April 5, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's lacrosse team (4-7, 1-3 BIG EAST) held Providence College (3-9, 0-3 BIG EAST) scoreless for a stretch of 41 minutes during an 8-0 run, then survived six-consecutive Friars' goals in the fourth quarter to earn a 10-8 win at Multi-Sport Field on Saturday afternoon.
The Hoyas defense held the Friars scoreless from the 5:13 mark in the first quarter until the 10:12 mark in the fourth quarter, as the Blue & Gray led by as many as seven goals, seeming well on its way to an elusive BIG EAST win. Providence would not go quietly, using a 6-0 fourth quarter run to close the gap to one goal, 9-8, with 44 seconds left in the game. Graduate student Tyler Knarr (Eagleville, Pa./LaSalle College) won the final face-off and senior attack Jeff Fountain (Lutherville-Timonium, Md./St. Paul's) scored an empty-net goal to preserve the Hoyas win.
Knarr helped GU control possession throughout the game, winning 16-of-20 face-offs with 10 ground balls. Early in the third quarter, he broke his own single-season ground ball record of 112, set last season. Knarr has 118 ground balls through 11 games, the most in the NCAA. In the win Knarr also moved in front of Brian Tabb (C'12) for second place in career-face-off wins with 413.
Redshirt junior Jake Haley (Grasonville, Md./Queen Anne's County) had 14 saves, including seven in the fourth quarter, to help the Hoyas stave off the Friars late comeback attempt. Freshman midfielder Peter Conley (Larchmont, N.Y./Mamaroneck) led the Hoyas offense with three goals and one assist, while senior defender John Urbank (Mineola, N.Y./Chaminade) scored his first career goal, while picking up four ground balls and causing two turnovers in the victory.
The Friars struck first, as Sean Wright, who had a game-high five points, scored less than four minutes into the first quarter. Conley answered soon after, as the teams traded goals through the first quarter. After another PC goal, junior attack Bo Stafford (Greenwich, Conn./Brunswick) began an eight-goal GU run when he tied the game at two with 3:43 remaining in the first.
Senior midfielder Grant Fisher (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Brother Rice) opened the second quarter with his first of two goals, before Conley added his second of three, four minutes later. Urbank picked up a rebound on a GU fast break and scored his first career goal to give the Hoyas a 5-2 lead with 2:50 remaining in the half.
Freshman Devon Lewis added another goal with 29 seconds remaining in the half to give GU a 6-2 lead at halftime.
The Hoyas continued to roll in the third, as Conley, Fisher and Fountain spaced out three goals to take a 9-2 lead, while the defense kept the Friars quiet.
The Friars' Andrew Barton took over in the fourth quarter, scoring all four of his goals to close within one goal, 9-8, with 44 seconds remaining. Haley stopped Providence's last shot attempt, before junior defender Bryson Greene (Towson, Md./McDonogh) passed down field to Fountain, who scored on an empty-net, giving Georgetown a 10-8 victory.
NOTES: Saturday was Friends of Jaclyn Day at Multi-Sport Field. Interested parties can still make donations by visiting:www.stayclassy.org/events/georgetown-mens-lacrosse-foj-day/e32355. The Friends of Jaclyn has a global vision to provide every child suffering from a brain tumor, the opportunity to receive love and support as they struggle through their everyday challenges.