April 5, 2013
BETHPAGE, N.Y. - The Georgetown University men's lacrosse team (4-6, 1-1 BIG EAST) arrived on Long Island on Friday afternoon for final preparation for its "Battle at Bethpage" game with BIG EAST rival No. 10 St. John's (7-2, 2-1 BIG EAST). The game, previously scheduled for 1 p.m., will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon at Bethpage High School. It will be the 13th meeting between the two programs, with the Hoyas holding a 10-2 edge.
On Friday, following the Hoyas practice, Head Coach Kevin Warne, the coaching staff and student-athletes provided a free clinic for boys and girls from the Bethpage Union Free School District. The coaching staff and players worked with the young lacrosse players in a variety of drills designed to work on individual fundamentals. It was also a homecoming for Georgetown Assistant Coach Matt Rewkowski, a Bethpage High School graduate.
Saturday's game between the Hoyas and Red Storm will be broadcast in the New York and New Jersey area on Verizon Fios1 with Ralph Bednarcyzk calling the plays and Rich Donovan providing analysis. Live stats can be found on the Hoyas official athletic website - www.guhoyas.com, while game updates can also be found by following the Georgetown men's lacrosse official twitter handle @HoyasMLacrosse.
Georgetown is looking to bounce back from its 8-6 BIG EAST Conference loss to Villanova on Wednesday evening. In the Hoyas first nationally televised game of the season, they led 6-5 at the end of three quarters, but the Wildcats scored three unanswered fourth quarter goals to hand GU its first conference loss. Sophomore attack Reilly O'Connor (Brooklin, Ontario/The Hill Academy) had two goals and one assist, while redshirt sophomore goalie Jake Haley (Grasonville, Md./Queen Anne's County) had 13 saves in the loss.
O'Connor leads the offense with 34 points (17 goals and 17 assists), while sophomore Charles McCormick (Bronxville, N.Y./Bronxville) has come on strong during his second season on the Hilltop with 12 goals and six assists, including two in GU's loss to Villanova. Senior attack Travis Comeau (Red Deer, Alberta/The Hill Academy), who was featured in SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays at No. 5, after a goal against the Wildcats, has nine goals and three assists on the season, giving him 81 career goals during his final season at Georgetown.
Redshirt senior Tyler Knarr (Eagleville, Pa./LaSalle College) is fourth in the nation in face-off win percentage, winning .647 percent (119-for-184) of his face-off attempts this season. Knarr also has 74 ground balls to lead the squad and 10 caused turnovers this season. Senior midfielder Dan McKinney (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna) has picked up 22 ground balls, the second best total on the team.
ST. JOHN'S: St. John's is currently ranked No. 10 in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and No. 14 in the USILA Coaches Poll, the highest they have ever been ranked in either poll in program history...Attack Kieran McArdle is second in the NCAA, averaging 6.89 points per game, seventh in goals per game with 2.89 per game and second in assists with 4.0 per game. This season he has posted single-game point totals of 13 and 12, the first and second best single-game totals of the season, in front of GU's O'Connor, who posted 10 points against Providence...Long stick midfielder Dillon Ayers is fifth on the active long pole career scoring list with 17 career points to go along with 209 career ground balls...Attack Kevin Cernuto was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week tying his career-high with seven points in St. John's 12-10 win over No. 1 Notre Dame last week. He has 23 goals and 12 assists this season.