March 24, 2012
WASHINGTON - The No. 18 Georgetown University men's lacrosse team (4-3, 1-0 BIG EAST) scored five unanswered goals in the fourth quarter, but it was not enough to overcome the seven goal lead that No. 10/11 Duke (7-3, 1-1 ACC) built during the second and third quarters, as the Hoyas fell 13-11 on a rainy afternoon at Multi-Sport Field.
Junior attack Travis Comeau (Red Deer, Alberta[Canada]/The Hill Academy) led four Hoya multi-goal scorers with three, for his 12th career hat trick. Senior middie Francis McDonough (Garden, City, N.Y./Garden City) had two goals and two assists to lead GU with four points, while Brian Will (Potomac, Md./The Bullis School) scored his first two career goals. Senior middie Zack Angel (Park Hall, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) had two goals and senior Brian Casey (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Prep) had two assists in his first start at attack this season.
The Hoyas defense caused 11 turnovers, with junior defender Chris Nourse (Erieville, N.Y./The Hotchkiss School) forcing a season-high five.
Georgetown and Duke traded goals in the first quarter, with Comeau scoring twice, as the teams went into second quarter tied 3-3.
The Blue Devils took over in the second, as the Hoyas struggled with turnovers, enabling Duke to score five unanswered goal to go into the half with an 8-3 lead. Christian Walsh scored two goals for Duke to open the second half, putting the Hoyas behind by seven goals.
Angel ended Duke's 7-0 run with a goal on an assist from Brian Casey. After another Duke goal, Zac Guy and Will scored consecutive goals to cut the lead to five, before two more Blue Devils goals to end the third quarter made the score 13-6.
In the fourth quarter sophomore Chris May (McLean, Va./Gonzaga) won the last four face-offs of the game to give the Hoyas control of possession. The offense did not waste the opportunity, as Comeau scored just over 20-seconds into the quarter. Angel scored just over a minute later to close the gap to five goals. McDonough and Will scored just over a minute apart, midway through the fourth quarter bringing the Hoyas within three goals, before Dan McKinney scored his first goal of the game with 2:17 left in the game, bringing GU within two goals at 13-11.
Duke's goalie Dan Wigrizer stopped three Georgetown shots over the last two minutes to stall the Hoyas late comeback attempt, as Duke held the 13-11 advantage as the clock ran down to zero.
Senior goalie Matt Winter (New Haven, Conn./Choate Rosemary Hall) took the loss, stopping eight shots, dropping him to 3-2 on the season.
Georgetown returns to action on Saturday, March 31 when they travel to Easton, Pa. to take on Lafayette at 4 p.m. The Hoyas will be on the road the following Wednesday to take on BIG EAST rival Villanova at 7 p.m., before returning to the Hilltop to host St. John's on Saturday, April 7.