April 25, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's lacrosse team (4-9, 1-4 BIG EAST) hosts Rutgers (7-7, 2-3 BIG EAST) on Saturday afternoon with the opening face-off scheduled for Noon. Saturday will be Senior Day for the Hoyas, as the program will celebrate the career of nine student-athletes during a pre-game ceremony.
Midfielder Grant Fisher (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Brother Rice), attack Jeff Fountain (Lutherville-Timonium, Md./St. Paul's), midfielder Steve Grembowiec (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon), goalie Jake Haley (Grasonville, Md./Queen Anne's), attack A.D. Hoffman (Falls Church, Va./The Potomac School), face-off specialist Tyler Knarr (Eagleville, Pa./LaSalle College) , face-off specialist Chris May (McLean, Va./Gonzaga), defender John Urbank (Mineola, N.J./Chaminade) and midfielder John Wujciak(Essex Fells, N.J./Delbarton) will be honored during a pre-game ceremony.
Georgetown will meet Rutgers for the 17th time, as the Hoyas have won each of the 16 previous matchups, holding the Scarlet Knights under 10 goals in each of the last 15 games. On Saturday, the Hoyas will look to play the spoiler, as Rutgers must win to earn a berth in the BIG EAST Championships next week.
Saturday's game will be streamed live on Hoyavision via the Georgetown Athletics official website - www.guhoyas.com. Chuck Timanus will provide the play-by-play and Harry Alford will add analysis. Fans can also find game updates on the men's lacrosse team's official Twitter account: @HoyasMLacrosse.
FOCUS ON THE FACE-OFF X...Saturday's matchup features two of the top four face-off specialists in the nation. Knarr, who is fourth in the nation with a .647 face-off win percentage, goes against Rutgers' Joseph Nardella, who is second in the nation with a .688 win percentage. Knarr is also second in the nation in ground balls per game (10.62) behind Nardella (10.92).
Face-Off Winning Pct
1 Kevin Massa, Bryant 0.706
2 Joseph Nardella, Rutgers 0.684
3 Charlie Raffa, Maryland 0.663
4 Tyler Knarr, Georgetown 0.641
5 Tim Edwards, Canisius 0.641
Ground Balls Per Game
Player Per Game
1 Joseph Nardella, Rutgers 10.92
2 Tyler Knarr, Georgetown 10.62
3 Kevin Massa, Bryant 10.43
4 Nick Saputo, Drexel 9.54
5 Brendan Fowler, Duke 9.50
KNARR'S PROGRAM RECORDS...Against Marquette, Knarr won his 187th face-off of the season to pass Brian Tabb as the program's single-season face-off wins leader. Knarr finished two short of Tabb's previous record of 186 last season. Knarr also continues to build on his single-season ground ball record with 139 entering Saturday's season finale.
HOYAS ON OFFENSE...Freshman midfielder Peter Conley (Larchmont, N.Y./Mamaroneck) has been among the top freshman scorers in the country, leading the Hoyas with 21 goals and 12 assists. Junior attack Bo Stafford (Greenwich, Conn./Brunswick) leads the team with 17 assists and is second with 30 points, while junior attack Reilly O'Connor (Brooklin, Ontario/The Hill Academy) is third on the team with 25 points (15 goals, 10 assists). Fountain is tied for second on the team with 15 goals.
GRAY LINE OFFENSIVE PRODUCTION... The Hoyas second midfield line, including Eduardo White, Mitch Hugdahl and Corey Parkehave accounted for six of the Hoyas 13 goals over the last two games. In the loss to Lehigh, White, Hugdahl and Parke scored each of the Hoyas three goals. Parke scored his first collegiate goal against Lehigh and has scored in each of the last two games for GU.
ABOUT RUTGERS... Scott Klimchak is fourth in the BIG EAST, scoring 2.57 goals per game and ninth in points at 2.93 points/game. Rutgers' man-down unit has been among the best in the BIG EAST this season, killing .660 percent of opponent's extra-man opportunities and scoring two shorthanded goals, the best mark in the conference. With a victory against Georgetown, Rutgers will clinch its first and only appearance in the BIG EAST Championship. The Scarlet Knights move to the BIG 10 in 2015.