Georgetown vs. Navy
March 30, 2002
The Game Story:
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Juniors Mike Hammer and Kyle Sweeney along with senior captain Steve Dusseau led fifth-ranked Georgetown to a 14-7 victory over ECAC rival No. 14 Navy Saturday at Harbin Field. Hammer and Dusseau netted four goals each while Sweeney shut down the Navy offense. Georgetown improves to 6-0 on the year and 3-0 in the ECAC and Navy drops to 5-3 and 1-2 in league play.

"We played well for 45 minutes today," said Navy head coach Richie Meade. "They broke down our defense in the second quarter. Georgetown put a lot of pressure on us, but it shouldn't have affected us like it did. Offensively, they are going to score because they have outstanding players like Dusseau, Hammer and Walker."

Georgetown opened up the scoring when Trevor Walker nailed a goal with 12:55 to play in the first quarter. Hammer then turned around and scored his first goal off an assist from Dusseau nine seconds later to build the Hoyas a 2-0 lead.

Navy regained its composure and ripped off two unanswered goals, the first by sophomore attack Dave Pittard (Skaneateles, N.Y.) at the 8:57 mark and the second by Kelly Nash (Annapolis, Md.) with 1:25 to play in the period. It was Nash's first game back since suffering a shoulder injury at Rutgers March 16. With the game tied at two GU's Hammer buried a shot, this time off a Neal Goldman pass to give the Hoyas a 3-2 lead at period's end.

The second quarter saw the Hoyas score four-straight goals in the first seven minutes. Dusseau recorded his first of four on the day with an assist from Goldman and then Goldman added his own tally less than 50 seconds later off a feed from Hammer. Mike then added a goal and Dusseau capped the four-goal run off a Mike Chiara feed.

Navy stopped the run when team captain Eddie McKinnon (Davidsonville, Md.) hit one from the outside. The Mids and Hoyas exchanged goals with the Georgetown's Mike Zuckerman scoring off a Walid Hajj assist and Navy's Ben Bailey (Memphis, Tenn.) countered with 54 seconds remaining. Georgetown used the last minute of the half to add a pair of goals and took a 10-4 lead into the locker room.

Both teams' defenses stepped up play in the third quarter as just three goals were scored - all of which were netted by the Hoyas.

Despite facing a 13-4 deficit entering the final period, Navy made the fourth quarter interesting by maintaining possession for most of the quarter. The Midshipmen buried three unanswered goals in the period and closed the gap to 13-7 with 5:26 to play. McKinnon started the flurry with a goal at 9:29 off a Greg Conklin (Syracuse, N.Y.) pass. Eddy Holton (Northport, N.Y.), who has scored a goal in every contest this season, netted his only goal of the day on a behind the head shot two minutes later. Bailey, meanwhile, scored an extra man goal off a Pittard pass.

The final quarter was littered with penalites and the Hoyas' Doug Staab was able to take advantage of a Navy penalty when he hooked up with Dusseau to cap the victory for the Hoyas.

Both goalies were in the double digits for saves as GU's Scott Schroeder defended 14 shots and Navy's Jon Higdon (Edgewater, Md.) stopped10 shots. The Hoyas' face-off tandem of Mike Kanach and Andy Corno won a combined 14 of 23 face-offs and GU won the ground ball battle 38-34.

Navy returns to action Friday evening when it travels to College Park, Md. to face the Maryland Terrapins at 7:30 p.m. The game will be televised by WMAR-TV (Ch. 2).