While many Hoyas enjoyed a week of relaxation during spring break, the men’s lacrosse team was hard at work chipping away at its tough regular season schedule. Matchups against Hobart, Vermont and Duke brought Georgetown three games closer to the beginning of long-awaited conference play.
Georgetown started off the week against Hobart on Saturday. Though the Statesmen challenged the Hoyas’ early lead, sophomore midfielder Peter Conley’s career-high eight goals sealed the 15-10 victory. Conley entered the game with only three goals on the season but led the team by the end of the week. He still sits at the top of the goals-scored column with 19. His performance earned him the Big East Offensive Player of the Week honors.
Georgetown had a quick turnaround after the Hobart game and faced off against Vermont on Tuesday. Though the Hoyas were only up by one goal towards the end of the third quarter, a 7-0 unanswered run through the end of the game brought Georgetown the 18-10 victory. The victory marked the highest number of goals that the Hoyas have scored in a game since 2008, and a fourth consecutive win brought with it the longest winning streak that the team has had since 2012.
A challenging matchup against No. 4 Duke was the last game of the week for Georgetown. The 15-13 loss snapped the Hoyas’ four-win streak. The match mirrored in some ways Georgetown’s season opener against No. 3 Notre Dame — the Hoyas fought hard and the teams exchanged goals, but a brief run from the opposition ultimately was too much to overcome. Against Duke, Georgetown forced seven turnovers in the third quarter, and the lead changed five times. But a four-goal push early in the fourth quarter gave Duke the advantage it needed to come out with the win.
Conley’s five-goal effort against Vermont and three-goal effort against Duke earned him the Big East Offensive Player of the Week honors for the second consecutive week.
After the hectic stretch, Georgetown has more time to prepare for its next game against No. 14 Loyola on Wednesday. Last season, Georgetown battled against Loyola when it was ranked No. 2 and only fell behind in the last minute of regulation when Loyola broke a 9-9 tie with a final goal to end the game at 10-9.
Wednesday’s matchup is the last game before Georgetown begins conference play. With No. 6 Denver looming as the most daunting obstacle standing between Georgetown and the Big East regular season title, the Loyola game will be an opportunity for Georgetown to finally seal an upset attempt against a ranked opponent after dropping the last two chances to Notre Dame and Duke.