March 25, 2009
Washington, D.C. -
After spending the better part of the first month of the season on the road, no team was in more dire need for a home game than the Georgetown Hoyas men's lacrosse team. It didn't matter much that the opponent was No. 11 Harvard - making it the fourth game against a team ranked among the top-15 in the country this season - the Hoyas were happy to return home.
The team left the Multi-Sport Field and most of the 1,126 fans in attendance happy as well after junior Rickey Mirabito (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Forks) took a feed from junior Craig Dowd (East Northport, N.Y./Northport) and scored with 1:19 left in overtime to give the Hoyas a much-needed 9-8 win over the Crimson. The loss ends a two-game losing streak for the Hoyas, who improved to 3-4 overall, while Harvard fell to 4-2.
The teams scored two goals apiece in the final four minutes of regulation to head into overtime knotted at 8-all. Harvard won the opening faceoff, but sophomore Ryan Shuler (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Prep) forced a turnover and junior Scott Kocis (Huntington, N.Y./Huntington) picked up the ground ball to give the Hoyas possession with three minutes left. After a shot from senior Todd Cochran (Wayne, Pa./Conestoga) went wide, Mirabito scored on a point-blank shot in front of the cage from Dowd, giving the Hoyas the thrilling win.
The game had been tied at 5-afer three periods, but the latter stages of the fourth quarter were fast and furious. Harvard's Travis Burr scored 30 seconds into the period as the Crimson took a 6-5 lead. The Hoyas tied the game at 6-all when Mirabito scored the first of his three goals - he scored all of his goals in the fourth quarter and overtime - with 6:58 left, coming off the X and using a roll dodge and going to the high post to beat Harvard goalie Joe Pike.
The teams went back-and-forth over the next three minutes, but Harvard appeared to have the edge when Travis Burr swatted at a loose ball near the crease and put it past Georgetown junior goalie Jack Davis (Glen Ridge, N.J./Glen Ridge) with 3:52 left to play. Georgetown's chance to tie the game came down to the final minute, as Mirabito took a feed from Dowd in front of the net and scored the team's second extra-man goal of the game, tying it with 1:14 to play. Senior Michael Shotwell (Fairfax, Va./St. Stephen's-St. Agnes) won the ensuing face-off and after a Georgetown timeout, Cochran scored on a grounder with 55 seconds left, giving the Hoyas an 8-7 lead. After winning the next faceoff and calling a timeout, Harvard's Jeff Cohen ran from the X up the far side and took a shot that beat Davis high on the stick side with 22 seconds left in regulation. The Hoyas won the next faceoff, but a shot from junior Andrew Brancaccio (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Prep) was blocked as time ran out.
The teams went into the half knotted at four goals apiece. It was 2-2 after the first quarter, but the Hoyas picked up a goal from Brancaccio, off a feed from Mirabito, with 5:03 to play, making it 3-2. Kocis made it 4-2 after he ran through a defender and took a high shot that beat Pike with 3:50 left. No sooner had the Hoyas taken the lead when Harvard came back. Dean Gibbons scored with 2:33 left to make it 4-3 and a goal from Nick Sapia tied the game at 4-all with 1:30 to play.
The Crimson had jumped on top quickly in the first quarter, as Christian Overbeck won the opening faceoff and fed Kevin Vaughan, who scored just six seconds into the game. The Hoyas tied the game with 8:39 remaining when Dowd scored an unassisted goal. After a Harvard penalty, the Hoyas scored an EMO goal when Mirabito fed Brancaccio, who bounced one past Pike with 4:08 left in the quarter, giving the Hoyas a 2-1 lead. The Crimson tied the game at 2-all heading into the second on a goal from Gibbons with two seconds left.
The Hoyas held the advantage in shots (41-28), but Harvard had more groundballs (30-26) and won more faceoffs (11-20). Mirabito finished with three goals and two assists for five points, while Brancaccio and Kocis scored two goals apiece and Dowd added a goal and two assists.
Georgetown plays its second home game of the week this Saturday, March 28, hosting nearby rival Navy. Faceoff at the Multi-Sport Field is slated for 1 p.m. A webcast of the game will be available on the Georgetown Athletics website - www.guhoyas.com - with Chuck Timanus calling the action, and the game will be shown live on MASN.