Harvard Edges Georgetown in Back-and-Forth Contest

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Georgetown (2-2, 0-0 Big East) fell to Harvard (2-2, 0-0 Ivy League) 8-6 on Saturday afternoon at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium on campus at Harvard University. The game, originally scheduled for Friday evening, was moved due to a winter storm in the Boston area.

The Hoyas came up on the losing end of a back-and-forth game that featured four ties and four lead changes. Redshirt junior Tyler Knarr (Eagleville, Pa./LaSalle College) went 12 of 16 on face-offs, while senior attack Brian Casey (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Prep) and sophomore attack Reilly O'Connor (Brooklin, Ont./The Hill Academy) each had two goals for the Hoyas.

Redshirt sophomore goalie Jake Haley (Grasonville, Md./Queen Anne's County) made nine saves and allowed eight goals to take his first loss of the season.

Casey opened the scoring, wrapping around the dislodged cage and scoring on the offset goal at the 5:57 mark in the first quarter to put the Hoyas in front, 1-0. Harvard's Sean McDonagh answered under two minutes later tying the score, but Casey put the Hoyas back in front with another unassisted goal to give GU a 2-1 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Crimson responded early in the second quarter, as Peter Schwartz and Carl Zimmerman scored a pair of goals less than a minute apart to take a 3-2 lead with just over 12 minutes remaining in the half. Zimmerman scored his second of the game with 24 seconds remaining in the half to extend the Harvard lead to two goals, 4-2 going into the half.

Sophomore midfielder Charles McCormick (Bronxville, N.Y./Bronxville) ended the Hoyas scoring drought, with an unassisted goal just two-and-a-half minutes into the third quarter, bringing GU within one goal, at 4-3. The Hoyas tied the score, as redshirt junior Zac Guy (Tully, N.Y./Tully), who moved to attack in the second half, fed O'Connor who scored on a one-on-one with the goalie for his first goal of the game at 10:16 in the third quarter.

The Hoyas surged in front with over nine minutes remaining in the third quarter, as senior midfielder Travis Comeau (Red Deer, Alberta/The Hill Academy) found Guy by himself on the crease for Guy's first goal of the game, giving Georgetown a 5-4 lead.

Harvard's Ryan Stevens ended the Hoyas 3-0 run, starting a 3-0 run for the Crimson with his first goal of the game with 7:28 remaining in the third quarter, tying the game at five. Daniel Eipp put Harvard back in front, 6-5, with a goal with just under four minutes remaining in the half and Devin Dwyer extended the lead to two goals, at 7-5.

O'Connor brought GU back within a goal, scoring his second of the game, making the score 7-6 at the end of the third quarter, but Schwartz scored with 3:39 left in the game giving the Crimson an 8-6 edge. The Hoyas peppered Harvard's goalkeeper Harry Krieger with shots over the last three minutes were unable to score, falling by a final of 8-6.

The Hoyas return to action without delay, when they travel to Emmitsburg, Md. to take on Mount St. Mary's on Tuesday night, with the opening face-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Georgetown returns home to Multi-Sport Field on Saturday, March 16 when they host Big East rival Providence College at 1:00 p.m.

2013-03-09



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