May 24, 2018
WASHINGTON - Four Georgetown University men's lacrosse players earned All-America honors by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA), as announced on Thursday. Nick Marrocco (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) was named a USILA First Team All-American, Craig Berge (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) and Ryan Hursey (Finksburg, Md./Westminster) collected USILA Third Team All-America honors and Daniel Bucaro (East Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) was tabbed USILA Honorable Mention All-America.
Marrocco becomes just the seventh Hoya to collect First Team All-America accolades in program history and is the first goalie to do so. He joins standouts Greg McCavera (1999), Steve Dusseau (2001, 2002), Kyle Sweeney (2002), Walid Hajj (2004), Brodie Merrill (2004, 2005) and Jerry Lambe (2008).
Georgetown's four All-America nods are the most since 2007 when the Blue & Gray had five players earn the distinction. In all, GU has now tallied 75 USILA All-Americans all-time.
Marrocco closes out his career as the most decorated goalie in program history. Along with his First Team All-America selection, he bookended his career as an All-BIG EAST First Team performer after collecting the honor as a freshman in 2015 and a senior in 2018. Marrocco was the first Hoya to be named BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year and was named the Most Outstanding Player at the BIG EAST Championship as the Blue & Gray won the league title for the first time in program history. He posted a 7.95 goals-against average to go with 156 saves and a .545 save percentage. Marrocco posted eight games with double-digit saves, was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week four times this season and selected to the USILA Team of the Week once. His 658 career saves rank fourth all-time at Georgetown and he wraps up his tenure on the Hilltop as the NCAA Active Career Leader in saves.
Berge collects his second USILA All-America honor after being named honorable mention in 2015, the first Hoya freshman to earn the accolade in program history. He is the first GU player to garner multiple USILA All-America honors since Barney Ehrmann achieved the feat in 2011. A three-time All-BIG EAST honoree, including first team honors this season, Berge scored 23 goals to go with 24 assists for a career-high 47 points. He became the 23rd player in program history to eclipse the 100 career point milestone and finished his time at GU tied for 17th all-time on the career scoring list with 120 points. Berge was also named to the BIG EAST All-Tournament Team during Georgetown's run to the BIG EAST Championship in 2018.
Hursey continues to be recognized as one of the top short stick defensive midfielders in the nation with his USILA Third Team All-America selection. Often drawing the responsibility of defending the opposition's top offensive threat. Hursey anchored Georgetown's defense that held opponents to a paltry 8.12 goals per game and held foes to six goals or fewer in eight different games this season. He collected 13 ground balls to go with six caused turnovers, both career bests, while adding a goal and an assist on the offensive end. Hursey was named to the BIG EAST All-Tournament Team after holding No. 3/3 Denver to just three goals and holding the Pioneers' top offensive threat, BIG EAST Attack Player of the Year Ethan Walker, scoreless in the championship game. Hursey was selected by the Chesapeake Bayhawks in the Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft in the fifth round, 42nd overall.
Bucaro earns his first All-America honor following another stellar season for the Hoyas. He scored 34 goals to go with 21 assists for a career-high 55 points to become the 22nd player in program history to reach 100 career points. His 139 points rank him 10th all-time in program history after just three seasons on the Hilltop, and his 55 points this season are the 13th most in a single campaign at Georgetown despite missing the final five games of the season because of an injury. Earning back-to-back All-BIG EAST First Team honors, Bucaro scored multiple goals in nine different games, including three with five goals, and has recorded a point in 33-consecutive games dating back to his freshman season. He was also selected as a nominee for the prestigious Tewaaraton Award.
Georgetown went 12-5 overall in 2018, tying for the second most wins in program history. The Hoyas won their first BIG EAST Championship in program history and advanced to their 12th NCAA Tournament all-time and for the first time since 2007.