Georgetown ran into a very hot Penn State goalie but they kept firing their way to a 12-5 victory in front of 1,278 fans in Washington, DC. Senior Matt Vallone had 10 saves in the first quarter and 5 more in the second to keep his team in the game. The Hoyas continued to shoot and as Coach Urick said, “When you take as many shots as we do eventually some of them are going to fall.” Another big difference was in extra-man situation situations with Georgetown converting four of six and Penn State only two of twelve.
Georgetown got their first goal on an EMO play when sophomore Mike Hammer found Neal Goldman who was able to quick stick it before getting drilled by the slide. That was the only goal for the first eleven minutes of the game as both goalies were making some nice saves and both defenses were forcing tough shots. Hammer was able to convert one of those tough shots as he ducked between his defender and Vallone who had come out of the cage to make a play. That acrobatic score gave Georgetown a 2-0 lead. The Nittany Lions were able to get one on the board before the end of the quarter when freshman defender Rob Bateman picked up a loose ball and put it in an empty net. Georgetown goalie Scott Schroeder got caught out of the crease going after the loose ball.
The Hoyas increased their lead two minutes into the second quarter in a 6 on 4 man-up situation. Senior attacker Jamie Sharpe found Goldman open a few yards in front of the crease and Goldman spun around and stuck it top left. Penn State was able to score next when Bateman hit Sean Droogan ahead of the pack leaving Droogan one-on-one with Schroeder. Georgetown got the next two to end the half. Trevor Walker knocked one in off a nice feed from Hammer then senior middie Scott Doyle shot a laser opposite stick side hip which Vallone had no chance of saving.
Doyle kept the hot hand throughout halftime and scored the first goal of the second half again with a rifle top right. Doyle may rival Syracuse’s Mike Springer for the hardest shot in college. Coach Urick commented on Doyle’s EMO play, “It’s nice to have Scott Doyle be able to punch it in from the perimeter because that way we don’t have to worry about working it around for a lay-up." Penn State was clearly rattled being down 6-2 but they were still in the game especially with a hot goalie. With 6:14 left in the third quarter junior Will Driscoll snuck one past Schroeder’s hip to bring the Nittany Lions within three. Then Penn State went man-up for 30 seconds on a holding call against Georgetown and sophomore Rob Booth was able to convert. It looked like PSU was going to make a run but Hammer ended that thought as he scored the first of Georgetown’s six unanswered goals.
Steve Dusseau, coming off a six-goal performance at Army, caught a Goldman rebound off the crossbar and ripped one for his first of the day. Walker scored the second goal of the fourth quarter off a sweet look from former St. Paul’s star Doug Mueller. Sharpe cranked one from 15 yards out when he caught a flip from defender Rodger Colbert. Credit Doyle with allowing that play to happen as he stayed back preventing Georgetown from being offside. Doyle had the next goal for the Hoyas as he once again let it rip from up top. Despite being stick-side high, Vallone couldn’t catch it. Vallone had slowed down a bit from his red-hot start. With 6:31 left in the game Dusseau placed a tough shot on the right pipe to put the Hoyas up 12-4. Penn State closed out the scoring with an EMO goal at the end.
Vallone credited his performance to being prepared and excited to play, “I knew I had to be a senior leader today.” His thoughts on Georgetown’s success on EMO, “We matched up well six-on-six but with the extra guy there is only so long you can hold them.” Doyle felt good after the game, “We stuck to coach’s plan and played hard. The outcome was what we wanted it to be.” The outcome surprised Coach Urick a little bit, “I thought this game would go down to the wire with a goal or two difference.” Urick refused to take any credit for the man-up play, “That is all Matthew [Kerwick, assistant coach], he has done a tremendous job with that group.” The Hoyas are still missing two key players. Sophomore defender/LSM Pat Collins is out with back problems and is day-to-day. All-American Mike Henehan also did not play despite dressing for the game. Urick said he had no intention of playing Henehan but “wanted to give Penn State something to think about.” Look for Henehan to return for the big ECAC match up against UMBC on St. Patrick’s Day in Baltimore.
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