March 1, 2014
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - The Georgetown University men's lacrosse team (2-2, 0-0 BIG EAST) closed a five-goal deficit, even taking a brief fourth quarter lead, but could not hold off Hofstra (2-2, 0-0 CAA) in a, 9-8 overtime loss on Saturday afternoon at James M. Shuart Stadium.
After falling behind by as many as five goals in the first half, the Hoyas outscored the Pride, 5-2 in the second half. Junior midfielder Bo Stafford (Greenwich, Conn./Brunswick), junior attackman Reilly O'Connor (Brooklin, Ontario[Canada]/The Hill Academy) and freshman midfielder Devon Lewis (Orlando, Fla./Lake Highland Prep) each had two goals, with Stafford's second giving GU a one goal lead late in the game. Though Hofstra's Mike Malave scored the equalizer with 1:14 left to tie the score at eight, sending it to overtime.
Graduate student Tyler Knarr (Eagleville, Pa./LaSalle College), who finished 10-of-17 at the face-off X, won the opening face-off, and the Hoyas controlled the ball through much of the extra frame, but Hofstra's Torin Varn converted a late fast break opportunity to seal the loss for Georgetown.
Georgetown had its three-game overtime winning streak snapped, as redshirt junior Jake Haley (Grasonville, Md./Queen Anne's County) made eight saves dropping his first career overtime decision. Senior defender John Urbank, a Long Island native, picked up four ground balls and caused two turnovers in his homecoming. In addition to Knarr's 10 face-off wins, he picked up seven ground balls, scored one goal and caused one turnovers for the Blue & Gray.
The Hoyas took an early lead as Lewis deposited a jump shot into the back of the cage at the 9:26 mark in the first quarter, taking a 1-0 leada, but it would be all Hofstra for the next 20-minutes.
Drew Coholan answered two minutes Lewis's goal to tie the score at one goal apiece. Sam Llinares gave the Pride a one goal, 2-1, lead at the end of the first quarter.
Georgetown started the second quarter two-men down, including a three-minute non-releasable illegal stick penalty. Hofstra would capitalize. Korey Hendrickson scored the first extra man goal, 14-seconds into the second quarter. Brier Davis scored his first of three second quarter goals while the Pride was man-up. Davis added two more even strength goals to put GU in a five-goal hole, at 6-1 late in the quarter.
O'Connor's second quarter extra-man goal at the 3:03 mark stopped a 6-0 Hofstra run and broke a stretch of more than 20-minutes of scoreless lacrosse for the Hoyas. Knarr won the ensuing face-off and scored a transition goal seven seconds later, his first of the season, to bring GU within three at the half, 6-3.
Stafford brought the Hoyas within two, scoring on Peter Conley's (Larchmont, N.Y./Mamaroneck) feed on an extra-man opportunity early in the third quarter, making the score 6-4. Hofstra extended the lead back to three on Lance Yapor's goal with 3:38 left in the third quarter. Lewis split two defenders and ripped a shot past the goalkeeper to bring GU back within two, 7-5, at the end of the third quarter.
O'Connor opened the fourth quarter with his second goal of the game, working his way to the crease and placing a shot in the top left corner to bring the Hoyas within one goal, 7-6. Peter Conley tied the score with 10:12 remaining in the game on Stafford's assist. Stafford put GU in front for the first time since the first quarter, scoring on a feed from Jeff Fountain with 7:40 left in the game.
Hofstra retied the score at eight with 1:14 remaining in the game on Mike Malave's first goal to send the game to overtime. Despite winning the opening face-off and controlling time of possession, GU would fall on Varn's fast break goal with 19 seconds remaining in the period, for the Hoyas second consecutive one-goal loss.
NOTES: Georgetown returns home on Saturday, March 8 when they host Harvard. It will be the Hoyas first home game since its season-opener against Mount St. Mary's.