WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men’s lacrosse team (1-5) travels to Durham, N.C. to take on the No. 11/9 Duke Blue Devils on Saturday afternoon. The opening faceoff at Koskinen Stadium is scheduled for 1 p.m.
FOLLOWING SATURDAY’S GAME: Live streaming video of Saturday’s game will be available the Duke Athletics website – www.GoDuke.com. Live stats can be found on the Georgetown Athletics official website - GUHoyas.com. Fans can find in-game updates by following the Georgetown men’s lacrosse team’s official Twitter account: @HoyasMLacrosse
SERIES HISTORY: Georgetown meets Duke for the 29th time in program history, with the Hoyas trailing the all-time series 21-7. Georgetown’s last win over the Blue Devils was an 11-7 victory at Multi-Sport Field in 2008. The Hoyas last win in Durham came via forfeit in 2006. Prior to that, they last earned a victory at Duke in 2004. The Blue Devils have won the last six matchups, including a 15-13 decision in D.C. last season. Junior midfielder Peter Conley (Mamaroneck, N.Y./Mamaroneck) scored three goals and had one assist, while sophomore Craig Berge (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) had one goal and two assists in the loss.
LAST GAME: The Hoyas could not erase a four-goal deficit in the fourth quarter, eventually falling, 10-9, to Hobart College on Saturday afternoon at Cooper Field. GU trailed, 9-5, heading into the fourth quarter, before graduate student midfielder Joe Bucci (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca) and freshman attack Daniel Bucaro (East Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) took over, leading a 4-1 run in the final frame. Georgetown’s final shot sailed wide of the cage, as time ran out on GU’s comeback attempt. Bucci finished with a career-high five goals and one assist, while Bucaro had two goals, three assists and two caused turnovers in the loss.
ON OFFENSE: Bucci scored seven goals in two games last week, helping him earn a spot on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll, the first conference honor of his career. Since returning to the lineup, from an injury, against Hofstra Bucci has scored nine goals, leading the team during that stretch. Bucaro leads the Blue & Gray with 20 points (12 goals, 8 assists). Junior midfielder Devon Lewis (Orlando, Fla./Lake Highland Prep) is third on the team with 12 points (six goals, six assists), with two goals and five assists over his last three games.
ON DEFENSE: The Hoya defense has been tested through the first six games, as opponents have won faceoffs at a .615 rate. Sophomore goalie Nick Marrocco (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) has been among the BIG EAST leaders with a .523 save percentage, while allowing 10.33 goals against in six starts. Junior defender Charlie Ford (San Carlos, Calif./St. Ignatius) leads the team with 13 ground balls and is tied with freshman Finn Dunne (Potomac, Md./Georgetown Prep) and Bucaro with four caused turnovers.
ABOUT DUKE: The Blue Devils snapped a two-game losing streak with a road victory over No. 9 Loyola (Md.), 15-6, on Saturday. Myles Jones had five goals and three assists, while Kyle Rowe went 19-of-23 at the faceoff X with 15 ground balls to earn ACC Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively. Duke bounced back from consecutive losses to Harvard and Richmond. Jones leads the NCAA with 192 career points among active players. Case Matheis and Deemer Class are tied for 12th in career points among active players with 162.