Georgetown Scares the Devil Out of Duke

Georgetown Scares the Devil Out of Duke

Georgetown Scares the Devil Out of Duke

Georgetown Scares the Devil Out of Duke

The Hoyas extended their 14 game home winning streak when they defeated the Duke Blue Devils 14-7 in front of 2,489 fans in Washington, DC. Both goalies had some key saves but it was the Georgetown offense that made some even better shots for the victory. Sophomore Kyle Sweeney had a solid game for Georgetown with some fancy take-aways and destickings. Duke’s attack, as a unit, had only one goal. Head Coach Mike Pressler said, “They outplayed us in every phase of the game. They wanted this one more than we did.”

Duke put up the first points of the game when Kevin Brennan caught a feed from Kevin Cassese and put it past Georgetown keeper Scott Schroeder’s hip. Jamie Sharpe matched the score for the Hoyas six minutes later. Duke misplayed a substitution situation and ended up chasing the ball, which left Sharpe open for the shot. The first quarter ended tied at one.

Georgetown opened things up with the next four goals. Trevor Walker was first with a smart play. Steve Dusseau took a shot that sailed wide but was caught by Mike Henehan. Walker recognized this and quickly moved to an open space, caught the pass from Henehan and scored. Walker scored again 45 seconds later when Dusseau gave him the ball in front of the cage. Walker whipped around and fired for the goal. Dusseau was next to score when he took a short stick. Duke had been matching up Scott Doyle and Dusseau with long sticks and leaving an attackman with a shorty but Dusseau this time it was different as the defense was caught in a switch. Doyle got Georgetown’s first man-up goal with 4:25 left in the half. It was typical fashion for him: a laser top right that was too quick for Duke goalie Matt Breslin to stop. Duke scored their own man-up goal next. Brennan could have shot the ball but instead passed cross-crease to Gilman product Alex Lieske who put it away. Dusseau closed out the scoring for the half on another unassisted goal. He dodged from behind and scored with almost no angle.

Georgetown and Duke traded goals the entire third quarter. Georgetown started 1:10 into the half with an EMO goal by freshman Neal Goldman. Cassese answered for Duke when he scored unassisted as both teams were coming out of a 5-on-5 situation caused by fouls drawn in a mini-brawl in front of the Georgetown bench. Next Goldman converted another feed from Mike Hammer to put Georgetown up 8-3. Cassese took his defender and put it low left for his second of the contest. Overall, Cassese had a great performance and was everywhere on the field. Coach Urick said of Cassese, “If there is a better athlete in college lacrosse, I’d love to see him.” Henehan quick sticked a feed from Walker to put Georgetown up 9-4. 6’5” Terrence Keaney scored an unassisted jump shot low and away. Then Walker completed his hat trick for the Hoyas with 18 seconds left in the third quarter.

Dusseau followed by completing his own hat trick, once again unassisted, when he took his defender and stuck it five hole. No defender could seem to get a hold of Dusseau today. Cassese won the next face-off and took it right in for a goal. Georgetown kept coming with Dusseau threading a feed sidearm to an open Sharpe who finished it. Cassese responded one more time with an awesome shot that stung the top left corner as he was being chased down the right side of the field. Georgetown scored the final two of the game. Dusseau could have shot the ball but instead made the extra pass to Henehan and it paid off. Hammer scored his first goal of the game with 55 seconds remaining to extend the Georgetown lead to 14-7 and that is how it would end.

With losses by Princeton and Notre Dame, Georgetown could move up to their highest ranking ever. They are currently tied with that record at #4. This is only Georgetown's second victory against Duke in fifteen contests. Coach Urick commented on All-American Mike Henehan saying that he is still not 100% but is getting better every day. Urick also said that face-offs were a big concern coming in but credited sophomore Mike Chiara for playing them well, "He maybe didn't win with the move but he kept the ball alive for our wings." Coach Pressler expressed similar sentiments with face-offs, "Their wings were the guys who won it. They outhustled us." Pressler mentioned that he team was suffering a bit from a mid-week game with UNC, "They [Carolina] took a lot out of us but that is no excuse." Duke EMO looked like it was making a comeback in recent games from a poor performance at Maryland where they were 1 for 16 but the unit struggled again today going 1 for 8.

Georgetown will battle Navy next in a big ECAC matchup in Annapolis, Md. That game is scheduled for April 1 at 12 noon. Duke will next play at Harvard on Saturday.

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not a big match-up
    by (#9702) on 3/26/01 @12:28AM
Navy will be slaughtered by G-Town. Navy is simply not good. They need to bring back Mickey or schedule Villa Julie if they want a win.
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    by (#1635) on 3/28/01 @6:07PM
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    by (#7940) on 4/04/01 @11:50AM
what happened with stanwick and goldman?
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not a big match up huh???? i think not
    by (#6322) on 4/01/01 @3:57PM
NAVY 11 G'Town 4!!!!!! enough said... Navy played outta there skulls today... they balled like no other... G'town couldn't do jack against them... navy goalie played tremendous today yea ha... so a big match up yea it was.. but navy showed up and g'town just didn't...
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you dumbmasshole
    by (#5470) on 4/06/01 @11:59AM
you are a f-in moron punk.
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takeaway artists (sorry this is sorta off topic)
    by (#4058) on 3/26/01 @3:20AM
Did Kyle Sweeney go to the same high school as John Brasko? Since I didn't go to a high school with a developed lacrosse program, I was wondering how high school coaches develop such great stick skills in long poles. Is it a matter of having coaches that teach more advanced stick handling and checking skills after the fundamentals? Is it just a matter of the kids starting out younger with a long pole in their hands? I'd like to get a little feedback if anyone has any ideas.. thanks.
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yeah, same high school
    by (#951) on 3/26/01 @9:11AM
yeah, sweeney and brasko both came from the same high school in Pennsylvania that is known for producing sick takeaway longpoles. there is another player from that high school at Salisbury, Dipalo, who is nasty also. i'm not sure where they learn their checks, i think it's the coach, a philly wings player.
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Check out the Inside Lacrosse Recruiting Issue '99
    by (#764) on 3/26/01 @4:38PM
In that issue, they talk about the coach of Springfield High School in PA (where they went to school). Jon Heisman is the coache's name. They say that the guy wasn't getting a lot of goals and offense, so he told his poles to do whatever is takes. He told them to get the ball anyway they can. So, he taught them all the takeaway checks and taught them to have as much stick skills as an attackman. Strange, but he's the only coach I've ever heard of that tells his kids to throw junk....
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    by (#4058) on 3/26/01 @4:56PM
I can kinda see how these takeaway skills are developed in players at high school.. especially if they are taught by a good defensive coach. Who has been the defensive coach up at Manhasset the past couple of years? I remember hearing somewhere that John Gagliardi was helping out, but I'm not certain. It's probably a great asset to have coaches that not only can teach strategy, but also fundamentals and technique. I can imagine how most of the higher level college coaches have been decent to great players back in their days.. but in areas of the U.S. where lacrosse is not as developed, the ability and experience of coaches can vary quite a bit. Still, having a coach is better than not having one in most cases.. and it's better for the sport of lacrosse to get more kids involved too.
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Camps are huge too
    by (#3045) on 3/26/01 @5:31PM
I coached at a couple camps, and with all the ex-players + coaches around, a lot of these kids get some new checks and drills in the summer. Playing D against real strong, fast middies in these camps help as well. Also, what helps now it seems, is that a lot of the better athletes are becoming poles instead of middies or attack, and are able to not only keep up, but athletically dominate the short sticks.
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    by (#8807) on 3/26/01 @9:05PM
Most of the kids I have talked to have taught each other at the camps. One will see something and ask the other how he did it.

A couple of the best are at Maryland now - freshman Chris Passavia and longstick Brett Harper.

Md has absolutely dominated in man downs - something like 5 goals in 30 chances.
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Good point
    by (#1384) on 3/27/01 @8:49PM
Passavia is the real deal. He's nasty and only getting better.
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Take Away D
    by (#9983) on 3/29/01 @10:33AM
sweeney & brasko both went to the same high school, springfield, pa. the high school coach is jon heisman. he is a former 2 time d-3 defensive all-americian. he plays alot of zone but always has one guy who will eat up the best offensive players on your team. he teaches these talented kids and encourages aggressive take-away defense. his first great d-pole was tom slate, (current phila. wings defender), then dave dipallo, (salsiberry), then john brasko, (jhu & loyola) then kyle sweeney, (g'town) they now have another kid up there named jack newman who is following in their footsteps. he is going to play at u. penn next fall. rumor has it that they are now grooming a 10th grader named ryan adolph to be the next take-away guy. oh yeah, all of them are awesome in the face-off circle, dish off & score goals! give credit to heisman & to the players for working hard.
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Jon Heisman
    by (#280031) on 4/12/11 @12:19PM
I played with Jon in high school - West Chester (PA) Henderson. We were state champs in '73 when Jon was a sophomore and he dominated on defense. He could handle the stick better than most attacks. Jon is working his magic as a high school coach where he now has Bishop Shannahan (PA)at 3-0. Way to go Jon!
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    by (#1635) on 3/26/01 @2:54PM
Who were the Georgetown players that weren't playing and why?
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    by (#4058) on 3/27/01 @12:12AM
Thanks for the feedback, guys. Any more comments would be welcome!

Yeah, I think I am always stressing the fundamentals.. feet positioning, forcing the guy away from the goal, and playing angles. The things I don't know much about are more than the basic defensive technique (basic checks meaning poke, slaps, over-the-head, wraps, chops..). I know more advanced defensemen work on things like timing and setting a guy up.. but I hear names of checks I have no idea about.. butt dig, can opener, etc.
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Throwing junk
    by (#770) on 3/28/01 @9:20PM
Although there is nothing as nice as seeing someone get stripped by a sweet check, more often than not timing is the key, not execution. Too often players give up position to make these checks happen, which is a huge mistake. I wouldn't spend time worrying about rusty gates and kayaks, and stress with your kids the importance of footwork. The old adage rings true, you can't give up a goal if you don't get beaten, and you don't get beating with good body position. Take-aways are fine, but not at the expense of fundamentals. Sweeney and co know this.
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re: throwing junk
    by (#4058) on 3/29/01 @8:33AM
I wholeheartedly agree with you. I haven't taught my guys much more than the poke check.. everything else has been focused on the basics like body positioning, footwork, etc. What I would like to do in the future is show them what they could learn as their stick skills improve after they progress at becoming solid defenders. I think learning to play solid defense is the most important thing, but being able to handle their long stick is important as well.. getting the ball on the turf and getting it off the ground to the offense can be a tale of two cities sometimes...
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