Georgetown Men's Lacrosse Can't Hang on to First Half Lead, Falls to No. 4 Irish, 10-8
April 14, 2013
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The Georgetown University men's lacrosse team (5-7, 2-2 BIG EAST) led by as many as four goals in the first half, but could not hold off No. 4 Notre Dame (9-2, 3-1 BIG EAST), as the Hoyas were outscored 6-3 in the second half to fall 10-8 at Arlotta Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Senior attack Travis Comeau (Red Deer, Alberta/The Hill Academy) scored three goals, leading four Hoyas with three points. Sophomore midfielder Charles McCormick (Bronxville, N.Y./Bronxville) had two goals and one assist, while attack Reilly O'Connor (Brooklin, Ontario/The Hill Academy) and sophomore Joe Bucci (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca) each had one goal and two assists in the loss.
The Hoyas offense jumped out quickly, taking advantage of an early man-up opportunity, as McCormick scored from 15 feet away on an assist from O'Connor to take a 1-0 lead at the 11:41 mark in the first quarter. O'Connor also assisted on the Hoyas second goal, as Bucci scored to extend the lead to two goals.
Less than a minute later, O'Connor scored a goal of his own, dodging his way to the cage to free up his left hand, giving GU a 3-0 lead with 8:36 left in the first quarter. Comeau added to the lead with 6:46 remaining, converting the feed from Bucci to give the Hoyas an early 4-0 lead.
Notre Dame's Sean Rodgers put the Irish on the board with 5:52 left in the first after a timeout. They would add another following a Hoyas turnover, as Tyler Kimball scored on a one-on-one with Haley to cut the lead in half.
Comeau answered with his second goal of the game, redirecting a bounce pass toward the crease from McCormick, to take a 5-2 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Turnovers proved costly for the Hoyas in the second quarter, as the Irish scored twice in the second quarter, as GU failed to capitalize on the offensive end of the field. Westy Hopkins scored with under a minute in the half, to cut Georgetown's lead to 5-4 going into the half.
Notre Dame opened the third quarter quickly, scoring twice within the first minute to take its first lead of the game, 6-5. But Comeau answered with his third goal of the game, catching a pass from Bucci to the right of the crease and scoring to tie the score at six goals apiece. The Irish tacked on two more, before McCormick worked his way to the middle of the field and scored on a long bounce shot to bring GU back within one goal, but ND scored once more in the third quarter to take a 9-7 lead into the final period.
The Hoyas allowed an ND goal midway through what had been a scoreless fourth quarter, to fall into a three-goal hole. Redshirt junior attack Zac Guy (Tully, N.Y./Tully) scored a late goal on the assist from McKinney, but it would be Georgetown's final tally in a 10-8 loss.
Redshirt sophomore Jake Haley (Grasonville, Md./Queen Anne's County) made 10 saves in the loss for Georgetown.
Georgetown returns to action on Saturday, April 20 when they host BIG EAST rival Syracuse at Multi-Sport Field, with the face-off scheduled for 1 p.m. Tickets are still available by visiting www.wearegeorgetown.com.