Washington, D.C. - Junior Brendan Cannon (Haverford, Pa./Haverford) scored three goals and handed out three assists to lead the No. 7 Georgetown University men's lacrosse team to a 10-9 win over previously unbeaten and fourth-ranked Navy on Saturday afternoon in front of a packed Multi Sport Field crowd. The Hoyas improve to 5-2 on the year while the Midshipmen fall to 8-1.
The Hoyas trailed 5-4 at halftime but outscored the Midshipmen, 5-2 in the third quarter including two unassisted Cannon goals 22 seconds in the period, the second of which gave GU their first lead of the game, 7-6.
"He's (Cannon) capable of carrying us like he did this afternoon," said Georgetown head coach Dave Urick. "We've been waiting for him to put us on his back and he did just that."
GU senior Christian Trunz (Manhasset, N.Y./Chaminade) won all 11 of the Hoya faceoffs.
Junior defenseman Craig Stevenson (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca) posted four ground balls and three caused turnovers while freshman Barney Ehrmann (Baltimore, Md./Gilman School) posted a career-high seven GBs. Sophomore attacker Jake Samperton (Bethesda, Md.Landon) scored his fifth and sixth goals of the season while sophomore Steve Bauer (Rad Bank, N.J./Peddie School) was also busy with three ground balls and three caused turnovers.
Statically the teams were almost even but Navy managed just 18 of 32 clears.
"It was a great team effort," said Urick. "The kids played their hearts out, especially in the second half. We made much harder cuts on the offensive end and it helped us find each other making the offense better."
Navy got on the board after Navy won the game's first faceoff, senior Billy Looney scored unassisted at 14:27.
Senior Ian Dingman tallied a goal less than a minute later making the score 2-0. Dingman was standing on the doorstep when a shot that was blocked fell right at his feet. Dingman beat Georgetoewn goalie Miles Kass (Rye, N.Y./Hotchkiss) with a low shot.
Hoya freshman Scott Kocis (Huntington, N.Y./Huntington) got the Hoyas on the board at 5:35 of the first period with an unassisted goal to slice the Hoya deficit to 2-1.
Navy took a 3-1 lead with just 57 seconds left in the first quarter, this time on a goal by Tommy Wallin.
The Hoyas closed to 3-2 with goal by freshman attacker Craig Dowd (East Northport, N.Y./Northport) as Cannon assisted on the marker at 8:51 of the second period.
Navy made it 4-2 as Dingman score his second goal off another busted play at 8:07 of the second quarter.
After a Midshipmen timeout, Nick Mirabito gave Navy their first three-goal lead of the game, 5-2 with 5:15 to go before intermission. Looney made his way through traffic and found Mirabito who was just outside the crease.
With 1:38 left in the second, Georgetown closed to 5-3 as Dowd fed Samperton for Samperton's fifth tally of the season.
Samperton then worked his defender and deked twice and from a knee scored unassisted at the Hoyas climbed to within 5-4 with just 30 seconds to go before halftime.
Georgetown held a slim 6-5 edge in faceoffs at the break.
Georgetown outscored Navy, 5-2 in the third quarter to take a 9-7 lead after three.
Senior midfielder Garrett Wilson (Ardmore, Pa./Episcopal Academy) scored for the Hoyas at 13:58 of the third quarter to knot the game at 5-5.
Looney made a pretty offensive move on a GU defender at 12:04 of the third to give the lead back to the Mids, 6-5.
Cannon the took over scoring twice in a span of 22 seconds as Georgetown took a 7-6 lead. Sixteen seconds after Looney's marker. Trunz won the faceoff and found Casey. Casey made two moves and rifled a shot past Navy keeper Colin Finnegan.
Then after a Navy turnover, Cannon was the recipient of a long pass from the midfield and Cannon made a similiar move as the previous one to score.
Dingman scored at 10:42 of the third with an assist going to Nick Mirabito to knot the score at 7-7.
GU then went ahead 8-7 with 7:00 to go in the third as senior Trevor Casey (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Prep) netted his first goal of the game after Cannon was able to slide a pass through traffic.
Hoya freshman Andrew Braccaccio (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Prep) rifled just his third shot of the afternoon past the Navy goalie at 2:39 and the Hoyas had their first two-goal lead of the game, 9-7 with 2:39 left in the third period.
The game remained scoreless until 9:44 of the fourth when Dingman picked up a loose ball near the front of the net and beat Kass to the upper right corner of the goal as the Georgetown lead was trimmed to 9-8.
Cannon tallied his third goal of the game at 7:42 for a 10-8 GU bulge. Cannon made another remarkable moved to create some space and fought his way to the area in front of the net for his third marker of the game.
The pace then slowed considerably as each team was very careful with their possessions.
Georgetown forced two key Navy turnovers in the final minutes and Kass made a huge save late to seal the Hoya victory.
GU has now won four straight games over Navy.
Georgetown is off until next Saturday, April 7 when the Hoyas host Fairfield in an ECAC tilt that begins at 1 p.m.
Georgetown vs. Navy
|First tough opponent for Navy|| by Naptown Fan (#136419) on 3/31/07 @7:19PM |
|Considering that Navy has not had any real tough opponents up until this game, I though they did pretty well. Even though they lost, this game hopefully gave them some great experience and confidence they need for the remaining part of the season. Navy hosts Maryland next Friday night, and they still have to play Hopkins and Army. |
P.S.-Is this the year Navy finally beats Hopkins?
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|You're so stupid!|| by SL1017 (#154714) on 4/06/07 @10:09AM |
|2001, 2006 both we're just like this for Hopkins. Did they beat Navy? NO! NAVY WILL NOT BEAT HOPKINS!!!! Hopkins can have the worst year and Navy can be having the best and they ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS LOSE TO HOPKINS!!!!! Even when Navy had Jarboe as their goalie and guys like Adam Borcz they couldn't beat Hopkins. They come close, but they never do. And too bad Navy isn't playing Syracuse, Princeton, Virginia, Duke, and Cornell. Otherwise they'd lose half of those games too. |
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|Hey, Navy has been close several times recently!|| by Naptown Fan (#136419) on 4/06/07 @12:02PM |
|Think about how close Navy has played Hopkins since 2000 several times. In 2000, Hopkins won in overtime. In 2004 and 2005, Hopkins won in overtime. In 2006, Hopkins won by 1 goal. I don't think Navy can get much closer than that without winning. If they have been that close, why do you say they will never win. |
Yes, you are right that Navy would likely lose to several of those teams you mentioned above. However, one must remember that, although Navy usually has a few studs(ie. Mickey Jarboe, Adam Borcz, Ian Digman, Matt Russell), all together, they never have as much overall talent as any of those teams. If you think about it, what Navy has done in lacrosse recently is amazing! Why? Because Navy is not nearly as easy a sell for top talent as Hopkins and the other schools you mentioned. Will they ever win a national title? Maybe not(Hey, they lost by 1 goal to 'Cuse in the title game in 2004, though!). However, it is very special when you see a team in sports, or a rock band or anything, do more with less. UVA is by far the easiest sell for talent in this day and age. Take nothing away from Dom Starsia, but being at such an easy sell at UVA makes it more of a chore not to win than to win.
I think that Richie Meade and Coach Tillman, his top assistant, are doing outstanding jobs and I hope they stay around for a long time.
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|Congratulations to Georgetown's Men's Basketball!|| by Naptown Fan (#136419) on 4/01/07 @1:22PM |
|Sorry to change sports. Even though things didn't work out against the Buckeyes, they should be very proud about what they accomplished this season. With John Thompson, III running the show, look for many more great years from Georgetown to come. |
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|Maryland at Navy on Friday, 04/06/07|| by Naptown Fan (#136419) on 4/06/07 @2:04PM |
|It is at 7:00 P.M. I will be there. I will be bundled up, too, because it is going to be cold and windy. I think it could be a good game. I think that both teams want some more respect. Actually, to tell you the truth, it could end up being a bigger game for Maryland than Navy. Maryland has already lost to Georgetown, Duke, and UVA. Those are good teams, no doubt, but the Terps still have to play Navy tonight, Hopkins, and at least one game in the ACC Tournament. I think that the Terps will make the tournament, but they definitely need to win some more games. Navy has one loss and still has to play Maryland tonight, Army, and Hopkins. Even if they lose those games, I think they can still make the tournament because I believe the Patriot League winner gets an automatic bid. |
If you go, enjoy the game. Afterwards, come down and have some fun at the many bars in Downtown Annapolis and in Eastport. Actually, if you come to Davis' Pub on 6th and Chester in Eastport at Midnight or after, the Easter Bunny will be there with loads of candy(Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, to be exact)for everyone. I bet some of those would taste good after a few drinks!
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