WASHINGTON - Georgetown University's men's lacrosse team dropped a hard-fought 11-10 decision to visiting Marquette in the BIG EAST opener for both teams on Saturday. The Hoyas fall to 2-7 on the year and 0-1 in league play while the Golden Eagles move to 4-2 overall and 1-0 in the BIG EAST.
Peter Conley (Mamaroneck, N.Y./Mamaroneck), Devon Lewis (Orlando, Fla./Lake Highland Prep) and Jake Carraway (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary's) all scored a pair of goals and tallied an assist for GU. Daniel Bucaro (East Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) added two goals, Patrick Aslanian (Westfield, N.J./Westfield) chipped in a goal and an assist and Austin McDonald (Olney, Md./Georgetown Prep) chimed in with a lone goal. Riley Mann (Naperville, Ill./Benet Academy) and Matt Behrens (Bronxville, N.Y./Bronxville) both had assists as well.
In goal, Nick Marrocco (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) posted yet another double-figure save performance with 10. He added four ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers. Overall, 10 different Hoyas were credited with caused turnovers, including Marrocco, Jarrett Jones (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif./Palos Verdes) and Ryan Hursey (Finskburg, Md./Westminster) with two each.
Georgetown won the battle at the `X', winning 13-of-25 faceoffs. Mann went 7-for-14 and Tagliaferri was 6-for-11 against Marquette.
Marquette claimed the early momentum behind a 5-0 first quarter. Georgetown committed four turnovers in the frame, but settled down and gave the ball up just once in the final three quarters combined.
Lewis put the Hoyas on the board in the second courtesy of an assist from Conley at the 8:59 mark. Georgetown would outscore its guests 3-2 in the frame with additional goals from Carraway and Conley to cut the deficit to 7-3 going into halftime.
Coming out of the break, the Blue & Gray dominated the third quarter to keep within striking distance. Goals from Carraway, Bucaro and McDonald led to an 8-6 score going into the final stanza. The GU defense allowed just two shots from Marquette the entire period and forced five turnovers from the Golden Eagles while winning 4-of-5 faceoffs.
In the final quarter, both teams traded goals from the opening minute to the final 93 seconds of play. The Hoyas would pull within one goal on four different occasions on goals by Lewis, Bucaro, Aslanian and Conley, to find themselves down 11-10 with 1:33 remaining in the game. The Blue & Gray's defense held tough down the stretch, forcing a late turnover in the waning seconds that led to a last-second shot from Carraway from just inside the restraining line that narrowly sailed wide.
Joseph Dunn led Marquette with four goals on the day. Cole Blazer stopped 14 shots in goal for the Golden Eagles, including six in the final quarter.
Georgetown returns to action on Saturday, April 1 on the road at No. 6/7 Denver to continue BIG EAST play.