College lacrosse: Lafayette spoils Kevin Warne’s debut as Georgetown coach with 11-10 win
By Christian Swezey,
The Georgetown men’s lacrosse team was ready to take the field for its opener against visiting Lafayette on Saturday, but the CD player with its entrance music wasn’t working and officials scrambled to rectify the situation. The team’s exit from the field also did not go to plan. The Hoyas fell to Lafayette in overtime, 11-10, despite having led by five goals at halftime.
The loss spoiled the debut of Georgetown Coach Kevin Warne.
“The lack of possession in the second half crushed us,” Warne said. "We just never had the ball. ... We have to fix a lot of things. It’s not going to be turned over in one day. We’ll get back at it on Tuesday.”
The Hoyas scored on their first two shots, both from senior Brian Casey, and led 4-0 following a goal by senior Jason McFadden with 8 minutes 16 seconds left in the first quarter.
They stretched the lead to 8-3 at halftime following a goal by sophomore Charles McCormick in transition with 17 seconds left in the first half.
The second half was a different story.
The Leopards began using offensive sets with four attackmen and also began isolating their smaller, quicker players on Georgetown’s defenders behind the goal. The offensive adjustments were coupled with junior goalie Jake Hyatt making 10 saves in the second half.
Trailing 9-6 in the fourth quarter, the Leopards went on a 4-0 run and took a 10-9 lead on a goal by sophomore Brian Bock with 8:41 to play.
The Hoyas tied it at 10 with 2:58 left, but it was a costly goal.
Casey scored after he picked up the rebound of a shot Hyatt initially saved but as Casey released the shot, he was hit hard and legally by a defender and left the field for the next possession.
The Hoyas had two chances to win in regulation. After they won the ensuing faceoff, sophomore Bo Stafford had a point-blank shot with 2:23 remaining; but he didn’t fully control the ball and the shot went inches wide.
The Leopards then had a three-shot possession that ended in a turnover with 14 seconds left. Sophomore William Flatley began a fast-break and passed to sophomore Reilly O’Connor for an apparent one-on-one with Hyatt from close range. But O’Connor didn’t control the pass; it tipped off his stick and bounced away as regulation ended.
It was Georgetown’s last possession. Lafayette won the faceoff in overtime and junior John Floyd scored the winning goal with 3:22 left in overtime.
Sophomore Sonny Round finished with four goals and Hyatt added 16 saves for the Leopards. Casey had four goals for the Hoyas and freshman Alex Joyce, who was named the starting goalie an hour before the game, added 10 saves.
Lafayette won its opener under first-year Coach Jim Rogalski, a Broadneck High graduate. The program has had one winning season since 1984 but showed signs it will be much improved.
Rogalski “is a competitor,” Floyd said. “He’s a go-getter and that’s exactly what we need to turn the program around.”
Meantime, Warne’s debut ended in a way that seemed highly unlikely at halftime.
“Guys have to earn their way playing,” Warne said. “Nothing was given to them when we walked in, it was a clean slate for everyone. The best guys play, we’re not going to play anyone based on reputation. ... We’re going to have to re-investigate because right now, we have to get better.”