April 18, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's lacrosse team (4-8, 1-3 BIG EAST) travels to Milwaukee for the first time to take on BIG EAST Conference opponent Marquette (5-8, 3-1 BIG EAST) on Saturday afternoon at Hart Park. Opening face-off is scheduled for 3 p.m. EST.
The Hoyas are 1-0 against Marquette, defeating the Golden Eagles in their inaugural 2013 season, 17-12 at Multi-Sport Field. This time, Georgetown will be playing to keep its post-season hopes alive. Georgetown must win its next two games to make the BIG EAST Championships, while Marquette must win one of its next two games against Georgetown or Denver.
Georgetown fell to No. 19/20 Lehigh, 12-3, in the Relentless Cup at Ridley High School in Folsom, Pa. last Saturday. Knarr won 13-of-19 face-offs and redshirt junior Jake Haley (Grasonville, Md./Queen Anne's County) had a career-high 17 saves, including 10 in the third quarter. Sophomore Corey Parke (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford) scored his first collegiate goal, while junior Mitch Hugdahl (Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie) and freshman Eduardo White (Englewood, Colo./Kent Denver) each scored goals.
Knarr Among Nation's Face-Off and Ground Ball Leaders: Knarr is 6th in the nation and second in the BIG EAST with a .644 face-off win percentage (170-of-264). He has won at least 15 face-offs in five games, winning 20 apiece against Furman and Denver. He is second in career face-off wins behind Andy Corno in program history. Knarr leads the BIG EAST and the nation in ground balls, averaging 10.73 per game. Earlier this season he broke the Hoyas' single-game ground ball record with 18 against Furman. His 273 ground balls is second in GU history to Andy Corno (341). His career-high 22 face-off wins came against Marquette last season.
RANK NAME TEAM CL GAMES WON TAKEN PCT.
1 Joseph Nardella Rutgers Jr. 11 182 257 .708
2 Kevin Massa Bryant Jr. 13 187 265 .706
3 Liam O'Connor Notre Dame Sr. 10 139 216 .644
4 Tyler Barbarich Delaware Jr. 12 135 210 .643
5 Tim Edwards Canisius Jr. 11 106 165 .642
6 Tyler Knarr Georgetown Sr. 12 170 264 .642
RANK NAME TEAM CL GAMES GBS PER GAME
1 Joseph Nardella Rutgers Jr. 11 121 1.00
2 Tyler Knarr Georgetown Sr. 12 125 10.42
3 Drew Kennedy Johns Hopkins Jr. 10 100 10.00
HOYAS LEADERS... Conley has made an instant impact in his first season on the Hilltop, leading Georgetown with 32 points (21 goals, 11 assists), while splitting time between attack and midfield. Junior attack Bo Stafford(Greenwich, Conn./Brunswick) is second on the team with 26 points, including a team-leading 16 assists. Junior attack Reilly O'Connor (Brooklin, Ontario/The Hill Academy) has 13 goals and 10 assists through 11 games this season. O'Connor missed Georgetown's game against Lehigh.
DEFENSIVE GAINING ON THE JOB EXPERIENCE... Head Coach Kevin Warne knew the Hoyas defensive unit would lack experience after graduating three starters from 2013. The Hoyas have mixed up its starting unit throughout the season, with five different players, including three freshmen earning time in the starting lineup. Senior John Urbank (Mineola, N.Y./Chaminade), a preseason All-BIG EAST selection, has led the team with 18 caused turnovers to go with 19 ground balls and one goal. Junior Bryson Greene (Towson, Md./McDonogh) is second on the team with 14 caused turnovers and third with 25 ground balls. Freshmen Ed Blatz Jr (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City),Charlie Ford (San Carlos, Calif./St. Ignatius) and Michael Mayer (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's) have also earned time in the starting lineup. Sophomore Nic Mahaney (Portland, Maine/Deerfield Academy) is expected to be the sixth different defensive player to earn a start this season.
ABOUT MARQUETTE: In its second season of varsity play and first season in the BIG EAST Conference, Marquette has earned three conference wins, defeating Rutgers, St. John's and Providence, with its only loss coming to Villanova. Marquette can clinch a spot in the BIG EAST Tournament with a conference win over Georgetown or Denver in the next two weeks. Tyler Melnyk leads the BIG EAST in goals (2.91 goals/game) and is second in points (4.18 points/game). Goalie Jimmy Danaher was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week after a career-high 15 save performance in the Golden Eagles win over Providence. On the season, Danaher has allowed 10.86 goals per game with a .480 save percentage. Warne and Marquette's Head Coach Joe Amplo were college teammates at Hofstra.