Georgetown tops Rutgers, now faces a likely must-win game against Villanova
The Georgetown men's lacrosse team celebrated senior night in its 14-9 victory over Rutgers before 1,834 Saturday night at Multi-Sport Field. But the real celebration was put on hold for at least a week.
The No. 15 Hoyas (8-5, 4-1 Big East) have a showdown with No. 12 Villanova (10-4, 4-1) this coming Saturday in Philadelphia. The winner probably will receive an at-large berth in the NCAA tournament. The loser will not.
Making the tournament "means the world to our entire class," said senior midfielder Scott Kocis. "That's what we came here to do, to play in the NCAA tournament and compete for a national title. Anything less would not be acceptable."
The senior class entered the night with a record of 35-19, with one NCAA tournament appearance (in 2007). Only six players on the roster have played in the NCAA tournament.
The Hoyas have missed the previous two tournaments at least in part by losing their regular season finale, though last year the Hoyas' postseason fate had been decided by the time they lost to Penn State in overtime.
"These games have a lot of playoff implications," Georgetown Coach Dave Urick said. "We try to tell our guys that you can't worry about stuff you don't have any control over. But we have to approach it like" the playoffs have started.
Early Saturday night, it looked as if the Hoyas would coast against Rutgers. They scored twice -- on goals from Kocis and senior Rickey Mirabito -- before the Scarlet Knights had taken a shot.
The quarter ended with the Hoyas leading 5-2 with a 13-4 advantage in shots, having had possession for 9 minutes 25 seconds.
The second quarter told a different story.
Rutgers closed to 6-4 following a goal by sophomore Kevin Hover with 51 seconds left before halftime. But Georgetown junior Brian Tabb won the ensuing faceoff and senior Craig Dowd backed in his defender and scored on a close shot for a 7-4 lead with 7.1 seconds left.
It was 8-4 following a goal by Kocis on the opening possession of the second half, then 9-4 following a goal by sophomore defensive midfielder Gerry Reilly on the second possession.
The Scarlet Knights (5-8, 1-4) got no closer than four goals.