GU Undefeated in Conference Play; Urick Named ECAC Player of the Week

By Karen Travers Hoya Staff Writer

In a game that essentially decided who would get the ECAC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, No. 6 Georgetown held off a threat from No. 11 Navy, 14-10 Saturday on Kehoe Field.

The Hoyas broke a 9-9 tie and took a 12-9 lead to seal the win against the Midshipmen. Despite relinquishing a 5-0 lead and several unforced errors, Georgetown held off a scrappy Navy squad.

With the win, the Hoyas move their record to 7-1 overall and 3-0 in the ECAC. Georgetown has sole possession of first place in the conference and is almost a lock to get the league’s bid to the tournament. Navy falls to 6-2 overall and 4-1 in league play and out of first place.

Georgetown senior attackman Scott Urick was named ECAC lacrosse player of the week after a four goal performance against the iddies.

Urick has 23 goals on the season, placing him ninth in the nation and first in the ECAC in goals per game with 2.88.

Georgetown began the game on fire, jumping out to a commanding 5-0 lead with just under five minutes off the clock in the first period. Captain Urick scored the team’s first of five goals and sophomore midfielder Brett Wagner added two goals. Senior midfielder Art Price and senior attackman and captain Andy Flick rounded out the Hoya’s scoring assault to start off the game.

The Navy defense could not contain the explosive Hoya offense for most of the first period. Midshipmen senior goalie Mickey Jarboe, who before Saturday had been allowing just 4.9 goals per game, seemed shellshocked by the offensive onslaught. The Hoyas were blowing past defenders and Jarboe could not contain the offense on his own.

Georgetown completely dominated the ball on its offensive end, winning the first five face-offs and maintaining excellent ball control to hold possession for most of the first quarter.

But as good as the Hoyas looked to start out the game, they looked just as sluggish at the end of the first period and for most of the second period. Navy was able to slowly chip away at the considerable Georgetown lead and tied the game at five with 9:11 left in the second quarter.

The Hoyas exhibited poor ball control and had trouble clearing the ball. Several wayward passes, dropped balls and missed groundballs allowed Navy to get back in the game. Georgetown also committed three key penalties that gave Navy scoring opportunities. Three of the five Navy goals came on extra-man situations for the idshipmen.

Georgetown was able to take a one-goal lead as time ran out on the clock at the end of the half after junior midfielder Scott Doyle took a pass from junior midfielder Mike Henehan and sent a low shot past Jarboe to put the Hoyas ahead 8-7.

The game was tied again in the third period, 9-9, but Urick scored three consecutive goals to give the Hoyas a 12-9 lead. The idshipmen could not overcome this lead and the Hoyas hung on to the victory, 14-10.

Urick led all scorers with four goals while Henehan led the team in points with his goal and five assists. Dusseau also scored three goals for the Hoyas and Flick chipped in two goals and two assists.

Schroeder finished the day with 11 saves while Navy’s Jarboe finished with 13 saves.

Despite a strong start in the face-off circle by the Hoyas, the idshipmen came away with 14 of 27 face-offs and picked up 40 groundballs to the Hoyas’ 39.

The Hoyas return to action tomorrow to take on ECAC rival Stony Brook. Stony Brook is 0-2 in the ECAC and 2-6 overall.

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