#16 Massachusetts Edges #10 Georgetown on Late Goal

The game had been tied at 7-all after three quarters, but Georgetown scored three-straight goals and took an 11-9 lead when Brancaccio scored on an unassisted shot with 9:12 left to play in the game. UMass pulled to within 11-10 on a shot from Ryan Liebel with 8:45 to play, but the Hoyas answered.

Georgetown forced a turnover on the UMass offensive end and extended its lead to 12-10 when junior Dan Hostetler (Ellicott City, Md./River Hill) picked up a ground ball and raced up field before passing off to senior defenseman Chris Nixon (Duxbury, Mass/.Duxbury). Nixon fed attack Travis Comeau (Alberta, Canada/The Hill Academy), who was alone on the doorstep and bounced one past UMass goalie Tim McCormack with 6:18 left.

Tied at seven entering the final quarter, GU took an 8-7 lead on a score from Brancaccio 49 seconds into the quarter. The Minutemen responded with two goals to take a 9-8 lead, but the Hoyas scored three-straight goals to take an 11-9 lead.

Senior Scott Kocis (Huntington, N.Y./Huntington) took a feed from senior Craig Dowd (East Northport, N.Y./Northport) with 11:48 to play to tie the game and then junior Ryan Shuler (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Prep) fed redshirt junior Rickey Mirabito (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Forks) with 10:32 left. The lead grew to 11-9 on Brancaccio's fifth goal of the game.

Georgetown had scored four-straight goals between the first and second quarters to take a 5-2 lead, but UMass responded and took a 7-6 lead to the break. In a back-and-forth third quarter that featured physical play as both teams fought for possession, the only score came from the Hoyas, as junior Max Seligmann (Essex Falls, N.J./Delbarton) rifled a shot from 15 yards out and beat UMass goalie Tim McCormack at 14:20.

UMass jumped out to a 2-1 lead early in the first quarter. After a goal from Dowd tied the game at one apiece, Will Manny scored at 11:13 to give the Minutemen the advantage. The Hoyas would respond with four-straight goals, including three in the final 5:37 of the first quarter.

Brancaccio tied the game at 2-all with 5:37 left when Dowd fed him from 15 yards out. As he scored, UMass was called for a slash, giving the Hoyas an extra-man chance. That opportunity was squandered and after a big save from Fisher,UMass was called for an illegal block, giving GU another EMO.

The Hoyas did not waste this one, as Dowd sent a high pass to Mirabito as he raced on front of the goal and the redshirt junior bounced one past McCormack to give GU the lead at 2:39. Less than a minute later, the lead was 4-2 when Seligmann scored from 13 yards out with 1:45 to play in the quarter.

Georgetown scored its fourth-straight goal just over three minutes into the second quarter, with Seligmann sending a pass from the middle of the field to Brancaccio, who was camped out five yards from the goal and blasted a shot at 11:26, giving GU a 5-2 lead. UMass scored twice in s span of seven seconds to cut the lead to 5-4 and tied the game at 5-all on a score with Kirk Jurgelevich with 8:11 to play before the break.

A goal from Manny gave UMass a 6-5 lead, but Brancaccio scored off a feed from Dowd, tying the game with 2:45 to play. A goal from Bobby Hays gave UMass a 7-6 lead heading into the break.

Fisher made nine saves in goal for the Hoyas, while junior middie Brian Tabb (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Prep) won 14 of 25 face-off attempts as the Hoyas were 16 of 29 overall. GU out-shot UMass, 37-32, but the Minutemen held a 33-32 advantage in ground balls.

Brancaccio scored five goals to lead the Hoyas, while Dowd finished with four assists. Seligmann, Kocis and Mirabito scored two goals apiece and Comeau scored one.

Georgetown plays next on Saturday, May 1, hosting BIG EAST rival Rutgers on Senior Day at the Multi-Sport Field. Face-off is slated for 6:00 p.m. ET.

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