Umass vs. Georgetown
April 21, 2007
The Game Story:
Washington, D.C. - Georgetown Head Coach Dave Urick said earlier this year that junior Brendan Cannon (Haverford, Pa./The Haverford School) has a knack for picking up the Hoya men's lacrosse team when they need him most. Saturday afternoon against the University of Massachusetts, the ECAC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year did just that, scoring two goals and adding two assists as No. 6 Georgetown jumped out to a 5-2 before holding on for an 8-7 win in front of 3,107 Garber Field.

The win, Georgetown's fifth-straight and the seventh in the last eight games, improves the team's record to 9-2 overall and 5-0 in the ECAC. The Hoyas remain as the lone undefeated team in the ECAC and the win over UMass clinched at least a share of the regular season title with two games left (against Rutgers and Penn State).

Georgetown led 5-2 at the break and extended its lead to 6-2 early in the second half, but Massachusetts scored four-straight games, including two early in the fourth quarter, tying the game at 6-all. Cannon, however, fed freshman Craig Dowd (East Northport, N.Y./Northport) for a pair of man-up goals, giving the Hoyas an 8-6 lead with less than three minutes left in the game.

UMass was called for holding with 7:20 left in regulation and 20 seconds later, Cannon hit Dowd with a pass from behind the net and Dowd scored from right on the doorstep, giving the Hoyas a 7-6 lead. The Blue and Gray picked up another extra-man opportunity with 3:45 to play after a slashing call on UMass. Dowd scored his second goal of the quarter off the feed from Cannon, giving the Hoyas an 8-6 lead. The Minutemen got a goal from Denis Whelan with 47 seconds left to pull to within one goal (8-7), but senior Christiaan Trunz (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) won the ensuing face-off and held on for the win.

The Minutemen had taken a 2-1 lead after the first quarter, with a goal from freshman Andrew Brancaccio (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Prep) sandwiched around scores from Jim Connolly and Tim Balise.

The Hoyas, however, took control in the second quarter, scoring four-straight goals for a 5-2 halftime lead. Cannon tallied an unassisted marker at 10:04 and just over two minutes later, at 7:56, sophomore Cullen Molinari (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) gave the Hoyas a 3-2 lead. Junior Andrew Baird (Baltimore, Md./Loyola Blakefield) scored with 2:54 left before halftime and Cannon registered his second goal with 55 seconds left to give the Blue and Gray a 5-2 advantage.

Senior Garrett Wilson (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Episcopal Academy) scored on an assist from classmate Trevor Casey (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Prep) 44 seconds into the second half as the Hoya lead was extended to 6-2. UMass, however, scored two goals in the span of 50 seconds to pull to within 6-4 going into the final frame. The lead was cut to 6-5 with 12:43 to play in the game on a score from Andrew Recchione and then Brett Garber tied the game with 7:33 to play. After Garber's goal to tie the game, Trunz won three of the final four face-offs in the quarter and Cannon found Dowd twice as the Hoyas won their fourth one-goal game this season.

Georgetown and Massachusetts each took 32 shots, while the Hoyas had 28 ground balls to 20 for the Minutemen. Trunz won 8-of-18 face-offs, including 5-of-9 in the second half, and collected four ground balls, while junior goalie Miles Kass (Rye, N.Y./Hotchkiss) made eight saves in goal.

Cannon added four ground balls to his two assists and two goals as six different players scored goals and seven different players had points for the Hoyas. Dowd had two goals, while Baird, Brancaccio, Molinari and Wilson each scored one and Casey added an assist.

Georgetown returns home for the next two games, starting with an ECAC matchup against Rutgers on Saturday, April 28 at the Multi-Sport Field. The game will face-off at 1 p.m. and will coincide with the Crease Club Alumnae Day. At halftime of that game, the 1997 Georgetown men's lacrosse team, the first team to reach the NCAA Tournament, will be honored. After the game, a reception will be held at the Alumni House on 36th and O Streets.