March 14, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's lacrosse team (3-3, 0-0 BIG EAST) travels to Queens, N.Y. to open BIG EAST Conference play against St. John's (2-3, 0-0 BIG EAST) on Saturday afternoon. Opening face-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. The Hoyas lead the all-time series 12-2, including an overtime win over the Red Storm in 2013.
The last two meetings between the Hoyas and Red Storm have been decided in overtime, with the Hoyas getting vengeance in last season's Battle at Bethpage on Dan McKinney's overtime goal, sealing a 14-13 victory. Graduate student Tyler Knarr (Eagleville, Pa./LaSalle College) was named the game's most valuable player after winning 15-of-25 face-offs. The win came after St. John's defeated the Hoyas 13-12 in overtime in 2012. St. John's scored two goals in the last minute to force an extra frame, before winning in overtime.
LAST GAME: Junior attackmen Reilly O'Connor (Brooklin, Ontario/The Hill Academy) and Bo Stafford (Greenwich, Conn./Brunswick) each had six points to lead five multi-goal scorers for the Hoyas in a 16-9 win over first-year program Furman on Tuesday night. Knarr went 20-of-29 on face-offs and picked up a program record 18 ground balls. Knarr also scored a goal in the victory.
CHANGES ON OFFENSE: After two consecutive multi-goal games Bo Stafford moved to attack for the Hoyas game against Furman, joining senior Jeff Fountain (Lutherville-Timonium, Md./St. Paul's) and O'Connor. Stafford responded with his third consecutive multi-goal game and a career-high four assists, while O'Connor scored a career-high five goals. Freshman Peter Conley (Larchmont, N.Y./Mamaroneck) scored a career-high three goals after moving to the Hoyas first midfield unit with Charlie McCormick (Bronxville, N.Y./Bronxville) and Devon Lewis (Orlando, Fla./Lake Highland Prep).
KNARR AMONG NATION'S FACE-OFF AND GROUND BALL LEADERS: Tyler Knarr has picked up where he left off last season, currently placing ninth in the NCAA and first in the BIG EAST with a .616 (81-of-128) face-off win percentage and seventh in the NCAA and first in the BIG EAST with 9.00 ground balls per game. Knarr's 337 face-off wins is fourth in GU history, while his 218 ground balls is the fifth best total in GU history. His career face-off win percentage of .587 is second to only Andy Corno in GU history. Knarr also set the single-game program record with 18 ground balls in the Hoyas win over Furman.
ABOUT ST. JOHN'S: The Red Storm features two of the most dangerous offensive players in the country in Kieran McArdle and Kevin Cernuto. McArdle leads St. J ohn's with 23 points (11 goals, 12 assists) in five games, while Cernuto's 16 points (10 goals, 6 assists) is second on the team. Overall, STJ has four players with 10 goals...Colin Keegan was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll after a week where he had six points against Drexel and two goals against Syracuse. Keegan has 10 goals and four assists on the season...St. John's is 2-3 with consecutive losses to No. 17 Drexel and No. 11 Syracuse last week. Despite the Red Storm's prolific offense, they have been held to under 10 goals twice this season...Head Coach Jason Miller is in his eighth season at the helm of the program. The Red Storm's 9-4 record in 2013 was the program's best record since resuming lacrosse in 2005.