Mirabito Scores Five, Georgetown Uses Big Second Half to Beat Villanova, 15-9
May 8, 2010
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Redshirt junior Rickey Mirabito (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Forks) scored five goals and had three assists as No. 14 Georgetown scored 10 goals in the second half as the Hoyas beat No. 11 Villanova, 15-9, in front of 1,857 fans at Villanova Stadium on a windy night outside of Philadelphia.
It was the second-straight win for the Hoyas, who improve to 9-5 overall and clinch second place in the BIG EAST with a 5-1 league slate. Villanova falls to 10-5 overall and 4-2 in league play as the Blue & Gray handed the Wildcats their first loss of the season at home.
It was a game of runs, as Georgetown scored five-straight goals in the first quarter to take a 5-1 lead, but Villanova responded with six-straight goals and took a 7-5 lead at halftime. The Hoyas responded in the third quarter with six goals in the final nine minutes to take an 11-7 lead.
Villanova's Paul Webber scored two goals in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter to narrow the gap to 11-9 with 10:35 to play, but Mirabito and the Hoyas responded. Mirabito held the ball behind the cage and with the referee holding his hands up to warn for a stall, he raced to the right and then quickly dumped the ball off to senior Craig Dowd (East Northport, N.Y./Northport) for an easy score, giving the Hoyas a 12-9 lead.
Freshman Brennan Bicknese (Ridgewood, N.J./Delbarton) forced a turnover and finished a clear before giving the ball to Mirabito who came from behind the cage and beat Villanova goalie Billy Hurley to give the Hoyas a 13-9 lead. Mirabito picked up a loose ball with 1:40 left and beat Hurley to the cage to make it 14-9 and then scored on an empty net with 52 seconds left, sealing the 15-9 win.
Mirabito tied his career-high with five goals and set a career-high with eight points to lead Georgetown. Freshman Travis Comeau (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada/The Hill Academy) added four goals, Dowd scored twice, sophomore Stu Shannon (Detroit, Mich./Detroit Country Day) added two, senior Scott Kocis (Huntington, N.Y./Huntington) had a goal and an assist and senior Andrew Brancaccio (Chevy Chase, Md./Georgetown Prep) scored one goal.
Sophomore goalie C.T. Fisher (Chevy Chase, Md./Landon) entered the game midway through the second quarter, but allowed only two goals in the second half, had five saves and picked up the win.
Georgetown was out-shot by Villanova, 33-32, but controlled the ground ball battle, 32-22. The Hoyas won 14-of-27 face-off attempts, with junior Brian Tabb (Potomac, Md./Georgetown Prep) taking 10-of-21 and freshman Patrick Murray (Denver, Colo./Kent Denver) winning 4-of-6, all late in the game.
Villanova took a 1-0 lead on a score from Jack Rice at 10:04 of the first quarter, but the Hoyas tied at 1-all when Shannon came across the field and wound up a shot from 15 yards out, beating Hurley low for the equalizer. After winning the third-straight face-off, the Hoyas pushed the lead to 2-1 when freshman Zac Guy (Tully, N.Y./Tully) dumped the ball down to Comeau for an easy score. Mirabito scored his first goal at 7:09, giving GU a 3-1 lead. Mirabito sent a pass from behind the cage to Kocis and he wound up from 15 yards out for a 4-1 lead. After forcing a turnover, sophomore d-middie Gerry Reilly (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) got into the action, finishing a clear and feeding Comeau, who spun around 180 degrees in front of the crease and bounced it in for a 5-1 lead.
Villanova, however, tied the game with four-straight goals, and two goals from Will Casertano in the final 1:40 of the half gave the Wildcats a 7-5 lead.
The second half started with the teams going back-and-forth and neither able to maintain possession. When they did, it was GU and Mirabito, who took a shot from 10 yards out and bounced one in off a feed from junior Dan Hostetler (Ellicott City, Md./River Hill), making it 7-6. Murray won the next face-off and picked up the ground ball before feeding Comeau, who was alone on the right side of the crease, tying the game with 8:49 to play in the quarter.
Villanova had chances on an EMO, but Fisher made a big save to give the Hoyas the ball. Brancaccio scored on a bullet from 20 yards out to make it 8-7 at 5:46 and Mirabito fed Dowd on the left side of a fast break to give Georgetown a 9-7 lead with 3:53 left in the quarter.
Georgetown had another EMO and after working the ball around the box, Kocis fed Shannon, whose shot from 10 yards out went high to beat Hurley, giving GU a 10-7 lead with 48 seconds left. On the next face-off, senior Chris Schuville (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) picked up the ground ball and fed Comeau near the cage, giving the Hoyas an 11-7 lead.
The Hoyas will now hope to see their name called during the NCAA Tournament Selection Show on Sunday, May 9 (8:30 p.m.).