A strong defensive performance was not enough to earn Georgetown back-to-back victories. Despite holding Lafayette nearly 12 points below its scoring average, the Hoyas lost, 12-7, to their Patriot League rival yesterday before 2,143 at Multi-Sport Field.

Marcus Slayton scored Georgetown's lone touchdown late in the second quarter, only the fifth touchdown by the Hoyas (2-3, 1-2 Patriot League) this season.

"We're not making plays out there," Georgetown quarterback Nick Cangelosi said. "It's our fault. We've got to start taking responsibility. We've got to play better. It was our game to win. We have to perform."

Georgetown's defense gave the offense an opportunity to take the lead late in the game when it held Lafayette (4-1, 2-0) on fourth and one from the Hoyas 10-yard line. With 6 minutes 24 seconds remaining, Georgetown started its final drive. The Hoyas ran 10 consecutive running plays until they reached the Lafayette 42. Georgetown tried a play-action pass on fourth and four, but Cangelosi was sacked for a three-yard loss.

Georgetown, which has the lowest-scoring offense in the league at 9.5 points per game, struggled against the top scoring defense in the league. Lafayette, which has held its opponents to 13.5 points per game and 284 yards total offense, allowed Georgetown just 200 yards of total offense. In the first quarter, the Hoyas ran eight offensive plays for minus-one yards. It took them four possessions before they got a first down.

Slayton was one of the few bright spots on offense for the Hoyas. His 39-yard touchdown run, during which he eluded three tacklers, cut Lafayette's lead to 12-7 with 3:08 remaining before halftime.

"The offensive line did a wonderful job," said Slayton, who finished with 120 yards on 20 carries. "There were holes to run through all game."

Lafayette entered the game averaging 23.8 points per game, but managed only a touchdown and a pair of field goals against Georgetown. Michael Ononibaku led the defense with 21/2 sacks and 13 tackles, including 31/2 tackles for a loss.

"Our defense is good, and we want to be competitive," Georgetown Coach Bob Benson said. "We want to win. We're not just here to hang around and make it close. We need to be consistent."

* HOWARD 27, CHARLESTON 22: Keon Coleman (H.D. Woodson) rushed for 140 yards and a touchdown and Jarahn Williams rushed for one score and caught a touchdown pass to lead the Bison on the road.

Howard (3-2) fell behind 12-0 before an interception return by defensive end Jarrett Burgess (Coolidge) set up a three-yard touchdown run by quarterback Ronald Venters. After the Buccaneers (2-3) took a 15-7 lead, the Bison took over on a 12-yard run by Coleman and a 25-yard touchdown pass from Venters to Williams to make it 21-15 at the half. Williams opened the second half with a 65-yard run for the first rushing touchdown of his career.