March 17, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Junior midfielder Brian Casey assisted on the Hoyas go-ahead goal in the fourth quarter and scored the eventual game-winner as the No. 18 Georgetown men's lacrosse team (4-1, 1-0 BIG EAST) defeated Providence (1-3, 0-1 BIG EAST), 7-6 on Saturday afternoon to win its third consecutive one-goal decision.
Casey had a game-high four points on two goals and two assists to help Georgetown win its fourth game of the season and extend its series edge over the Friars to 5-1. Jason McFadden and Dan McKinney each had one goal and one assist in the victory.
Sophomore goalie Jake Haley made four saves, allowing just two goals to earn the win, coming in for starter CT Fisher in the second half. Defenders Bobby Boyle and Chris Nourse each picked up two ground balls and caused two turnovers, as GU won the ground ball battle, 34-23, while sophomore Chris May went 12-for-17 from the face-off X in the GU victory.
GU, who earned the victory in its first road game of the season would benefit from the ground ball and face-off edge in the long run after getting off to a fast start on offense.
The Hoyas did not waste time, as senior middie Francis McDonough opened the game with a goal just 46 seconds into the first quarter after May took the opening face-off.
Peter Wujciak evened the score for the Friars just under two minutes later, but the rest of the quarter would belong to Georgetown. Freshman middie Joe Bucci put Georgetown in front with 9:54 remaining in the first on an assist from Zac Guy. McFadden scored with 4:08 remaining in the first on the assist from Casey to put GU in front 3-1 at the end of the first.
Casey opened up the second quarter quickly for the Hoyas scoring less than a minute in, to extend the lead to 4-1. The Friars would rally, as JT Weber broke nearly 17-minutes of scoreless lacrosse with a goal at the 10:29 mark. Niall Cahill tied the score with two second quarter goals coming just over seven-minutes apart, with the equalizer coming with 1:15 left in the half, making the halftime score, 4-4.
McKinney broke a long scoring drought for the Hoyas, finishing on an assist from McFadden to put GU back in front, 5-4. Weber again answered, retying the score at five goals, before the teams finished the last 9:34 of the third quarter without a goal.
Casey took over in the fourth quarter, first finding freshman attack Reilly O'Connor for his second career goal at 10:48 in the final quarter to put GU in front, 6-5. The Hoyas would lead the rest of the way. Casey scored a goal of his own 36-seconds later on an assist from McKinney, the eventual game-winner.
Providence scored one more goal with 6:02 remaining, but GU held the Friars scoreless the rest of the way for the Hoyas defense and Haley to earn his first collegiate win in GU's third consecutive one-goal victory.
Georgetown returns to action on Wednesday when they travel to Baltimore, Md. to take on Loyola (Md.) at 7 p.m.