No. 5 Georgetown Rallies to Down No. 9 Navy, 9-7

Georgetown out-shot Navy, 40-28, and had 32 ground balls to the Midshipmen's 31. Sophomore goalie Miles Kass (Rye, N.Y./Hotchkiss), starting his second game since returning from an injury, recorded six saves in the win. Brendan Cannon finished with a goal and two assists, while Baird added two goals and one assist.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The eighth-seeded Georgetown lacrosse team outscored Navy, 7-3, in the second half and rallied for a 9-7 NCAA first-round victory on a rain-soaked Mother's Day the campus of Georgetown University. The loss ends Navy's season at 11-4, and the careers of 10 Navy seniors.

Navy dominated the first quarter, outscoring the Hoyas, 3-0, in the first five minutes to take a 3-0 lead after 15 minutes of play. Jon Birsner (Levittown, N.Y.) scored three points (2 g, 1 a) and Ian Dingman added a pair (1 g, 1 a) to help Navy off to the fast start. However, the key may have been the play of face-off specialist William Wallace (Bloomfield Village, Mich.), who went four-of-four at the "X" and led a breakaway that resulted in Navy's third goal of the contest, just 13 seconds after Navy had taken a 2-0 lead.

Navy's clearing game continued to hurt the Mids as a pair of failed clears led to a pair of Georgetown goals early in the second quarter. The Hoyas scored nearly identical goals in the first five minutes of the stanza to cut the Navy lead to 3-2 with 9:42 to play in a Jake Samperton netter.

After a 30-minute lightning delay, Navy regained the momentum it had at the start of the game, as Steve Looney (Silver Spring, Md.), playing in his first game in almost a month, gained a step on his defender and found Dingman alone in front for a 4-2 advantage with just over two minutes to play in the half.

Despite being outshot, 13-4, in the second quarter, Navy was outscored just 2-1, and Navy took a 4-2 advantage into the halftime break.

Navy held the lead despite having seven more turnovers (17-10), succeeding on just 9-of-17 clears and being outshot, 23-13, in the first half.

Georgetown tied the game on a pair of unassisted goals, the latter coming on a Brendan Cannon tally with 7:30 left in the third quarter, However, Navy's Dingman responded just five seconds later after Wallace won a clean face-off and fed the junior attack, who then sniped a low shot from eight yards out and a 5-4 Navy advantage.

The Hoyas scored the next two goals to take a 6-5 lead with 1:19 to play when leading goal-scorer Dave Paolisso tallied his first goal of the day for the first Georgetown lead of the day. Again, just moments later, Navy's Nick Mirabito (Binghamton, N.Y.) tied the game with 25 seconds left to play after his defender slipped, giving him room in the left slot. Mirabito beat Kass with a low bouncer to run his scoring streak to 31 games.

A minute into the fourth quarter, Paolisso netted his second goal of the game, giving Georgetown a 7-6 lead, as his low shot through a screen beat Russell with 13:53 to play. Navy tied the game when Billy Looney (Silver Spring, Md.) scored on the EMO with 13:24 to play and to tie the game for the third time in the second half at 7-7.

Georgetown's physical play continued to plague the Hoyas, giving Navy its fourth EMO of the contest and second of the fourth quarter with 9:27 to play. Navy wasn't able to capitalize and on the ensuing possession, Andrew Baird again gave the Hoyas a one-goal lead at 8-7 with a tally with 6:25 to play. The Hoyas grabbed a two-goal lead when Matt McBride scored just his sixth goal of the year with 4:39 to play and a 9-7 Hoyas' advantage.

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2006-05-14



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