WASHINGTON - Georgetown University's men's lacrosse team wraps up the 2017 season with a home showdown against St. John's on Saturday at Cooper Field. The Hoyas will attempt to close out the campaign with back-to-back wins while the Red Storm are looking for their first victory since the beginning of March.
Opening faceoff is set for noon. Live stats and video can be found online at www.GUHoyas.com with Jeremy Huber calling the play-by-play and Earl Brewer providing color commentary.
The Hoyas (3-10, 0-4 BIG EAST) are coming off an 11-9 victory over Mount St. Mary's in the nonconference finale last Tuesday. Daniel Bucaro (East Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) led the Hoyas with four goals, posting his seventh hat trick of the season. Peter Conley (Mamaroneck, N.Y./Mamaroneck) added three goals and a pair of assists for five points, Austin McDonald (Olney, Md./Georgetown Prep) posted his second career hat trick with three goals, and Craig Berge (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) tallied a goal and three assists.
Jack Stephenson (Greenwich, Conn./Brunswick) picked up his first career win between the pipes, hauling in nine saves on the day. He and Conley were both named to the BIG EAST weekly honor roll for their efforts.
Bucaro paces the Georgetown offense with 50 points (37G, 13A) on the year. He has now recorded a point in 20-straight games during his career, including 14-consecutive games with a goal scored. Bucaro's 37 goals this season currently rank 10th all-time in a single season while his 50 points put him 16th in a campaign.
Conley is right on Bucaro's trail with 43 points (26G, 17A) and continues to climb the all-time scoring ranks on the Hilltop. His 76 career goals rank 14th, his 42 assists are tied for 16th and his 118 total points rank 16th as well.
Jake Carraway (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary's) adds 25 points (18G, 7A), Berge chips in 24 points (13G, 11A), McDonald is good for 16 points (14G, 2A) and Devon Lewis (Orlando, Fla./Lake Highland Prep) has 14 points (10G, 4A).
Defensively, long stick midfielder Michael Mayer (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's) leads Georgetown in both ground balls with 49 and caused turnovers with 17, while Charlie Ford (San Carlos, Calif./St. Ignatius) adds nine caused turnovers and 25 ground balls and Conor Barr (Wilton, Conn./Fairfield Prep/Fairfield) has nine caused turnovers. Jarrett Jones (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif./Palos Verdes) and Conley are both among the ground ball and caused turnover leaders as well.
St. John's (1-12, 0-4 BIG EAST) is coming off an 18-3 loss at then-No. 18/18 Villanova in BIG EAST action. Eight different Red Storm players have tallied at least 10 points this season, led by Joe Madsen with 24 (19G, 5A). Nick Heller adds 19 points (14G, 5A), Scott Scannell chips in 18 points (6G, 12A) and Jason DeBenedictis is good for 17 points (9G, 8A).
Daniel Costa has started all 13 games in goal for St. John's. He has collected 136 saves while posting a .435 save percentage and a 13.96 goals-against average.
Georgetown and St. John's have faced each other 16 times in program history dating back to 1992, and the Blue & Gray own a 12-4 advantage in the series. The Hoyas won the first eight meetings between the two teams but have recently traded wins in consecutive seasons beginning with a GU victory in 2011. St. John's won the last showdown between the two rivals, claiming an 8-5 victory in last year's season finale in Queens, N.Y.
Saturday's game will also be Senior Day for Georgetown. Nine Hoyas will be honored for their contributions on the Hilltop, including Barr, Nick Carpenter (Oakton, Va./Paul VI), Conley, Ford, Lewis, Mayer, Chris Pauzer (Robbinsville, N.J./Loomis Chaffee), Julian Schwab (Englewood, Colo./Cherry Creek) and Eduardo White (Littleton, Colo./Kent Denver).