Quick Start Helps Georgetown Beat Jacksonville; Dolphins Impress Urick
by Dennis Bergin | Special to Lacrosse Magazine Online
Bobby Stockton scored four goals, but Georgetown topped Jacksonville 15-12 in the opening game of the Sunshine Classic.
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Travis Comeau, Zack Angel and Davey Emala each scored three goals to power 15th-ranked Georgetown to a 15-12 victory over Jacksonville in the opening game of the Moe's Sunshine Classic at EverBank Field in Jacksonville before an announced crowd of 8,152.
Georgetown jumped out to quick a 5-0 lead with 4:47 left in the opening period on two goals from sophomore attackmman Comeau and goals from Gerry Reilly, Dan McKinney and Zac Guy.
"We did jump out on them early," said Georgetown head coach Dave Urick. "but they absorbed the hit and fought back."
Jacksonville scored three unanswered goals to cut the Hoya lead to 5-3, culminating on Jeremy Tissenbaum's goal on an assist from Cameron Mann with just 31 seconds left in the quarter.
Georgetown (1-0) moved out to a 9-5 lead on back-to-back goals from Davey Emala with 7:07 left in the opening half.
The Dolphins (0-1) rallied to cut the lead to 9-7 on two goals from senior midfielder Bobby Stockton to close out the first half.
"We thought one we fought back from that early defecit we could play with them," said Stockton, who tallied a game-high four goals.
The Dolphins outshot Geogetown 52-38, forcing their opponent to play a lot more defense than it is used to playing.
"I am proud of our defense and they way they played today," Urick said. "Our goalie Jack Davis (nine saves) did a great job as well."
Georgetown also won the battle of the faceoffs 31-19, led by junior Brian Tabb, who took all the faceoffs for the Hoyas.
"We lost too many faceoffs and we jumped early on a bunch of them, " said Jacksonville head coach Matt Kerwick. "We will learn from this and get better."
Jacksonville, which is in its second year of Division I college lacrosse, impressed the Georgetown coach.
"It is nice to see how quickly they built this program in such a short time," Urick said. "Hopefully this will be an incentive for other programs to start up programs. I have heard that Marquette and Michigan are looking into starting programs. It is good for the game."
Georgetown will face rival and national power Maryland at College Park on Feb. 26.
"We usually play Maryland in our first game of the season," Urick said. "It is good to get a win it was just what we needed. Jacksonville is well coached and we have a lot of respect for them."