April 18, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Georgetown opened up a four goal lead on 12th-ranked Massachusetts only to see that disappear early in the fourth quarter, but the Hoyas scored three-straight goals late in the game en route to a 10-7 win over the Minutemen in front of 1,521 fans on Senior Day at Garber Field. Junior midfielder Scott Kocis (Huntington, N.Y./ Huntington) had four points (3-1) to lead the Hoya offense, while senior Jake Samperton (Bethesda, Md./Landon) added three goals.
It was the third win in the last four games and the fourth in the last six overall for Georgetown, who improves to 6-6 overall and 2-3 in the ECAC. UMass falls to 7-4 overall and 4-1 in the conference.
The Hoyas led 6-3 at halftime, but UMass held the Blue and Gray without a goal in the third quarter and scored twice, finally tying the game with 12:48 to play on a goal from Evan Blum in the fourth quarter. Georgetown had an extra-man opportunity after a slash was called on the Minutemen with 8:37 to play and after not capitalizing on three prior opportunities, the Hoyas did this time. Junior Craig Dowd (East Northport, N.Y./Northport) threw a feed to a streaking Kocis, whose shot at 7:51 beat UMass goalie Doc Schneider, giving Georgetown the lead for good.
Senior Michael Shotwell (Fairfax, Va./St. Stephen's-St. Agnes) won the face-off following the goal and after a pair of shots went wide, Kocis fed classmate Andrew Brancaccio /Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Prep) at 6:10, giving the Hoyas an 8-6 lead.
Georgetown maintained possession for the majority of the next five minutes. When UMass did take possession, a shot from Rory Pedrick was saved by junior goalie Jack Davis (Glen Ridge, N.J./Glen Ridge). After a third shot from the Minutemen in the span of a minute was blocked, junior Eric Bicknese (Ridgewood, N.J./Delbarton) picked up the ground ball. Following the clear, the Hoyas put the game away when Rickey Mirabito (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Forks) scored an empty-netter with 1:40 left in the game.
UMass pulled to within 9-7 on a goal from Blum, but Shotwell won the next face-off and scored his first collegiate goal with two seconds left, icing the game.
The Hoyas had jumped on top early and often, scoring a season-high four goals in the first quarter to take a 4-1 lead. Freshman Zack Angel (Park Hall, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) wasted no time, scoring 1:12 into the game to give GU a 1-0 margin. After UMass tied it on a goal from Tim Balise, the Hoyas scored three-straight goals. Samperton scored the first of his three at the 7:00 mark and Kocis added two before the end of the quarter.
In the second quarter, freshman Adam Donahue (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) picked up the assist on a goal from Samperton as the Hoyas extended their lead to 5-1. A goal from Balise made it 5-2, but Samperton scored his third goal of the half with 4:46 to play, making it 6-2.
Georgetown held a 47-35 advantage in shots, controlled ground balls 37-26 and won 13-of-20 face-off attempts. It was a big day for Shotwell, who won 12-of-16 face-off attempts and had eight ground balls.
Georgetown returns back home for the final two games of the regular season. The Hoyas host ECAC rival Rutgers on Saturday, April 25. Face-off at the Multi-Sport Field is slated for 11 a.m. The game will be shown on a tape-delayed basis on Verizon FiOS.