March 28, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's lacrosse team (3-6, 0-2 BIG EAST) host No. 6 Denver (7-2, 1-0 BIG EAST) on Saturday morning at Multi-Sport Field with the opening face-off scheduled for 11 a.m. It will be the first time the two programs will meet, as Denver is in its first season of play in the BIG EAST.
The Hoyas will play its second nationally-televised game in two weeks when they host the Pioneers, with the game being broadcast live on Fox College Sports Network (DirecTV 623). Eric Frede call the play-by-play, while Andrew Combs will provide analysis. The game will also be available live via Hoyavision on the Georgetown University Athletics official website - www.guhoyas.com - with Chuck Timanus and Harry Alford providing the call. Fans can also receive updates through the Hoyas official Twitter account: @HoyasMLacrosse.
The Hoyas will look for its first victory in BIG EAST play after falling to Villanova, 13-8 on Wednesday afternoon. Georgetown's originally scheduled game with the Wildcats - set to air on CBS Sports Network - was postponed due to a snowstorm in the Philadelphia area. The Hoyas and the Wildcats played the following day, trading goals through the early portion of the third quarter, as senior attack Jeff Fountain (Lutherville-Timonium, Md./St. Paul's) tied the game at four with 11:02 left in the third. Villanova would go on a 7-0 run that spanned six minutes in the third to put the game away. Junior attack Reilly O'Connor (Brooklin, Ontario/The Hill Academy) had two goals and three assists to lead the Hoyas in the loss.
KNARR AMONG NATION'S FO LEADERS AND CLIMBING RECORD BOOKS...Graduate Student Tyler Knarr is currently 11th in the NCAA and second in the BIG EAST with a .626 (109-of-174) face-off win percentage and second in the NCAA and first in the BIG EAST with 10.66 ground balls per game. Knarr was among the nation's leaders in both categories last season.
Knarr's 377 face-off wins is third in GU history, while his 250 ground balls is tied for the second best total in GU history. His career face-off win percentage of .593 is second to only Andy Corno in GU history. Knarr also set the single-game program record with 18 ground balls in the Hoyas win over Furman.
1. Andy Corno (2002-05) 341
T2. Brodie Merrill (2002-05) 250
T2. Tyler Knarr (2011-present) 250
4. Kyle Sweeney (2000-03) 229
5. Scott Urick (1997-00) 224
6. Steve Iorio (1995-98) 215
7. Barney Ehrmann (2007-11) 205
8. Mike Kanach (1999-02) 191
HOYAS ATTACK UNIT HEATING UP...Reilly O'Connor tallied just two points in the Hoyas first three games, but since has added 17 over the last six (11 goals, 6 assists). Junior Bo Stafford is experiencing a breakout season with career-highs of eight goals and 11 assists through nine games. Stafford leads the squad with 11 assists.
INSTANT IMPACT... The Hoyas have played six freshmen in the starting lineup through the first nine games. Midfielder Peter Conley leads the team with 28 points (18 goals, 10 assists). Midfielder Devon Lewis has emerged as one of the team's top offensive threats, tied for third with 11 goals, while Eduardo White has played with the team's second midfield. On defense Michael Mayer has started seven games, while Charlie Ford and Ed Blatz Jr. have moved into the starting lineup during the last two games. Long stick middie Chris Pauzer and short stick defensive middie Nick Carpenter have also worked themselves into Warne's rotation.
ABOUT DENVER... The Pioneers are in its first season in the BIG EAST. and play the Hoyas for the first time...Freshman Zach Miller leads the Pioneers with 32 points off a team-leading 23 goals to go along with nine assists. Sophomore transfer Jack Bobzien is second with 31 points off 21 goals and 10 assists, while junior Erik Adamson is third with 24 points off 19 goals and five assists...Goalie tandem of junior Ryan LaPlante and senior Jamie Faus are splitting time in net. LaPlante leads the way with a .564 save percentage and has 43 saves, while Faus has a .553 save percentage as well as 47 saves. Faus also has an 8.34 goals-against average...The Pioneers are currently ranked No. 6 in the Warrior Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and No. 6 in the USILA Coaches' Poll. The Pioneers are also ranked No. 6 in the Lacrosse Magazine rankings.