March 22, 2013
DURHAM, N.C. - The Georgetown University men's lacrosse (3-4, 1-0 BIG EAST) arrived in Durham, N.C. on Friday afternoon in preparation for its game with No. 12 Duke (6-4, 1-1 ACC) on Saturday, March 23 at Koskinen Stadium. The opening face-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. This will be the 27th meeting between the schools with the Hoyas trailing the all-time series 7-19. GU has dropped the last four matchups with the Blue Devils.
The Hoyas are looking to rebound from a 13-8 loss to No. 9 Loyola on Wednesday night at Multi-Sport Field. Georgetown outscored the Greyhounds in the second half, 7-6, but could not overcome the 7-1 lead the defending national champions had built going into the half. Redshirt junior Tyler Knarr (Eagleville, Pa./LaSalle College) went 16-of-23 for the Hoyas on face-offs and sophomore attack Reilly O'Connor (Brooklin, Ontario/The Hill Academy) scored two goals and had one assist to lead the Hoyas offense in the loss.
Georgetown has been strong at the face-off X this season, ranking eighth in the nation by winning .583 percent of its face-offs this season. Knarr is among the nation's leaders, winning .686 percent (83-of-121) of his face-off attempts this season. He is also 11th in the nation in ground balls, averagine 7.17 per game.
O'Connor leads the Hoyas offense with 24 points, tallying 13 in GU's last two games. O'Connor scored a career-high 10 points on four goals and six assists in the Hoyas win over Providence last Saturday. He added three points against Loyola. Senior attack Travis Comeau (Red Deer, Alberta/The Hill Academy) has emerged over the Hoyas last three games, adding nine points during that span. Comeau scored his 78th career goal in the Hoyas loss to Loyola, tying him with Mike Nagle for ninth in program history.
Hoyas Head Coach Kevin Warne will be matched up against John Danowski, who coached him during his four-year career at Hofstra. Warne, a 2000 graduate of Hofstra, played for Danowski for four seasons, helping the team to four America East titles and two NCAA Tournament berths.
DUKE: 7.75 -The Blue Devils have held opponents' offenses to just 7.75 goals per game during its four-game win streak, compared to allowing 11.50 goals per game during the first six games of the year when the Blue Devils went 2-4. Junior faceoff man Brendan Fowler has picked up 102 ground balls through 10 games, just 42 off of CJ Costabile's 20-game total of 144 in 2012.