WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men’s lacrosse team (2-9, 1-2 BIG EAST) will travel to Villanova University (6-4, 0-2 BIG EAST) to take on the Wildcats on Saturday evening at Villanova Stadium. Live coverage of Saturday’s game is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. on the CBS Sports Network.
BROADCAST INFORMATION: Saturday’s game will be broadcast live on the CBS Sports Network beginning at 5 p.m. Dave Ryan will be calling play-by-play, with Sheehan Burch providing analysis. Live stats of the game can be found on the Georgetown Athletics official website – www.GUHoyas.com. Fans can also find in-game updates on the Georgetown men’s lacrosse official Twitter account @HoyasMLacrosse.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. VILLANOVA: Georgetown meets Villanova for the 31st time in program history, as the Hoyas trail the all-time series with the Wildcats, 18-12. GU defeated Villanova, 17-8 last season as Bo Stafford had six points, while sophomore attack Craig Berge (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) and sophomore attack Stephen Quinzi (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford) each had two goals and two assists. The Hoyas have not defeated Wildcats at Villanova Stadium since 2010. Georgetown’s last game at Villanova was a 13-8 loss in 2014.
LAST GAME: Georgetown did not score first or last, but they used a 6-1 first half run to take control of the game and won the ground ball battle, 28-21, to stay in control to earn an 8-5 victory over Providence. Sophomore goalie Nick Marrocco (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) made 14 saves and allowed just five goals, as the Hoyas snapped a six-game win streak, while ending the Friars’ four-game win streak. Junior Eduardo White scored a career-high three goals, Berge scored two goals. Junior Ed Blatz Jr. (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City), picked up a career-high five ground balls in GU’s win.
HOYAS IMPROVING AT THE FACEOFF X: The Hoyas have struggled at the faceoff X this season, winning just a .366 percent rate, but sophomore Peter Tagliaferri (Danville, Calif./San Ramon Valley) has given GU some reasons for optimism over the last two games, going 14-of-22 with six ground balls against Denver and Providence. Tagliaferri sat out his freshman season due to injury and is now at .411 percent through 11 games.
HOYA LEADERS: Freshman attack Daniel Bucaro (East Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) leads Georgetown with 25 points (14 goals, 11 assists), while graduate student midfielder has already set a personal season-high with 13 goals. Bucci has also dished out six assists this season. Junior long stick middie Charlie Ford (San Carlos, Calif./St. Ignatius) leads the team with 22 ground balls.
ABOUT VILLANOVA: The Wildcats have dropped their first two conference games this season. Last Saturday during a snowy battle against the Denver Pioneers at Villanova Stadium, Denver scored the last two goals in the final three minutes to win 12-11. Villanova’s Jake Froccaro is tied for 1st in the NCAA averaging 3.40 goals per game and has 34 goals and nine assists to his credit. Sophomore faceoff specialist Luke Palmadesso ranks 16th in NCAA in faceoff winning percentage and winning the battle at the X at a .607 clip. As a team, the Wildcats are sixth in the NCAA in scoring offense (13.30) and sixth in assists per game (8.10).