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GEORGETOWN LACROSSE GAMEDAY BLOG: Face-Off Classic at M&T Bank Stadium

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Good morning Georgetown lacrosse fans (and other readers)!

We're about 30 minutes away from game time and I'm sitting in the pressbox at M&T Bank Stadium, which is a much better view than the one I had selling Ravens merchandise on the 400 level, the last time I was here in 2007.

With so many of the guys on the roster being from the Baltimore area and Ravens fans there is a lot of excitement about being out on this field.

David Shriver, a senior captain from Timonium, Md (and avid Ravens' fan) shared his thoughts about the a chance to play in the Face-Off Classic RIGHT HERE. Davey Emala, the Hoyas leading goal scorer (12 goals, 2 assists) another Baltimore native could not conceal a smile when talking to reporter from Inside Lacrosse earlier in the week, so for these guys its a cool experience

I'll have more lacrosse related info (along with random observations from M&T Bank Stadium) as we move along, so sit back, relax and hit the refresh button every now and then...Updates will appear after the jump.   



As we're waiting to get underway here in Baltimore here are the starters from Georgetown.

GEORGETOWN STARTERS:
Attack: 5 Davey Emala - Emala is coming off a career high five goals against Harvard and leads the team with 12 goals.
Attack: 6 Rickey Mirabito - Mirabito had two goals and three assists in his last outing and is on the early season Tewaaraton Watch List.
Attack: 44 Travis Comeau - After becoming the leading freshman goal scorer in Georgetown history Comeau has come out with eight goals in his first four games, including hat tricks against Jacksonville and St. John's.
Midfield: 10 Max Seligmann - A senior captain and the most experienced player in the Hoyas midfield, Seligmann will likely draw Syracuse's long pole on the offensive side of the field.
Midfield: 13 Zack Angel - Another Baltimore area guy, Angel has hat tricks against Jacksonville and St. John's. Might be stating the obvious but so far when Angel scores three goals Georgetown wins.
Midfield: 7 Brian Casey - Casey is another one of Georgetown's super sophomore class and will see time at midfield and attack.
Defense: 43 Barney Ehrmann - One of the best long poles in the country and on the Tewaaraton Watch List.
Defense: 23 Dan Hostetler - Among the best athletes at his position in the nation. Hostetler will also move to long stick middie to shadow the Orange's best offensive middie.
Defense: 17 Bobby Boyle - Making his fifth start after sitting out last season.
Goalie: 11 Jack Davis - The reigning BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week will look to rebound from a tough loss at Harvard.

IN THE FACE-OFF CIRCLE: Senior Brian Tabb, who is 43-for-76 (.566) will take the opening face, but Georgetown may use a variety of options.

13:51 - The Hoyas won the opening face and Davey Emala took the first shot, which was saved. The Orange wasted no time bringing the ball downfield and getting a quick unassisted goal from Jovan Miller to take a 1-0 lead.

12:09 - The Hoyas struggled against Harvard clearing the ball, going just 10-for-17. So far they are 1-for-1.

6:35 - It was just pointed out that Georgetown has, so far, dominated the time of possession. Which has been true, as the Hoyas have been moving the ball around quite a bit on the offensive end. But just as I began typing Syracuse's JoJo Marasco just scored the Orange's second goal. Jack Davis had made a big save on the Orange's initial shot, but a rebound in an inopportune spot led to the Syracuse goal.

5:41 - GEORGETOWN GETS ON THE BOARD! Davey Emala just scored on a crazy behind the head shot that hit just inside the lower left hand corner of the cage. If style points were included the game would be tied at two, instead it's 2-1 Orange.

3:30 - The Hoyas will get an extra-man opportunity, as Syracuse was whistled for unnecessary roughness on a Georgetown clear attempt. First shot of the extra-man opp was a laser from Stu Shannon that sailed high. Still GU ball.

2:39 - EMALA SCORES AGAIN! This time on an assist from Rickey Mirabito to convert the extra-man opportunity. Syracuse was whistled for a push on the ensuing face-off and the Hoyas will get 30 more seconds of extra-man play.  

0:10 - Rickey Mirabito just drove to the cage and took a shot that hit off the post and bounced out to the top of the box, but before Dan Hostetler could recover it time ran out as the quarter ends: GEORGETOWN 2, SYRACUSE 2

FIRST QUARTER STATS
FACE-OFFS Georgetown 4, Syracuse 1
Clears by Period Georgetown 4-4, Syracuse 4-4

2ND QUARTER

9:38 - Head Coach Dave Urick called for a time out, as the Hoyas, after clearing well in the first quarter, have struggled as Syracuse has stepped up the intensity on the ride.

8:52 - Jack Davis just made a big stop and the Hoyas cleared the ball successfully. Brian Casey drew a push from Jovan Miller and the Hoyas will get another extra-man opp., the first of the second quarter.

4:37 - Syracuse's Jeremy Thompson just blasted a shot into the top corner of the cage, to put the Orange in front, 3-2. It was the first good look Syracuse got in the second quarter, as Georgetown's defense and Davis have otherwise been very strong so far.

3:03 - The Orange scored again. This time Stephan Keogh converted the pass from Tim Desko to take a, 4-2 lead. Syracuse won the ensuing face-off and will call for timeout with 2:44 remaining in the half.

0:18 - Unnecessary roughness called on Syracuse, as the Hoyas will hold onto the ball to close out the end of the first half.
AT THE HALF SYRACUSE 4, GEORGETOWN 2

THIRD QUARTER:

11:17 - Big start to the second quarter as Rickey Mirabito came across the middle and blistered a shot into the goal to bring the Hoyas within one.

9:07 - Stephan Keogh scored his second of the game to extend Syracuse's lead back to two goals at 5-3.

7:06 - Brian Casey just made a great run and jump at the goal to score his first of the game, bringing the Hoyas back within one. Tabb comes up with another face-off victory and the Hoyas have the ball once again!

5:36 - Two men down, the Hoyas could only hold off Syracuse for so long. With a slash and a cross check the Hoyas were two men down when Keogh scored his third goal of the game. 

2:29 - Shawn Hendi and the training staff are out to take a look at Brian Casey who appears to have just taken a knee to the head when attempting to pick up a ground ball. To add insult to injury the Hoyas were flagged for a crosscheck putting them a man down.

1:00 - The Hoyas just killed Syracuse's extra-man opportunity and will be rewarded after the Syracuse offsides penalty with an extra-man opportunity of their own. One of the frequent whispers around the pressbox today has been, "Is this the same Georgetown team that has been giving up over 14 goals a game?"

END OF THE THIRD QUARTER: Syracuse 6, Georgetown 4

FOURTH QUARTER:

12:44 - Jovan Miller of Syracuse just made a great stick check knocking the stick from the hands of Matt Sutherland, which is a good lacrosse play. Miller then proceeded to fling the stick lying on the ground about 15 feet into the air, which is not a good lacrosse play. Georgetown will regain possession.

12:05 - DAVEY EMALA continues to have a huge day. Emala scored his third, the fourth time he has had three or more goals in a game this season. Danielle Bernstein of Inside Lacrosse, our kind host here in the M&T Bank Stadium Pressbox, just started asking about potential player of the game candidates. Right now, according to the media in attendance if Syracuse wins its Stephan Keogh, if Georgetown wins its Davey Emala.

10:19 - Syracuse just got another goal, couldn't tell who scored, but the ball rolled out of a scrum in front of the cage into the goal behind Davis.

9:57 - EMALA NOW AT FOUR. On the Georgetown extra-man opportunity Emala scored his fourth of the game to bring the Hoyas back within one. You think someone is enjoying his Baltimore homecoming?

8:34 - After three quarters of fairly low-scoring defensive lacrosse the goal scorers are starting to come out. JoJo Marasco just scored his second of the game for Syracuse to make the score 8-6.

2:19 - EMALA TIES CAREER-HIGH WITH 5 GOALS! Emala came up with a loose ball in front of the goal and somehow created enough space to get a good shot off. Hoyas are now down by one with just over two minutes left.

0:42 - Syracuse will be content to try to run the clock out on this one, as they have called two timeouts to hold possession.

0:05 WOW!!!!! GERRY REILLY just got the people in the press box about as excited as the people in the stands. Reilly took the pass from Chris Nourse all the way downfield and then beat Galloway to the upper left corner to send the game into overtime! UNBELIEVABLE! I had thought there was no cheering in the pressbox, but I guess rules are made to be broken. 

OVERTIME:

2:19 Stephan Keogh scored the game-winner on an assist from Jovan Miller to push Syracuse past the Hoyas, 9-8 in overtime. 
 

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