WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men’s lacrosse team (1-9, 0-2 BIG EAST) will host Providence College (7-3, 1-0 BIG EAST) on Saturday afternoon at Cooper Field as the second part of a lacrosse doubleheader, following the women’s team, on the Hilltop. The opening faceoff between the Hoyas and Friars is scheduled for 3 p.m.
BROADCAST INFORMATION: Saturday’s game will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN), the BIG EAST Channel on the FOX Sport Go app, with Ryan Sakamoto calling play-by-play and Dave McHugh providing commentary. Live stats will also be available at the Georgetown Athletics official website – www.GUHoyas.com. In-game updates can also be found by following the Hoyas official Twitter account @HoyasMLacrosse.
HOYA T-SHIRT SWAP: The Georgetown athletics marketing department will hold a t-shirt exchange on Saturday afternoon before and during the women’s and men’s lacrosse games at Cooper Field. Fans can turn in their non-Georgetown college t-shirts in exchange for new Georgetown gear.
SERIES VS. PROVIDENCE: Georgetown meets Providence for the 10th time in program history, with GU leading the all-time series 8-1. The Hoyas defeated the Friars last season, 9-6 in Providence, as sophomore attack Stephen Quinzi (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford) had two goals and one assist and sophomore attack Craig Berge (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) had one goal and two assists. GU has won the last eight games in the series dating back to 1991. Providence won the first matchup between the schools in 1987.
LAST GAME: The Hoyas could not keep pace with No. 4 Denver’s high-powered offense, falling 17-4, last Saturday afternoon at Cooper Field in front of a CBS Sports Network audience. Graduate student midfielder Joe Bucci (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca) had one goal and one assist, while sophomore midfielder Peter Tagliaferri (Danville, Calif./San Ramon Valley) went 6-for-9 at the faceoff X with two ground balls. Sophomore goalie Nick Marrocco (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) made 13 saves and picked up four ground balls in the loss.
HOYAS LOOKING TO BREAK SIX-GAME SLIDE: The Hoyas dropped the first two games of league play, but could still qualify for the BIG EAST Championship with three conference games left on the schedule. The Hoyas offense will do some shifting, with sophomore attack Matt Behrens (Bronxville, N.Y./Bronxville) joining Berge and Quinzi at attack. Freshman Daniel Bucaro (East Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) leads the Hoyas with 24 points (14 goals, 10 assists) and is joined by Bucci, the team’s second-leading scorer with 12 goals and six assists and junior midfielder Eduardo White (Littleton, Colo./Kent Denver). Junior Charlie Ford (San Carlos, Calif./St. Ignatius) will continue to play long stick middie with junior defenseman Ed Blatz Jr.’s (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) return to the lineup.
ABOUT PROVIDENCE: Providence defeated St. John’s, 15-10, for the first time in program history on April 26 on Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium in Providence, R.I. The Red Storm won the previous 15 meetings between the two programs. Senior Will Mazzone tallied six goals and two assists for eight points to lead the Friars to victory, while junior Colin McKendry was impressive at the “X” for the Friars, winning 16 of the 27 face-off opportunities that he took (.593). The Friars are ranked 11th in the country for their man-down defense (0.732), No. 15 for caused turnovers per game (8.3) and winning percentage (.700), and are ranked 19th for their scoring offense (11.2). Tate Boyce is ranked seventh in the nation in saves per game (12.1) and eighth for save percentage (.571), while Will Mazzone is ranked eighth for points per game (4.4).