March to Baltimore for the Georgetown Men's Lacrosse Team Continues on Saturday with NCAA Quarterfinal Matchup Against Johns Hopkins
May 18, 2007
Washington, D.C. - The march toward Baltimore and the Final Four of the 2007 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Tournament continues this weekend for Georgetown University, as the Hoyas held their last practice of the week at the Multi-Sport Field before departing for Saturday's game against Johns Hopkins in the quarterfinals.
The Hoyas, 12-2 overall and seeded sixth in the field of 16 teams, will face Johns Hopkins, 10-4 overall and the third seeded team. Face-off for the game is slated for 3:05 p.m. (ET) and it will be shown nationally on ESPNU, with Dave Ryan and Mark Dixon handling the action. For viewers in the Washington, D.C. that do not have ESPNU, the game will be picked up by MASN. Fans can also listen to the game through the Georgetown Athletics website - www.guhoyas.com - with Chuck Timanus calling the play-by-play.
Georgetown won its eighth-straight game last Sunday, toppling Princeton, 9-8, in a thrilling overtime game at the Multi-Sport Field. The win was the first-ever for the Hoyas over Princeton after five previous meetings and it was the first time a Georgetown team won a postseason overtime game. Junior Brendan Cannon (Haverford, Pa./The Haverford School) scored the game-winning goal 31 seconds into the overtime period to lift the Hoyas to the win.
This will be Georgetown's sixth-straight appearance in the NCAA Quarterfinals, and the team's 10th in the last 11 years. The six-straight appearances in the quarterfinals are the second-longest active streak in Division I, trailing only Johns Hopkins.
A win on Saturday against Johns Hopkins would move the Hoyas into the national semifinals for only the second time in program history and the first time since 1999. It would also be the team's first win against the Blue Jays. The only time the teams met previously was a 15-10 Hopkins win during the 1993 season.
The Hoyas enter the game with an eight-game win streak and a victory would tie the 2002 squad for the longest win streak in program history. The 2002 team won its first nine games of the season. A win would also tie the 1999 Final Four squad for the most wins in program history with 13.
Georgetown has been led by a balanced attack, both offensively and defensively. Cannon, the ECAC Offensive Player of the Year, leads the team in scoring with 44 points, scoring a team-high 21 goals and handing out a team-best 23 assists. Junior Andrew Baird (Baltimore, Md./Loyola Blakefield) is second on the team with 20 goals and 10 assists for 30 points while freshman Craig Dowd (East Northport, N.Y./Northport) is third on the team with 17 goals and eight assists for 25 points.
On the defensive side, senior Jerry Lambe (N. Massapequa, N.Y./Farmingdale), the ECAC Defensive Player of the Year, has led a unit that has limited opponents to less than 10 goals 12 times this season, including the last nine games. The Hoyas rank 11th in the country in scoring defense, limiting opponents to 7.78 goals per game. Junior goalie Miles Kass (Rye, N.Y./Hotchkiss) has started all 14 games in between the pipes for the Hoyas and ranks 10th nationally with a 7.73 goals-against average.
Johns Hopkins enters today's game with a 10-4 overall record . The Blue Jays are ranked No. 5 by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association and in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Top 25 poll. Hopkins has won its last six games, including an 11-10 overtime win at home against Notre Dame last week in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Jays rank 18th in the country in scoring offense (10.29 goals per game) and 17th in scoring defense (8.07 goals per game). The team also ranks 16th in the country in man-up offense, connecting on goals in 34.2 percent of their chances. Junior middie Paul Rabil is one of six players on the team with at least 19 points, leading the team with 25 goals and 18 assists for 43 points.