Feb. 19, 2009

Courtesy of Georgetown

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Two long-time local rivals will face off for the eighth-straight season when the Georgetown men's lacrosse team travels to play at Maryland on Saturday, Feb. 21 in the season opener for the Hoyas.

Face-off at Ludwig Field is slated for 1 p.m. The game will be shown live on ESPNU, with Quint Kessenich and Joe Beninati providing all of the action.

Georgetown enters the 2009 season ranked No. 8 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Poll and No. 9 in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association poll. The Hoyas were the preseason pick to win the ECAC Lacrosse League Championship, the 10th-straight year the Hoyas have been picked first by the league's head coaches. GU has won the league championship six times.

Saturday's meeting between the Hoyas and the Terps will be the ninth all-time. Maryland leads the head-to-head series, 7-1. Georgetown's only win against Maryland came during the 2007 season, when then-freshman Andrew Brancaccio (Chevy Chase, Md./Georgetown Prep) scored three goals in the season opening 8-6 win.

Maryland enters Saturday's game with a 2-0 record after wins over Presbyterian (18-3) and Air Force (15-4), but this will be the first game of the season for the Hoyas, the seventh-straight year the Hoyas have opened up their season against their local rivals.

Georgetown has a 14-5 all-time record in season openers under the direction of 20th-year Head Coach Dave Urick. The Hoyas have lost four of their last five season openers, but have won nine of the last 13 overall.

Urick enters his 20th year at the helm of the program as the all-time winningest active coach at the Division I level, with a 315-104 record for a .752 winning percentage.

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.

Three members of the Hoyas were selected to the All-ECAC preseason team - Brancaccio, junior Craig Dowd (East Northport, N.Y./Northport) and junior Barney Ehrmann (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh). That trio, along with junior Scott Kocis (Huntington, N.Y./Huntington) were named to the 2009 Tewaaraton Men's Watch List on Thursday afternoon.

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.