KENNESAW, Ga. - The No. 13/14 Georgetown University men's lacrosse team (0-1, 0-0 BIG EAST) could not keep pace with the No. 1/1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish, falling 12-7 in the first game of the Cobb County Classic at Fifth Third Bank Stadium on the campus of Kennesaw State University.
Freshman attack Daniel Bucaro (East Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) scored two goals and had one assist in his collegiate debut, while junior attack Peter Conley (Mamaroneck, N.Y./Mamaroneck) finished with two goals in the loss. Sophomore midfielder Stephen Quinzi (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford) had one goal and one assist for the Hoyas.
Sophomore goalie Nick Marrocco (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) finished with 13 saves, while allowing 12 goals to the Irish's potent offense.
Notre Dame won all five faceoffs in the first quarter, spurring a four-goal run that spanned the entire opening frame. Bucaro finally answered for GU at the 12:26 mark in the second quarter, making the score 4-1.
Freshman attack Chris Donovan (Morristown, N.J./Seton Hall Prep [The Hun School]) answered another ND goal with one of his own, helping the Blue & Gray pull within three goals, at 5-2, with 9:01 left in the first half.
Junior Devon Lewis (Orlando, Fla./Lake Highland Prep) ended another Notre Dame run, firing a shot past the goalie with 1:23 remaining in the second quarter. It would be the final goal of the half for both teams, as GU went into the break trailing, 7-3.
The Hoyas' quick third quarter start was aided by Conley, who scored his first goal of the game, less than a minute into the half. Bucaro added his second goal on an assist from midfielder Greg Galligan (Oyster Bay Cove, N.Y./Saint Anthony's) less than 30 seconds later, bringing GU within two, at 7-5.
Notre Dame quickly ended the GU run, scoring twice within one minute to extend the lead back to four, at 9-5, with over 10 minutes remaining in the third. Conley scored on a feed from Quinzi, bringing GU back within three, at 10-7, but it would be as close as they could manage.
Both teams remained scoreless through the next 15 minutes of action, before Notre Dame's Sergio Perkovic scored his fourth goal of the game on Matt Kavanagh's fourth assist. Quinzi answered soon after on an assist from Bucaro, but it would be the Hoyas' last goal in a 12-7 loss.
Georgetown returns to action on Saturday, February 27 when they travel to Towson University to take on the Tigers at noon at Johnny Unitas Stadium. The Blue & Gray play its first home game at Cooper Field on Tuesday, March 1 against Mount St. Mary's, with the opening faceoff scheduled for 3 p.m.