Although Georgetown (5-0) brought back all-stars Pat Collins and Kyle Sweeny from last years successful defense, there were many questions raised as to how the graduation of goalie Scott Schroeder (’02) would affect this year’s defensive performance. Any lingering questions were answered today so as to leave no ambiguity as to what this season had in store for the Hoyas. Sophomore Rich D’Andrea stepped up to a powerful Duke (6-3) offense and, while making imaginative one-on-one saves, carried his team to a thrilling overtime win.
As was the case throughout the game, it was the domineering defenses of these top ten teams that controlled both the pace and score of the game. For nearly the first seven minutes of the game there was not only no score, but Georgetown had still not posted a shot, and yet it would be still another minute before the first goal of the game came from Duke’s Matt Rewkowski during an extra-man opportunity. He was fed by freshman Dan Flannery who is part of a young but dangerous Duke offense. The next two goals were both scored by the Hoyas. The first came from Andy Corno, as only 0:02 ticked off the clock after the Duke score. His goal, coming off of the face-off, provided a necessary spark to Georgetown’s offense and tied the game at 1. A minute later, Mike Boynton worked hard from up top and while driving hard to his right he netted his only goal of the game. The quarter ended with a Duke penalty that shook up Hoya sophomore Brice Queener and gave Georgetown possession at the start of the second.
The second quarter, much like the first, was host to defensive stops and limited quality shots. The scoring was started by Georgetown, nearly eight and a half minutes into play when Walid Hajj, a constant presence for the Georgetown offense, scored on a fast break. Duke responded scoring their second man-up goal in as many chances and brought the game back to within one. The goal was credited to Kevin Cassese. In the final two minutes of first half play, Georgetown and Duke again traded goals with the first coming again from Hajj, while the Duke score came from Matt Zash off a feed from Cassese. That, the final goal of the half, cut Georgetown’s lead to one and left the score: Georgetown 4, Duke 3.
The third quarter was “case-in-point” for the entire game, with the only goal coming from Duke’s Matt Monfett. D’Andrea made big saves during a two man down situation that preceded Monfett’s goal and D’Andrea’s impressive performance continued throughout the period. At the start of the fourth quarter Duke took the lead as Cassese had his second goal and fourth point of the game on a fast grounder that found the back of the net. Again D’Andrea made big saves that kept Georgetown from losing any more control of the game and with 5:53 left in regulation Mike Hammer scored the tying goal. Duke, out of timeouts, lost possession and with twenty-one seconds left, Georgetown called timeout in the hopes of scoring the winning goal. That hope never materialized as a less than inspiring play was executed bringing the 5-5 game into overtime. Although Kevin Cassese won the face-off, a sloppy defensive turnover gave possession back to the Hoyas. On the ensuing offensive set, a minute forty into the overtime session, Jordan Vettoretti took a feed from Hajj on the crease, and, after taking a step to improve his angle and a hard fake getting Duke goalie A.J. Kincel moving, he finished the game winning goal. Georgetown 6, Duke 5.
After the game Hajj commented on D’Andrea’s play, noting that “[Georgetown] wouldn’t have been in the game without him.” A similar inference was drawn from the game winning goal scorer Vettoretti, who felt that the Georgetown defense had “bailed us out.” Rich, was humble in his performance noting the play of Kincel and commenting on the performance of his long poles. Although the Hoyas need to work on their shot quality, as less then half of their 44 shots were on cage, this win ignites a team ready to travel to Navy for an important ECAC match-up.
|Walid Hajj||(2, 1)|
|Jordan Vettoretti||(1, 1)|
|Mike Hammer||(1, 0)|
|Andy Corno||(1, 0)|
|Mike Boynton||(1, 0)|
|Trevor Walker||(0, 1)|
|Rich D'andrea||10 (0.667)|