April 3, 2012
WASHINGTON - The No. 20 Georgetown men's lacrosse team (5-3, 1-0 BIG EAST) travel north to take on BIG EAST rival No. 18/13 Villanova (5-4, 1-0 BIG EAST) at Villanova Stadium on Wednesday evening, with the opening face-off time scheduled for 7 p.m. The meeting will be the 26th all-time game between the two schools with the Hoyas trailing 11-14, despite winning the last nine games dating back to 1993.
The Hoyas enter Wednesday's game, coming off an 8-5 win at Lafayette on Saturday, as a part of the team's two-game Pennsylvania road swing. GU broke a 3-3 halftime tie with four third quarter goals, while the defense held the Leopards to just two goals in the second half. Junior attack Zack Guy (Tully, N.Y./Tully) had two goals and one assist, while senior attack Brian Casey (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Prep) had one goal and two assists and senior middie Zack Angel (Park Hall, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) had two goals in the Hoyas victory.
Georgetown's extra-man offense went 4-for-6 against the Leopards, including two extra-man goals in the decisive third quarter. The Hoyas extra-man offense is eighth in the nation, converting .500 percent of its chances (16-of-32), as Angel has six extra-man goals, while junior attack Jason McFadden (Bel Air, Md./Calvert Hall) has four.
GU's man-down defense also was crucial in the Hoyas victory, holding Lafayette to 1-of-5 on extra-man opportunities. The Hoyas man-down defense ranks 11th nationally, killing .727 percent of the team's penalities, allowing just nine goals in 33 attempts.
Casey, who started at attack during the last two games, leads the Hoyas with 22 points on 10 goals and 12 assists, while Angel leads the team with 15 goals. Junior attack Travis Comeau (Red Deer, Alberta[Canada]/The Hill Academy) is second on the team with 13 goals. Fellow Tewaaraton Watch List selection defender Chris Nourse (Erieville, N.Y./The Hotchkiss School) leads the team with 13 caused turnovers, while picking up 16 ground balls in five starts.
The Hoyas defense has been among the nation's best at causing turnovers, averaging 10.65 per game.
VILLANOVA: The Wildcats will play its fifth consecutive ranked opponent, having fallen to Princeton, Maryland and Penn State, while defeating BIG EAST opponent Syracuse in its last four games. The Wildcats are led by a trio of 20 point scorers, with Will Castertano leads the team with 28 points (13 goals, 15 assists). Kevin Cunningham has 12 goals and 12 assists on the season, while Jack Rice has a team-leading 19 goals and one assist.