WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's lacrosse team (1-7, 0-0 BIG EAST) will open its BIG EAST Conference schedule when they travel to Milwaukee to take on the Marquette Golden Eagles (5-1, 0-0 BIG EAST) on Saturday afternoon. The opening faceoff at Valley Field is scheduled for 1 p.m. EST.
BROADCAST INFORMATION: Saturday's game will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 with Patrick Reed calling play-by-play and Bob Brainerd 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. MARQUETTE: Georgetown meets Marquette for the fifth time in program history, holding a 3-1 all-time series advantage. The Hoyas defeated the Golden Eagles twice last season, snapping their undefeated start with a 10-9 home victory. GU also defeated Marquette, 12-8 in the BIG EAST Semifinals. GU lost in its only trip to Milwaukee in an 11-10 overtime thriller in 2014.
LAST TIME OUT: Georgetown scored first, but a 7-2 first half run from No. 15 Loyola (Md.) proved to be the Hoyas undoing in a 10-7 loss at Cooper Field on Wednesday afternoon. Freshman attack Chris Donovan (Morristown, N.J./The Hun School) scored two goals, while graduate student midfielder Joe Bucci (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca) had one goal and two assists to lead the Hoya offense. Junior midfielder Eduardo White (Littleton, Colo./Kent Denver), sophomore Matt Behrens (Bronxville, N.Y./Bronxville) and freshman Daniel Bucaro (East Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) each had one goal and one assist in the loss. Sophomore goalie Nick Marrocco (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) made 11 saves and picked up three ground balls, while allowing nine goals against the Greyhounds. Georgetown was outshot 45-24.
ON THE MOVE: With the season-ending injury to All-BIG EAST midfielder Peter Conley (Mamaroneck, N.Y./Mamaroneck), the Hoyas have shifted members of a young offensive unit during the last two games. Against Loyola, sophomore Craig Berge (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) started his first collegiate game at attack, after spending his first season-and-a-half at midfield. Bucaro and sophomore Stephen Quinzi (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford) shifted to midfield, as Behrens moved back into the starting lineup.
BATTLING MARQUETTE AT THE X: The Golden Eagles will be looking for vengeance at the faceoff X against a Georgetown team that has dominated the battle in its previous four matchups. The Hoyas have won 70-of-104 faceoffs against MU, good for a .673 win percentage. Last season, Anthony Heaton went 29-of-45 (.644) against Marquette in two GU victories, including a win in the BIG EAST Championship semifinal. In the Hoyas first two games vs. the Golden Eagles, Tyler Knarr went 39-of-55 (709). This season Georgetown has been limited to a .355 faceoff win percentage, while Marquette has excelled at the X, winning at a .655 clip. Zachary Melillo is 75-of-112 through six games to place second in the BIG EAST and eighth in the nation.
ABOUT MARQUETTE: Ryan McNamara had his third four-goal day of the season as Marquette captured an 11-5 victory at Quinnipiac on Saturday afternoon. Conor Gately joined McNamara with four points on two goals and a pair of assists, while Blaine Fleming also scored twice for the Golden Eagles. Andy DeMichiei and John Wagner had a pair of assists apiece and junior midfielder Robbie Pisano scored his first goal of the year. McNamara earned his second BIG EAST Conference Weekly Honor Roll selection of the season on Monday afternoon following the effort against Quinnipiac. He leads the Golden Eagles 17 goals and 20 points on the season after tying his career-high with four goals for the third time in 2016. Marquette Head Coach Joe Amplo and Kevin Warne were teammates, playing defense together at Hofstra in the late 90's.