VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Georgetown University men’s lacrosse team (2-10, 1-3 BIG EAST) traded goals throughout the first half with Villanova University (7-4, 1-2 BIG EAST) but could not find an answer for the Wildcat offense in the second half, as GU allowed 12-consecutive goals between the third and fourth quarters to fall, 16-4 on Saturday evening at Villanova Stadium.
Sophomore goalie Nick Marrocco (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) had 13 saves by halftime to keep the Hoyas, who led twice during the first half, even at four goals apiece when the teams went into their respective locker rooms. Villanova exploded in the second to put the game away, outshooting GU, 28-9, to end the game on a 12-0 run. Marrocco took the loss, while posting a season-high 17 saves.
Junior defenseman Charlie Ford (San Carlos, Calif./St. Ignatius) led GU with four ground balls, but the Wildcats held a 12-6 ground ball advantage after halftime to control possession.
Joey Froccaro put Villanova on the scoreboard first, tallying his first goal to take a 1-0 lead just over one minute into the game.
Sophomore attack Craig Berge (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) tied the score moments later, as he intercepted a clearing pass in front of an empty net and easily converted to even the score at one goal apiece at the 11:49 mark in the first quarter. After a Villanova goal, senior midfielder Corey Parke (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford) broke free to score an unassisted goal, retying the score at the 5:54 mark in the first.
Sophomore attack Stephen Quinzi (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford) gave GU its first lead of the game, jumping among a crowd to grab a rebound, before turning and shooting past the goalie with 2:30 remaining in the first quarter, helping the Hoyas take a 3-2 lead at the end of the frame.
Villanova tied the score 35 seconds into the second quarter, adding an extra-man goal, but GU answered at the 11:18 mark, as freshman attack Daniel Bucaro (East Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) scored an extra-man goal on an assist from graduate student midfielder Joe Bucci (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca), but the Wildcats added another goal late in the quarter, tying the score at four going into the break.
The Wildcats regained the lead at the 10:12 mark in the third quarter on a Jack Curran goal. Curran scored less than one minute later to give VU its largest lead of the game, at 6-4. But then the Wildcats kept adding on. Curran had a game-high seven points, all in the second half as the Villanova controlled the third quarter, using a 7-0 run to extend the lead to 11-4 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Georgetown did not have an answer for Villanova in the fourth quarter, as the Wildcats continued to roll scoring five more goals of the fourth quarter, extending the lead to 16-4, while holding GU scoreless for the final 40 minutes of the game.
Georgetown returns to action on Saturday, April 23 when it hosts University of Virginia on Senior Day at Cooper Field. The Hoyas will honor its graduating class with a pregame ceremony before live coverage of the game begins on CBS Sports Network at 7 p.m.