WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men’s lacrosse team (1-8, 0-1 BIG EAST) hosts No. 4 University of Denver on Saturday morning at Cooper Field. Live coverage on the CBS Sports Network begins at 11 a.m.
BROADCAST INFORMATION: Saturday’s game will be broadcast live on the CBS Sports Network beginning at 11 a.m. Ben Holden will be calling play-by-play, with Evan Washburn providing analysis. Live stats of the game can be found on the Georgetown Athletics official website – www.GUHoyas.com. Fans can also find in-game updates on the Georgetown men’s lacrosse official Twitter account @HoyasMLacrosse.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. DENVER: Georgetown meets Denver for the fourth time, with the Pioneers having won the previous three matchups. The Hoyas fell to Denver, 16-8 in last season’s BIG EAST Championship Game. The only other time GU hosted Denver was a 17-9 loss in 2014.
LAST GAME: Freshman attack Chris Donovan’s would-be game-tying goal with eight seconds remaining in the fourth quarter was waved off due to a 30-second shot clock violation, as the Hoyas fell to Marquette, 9-8 in the BIG EAST opener at Valley Field last Saturday. The Blue & Gray trailed by as many as three in the fourth quarter, but provided drama for the national television audience on FS1, as sophomore attack Craig Berge (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) and freshman attack Chris Donovan (Morristown, N.J./The Hun School) scored back-to-back goals to close the gap to within one goal midway through the final frame. Berge finished with three goals, while Donovan scored twice in the loss.
EMO IMPROVEMENT: Georgetown’s extra-man unit went 2-for-3 in a loss to Marquette, with Berge scoring twice. The Hoyas had been just 2-of-15 on EMO’s in its four previous losses. GU is 9-for-29 (.310) on the season. Berge leads the Hoyas with four extra-man goals, while freshman midfielder Daniel Bucaro (East Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) has three. Sophomores Zeke Morrill (Baltimore, Md./Gilman[Deerfield]) and Matt Behrens (Bronxville, N.Y./Bronxville) have each scored extra-man goals this season. The Hoyas were 2-for-2 in man-up situations in its lone win at Hofstra.
Craig Berge FINDING HIS PLACE ON THE CREASE: Berge tied a career-high with three goals at Marquette on Saturday in just his second game at attack, after spending his first season and a half as a midfielder. Berge found his success playing the crease, where he scored all three of his goals, including two in extra-man opportunities. The preseason All-American had scored just three goals coming into last Saturday’s game. His previous career-high came against Marquette in last season’s BIG EAST Championship semifinals.
Joe Bucci ADDING SPARK TO HOYAS OFFENSE: Graduate student midfielder Joe Bucci (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca) scored a career-high 12 goals last season, but started the season as a short stick defensive middie due to Georgetown’s depth at the midfield. After missing games against Towson and Mount St. Mary’s due to injury, Bucci returned to offense and has been GU’s top goal scorer since. He has scored all 11 of his goals in GU’s last six games, including a career-high five goal performance in a loss to Hobart. His 16 points is one shy of his personal season-best with five games left this season.
ABOUT DENVER: Denver’s 20-game winning streak came to an end with a 15-10 loss to Penn State Saturday afternoon at Ford Stadium on the campus of SMU. Junior Connor Cannizzaro led Denver in scoring with three goals and a helper for his 21st hat trick and the 24th four-point game of his career. The Pioneers are second in the BIG EAST and third in the nation averaging 8.88 assists/game, with three players ranking in the top 10 in the league and top 100 nationally. Connor Cannizzaro and Tyler Pace are tied for fourth in the BE with 1.63 assists/game, while Zach Miller is 10th with 1.13 assists/game. Cannizzaro is also 12th in the nation in points per game, averaging 4.25. Trevor Baptiste has been among the nation’s top FOGO’s during his time in Denver. He is seventh in the nation, winning faceoffs at a .655 clip, while leading the nation with 8.63 ground balls/game.