March 28, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. -
Georgetown fought back from a four-goal deficit in the third quarter and pulled to within one score on three occasions in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough, as Navy scored two goals 42 seconds apart and held off the Hoyas, 10-8, in front of 2,155 fans at the Multi-Sport Field on a cold and rainy day on the Hilltop.
It was the third loss in the last four games for the Hoyas, who fall to 3-5 overall, while the Midshipmen improve to 7-3 overall.
Trailing 6-2 in the third quarter, Georgetown began to mount a furious comeback in the latter stages. In the span of 45 seconds between the end of the third and the start of the fourth quarter, the Hoyas scored three-straight goals and pulled to within 6-5 when junior Rickey Mirabito (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Forks) took a feed from junior Craig Dowd (East Northport, N.Y./Northport) and scored with 14:38 to play in the game.
Navy's Tim Paul responded just over a minute later, scoring an unassisted goal with 13:23 to play, making it 7-5. Georgetown, however, pulled back to within a goal when junior Chris Schuville (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) took a pass from Dowd and beat Navy goalie Tommy Phelan to the lower corner with 10:30 to play.
Three minutes later, Navy's Geoff Leone scored his second goal of the game, on an assist from Paul, giving the visitors an 8-6 lead. Junior Andrew Brancaccio (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Prep) responded with 6:06 left, beating Phelan on a left-handed shot as Georgetown narrowed the gap to 8-7.
With four minutes left, Navy scored twice in the span of 42 seconds, first on a goal from Paul and then on a goal from Bruce Nechanicky that made it 10-7 with 3:15 to play. The Hoyas pressed on, with a goal from junior Scott Kocis (Huntington, N.Y./Huntington) off a feed from Schuville with 1:17 left pulling GU to within 10-8. Senior Dan Vinson (Pleasant Hill, Calif./DeLaSalle) won the ensuing face-off, the 14th he won in 20 attempts on the day, and a shot from Schuville went high and one from Dowd was saved by Phelan. Georgetown forced a turnover and the Hoyas took two shots in the final 40 seconds - one from Kocis that was wide and a shot from junior Rickey Mirabito (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenengo Forks) that was high - but Navy picked up the ground ball and was able to hold on for the win.
The first quarter saw the teams battle back and forth over the first 12 minutes for possession and the teams combined for seven shots before a goal was scored. Senior Dan D'Agnes (Manhasset, N.Y./Chaminade) took a pass from sophomore Max Seligmann (Essex Falls, N.J./Delbarton) and scored with 1:48 left in the first quarter, giving the Hoyas a 1-0 lead.
The Midshipmen tied the game early in the second quarter on a score from Brendan Connors and added two more goals before the half, taking a 3-1 lead the break.
In the third quarter, Navy's Patrick Moran scored on an extra-man opportunity after a slash was called on Georgetown, making it 4-1. The Hoyas got on the board for the first time in the half when junior Chris Nixon (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) caused a turnover, picked up the groundball, raced upfield and fed Dowd in transition, making it 4-2 with 5:01 to play.
The Midshipmen added two goals in the final five minutes of the third quarter to increase their lead to 6-2, but goals from Brancaccio and senior Chris Taylor (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island) in the final 23 seconds of the quarter pulled the Hoyas to within 6-4 heading into the final frame.
Georgetown held a 41-25 advantage in shots, a 34-32 advantage in groundballs and won 14-of-21 faceoff attempts. Junior goalie Jack Davis (Glen Ridge, N.J./Glen Ridge) made seven saves for the Hoyas. Dowd scored a goal and had three assists to lead the offense, while Brancaccio added two goals and Schuville finished with a goal and an assist.
Georgetown hits the road on Tuesday, March 31, visiting Mount St. Mary's. Face-off is slated for 4 p.m.