March 30, 2012
WASHINGTON - No. 20/19 Georgetown University men's lacrosse (4-3, 1-0 BIG EAST) travels to Easton, Pa. to take on Lafayette College (2-6, 0-3 Patriot League) on Saturday with the opening face-off scheduled for 4 p.m. at Fisher Stadium. The meeting will be the eighth between the two programs and first since 1994, with the Hoyas holding a 5-2 series advantage and 4-0 under Head Coach Dave Urick.
The Hoyas will look to bounce back from consecutive losses, falling to No. 5 Loyola (Md.), 11-6 and No. 10/11 Duke, 13-11 in its previous two outings.
Junior attack Travis Comeau (Red Deer, Alberta[Canada]/The Hill Academy) is coming off his 12th career hat trick, scoring three goals in GU's loss to the Blue Devils last Saturday. Senior middie Francis McDonough (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) is coming off a career-high four point game, scoring two goals and dishing out two assists against Duke.
Offensively, the Hoyas had received strong performances from junior Brian Casey (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Prep) who leads the team with 19 points (9 goals, 10 assists). Casey has spent most of his season at midfield, but played attack late against Loyola (Md.) and Duke. Senior middie Zack Angel (Park Hall, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) leads the team with 13 goals, having registered hat tricks in three consecutive games earlier this season.
Georgetown has been especially effective in man-up situations, currently 13th in the country, converting 12-of-26 opportunities this season. Angel leads the team with four man-up goals, while Comeau and junior attack Jason McFadden each have three.
The Hoyas defense has been among the nation's finest in causing turnovers, averaging 10.86 takeaways per game, the best mark in the nation. Senior Bobby Boyle (Rumsen, N.J./Lawrenceville School) leads the team with 12 forced turnovers, while senior Patrick Schmitz and junior Chris Nourse are tied with 11.
Senior goalie Matt Winter (New Haven, Conn./Choate Rosemary Hall) is 3-2 for the Blue & Gray in five starts this season, while holding opponents to 9.72 goals per game. In just over 296 minutes, Winter has made 54 saves and holds a .529 save percentage.
LAFAYETTE: The Leopards will look to erase a five-game losing streak when they take on Georgetown on Saturday. Three of the losses have come against league opponents, having fallen to Navy, Bucknell and Army. Brian Bock leads the team in points with 18 (5 goals, 13 assists), while Doug Prusoff and Colin Serling have each scored 11 goals for a team averaging 8.50 goals per game. Jake Hyatt has logged the most minutes of any of the three Lafayette goalies, playing in seven games and 245:55 minutes, allowing 10.49 goals per game with a .476 save percentage.