Frisco, TEXAS - Georgetown University's men's lacrosse team dropped a 16-10 decision to No. 4/4 Notre Dame in the Ninth Annual Patriot Cup on Saturday afternoon at the Ford Center at The Star. The Hoyas fall to 0-2 on the season while the Fighting Irish win their season opener to start the year 1-0.
Peter Conley (Mamaroneck, N.Y./Mamaroneck) led the Hoyas with five goals and an assist, notching his eighth career hat trick. His five goals were tied for second most in a game during his career.
Five other Hoyas scored lone goals in the game, including Daniel Bucaro (East Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville), Craig Berge (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa), Patrick Aslanian (Westfield, N.J./Westfield), Jake Carraway (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary's) and Devon Lewis (Orlando, Fla./Lake Highland Prep). Berge, Conley, Massimo Bucci (Ithaca, N.Y./IMG Academy), Finn Dunne (Potomac, Md./Georgetown Prep) and Eduardo White (Littleton, Colo./Kent Denver) all tallied assists as well.
In goal, Nick Marrocco (Roxbury, Mass./Roxbury) hauled in a game-high 15 saves in the loss.
Michael Mayer (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's) collected a game-high six ground balls while Jarrett Jones (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif./Palos Verdes) added five and Marrocco hauled in four. Mayer, Bucci, Conley, Jones and Charlie Ford (San Carlos, Calif./St. Ignatius) were all credited with caused turnovers.
Trailing 3-0 after the first, Georgetown found its offensive groove in the second quarter, putting its first goal on the board at the 12:57 mark. The Hoyas added another goal quickly as Conley collected a pass from Dunne and fired a shot from nearly 15 yards out to cut the deficit to 3-2. After a goal from ND, Aslanian joined the scoring foray courtesy of an assist from White, followed by a pair of goals in response from the Irish to make it a 6-3 game. Georgetown closed out the half with a pair of goals in the final 1:07. Conley started the spree with an assist from Berge, drawing an unnecessary roughness penalty in the process. The Blue & Gray took full advantage of the situation as Bucaro tallied his man-up goal 40 seconds into the penalty off of an assist from Conley that cut the deficit to just 6-5 going into halftime.
The Hoyas went 2-for-3 in extra man opportunities, netting man-up goals from Bucaro and Berge. Georgetown's defense held Notre Dame to just one goal in three man-down situations.
Coming out of the break, the Irish scored seven unanswered goals before Conley recorded his hat-trick with 1:06 remaining in the frame. After ND scored an early goal in the fourth to make it 14-6, the Hoyas clamped down and scored four-straight goals in less than six minutes to pull within 14-10 at the 6:55 mark. Georgetown's comeback attempt wouldn't get any closer as the Irish closed out the win with a pair of goals down the stretch.
Ryder Garnsey led Notre Dame with six goals and two assists while Mikey Wynne added four goals for the Irish.
Georgetown returns to the friendly confines of Cooper Field on Saturday, February 25, in its home opener against No. 12/13 Towson at noon. Live stats and a subscription-based webstream will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.