March 11, 2014
WASHINGTON - Reilly O'Connor (Brooklin, Ontario/The Hill Academy) and Bo Stafford (Greenwich, Conn./Brunswick) had six points apiece, as the Georgetown University men's lacrosse team snapped a three-game losing streak with a 16-9 victory over Furman (0-7, 0-0 Atlantic Sun) on Tuesday night at Multi-Sport Field.
The Hoyas offense broke out as O'Connor scored a career-high five goals and had one assist, while Stafford, who moved from midfield to attack tonight, had his third consecutive two goal game, to go with a career-high four assists. Overall, Georgetown had five players with multi-goal games, including Peter Conley (Larchmont, N.Y./Mamaroneck) with three, and Charlie McCormick (Bronxville, N.Y./Bronxville) and Devon Lewis (Orlando, Fla./Highland Prep) with two apiece.
Graduate student Tyler Knarr (Eagleville, Pa./LaSalle College) was dominant at the face-off X, winning 20-of-29 face-offs, while picking up a career-high 18 ground balls and scoring a goal in the Hoyas victory. Senior John Urbank (Mineola, N.Y./Chaminade) caused five turnovers and junior goalie Jake Haley (Grasonville, Md./Queen Anne's County) had 11 saves in the victory.
"I'm really excited about the guys' effort coming off of just two days of preparation for Furman," Georgetown Head Coach Kevin Warne said. "Our offense was a bright spot tonight and Tyler Knarr, as always, did a great job at the face-off X. I'm also very excited about our potential on offense with some personnel changes and the unselfishness that our guys played with tonight."
The Hoyas offense came to life early in the first quarter, as O'Connor picked up a rebound in front of the cage and deposited it in the back of the net 43-seconds into the game, giving GU a 1-0 lead. Stafford scored moments later, followed by Devon Lewis' goal to give GU a 3-0 lead within the game's first five minutes. After a Furman goal, O'Connor scored his second of the game on an assist from Lewis. Lewis would later assist Conley to give the Hoyas a 5-2 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Knarr scored seven seconds into the second quarter, after winning the face-off and racing to the cage to for his second goal of the season. The goal was part of a 4-0 Georgetown run to help GU take an 8-2 lead early in the period.
Furman responded, scoring four of the next five goals, with two goals on either side of Conley's goal at the 5:55 mark in the second quarter. The Paladins cut the Hoyas lead to three, 9-6, on Danny Dorsett's goal 15-seconds into the third quarter, but the Hoyas would answer quickly.
Stafford and Lewis scored three minutes apart to expand the Hoyas lead to five goals, 11-6. After another Furman goal, Conley and O'Connor added consecutive goals to give GU a 13-7 lead at the end of three quarters.
Furman's Kenny Meinsen opened the fourth quarter with a goal, but O'Connor and McCormick scored just over a minute apart and Jeff Fountain (Lutherville-Timonium, Md./St. Paul's) scored on the assist from Stafford to put the Hoyas in front 16-8 for its largest lead of the game. Furman would add one more, before the Hoyas ran the clock out for a 16-9 victory.
Georgetown returns to action on Saturday afternoon, when they travel to Queens, N.Y. to open BIG EAST play with St. John's. The opening face-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.