Georgetown Men's Lacrosse Begins New Era on Saturday, Hosting Lafayette for Season-Opener
Feb. 15, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's lacrosse team opens its 2013 season on Saturday when they host the Lafayette Leopards at Noon on Multi-Sport Field. The game marks the beginning of the Kevin Warne era. Warne makes his head coaching debut on Saturday, replacing Dave Urick after 23 seasons on the Hilltop.
The Hoyas hold a 6-2 series advantage against Leopards, including an 8-5 victory at Lafayette last season on March 31. Junior midfielder Zac Guy (Tully, N.Y./Tully) had two goals and one assist in the Hoyas victory last season.
The game will be broadcast live on Hoyavision, available through the Georgetown University athletics official website - www.guhoyas.com - with Chuck Timanus providing the play-by-play. Game updates will also be available via the Georgetown men's lacrosse official twitter account - HoyasMLacrosse.
Warne takes over a Georgetown squad that finished 7-6 last season and returns seven players with starting experience. The group is led by senior captain and attackman Brian Casey (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Prep). Casey, a Preseason All-BIG EAST selection and the Hoyas only selection in the Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft, led the squad with 20 goals and 15 assists in 2012.
Fellow senior and Preseason All-BIG EAST selection Dan McKinney (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna) returns after a breakout season, where he scored 13 goals and had seven assists. McKinney is set to anchor a midfield unit that includes redshirt junior Zac Guy (Tully, N.Y./Tully) (11 goals, 18 assists in 2012) and Hoyas 2012 Freshman of the Year Joe Bucci (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca).
Senior defender Chris Nourse (Erieville, N.Y./The Hotchkiss School), also a Preseason All-BIG EAST selection led the Hoyas defense with 21 caused turnovers, and picked up 27 groundballs in 2012. He will be joined by senior captains Brennan Bicknese (Ridgewood, N.J./Delbarton) and Patrick Murray (Denver, Colo,/Kent Denver), who will be tasked with protecting a first-time starting goalie.
LAFAYETTE: Lafayette will also debut a brand new head coach, as Jim Rogalski begins his first season at the helm of the Leopards' program that finished 3-10 in 2012. They return eight starters, including a trio of sophomore attackmen and three returning close defenders. Sophomore Brian Bock led the squad with 15 goals and 15 assists last season. Junior Jake Hyatt will start in goal for Lafayette after starting nine games last season, carrying a 10.44 goals against average.