After finishing a 2014 campaign that ended with a disappointing 4-10 record and no bids to the postseason, the men’s lacrosse team was eager to start the road to redemption in 2015 with a group of talented incoming freshmen and experienced upperclassmen.
The team has certainly come a long way — after climbing into the national polls, toppling several ranked opponents, and finally clinching a spot in the conference tournament, the Hoyas are ready to achieve the goal they’ve had since 2014: to be the top team in the Big East.
Second-seeded No. 12 Georgetown (10-5, 4-1 Big East) beat third-seeded Marquette (10-6, 3-2 Big East) for the second time this season in the semifinal game of the tournament. The Hoyas outlasted the Golden Eagles by establishing an early lead, scoring four unanswered goals in the first period. Senior midfielder Anthony Heaton helped Georgetown dominate possession throughout the game by coming up with a career-high 16-of-22 faceoffs in the effort.
Tonight, Georgetown will face top seed No. 3 Denver (12-2, 5-0 Big East) in the championship game. Denver is undefeated against Big East teams since it joined the conference last season and is the defending conference champion.
The first matchup between the teams this season during conference play ended in a 19-7 victory for Denver after it went on an 11-goal run between the first and second quarters. Georgetown struggled immensely to win faceoffs, only coming up with 2-of-30 between five different Hoyas at the X.
Heaton will need to ride his momentum at the X, as Denver freshman midfielder and FOGO Trevor Baptiste currently leads the country in faceoffs, recording a .721 win percentage.
The game is slated for 7:30 at Villanova Stadium and will be broadcast on Fox Sports 2.