No. 19 Georgetown Men's Lacrosse Falls to No. 8 Duke, 9-5
March 21, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. -
The Georgetown University men's lacrosse team fought back from a three-goal deficit to tie the game in the third quarter, but No. 8 Duke scored four-straight goals to pull away for a 9-5 win over the 19th-ranked Hoyas in front of 2,093 fans at Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C. Saturday afternoon.
It was the fourth loss in the last five games for the Hoyas, who fall to 2-4 overall. Duke improves to 7-3 overall.
The Hoyas trailed 5-1 early in the second quarter, but scored four-straight goals - including two in the final 20 seconds of the first half - to tie the game at 5-all when junior Scott Kocis (Huntington, N.Y./Huntington) blasted a shot past Rob Schroeder after taking a feed from junior Craig Dowd (East Northport, N.Y./Northport) behind the cage with 3:04 left to play.
Duke, however, scored two goals in the final 2:08 of the third quarter and added two more in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
The Hoyas had taken a 1-0 lead in the first quarter when senior Todd Cochran (Wayne, Pa./Conestoga) scored an unassisted goal at 12:39. The Blue Devils responded 14 seconds later, tying the game on a goal from CJ Costabile. Max Quinzani would score three-straight goals for Duke before the end of the quarter, giving the hosts a 4-1 lead heading into the second quarter.
The lead grew to 5-1 at 10:44 of the second quarter when Will McKee tallied an unassisted goal, but the Hoyas got back into the game before halftime. With 19 seconds left, junior Andrew Brancaccio (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Prep) had a shot saved by Schroeder, but he intercepted a pass and fired a shot from 20 yards out, pulling the Hoyas to within 5-2.
After senior Michael Shotwell (Fairfax, Va./St. Stephen's-St. Agnes) won the ensuing faceoff, junior Barney Ehrmann (Baltimore, Md./Gilman) picked up the groundball and fed the ball to Dowd. Dowd spotted Shuler near the goal and the sophomore tipped it in with 10 seconds left, making it 5-3.
Shuler scored his second goals of the game just 2:34 into the third quarter, pulling the Hoyas to within 5-4. Georgetown continued to press and had three shots before Dowd fed Kocis from behind the cage for the goal to tie the game at 5-all with 3:04 to play in the quarter.
Duke responded soon after, with a goal from Mike Catalino giving the Blue Devils a 6-5 lead with 2:08 left. Zach Howell scored with 1:47 left in the quarter, making it 7-5. The Hoyas took 11 shots in the final quarter, but goals from Justin Turri and McKee provided the final margin for the Blue Devils.
Georgetown outshot Duke, 37-29, and had 28 groundballs to the Blue Devils' 35. Shotwell was 6-of-10 on face-offs, while senior Dan Vinson (Pleasant Hill, Calif./DeLaSalle) won 3-of-7 as the Hoyas were 9-of-17 for the day.
Shuler led the offense with two goals, Dowd added two assists, while Brancaccio, Cochran and Kocis each scored one.
Georgetown returns home for its second game of the season at the Multi-Sport Field on Wednesday, March 25, hosting No. 16 Harvard at 3:30 p.m.