April 25, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Georgetown tied a season-high with six goals in a quarter and junior Scott Kocis (Huntington, N.Y./Huntington) recorded his second-straight hat trick as the 17th-ranked Hoyas posted a 15-7 win over Rutgers in a key ECAC matchup in front of 931 fans at a sun-soaked Multi-Sport Field Saturday afternoon.
It was the fourth win in the last five games and the fifth in the last seven games for Georgetown, who improves to 7-6 overall and 3-3 in the ECAC. Rutgers falls to 4-10 overall and 2-4 in the league.
Eleven different players scored goals for Georgetown and 17 different players finished with at least one point as the Hoyas posted their highest score since beating Delaware, 18-10, in the fourth game of the 2007 season. The Hoyas jumped out to a 6-2 lead after the first quarter, led 8-2 at the break and 10-3 after three quarters before taking a 15-4 lead in the fourth quarter, the team's biggest lead this season.
It did not appear to be Georgetown's day in the early minutes. Junior Craig Dowd (East Northport, N.Y./Northport) gave the Hoyas a 1-0 lead at 13:41, but Rutgers responded immediately, two goals from Tad Stanwick giving the Scarlet Knights a 2-1 at 10:25. Georgetown, however, would score nine-straight goals to open a 10-2 lead and held Rutgers without a score until there was 2:52 left in the third quarter - a scoreless stretch of 37:33.
Senior Jake Samperton (Bethesda, Md./Landon) scored off a Dowd assist to tie the game at 2-all in the first quarter, and the Hoyas scored four more times - two from Kocis and one apiece from junior Rickey Mirabito (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Forks) and senior Chris Taylor (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island) - to take a 6-2 lead.
Kocis scored his third goal of the day with 10:08 to play before the half, giving the Hoyas a 7-2 lead. Dowd picked up his third point of the day, and his second assist, when he fed junior Eric Reinhardt (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) for a score with 7:48 to play in the second quarter.
Samperton scored his second goal of the game - off an assist from junior Chris Nixon (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) - four minutes into the third quarter and the lead grew to 10-2 when Mirabito assisted junior Chris Schuville (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) with 3:16 to play. Justin Pennington from Rutgers scored with 2:52 to play in the third quarter to end the scoreless streak.
Rutgers pulled to within 11-4 on a Pennington man-up goal early in the fourth quarter, but the Hoyas responded with five-straight goals to open a 15-4 lead. Freshman Gerry Reilly (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) scored his first career goal at 7:30, senior Stoddie Nibley (Bethesda, Md./Landon) scored his second career goal at 4:46, freshman Francis McDonough (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) notched his first career score at 3:33 and sophomore David Shriver (Timonium, Md./Boys' Latin) closed out the scoring at 2:13, with an assist from sophomore Jon Schoen (Darien, Conn./Darien).
The Hoyas won 14-of-25 face-off attempts, with senior Michael Shotwell (Fairfax, Va./St. Stephens-St. Agnes) capturing 10-of-15 and senior Dan Vinson (Pleasant Hill, Calif./DeLaSalle) winning 4-of-6 attempts. Shotwell added a team-high seven ground balls. Junior goalie Jack Davis (Glen Ridge, N.J./Glen Ridge) had another solid day in net, making 11 saves.
Georgetown held a 44-33 advantage in shots and won the ground ball battle, 32-29.
The Hoyas close out the regular season next Saturday, May 2, hosting ECAC rival Penn State. The game is slated to face-off at noon and it will air on a tape-delayed basis on Verizon FiOS.