The Georgetown Hoyas knew they were facing a tough goalie in Cornell senior Justin Cynar so they decided to play a percentage game and take as many shots as they could. “Hat’s off to Cynar. He is one of the best goalies but offensively if we just kept pounding him we knew at some point they were going to start falling,” said senior Steve Dusseau and eventually they did. Georgetown defeated Cornell 8-5 in front of 500 fans, through a steady rain and cold winds in the second game of a double-header at Homewood Field in Baltimore, Maryland. Not to be overlooked was Georgetown’s goalie Scott Schroeder who made some great saves himself. As Georgetown Head Coach Dave Urick said, “He’s [Cynar] is a good goalie but I think the guy on the other end of the field is a hell of a player too.”
The Hoyas scored two minutes into the game when sophomore Neal Goldman caught a rebound off Cynar’s leg and put it back for a 1-0 lead. Then the offenses went quiet and no one scored the rest of the quarter. That was due to a combination of good defense and sloppy offense. The conditions weren’t helpful and the kinks were still being worked out of some player’s games. Actually, the second quarter wasn’t that much more exciting with Georgetown again scoring the only goal of the quarter. Trevor Walker dodged through traffic and scored a tough shot that caught Cynar off-guard. The Hoyas were sticking to their strategy of shooting a lot and possessing the ball. Acording the scoreboard at halftime GU outshot CU 32 – 4.
The second half featured a little more scoring power. Senior Galen Beers got started quickly and gave the Big Red their first goal of the game 26 seconds into the third quarter. Cornell tied the score at two with an EMO goal from freshman Sean Greenhalgh who put it five-hole. Georgetown had been inverting Dusseau for most of the game and that move paid off as he easily took Cornell middie J.P. Schalk to the cage. Beers answered with his second of the game. The defense gave him time and space and he just ripped one high. The Hoyas had a solid possession at the end of the third quarter that resulted in Doug Staab getting a goal.
Georgetown carried over the momentum of the last 3rd quarter goal into the fourth where they rattled off three in a row to take a commanding 7-3 lead. Mike Hammer converted a fat break, Goldman had another put-back and Dusseau worked the invert again for goal. Cornell got two more but it wasn’t enough. Hammer closed out the scoring to give a final of 8-5.
Cornell Head Coach Jeff Tambroni was obviously not happy, “In the first half there was a team out there that I didn’t recognize. We made mistakes today that I haven’t seen our guys make all year.” When asked about the shot differential at the half Tambroni said, “I’ve never seen anything like it. I thought we were in a half field practice drill.”
Cornell vs. Georgetown