Georgetown Takes Down Mids in Overtime Thriller
April 3, 2010
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Junior midfielder Max Seligmann punched in a seven-yard shot just 52 seconds into overtime to lead the 13th-ranked Georgetown men's lacrosse team (5-3) to a 13-12 victory over Navy (5-5) Friday evening at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. It was the fifth one-goal game played by the Midshipmen this season, including their program-record tying fourth overtime contest.
"Whenever something like this happens, if you win you felt like you could have lost and if you lost you felt like you could have won," said 10th-year Navy head coach Richie Meade. "In our case, I felt like we gave everything we had to get back in the game and put ourselves in a situation to win. We got a good shot at the end of the game, their keeper just made a great save.
"The effort, the belief, all the intangibles are there. He just needed to do a better job in some areas that we've struggled and just couldn't get it done. I thought the offense played one of its best games of the year, but we played too much defense. We can't give up 12 goals and expect to win."
Navy never held the lead in the game and trailed by as many as four, including 9-5 with 10 minutes to go in the third quarter. But much like last week, the Mids fought their way back into the game thanks to some unlikely scorers. Navy outscored the Hoyas 4-2 in the final stanza and after Georgetown struck first at the 14:11 mark, the Mids answered when sophomore midfielder Taylor Cook (Hollywood, Md.) took a pass from junior attackman Andy Warner (Corning, N.Y.) and threaded it past Georgetown keeper Jack Davis. It was just the third goal by the second-line midfielder this season.
Georgetown pushed its lead back to three, 12-9, when rookie attackman Travis Comeau caught a Jason McFadden pass on the run and fired it past Navy keeper RJ Wickham (Penn Yan, N.Y.) with 5:57 remaining in the game.
Navy, though, put together a 3-0 run that began with a doorstep strike by senior Brendan Connors (Bellmore, N.Y.) at the 2:52, his third goal of the evening. The Mids went on to score back-to-back goals just 13 seconds apart. With 1:26 left in regulation, Connors found an open Kyle Kapron (Chandler, Ariz.) who targeted a three-yard shot on an extra-man opportunity. Meanwhile, on the ensuing faceoff, junior defensive midfielder Marty Gallagher (Wayne, Pa.)r intercepted a pass by Brian Tabb, threw the ball from the top of the defensive box to pole Zack Schroeder (Deer Park, N.Y.) who ran with the ball 15 yards and stuck it past Davis for the equalizer.
Tabb won the faceoff for the Hoyas and set up what would be a solid goal-scoring opportunity by senior middie Scott Kocis, but Wickham denied Kocis and instead snatched the ball out of the air and sent a long outlet pass nearly the length of the field. Senior midfielder Patrick Moran (Annapolis, Md.) fought to get free of his foe and eventually scooped up the ground ball and got a great look at the cage. Davis, though, would also turn away the would-be game-winner by Moran and sent the game into extra minutes.
Once again, it was Tabb who scored the faceoff win, putting the game in his teammates' hands. After working the ball around, Seligmann took off from the middle of the field and was able to create enough space between he and Gallagher to get his right hand free and score what was his ninth goal of the year and the game-winner for the Hoyas.
The two teams traded goals in the opening minutes of the game, but the Hoyas put together a run by scoring back-to-back goals in under 10 seconds and held a 4-2 advantage by the end of the first quarter.
Warner scored back-to-back extra-man goals for the Midshipmen, including a beauty on the doorstep where he one-timed Davis, to pull Navy even with the Hoyas, 4-4 with five minutes remaining in the first hal of play.
But the Hoyas went on to score four unanswered goals, two prior to half including a broken play with 47 seconds to play that left Wickham one-one-one against Comeau, who finished his evening with four goals on eight shots.
Georgetown came out of the locker room ready to play, scoring two quick goals to give the Hoyas an 8-4 advantage. After the Hoyas made a change in goal, subbing in C.T. Fisher, the two teams swapped goals just 44 seconds apart, as the Hoyas held a 9-5 advantage with the Navy comeback on the verge of what was nearly another miraculous comeback for the Mids for the second week in a row. The Mids scored back-to-back goals on the Hoyas, the first a Warner-to-Connors doorstep shot, followed by a roll dodge from Joe Lennon (Westminster, Md.). Sandwiched between the two goals, Georgetown yanked Fisher from his netminding duties and put Davis back in goal.
Holding a 9-7 advantage, Comeau was on the receiving end of a Zach Guy pass and sent his five-yarder from the left wing past Wickham. Just a minute later, however, Navy answered with a hard shot off a roll dodge by Moran. It was Navy's fourth shot of the quarter and fourth goal. The Mids ended the period by scoring four goals on five shots.
Navy then utilized a late fourth quarter run to put itself back in the hunt, but in the end it would be to much time on defense that would end an otherwise spectacular game for the Midshipmen with a loss.
"The amount of heart we showed was impressive," said Warner.
"The growth of our team is good to see, but we are still making some mistakes that are costly. From the sideline, I truly believe we can win every game. We have the talent, we just need to put it all together."
Moran and Connors each finished the game with three goals and an assist, while Warner scored a pair of goals while turning in a career-high tying four assists. For Moran, he has now recorded hat tricks in six games this season, including each of the last three contests. Lennon, meanwhile, recorded a goal and provided a pair of assists and extended is point scoring streak to 13 straight games dating back to last year's Patriot League Tournament semifinals contest against Colgate.
Wickham put together another solid game between the pipes for the Midshipmen, making 15 saves, including nine in the second half and five in the third quarter.
Georgetown overwhelmed the Mids from the faceoff "x" where the Hoyas would win 20 of the 29 draws. In part because of its success in the faceoff phase, Georgetown hammered the Mids in the ground ball category, scooping up 44 grounders to just 20 by the Mids. At halftime, the Hoyas held a 20-9 advantage.
Navy committed 16 turnovers in the game, but none more costly than a late offside call that would erase a Navy goal. After a turnover by Georgetown's Ryan Shuler with just over nine minutes to play in the second quarter, Wickham looked to find a teammate to throw an outlet pass. Coming up empty-handed, Wickham took matters into his own hands and began racing towards mid-field. Wickham ended up taking the ball from end to end and brought the 6,250 stands in the stadium to their feet with a spectacular goal. A celebration ensued, but would be quieted as the trail official waived the goal off saying a Navy player was offside.
The 12 goals by the Midshipmen marked the most goals they have scored in a losing effort since the 2004 National Championship Game against Syracuse, when the Orange defeated the Mids, 14-13.
The Midshipmen return to action next Saturday when they travel to College Park to battle nationally-ranked Maryland. Faceoff is set for 12:00 pm at Byrd Stadium and will be broadcast to a national television audience by ESPNU. Fans can also tune in to the radio broadcast with Pete Medhurst calling the action on 1430 WNAV beginning with the Navy Lacrosse Pregame Show at 11:45 am.
### Go Navy ###