PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Georgetown University's men's lacrosse team wrapped up the road portion of its BIG EAST schedule with a 13-7 loss at Providence on Saturday afternoon. The Hoyas drop to 2-9 overall on the season and 0-3 in league play.
Austin McDonald (Olney, Md./Georgetown Prep) led the Hoyas with his first career hat trick while Daniel Bucaro (East Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville), Peter Conley (Mamaroneck, N.Y./Mamaroneck), Craig Berge (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) and Matt Behrens (Bronxville, N.Y./Bronxville) each added lone goals. Jake Carraway (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary's) tallied a pair of assists with Bucaro and Berge both adding one each as well.
The opening frame proved to be a low scoring affair, with both teams netting just one goal in the quarter. Providence got on the board first before the Hoyas knotted things up at 1-1 with McDonald's first goal courtesy of a Bucaro assist.
Providence claimed momentum in the second quarter with four unanswered goals to take a 5-1 lead. Unfettered, the Blue & Gray responded with back-to-back goals from Behrens and Conley to cut the deficit to 5-3 going into halftime.
Coming out of the break, McDonald added his second goal of the game to pull the Hoyas within one, but PC responded with three-consecutive goals to retake an 8-4 advantage. McDonald would complete his hat trick to close out scoring in the frame off an assist from Carraway to head into the final 15 minutes trailing 8-5.
In the fourth, PC scored three goals in the first four minutes of action to lead 11-5 before goals from Bucaro and Berge just 59 seconds apart at the 10:10 and 9:11 marks, respectively, kept GU in striking distance. Providence would keep the Hoya offense at bay the rest of the way though, and added another pair of goals down the stretch to seal the 13-7 victory.
Nick Marrocco (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) collected eight saves between the pipes for Georgetown.
Peter Tagliaferri (Danville, Calif./San Ramon Valley) won 11-of-19 trips to the faceoff `X' and hauled in a team-high four ground balls for the Hoyas. Berge added three ground balls while five different GU players had two.
Brendan Kearns led Providence with four goals while Nick Hatzipetrakos had four assists. Tate Boyce collected 17 saves for the Friars in the cage.
Georgetown returns home to Cooper Field to host BIG EAST foe Villanova on Saturday, April 15, at 2:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network with Ben Holden calling the play-by-play and Sheehan Stanwick Burch providing color commentary.