Hoyas Overcome Early Deficit, Kass Makes Late Save to Hold Off the Mids
The winner of the men’s lacrosse game between No. 7 Georgetown and No. 4 Navy yesterday received the Scott Boyle Trophy, a silver cup named for the referee who collapsed and died during the GeorgetownNavy game in 2005.
Yet it was apparent from the opening whistle there was quite a bit else at stake for both teams. In the end, Georgetown junior goalkeeper Miles Kass saved a low, seven-yard shot from junior Terence Higgins with 15 seconds left to preserve a tense, hard-hitting 10-9 victory before 3,079 at Multi Sport Field.
The Hoyas (5-2) won what is likely their final game against a top five opponent. Meantime, Navy (8-1) missed a chance to go 9-0 for the first time since 1965 and also lost to the Hoyas for the sixth time in their past seven meetings.
“We told the guys before the game, whoever won was going to take a major step forward toward the postseason,” Georgetown Coach Dave Urick said.
Initially, it looked like Navy would be taking that step. The Midshipmen led 3-1 following a goal by senior Tommy Wallin with 57 seconds left in the first quarter. They extended the lead to 5-2 following a goal by junior Nick Mirabito, off an assist from senior Billy Looney, with 5minutes 15 seconds left in the first half.
That was the score when Navy had an extra-man opportunity with 3:59 left, but it turned over the ball without taking a shot. Georgetown sophomore Jake Samperton then scored back-to-back goals, the second with 30 seconds left, to close to 5-4. In that stretch, junior Brendan Cannon, Georgetown’s leading scorer last year, was not in the game.
But Cannon made his presence felt in the second half. He had three goals and two assists in the second half, and his final goal gave the Hoyas a 10-8 lead with 7:41 left.
The goals were so crucial that Navy Coach Richie Meade remem- bered the exact sequence of all three after the game.
“Maybe we should have slid to him, but those were just great plays,” Meade said. “There’s not a lot we could have done about that.”
A score by freshman Basil Daratsos with 25 seconds left cut the deficit to 10-9.
Senior William Wallace won the ensuing faceoff and fed Higgins on a fast break. Higgins entered with four goals in his career; when no defender slid to him, he wound up and fired a low shot. But Kass reacted quickly and smothered it.
Cannon finished with three goals and three assists and Kass had 11 saves for the Hoyas. Senior Ian Dingman had four goals and Looney added two goals and two assists for Navy.
The importance of the game was evident from the outset. Georgetown senior Christiaan Trunz, who did not practice for most of the week with a hip injury, won 11 of 22 faceoffs and had a team-high eight groundballs. Teammate Clayton Hall, a starting defenseman, tried to play with a serious back injury but left the game for good in the first quarter.
Looney, meantime, played on the first and second midfield lines and as a defensive midfielder. Three of Dingman’s goals came immediately after he recovered a loose ball.
In the end, both teams reflected on a hard-fought game. “Brendan [Cannon] put us on his back there for a few minutes,” Urick said.
Said Wallace: Higgins “got separation from the defenders, we got a good look. He’ll hit it next time.”
Navy sophomore attackman Bruce Nechanicky left the game with what Meade called a serious knee injury late in the first quarter. K VIRGINIA 12, MARYLAND 8: Junior Ben Rubeor had five goals and an assist for the third-ranked Cavaliers (8-1, 1-0) at home. Virginia led 6-4 at halftime, then scored three straight to start the second half. Senior Max Ritz had three goals for the No. 8 Terrapins (7-3, 1-2).