Georgetown (6-6) dashed any hopes of a late UMass (7-4) comeback with a fourth quarter, three-goal surge securing the 10-7 win. The Hoyas tempered the enthusiasm of a home crowd with a commanding 4-1 first quarter performance. The Minutemen came alive shaving off a five-goal deficit, point by point. Georgetown and UMass squared off with six goals apiece at the start of the fourth quarter, but the Hoyas proved to be too much in the end. Junior middie Scott Kocis paced the Hoya attack with four points, and senior UMass goalie anchored the defense with 18 saves.
Prior to the game, UMass, 4-0 in ECAC play, and Georgetown, 1-3, had all the external variables aligning in their favor: home field advantage, Senior Day spirit, and the winning momentum of a four game roll. However, the Hoyas launched an early assault and dictated key possession on the ground (37-26), at the face-off X (13-20), and on goal (47-35 SOG). UMass defense nearly delivered on script. Schneider, surrounded by his supporting cast of aggressive co-stars, challenged Georgetown with physical play, but in the end, was unable to beat the quick feet and ball movement of Georgetown. While UMass logged in a valiant run to level the score, the Minutemen fell short of fire power in the end.
Georgetown’s Zack Angel was first to strike at 13:38. UMass responded almost 30 seconds later with a goal from Tim Balise. Georgetown netted three more goals from Jake Samperton and two from Scott Kocis. The Hoyas started the second period with a 4-1 lead. Hoya Adam Donahue found Samperton open for the back door bouncer at 11:01 (5-1). UMass responded with another goal from Balise. Bobby Hayes assisted Balise on the EMO goal. Balise finished with a righty overhand shot taking goalie Jack Davis upper left (2-5). Samperton banked a hat trick at 4:46 as he beat his man inside with a quick pivot and turnaround jumper shooting righty overhand near side pipe (6-2). Jim Connolly scored his 27th goal of the season with under a minute in the period and cut down the margin to three with a lefty overhand bouncer off hip (3-6).
The third period lacked significant offensive output from both teams. UMass took the third quarter 2-0 off of goals from Hayes and Connolly. Hayes split two defenders, face dodged the third, and scored on the righty overhand (4-6). Connolly inspired a glimmer of hope narrowing the margin to one off a big goal. Connolly faked a pass lefty from X selling the entire defense, who looked for the ball up high, and then came in strong lefty beating the defense topside and finishing with a side arm low far pipe (5-6).
The game was up for grabs at the top of the fourth quarter. UMass had the momentum of Connolly’s goal. Evan Blum scored off a pick and roll at 12:48 (6-6). Blum’s equalizer came off strong defensive, catalyzing play. The trail of broken sticks strewn on the field was a concrete indicator of the level of physical play. Georgetown did a good job of cutting off the tap and grabbing the game momentum with three unanswered goals. Kocis gave the Hoyas the one goal lead off an EMO (7-6). Kocis set up the next goal dishing off to Andrew Brancaccio who rifled in a righty crank (8-6). As the clock was running out, UMass came out to double. Georgetown’s Ricky Mirabito had the easy goal on net at 1:40 (9-6). UMass managed one more goal at 13 seconds with a righty overhand from Blum (7-9). Georgetown got the last goal of the game from Michael Shotwell with two seconds on the clock. Final score Georgetown 10 UMass 7.
Georgetown hosts Rutgers on April 25th at 11:00 while UMass prepares to host Syracuse on the 25th as well at 13:30. UMass is seeking to set a new all-time lacrosse home attendance record (12,143 fans on 05/05/89).
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