WASHINGTON - Georgetown University's men's lacrosse team dropped a 17-12 decision to visiting BIG EAST rival No. 20/RV Villanova on Saturday afternoon at Cooper Field. The Hoyas fall to 2-10 overall and 0-3 in league play while the Wildcats improve to 7-5 overall and 2-1 in the BIG EAST.
Daniel Bucaro (East Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) and Jake Carraway (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary's) both notched hat tricks for the Hoyas in the loss while Devon Lewis (Orlando, Fla./Lake Highland Prep) and Austin McDonald (Olney, Md./Georgetown Prep) both added two. Peter Conley (Mamaroneck, N.Y./Mamaroneck) and Craig Berge (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) both had a goal and two assists while Lewis and Bucaro each chipped in lone assists.
Earning his first career start between the pipes, freshman goalie Jack Stephenson (Greenwich, Conn./Brunswick) hauled in 16 saves on the day, including seven in the opening quarter.
Georgetown took the early advantage in the game, scoring the opening two goals of the first quarter. Conley put the Hoyas on the board first courtesy of an assist from Lewis while McDonald added the second off a pass from Conley. Villanova would respond with two goals in the period, including one with 11 seconds remaining in the first, to knot things up at 2-2.
In the second quarter, the Wildcats tallied nine-straight goals to start the frame to take an 11-2 lead before the Blue & Gray closed out the half with back-to back goals from Berge and Carraway to make it 11-4 going into halftime.
Coming out of the break, GU opened the scoring with a goal from McDonald but Villanova responded with a pair of goals to lead 13-5. Lewis notched both his goals just 23 seconds apart after that to cut the deficit to 13-7 but VU added another score at the 1:55 mark to lead 14-7 going into the final 15 minutes of play.
In the fourth, the Hoyas netted a pair of man-up goals from Carraway and Bucaro to pull within five at 14-9, but the Wildcats responded with three-consecutive goals in a 2:23 span to go ahead 17-9 with just less than 10 minutes to play. The Hoyas held their guests scoreless the rest of the way, and picked up goals from Carraway and two from Bucaro, but couldn't get any closer than the 17-12 final.
Jack Curran led Villanova with three goals and two assists, Jake Frocarro had a hat trick and Christian Cuccinello added two goals and four assists for the Wildcats. Nick Testa collected nine saves in goal for the win.
The Hoyas return to action as they close out nonconference play on the road at Mount St. Mary's on Tuesday, April 18, at 7 p.m.