PISCATAWAY, NJ – Despite a valiant fourth-quarter comeback effort, the 10th-ranked Rutgers men’s lacrosse team lost a heartbreaking 7-6 decision to fifth-ranked Georgetown at Yurcak Field on Saturday." />
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Fourth Quarter Rally Falls Short as No. 10 Rutgers Men’s Lacrosse Falls to No. 5 Georgetown, 7-6
HOYAS SCOE GAME-WINNER WITH :15 REMAINING
  • Posted on May 01, 2004 12:00:00 AM
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  • PISCATAWAY, NJ – Despite a valiant fourth-quarter comeback effort, the 10th-ranked Rutgers men’s lacrosse team lost a heartbreaking 7-6 decision to fifth-ranked Georgetown at Yurcak Field on Saturday.

    Rutgers, which is still in contention for an NCAA Tournament at-large bid, falls to 8-4 overall and 1-1 in ECAC play, while the Hoyas improve to 10-2 and 3-0 in the ECAC and clinch the league title.

    Trailing 6-3 entering the fourth quarter, Leif Blomquist (Long Beach, NY) netted his 15th goal of the season to make the score 6-4 at the 13:49 mark. It would be nearly 11 minutes until another goal was scored, however, but Rutgers began its furious comeback attempt when Chris Doctor (Skaneateles, NY) rocketed a shot past Georgetown goalie Rich DeAndrea with 2:32 left in the game to draw RU within one goal.

    With time ticking down, Georgetown turned the ball over in Rutgers territory and it was quickly cleared up-field. Tom O’Toole (Long Beach, NY) raced up the left sideline, and scored his first goal of the year with 23 second remaining to tie the game. Delby Powless (Hagersville, Ontario) was credited with the assist on the play.

    Georgetown won the ensuing face-off, and called a timeout to set up the final play. GU’s Nick Miaritis then took a shot from 18 yards out which hit the ground and bounced over the shoulder of goalie Greg Havalchak (Corning, NY) for the game-winning score with just 15 second left on the clock.

    Georgetown built its 6-3 advantage after three quarters on the strength of two goal apiece from Walid Hajj and Garrett Wilson. Six different players scored for the Scarlet Knights, including Jamie Lovejoy (Holbrook, NY), Devon Britts (Scottsville, VA) and Michael Coomber (Ridgewood, NJ).

    The Scarlet Knights took their only lead of the game with 6:49 remaining in the first quarter, as Britts netted an unassisted goal. Georgetown responded with a man-up goal late in the first quarter (2:00), and then scored consecutive goals within a minute of each other early in the second quarter.

    The Hoyas won 13-of-17 face-offs, including all five in the fourth quarter. The Hoyas took 38 shots, but only 14 of them were on goal. Havalchak made seven saves, while his counterpart, DeAndrea, had eight stops.

    Rutgers closes out its regular season on Saturday, May 8, when it travels to Amherst, MA, to face Massachusetts in an ECAC contest at 1:00 p.m.

                               Lacrosse Box Score (Final)
                              2004 Rutgers Men's Lacrosse
             #5 Georgetown vs #10 Rutgers (May 01, 2004 at Piscataway, NJ)
    
    
    
    Georgetown (10-2, 3-0 ECAC) vs.                   Score by period       1  2  3  4  Tot
    Rutgers (8-4, 1-1 ECAC)                           -------------------------------------
    Date: May 01, 2004  Attendance: 2051              Georgetown..........  2  2  2  1 -  7
    Weather: Sunny, breezy                            Rutgers.............  2  1  0  3 -  6
    
    Georgetown SCORING: GOALS: Hajj, Walid 2; Wilson, Garrett 2; Goldman, Neal 1;
    Miaritis, Nick 1; Trice, Wes 1.
    ASSISTS: Denihan, Sean 1; Goldman, Neal 1.
    
    Rutgers SCORING: GOALS: LOVEJOY, Jamie 1; BLOMQUIST, Leif 1; DOCTOR, Chris 1;
    BRITTS, Devon 1; O'TOOLE, Tom 1; COOMBER, Michael 1.
    ASSISTS: ACHATZ, Dan 1; POWLESS, Delby 1; RODGERS, Austin 1.
    
    
    
    
    Shots by period       1  2  3  4  Tot
    -------------------------------------
    Georgetown.......... 13 11 10  4 - 38
    Rutgers.............  4  2  6  8 - 20
    
    Ground balls by prd   1  2  3  4  Tot
    -------------------------------------
    Georgetown.......... 11  9  8  9 - 37
    Rutgers.............  8  9  5 12 - 34
    
    Face-offs by prd       1     2     3     4    Total
    ---------------------------------------------------
    Georgetown..........  3-5   3-4   2-3   5-5  - 13-17
    Rutgers.............  2-5   1-4   1-3   0-5  -  4-17
    
    Clears by period       1     2     3     4    Total
    ---------------------------------------------------
    Georgetown..........  3-5   4-4   6-7   4-4  - 17-20
    Rutgers.............  4-6   3-6   7-7   5-5  - 19-24
    
    Extra-man opps         1     2     3     4    Total
    ---------------------------------------------------
    Georgetown..........  1-1   0-1   0-1   0-0  -  1-3
    Rutgers.............  0-1   0-2   0-0   0-1  -  0-4
    
    
    Saves by period       1  2  3  4  Tot
    -------------------------------------
    Georgetown..........  2  1  4  1 -  8
    Rutgers.............  1  2  4  0 -  7
    
    Turnovers by prd      1  2  3  4  Tot
    -------------------------------------
    Georgetown..........  2  5  1  4 - 12
    Rutgers.............  2  4  3  3 - 12
    
    
    
    
    
    PENALTIES - GTOWN 4/3:30; RUTGERS 3/2:30.
    
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