MEN'S LACROSSE | Hoyas Fall Short in Comeback Attempt
Published: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 00:02
Despite a late three-goal comeback in the fourth quarter, the Georgetown men’s lacrosse team (2-1) fell to Towson (2-2) on Saturday 8-7.
After dropping games to No. 8 Johns Hopkins and No. 10 Loyola Maryland, Towson took the field Saturday looking to end its two-game slide. The Tigers, aided by sophomore midfielder Ben McCarty’s return from injury, were able to hold off the late comeback by the Hoyas. McCarty was an integral part of the Tigers’ offense last year, and was able to contribute a goal for the Tigers.
Going into the game, Georgetown Head Coach Kevin Warne knew that Towson would be the most athletic team that Georgetown had faced so far. Given the Tigers’ challenging schedule, Warne also anticipated facing a tough style of play.
“Towson played hard and with a little bit more energy,” Warne said. “Knowing that they came off of their loss on Wednesday [to Loyola Maryland], we knew that they were going to be really juiced up to play and get after us a little bit and try to set the tempo for the game. I don’t think we did a good job of handling that.”
What Warne did not anticipate, however, were the obstacles the Hoyas would create for themselves. Georgetown only succeeded on 8-of-15 clear attempts during the game. Had Georgetown been able to clear the ball, they would have slowed Towson’s offensive momentum.
“I think we kind of shot ourselves in the foot, especially in the clearing game. … We just didn’t do the things that we needed to do,” Warne said. “We made easy things difficult for us.”
Georgetown and Towson played an even first half, ending the second quarter tied 4-4. In the third quarter, however, Georgetown dug itself into what proved to be an insurmountable hole. While the Hoyas were held scoreless for 18 minutes — a period that spanned from the end of the second quarter to the beginning of the fourth quarter — Towson went on a three-goal run to establish the lead that it needed to earn the victory.
After each team scored in the fourth-quarter — putting the score at 8-5— the Hoyas attempted to mount a comeback. Senior attack Jeff Fountain scored two fourth quarter goals — one midway through the quarter and one with 33 seconds left to play — to bring the Hoyas within one goal of tying. After Towson won the last faceoff of the game, junior attack and co-captain Charlie McCormick recovered a ground ball, giving Georgetown the opportunity to tie the game. But the Hoyas would turn the ball over, giving the Tigers possession and allowing them to run out the clock.
Georgetown received key contributions from three freshmen. Midfielders Eduardo White and Devon Lewis each scored a goal, and attack Peter Conley scored twice. Conley also recorded three out of Georgetown’s four assists. Warne is glad to see his underclassmen adjusting well to collegiate play.
“[The underclassmen] work hard,” Warne said. “They’re freshmen, so they’re going to make some mistakes ... but our older guys have done a good job of teaching them how we play and the attitude we need to have and the speed you need to have in a college game. And they’re adjusting, and they’re making mistakes without a doubt, but they’re learning from them, which is half the battle.”
Additional scorers for the Hoyas included Fountain, who finished the game with two goals, and McCormick, who finished with one goal. Redshirt senior defender and co-captain Tyler Knarr finished the game with one assist and eight ground balls, and he won 11-of-19 faceoffs. In addition, redshirt junior goalkeeper Jake Haley made seven saves during the game.
Up next for Georgetown is another game on the road, when it travels to Hempstead, N.Y., to take on Hofstra — Warne’s alma mater. After Saturday’s game against Towson, Warne wants to eliminate the possibility of opponents taking advantage of his team’s fundamental mistakes. The Hoyas cannot afford to work against themselves in future games. As always, Warne emphasizes the importance of internalizing the challenges that the rest of the season will bring.
“This will be the fourth game of the year, and [other] teams still have to see what you’re good at and what you’re not good at, and they’re obviously going to exploit that and make a game plan around it,” Warne said. “We’ve got to make sure that we make our weaknesses our strengths and our strengths even stronger. We need to worry about ourselves.”