Sept. 1, 2007
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Georgetown rallied back from a 14-point deficit in the first half, but Stony Brook scored two times in the second half and held off a late rally as the Hoyas fell to the Seawolves, 35-38, in front of 7,828 fans at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium in the season opener for both teams.
The Hoyas fell behind 14-0 early in the second quarter but pulled to within 21-13 at halftime and tied the game at 21-all early in the third quarter when sophomore Robert Lane (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley) threw a five-yard pass to freshman Nick Parrish (Irving, Texas/Jesuit College Prep). A two-point conversion was run in by sophomore Charlie Houghton [Toronto, Ontario, Canada/Phillips Academy (Mass.)], tying the game.
Stony Brook, however, responded with two touchdowns - first a three-yard pass from Josh Dudash to cap a nine-play, 59-yard drive in the third quarter, and then a three-yard Brandon Mason run to cap a 15-play, 82-yard drive in the fourth quarter - to open a 35-21 lead.
The Hoyas, who moved the ball well throughout the game, responded with a 13-play, 90-yard drive, capped off by a three-yard run from senior fullback Kyle Van Fleet (Williamsport, Pa./Loyalsock), pulling to within 35-28 with 5:57 to play.
The Seawolves took possession at their own 30-yard line after a 25-yard kick return from Conte Cuttino and picked up three first downs, moving the ball to the Georgetown 26-yard line. A 44-yard field goal attempt from Luke Gaddis went wide left with one minute left to play, giving the Hoyas life.
Taking over at their own 26-yard line, senior quarterback Matt Bassuener (Port Edwards, Wis./Port Edwards) completed passes to senior Brent Craft (Jupiter, Fla./The Benjamin School) (6 yards) and Houghton (4 yards) and Van Fleet (10 yards), but the Hoya drive would fall short. After picking up one first down, GU was stopped on three-straight plays and a fourth down pass was batted down by Stony Brook defenders.
The Seawolves (1-0) built a 14-0 when Dudash connected on TD passes of 6 yards to Levin Halonski at 9:24 of the first quarter and 60 yards to Dwayne Eley at 13:42 of the second.
Lane responded with a 13-yard run to cut the Hoyas' deficit to 14-7 at 9:47 of the second. Mason's 4-yard scoring run at 7:36 built Stony Brook's lead to 21-7. Bassuener started the Georgetown rally with a 4-yard scoring run at 4:33 of the second quarter to make it 21-13.
Bassuener, who completed his first 11 passes of the game, finished the night 20-of-26 for 226 yards, while running seven times for 41 yards. The Hoyas ran 28 times for 128 with three players gaining at least 30 yards - Bassuener 7-41, VanFleet, 10-36, and Lane, 4-33). Houghton caught eight passes for 96 yards and VanFleet finished with five catches for 88 yards.
Georgetown hosts Patriot League rival Lafayette in the home opener at the Multi-Sport Field on Saturday, September 8. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. at the Hilltop.
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