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GEORGETOWN LACROSSE GAMEDAY BLOG: Hoyas under the lights at Rutgers

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Hello Hoya fans!

I'm typing from my seat in the pressbox at Yurcak Field on what is possibly the nicest night of the year. It's about 65 degrees, slight breeze and not a cloud in the sky. Somewhat shocking that we had to go to New Jersey for the nicest climate during the lacrosse season.

Interestingly enough there is a decent-sized group of youth lacrosse players who have become huge Georgetown fans for the evening. Right now they are standing in the front of the stands behind the Hoyas bench cheering on the guys through warm ups. Most interestingly, the loudest of our new Georgetown fans is wearing a Syracuse jersey and shorts. I'm wishing I traveled with some spare GU t-shirts for that poor kid. I blame his parents.

Tonight's game is a great opportunity for Georgetown to snap out of a three-game losing streak. The Hoyas have never lost to Rutgers in 13 previous games and GU would need this game along with next week's to avoid finishing under .500 for the first time since 1989 (the year prior to Dave Urick's arrival on the Hilltop).

The Blue & Gray will have to do it against a Rutgers team that is the best face-off unit in the BIG EAST at .593 percent. Christopher Mattes has won .655 of his face-off attempts this season. Georgetown will counter with Brian Tabb, who is five face-off wins away from moving into third place in Hoya history.

Other notes: The PA announcer here is really good. Great voice, kind of gives the game the feel of a championship boxing match. I'd put him in a similar class with Georgetown's very own Kondi Kleinman for best PA voices that I've heard in my travels. The guy here has the opening tagline of "Let's Get This Game Underway." Very similar to a certain line made famous by Michael Buffer. I approve. 

Also, Randi Larson the Senior Academic Advisor at Rutgers and wife of former Georgetown Associate SID Ben Shove stopped by to say hello.

Back with the starting lineups and more after the jump...
Starters for Georgetown
A: Davey Emala
A: Rickey Mirabito
A: Travis Comeau
M: Max Seligmann
M: Zack Angel
M: Dan McKinney
D: Barney Ehrmann (who will move up top and be replaced down low by Chris Nourse)
D: Bobby Boyle
D: Dan Hostetler
G: Jack Davis

1ST QUARTER: Rutgers wins the opening face-off and 17 Kevin Hover scores after a Hoya defender blocked a shot attempt. RUTGERS 1, GEORGETOWN 0.

12:30: Brett Weiss gets Georgetown on the board as he cut to the right, jumped and shot for the goal. Davey Emala gets the assist to tie the score GEORGETOWN 1, RUTGERS 1.

9:12: Zack Angel handed the ball off to Max Seligmann near midfield and Seligmann did the rest of the work. Seligmann ran past two defenders and then shot five hole for the Hoyas second goal of the game. GEORGETOWN 2, Rutgers 1

The stands are starting to fill up pretty nicely. The pressbox crew seems to believe that a lot of the first quarter arriving crowd is coming straight from Rutgers' spring football game that was played in golf ball driving distance away at Rutgers Stadium. I am also learning from Matt Haas' (Rutgers SID) and the folks on the Verizon Fios1 broadcast that while GU has lost three straight games, Rutgers has lost seven straight up to this point.

5:50: Brett Weiss scored again! The play was set up as Travis Comeau knocked the ball from the stick of the goalie then made a diving behind the back save as the defense collapsed behind the cage. Comeau's save fell at the feet of Emala who quickly picked it up and found a wide open Weiss 15 feet in front of the net for his second goal. GEORGETOWN 3, Rutgers 1. 

1:23: Georgetown will go man-up for a minute after a slashing call on 44 Ryan Warnick.

2ND QUARTER

13:36: TRAVIS COMEAU GOAL! Rutgers attempted to clear from behind their own net when Comeau intercepted the pass just to the left hand side of the cage and flipped the ball into the empty net one-handed. The goal was not Comeau's first one-handed goal ever, but maybe his easiest. GEORGETOWN 4, Rutgers 1. 

9:54: ZACK ANGEL GOAL! With two penalty flags on the ground Angel uncorked a sidearm shot that found the back of the cage to put Georgetown in front by one goal. Following the goal Rutgers is man down, but we have not heard in the pressbox yet what the penalty is. GEORGETOWN 5, Rutgers 1.

9:19: Travis Comeau was flagged for a slash on Rutgers clear attempt. He will be in the box for one minute. Speaking of Comeau, while he's in the box or maybe at halftime you may be interested in reading this feature that appeared in this week's Georgetown Voice, written by Kevin Joseph. ( http://georgetownvoice.com/2011/04/28/comeau-coming-up-big-in-his-sophomore-season/ )

5:09: RICKEY MIRABITO GOAL! Georgetown's ride again has stifled Rutgers, who has not been able to clear the ball well against GU so far. Dan Hostetler knocked the ball down at midfield, Davey Emala somehow came away from the scrum with it, under pressure he flipped it one-handed to Mirabito who beat the goalie from point blank range. GEORGETOWN 6, Rutgers 1.

4:15: Rutgers was able to clear the ball off a GU shot and Mike Diehl got the Scarlet Knights on the board for the first time since the the 13:40 mark in the first quarter. GEORGETOWN 6, Rutgers 2.

3:14 TIME OUT RUTGERS

2:38: Rutgers is putting together a nice run at the end of the second quarter as Will Mangan scored another one to make the score GEORGETOWN 6, Rutgers 3.

0:48 TIME OUT GEORGETOWN

0:00 Georgetown was unable to get off a good shot at the end of the second quarter as the Hoyas go into halftime with a 6-3 lead. More to come in the third quarter.

3RD QUARTER:

14:45: Rutgers goalie has come out on fire, stopping a point blank shot from Mirabito and then stopping the rebound shot from Tyler Knarr.

11:01 DAVEY EMALA GOAL! Emala scores on the fast break as Bobby Boyle flipped the ball to Emala who was waiting on the left side of the crease for the first goal of the second half. GEORGETOWN 7, Rutgers 3.

10:05 & 9:50: If you blinked you may have missed the back-to-back Rutgers goals. The Scarlet Knights scored and then won the face-off and pumped another one in very quickly. GEORGETOWN 7, Rutgers 5.

9:19 Rutgers is called for an illegal bodycheck as Travis Comeau got crushed trying to pick up a ground ball near the crease.

6:30: HAT TRICK BRETT WEISS! Brett Weiss took the pass from Mirabito and blasted a shot from 15 feet in front of the cage into the left side of the net. It is Weiss' first career hat trick. Weiss also has more goals today (3) than he had coming into this game during the 2011 season (2). 

2:33 Scott Klimchak wrapped around the cage and shot low to bring Rutgers back within two goals. A very athletic goal from Klimchak who now leads the Scarlet Knights with 24 goals. GEORGETOWN 8, Rutgers 6

1:32: Mike Diehl just beat Davis with the worm-burner shot to bring the Scarlet Knights within one for the first time since the score was 2-1 around the 9:12 mark in the first quarter.

0:34 DAVEY EMALA GOAL! Emala scores his second goal of the game in a pretty big spot, putting GU back up by two. Emala now has five points on two goals and three assists.

4TH QUARTER

14:49 TRAVIS COMEAU GOAL! Georgetown won the opening face-off brought the ball down the field quickly shot, which was stopped, then Comeau picked up the ground ball ran around a defender and scored to increase the Hoyas lead to three. GEORGETOWN 10, Rutgers 7.

14:17: Georgetown will go two men down, as David Shriver and Dan Hostetler will both spend a little time in the box on slashing calls.

10:37: RYAN SHULER GOAL! Shuler scored on the assist from Emala. Also of note, Emala now has a career high five assists for the Hoyas. GEORGETOWN 11, Rutgers 8.

8:13: John Urbank called for the slash. GU will be man down for 30 seconds.

4:15: DAN MCKINNEY GOAL! McKinney scored on a point blank shot opportunity on the assist from Davey Emala, his sixth of the game. He is one off of the record of seven set by Chris Remington against Villanova on April 10, 1993. GEORGETOWN 12, Rutgers 8

0:00 Time will run out. My apologies for missing that final Rutgers goal. Georgetown will snap a three-game losing streak with a 12-9 victory tonight over Rutgers.

I hope this blog has been part of an enjoyable game night for all of those following. Make sure to come out to Multi-Sport Field next Saturday when the Hoyas conclude its season against No. 9/10 Villanova at 7 p.m.



 



 




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