April 26, 2013
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The Georgetown University men's lacrosse team (5-8, 2-3 BIG EAST) arrived in Piscataway, N.J. on Friday afternoon for final preparation, before playing its regular-season finale against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (2-12, 0-5 BIG EAST) on Saturday evening at Yurcak Field. Opening face-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The Hoyas post-season hopes depend on Saturday evening's outcome, as a win over Rutgers will clinch the fourth-seed in the BIG EAST Men's Lacrosse Tournament, set to begin at Villanova on Thursday, May 2. It would be Georgetown's first BIG EAST Tournament appearance, after missing the inaugural 2012 field. Fans can follow the action via GameTracker on Georgetown's official athletics website - www.guhoyas.com. Game updates will also be available on the Hoyas official men's lacrosse twitter page @HoyasMLacrosse.
Georgetown and Rutgers have met each year since 1999, as the Hoyas hold a 15-0 series advantage, including a 13-8 win at Multi-Sport Field last season. Last season Brian Casey (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Prep) had three goals and one assist and Zac Guy (Tully, N.Y./Tully) had two goals and two assists.
BATTLE AT THE X: The Hoyas and Scarlet Knights feature two of the top-10 face-off specialists in the country. The Hoyas' Tyler Knarr (Eagleville, Pa./LaSalle College) has been among the nation's best throughout the season, winning .624 percent (153-of-245), while picking up 7.15 ground balls per game, the eighth best total in the nation. Rutgers features, Mike Nardella, who has won .631 percent of his face-off attempts (158-of-255) in 14 games this season (5th in nation). His 21-of-24 performance against Manhattan is the best in the nation this season.
WHEN THE HOYAS SCORE 10 OR MORE: After a season-opening, 11-10 OT loss to Lafayette, the Hoyas have won all four of the games where they have scored 10-or-more goals this season. Despite missing a big part of the team's early season offense in Casey and junior attack Jeff Fountain (Lutherville-Timonium, Md./St. Paul's School), other scorers have stepped up. Sophomore Reilly O'Connor (Brooklin, Ontario/The Hill Academy) has broken out, placing among the BIG EAST's leaders in points with 43 (22 goals, 21 assists). Senior attack Travis Comeau (Red Deer, Alberta/The Hill Academy) has scored nine goals over his last five games, moving into eighth in program history with 87 career goals. Sophomore Charles McCormick (Bronxville, N.Y./Bronxville) is second on the team with 17 goals.
ONE GOAL GAMES: Geogetown has been no stranger to one-goal games this season, going 2-2 after a loss to No. 3 Syracuse last Saturday. Rutgers has also played in four one-goal games this season, going 0-4 in those situations, including a pair of BIG EAST matchups with Notre Dame (L, 7-6) and Providence (L, 10-9)
RUTGERS: Attack Scott Klimchak has scored 30 goals this season, almost double the next closest player on the roster. Klimchak has been successful against the Hoyas, scoring five goals in two meetings...Opponents have averaged 41.4 shots against Rutgers this season, but goalie Kris Allenye has kept the Scarlet Knights close, carrying a .595 save percentage with 175 saves in 13 starts. He has allowed 9.96 goals against per game...Rutgers has lost eight games decided by two or less goals...Have lost last 11 games after a 20-10 win over Wagner on Feb. 19.