Cannon Lifts Gtown Over Princeton 9-8 in OT

Cannon Lifts Gtown Over Princeton 9-8 in OT

Cannon Lifts Gtown Over Princeton 9-8 in OT

Cannon Lifts Gtown Over Princeton 9-8 in OT

Georgetown Press Release:

Washington, D.C. - Junior Brendan Cannon (Haverford, Pa./The Haverford School) scored 31 seconds into sudden-death overtime, lifting No. 6 Georgetown to a 9-8 win over Princeton in front of 2,156 fans at the Multi-Sport Field during first round action of the 2007 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Tournament.

The win vaults Georgetown (12-2) into the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament for the sixth-straight year and for the 10th time in the last 11 years. The Blue and Gray will play No. 3 seed Johns Hopkins in the Quarterfinals next Saturday - at noon or 3 p.m. - in a game to be held at Princeton University.

The opening face-off of overtime was won by Georgetown senior Christiaan Trunz (Manhasset, N.Y./Chaminade) - the last of his 12 wins in 20 attempts during the day - and senior defender Jerry Lambe (N. Massapequa, N.Y./Farmingdale) successfully cleared the ball. Cannon took control on the far side of the crease and quickly attacked as he dove and sent a shot over the right shoulder of Princeton goalie Alex Hewitt, beating him at 3:29 and setting off a wild jubilation in one of the most thrilling games in recent history.

It was the first-ever NCAA Tournament overtime win for the Hoyas, and their first overtime win since a 4-3 win over Navy during the 2003 season.

After Georgetown took an 8-7 lead late in the third quarter on a score from freshman Craig Dowd (E. Northport, N.Y./Northport), Princeton tied the game just under two minutes into the fourth on a goal from Scott Sowanick. Princeton had a series of opportunities midway through the fourth quarter, including two man-up after Hoya penalties, but junior goalie Miles Kass (Rye, N.Y./Hotchkiss) stopped a trio of shots, including two with his feet, to keep the game tied.

The Hoyas took possession with 6:25 on the clock, but attempts from senior Trevor Casey (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Prep) and freshman Andrew Brancaccio (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Prep) were off the mark and one from senior Garrett Wilson (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Episcopal Academy) was saved by Hewitt and Princeton took control. The Tigers successfully cleared the ball with 2:42 to play and held on for the last shot. After a timeout with 1:24 to play, strong defense from Lambe caused Whitney Hayes to turn the ball over. The ground ball was picked up by sophomore Chris Taylor (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island) and a shot from sophomore Steve Bauer (Red Bank, N.J./The Peddie School) was saved as the game went into overtime.

It was a game of runs, as the Hoyas scored the game's first goal and Princeton responded with three-straight. The Hoyas scored three-of-four in the second quarter to tie the game at the break at 4-all, and then scored three time in a three minute span in the third quarter to take a 7-4 lead, but Princeton responded with three goals in a span of 4:47 to tie the game.

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    by (#163643) on 5/13/07 @7:56PM
princeton is and was the better team!
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Then they would have won...
    by (#65281) on 5/13/07 @8:10PM
The better team always does...
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Everyone has an opinion, but...
    by (#3651) on 5/13/07 @8:12PM
That's why you play the game.
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Doesn't matter
    by (#103345) on 5/13/07 @9:54PM
they still lost.
Even if they're the best team in the nation, they still cannot win it.
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wow i suck
    by (#97931) on 5/13/07 @8:22PM
i had a bracket and i had Princeton beating GU, they lost. I had loyola beating albany they lost. I had UVA beating Delaware they lost. I had Navy beating UNC and they lost. And i have UMD beating UMBC and theyre currently losing. I suck at this.
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    by (#136419) on 5/13/07 @10:11PM
I'm pretty bad at this, too! By the way, UMBC has beaten Maryland 13-9. As soon as the write-up comes on, the Cottle bashers will probably get to work immediately! Who agrees?
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Where was coco?
    by (#7572) on 5/13/07 @10:05PM
Where was coco on that last play???
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    by (#136419) on 5/13/07 @10:21PM
I think it will be a thriller. It may go to overtime. I say:

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    by (#136419) on 5/13/07 @10:23PM
Anyone think differently?
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um yeah
    by (#97931) on 5/13/07 @11:37PM
phipps(the UMD) goalie is the best freshman in the country. He carried MD through alot of tough games
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    by (#136419) on 5/13/07 @11:43PM
I forgot about Phipps. Even though Maryland lost to UMBC, Maryland may not have even made the tournament if not for Phipps great playing.
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theres a few...
    by (#143077) on 5/14/07 @12:31AM
ari sussman for dartmouth was pretty huge this year, and what about steve boyle on hopkins?
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jacob seils
    by (#168822) on 5/14/07 @5:49PM
hes not even the best freshman on his own team. craig dowd is better. so is barney ehrmann. as for the rest of the country, boyle, kimmel, phipps, quinzani, clausen, and probably a handful of other guys are all better. this is fact. he might be the best player in naptown, but this is the real world. come on.
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    by (#136419) on 5/13/07 @10:25PM
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    by (#136419) on 5/13/07 @10:28PM
What I was going to say was, "TIERNEY'S REMARKABLE OVERTIME RUN IN THE PLAYOFFS COMES TO AN END!" What a remarkable run it was! 2 of them came in the Quarterfinals and the other 4 came in the Final. Congratulations Bill on a great run! Everything has to come to an end someday.
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    by (#136419) on 5/14/07 @1:18AM
That is pretty impressive. It is hard to believe that they have only been to 1 final four(in 1999)! If that doesn't change this year, it will change very soon. Georgetown is recruiting better than ever and will continue to do so since they are such an easy sell for talent. In addition, they have Dave Urick as coach, who is one of the all-time greats. Trust me, Georgetown will be in several Final Fours in the coming years!
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OT losses
    by (#165421) on 5/14/07 @2:36PM
Wow 3 overtime losses for Princeton this year. I thought they would go further this year in the playoffs, but still even though the Tigers are my favorite team I knew they didn't have a chance of winning the title. Their offence is below par, and I think Tierany takes more time controlling the ball, than having his players go to the cage. On defence the man is an absolute genius, but In my opionion, he tries to control the ball to much on offence. Duke does a good job of always being a threat to the goal, and that is why their offence is so potent. Yes offence wins games and defence does win championships, but u have to win the little ones before the big game. I wonder if Max Seibald would be as much as an amazing player if he chose to play at Princeton over Cornell.
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