May 1, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Georgetown University men's lacrosse team (6-8, 3-3 BIG EAST) has earned its rematch with top-seeded Villanova University (6-7, 5-1 BIG EAST) in the BIG EAST Tournament semifinals, on Wednesday night at Villanova Stadium. Opening face-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. During the regular season, the Hoyas lost to the Wildcats, 8-6, on April 3, a game that was featured on ESPNU.
The Hoyas and Wildcats will once again be featured, in tape delay, on ESPNU, with Eamon McEneaney calling the plays and Quint Kessenich providing analysis. Fans can also view the game online on ESPN3 at the following link: http://es.pn/mlax-GTOWNvsNOVA.
LAST MEETING WITH VILLANOVA: Under the lights at Multi-Sport Field, the Hoyas rushed out to a 4-2 lead, behind two first half goals from senior attack Travis Comeau (Red Deer, Alberta/The Hill Academy) and a defense that held the Wildcats scoreless for the entire second quarter. VU turned the tables in the second half, ending the game on a 6-1 run, as John Kluh scored two of his three goals in the second half, to defeat GU, 8-6. The Hoyas trail the all-time series, 11-16.
MAKING THE BIG EAST TOURNAMENT: Georgetown will make its first appearance in the BIG EAST Tournament, after missing the field in the inaugural 2012 tournament. This will be the Hoyas first post-season appearance since 2007...GU has played its best lacrosse late in the season, with an important 14-13 overtime victory against St. John's at the Battle at Bethpage on April 6. The Hoyas clinched a spot in the field after a 15-7 win over Rutgers on Saturday. Sophomore attack Reilly O'Connor (Brooklin, Ontario/The Hill Academy) had six assists in GU's win. O'Connor leads the Hoyas with 50 points (23 goals, 27 assists), the most points by a GU player since 2002.
MAN-UP, MAN-DOWN: The Hoyas have seen no facet of its game improve in BIG EAST Conference play as much as its man-up unit. During its non-conference schedule early in the season, GU was 6-of-28 for a man-up efficiency of .214. Since the beginning of conference play, the Hoyas, who have had to use a variety of different players due to injury, have found its stride, converting 9-of-14 opportunities for a .643 man-up efficiency in six BIG EAST games, the best mark of any team in the BE.
MAN-UP PCT GP No. Att. Pct.
1. Georgetown 6 9 14 .643
2. St. John's 6 11 25 .440
3. Syracuse 6 9 21 .429
4. Villanova 6 8 20 .400
The Hoyas have been penalized 50 times for 40:30 through 14 games this season, but the man-down unit has not allowed opponents to take advantage often. The Hoyas have allowed just 16 goals in 50 attempts for a .673 penalty-killing pct. In six conference games GU has allowed just three goals in 19 man-down situations, an .842 penalty-killing percentage.
Tyler Knarr AT THE X; APPROACHING GROUND BALL MILESTONE: Redshirt junior Tyler Knarr has been instrumental in the Hoyas success this season, winning .620 percent (165-for-266) of his face-offs this season through 14 games, placing him sixth in the nation, while helping the Hoyas gain valuable possessions. Knarr earned his second BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll selection following a 12-of-21 performance against Rutgers' Joseph Nardella, who had been fifth in the nation in face-off win percentage. Knarr went a career-best 22-of-30 in the Hoyas win over Marquette. Knarr is currently fourth in Georgetown history in single-season face-off wins with 165...He has also been among the nation's leaders in ground balls, averaging 7.35 ground balls per game. After picking up 10 ground balls against Rutgers, Knarr has 103 ground balls on the season, giving him the third best single-season total in program history, behind only Brodie Merrill (104) and current-record holder Andy Corno (105).
MANY HEALTHY RETURNS: Georgetown will have four regulars available that did not suit up or finish its last meeting with Villanova. Senior attack Brian Casey returned from injury and scored two goals against Rutgers after missing six games. Senior defender Chris Nourse (24 GB, 14 CT) and sophomore defensive middie William Flatley (1 goals, 1 assist, 16 GB, 8 CT) will also be in uniform. They Hoyas will also have the team's third-leading scorer junior attack Jeff Fountain who was lost during the game against VU.