Gonzaga senior Alex Corboy didn’t have much space to get off a shot, but in the moment, that didn’t seem to matter. The 6-foot-3 attackman leaned low and dipped right to overcome a sharp angle, slinging a laser beam into the bottom corner of the net for his third goal in less than two minutes of second-quarter play.
Even when Georgetown Prep appeared to have Gonzaga’s leading scorer in check in Friday’s nonleague lacrosse matchup, Corboy found ways to create offense. The Providence recruit scored four of his season-high five goals in the second quarter as the top-ranked Eagles rolled to a surprisingly comfortable 15-6 win over the No.4 Little Hoyas in the District.
A year after beating Georgetown Prep for the first time in 25 tries, Gonzaga cruised in a dominant effort, breaking open a close game with a 9-1 run in the middle quarters.
“I was just feeling it today, just letting it go and it was going in,” Corboy said. “That was something.”
After a lackluster offensive performance in a win against DeMatha last week, Gonzaga Coach Casey O’Neill called a meeting with his top offensive players to talk improvement.
A second-team All-Met last spring, Corboy shouldered some of the blame. He had been frustrated with his shot recently, going scoreless in two of the past three games.
While Gonzaga (9-2) began to break out of its offensive funk in a 7-5 win over Baltimore power McDonogh on Tuesday, Corboy continued to search for answers after being held without a point for the first time this season.
Corboy set the tone early on Friday, ripping a shot wide of the cage on the team’s first offensive sequence. He notched his first goal seven minutes in, dodging a defender to score in front.
On the first possession of the second quarter, Corboy scored a man-up goal and added two more in the next minute, 19 seconds. By the time, he posted his final score in transition off a pass from senior Jamie Bash late in the period, Gonzaga held an 8-3 lead on the Little Hoyas (8-4).
Corboy “was battling of a [foot] injury before the season, so it’s taken a little while,” O’Neill said. “It was unreal to have him come out and do that. That today was really generated through all the guys.”
The Eagles kept pouring it on with five unanswered goals in the third to stretch the lead to 13-4 on a strike by sophomore Liam Fitzpatrick. Senior Max Planning had three goals, and senior Tyler Golian, the team’s face-off specialist, chipped in two.
Georgetown Prep had won six straight games, but the Little Hoyas struggled to stay competitive after the back-and-forth opening quarter.
“They outplayed us in every facet of the game: defensively, offensively, ground balls, face-offs,” Georgetown Prep Coach Kevin Giblin said. “We got out-cheered, out-coached. That’s what you call a good country [butt]-kicking.”