WASHINGTON - Senior midfielder Andrew Brancaccio (Chevy Chase, Md./Georgetown Prep) scored three goals and No. 9 Georgetown raced back from a three-goal deficit aided by a shut out of Notre Dame in the second half en route to an impressive 11-8 win in front of 2,386 at the Multi-Sport Field Sunday afternoon. Georgetown, winners of its last three games and five of its last six overall, improves to 7-3 overall and 3-1 in the BIG EAST, while Notre Dame falls to 5-5 overall and 0-3 in the league.
Notre Dame led 8-6 at the half, but the Hoyas tied the game with a pair of man-up goals in the third quarter and took a 9-8 lead early in the fourth quarter. After a hold was called on Notre Dame, Georgetown had a successful clear and a shot from senior Scott Kocis (Huntington, N.Y./Huntington) was on target with a feed from freshman Zac Guy (Tully, N.Y./Tully), giving the Hoyas the lead for good.
Two minutes later, the lead grew to 10-8 with 11:56 left when the Hoyas took control after a turnover and senior Craig Dowd (East Northport, N.Y./Northport) sent a pass Travis Comeau (Alberta, Canada/The Hill Academy), who was racing toward the goal and took a shot on the run that beat John Kemp high. Georgetown scored its fifth-straight goal with 9:18 to play when Dowd came from behind the cage and shot over a defender to push the Georgetown lead to 11-8.
After some back-and-forth play from both teams, Notre Dame had a chance to cut into the lead when a penalty was called on Georgetown. On the extra-man, Notre Dame's Max Pfeifer had a point-blank shot saved by sophomore goalie C.T. Fisher (Bethesda, Md./Landon), who came on late in the first half and finished with seven saves for the Hoyas.
Notre Dame again had a shot around the 7-minute mark, but sophomore defenseman Patrick Schmitz (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Prep) caused a turnover and the Hoyas pulled away for the win.
The Hoyas had trailed 8-6 at the half and had several opportunities in the opening seven minutes of the second half - with shots from Comeau, Dowd, Brancaccio, Kocis and senior Chris Nixon (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) all off the mark. Georgetown finally capitalized with 6:39 to play in the third quarter, scoring on an extra-man opportunity after a Notre Dame player was called for a slash. The Hoyas had one minute with the extra-man and worked the ball around against the Irish man-down unit, which is rated as the best in the country, and capitalized when redshirt junior Rickey Mirabito (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Forks) sent a pass to Brancaccio, whose shot 18 yards out was rifled in and beat Kemp.
The Hoyas tied the game just over two minutes later - again on the man-up - when Kocis fed Brancaccio from about 20 yards out. His shot was partially deflected by a Notre Dame defenseman, but the 6-5 middie was able to get a bouncing shot off that skipped past Kemp, tying the game with 4:14 to play in the third quarter.
The game was tied at 3-all after the first quarter, but a five-goal second quarter gave Notre Dame an 8-6 lead. Back-to-back goals from Grant Krebs gave ND a 5-3 lead in the opening five minutes of the quarter. After Nixon caused a turnover and picked up the ground ball, Dowd fed senior Chris Schuville (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) in transition and he scored on a high shot, narrowing the gap to 5-4.
Krebs again scored consecutive goals, first at 5:22 and then at 4:49, as the Irish took a 7-4 lead, but the Hoyas scored two-straight to tighten the game as the first half drew to a close, first on a score from Comeau and then on one from freshman Brian Casey (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Prep). A goal from Neal Hicks with 28 seconds left gave the Irish an 8-6 lead at the break.
After winning the opening face-off and working the ball around the field for the first two minutes, the Hoyas took a 1-0 lead on an unassisted goal from Brancaccio with 12:51 to play in the first quarter. Brenneman and Beattie scored goals to give ND a 2-1 lead, but the Hoyas tied it with 5:52 left in the first quarter when sophomore Zack Angel (Park Hill, Md./St. Mary Ryken) took possession near midfield and came across from about 20 yards out, split a defender and took a bouncing shot from 10 yards out that beat ND goalie Scott Rodgers. The Irish took a 3-2 lead on a goal from Steve Murphy, but Kocis tied the game at 3:29 when he took a blast from 15 yards out that beat Rodgers high.
Fisher finished the game with seven saves on eight shots by Notre Dame in the second half. Brancaccio scored three goals and was one of seven players with a goal, with Kocis and Comeau adding two apiece. Dowd finished with a goal and three assists, while Guy added two assists.
The Hoyas held a 36-33 advantage in shots, won the ground ball battle, 45-31, and led by junior Brian Tabb (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Prep), won 12-of-23 face-off attempts. Nixon and Tabb had six ground balls apiece to lead GU.
Georgetown plays next on Saturday, April 17, visiting Loyola. Face-off for the game, which will be shown live on ESPNU, is slated for noon.
|Craig Dowd||(1, 3)|
|Andrew Brancacaccio||(3, 0)|
|Scott Kocis||(2, 1)|
|Travis Comeau||(2, 0)|
|Zach Guy||(0, 2)|
|Zack Angel||(1, 0)|
|Ricky Mirabito||(0, 1)|
|Chris Schuville||(1, 0)|
|Brian Casey||(1, 0)|
|Ct Fisher||7 (0.875)|
|Jack Davis||2 (0.222)|