Hoyas Top Villanova 12-4, Clinch Second Seed at BIG EAST Championship 4/26/24

Photo Courtesy of Georgetown Men’s Lacrosse

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Georgetown University’s men’s lacrosse team clinched the second seed in the upcoming BIG EAST Championship, Presented by JEEP with a 12-4 victory over Villanova in the regular season finale on Friday night. The Hoyas improve to 10-3 on the season and 4-1 in BIG EAST play while the Wildcats fall to 8-6 overall and 2-3 in league action.

Hoya Highlights

  • Graham Bundy Jr. led the Hoyas with four goals while TJ Haley had a goal and five assists.
  • Alexander Vardaro had two goals with three assists and Chase Llewellyn scored twice.
  • Aidan Carroll tallied a goal and an assist, Patrick Crogan and Kade Goldberg both found the back of the net twice and Jack Leary posted an assist.
  • James Ball won 12 of 18 (.667) faceoffs and collected four ground balls.
  • Defensively, Georgetown’s defense held its 11th-straight opponent to 10 goals or fewer and to the lowest goals against this season.
  • The Hoyas were credited with 13 caused turnovers on the night, including two each from Ty Banks, Wesley Chairs and Dylan Hess. Georgetown held Villanova scoreless for spans of 13:01 and 37:01 throughout the game.
  • In goal, Anderson Moore (10-3) had seven saves in the win to go with four ground balls.

How It Happened

  • Villanova struck first in the opening frame before the Hoyas responded with a pair of goals to take the lead at 2-1. The Wildcats knotted things up at 2-2, but unanswered goals from Haley and Bundy gave the Blue & Gray a 4-2 lead after 15 minutes.
  • Back-to-back goals from the Hoyas within 45 seconds of each other, along with a man-up goal from Carroll, in the second gave GU a 6-2 lead before Villanova cut the five-goal run with 8:25 remaining in the half. Georgetown then closed out the frame with two goals from Llewellyn, both assisted by Haley, to lead 9-3 going into halftime
  • Coming out of the break, Georgetown netted the only two goals of the third quarter including a diving goal from Bundy with one second remaining. The Hoyas blanked Villanova in the frame.
  • In the fourth, Bundy scored his fourth goal of the game with 10:58 to play while Georgetown held its host scoreless until 1:24 left on the clock, a span of more than 37 minutes going back to the second quarter.

Villanova Notes

  • Matt Licata scored two goals for Villanova in the loss.
  • Stephen Zupicich had four caused turnovers and five ground balls.
  • Anthony Wilson had nine saves in the loss.

Hoya Notes

  • Georgetown reached the 10-win milestone for the sixth-straight full season.

Up Next
The Hoyas earn the second seed in next week’s BIG EAST Championship, Presented by JEEP and will play in the semifinals on Thursday, May 2 in Villanova, Pennsylvania.

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