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.