Sophomore Craig Dowd and No. 4 Georgetown visit Penn State on Saturday.
May 2, 2008
Washington, D.C. -
The No. 4-ranked Georgetown University men's lacrosse team left today for Penn State, where the team will play the Nittany Lions on Saturday, May 3 at Jeffrey Field in University Park, Pa. Face-off is slated for 1 p.m. and live stats for the game will be available through the Georgetown Athletics website, www.guhoyas.com.
Georgetown enters the game having won its last two games and eight of the last nine overall. The Hoyas improved to 9-3 overall and 5-1 in the ECAC with a 13-7 win at Rutgers last weekend. GU has been ranked No. 4 in the country by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) and in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse poll the last two weeks.
A win on Saturday at Penn State would not only give the Hoyas at least 10 wins in a season for the 11th-straight season, it could clinch a tie for first place in the ECAC Lacrosse League (with Loyola winning based on head-to-head records) and would help solidify Georgetown's postseason hopes.
The selections for the NCAA Tournament will be held on Sunday, May 4 and will be shown live on ESPNU at 9 p.m.
The meeting with Penn State on Saturday will be the 14th all-time between the schools. Georgetown leads the head-to-head series, 10-3, including wins in seven of eight since the ECAC began in 2000. The teams have closed out the regular season playing each other in each of the last three seasons. Penn State's last win against GU came during the 2005 season, a 13-12 victory in Washington, D.C. The Hoyas are 4-2 in games played at Penn State, posting wins in their last four visits.
Georgetown leads the ECAC in goals per game and is ranked No. 7 nationally with 11.5 goals per game. The Hoyas have scored at least 10 goals in nine games this season. After averaging 9.0 goals per game in the first three games of the season, the Blue and Gray are averaging 12.33 goals per game in the last nine.
Senior Brendan Cannon (Haverford, Pa./The Haverford School) leads the team in scoring with 44 points, ranking second on the team in goals scored (23) and tied for first in assists (21). Senior Andrew Baird (Baltimore, Md./Loyola Blakefield) is second on the team with 33 points (25 goals, eight assists). Baird, who ranks third in the ECAC with 2.08 goals per game, has scored more goals this season (25) than any Georgetown player since Steve Dusseau set the school single-season record of 53 in 2002.
The Georgetown sophomore class has made its mark this season, with the win over Rutgers last week highlighting their strong season. In the 13-7 win over the Scarlet Knights, five sophomores accounted for eight goals and six assists, with Craig Dowd (East Northport, N.Y./Northport) handing out all of the assists, the most for a Georgetown player since Mike Henehan handed out six in a 14-10 win over Navy during the 2000 season, and one shy of the school record.
Dowd is third on the team in scoring with 32 points, tying for the team-lead in assists (21) to go with 11 goals. Ricky Mirabito (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Forks), who has been named the ECAC Rookie of the Week three times this season, is fourth on the team with 15 goals and five assists for 20 points, and Andrew Brancaccio (Chevy Chase, Md./Georgetown Prep) is fifth on the team with 17 goals and two assists for 19 points. That trio has combined for 71 points, 31.8 percent of the team's scoring.
Adding in Chris Schuville (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor), who has six goals and one assist, Barney Ehrmann (Baltimore, Md./Gilman), who has two goals and two assists, Eric Reinhardt (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington), who has two goals, and Chris Nixon (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury), who has one goal and one assist, and the sophomore class has accounted for 38.6 percent of the team's scoring this season (86 of 223).
Senior goalie Miles Kass (Rye, N.Y./Hotchkiss) leads a defensive unit that has held nine opponents to 10 goals or fewer this season and is yielding just 8.76 goals per game. Kass is ranked No. 20 in the country in goals-against average (8.46) and is 15th in the country in save percentage (58.2%).