April 20, 2012
WASHINGTON - WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's lacrosse team (5-6, 1-3 BIG EAST) travels to Syracuse, N.Y. for an important BIG EAST Conference showdown with the No. 15 Orange (7-5, 3-1 BIG EAST) at the Carrier Dome. The opening face-off slated for 3:02 p.m. The Hoyas and Orange will meet for the 21st time in program history with nine of the last 11 matchups being decided by three goals or less.
Saturday's game will be broadcast live on ESPNU. The game will be the third time this season the Hoyas have been featured on an ESPN network, as Anish Shroff will be calling the play-by-play with Jamie Munro providing analysis.
Georgetown will be looking to bounce back after three consecutive BIG EAST losses to keep its BIG EAST Championship tournament hopes alive. The Hoyas dropped a heartbreaker to St. John's, 13-12 in overtime on April 7, before No. 6 Notre Dame overcame a four-goal first half deficit to defeat the Hoyas 9-7 on Sunday.
HOYAS LEADERS ON OFFENSE: Junior attack Brian Casey (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Prep) moved from midfield to attack during the second half of the Hoyas game against Loyola (Md.) and has responded, as he leads the team with 27 points (14 points, 13 assists). Junior attack Zac Guy (Tully, N.Y./Tully) leads the team and is among the conference leaders with 16 assists to go with his nine goals. Senior Zack Angel (Park Hall, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) leads the team with 17 goals.
HOYAS DEFENSE AMONG TOPS NATIONALLY IN CAUSING TURNOVERS: The Hoyas defense is second in the nation in caused turnovers, forcing 10.36 per game through 11 games. Junior defender Chris Nourse (Erieville, N.Y./The Hotchkiss School) leads the team with 18, while senior defender Bobby Boyle (Rumsen, N.J/The Lawrenceville School) has 17 and senior LSM Patrick Schmitz (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Prep) follows with 12. The Hoyas are also leading the BIG EAST and 15th in the nation, picking up 31.45 groundballs per game.
Brian Tabb SECOND IN HOYAS HISTORY IN FACE-OFF WINS: Senior face-off specialist Brian Tabb has moved into second place in the Georgetown history in front of Matt Pappas, compiling 379 career face-off wins. Tabb has been particularly strong during the Hoyas last two games, going 30-for-50 in the Hoyas last two games. Tabb went a season-high 19-for-23 against St. John's.
GEORGETOWN KILLING PENALTIES: The Hoyas man-down defense has been critical for GU in staying in games this season, as they have killed 70.0 percent of the Hoyas penalties this season, allowing just 15 goals in 50 attempts. The man-down unit held Notre Dame to one goal on six tries in the Hoyas last game.
SYRACUSE: The Orange have won three of its last four, with its loss during the stretch coming to No. 5 Cornell in Ithaca, N.Y. Syracuse has been strong at the Carrier Dome this season, going 5-1 at home with a win over No. 11 Princeton. Senior attack Tommy Palasek and junior defender Brian Megill were named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll last week in the team's 1-1 week. Palasek had nine points in two games, scoring a career-high six points in a 19-6 win over Rutgers. Megill picked up 11 ground balls and caused six turnovers in two games and also went 8-of-12 on face-offs against Rutgers. Palasek leads with Orange with 39 points (20 goals, 19 assists), while Derek Maltz is over the 30-point mark with 32 (26 goals, 6 assists).