Feb. 14, 2015
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Senior attack Bo Stafford (Greenwich, Conn./Brunswick) had a career-high four goals and the Georgetown University men's lacrosse team (0-1, 0-0 BIG EAST) battled valiantly against the No. 2 Notre Dame Fighting Irish before falling 14-12 in the season-opener indoors at the Loftus Sports Center on Saturday afternoon.
Stafford added one assist to his four goals, while sophomore midfielder Devon Lewis (Orlando Fla./Lake Highland Prep) and freshman attack Stephen Quinzi each had two goals and one assist to pace Georgetown's offense.
Freshman goalie Nick Marrocco (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) made 12 saves, but took the loss in his collegiate debut and graduate student midfielder Gabriel Mendola (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca[Harvard]) went 14-of-28 at the face-off X and picked up eight ground balls for the Blue & Gray.
The loss gives Notre Dame an 8-7 all-time series advantage in a matchup that has been closely contested since the teams resumed play in 2010, with each of the last four games being decided by three goals or less. Saturday's game would be no different as the Hoyas and Irish traded goals throughout.
Stafford scored the game's first goal at the 13:06 mark in the first quarter to put GU in front 1-0. Mikey Wynne answered for ND, scoring the next three, before Sergio Perkovic added a fourth late in the first quarter to put the Hoyas in a 4-1 hole. Quinzi scored his first collegiate goal to stop the ND run, bringing the Blue & Gray within two goals with 48-seconds left in the opening quarter.
Sophomore midfielder Peter Conley (Mamaroneck, N.Y./Mamaroneck) scored quickly to start the second quarter, bringing the Hoyas within one goal at the 14:16 mark. After a Notre Dame goal, Stafford and Lewis scored consecutive goals to tie the score at five goals apiece, but the Fighting Irish ended the half scoring three of the final four goals to take an 8-6 lead into the break.
Stafford scored to open the third quarter, but similar to the first, ND went on a run, scoring the next two goals, putting Georgetown behind 10-7 at the 10:01 mark. Lewis and Notre Dame's Nick Ossello traded goals, before Quinzi and senior midfielder William Flatley (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga) each scored late in the third to cut the deficit to one.
Freshman attack Matt Behrens (Bronxville, N.Y./Bronxville) scored his first collegiate goal on an extra-man opportunity with an assist from freshman Craig Berge (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa). The goal tied the score at 11 with 14:23 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Perkovic and Wynn scored eight seconds apart to create some breathing room at 13-11 at the 12:20 mark in the fourth quarter. Senior captain Reilly O'Connor (Brooklin, Ontario/The Hill Academy) scored on the assist from Quinzi to end the run and bring GU within one goal, 13-12, with 9:40 remaining in the game. GU managed seven shots over the final nine minutes, but could not find the back of the net. Wynne dashed the Hoyas' comeback hopes with his sixth goal of the game with 29-seconds remaining to make the score 14-12, the eventual final score.
Georgetown will open its 2015 home schedule on Saturday, February 21 when the Hoyas host the Towson Tigers on Multi-Sport Field. Opening face-off is scheduled for noon.