WASHINGTON - Georgetown University's men's lacrosse team, the lone undefeated team in the BIG EAST, looks to continue its winnings ways as it hosts Hobart on Saturday afternoon at Cooper Field. The No. 18/16 Hoyas are 5-0 on the season and are one of just four unbeaten squads remaining in the nation.
Opening faceoff is set for noon on the Hilltop with Jeremy Huber calling the action and Earl Brewer providing color commentary. Links to video and live stats are available at www.GUHoyas.com.
Georgetown is coming off another impressive victory, a 13-6 win over Marist on Tuesday afternoon. Jake Carraway (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary's) posted a career-high seven points (3G, 4A) to pace the Blue & Gray while Daniel Bucaro (East Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) added three goals and an assist. Bucaro's four-point outburst gave him 109 for his career and put him into the top-20 all-time in career points on the Hilltop. His 74 career goals lifted him to 15th all-time at GU as well.
Defensively, Gibson Smith (Pelham, N.Y./Pelham Memorial) and Greg Galligan (Oyster Bay Cove, N.Y./St. Anthony's) both earned three caused turnovers while Kieran Jenkins (Millersville, Md./Severna Park) and Peter Tagliaferri (Danville, Calif./San Ramon Valley) led the way with five ground balls each.
In goal, Nick Marrocco (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) picked up his fifth victory of the year by allowing just three goals in less than 50 minutes of action while collecting five saves.
Bucaro and Carraway both lead the Hoyas with 25 points, matching each other with 16 goals and nine assists on the year. Craig Berge (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) adds 17 points (7G, 10A) while Lucas Wittenberg (Kennesaw, Ga./Harrison/Mercer) is also in double-digits with 10 points (5G, 5A).
Tagliaferri anchors a GU faceoff unit that has won more than half of its trips to the `X'. He has gone 54-for-100 (.540) so far this season and leads Georgetown with 28 grounds balls while adding a goal and an assist.
Marrocco has been a wall between the pipes and has a paltry 7.04 goals-against average, fifth best in the NCAA, while posting a .584 save percentage. He has collected 45 saves on the season and is the NCAA active career leader with 547.
Hobart has won back-to-back home games to head to the Nation's Capital with a 2-3 record. Chris Aslanian, brother of Georgetown's Patrick Aslanian (Westfield, N.J./Westfield), leads the Statesmen with 18 points (10G, 8A) while Eric Holden is hot on his trail with 17 points (11G, 6A). Justin Scott and Ryan Archer both have double-digit points for Hobart as well.
In goal, Sam Lucchesi has taken the reins and started the last two games for Hobart. He has collected 16 saves and has an 8.50 goal-against average in that span. On the year, he has a 2-1 record with 19 saves and a .500 save percentage.
Georgetown and Hobart have faced each other 18 times in program history, with the Hoyas owning a 15-3 series advantage. Last year, the Blue & Gray defeated the Statesmen, 16-6, indoors in Victor, New York while Hobart's last victory over GU was a 10-9 decision on the Hilltop in 2016.
Following Saturday's game, the Hoyas head to the City of Brotherly Love to face Drexel on Saturday, March 17 at 1 p.m.