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Reilly O’Connor Selected in 2015 NLL Draft

On Monday night, former Georgetown men’s lacrosse captain and attack Reilly O’Connor (COL ’15) was added to the

FILE PHOTO: CLAIRE SOISSON/ THE HOYA The Calgary Roughnecks have selected Reilly O'Connor (COL '15) seventh overall in the NLL draft.

The Calgary Roughnecks have selected Reilly O’Connor (COL ’15) seventh overall in the NLL draft.

ever-growing list of Hoyas entering the pro-sports arena, when the Calgary Roughnecks selected O’Connor in the first round of the 2015 National Lacrosse League (NLL) Draft, held in Toronto, Canada. The Brooklin, Ontario native was the team’s seventh overall pick and joins a nine-player draft class.

O’Connor was a three-year starter and two-year captain for the Hoyas, earning 133 points during his time on the Hilltop. During the 2015 season, O’Connor led Georgetown all the way to the Big East conference championship game, though the team dropped a 16-8 decision to eventual national champion Denver.

O’Connor will now actually play alongside former Denver rival Wesley Berg, who anchored the Pioneers’ offense with a school-high 255 career points. Berg was the fourth-overall pick in the first round of the draft.

The Roughnecks are one of nine teams in the NLL and start league competition on Jan. 2 against the Saskatchewan Rush.

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Lacrosse To Face No. 3 Denver For Big East Championship

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.

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Georgetown Makes Debut in Top 15

After receiving votes for last week but ultimately falling short of a top-20 ranking, the Georgetown men’s lacrosse team broke into the polls this week, claiming the No. 14 spot.

The Hoyas have not been ranked 14th or higher since 2009.

Georgetown’s ranking comes after a week of two important victories: a 13-12 win over then-No. 14 Loyola and a 10-9 win over then-No. 9 Marquette. Georgetown handed Marquette its first loss of the 2015 season, ending its seven-game win streak.

The Hoyas have a full week to practice before they face a tough conference rival in No. 5 Denver on Saturday. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET in Denver.

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Conley, Hoyas Impress Over Spring Break

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.

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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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