Hoyas Over­come Early Deficit, Kass Makes Late Save to Hold Off the Mids

The Washington Post Sunday - - Spring Training - By Chris­tian Swezey

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).

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