MLAX Falls 12-8 to Georgetown in BIG EAST Semis
April 30, 2015
VILLANOVA, Pa. -- The No. 19 Marquette University men's lacrosse team rallied from a four-goal deficit to pull within one before falling to No. 13/12 Georgetown, 12-8, in the BIG EAST Conference Championship Semifinals on Thursday afternoon at Villanova Stadium.
Junior attackman Conor Gately and midfielder Blaine Fleming paced the Golden Eagles (10-6) with two goals apiece, while sophomore midfielder Ryan McNamara posted a team-high three points with a goal and a pair of assists.
"[Fleming and McNamara] just stepped up," Marquette head coach Joe Amplo said. "We said all week that this was our game seven and were going to need some guys to step up to the plate to play. I'm proud of them. It's something we see all the time from them in practice and in the big game they stepped up and had their moment and did a great job."
Craig Berge and Bo Stafford each notched a game-high five points on three goals and two assists for the Hoyas (10-5), who advance to Saturday's conference final against the winner of Thursday's second semifinal between Denver and Villanova.
"They made some timely plays based on our mistakes in the middle of the field," Amplo said. "They got a transition goal, a goal off the face-off and a man-up goal. I still felt like we could defend them, but credit to Georgetown for capitalizing on our mistakes."
The Hoyas won all five face-offs in the opening period and led the Golden Eagles 4-0 after 15 minutes of play, marking the third time this season MU has been held scoreless in the first quarter. Face-off specialist Anthony Heaton put Georgetown on the board first just 11 seconds in and Marquette would not answer until Gately scored at 10:15 of the second, a scoreless span of 19:45 to open play for MU.
Fleming would add a pair for MU to close out the second quarter as the Golden Eagles cut their deficit to 6-3 at the half.
After Stephen Quinzi put the Hoyas on the board to begin the third, Marquette ripped off three straight goals to pull within one for the first time since trailing 1-0. Gately added his second of the day with 9:15 remaining in the third and defenseman Dan Mojica scored the first goal of his career at the 4:20 mark off a clear.
Georgetown was called for a slash on Mojica's clear and Kyle Whitlow capitalized on the extra-man opportunity as MU shortened the Hoya's lead to 7-6 at the 3:32 mark of the third.
"We got some stops defensively," Amplo said. "I thought our guys played great defensively throughout the whole game when it was a six-on-six game and didn't give them transition. We were able to put a couple of stops together to give us more possessions."
GU closed the third with another goal before McNamara pulled MU back within one, 8-7, with 9:21 to play. The Hoyas would go on to score the next four goals to put the game out of reach. MU's Andy DeMichiei scored the game's final goal with just 16 seconds remaining.
After spotting Georgetown the first four goals of the game, the Golden Eagles were attempting for their fifth win of the year after trailing by four. MU had previously won at Hofstra, Richmond, Ohio State and Providence after coming back from a four-goal deficit.
The Golden Eagles trailed Georgetown 8-2 at the half in the last meeting on March 21 before MU stormed back to tie the game in the fourth before ultimately falling short.
Marquette ends the year with a program-record 10 wins in just its third season of competition.
"This year was really remarkable," Amplo said. "Just beyond my wildest imagination what we were able to accomplish this year. Unfortunately, you get so close and you get a little greedy. If we look back and said this was going to be where we were going to be at the beginning of the season, with 10 wins against a really good schedule, we would have signed up for it."
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