WASHINGTON - Georgetown University's men's lacrosse team dropped its 2017 home opener with a thrilling 11-10 setback to No. 13/12 Towson on Saturday afternoon at Cooper Field. The Hoyas rallied from a 10-5 halftime deficit to pull within one in the final frame but could not complete the comeback attempt.
Sophomore Daniel Bucaro (East Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) had a career game for the Hoyas (0-3) in the loss. The sophomore standout recorded a career-high, and game-best, six goals to lead the Blue & Gray's upset attempt. Peter Conley (Mamaroneck, N.Y./Mamaroneck) continued his scoring spree with a pair of goals and two assists while Jake Carraway (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary's) and Eduardo White (Littleton, Colo./Kent Denver) added lone goals. Craig Berge (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) and Rob Clark (Cooksville, Md./McDonogh) both chipped in assists as well.
Georgetown's defense put together an impressive showing in the second half to keep the Hoyas in the game. The close defense of Charlie Ford (San Carolos, Calif./St. Ignatius), Conor Barr (Wilton, Conn./Fairfield Prep/Fairfield) and Jarrett Jones (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif./Palos Verdes), along with the defensive midfield of long poles Michael Mayer (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's) and Finn Dunne (Potomac, Md./Georgetown Prep) with d-middies Greg Galligan (Oyster Bay Cove, N.Y./St. Anthony's), Sean O'Keefe (San Rafael, Calif./Marin Catholic) and Ryan Hursey (Finksburg, Md./Westminster) held Towson (2-0) to a lone goal in the second half. The GU defense allowed just 15 shots combined in the final two quarters, compared to 13 in each of the opening frames, and forced the Tigers to commit 21 turnovers on the day.
In goal, Nick Marrocco (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) put together another double-digit save performance, hauling in 11.
Towson jumped on the board first, scoring consecutive goals within 10 seconds of each other nearly five minutes into the opening quarter to take a 2-0 lead. Bucaro responded with the first of his six goals, this one in a man-up situation courtesy of a Conley assist, to pull within one before the Tigers closed out the frame with a pair of goals to lead 4-1.
In the second, TU tallied three unanswered goals in the first 1:21 of the stanza to take a commanding 7-1 lead. Unfazed, the Hoyas rallied off four-straight goals in a five-minute span, including three from Bucaro, to pull within a pair at 7-5. Towson would respond with three-consecutive goals of its own to close out the half with a 10-5 advantage.
Coming out of the break, The Hoyas kept the defensive pressure on their guests while continuing to chip away at the deficit on the offensive end. Outscoring the Tigers 2-1 in the third, GU trimmed the score to 11-7 on a Conley goal with 39 seconds remaining in the quarter.
In the fourth, Bucaro added another man-up goal at the 12:55 mark to continue to spark the Blue & Gray's comeback attempt. Two goals within 19 seconds of each other from White and Conley with just under nine minutes to play put GU in striking distance, down just 11-10. The Hoyas would get another six shots off down the stretch, including three on target, but could not get any to hit the mark as the Tigers held off the upset attempt down the stretch.
Joe Seider led Towson with three goals while Ruan Drenner added a pair of goals and four assists.
Georgetown returns to action on Saturday, March 4, as it hosts Hofstra as part of a three-game homestand. Game time is set for noon at Cooper Field. Live stats and a subscription-based webstream will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.