Comeau Leads Georgetown Past Navy to Earn Boyle Cup

WASHINGTON Travis Comeau (Red Deer, Alberta/Hill Academy) scored a career-high five goals and Georgetown (4-4) held off a late Navy (4-6) rally to defeat the Midshipmen, 9-8 on Friday night at Multi-Sport Field, earning the Scott Boyle Memorial Cup for the sixth time in seven years.

The Hoyas needed all five of Comeau's goals, as Navy scored three unanswered goals in the final five minutes of the fourth quarter to close the game to one goal, at 9-8. Navy's Evan McGoogan would win the game's final face-off with 24 seconds on the clock, but Barney Ehrmann (Baltimore, Md./Gilman) would knock the ball from his stick and Ryan Shuler would pick up the loose ball as the Hoyas cleared the ball to hold on to a 9-8 victory.

The game was the sixth consecutive between the two teams decided by two or fewer goals.

Rickey Mirabito (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Forks) had a game-high three assists, while Ehrmann picked up a game-high nine ground balls and caused four turnovers. Brian Casey (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Prep) had two goals for the Hoyas and Patrick Murray (Denver, Colo./Kent Denver) won 11 of 14 face-offs in the win.

Georgetown scored first, as Davey Emala (Baltimore, Md./Gilman) took the pass from Mirabito and found the back of the net just under 10 minutes into the first quarter to put the Hoyas in front, 1-0. Two minutes later, Casey scored his first goal of the game to put the Hoyas in front, 2-0.

Navy's Jay Mann answered with under a minute remaining in the first quarter to cut GU's lead in half, but the Hoyas responded in the second quarter. Comeau scored three consecutive goals, as he picked up rebounds and found cracks in the Navy defense to take a comfortable 5-1 lead. The Midshipmen scored one final time in the first half with 17 seconds remaining to send the game into halftime at 5-2.

Mann and Tucker Hull opened up the third quarter for Navy with back-to-back goals, cutting the Hoyas lead to one goal, at 5-4. Comeau responded, catching a pass on the crease from Mirabito and scoring to extend the lead to two goals. Hull would again cut the lead to one goal, but Comeau would score his fifth on the assist from Max Seligmann (Essex Fells, N.J./Delbarton) with time running out in the third quarter.

Zack Angel (Park Hall, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) added a goal on the assist from Emala and Casey would score on the assist from Mirabito to put the Hoyas in front by four goals with just under 10 minutes to play in the game.

The score remained, 9-5 until Navy's Sam Jones broke through with 4:25 remaining in the game. Hull scored his third goal of the game 11 seconds later to cut the Hoyas lead to two goals. Pat Kiernan brought the game to within one goal with 24 seconds remaining on the clock, but Ehrmann would force a turnover on the ensuing face-off and Shuler would run out the clock to seal a 9-8 victory for the Hoyas.

Senior goalie Jack Davis (Glen Ridge, N.J./Glen Ridge) made nine saves in the victory for Georgetown.

The Hoyas will return to action on Tuesday, April 5 when they head to Emmitsburg, Md. to take on Mount Saint Mary's at 7:00 p.m. Georgetown trails the all-time series with The Mount 12-15.

2011-04-02



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