March 11, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Georgetown scored four goals in the second quarter and added four more in the fourth and junior Craig Dowd (East Northport, N.Y./Northport) led the way with two goals and two assists en route to a 12-6 win over Delaware on Wednesday night in Newark, Del.
It was the second road win of the season for the Hoyas, ranked No. 11 in the country by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association and No. 12 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse poll, who improved to 2-2 with the win. The Fighting Blue Hens fall to 2-4 overall.
The Hoyas led by three goals, 8-5, after three quarters of play, but scored four times in the final quarter to pull away for the win.
The lead was only two goals, 6-4, at halftime, but senior Chris Taylor (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island) started things, scoring off a feed from sophomore Ryan Shuler (Chevy Chase, Md./Georgetown Prep) at 13:35 as the lead grew to 7-4. Delaware responded with a score form Carter Bloor less than a minute later, but neither team would score over the remainder of the period.
Georgetown scored the first two goals of the fourth quarter in the opening five minutes and pushed the lead to 10-5. Junior Scott Kocis (Huntington, N.Y./Huntington) scored at the 10:34 mark to make it 9-5. Senior Dan D'Agnes (Manhasset, N.Y./Chaminade) fed Dowd for his second goal, at the 9:53 mark, to extend the lead to 10-5. Delaware pulled to within 10-6, but scores from senior Todd Cochran (Wayne, Pa./Conestoga), at 5:47, and Shuler, with 3:56 left, provided the final margin.
The Hoyas jumped on top early, scoring twice in the first five minutes to take a 2-0 lead. Dowd found junior Rickey Mirabito (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Forks) for his ninth goal of the season at 13:03 and then Shuler fed junior Chris Schuville (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) for a goal at the 12:20 mark. The Blue Hens pulled to within 2-1 on a goal from Beau Davis, but the Hoyas continued the pressure, firing off six shots in the ensuing four minutes. The score remained 2-1 until Kevin Kaminski tied the game with a goal at the 3:41 mark.
Delaware scored its third-straight goal at the start of the second quarter, an unassisted tally from Mark Steverson 25 seconds into play. The Hoyas, however, continued the pressure and found its rhythm, scoring four-straight times to take 6-4 lead at the break. Cochran knotted things up at 13:35, tallying an unassisted goal. Two minutes later, D'Agnes scored off an assist from Dowd and Mirabito, giving the Hoyas a 4-3 lead. Junior Andrew Brancaccio (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Prep) scored with 8:28 left and then, with 19 seconds left before the half, Dowd scored an unassisted goal to give the Hoyas the two-goal lead.
Junior goalie Jack Davis (Glen Ridge, N.J./Glen Ridge) made nine saves for the Hoyas.
Junior Chris Nixon (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) had a team-high six ground balls to lead a Georgetown defense that held its fourth-straight opponent to 10 goals or fewer. Classmate Eric Bicknese (Ridgewood, N.J./Delbarton) and Taylor added five ground balls apiece as GU held a 41-28 advantage. Senior Dan Vinson (Pleasant Valley, Calif./De La Salle) was strong at the X, winning 11-of-19 face-off attempts.
Dowd finished with two goals and two assists to lead the Hoyas, while Shuler added a goal and two assists for three points and Kocis and Cochran scored two goals apiece.
The six goals scored by Delaware were the fewest scored by a Georgetown opponent this season and it was the lowest since holding Penn State to four goals in a win on May 5, 2007. It was the 25th time in the last 32 games, dating back to the start of the 2007 season, that the GU defense had allowed 10 or fewer goals.
The Hoyas hit the road again this weekend, visiting Hobart for a key ECAC League matchup on Saturday, March 14. Face-off in Hamilton, N.Y. is slated for 1 p.m.