WASHINGTON - Georgetown University's men's lacrosse team hosts No. 12/13 Duke on Saturday at Cooper Field in nonconference action. The Hoyas have won two-straight games on the season while the Blue Devils come to the Nation's Capital with a 6-2 mark.
Faceoff is set for noon. Live stats and video can be found on www.guhoyas.com with Jeremy Huber calling the play-by-play and Earl Brewer providing color commentary.
Georgetown (2-4) is coming off of back-to-back victories in which it set season bests in goals scored and goals allowed. The Hoyas topped Robert Morris, 12-7, last Tuesday before defeating Hobart, 16-6, on Saturday.
Junior goalie Nick Marrocco (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts while Jake Carraway (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary's) was tabbed the BIG EAST Freshman of the Week. Sophomore Daniel Bucaro (East Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) was selected to the weekly honor roll as well.
Bucaro leads the Blue & Gray with 25 points (19G, 6A) on the season while senor Peter Conley (Mamaroneck, N.Y./Mamaroneck) is right on his trail with 22 points (15G, 7A). Bucaro currently leads the BIG EAST, and is ranked ninth nationally, in goals per game. Junior Craig Berge (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) ranks third on the team with 11 points (7G, 4A) and Carraway is fourth with 10 points (8G, 2A).
Defensively, senior long stick midfielder Michael Mayer (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's) leads the Hoyas in both ground balls (22) and caused turnovers (12). He leads the BIG EAST, and is ranked 10th nationally, in caused turnovers per game. Graduate student Conor Barr (Wilton, Conn./Fairfield Prep/Fairfield) has been credited with six caused turnovers while senior Charlie Ford (San Carlos, Calif./St. Ignatius) and freshman Jarrett Jones (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif./Palos Verdes) both have five. Jones has also hauled in 21 ground balls while Ford and Conley have 12 each.
In goal, Marrocco has collected 67 saves in six games to go against 59 goals for a 9.91 goals-against average. He boasts a .532 save percentage on the season and has tallied double-digit save performances in four games this season. Marrocco currently ranks third on the NCAA active career leader board with 12.08 saves per game and is fifth in saves with 435 in just more than two years between the pipes.
Duke is coming off a 13-6 victory against Jacksonville, the 376th career victory for head coach John Danowksi -- a new NCAA Division I record. Of those 376 wins, 41 of them came at Hofstra with Georgetown head coach Kevin Warne on the field, playing from 1996-99.
Justin Guterding leads the Blue Devils with 40 points (20G, 20A) while Jack Bruckner has 30 points (20G, 10A). Brad Smith ranks third with 18 points (9G, 9A), followed by Joey Manown with 16 points (12G, 4A) and Sean Lowrie with 11 points (6G, 5A).
Defensively, Danny Fowler has collected 64 saves on the season compared to 54 goals for an 8.46 goals-against average and a .542 save percentage. Cade Van Raaphorst has been credited with 10 caused turnovers and Kyle Rowe has collected 47 ground balls to go with a .560 (79-141) faceoff percentage.
Following Saturday's game, the Hoyas return to action on Wednesday, March 22, as they travel to face No. 17/18 Loyola (Md.) at 3 p.m.