March 29, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's lacrosse team (3-7, 0-3 BIG EAST) held a late first quarter advantage, before No. 6 Denver (8-2, 2-0 BIG EAST) went on a six-goal run, putting the Hoyas in a hole too deep to climb from, in 17-9 loss at Multi-Sport Field on a rainy Saturday afternoon.
Graduate student Tyler Knarr (Eagleville, Pa./LaSalle College) won 20-of-27 face-offs and picked up 14 ground balls, though the Hoyas were unable to capitalize on enough possessions to keep up with the Pioneers offense. Denver had two six-goal runs and did not allow GU to come within three goals after the second quarter.
Senior attack Jeff Fountain (Lutherville-Timonium, Md./St. Paul's) had three goals, while junior attackmen Reilly O'Connor (Brooklin, Ontario/The Hill Academy) and Bo Stafford (Greenwich, Conn./Brunswick) each had one goal and three assists in the losing effort.
Fountain scored the game's first goal, 41-seconds in, to give the Hoyas a 1-0 lead, but Denver answered scoring twice within a span of three minutes. Senior midfielder Grant Fisher (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Brother Rice) scored on Stafford's assist to tie the score, and Fountain put GU back in front, 3-2, with 4:58 remaining in the first quarter.
The Pioneers rattled off the next six goals - three from Wesley Berg - to take an 8-3 lead midway through the second quarter. O'Connor scored a man-up goal courtesy of the feed from senior attack AD Hoffman (Falls Church, Va./The Potomac School), before assisting Stafford's goal to close within three goals, 8-5, with 4:19 left in the first half. Berg added one more for DU to take a 9-5 lead into halftime.
The Hoyas and Pioneers traded goals through the third quarter, with Fountain and Fisher keeping GU within four goals, as the quarter ended 11-7 in Denver's favor. Jack Bobzien keyed another six-goal Denver run in the fourth quarter with three goals and one assist during that span, putting GU behind by 10, at 17-7.
Freshman midfielder Eduardo White (Littleton, Colo./Kent Denver) scored the final two goals of the game for GU, both within the final 20 seconds, to close out the 17-9 Georgetown loss.
NOTES: Tyler Knarr's 14 ground balls gives him 108 for the season, the second best single-season total in program history, behind his own 112 ground balls in 2013. Andy Corno previously held the single-season mark with 105 in 2004. Knarr trails only Corno in career ground balls with 264. Corno compiled 341 between 2002-05...Knarr's 397 face-off wins trails Brian Tabb (403 career FO wins) for second in program history...Reilly O'Connor's four assists gives him 41 for his career, the 15th best total in program history.