Feb. 19, 2014
NEW YORK, N.Y. – A pair of BIG EAST men’s lacrosse teams out to 2-0 starts will look to make it three straight wins when they return to the field this weekend. Both will have to do it on the road, as Georgetown visits Towson while Rutgers is at No. 5/7 Virginia on Saturday.
Hoya goalkeeper Jake Haley picked up the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week nod on Monday after backstopping his team to its 2-0 start with 20 total saves in wins over Mount St. Mary’s and Navy. St. John’s Kieran McArdle was named Offensive Player of the Week following a seven-point performance in a 15-13 win over Holy Cross on Sunday.
Denver (1-1) is tied for fifth in the USILA Coaches Poll and No. 6 in the Warrior Inside Lacrosse media voting … The Pioneers fell 14-10 at then-No. 3/1 Duke on Saturday after the Blue Devils rattled off a 6-0 run that spanned the third and fourth quarters to blow open an 8-7 game … Zach Miller scored four times and Wes Berg had a hat trick, while Jack Bobzien and Jeremy Noble logged three-point performances … Denver hosts Marist and Canisius this weekend at the Pioneer Face-Off Classic.
Georgetown (2-0) is receiving votes this week in both major polls … The Hoyas are in the midst of a three-game road swing that finishes up March 1 at Hofstra … Georgetown is 2-0 for the first time since 2007 … Peter Conley became the first freshman in program history to earn BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll status on Monday … Jeff Fountain scored the overtime game-winner against Navy for the second straight season … Four of the last six games against the Mids have gone to overtime, and each of the last three games have ended with 9-8 scores, all won by the Hoyas.
Thanks to a great all-around effort, Marquette
(1-1) won its first game of the season at Hofstra on Saturday, 11-9 … It was a notable victory for head coach Joe Amplo, a former Hofstra player and associate head coach … The Golden Eagles never trailed and won the groundball battle 36-28 … Marquette built its biggest lead at 7-3 in the third quarter thanks to a 4-0 run spurred on by three straight goals by Tyler Melnyk … Marquette continues its grueling seven-game road stretch at No. 17 Ohio State on Saturday.
Providence (0-0) is the lone holdout, but that ends on Saturday when the Friars visit Vermont at 1 p.m. … They’ll be right back out on the field for their home opener on Tuesday when they host first-year varsity program Boston University at 4 p.m.
Rutgers walloped Wagner 20-5 on the road on Tuesday to improve to 2-0 … It’s the program’s largest margin of victory in four years … Scott Klimchak extended his goal-scoring streak to 19 straight games and has a point in 20 in a row … Joe Nardella is an incredible 36-of-41 on face-offs in the first two games for a staggering 87.8 percent success rate … The team is 40-of-50 overall … The Scarlet Knights have two more road games following Saturday’s at the Cavaliers. They’ll head to Stony Brook on March 1 and Army on March 4 before returning home to host Monmouth on March 8.
Three players netted hat tricks and Kieran McArdle finished with seven points in St. John’s (1-0) season-opening 15-13 win over Holy Cross on Sunday … The Johnnies are tied for 19th in the coaches voting and 18th in the media poll … Colin Keegan and Kevin Cernuto added hat tricks in Sunday’s win over the Crusaders, while Ryan Fitzgerald scored a pair and tallied three points … Mario Carrera was 16-of-30 at the X with seven groundballs … The Red Storm visit No. 13 Yale on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Villanova (0-1) is looking to rebound off Sunday’s 7-6 triple-overtime loss at Lehigh … The Wildcats dropped out of both top 20 polls but are still receiving votes in each … Austin Frederick scored twice and Johnny Gallaway dished two assists in the loss … John LoCascio, who was recognized on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday, netted team highs of nine groundballs and five caused turnovers … Dan Willis stopped 12 shots and played to a .632 save percentage in the hard-luck loss … Villanova is off until Tuesday when it hosts Drexel at 4 p.m.