Dec. 12, 2008

Courtesy of Georgetown

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Georgetown University men's lacrosse team was selected to win the ECAC Lacrosse League in a poll of the league's head coaches announced earlier this week. It was the 10th-straight year the Hoyas have been picked first by the league's coaches. Georgetown has won the league championship six times.

The Hoyas received five of a possible eight first-place votes and 47 total points, edging out defending ECAC Lacrosse League champion Loyola (Md.), who garnered three first-place votes and 43 points. Penn State and Rutgers tied for third place in the poll with 33 points, followed by Massachusetts (29), Fairfield (14), Hobart (13) and St. John's (12).

Three members of the Hoyas were selected to the All-ECAC preseason team - junior Andrew Brancaccio (Chevy Chase, Md./Georgetown Prep), junior Craig Dowd (East Northport, N.Y./Northport) and junior Barney Ehrmann (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh). Georgetown and Rutgers were the only schools with three players selected to the all-league team, while Penn State had two selected.

Rutgers junior Justin Pennington was named the league's Offensive Player of the Year, while Drew Adams of Penn State earned league defensive player honors and Penn State freshman Matthew Mackrides was selected as the league's Preseason Rookie of the Year.

Brancaccio, who earned All-ECAC postseason honors in 2008, finished fourth on the team in scoring with 20 points, tallying 18 goals and two assists. He was second on the team in shots (72) and third in goals scored (18). In two years, he has 38 career goals and three assists for 41 points. Brancaccio scored 20 goals and had one assist as a freshman and earned honorable mention All-America honors.

Dowd finished third on the team in scoring last season, registering 11 goals and 21 assists for 32 points. He tied for the team lead in assists and ranked second in the ECAC, and No. 12 in the country, with 1.77 assists per game. In two years at Georgetown, Dowd has scored 57 points, tallying 28 goals and 29 assists.


Ehrmann earned All-ECAC honors for the second time in his career after being named second team as a freshman. The 6-5, 210-pound defender had a strong season on the back line for the Hoyas, leading the team with 52 ground balls and 17 caused turnovers. In two years, he has 98 ground balls and 33 caused turnovers.

The Hoyas finished the 2008 season with a 9-4 overall record and a 4-2 mark in the ECAC. Georgetown was ranked among the top-five teams in the country for eight weeks last season, finished the year ranked No. 16 in the country and was one of only two teams to beat national semifinalist Duke.

This is Georgetown's final season in the ECAC Lacrosse League. The Hoyas will join seven other schools for the first year of the BIG EAST Men's Lacrosse League, starting with the 2009-10 academic year.

Georgetown opens the 2009 season on Saturday, Feb. 21 at Maryland.