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Georgetown injury, personal news affect lineup versus Syracuse

Updated: March 6, 2009, 9:02 PM ET
By Christian Swezey | Inside Lacrosse

News of a possible major injury ahead of the Georgetown-Syracuse game leads the roundup of Saturday's games.

Syracuse at Georgetown (noon)

Records: Orange 2-1, Hoyas 1-1
Tickets: $10 adult, $5 youth
Weather: 71 degrees, cloudy
Who's Hot: Syracuse -- Senior attack Kenny Nims (10 goals, 8 assists); sophomore attack Stephen Keogh (9 goals). Georgetown -- Junior attack Ricky Mirabito (8 goals); junior defenseman Barney Ehrmann (11 GBs).
Fast Fact: The Hoyas have not beaten the Orange at home since 1999.

Ehrmann is probable to play after he injured his left ankle in the fourth quarter of a 10-9 loss to St. John's last Saturday. Ehrmann did not return to the game and practiced sparingly this week.

However, two players who missed the St. John's game are definitely back. Junior longstick middie Chris Nixon missed the game with a head injury. Junior shortstick defensive middie Chris Schuville missed it with a hamstring injury.

The biggest personnel news is that Georgetown sophomore faceoff specialist Brian Tabb has left the team for personal reasons and will not play this year. Tabb is expected back in the fall. Tabb won 45 of 104 faceoffs (43.7 percent) last year but had looked stronger in the Hoyas' two scrimmages in the fall.

Without Tabb, Georgetown will rely on fifth-year seniors Dan Vinson and Michael Shotwell. Vinson won 83 of 161 faceoffs (51.6 percent) last year. Shotwell has taken a team-high 31 faceoffs but has won only 11 (37 percent). Each is a walk-on; Vinson was cut as a freshman. Shotwell, in the meantime, was a starting defensive back on the football team at Georgetown. At St. Stephen's-St. Agnes (Va.), he was a standout in wrestling and football but played lacrosse for only two years

The game-within-the-game features Orange midfielder Scott Kahoe, a fifth-year senior, against his former team. Kahoe transferred over the summer after having graduated from Georgetown. Kahoe scored two goals against No. 1 Virginia last week and has six points this year. Kahoe is off to a good start, though senior midfielder Pat Perritt is not: He enters 1-for-12 shooting this year and 1-for-15 in his career against the Hoyas.

This is the first game in a doubleheader that features Georgetown teams against defending national champions. The second game pits the Georgetown women's team against four-time defending national champion Northwestern at 3 p.m.

Hofstra at Johns Hopkins (ESPNU, noon)

Records: Pride 2-0, Blue Jays 2-1
Tickets: $10 reserved, $7 general admission
Weather: 66 degrees, cloudy

Hofstra sophomore Jay Card has scored five winning goals in his career, including one against Johns Hopkins in overtime last year. He also has scored the winner in the final seconds or in overtime of both of Hofstra's games this year.

The Pride is 2-0 despite having goalies who have saved about 41 percent thus far.

The Blue Jays rebounded from a 14-8 loss to Princeton with a midweek victory over UMBC. Senior midfielder Brian Christopher (4 goals, 4 assists) got Johns Hopkins off to a good start Tuesday with an early goal and assist.

Air Force at Army (2 p.m.)

Weather: 57 degrees, cloudy
Tickets: $6 adult, $3 youth
Records: Falcons 2-2, Black Knights 2-2

Army freshman midfielder Devin Lynch (3 goals, 2 assists) is out for the year with a shoulder injury sustained in an 11-5 win over Bryant on Tuesday. In that game, sophomore defenseman Bill Henderson held Bryant senior attack Zack Greer to one goal on five shots. And sophomore goalie Tom Palesky has 39 saves in the past two games.

Air Force is led by sophomore attack Vinny Sandtorv (8 goals) and sophomore defenseman Bryan Gilbreath (4 goals, 1 assist, 16 GBs).

Other games

Maryland at Towson (ESPNU, 2 p.m.): Maryland junior defenseman Brian Farrell will not play; he was expected to be released from a hospital Friday after sustaining an injury in the opening weekend of the season.

Meantime, Maryland sophomore attack Ryan Young is 7-for-8 shooting this year. (Tickets: $8 adult, $6 youth)

Lehigh at Dartmouth (3 p.m.): The Big Green are off to a 1-3 start, mitigated at least in part by injuries to a number of starters.

Junior starting attack Ari Sussman (2 goals) missed the first two games after he injured his wrist in the offseason. Standout junior defenseman Casey Hingtgen is not expected back until late March with an injury. Junior starting midfielder Chris Root and senior starting midfielder Jonathan Livadas also have yet to play this year.

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