March 19, 2005
GENEVA, NY -- Georgetown's fifth ranked men's lacrosse team (4-1; 2-0) won its fourth straight game, defeating #16 Hobart 11-9 in Geneva, New York. It marked the 10th straight win by the Hoyas over the Statesmen (4-1; 0-1) and the first victory against Hobart as an ECAC member. Georgetown was down at the half for the second straight game, 6-2, but exploded for six goals in the third quarter and finished with nine in the second half compared to Hobart's three.
The Hoyas opened the scoring 1:27 into the contest on the first of sophomore attackman Trevor Casey's (Georgetown Prep/Bethesda, Md.) two goals. Both offenses were quiet over the next 10 minutes.
Sophomore midfielder Justin Porter broke the Statesmen out of their offensive slumber with his first collegiate goal at the 3:19 mark. Just over a minute later Hobart scored again and with 25 seconds remaining in the opening quarter, senior attackman Sean Reed gave Hobart a 3-1 lead.
Nate Hill scored the first two goals of the second quarter in nearly identical fashion, beating his defender from behind the cage and depositing a low shot past senior goalie Rich D'Andrea (The Peddie School/Belle Mead, N.J.). D'Andrea finished the day with 10 saves.
Junior midfielder Patrick Meade closed out Hobart's string of six unanswered goals with an unassisted marker at 3:04 of the second quarter.
Georgetown stopped the bleeding 93 seconds before halftime when senior midfielder Nick Miaritis (Ward Melville/Setauket, N.Y.) netted the first of his two tallies on the day.
The Hoyas came out of the break a changed team. After Hobart posted a successful clear on each of its first eight attempts, Georgetown rode the Statesmen on six of their 10 attempts in the third frame. The extra offensive opportunities translated into six of the seven third quarter goals.
Miaritis made it a 6-3 game less than two minutes into the second half, and first-year attackman Brendan Cannon (The Haverford School/Haverford, Pa.) got the Hoyas within two at the 6:13 mark.
At 3:48, senior defenseman Brodie Merrill (Salisbury School/Orangeville, Ontario) converted a failed clear by the Statesmen into his third goal of the season to trim Georgetown's deficit to just one, and seven seconds later, junior attackman Sean Denihan (Manhasset/Manhasset, N.Y.) knotted the contest at 7-all.
Hobart briefly reclaimed the lead on sophomore midfielder Chris David's ninth goal of the year at the 2:45 mark, but the Hoyas scored the next three goals, spanning the third and fourth quarters to grab a 9-7 lead.
Back-to-back scores just 28 seconds apart by Hobart tied the game for the fourth and final time with 11:31 remaining.
Casey scored the game-winner with just under six minutes to play and Denihan added an insurance goal three minutes later to ice the victory.
Hobart senior goalie Dan Valente made 17 saves, including eight in the third quarter.
Denihan led Georgetown with four points (3-1), while Cannon, Casey, and Miaritis each added two goals. Merrill led the Hoyas to a 37-33 advantage on ground balls with a game-high 13. Hill led Hobart with two goals and two assists, while Veltman added three points.
Georgetown's next contest is at 1 p.m., on March 26, when the Hoyas host their first home game of the season against third-ranked Duke.