May 2, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Georgetown University men's lacrosse team (6-9, 3-4 BIG EAST) battled in the second half, outscoring Villanova (7-7, 6-1 BIG EAST) 9-8, but a scoreless second quarter proved to be the Hoyas undoing in a 15-12 loss to the Wildcats. in the semifinals of the BIG EAST Men's Lacrosse Championship Tournament.
After being shut-out in the second quarter and falling behind by four goals, the Hoyas scored three goals in the first four minutes of the third quarter to close within one, at 7-6. But for every Georgetown run, Villanova responded, tacking on four quick goals to extend the lead to five. The Blue & Gray closed the gap to within three goals on four different occasions, but the Wildcats always had an answer, ending Georgetown's 2013 season on Thursday evening at Villanova Stadium.
"I'm really proud of the way that our guys kept fighting tonight," Head Coach Kevin Warne said. "We never gave up, we scrapped and our seniors, especially, set a new standard for how we are going to play lacrosse going forward."
Senior Travis Comeau (Red Deer, Alberta/The Hill Academy) had his 17th career hat trick and senior Brian Casey (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Prep) had a goal in three assists in their respective Georgetown career-finales. Senior Brennan Bicknese (Ridgewood, N.J./Delbarton) picked up three ground balls and caused one turnover. Sophomore Reilly O'Connor (Brooklin, Ontario/The Hill Academy) led the Hoyas offense with six points on three goals and three assists.
Redshirt junior Tyler Knarr (Eagleville, Pa./LaSalle College) capped a historical season, winning 19-of-30 face-offs and picking up nine ground balls, to pass Andy Corno for the Hoyas single-season ground balls record with 112. His 184 face-off wins is the second best single-season mark, behind Corno's 186 in 2004.
The Hoyas were efficient in the first quarter, taking three shots and scoring three goals. Senior midfielder Dan McKinney (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna) scored the first two, with his first coming at 13: for GU and Joseph Bucci (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca) added the third as the teams traded goals throughout on the way to a 3-3 tie at the end of the first quarter.
Villanova dominated the second quarter, holding the Hoyas scoreless, while four different Wildcats scored to take a 7-3 lead going into the half.
Comeau got the Hoyas off to a quick start in the third quarter, dodging from behind to the cage to score his 90th career goal to bring GU within three goals, while also drawing a penalty. On the ensuing man-up opportunity, Casey found Reilly O'Connor on the crease for a goal to bring the Hoyas within two goals, 7-5, with 13:52 left in the third quarter.
Casey and O'Connor switched roles on GU's next goal, as O'Connor provided the feed to Casey, who was waiting on the crease, for his first goal of the game, cutting the Villanova lead to one goal, 7-6 with 11:02 remaining in the third quarter. The Wildcats answered back with two goals within thirty-two seconds, to regain the three-goal advantage, 9-6, with 8:44 remaining in the quarter. They added one more with 12-seconds left in the third quarter to put Georgetown in a 10-6 hole going into the fourth quarter.
Villanova continued to roll in the fourth quarter, adding to its second 4-0 run of the game, taking an 11-6 lead with just under 13:40 remaining in the game.
Comeau scored his second goal on O'Connor's second assist, bringing GU back within four goals. Just over a minute later, O'Connor found Zac Guy (Tully, N.Y./Tully), who scored on a behind-the-back shot to bring the Hoyas within three goals with 8:46 remaining in the fourth quarter. But the Wildcats withstood Georgetown's rally, scoring two goals in 18-seconds to extend the lead back to five goals. Comeau his third of the game, scoring on a rebound in front of the cage, to bring GU back within four, at 13-9. But again, Villanova scored less than a minute later.
O'Connor scored his second goal of the game in transition, after William Flatley (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga) picked up the ground ball and found O'Connor upfield, bringing GU back within four goals. Charles McCormick (Bronxville, N.Y./Bronxville) got into the act, finding the back of the cage on the pass from Casey to bring the Hoyas within three goals, 14-11, with 3:19 left in the game.
Jack Rice's goal with 2:27 remaining ended the Hoyas run, sealing all but dashing the Hoyas comeback hopes. O'Connor added his third goal of the game with 11-seconds left, but it was too late, as GU fell 15-12.