March 21, 2012
BALTIMORE, Md. - The No. 18 Georgetown University men's lacrosse team (4-2, 1-0 BIG EAST) stuck with No. 5 Loyola (7-0, 2-0 ECAC), tying the game early in the second quarter, before Loyola scored six consecutive goals to defeat the Hoyas 11-6 on Wednesday evening at the Ridley Athletic Complex.
Senior goalie Matt Winter (New Haven, Conn./Choate Rosemary Hall) had a career-high 14 saves, as Loyola took 48 shots. Junior middies Brian Casey and Dan McKinney each had two goals, while senior middie Zack Angel had two assists, while senior Gerry Reilly picked up six ground balls in the loss.
Sophomore face-off specialist Chris May went 10-for-19 at the face-off X, for a GU team that won the groundball battle, 31-29.
Loyola took the lead quickly, as Sean O'Sullivan drove to the cage and scored an unassisted goal to give the Greyhounds a 1-0 lead less than three minutes into the game.
Georgetown did not waste time responding, as Dan McKinney answered with 10:42 left in the first quarter driving to the middle and blasting a jump shot past the goalie to tie the score at one. Francis McDonough gave GU its first lead, scoring his fourth goal of the season. McKinney extended the lead to two goals, at 3-1 with 8:11 remaining, as he found the top right corner of the net on the feed from Zack Angel from behind the cage.
The rest of the first quarter belonged to Loyola, as the Greyhounds scored two goals less than 30 seconds apart to tie the score at three goals with 7:11 remaining, then took the lead with Eric Lusby's goal with 55 seconds remaining in the first.
Loyola extended the lead to open the second quarter, holding onto the ball for nearly four minutes before Chris Lane gave the Greyhounds a 5-3 lead.
Jason McFadden closed the gap to one, scoring on an extra-man opportunity on Angel's second assist of the game, to bring the score to 5-4, as GU went into the half trailing by one goal despite the Greyhounds taking twice as many shots. Brian Casey scored 13:07 remaining in the third. After drawing a slash, Casey weaved around a defender and scored from a step off the right side of the crease, making the score 5-5.
Later in the third quarter, a Georgetown slashing penalty erased a would-be Hoyas goal. Loyola took advantage of the man-up opportunity to regain a 6-5 lead. The goal would start a 4-0 third quarter run by the Greyhounds, with Lusby scoring two of his five goals, putting GU in a four-goal hole, down 9-5 at the end of the three quarters.
Loyola kept the run going into the fourth quarter, scoring two goals to put GU behind by six, 11-5.
Casey came back with his second goal of the game with under six minutes left, assisted by junior attack Zac Guy to end Loyola's run of six unanswered goals, making the score 11-6, the eventual final score. Georgetown returns home on Saturday, March 24 when they host No. 10 Duke at Multi-Sport Field, with the opening face-off scheduled for 12:02 p.m. Saturday's game will be televised on ESPN3 with Booker Corrigan and Ryan Boyle calling the action. An audio broadcast of the game will also be available on Georgetown's official athletics website - www.guhoyas.com - with Chuck Timanus providing the call.
TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets for the Hoyas game with Duke or any of the three other future home games can be purchased by calling the Hoyas box office at (202) 687-HOYA (4692) or visiting the team's official website - GUHoyas.com - and visiting http://www.guhoyas.com/tickets/m-lacros-tickets.html.