Umbc vs. Georgetown
March 15, 2003
The Game Story:
Baltimore, MD-Sixth-ranked Georgetown (4-0, 2-0 ECAC) pulled away from UMBC (2-1, 0-1 ECAC), 12-7, before 1,317 and a regional television audience at UMBC Stadium. The Hoyas dominated the stats, but did not put the Retrievers away until late in the game. Georgetown outshot UMBC, 47-22, won the ground ball battle, 33-21, and controlled 13 of 21 face-offs, but did not seal the game until junior midfielder Walid Hajj scored the game's 12th goal into an unguarded net with 3:01 remaining.

Georgetown jumped out to leads of 2-0 and 4-1, but back-to-back extra-man goals by UMBC sophomore midfielder Phil Grillo cut the margin to 4-3 at the 4:46 mark of the second quarter. Georgetown's Neal Goldman reponded with two goals in a 24-second span midway through the quarter, but a Retriever tally by freshman Andy Gallagher and a hustling goal by freshman attackman Brendan Mundorf made it 6-5 with just 11 seconds to play in the half. UMBC appeared to have the momentum heading to halftime, but Georgetown's Andy Corno won the ensuing draw cleanly and fed senior attackman Justin Vettoretti for a score with four seconds left in the half.

GU scored the first three goals of the third quarter, as they outshot the Retrievers, 15-5, in that stanza, but Mundorf tallied at the 11:18 mark, and Gallagher gave UMBC hope with an extra-man goal just 32 seconds into the fourth quarter. But Goldman capatalized on a UMBC turnover and used a quick restart to feed midfielder Phil Vincenti for an easy goal 1:20 into the quarter. The Hoyas controlled the ball and put the game away when UMBC netminder Tim Flanagan was caught out of the net doubling the ball, leading to Hajj's game-ending goal.

Goldman let a balanced GU attack with 3 goals and 1 assist. Vettoretti added 2 goals and 1 assist, and senior midfielder Trevor Walker and senior middie Mike Hammer each contributed a goal and 2 helpers. Sophomore goalkeeper Rich D'Andrea made 8 saves for his fourth consecutive victory.

Gallagher continued his outstanding play with 2 goals and 2 assists. He now has 11 goals and 4 assists in his first three games. Grillo contributed 2 goals and 1 assist and Mundorf added 2 goals. Retriever senior netminder Tim Flanagan made 17 saves, including 8 in the third quarter to keep UMBC in the game.