Following a 12-9 victory over the Hobart Statesmen on March 10, the Georgetown men’s lacrosse team lost its first game of the year Saturday.

The squad fell 15-10 to the Drexel Dragons on the road in Philadelphia.

The loss drops the Hoyas to a record of 6-1. The team was off to its best start since 2003, entering the game in Philadelphia ranked No. 11 in the nation and as just one of three remaining unbeaten D1 teams. However, the loss dropped the Hoyas to No. 16 in the national rankings.

Although the winning streak has ended, three Georgetown players made headlines this week, awarded with Big East Weekly Honors. Sophomore attack Jake Carraway was named Big East Attack Player of the Week, senior goalie Nick Marrocco was selected as the Defensive Player of the Week and freshman defenseman Gibson Smith was awarded Freshman of the Week.

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Senior midfielder Greg Galligan has scored 2 goals on four shots this season while playing in all seven games so far. He contributed one goal in Georgetown’s loss to Drexel.

Carraway and junior attack Daniel Bucaro continued to lead the charge for the Blue and Gray on offense. Carraway has scored 10 points over the past two games. On Saturday, he found the back of the net four times against Drexel (3-4). Bucaro collected a goal and two assists against the Dragons. Junior midfielder Lucas Wittenberg also managed to score twice. In addition, senior midfielders Craig Berge, Greg Galligan and junior attack Robert Clark also got on the board with one goal each.

Following his performance on Saturday, Bucaro has scored 80 career goals — putting him in the top 10 in program history. His 35 points this year alone lead the team and have placed him at 17th all-time on the Hilltop. Only a junior, Bucaro has plenty of time to continue to climb the leaderboards and into Georgetown lacrosse history.

In the goal, Marrocco struggled against Drexel after gathering 12 saves and his sixth win of the year against Hobart. He notched only five saves while allowing 15 goals in the loss to the Dragons.

Against Hobart, Galligan led a stifling Georgetown defense with a game-high three forced turnovers, while Marrocco, senior defenseman Connor Moran and Alex Robinson each forced two.

The Hoyas’ defense faltered against Drexel, though. After leading 3-1, the Hoyas’ defense allowed seven goals in the second quarter to trail 9-5 at the half. Two separate 10-minute scoring droughts plagued the Hoyas in the second half, while the Dragons made four straight goals to place the game firmly out of reach.

The Hoyas were scheduled to host No. 9 Loyola Maryland (5-2, 3-0 Patriot League) on Cooper Field on Wednesday, though the game has been postponed to April 10 because of inclement weather. Next up for Georgetown is the Big East opener at Marquette (3-3) Saturday.

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