WASHINGTON, D.C. – The sixth-ranked Georgetown Hoyas (10-1, 4-1 ECAC) held No. 8 Rutgers (9-4, 2-2 ECAC) to its lowest scoring output of the season in a crucial 8-4 victory today in ECAC men’s lacrosse action in Washington, D.C. It was the Scarlet Knights’ second consecutive loss in league play, while Georgetown finishes its ECAC slate with a 4-1 mark.
Rutgers fell behind, 2-0, four minutes into the action after Trevor Walker scored 1:38 into the game and Walid Hajj added another goal 2:22 later. Rutgers quickly got back into the game and tied the score with two goals in a span of 1:49. Junior Tim White (Rockville Center, NY) scored RU’s first goal of the day at the 8:44 mark and Matt Apel (Bridgewater, NJ) tied the score 1:49 later. GU’s Jordan Vettoretti scored the first of his three goals with 3:52 left in the quarter to give the Hoyas a 3-2 lead after the first 15 minutes of play.
The defense dominated the second quarter as neither team was able to get a shot past the goalies until just 2:47 remaining in the half, when RU junior Delby Powless (Six Nations, Ontario) scored the first of his two goals off an assist from White. With the score knotted at 3-3, Georgetown scored with just over one minute left in the half to take a 4-3 lead into intermission.
Georgetown held Rutgers to just one goal in the second half while scoring four times, to secure the victory. The Hoyas scored the first two goals in the third quarter, at 13:11 and 6:44, to take a 6-3 lead, but Powless cut the lead to two, 6-4, with 4:49 left in the quarter. It would prove to be the Scarlet Knights’ final goal of the day, as the Hoya defense pitched a shut out for the final 19:49, while adding two more tallies themselves.
Rutgers freshman goalie Greg Havalchak (Corning, NY) posted 12 saves in the contest and has stopped as many or more shots than his counterpart in every game this season. He now has 160 saves on the season. Georgetown goalie Rich D’Andrea stopped nine shots.
Powless led Rutgers with two goals, while White had a goal and an assist. Defender Dan Achatz (Seaford, NY) assisted on Powless’ second goal to record his first point of the season.
Rutgers will conclude the regular season against No. 4 Massachusetts on Saturday, May 3, at Yurcak Field at 1:00 p.m. It will be Senior Day, as eight seniors will be honored before their final game at Yurcak Field.
SCORE BY PERIODS 1 2 3 4 Total
RUTGERS (9-4; 2-2) 1 2 1 0 4
GEORGETOWN (10-1; 4-1) 3 1 2 2 8
Rutgers: Delby Powless 2, Tim White, Matthew Apel.
Georgetown: Jordan Vettoretti 3, Trevor Walker, Walid Hajj,
Phil Vincenti, Mike Hammer, Neal Goldman.
Rutgers: Jamie Lovejoy, Tim White, Dan Achatz.
Georgetown: Neal Goldman 2, Keith Schroeder, Mike Hammer.
Rutgers: 10 of 16
Georgetown: 6 of 16
Rutgers: 12 Greg Havalchak 12 (8 GA).
Georgetown: 9 Rich D’Andrea 9 (4 GA).
Rutgers: 3 for 1:30 minutes
Georgetown: 5 for 3:30 minutes
Rutgers: 1 of 5
Georgetown: 0 of 3