April 13, 2013
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The Georgetown University men's lacrosse team (5-6, 2-1 BIG EAST) arrived in South Bend, Ind. on Saturday afternoon for its final practice before taking on No. 4 Notre Dame on Sunday morning at Arlotta Stadium. The opening face-off is scheduled for 11:02 a.m.
Coverage for Sunday's game on ESPNU begins at 11 a.m. with Mark Dixon calling the plays and Matthew Ward providing analysis. Interested fans can also find the game through the WatchESPN.com at http://es.pn/mlax-GTOWNvsUND. Live game updates will also be available via Georgetown's official men's lacrosse twitter page @HoyasMLacrosse.
The Hoyas and Irish will meet for the 14th time in series history with Georgetown holding a 7-6 edge, despite losing the last two match-ups. The Irish will be the fourth ranked team GU has played in its last six games. The Blue & Gray are coming off a dramatic 14-13 overtime win over BIG EAST foe St. John's last Saturday at the Battle of Bethpage. Sophomore midfielder Charles McCormick (Bronxville, N.Y./Bronxville) scored the equalizer with 10.2 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, and senior midfielder Dan McKinney (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna) scored the game-winner in overtime to clinch the victory.
Redshirt junior LSM Tyler Knarr (Eagleville, Pa./LaSalle College) was named the game's most valuable player, winning 15-of-25 face-offs to help the Hoyas control time of possession. Knarr was a major factor late in the game, winning four-of-five face-offs in the fourth quarter and then the opening face-off in overtime. Knarr has experienced a breakout season for GU, currently sixth in the nation with a .641 winning percentage (134-of-209).
Sophomore attack Reilly O'Connor (Brooklin, Ontario/The Hill Academy) has emerged as the Hoyas top offensive threat, tying a career-high with four goals and had one assist in the win against the Red Storm to earn his third BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll selection. O'Connor currently leads GU and is among the BIG EAST leaders with 21 goals and 18 assists for 39 points. O'Connor is the long Hoyas attackman to start each game this season, as senior Brian Casey and junior Jeff Fountain have both missed time due to injury. Senior Travis Comeau (Red Deer, Alberta/The Hill Academy) is expected to join O'Connor at attack, along with redshirt junior Zac Guy (Tully, N.Y./Tully) on Sunday.
Redshirt sophomore goalie Jake Haley is 2-1 in his last three games, making 13 saves in his last two against Villanova and St. John's. Haley is 4-5 this season, his first season as the Hoyas starter.
NOTRE DAME: The Notre Dame offense is averaging 10.9 goals per game and the Irish defense is surrendering 7.8 goals per contest. The Irish are averaging 13.3 goals per game over the last three contests. Matt Kavanagh (19), Sean Rogers (18), Jim Marlatt (17) and Conor Doyle (13) all have a double-digit goal total this season... Senior John Kemp has all 10 decisions in goal and boasts a 7.61 goals-against average and a .537 save percentage...The Fighting Irish are 9-of-27 (.333) in man-up opportunities this season, while holding opponents to a .214 mark (6-28)...Notre Dame is 120-of-223 (.538) in face-offs.