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No. 2 Notre Dame Too Much For Georgetown

The Georgetown Hoyas men’s lacrosse team (0-1, 0-0 BIG EAST) traveled to South Bend, Indiana to take on the second-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish, a tough early-season test for this young Hoya team. Georgetown dropped a narrow 14-12 decision to Notre Dame, due to some untimely turnovers caused by an aggressive Notre Dame defense.

The Fighting Irish outshot the Hoyas 43-35, while Georgetown held a slight edge in faceoffs at 15-14. The Irish converted on two of their three man-up chances, and Georgetown was 1-of-2.

Georgetown got off to a fast start, scoring the first goal thanks to senior attack Bo Stafford, who had a career high four goals in the game. Notre Dame responded by scoring four straight, including three consecutive goals from freshman midfielder Mikey Wynne. Freshman attack Stephen Quinzi, playing in his first collegiate game, stopped the run with one of his two goals on the day.

Also making his collegiate debut was freshman goalkeeper Nick Marrocco. The Duxbury, Massachusetts native had an impressive first game against a vaunted Notre Dame offense featuring Tewaaraton Trophy candidate Matt Kavanagh, who scored 42 goals and 33 assists last season. Marrocco finished the game with 12 saves, helping keep his team in the game. Continue reading

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Tough Schedule Looms for Georgetown Men’s Lacrosse

As the first snow of the New Year begins to fall, the Georgetown men’s lacrosse team is already looking forward to their 2015 season. The Hoyas are coming off a disappointing 2014 season in which they went 4-10 and missed the Big East Tournament. Coach Kevin Warne is in his 3rd season and expectations are high for him to turn around the historically strong program. Men’s lacrosse on the Hilltop has found itself in decline over the last few years, consistently dropping in record and rank. Unfortunately, the road back to Big East and national relevance will not be easy for the Hoyas.

The schedule, released in December, is chalk full of tough, talented opponents. Over the course of the season, the Hoyas will face off against five 2014 NCAA tournament teams, including three of last year’s Final Four programs. Home games to look forward to include matchups against Coach Warne’s alma mater Hofstra (Feb. 28), Duke (March 14) and the Big East opener against Marquette (March 21). For a rebuilding program, this schedule is more than challenging.

Georgetown’s woes are compounded by the loss of Redshirt senior Tyler Knarr, who, besides being a First Team All-Big East selection, generated much of Georgetown’s offense through his high percentage of face-offs won. Without him, Georgetown’s inefficient offense (61st in the nation last year) could continue to stagnate. Yet, the Hoyas will turn to a trio of new senior captains — attack Reilly O’Connor, mid Charlie McCormick, and mid Joe Bucci — to help provide stability to a team that features twelve freshman. O’Connor and McCormick were both Second Team All-Big East selections following the 2013 season, while Bucci, after a breakout sophomore year, missed most of last season with an injury. Moreover, midfielder Craig Berge, a two time US Lacrosse All-American in high school and a consensus top-10 recruit, highlights a strong incoming freshman class. While this year may not yield an appearance in the NCAA tournament, there are a number of opportunities to shine against tough opponents and continue a rebuild the once vaunted program.

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Men’s Lax Rapid Recap: Harvard at Georgetown, March 8

The Georgetown men’s lacrosse team lost to Harvard on Saturday afternoon by a score of 15-7 at Multi-Sport field. The Hoyas are now 2-3 in the young season. This was their first home game since the opener against Mount St. Mary’s.

The Crimson scored the first two goals, but the Hoyas answered back to tie the score at two with just over three minutes remaining in the first quarter. But the rest of the first half was all Harvard, as the halftime score was 10-2. The Crimson extended the lead to 10 within three minutes of the third quarter, pushing the score to 12-2. The Hoyas were scoreless for a span of 21 minutes, allowing the Crimson to score 10 straight goals.

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Men’s Lax Rapid Recap: Georgetown at Hofstra, March 1

The Georgetown men’s lacrosse team (2-2, 0-0 Big East) dropped a tough decision in overtime to Hofstra (2-2, 0-0 CAA) on Saturday, 9-8.

After striking first on a goal by freshman midfielder Devon Lewis, the Hoyas conceded six straight goals to the Pride to fall behind 6-1 with 10:47 left in the second quarter.  Georgetown managed to chip away at the Hofstra lead a little before the half, and went into the break down 6-3.  The Blue and Gray tacked on two more goals in the third quarter to head into the fourth down 7-5, and proceeded to score the next three goals of the game, taking an 8-7 lead with 7:40 left in the game.  Unfortunately, the lead wouldn’t hold, as a goal from Hofstra’s Mike Malave tied the game with just over one minute remaining.  The two teams battled it out in overtime until Torin Varn netted the winner on a fast break for the Pride.

Georgetown got two goals apiece from junior attackers Bo Stafford and Reilly O’Connor, along with two from Lewis, to lead its scoring attack. Freshman attacker Peter Conley and redshirt senior defender Tyler Knarr each contributed a goal as well.

Up next for Georgetown is a match-up against Harvard at home on Saturday, March 8th.

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What To Watch: This Week in Hoya Sports

It’s a busy week in the world of Hoya sports, and here are a few of the games Paranoia is recommending that you keep an eye on:

Monday, Feb. 10

Coming off of a third consecutive win, the men’s basketball team looks to redeem itself against Providence at home. When the two teams met in Rhode Island earlier this season, the Hoyas fell 70-52 to the Friars. It’s our turn now. Tip-off is at 7 pm at the Verizon Center.

Wednesday, Feb. 12

Men’s lacrosse opens its 2014 season against Mount Saint Mary’s on the Multi-Sport field. The Mount is coming off an embarrassing 16-3 loss to the University of Maryland, and the Hoyas are looking to hand them a similar fate. Face-off is slated for 3 pm.

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Top Sports Features of the Year

The Hoya’s final issue of the academic year is set to hit stands in just hours, and the lead sports story is a feature on the relationship between the head lacrosse coach, Dave Urick, and his son and assistant coach, Scott. It got me thinking about some of my favorite sports features of the year. Since it’s 4 or so in the morning now, I’ll use a completely unscientific method of choosing… namely, whatever comes to my mind right now. Here we go…

Men’s Basketball
A Coach and A Player by Harlan Goode
Does it get any better than the story of our favorite coach and point guard? I don’t think so. Check out the entire basketball preview for some other excellent stories.

Big Man High by Bailey Heaps
When Roy Hibbert was in high school at Georgetown Prep, the Little Hoyas’ frontcourt consisted of Big Roy (7-foot-2), Davis Nwankwo (6-foot-9) and Aris Williams (6-foot-9). That’s a big trio for college — to say it’s enormous for high school may be an understatement.

At West Virginia, Mountaineering is a Full-Time Job by Harlan Goode
Okay, so technically it’s a column. But I find it hilarious how serious West Virginia is about the guy they dress up and give a gun (it’s a real one, apparently). Continue reading

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