WASHINGTON - Georgetown University’s men’s lacrosse team opens its 2017 season on the road at High Point on Tuesday afternoon. The Hoyas and the Panthers will face off at 3 p.m.
Live stats and free video streaming courtesy of the Big South Network are available for the game. Both links can be found on www.guhoyas.com.
Tuesday’s game against the Panthers will be the first meeting between the two schools in program history. Georgetown is 11-8 all-time against schools that currently compete in the Southern Conference.
Georgetown looks to rebound from an anomaly of a year in 2016 behind a deep and well-rounded roster. Having graduated just four players from the 2016 squad, the Hoyas return 35 players for the 2017 season. The Blue & Gray boast a bevy of veterans, including 25 upperclassmen with 10 seniors and a graduate transfer, to anchor a talented and experienced squad.
Leading the Hoyas on the field are a foursome of captains. Seniors Nick Carpenter (Oakton, Va./Paul VI), Peter Conley (Mamaroneck, N.Y./Mamaroneck), Charlie Ford (San Carlos, Calif./St. Ignatius) and Michael Mayer (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul’s) were all selected as team captains for the 2017 season. Conley, Ford and Mayer have all garnered All-BIG EAST honors during their time on the Hilltop while Carpenter has played in 40 games for the Blue & Gray on the defensive midfield.
Georgetown returns four of its top-five scorers from 2016 and 72 percent of its total offense from a year ago. Back for the Blue & Gray is the reigning BIG EAST Freshman of the Year, Daniel Bucaro (East Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville), who paced the Hoyas with 31 points (18G, 13A) during his rookie campaign. Also back is Devon Lewis (Orlando, Fla./Lake Highland Prep) with 19 points (9G, 10A), Conley (7G, 9A) and Craig Berge (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) with 10 points (10G) to round out the double-figure scorers from 2016.
Defensively, Mayer and Carpenter will lead the defensive midfield while Ford will anchor the close defense.
Junior Nick Marrocco (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) returns for the Hoyas between the pipes. An All-BIG EAST First Team performer as a freshman in 2015, he has started all 30 games in goal for the Blue & Gray during his time on the Hilltop. He led the BIG EAST in saves per game with 11.57 last season, which also ranked 11th in the nation, and was second in the conference, 29th overall, with a .524 save percentage.
High Point is coming off a 10-5 loss to then-No. 7/10 Duke in its season opener on February 10. Five different Panthers scored goals while both Michael LeClair and Sean Harrison led the way with two points on the day. Tim Troutner Jr. collected 11 saves between the pipes in the loss.