April 21, 2012

Georgetown Squeezes Orange in Second Half

from press release

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The Georgetown University men's lacrosse team (6-6, 2-3 Big East) used a dominant second half performance to open a four-goal lead against No. 14 Syracuse (7-6, 3-2) and senior goalie Matt Winter (New Haven, Conn./Choate Rosemary Hall) made several late saves to preserve a 10-8 victory over the Orange at the Carrier Dome on Saturday afternoon. The victory is just the Hoyas second in the Carrier Dome and first since 2006 against Syracuse.

The Blue & Gray had been in similar situations in 2012, holding a two-goal lead late in the fourth quarter, as momentum seemed to shift toward the opponent, this time No. 14 Syracuse. But with under a minute remaining, the Orange, already on a 2-0 run, had a two-on-one fast break, but this time Winter stopped Tim Desko's point blank shot. He would make another save with 18 seconds remaining, one of his game-high 12 to seal the Hoyas victory and keep hope alive for a spot in the Big East Tournament.

Senior face-off specialist Brian Tabb (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Prep) won 10-of-14 face-offs in the second half to help the Hoyas gain possession and outscore Syracuse 8-5 during the last two quarters.

Junior attack Brian Casey (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Prep) had three goals, all in the fourth quarter, and one assist to lead the offense, while junior attack Travis Comeau (Red Deer, Alberta[Canada]/The Hill Academy) had two goals and one assist. Dan McKinney (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna) added two goals.

Syracuse struck first, as Bobby Eilers found the back just over two minutes into the game at the12:49 mark. Comeau answered quickly for the Hoyas, scoring an unassisted goal at 11:27 to tie the score at one goal apiece. The Orange would again pull in front, as Luke Cometti scored with 3:50 left in the first quarter. Dan McKinney (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna) would answer for the GU, scoring with 1:15 remaining in the quarter to send the game to the second quarter tied, 2-2.

The Hoyas and Orange played the bulk of the second quarter scoreless, until Tim Desko broke the tie with 1:27 remaining in the half to take a 3-2 lead, the eventual halftime score.

In the third quarter, McKinney converted the man-up opportunity to retie the score at three, on an assist from Comeau at the 9:20 mark. Desko scored less than a minute later to put Syracuse back on top, 4-3.

The Hoyas offense started a 4-0 run, as senior midfielder Zack Angel (Park Hall, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) scored with 6:43 remaining in the third. Over a minute later, Jeff Fountain found the back of the cage on the assist from Casey to give GU its first lead of the game, 5-4. With 3:01 remaining, junior defender Brennan Bicknese(Ridgewood, N.J./Delbarton) scoring the first goal by a Hoya long stick player this season to give GU a 6-4 lead at the end of the third quarter.

Casey scored his first goal of the game just over 30-seconds into the fourth quarter to give GU a three-goal edge, but the Orange answered with two goals, a minute apart, to close the gap to one, at 7-6. Comeau's second goal of the game came at a critical time, as he picked up a rebound on his own shot then beat the Orange goalie to the top left side to end Syracuse's 2-0 run, 10:27 remaining in the fourth quarter.

After taking a hard hit in front of the goal, Brian Casey scored twice within 15-seconds to extend the Hoyas lead to four goals. Casey wrapped around the crease and scored with 7:51 remaining to put GU up, 9-6. Tabb won his sixth straight face-off of the fourth quarter and found Casey, who ran by two Syracuse defenders, switched hands and scored along the crease for his second goal in 15 seconds, at 7:36, giving GU a 10-6 advantage.

The Orange scored twice more to bring them within two goals with 3:05 remaining in the game, but Winter and the Hoyas defense stood strong, with Winter turning away two shots late to preserve the Hoyas 10-8 victory.

Georgetown returns to the field on Friday, April 28 when they host Rutgers on Senior Night on the Hilltop. The Hoyas will honor its 16 seniors in a ceremony on the field prior to the opening face-off.


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