March 7, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's lacrosse team (2-2, 0-0 BIG EAST) returns home to Multi-Sport Field for the first time in three games to host Harvard University (2-2, 0-0 Ivy League) on Saturday afternoon. Face-off for the sixth meeting between the two programs is scheduled for noon.
The game will be broadcast live via Hoyavision on -www.guhoyas.com - the Georgetown University athletics official website. Chuck Timanus provides the play-by-play, while Bill Maglisceau adds analysis.
The Hoyas hold a 3-2 series advantage over the Crimson, having won both of its home games at Multi-Sport Field. GU lost at Harvard last season, 8-6, after the game was moved back one day due to snow. It was the Hoyas' second consecutive loss at Soldiers Field. Junior attackman Reilly O'Connor (Brooklin, Ont./The Hill Academy) scored two goals in the loss, while graduate student Tyler Knarr (Eagleville, Pa./LaSalle College) went 12-of-16 from the face-off X.
LAST GAME: Georgetown will look to bounce back against Harvard after dropping its last two games by one goal apiece. The Hoyas fell to Hofstra in overtime, 9-8. The Hoyas trailed by as many as five goals in the first half, before going on a second half run, even taking a one-goal lead late in the fourth quarter on junior Bo Stafford's (Greenwich, Conn./Brunswick) second goal of the game. The Pride would score with just over a minute left in the fourth quarter, then added the game-winner with 19 seconds left in overtime to seal GU's second consecutive one-goal loss.
Jake Haley CONTINUES TO DEVELOP IN GOAL FOR HOYAS: Redshirt junior Jake Haley is in the midst of his second season as Georgetown's starting goalkeeper and his comfort between the pipes has become clear. Haley is 10th in the nation in goals against average, allowing just 7.09 goals per game. He is also 23rd in the nation with a .567 save percentage. Haley was the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week on February 17, after helping the Hoyas to a 2-0 start to the season.
Tyler Knarr CLIMBING GEORGETOWN RECORD BOOKS: Knarr has picked up where he left off last season, currently placing 16th in the NCAA with a .603 (44-of-73) face-off win percentage and 12th with 8.25 ground balls per game. Knarr's 300 face-off wins is sixth in GU history, while his 188 ground balls is the eighth best total in GU history. His career face-off win percentage of .587 is second to only Andy Corno in GU history.
1. Andy Corno (2002-05) 624
2. Brian Tabb (2008-2012) 403
3. Matt Pappas (1995-98) 358
4. Christiaan Trunz (2004-07) 329
5. Mike Kanach (1999-02) 315
6. Tyler Knarr (2011-present) 300
1. Andy Corno (2002-05) 341
2. Brodie Merrill (2002-05) 250
3. Kyle Sweeney (2000-03) 229
4. Scott Urick (1997-00) 224
5. Steve Iorio (1995-98) 215
6. Barney Ehrmann (2007-11) 205
7. Mike Kanach (1999-02) 191
8. Tyler Knarr (2011-present) 188
INSTANT IMPACT: The Hoyas have started between three and four freshmen in each of the season's four games, with attackman Peter Conley (Larchmont, N.Y./Mamaroneck) leading the team with 13 points (7 goals, 6 assists). Midfielder Devon Lewis (Orlando, Fla./Lake Highland Prep) has emerged as one of the team's top offensive threats, tied with Charlie McCormick for six goals on the season. Defender Michael Mayer (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's) has also helped the Hoyas replace three starters on defense from a year ago. Mayer is tied for the third on the team with 10 ground balls and tied for the lead with six caused turnovers. The Hoyas have also received contributions from midfielder Eduardo White (Littleton, Colo./Kent Denver), who has cemented himself to the Hoyas second midfield line and given the team one goal and one assist this season. Defender Charlie Ford (San Carlos, Calif./St. Ignatius) has also seen an increase in playing time over the last two games.
HOYAS SCORING DEFENSE AMONG NATION'S TOP 10: Despite losing three starters from a year ago, Head Coach Kevin Warne has the Hoyas scoring defense among the nation's top 10, allowing just 7.25 goals per game through its first four. In addition to Haley's play in goal and Knarr's high face-off win percentage, the Hoyas defense of senior John Urbank (Mineola, N.Y./Chaminade), junior Bryson Greene (Towson, Md./McDonogh) and Mayer. The Hoyas man-down unit, including sophomore Nic Mahaney (Portland, Maine/Deerfield) has also been solid, allowing just three goals in 14 chances.
HARVARD: The Harvard men's lacrosse team rallied from a one-goal deficit at halftime to defeat Quinnipiac Tuesday evening at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium, 10-8...On the season, the Crimson is 2-0 at home and 0-2 on the road... Junior Jake Gambitsky has been solid in goal for the Crimson and sports a 9.44 goals against average with a .512 save percentage. Gambitsky has recorded double-digit saves in three of Harvard's four contests this season, and matched his career-high with 12 on Tuesday versus Quinnipiac... Gabriel Mendola had a career day at the faceoff X against Quinnipiac, winning 14-of-20 faceoffs while collecting six ground balls. Mendola is 20-of-32 at the X this season, and has won 57.5 percent of the faceoffs he has taken for his career... Harvard's sophomore class has accounted for 58 percent of the Crimson's offense this season. The group has totaled 36 of the team's 62 points, led by Will Walker (7g, 1a), Sean Mahon (3g, 4a), Deke Burns (5g, 1a) and Brendan Newman (4g, 2a).