The Georgetown Hoyas survived a scare from the Penn State Nitany Lions, 10-9. Two Hoya goals in the last minute of the game proved the difference in the game, and also possibly Penn State's Tournament chances. Heading into the 4th quarter with a two goal lead, PSU was looking to make a strong case for the tourney. Losing the 4th, 3-0, means chances are they're on the outside looking in. All three of Penn State's attackmen contributed three points, while Brendan Cannon one goal and three assists for Georgetown.
State College, Pa. - May 6, 2006 - The Penn State Nittany Lion lacrosse team, ranked No. 15 nationally, took a 9-7 lead into the fourth quarter but was held scoreless as visiting Georgetown, ranked No. 5, scored two goals in the final minute of the game to steal a 10-9 win from Penn State and claim the 2006 ECAC Lacrosse League title.
In a game featuring streaky scoring and strong defense, Georgetown made its only lead of the game count with the game-winner with just 0:45 to play. The victory gave the visiting Hoyas their second ECAC title in the past three years and kept Penn State from winning its second straight.
Head coach Glenn Thiel’s Nittany Lions got on the board first, with senior Nate Whitaker (Great Falls, Va.) scoring off a superb pass from Brian Boyle (Derry, N.H.) at the 12:40 mark of the first period. But Georgetown answered right back with a man-up goal from Sean Denihan off a Brendan Cannon assist just over a minute later. With the game tied at 1-1, the two ECAC powers traded scoring opportunities for much of the remainder of the period. Penn State junior Pat Heim (Wayne, Pa.) broke the scoring drought and put Penn State up 2-1 with an unassisted goal at the 1:43 mark. Penn State carried that 2-1 lead into the second period.
Gil Pearsall (Carthage, N.Y.) put Penn State up 3-1, scoring a man-up goal off a John Eremus (Rosemont, Pa.) assist with 13:27 to play in the second. Just over two minutes later, the Lions got another man-up goal to lead 4-1. Senior Greg Gurenlian (Springfield, Pa.) took a Whitaker pass and scored at the 11:15 mark, giving the Nittany Lions a three-goal lead. Georgetown answered back with the game’s third straight man-up goal when Brendan Cannon scored off a Trevor Casey assist to cut the Penn State lead to 4-2 with 7:27 to play in the half. The Hoyas got even closer when Mike White took the ball in PSU territory and advanced the entire length of the field to score unassisted at the 3:07 mark. Penn State cut the Hoya comeback short, however, when Eremus scored off a Matt Radecic (Mission Hills, Kan.) assist with just 0:52 to play in the half, giving Penn State a 5-3 lead. But Georgetown would get the half’s last goal when Andrew Baird took a White pass and scored with just 0:03 left to play, sending the game to intermission with Penn State up 5-4.
Boyle scored a man-up goal with 11:11 to play in the third; scoring off a pinpoint Eremus pass to put Penn State up 6-4. Pearsall added to the Penn State lead, scoring unassisted at the 7:53 mark, followed quickly by an unassisted goal from Bubba Scott (Rockville, Md.) to give Penn State an 8-4 lead, the game’s largest yet. But Georgetown would halt the Penn State flurry with a Pete Cannon goal off an assist from brother Brendan at the 5:24 mark. Hoya Garret Wilson scored off a Baird pass just over a minute later and a four-goal lead was cut to two, 8-6, with 3:46 to play in the third. Georgetown got even closer when Jake Samperton scored off a Brendan Cannon assist to trim the Lion lead to 8-7 at the 3:10 mark. Penn State stopped the Hoya rally with just 0:05 left when Whitaker took a Boyle around-the-back pass for a point blank goal. The goal gave Penn State a 9-7 lead with just 15:00 to play.
Georgetown scored first in the fourth with a new goalie, sophomore Mike Kass stepped in for starter Rich D’Andrea. The Hoyas also scored first when Baird scored off a Wilson pass to cut the Penn State lead to 9-8. Baird goal came just 0:54 into the final stanza. Both defenses stiffened as Penn State began to play ball-control offense. While not scoring, the Nittany Lions worked the game clock down to 2:07 to play. After a Penn State turnover with 2:07 to play, Georgetown had a solid shot on goal but was turned away by a superb Drew Adams (Springfield, Pa.) save to maintain the Penn State lead. Another Adams save at the 1:10 kept Penn State up on top. But a Penn State turnover with a minute left led to a game-tying goal by Georgetown’s Pete Cannon with just 0:52 left.
Tied 9-9 with less than a minute to play, Penn State won the face-off but quickly turned the ball over in front of their own goal. Georgetown took advantage when Casey scored an unassisted goal with 0:45 left to play, giving Georgetown their first lead of the game, 10-9. The Hoyas held the lead to close out the game, grabbing the win and the 2006 ECAC title in the process.
Whitaker, playing in his final home game at Penn State, led the Nittany Lions with two goals and an assist. Classmate Eremus had a goal and two assists while Boyle added one and two as well. Gurenlian, also a senior, won 11 of 23 faces-offs and led Penn State with 10 ground balls. Freshman keeper Adams had 11 saves against 39 shots (21 on goal). As a team, Penn State had 34 shots, 15 on goal, and picked up 44 ground balls. The Nittany Lions also connected on three of five man-up chances.
Baird came off the bench to lead Georgetown with two goals and an assist. Brendan Cannon had a goal and three assists while brother Pete had two goals. Starting keeper D’Andrea had six saves and gave up nine goals for GU while Kass, who got the win, faced only three shots and did not give up a goal. Georgetown took 39 shots, 21 on goal, and had 38 ground balls. The Hoyas scored on two of three man-up opportunities.
Penn State, which had its NCAA hopes dealt a serious blow with the loss, are 8-5 overall and finish the ECAC season at 5-2, tied for second place. Georgetown, now a lock for the NCAA Championships, ends its regular season at 11-3, with an ECAC title-winning record of 6-1. Each team will learn of its respective post-season fate tomorrow night with the live announcement of the field for the 2006 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championships, live on ESPNnews at 8:30 p.m. Eastern.
GAME SUMMARY: Penn State 9, Georgetown 10
1st: PSU (Whitaker-Boyle), GU (Denihan-B. Cannon), PSU (Heim)
2nd: PSU (Pearsall-Eremus), PSU (Gurenlian-Whitaker), GU (B. Cannon-Casey), GU (White), PSU (Eremus-Radecic), GU (Baird-White)
3rd: PSU (Boyle-Eremus), PSU (Pearsall), PSU (Scott), GU (P.Cannon-B.Cannon), GU (Wilson-Baird), GU (Samperton-B. Cannon), PSU (Whitaker-Boyle)
4th: GU (Baird-Wilson), GU (Cannon), GU (Casey)
GROUNDBALLS: PSU 44, GU 38 - EMO: PSU 3-5, GU 2-3
SHOTS (SH-SOG): PSU (34-15), GU (39-21)
FACE-OFFS: PSU 11-23, GU 12-23
GOALIE SUMMARY: PSU (Drew Adams 60:00, 10 GA, 11 SV); GU (Rich D’Andrea 45:00, 9 GA, 6 SV; Miles Kass, 15:00, 0 GA, 0 SV)
SCORE BY QUARTERS: 1 2 3 4 F
PENN STATE 2 3 4 0 9
GEORGETOWN 1 3 3 3 10
RECORDS: Penn State 8-5, 5-2 ECAC; Georgetown 11-2, 6-1 ECAC
UP NEXT FOR PSU: Live announcement of the 2006 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championships; live on ESPNnews, Sunday night at 8:30 p.m.
|Nate Whitaker||(2, 1)|
|John Eremus||(1, 2)|
|Brian Boyle||(1, 2)|
|Gil Pearsall||(2, 0)|
|Bubba Scott||(1, 0)|
|Patrick Heim||(1, 0)|
|Greg Gurenlian||(1, 0)|
|Matt Radecic||(0, 1)|
|Drew Adams||11 (0.524)|