Six-Goal Third Quarter Leads No. 20 Georgetown Past Mount St. Mary's, 12-4
March 31, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. -
Senior Dan D'Agnes (Manhasset, N.Y./Chaminade) and junior midfielder Andrew Brancaccio /Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Prep) each scored three times and eighth different players registered goals as the No. 20-ranked Georgetown University men's lacrosse team scored six times in the third quarter en route to a 12-4 win over Mount St. Mary's on Tuesday afternoon.
It was the second win in the last three games for the Hoyas, who improve to 4-5 overall, while the Mount falls to 1-6 overall. The game was also the first time a Georgetown team had limited an opponent to less than five goals since beating Loyola, 7-4, on April 16, 2005.
The Hoyas led 5-2 at halftime and scored five times unanswered in the third quarter and added a sixth goal with one second left to put the game away. Brancaccio scored the third of his three goals in the quarter, while D'Agnes scored two times, juniors Rickey Mirabito (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Forks) and Craig Dowd (East Northport, N.Y./Northport) and sophomore Dan Hostetler (Ellicott City, Md./River Hill) scored one apiece.
Sophomore Stu Shannon (Detroit, Mich./Detroit Country Day) scored on an assist from D'Agnes midway through the fourth quarter to account for the final score. It was Shannon's first career collegiate goal.
Georgetown had taken a 1-0 lead after senior Dan Vinson (Pleasant Hill, Calif./DeLaSalle) won the opening face-off. After a shot from junior midfielder Scott Kocis (Huntington, N.Y.//Huntington), Brancaccio picked up the ground ball and rifled a shot past Mount goalie T.C. DiBartolo just 53 seconds into the quarter. The lead grew to 2-0 at the 12:50 mark when freshman Zack Angel (Park Hall, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) scored his first collegiate goal.
The Mount narrowed the gap to 2-1 on a goal from Mike Adkins, but D'Agnes added the first of his three goals with 1:10 to play in the quarter, giving the Hoyas a 3-1 lead.
The Hoyas held the Mount to only five shots in the second quarter and unassisted goals from Brancaccio and freshman Adam Donahue (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington), the first at 14:14 and the second at 6:57, gave the Hoyas a 5-1 lead. Kyle Yates scored for the Mount to narrow the lead to 5-2 at the break.
Georgetown exploded in the third quarter, scoring six goals, the most the team has scored in any quarter this year and the most since scoring six against Rutgers (second quarter) last year. Kocis fed Mirabito for his team-leading 17th goal at the 9:41 mark to make it 6-2 and Brancaccio registered his 16th goal of the season at the 8:19 mark to make it 7-2. Back-to-back goals from D'Anges, the second assisted by Shannon, pushed the Hoya lead to 9-2. Hostetler made it 10-2 before the Mount's Cody Lehrer scored with 1:26 to play. Dowd scored with an assist from Donahue with one second left as the Hoyas went into the fourth with an 11-3 lead.
D'Agnes led the offense with three goals and one assist for four points, while Brancaccio scored three goals. Shannon and Donahue each finished with one goal and one assist for two points.
Junior goalie Jack Davis (Glen Ridge, N.J./Glen Ridge) made four saves as the Hoya defense, which has allowed 10 or fewer goals eight times in nine games this season, limited Mount St. Mary's to only 19 shots. The Hoyas held a 38-19 advantage in shots and a 39-29 advantage in ground balls. Senior Stevie Bauer (Red Bank, N.J./Peddie School) led the team with ground balls, while Vinson won all six of his face-off attempts.
Georgetown has won the past 11 meetings in the all-time series with the Mount and holds an 11-3 advantage since the Mount's move to Division I in 1989.
Georgetown is back in action on Saturday, April 4, hosting ECAC rival Fairfield at the Multi-Sport Field. Face-off is slated for 1 p.m.