High Point, N.C. - Georgetown University's men's lacrosse team dropped its 2017 season opener with a 9-3 loss on the road at High Point on Tuesday afternoon. The Hoyas fall to 0-1 on the season.
Sophomore Daniel Bucaro (East Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) led the Hoyas with a goal and an assist, senior Peter Conley (Mamaroneck, N.Y./Mamaroneck) and junior Craig Berge (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) each added a goal and sophomore Patrick Aslanian (Westfield, N.J./Westfield) chipped in an assist.
Junior Nick Marrocco (Roxbury, Mass./Roxbury) collected six saves in goal for the Hoyas.
Georgetown won 10-of-15 faceoffs, with junior Riley Mann (Naperville, Ill./Benet Academy) handling duties at the `X'.
High Point (1-1) struck first, netting a pair of goals in the opening quarter at the 8:36 and 5:38 marks to take a 2-0 lead. The Hoyas responded with 2:18 remaining in the frame as Bucaro scored his first goal of the season, with an assist from Aslanian, to cut the deficit to 2-1. High Point and the Blue & Gray swapped one-minute penalties in the final minute of the frame within moments of each other, essentially cancelling out one another's man-up opportunities.
Both teams remained scoreless for most of the second quarter until Berge knotted things up with his first goal of the year courtesy of an assist from Bucaro with 3:59 to play. Georgetown's defense held HPU in check the entire period, keeping the Panthers off the board thanks to a pair of caused turnovers and ground balls from Jarrett Jones (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif./Palos Verdes) and three saves from Marrocco (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) between the pipes.
Georgetown assailed the Panthers with a barrage of shots in the opening half, outshooting High Point 24-13 including 11 on frame. The Hoyas also hauled in 15 ground balls in the first two quarters compared to just 10 for HPU.
High Point ended its scoring drought early in the third quarter and outscored the Hoyas 5-0 in the frame. The Panthers added two unanswered goals in the fourth before Conley scored his first goal in the waning seconds of the game.
Four different High Point players scored a pair of goals while Tim Troutner Jr. had 14 saves in goal for the Panthers.
Georgetown returns to action on Saturday as it travels to face No. 4/4 Notre Dame as part of the Patriot Cup in Frisco, Texas, on February 18 at 2 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast live on ESPU with Quint Kessenich and Paul Carcaterra in the booth along with Sheehan Stanwich-Burch on the sidelines.