WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men’s lacrosse team (1-6, 0-0 BIG EAST) hosts No. 15/17 Loyola (4-3, 2-1 Patriot League) on Wednesday afternoon at Cooper Field. The Greyhounds will be the fifth ranked-opponent the Hoyas will take on this season. The opening faceoff is scheduled for 3 p.m.
Wednesday is Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day on the Hilltop, as Georgetown faculty and staff with a valid GU ID will receive two free tickets.
BROADCAST INFORMATION: Wednesday’s game with Loyola will be streamed live on Georgetown University’s official athletics website – www.GUHoyas.com – with Jeremy Huber calling play-by-play and Earl Brewer providing analysis. Live stats can also be found on GUHoyas.com. Fans can find in-game updates by following the Georgetown men’s lacrosse team’s official Twitter account: @HoyasMLacrosse.
SERIES VS. LOYOLA: The Hoyas and Greyhounds meet for the 39th time in the history of the two programs, with GU trailing the all-time series, 31-7. Georgetown snapped a seven-game losing streak to Loyola with a 13-12 victory at the Ridley Athletic Complex last season. Bo Stafford finished with four goals and two assists, while Reilly O’Connor had four assists in the victory. The Blue & Gray last won a home game against Loyola in 2007. GU Assistant Coach Justin Ward starred for the Greyhounds before graduating in 2014.
LAST GAME: Georgetown did not have an answer for No. 9 Duke’s offense, falling 20-6 at Koskinen Stadium on Saturday. Junior midfielder Devon Lewis (Orlando, Fla./Lake Highland Prep) had two goals and one assist, while freshman attack Chris Donovan (Morristown, N.J./The Hun School) had one goal and one assist. The Blue Devils used a 21-for-28 faceoff advantage to control possession throughout the game.
EARLY CONTRIBUTORS: GU has started two freshman at attack this season, with Daniel Bucaro (East Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) starting each game and leading the team with 12 goals and eight assists. Donovan has started four games for GU, scoring four goals and adding one assist. Defenseman Finn Dunne (Potomac, Md./Georgetown Prep) has started each game and is tied for fifth on the team with 11 ground balls and second with five caused turnovers. Freshman midfielder Patrick Aslanian (Westfield, N.J./Westfield) has been solid in his short stick defensive middie role, with two assists and five ground balls, while playing in all seven games.
REVERSING HOYAS SLOW START TREND: One of Georgetown’s keys to victory in its lone win over Hofstra was reversing its slow start trend. Graduate student Joe Bucci (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca) scored the first two goals of the game to put GU in control early. It was the first time the Hoyas had scored first this season. Over the first seven games of the season opponents have outscored the Hoyas 22-9 in the first quarter. GU has struggled to get possession early in games, going 15-of-38 from the faceoff X in the opening period. This has led to a -13 shooting margin and -13 shots-on-goal margin. Conversely, GU has outscored opponents, in the fourth quarter, 18-16.
ABOUT LOYOLA: Loyola’s comeback was denied when Navy scored with 37 seconds left to drop the Greyhounds, 10-9 on Saturday afternoon. The Greyhounds rallied from a 7-2 halftime deficit to tie the game three times and take a fourth-quarter lead. The loss dropped Loyola to 4-3 and 2-1 in the Patriot League.
Through seven games this season, and national games as of Sunday, March 20, the Greyhounds are tops in NCAA Division I in fewest turnovers per game. Loyola has averaged just 10.43 miscues in its seven outings. Loyola’s extra-man offense has scored on six of its last eight possessions after starting the season by going 0-of-4 in the first two games. The Greyhounds have raised their season average to 6-of-12, good for 50 percent and eighth-best in the nation this year.