WASHINGTON, D.C. - Georgetown University Head Men's Lacrosse Coach Dave Urick said that each of his 15 seniors have a different role. Some play their roles during the week at practice, others play their role on gamedays. On Saturday, all 15 of his seniors played and three of them accounted for eight goals as No. 5 Georgetown used an eight-goal second half en route to a 12-8 win over UMass in front of 2,054 fans at the Multi-Sport Field Saturday afternoon.
"They're an element of our program that we rely on heavily," Urick said of his senior class. "Brendan Cannon, Craig Stevenson, Clayton Hall, Jerry Lambe - those are great players and get a lot of playing time and recognition, and I certainly have warm fuzzy feelings for all those guys. But the guys that are in a lot of ways the heart and soul of any team are the Rob Dubas's and the Chris Early's and the Sean Bailey's - guys that are going through the program for four years who don't play all that much on Saturday afternoon. They play a lot on Monday through Friday, and a lot of that time is spent on the other team's plays and trying to simulate what the other team does."
This year we have a lot of seniors and everyone has a different role. Sometimes that role is on a Saturday afternoon, and sometimes it's on Monday through Friday when we're preparing."
The Hoyas led 4-2 at the break and scored four times in the third quarter to open an 8-3 lead. Taking advantage of a man-up opportunity, Zach Rodgers scored with one second left in the third and the Minutemen strung together three-straight goals in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter to pull within 8-7.
Senior Brendan Cannon (Haverford, Pa./The Haverford School), who scored a game-high four goals responded 37 seconds after UMass cut the lead to one. Taking the ball from behind the net, Cannon sped past a defender and beat him to the top of the crease, took a shot past another UMass defender and gave GU a 9-7 lead with 9:23 to play. Classmate Andrew Baird (Baltimore, Md./Loyola Blakefield) scored with 5:16 to play to push the lead back to three goals. He used a spin move to push past a defender on the right side and then took a low shot that beat UMass goalie Doc Schneider, who made 20 saves on the day.
Senior Dan D'Agnes (Manhasset, N.Y./Chaminade) increased GU's lead to 11-7 with 3:11 to play when he took a shot over two defenders and beat Schneider high. Cannon scored the final goal for the Hoyas, pushing the lead to 12-7 with 1:15 to play.
UMass had jumped out to a 2-1 lead early in the second quarter after the second of two goals from Tim Balise, the latter coming with 14:32 to play in the first half. The teams battled back and forth for seven minutes until GU sophomore Andrew Brancaccio (Chevy Chase, Md./Georgetown Prep) tied the game with 7:21 to play. Sophomore Craig Dowd (East Northport, N.Y./Northport) gave the Hoyas the lead for good with an unassisted tally with 4:59 to play and Cannon fed Baird with 2:35 to play as the Hoyas took a 4-2 lead into the half.
Georgetown took a 5-2 lead on a goal from Todd Cochran (Wayne, Pa./Conestoga), 1:31 into the third quarter. Cannon made it 6-2 on a slick shot inside the right post just 1:20 later. Fred Federico broke UMass' scoreless drought of 19:46, and Georgetown's 5-0 run, with a laser to cut the lead to 6-3.
Georgetown long-pole Barney Ehrmann (Baltimore, Md./Gilman) scored to make it 7-3 Hoyas with eight minutes left in third. The Hoyas moved it to 8-3 on Cannon's rebound quick stick with seven minutes in the third. As time expired in the third quarter Rodgers ripped home a low liner into the right corner for the 8-4 score after 45 minutes. That goal began a run of four tallies in a row for the Minutemen before Cannon and Baird helped to close out the win on Senior Day.
Georgetown held a 61-28 advantage in shots and a 47-21 advantage in ground balls, while winning 15-of-23 face-offs. \
Cannon had four goals and one assist for five points, while Baird added three goals, Dowd added a goal and an assist and Brancaccio, D'Agnes, Cochran and Ehrmann each had one goal. Freshman Dan Hostetler (Ellicott City, Md./River Hill) and Max Seligmann (Essex Falls, N.J./Delbarton) had one assist apiece.
|Brendan Cannon||(4, 1)|
|Andrew Baird||(3, 0)|
|Craig Dowd||(1, 1)|
|Max Seligmann||(0, 1)|
|Dan Hostetler||(0, 1)|
|Barney Ehrmann||(1, 0)|
|Dan D'agnes||(1, 0)|
|Todd Cochran||(1, 0)|
|Andrew Brancaccio||(1, 0)|
|Miles Kass||5 (0.385)|