April 20, 2013
WASHINGTON - Senior Dan McKinney (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna) and sophomore Charles McCormick (Bronxville, N.Y./Bronxville) each scored within the final two minutes, but the Georgetown University men's lacrosse team (5-8, 2-3 BIG EAST) fell one goal shy of No. 3 Syracuse, in a 9-8 loss on Senior Day at Multi-Sport Field.
Georgetown fell behind by three goals after a 4-0 Syracuse run between the third and fourth quarters, but the Hoyas fought back late. McKinney scored an unassisted goal, his second of the game, with 2:01 remaining and McCormick added another unassisted goal at 1:13 to bring the Hoyas within one goal, at 9-8. Redshirt junior Tyler Knarr (Eagleville, Pa./LaSalle College), who went 10-of-17 from the face-off X, won the last face-off to give GU possession, but a turnover would stall the comeback attempt and allow the Orange to run out the clock.
Senior attack Travis Comeau (Red Deer, Alberta/The Hill Academy) had two goals and redshirt junior Zac Guy (Tully, N.Y./Tully) had two assists. Knarr scored his second career goal in addition to winning 10 face-offs and picking up a team-high five ground balls. Redshirt sophomore Jake Haley (Grasonville, Md./Queen Anne's County) made 13 saves in the loss.
Georgetown struck first, as Comeau finished on a feed from Guy to take a 1-0 lead less than a minute-and-a-half into the game. McKinney scored soon after, dodging his way to the center of the field and putting a jump shot in the back of the cage for a 2-0 Hoyas lead.
The Orange's JoJo Marasco answered at the 10-minute mark of the first quarter to cut the lead in half. But after a Syracuse penalty, GU took advantage of the man-up opportunity, as Comeau found the top right corner of the cage on an assist from Reilly O'Connor (Brooklin, Ontario/The Hill Academy), taking a 3-1 lead. Syracuse would tie the score at three before the end of the first quarter, as Scott Loy and Henry Schoonmaker each scored.
Georgetown fell behind quickly in the second quarter after Derek Maltz's man-up goal, but rebounded just as quickly. Sophomore midfielder Grant Fisher (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Brother Rice) scored an acrobatic goal after making a difficult catch on the assist from Guy. Sophomore midfielder Joseph Bucci (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca) worked his way to the cage and scored to put GU back in front, 5-4 with 4:07 remaining, as the teams did not score again in the first half.
Knarr responded to a Syracuse goal, by winning the face-off and scoring a goal of his own five-seconds later to keep a 6-5 lead, before the Orange took over. The Orange scored the next four goals, holding GU scoreless for the next 23:30, to take a 9-6 lead, the largest by either team during the game.
McKinney finally broke the Georgetown scoring drought, bringing the team within two goals with 2:01 remaining in the game. Knarr's face-off win led to McCormick's goal with 1:13 bringing the game to within one goal, at 9-8. Knarr, who won 3-of-4 face-offs in the fourth quarter, won the game's final face-off, but the Hoyas could not manage a shot over the last 1:13, falling to Syracuse, 9-8 to conclude its 2013 home schedule.
Georgetown returns to the field on Saturday, April 27 when they take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at 7 p.m. in Piscataway, N.J. The Hoyas need to defeat Rutgers to clinch a spot in the BIG EAST Tournament, scheduled for May 2 and 4 at Villanova University.