March 19, 2011

Faceoff Prowess Paves Way for Hoyas Win

from press release

WASHINGTON -- The Georgetown University men's lacrosse team (3-3, 2-1 BIG EAST) scored three goals in the game's first two minutes, then kept the ball away from the Providence College (2-3, 0-1 BIG EAST) offense by winning 20-of-23 face-offs, as the Hoyas won its home-opener 14-5 on Saturday afternoon at Multi-Sport Field.

Brian Tabb (Potomac, Md./Georgetown Prep) went 18-of-21 in the face-off circle and picked up 14 ground balls and the offense would struck early to put Providence away. Rickey Mirabito (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Forks) finished with two goals and had three assists for a game-high five points, while Travis Comeau recorded his third three goal game of the season.

Aside from Comeau and Mirabito, four other Hoyas would score two goals, as Brian Casey (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Prep), Davey Emala (Baltimore, Md./Gilman), Dan Hostetler (Ellicott City, Md./River Hill) and Max Seligmann (Essex Fells, N.J./Delbarton) all found the back of the cage twice in the victory.

To open the game, Tabb won the first three face-offs and the Hoyas turned them into quick goals, as Casey scored the first goal 41-seconds into the opening quarter. Comeau scored less than a minute later on an assist from Mirabito, before Casey scored again on another Mirabito assist all before the Friars had its first possession.

Seligmann extended the lead to 4-0 with a goal with 11:48 remaining in the first quarter, the last of the Hoyas early first quarter offensive explosion.

Early in the second quarter, Hostetler scored his first goal of the season, making an acrobatic, behind the back shot with a long pole after receiving a clearing pass from fellow long pole Chris Nourse to extend the Hoyas lead to 5-0.

Providence got on the board with 8:51 remaining in the half when Daniel Textor snuck a shot past Davis, bringing the score to 5-1, but the rest of the first half was all Blue & Gray. Seligmann, Hostetler and Comeau each scored their second goals of the game in the final six-and-a-half minutes of the second quarter, sending the GU into halftime with an 8-1 advantage.

The Friars came out of the break strong, as Jake Nolan scored an unassisted goal within the first two minutes of the third quarter. Davey Emala (Baltimore, Md./Gilman) scored his first goal of the game midway through the quarter, before Providence went on a 3-0 run that led into the fourth quarter, closing the gap to four goals, at 9-5.

Mirabito took over early in the fourth quarter, scoring on a feed from Casey, the just over a minute later, dodging his way to the crease to score again, giving GU an 11-5 lead. Emala scored on the pass from Jason McFadden, Comeau scored his third goal of the game on Emala's pass from behind the cage before Brett Weiss (Phoenix, Md. Boys' Latin) scored his first goal of the season to give Georgetown a 14-5 lead, the eventual final score.

Georgetown heads back on the road to Durham, N.C. to take on Duke University on Saturday, March 26.


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