Andrew Baird opened up the scoring off a nice inside feed from Cullen Molinari to give GTown an early lead. The Hoyas then got their first of three from freshman midi Andrew Brancaccio before the Terps answered on a scrappy goal from Max Ritz. Georgetown finished the first quarter scoring on Brancaccio’s second goal, a howitzer from just inside the restraining line.
Georgetown dominated play in the second quarter, frustrating a young Maryland offense with defensive pressure and never allowing the Terps to find an offensive rhythm. Dan D’Agnes finished a Brendan Cannon feed early in the period. The Hoyas followed quickly when Molinari found a cutting Jake Samperton.
Maryland closed the gap with 6 minutes remaining in the half when longstick midi Ryan Clark fed Danny Gallagher on a fast break, but when the officials examined Gallagher’s stick it was determined to be illegal. The goal was wiped off the board and the Terps were saddled with a 3-minute non-releasable penalty. Georgetown capitalized on the long penalty when Brancaccio finished his first half hat trick on an EMO chance late in the quarter, giving GTown a 6-1 halftime lead.
Maryland looked like a different team when they came out in the third quarter. The highly touted defense applied pressure all over the field and the offense came to life on the shoulder of Max Ritz. Ritz scored early in the quarter on a nice solo effort driving from X. Two minutes later Ritz finished a feed from Nick Ward when Ritz cut behind a sleeping defenseman. Midway through the quarter, Mike Phipps finished an EMO opportunity of a Ritz feed. Longpole Brian Farrell finished the third quarter scoring on his third goal of the year, showing again he is a tremendous weapon in transition when he went coast to coast.
Chris Feifs scored on a nice pump and go early in the 4th quarter, tying the game at 6-6 and momentum was strongly in the Terps favor. The teams exchanged chances throughout the quarter, with both goalies making some tremendous saves. D’Agnes recorded the game winner on his second of the game when Baird found him open on the backside of the crease. Cannon sealed the game with 25 seconds remaining when he split a Terp double-team off a dead ball.
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