Despite the valiant effort of the Hobart Statesmen, the Georgetown menï¿½s lacrosse team was able to sustain the aggressive play that accompanied a hard-hitting and fast-paced second half, en route to a needed win over their head coachï¿½s former team. Georgetownï¿½s trio of Walid Hajj, Nick Miaritis and Neal Goldman combined for seven of the nine Hoya goals, including the last two that broke the 7-7 tie with eight-and-a-half minutes to play in the fourth quarter.
The start of the game was host to what was expected of these two teams. Each one having strong offensive possessions, and going up against slightly stronger defenses, while heavily relying on the play of their goalies. Offensively speaking, the Hoyas retained possession for much longer stretches, while out-shooting Hobart by 10, 41-31. Thankfully for Georgetown, as Coach Urick explained, ï¿½9 goals was enoughï¿½ to attain the win, but the sense that better shooting in the future is needed was quite evident.
It would be the Hoyas who struck first, just over three minutes into play, when Miaritis drove hard lefty and placed the ball neatly in the lower right hand corner of the goal for the unassisted score. As would be the case throughout the first quarter Hobart answered with a score. The Statesmenï¿½s came from Mark Conklin, unassisted, when after deflecting off Hoya goaltender Rich Dï¿½Andrea, the ball trickled in to tie the game at 1. The game was played with a high level of aggression and that was evident in the penalties that ensued. The first penalty of the game resulted in a man up score for Georgetown when Goldman one-timed a pass from teammate Kevin Langtry for the score. Again, as it has been problematic for Georgetown all year, Hobart scored another unassisted goal, this time coming from their leading scorer Mark Williamson. The final goal of the quarter, which belonged to the Hoyas, came when Hobart had difficulty substituting in their defensive unit. Hajj took advantage of the situation and took a feed from Miaritis for an off-hip bouncer that gave Georgetown a 3-2 lead heading into the second quarter of play.
Again the aggressive play of Hobart cost them a man-down goal as Goldman netted another man-up score on another one-timer. Following that score Georgetown continued to press on the defensive end. Seizing a lazy pass from a Hobart midfielder, Georgetownï¿½s Brodie Merrill initiated a fast break that led to a Sean Denihan goal and the largest Hoya lead of the game, 3. Hobartï¿½s response was characteristic of their effort all game as Mark Williamson endured a slashing penalty and proceeded to find Mike Conklin on a fast break for another score. Georgetown and Hobart would trade goals again before the half ended; Georgetownï¿½s coming from Hajj and Hobartï¿½s coming from Patrick Meade, unassisted. The half ended with Georgetown leading 6-4.
Georgetown came out in the second half without the fire that they had exhibited in the first half. And although Georgetownï¿½s Wes Trice netted the first goal of the quarter less than two minutes into play (again giving Georgetown a 3 goal lead), Hobart would go on to score three unanswered goals and consequently tie the game. The scoreless drought for the Hoyas lasted nearly 21 minutes. The first two goals of the Hobart run came from the freshman and Georgetown Prep alum Chris David. Both of his efforts came unassisted, with only 30 seconds separating the scores, and provided the necessary spark to keep Hobart alive, down one at the end of the third.
Like their start to the third quarter, Hobart came out strong, but this time they were able to net the third in the series of scores, but regrettably for Hobart, it would be the last of their goals today. With the score tied, Georgetown looked to the same players that have stepped up all season: Walid Hajj and Nick Miaritis. The winning goal went from Miaritis to Hajj, while the final goal, following a long possession, came from Hajj to Miaritis. Successful keep-away was all that was needed for Georgetown to clinch this win and start to set their sights on the Duke Blue Devils who they will face next Saturday.
Georgetown vs. Hobart