The Hoyas look to win first BIG EAST game of season against Providence.
April 4, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's lacrosse team (3-7, 0-3 BIG EAST) will look for its first BIG EAST Conference victory when they host Providence College (3-8, 0-2 BIG EAST) on Saturday afternoon at Multi-Sport Field. The opening face-off is scheduled for 3 p.m.
The Hoyas and Friars meet for the eighth time, with GU holding a 6-1 series advantage, having won the last six games dating back to 1991. Georgetown defeated Providence at Multi-Sport Field last season, 16-8. Junior attack Reilly O'Connor (Brooklin, Ontario/The Hill Academy) had a career-high 10 points on four goals and six assists against Providence in last season's victory.
Saturday's game will be broadcast live via Hoyavision on Georgetown University Athletics official website - www.guhoyas.com - with Chuck Timanus and Harry Alford calling the action. Fans can also follow updates from the Hoyas' official twitter account @HoyasMLacrosse.
Georgetown will attempt to snap a four-game losing streak, including its first three BIG EAST Conference games on Saturday. In its last game, Georgetown fell to No. 6 Denver, 17-9, as the Pioneers used two six-goal runs to outpace the Hoyas offense. Graduate student Tyler Knarr (Eagleville, Pa./LaSalle College) won 20-of-27 face-offs and picked up 14 ground balls in the losing effort to earn his third BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll selection of the season.
KNARR AMONG NATION'S FACE-OFF AND GROUND BALL LEADERS...Knarr is 11th in the nation and second in the BIG EAST with a .624 face-off win percentage (141-of-226). He has won at least 15 face-offs in four games, winning 20 apiece against Furman and Denver. He is currently six face-off wins behind Brian Tabb for second in program history...Knarr is second in the nation and leads the BIG EAST in ground balls, averaging 10.8 per game. Earlier this season he broke the Hoyas' single-game record with 18 against Furman. His 264 ground balls is second in GU history to Andy Corno (341).
HOYAS ATTACK UNIT HEATING UP... Prior to their game with Furman, the Hoyas moved junior Bo Stafford (Greenwich, Conn./Brunswick) into the starting attack unit and freshman Peter Conley (Larchmont, N.Y./Mamaroneck) to its first midfield line. Since, the attack unit's production has improved, even against a pair of top-10 opponents and three of the BIG EAST's top teams. O'Connor tallied six points through the first five games, but has 10 goals and six assists since. Stafford has four goals and 11 assists over the last five games, while Jeff Fountain has seven goals during that stretch. Overall the attack unit has 10 more points (39) over the last five games than it did through the first five games (29).
ABOUT PROVIDENCE... Senior Andrew Barton leads the Friars' offense with 36 points on a team-high 22 goals and 14 assists. Sean Wright ranks second on the team in scoring with 34 points on 19 goals and a team-high 15 assists...Senior face-off specialist Ryan Shaw has won 79-of-175 attempts at the "X" for a .451 win percentage. In addition, Shaw has picked up a team-high 44 ground balls.
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