April 26, 2012
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's lacrosse team (6-6, 2-3 BIG EAST) hosts the Rutgers (6-8, 1-4 BIG EAST) on Friday night at Multi-Sport Field in the Hoyas season-finale with the opening face-off scheduled for 7:06 p.m. This will be the 15th consecutive season that GU and the Scarlet Knights have met, with the Hoyas winning all 14 of the previous matchups.
Georgetown will conclude its season with Senior Night as Head Coach Dave Urick and the coaching staff will honor the team's 16 seniors and their parents in a pre-game ceremony beginning at 6:45 p.m. Zack Angel, Bobby Boyle, Adam Donahue, C-Jay Engelke, CT Fisher, Rob Koger, Andrew Lohrfink, Francis McDonough, Neil McGroarty, Gerry Reilly, Patrick Schmitz, Brian Tabb, Henry Van Wagenberg, Kurt Watkinson, Brian Will and Matt Winter will all be recognized prior to the game for their contributions to the program.
Friday night's game will be broadcast in tape-delay on Verizon Fios1 with Dave McHugh providing the play-by-play and Andy Corno adding commentary. The game will also be broadcast live on Georgetown's official athletics website - www.guhoyas.com - with Chuck Timanus calling the action.
The Hoyas enter Friday's game after defeating No. 14 Syracuse, 10-8 in a nationally-televised matchup last Saturday. The Hoyas used a strong second half, as senior goalie Matt Winter (New Haven, Conn./Choate Rosemary Hall) made 12 saves, including two within the last minute of the game, to hold off the late Orange rally, helping him earn BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week. Junior attackman Brian Casey (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Prep) scored all three of his goals in the fourth quarter and had one assist to earn a spot on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for the third time this season.
Casey, who moved from midfield to attack during the Hoyas game against Loyola (Md.), leads the team with 31 points, on 17 goals and 14 assists. Junior attackman Zac Guy (Tully, N.Y./Tully) has 25 points, with a team-leading 16 assists and nine goals, while senior Zack Angel (Park Hall, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) has a team-high 18 goals.
Senior face-off specialist Brian Tabb (Potomac, Md./Georgetown Prep) has played strong down the stretch, winning 42-of-59 face-offs in the past three games, including a 12-for-19 game against Syracuse last Saturday. Tabb, who moved into second place in program history in all-time face-off wins earlier this season, stands at 391, behind only Andy Corno.
Senior tri-captain Gerry Reilly (Cincinnati, Ohio/Saint Xavier) is tied for the team lead with Tabb with 35 ground balls, while junior defender Chris Nourse (Erieville, N.Y./The Hotchkiss School) has caused 19 turnovers, for a team that is second in the nation, averaging 9.92 caused turnovers per game.
RUTGERS: Rutgers outscored Michigan, 9-4 in the second half to overcome a one-goal deficit to defeat the Wolverines on Saturday. Scott Klimchak scored five goals for RU in the victory. Will Mangan leads the Scarlet Knights with 27 goals in 14 games this season, as Klimchak is second with 24 goals. Nick Depaolera has 34 points this season, with 15 goals and 19 assists in 14 games. Joseph Nardella has taken 203 face-offs for RU, winning 109 for a .537 winning percentage in 14 games this season. RU has had three goalies play over 150 minutes this season, with Steven Lusby, starting a team-leading seven games. Joseph Donnelly allowed nine goals and made six saves in the Scarlet Knights win over Michigan.
TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets for the Hoyas final home game of the 2012 season with Rutgers can be purchased by calling the Hoyas box office at (202) 687-HOYA (4692) or visiting the team's official website - GUHoyas.com - and visiting http://www.guhoyas.com/tickets/m-lacros-tickets.html.