his six-point performance against the Wildcats, Bucaro moved into 10th place all-time on the Georgetown career points list.
Smith was a vacuum on the defensive end, hauling in 14 ground balls in two games. He collected six against Loyola and added eight against Villanova to post season-highs in back-to-back games. Smith added a pair of caused turnovers as well.
Georgetown returns to action on Saturday as it hosts NJIT at 3 p.m. in the home finale. The game will mark the final home contest for 13 Hoya seniors.