Navy's Furious Rally Falls Short As Mids Lose To Georgetown, 9-8
April 1, 2011
WASHINGTON, D.C.--Travis Comeau scored five goals and Ricky Mirabito handed out three assists to lead Georgetown (4-4) to a 9-8 victory over Navy (4-6) on Friday night at a frigid Multi-Sport Field in Washington, D.C. It was the fourth one goal loss of the year for the tough luck Midshipmen. The Mids played the game without top midfielder Andy Warner, who sat out the contest with a concussion.
"As always, this was a physical and athletic game but we hung in there with them," said Navy head coach Richie Meade. "Everything you could ask of a team we've done. We are playing the game with a lot of heart, but we made mistakes at critical times."
Junior goalie RJ Wickham kept the Midshipmen in the game with a career high 20 saves, including 12 in the first half and an incredible eight in the second quarter. It was the most saves by a Navy player since Seth DiNola came up with 21 saves against Penn State in 2003.
"RJ was on tonight," said Meade. "That's the RJ we've been waiting for and it came at the right time."
"This was a pretty emotional day today," said Wickham. "I lost a close friend from high school on Sunday to brain cancer and I wanted to dedicate the game to her."
Georgetown jumped out to a 5-1 lead on Navy as the Midshipmen committed 10 turnovers and took just two shots over the first quarter and a half. The Mids were able to stay within shouting distance of the Hoyas thanks to the remarkable play of Wickham who made one big save after another as the Hoyas peppered the Navy goalie with 24 first half shots.
Freshman attack Sam Jones stopped a three goal Georgetown run with his 20th goal of the year with just 17 seconds left in the second quarter to cut Georgetown's lead to 5-2. Jones is the first freshman to score 20 goals in a season since Nick Mirabito tallied 27 in 2005.
The goal by Jones seemed to spark the Mids as Navy scored back-to-back goals to start the third quarter. Jay Mann scored an unassisted goal to make it 5-3 43 seconds into the third quarter and then freshman Tucker Hull scored off a pass from Nikk Davis to cut the Georgetown lead to 5-4.
Comeau stopped Navy's three goal run with an unassisted goal of his own to make it 6-4 Georgetown, but Hull answered with a man-up goal off an assist from Jones to cut the Georgetown lead to 6-5. The Mids, however, had no answer for Comeau has he scored a momentum killing goal, his fifth of the day, with 36 seconds left in the third quarter to put Georgetown back up by two.
Georgetown would continue that momentum into the fourth quarter as Zack Angel scored off an assist from Davey Emala and Brian Casey scored off a feed from Mirabito as the Hoyas took a 9-5 lead with 10:51 left in the game.
The Mids, however, showed the grit and determination you would expect from a Navy team and came roaring back to make things exciting over the final five minutes. Jones scored his second goal of the game off an assist from Hull with 4:25 left to cut Georgetown's lead to 9-6 and then Hull scored just 11 seconds later off a pass from Jones to make it 9-7.
Navy would make it 9-8 with 24 seconds remaining when long pole Pat Kiernan scored his first career goal off the first career assist from long pole Peter Rogers. Navy's Evan McGoogan would win the ensuing faceoff, but Georgetown was able to check the ball out of his stick from behind and the Hoyas came up with the ground ball to secure the victory.
Georgetown outshot Navy 46-30 and won the ground ball battle, 40-27. The Hoyas won 12 of the 21 faceoffs. Both teams did an excellent job of clearing their defensive end as Navy was 18-21 and Georgetown was 12-12. Navy was 2-4 on extra-man opportunities, while Georgetown was just 1-5. Navy committed 18 turnovers to just nine for the Hoyas.
With the win Georgetown takes home the Scott Boyle Memorial Trophy. Boyle, a longtime lacrosse official, suffered a heart attack and passed away while officiating the Navy-Georgetown game on April 2, 2005.
The Mids will play host to Maryland on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The game will be televised nationally by CBS Sports Network.