April 20, 2018
Game Notes vs NJIT 4/21
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University's men's lacrosse team welcomes NJIT to the Hilltop for the 2018 home finale on Saturday afternoon. The nonconference game will serve as Senior Day for 13 Hoyas playing their final game at the friendly confines of Cooper Field.
Part of a doubleheader with the women's team, opening faceoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. with Jeremy Huber and Earl Brewer calling the action. Links to video and live stats will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.
Georgetown returned to the national polls following a 1-1 week against a pair of ranked opponents. The Hoyas come in at No. 18 in the USILA Coaches Poll and No. 17 in the Maverik Media Poll.
Last week, Georgetown fell 11-8 at home to No. 9/10 Loyola before defeating No. 13/13 Villanova, 13-11, on the road in BIG EAST action. Nick Marrocco (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week after posting 15 saves against the Wildcats and earning his 600th career save. Lucas Wittenberg (Kennesaw, Ga./Harrison/Mercer) was named the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Week after notching three goals and five saves on the week. Daniel Bucaro (East Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) and Gibson Smith (Pelham, N.Y./Pelham Memorial) were both also named to weekly honor roll.
Bucaro continues to lead the Hoyas with 34 goals and 21 assists for 55 he points. With his six-point performance against Villanova, he moved into 10th place all-time in career points at Georgetown in just his junior season. Jake Carraway (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary's) is hot on his trail with 46 points (32G, 14) while Craig Berge (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) adds 31 points (14G, 17A). Wittenberg's 27 points (15G, 12A), Matt Behrens' (Bronxville, N.Y./Bronxville) 12 points (11G, 1A) and Austin McDonald's (Olney, Md./Georgetown Prep) 11 points (9G, 2A) round out GU's double-digit scorers.
Defensively, Marrocco owns an 8.39 goals-against average to go with 111 saves and a .534 save percentage. He remains the NCAA active career leader in saves with 613 following his 15-save performance against Villanova.
Three Hoyas have been credited with at least 10 caused turnovers this season, let by Greg Galligan (Oyster Bay Cove, N.Y./St. Anthony's) with 18. Smith adds 15 while Kieran Jenkins (Millersville, Md./Severna Park) has notched 13.
NJIT is coming off of its first win of the season, a 15-8 victory over Hampton on Saturday. Five Highlanders have tallied at least 10 points, led by Aaron Forster with 41 (29G, 12A). Cole Robillard adds 25 points (20G, 5A), Ryan Darrow has 18 points (12G, 6A), Ryan Kaden is good for 15 points (7G, 8A) and Max Wilson has 10 points (3G, 7A).
In goal, Nick Marzullo has started all 14 games for NJIT this season. He has a 12.48 goals-against average to go with 138 saves and a .478 save percentage.
Georgetown and the Highlanders have never faced each other in program history. NJIT is currently in their fourth season as a program after starting play in 2015.
Following Saturday's game, the Blue & Gray heads up to the Big Apple for its regular season finale against St. John's in BIG EAST action on Saturday, April 28 at 1 p.m.