MEN'S LACROSSE | McCormick Leads Team to 1st Victory
Published: Thursday, February 13, 2014
Updated: Thursday, February 13, 2014 23:02
The Georgetown men’s lacrosse team started the season with a strong showing Wednesday afternoon against Mount St. Mary’s. The Hoyas, who in the preseason were picked to finish fourth in the Big East, defeated the Mount, 10-4, which was their 15th win in the teams’ last 15 meetings.
“I think we just kept playing our game,” Junior midfielder Charlie McCormick said. “Everybody knew what they had to do and staying positive I think was a huge key for us.”
The game started off slowly as both teams seemed a little rusty. The Hoyas managed 13 first-quarter shots, but were only able to score one goal. With just over two minutes remaining, junior attack Reilly O’Connor scored the lone goal of the first quarter.
“It was the first game,” Head Coach Kevin Warne said. “We were playing a lot of young guys, and so I think it was their first experience and you can’t replicate that in practice.”
The pace picked up in the second quarter. After a Mount St. Mary’s timeout the teams exploded for three goals in less than two minutes: Georgetown scored two while Mount St. Mary’s managed one making the score 3-1.
“We just had to get in the groove a little bit,” Warne said. “We were pretty patient but as the game wore on I think you saw a different team for the last three quarters than the first quarter.”
Mount St. Mary’s junior attack Christian Durham scored a goal to pull the Mount within one with just under five minutes left in the first half. But from there, Georgetown scored three straight goals to take a 6-2 lead at the end of the second quarter. The Hoyas maintained their momentum in the second half, scoring two quick goals to take an 8-2 lead. In the five straight goals, McCormick scored two of his three.
“Our offense, again, just really clicked, and everybody knew what they had to do, and everybody was where they had to be at the right time,” McCormick said. “I think all the hard work is finally paying off.”
McCormick was selected to the preseason all-Big East team after finishing second on the team with 27 points last season.
“Charlie is Charlie. He does what he does very well,” Warne said. “When he dodges hard and gets his hands free then he can do some things. So we are excited about how he is developing.”
Freshman attack Peter Conley finished the scoring on the day for the Hoyas with two goals in the fourth quarter.
Throughout the game, Georgetown maintained control and outshot the Mount 46-22, which was well aboce their season average of 32.2 shots per game last year. In the second quarter alone the Mount were outshot 17 to four. In the same quarter, Georgetown had the ground ball advantage, 14 to eight.
“We kind of came out and we’re a little slow in the first quarter, but we maintained a positive attitude and started doing the little things right in the second quarter and shots started to fall and our offense really started to click,” McCormick said.
Mount St. Mary’s struggled against the Hoya defense and turned the ball over 18 times while Georgetown only turned it over 12 times.
The Hoyas had assists on six of their 10 goals, two by senior attack Jeff Fountain and two by junior attack Bo Stafford.
Co-captain and graduate student Tyler Knarr led the team with eight groundballs, which allowed the Blue and Gray to win the faceoff battle 11 to seven.
Redshirt junior goalie Jake Haley was not tested much on the afternoon. Haley had five saves and only allowed four goals.
Georgetown looks to build on it strong effort when it travels to Navy this Saturday. Navy cruised to an 18-5 victory in its season opener against Virginia Military Institute on Feb. 8. They are an experienced squad, returning six of 10 starters from last season. Those returners will be out for revenge, as Georgetown won last year’s matchup between the two teams in overtime by a final score of 9-8. Navy Head Coach Rick Sowell has never beaten the Hoyas, despite playing them four times.
For Georgetown, it will be a quick turnaround.
“Short week,” Warne said. “It’s a good Navy team. They are going to play hard, ride hard, do everything 100 miles an hour. We have to be ready to take a few punches and be able to punch back at the same time.”
The game is set for noon Saturday in Annapolis, Md., at Jack Stephens Field.