Marquette Set for Road Match-up at No. 10 Georgetown
Oct. 13, 2015
The Golden Eagles' match-up with the No. 10 Hoyas will begin a daunting stretch against BIG EAST competition. Following Wednesday's contest, MU will play host to top-ranked Creighton at home on Saturday followed by a meeting with RV Xavier (Oct. 24), preseason ranked Providence (Oct. 28), RV Butler (Oct. 31) and DePaul to close out the regular season.
Wednesday's match will mark the 12th meeting all-time between both squads with Georgetown holding the series edge 10-1-1. MU went 0-1-1 against the Hoyas last season with a 2-1 loss in the BIG EAST Quarterfinal in Washington, D.C. This marks the third straight road meeting in the series for MU.
Freshman goalkeeper Luis Barraza was named Goalkeeper of the Week by the BIG EAST Conference following his third and fourth shutouts of the season last week, while senior forward David Selvaggi was named to the weekly honor roll following his game winner against Seton Hall.
Last time out, GU scored once in each half, using goals from Brandon Allen (28') and Cole Seiler (55') to take down then-No. 21 Butler at home. It was the Hoyas' third straight shutout and allowed them to keep pace with undefeated and top-ranked Creighton atop the BIG EAST standings.
Georgetown opened the year winless in its first three match-ups, which included a scoreless draw to Florida Gulf Coast, a 2-0 loss to South Florida and a 1-0 loss at home to Akron. Since then, they are unbeaten and have three wins against ranked teams to their credit, including a 2-1 win over then-No. 13 Maryland and back-to-back wins over nationally-ranked Xavier and Butler.
The Hoyas are averaging 1.73 goals per game, while allowing opponents less than one goal (0.91 GAA) per contest. Offensively, Brandon Allen and Alex Muyl lead the way for GU, coming for 27 points on the year. Both are tied for the team-lead with four goals on the season and Allen has six assists as well.
In net, JT Marcinkowski has made all 11 starts for GU, compiling a 0.80 GAA to go along with a .820 save percentage and four shutouts.
Marquette controlled play in the first half, but wasn't able to break through until the 52nd minute when David Selvaggi received a pass from C. Nortey and deposited his fourth goal of the season past the keeper and inside the left post, giving MU all it needed offensively.
That's because freshman keeper Luis Barraza held up his end by making six saves and securing his fourth shutout of the season.
This will be the third straight meeting in the series to take place in our nation's capital. Last year, the Golden Eagles and Hoyas played to a scoreless draw on Oct. 4, followed by a BIG EAST Quarterfinal match-up that saw Georgetown move on with a narrow 2-1 win.
Marquette's lone win in the series came in a 1-0 triumph in Milwaukee back on Oct. 17, 2009.
Senior David Selvaggi landed on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for the first time this season following his game-winning goal against Seton Hall on Saturday. His score in the 52nd minute was his fourth of the season. He ranks second on the Golden Eagles with nine points.
Senior C. Nortey claimed his first weekly honor after totaling five points in a pair of contests for the period between Sept. 29-Oct. 5.
Freshman Ruben Sanchez was honored for his outstanding efforts in helping keep St. John's off the board in a scoreless draw to open BIG EAST play as the league named him Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 29.
Earlier this season, junior Jake Taylor was recognized for his game-winning goal against Omaha on Sept. 11.
Junior midfielder Louis Bennett II was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll Monday, Sept. 7, following his late-game heroics in the team's 1-1 draw at UW-Milwaukee, Sept. 4, to retain possession of the coveted Milwaukee Cup.
Prior to that, freshman Luis Barraza took home the honor in the season's first set of weekly awards after going 1-1-0 with 11 saves in two starts during opening weekend.
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