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The 2023 Big East tournament gets underway on Thursday, May 4 with the semifinals. The title game will be on Saturday, May 6.
Georgetown is the top seed. Marquette is hosting the tournament.
No. 1 Georgetown (10-3, 5-0 Big East)
Since starting 0-3, the Hoyas have run through the remainder of their schedule and asserted themselves as the top dog in the Big East once more. Georgetown is searching for its fifth Big East title in a row.
Star Player: Tucker Dordevic, Attack
The Syracuse grad transfer has been as advertised in a Hoyas uniform this season, leading the way for this team with 55 points off 46 goals and five assists. He has been the main shooting target for this squad.
X-Factor: James Reilly, Faceoff
A graduate student, Reilly has continued his dominance at the dot as he has gone 181-for-308 (58%) this spring.
Player to Watch: Will Bowen, Defense
The reigning Schmeisser Award winner, Bowen has continued to be the face of this Hoyas defense in 2023. He has collected 18 ground balls, caused 25 turnovers, and recorded two points (1G/1A).
No. 2 Denver (9-4, 4-1 Big East)
In the final year of Bill Tierney’s college coaching career, the Pioneers have had some ups and some downs. But they still remain as the No. 2 seed in the Big East Tournament due to a big win over Villanova and an OT win over Marquette.
Star Player: JJ Sillstrop, Attack
A key cog of the Denver offense, the senior leads the team with 35 points off 30 goals and five assists this season.
X-Factor: Alec Stathakis, Faceoff
Stathakis has remained one of the best faceoff men in the Big East and college lacrosse, going 197-for-324 (60%) this season
Player to Watch: Stephen Avery, Midfield
The Tennessee native has come on strong this season, scoring 25 goals as the team’s second-leading goal-scorer while also dishing out four assists for 29 points.
No. 3 Villanova (10-4, 3-2 Big East)
It has been a good year for Villanova as the Wildcats have wins over Penn State, Delaware, Penn, and Marquette. The Wildcats losses to Georgetown and Denver put them at the No. 3 seed slot once again.
Star Player: Matt Campbell, Midfield
Campbell leads the Wildcats with 60 points off 35 goals and 25 assists.
X-Factor: Man-Down Defense
Villanova is ninth in DI and first in the Big East in man-down defense as they have come up successful on 72% of such situations this season.
Player to Watch: David Evanchick, Defense
A day one starter, the freshman has been instrumental to the Villanova defense. He has recorded 28 ground balls, 14 caused turnovers, and has three assists.
No. 4 Providence (6-8, 2-3 Big East)
The Friars have made it to the postseason in year one of the Bobby Benson era. A win over Marquette helped push them into the favorable spot there are in.
Star Player: Ryan Bell, Midfield
The sophomore leads the way for the Friars offense with 60 points off 21 goals and 39 assists.
X-Factor: James Corasaniti, Goalie
A grad transfer from Fairfield, Corasaniti has been very solid for the Friars with 192 saves and 51% save percentage.
Player to Watch: Michael Chabra, Midfield
Chabra has 34 goals and two assists for 36 points as one of Providence’s top shooters. 13 of his goals came in Big East play alone.
Denver vs Villanova: Villanova
Georgetown vs Providence: Georgetown
Georgetown vs Villanova: Georgetown