Georgetown Takes Down No. 11/9 MLAX 10-9
March 21, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Blaine Fleming's attempt at a game-tying goal with 10 seconds remaining ricocheted low off the low far post allowing Georgetown to escape with a 10-9 victory over No. 11/9 Marquette on Saturday afternoon at Multi-Sport Field.
The Golden Eagles (7-1, 0-1 BIG EAST) trailed by six goals at the half, 8-2, and outscored the Hoyas 7-2 in the second half despite falling short. Junior attackman Conor Gately became the leading point scorer in Marquette history in the loss as his two goals and two assists pushed him past Tyler Melnyk's 89 points and into first all-time with 90 career points.
Georgetown (6-3, 1-0 BIG EAST) was led by Bo Stafford's two first half goals and Stephen Quinzi and Reilly O'Connor each added one goal and an assist.
Fleming tied the game at 9-9 with 6:07 to play in the fourth quarter, capping a 7-1 MU run to begin the second half.
"It almost felt like a two-goal game at halftime," Marquette head coach Joe Amplo said. "I knew that if we could not play so poorly between the lines and start to win some faceoffs, like we were in the second quarter, we might be able to sneak back in because I felt like we could defend them at spots. It's our kids, they're tough. I didn't say much to them at halftime. They stepped up and said let's stop feeling sorry for each other and see if we can make this a game."
Marquette struck first in the third quarter as Greenfield grabbed a Fleming shot which bounced in the air off the crossbar. Greenfield's goal came from the edge of the crease just over one minute into the half. Gately added his first goal of the day with 7:10 left in the third and his second with 3:39 remaining in the frame to tie Melnyk's record.
Craig Berge scored the go-ahead goal with 3:45 to play on a two-man advantage, after the MU bench and Greenfield were flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct, and Georgetown held on for the victory.
"I'm not saying it's different but as I just said (to the team), I'm sorry for them that my actions and the decisions that the referees made didn't give those guys an opportunity to win the game," Amplo said. "Georgetown could have won if we played out even-even the rest of the way. That didn't cost us the game. It cost us an opportunity to compete to win the game there at the end, there's no question."
The Hoyas got on the board early in the first quarter and led 2-0 after a Stafford goal with 11:26 to play. Kyle Whitlow scored the first of the day for the Golden Eagles as he crashed towards the crease from the left wing to beat Georgetown goalie Nick Marrocco high.
GU added two more goals before Greenfield's 20th goal of the year pulled MU back within a pair, 4-2, at the end of the first stanza. Gately encountered resistance about 15 years out from the crease but was able to set up Greenfield on the right flank for a shot, which he snuck low past Marrocco.
Georgetown's Anthony Heaton won all seven faceoffs in the opening quarter, but a switch at the X allowed MU to claim all five of the second quarter draws with Gryphin Kelly inserted into the lineup. Kelly ended the day 9-of-14 on faceoffs.
The Hoyas tallied all four second quarter scores and led 8-2 at the half. oHosdfsd
The loss is the first for the Golden Eagles this season and the first one-goal defeat since March 8, 2014 at Jacksonville. MU had won eight straight one-goal decisions coming into today's game.
Marquette resumes BIG EAST action on Saturday, March 28 at Villanova.
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