Graduate attacker Jake Carraway’s four goals were not enough to save the No. 6 Georgetown men’s lacrosse team from defeat against the Loyola University Maryland Greyhounds in its last regular-season game. The 11-9 loss ended Georgetown’s six-game winning streak.
For just the fourth time this season, the Hoyas’ (10-2, 9-1 Big East) defense allowed their opponent to score in the double digits. Georgetown gave up 11 goals to the Greyhounds (7-5, 4-3 Patriot) — an unusually high number for the nation’s second-leading defense.
Georgetown’s offense was also unable to mitigate the team’s defensive struggles, and the Hoyas were unable to score in the double digits. This loss puts Georgetown’s record at 1-2 in the three games this season in which the Hoyas scored 10 goals or fewer.
Both teams fought hard for the win, and Georgetown and Loyola finished with almost identical stats for shots, clears and faceoffs. Yet the Greyhounds’ ability to force turnovers was what secured their win. Causing turnovers has been a strength of both Georgetown and Loyola this season, with Georgetown ranking 10th in the nation in turnovers caused per game and Loyola ranking 12th. Compared to the Hoyas’ four turnovers, the Greyhounds earned 10 caused turnovers in the game.
The first period of the game started slowly but quickly erupted into the highest-scoring period of the game.
Loyola struck first, with midfielder Adam Poitras scoring the game’s first goal with 11:19 left in the period. The Hoyas quickly struck back; with 8:18 remaining in the period, junior attacker Dylan Watson found the back of the net to tie the game. Just over a minute later, Georgetown captured the lead with a goal from sophomore midfielder Graham Bundy Jr., marking Bundy’s 30th goal of the season.
In the ensuing faceoff, the Greyhounds were granted the ball due to a faceoff violation, a penalty that proved costly for the Hoyas. Just 18 seconds later, Loyola scored its second goal of the game, tying the score at 2-2 with 6:45 left in the first period.
After Loyola and Georgetown traded goals, Loyola defender Cam Wyers committed an unnecessary roughness foul with 2:06 left in the first period. This man-up opportunity allowed Carraway to score, putting the Hoyas up 4-3 entering the second period.
Just like the first period, there were no goals in the second period until under 12 minutes were left. At 11:59, Carraway scored his second goal of the game. Both teams’ defensive play continued to dominate the period until Bundy scored with 4:05 left and put Georgetown up 6-3. A late goal by Loyola helped to close the gap entering the second half.
The Greyhounds controlled the third period offensively, taking nine more shots on goal than the Hoyas. Loyola attacker Kevin Lindley scored the first of the Greyhounds’ four goals in the third period off a man-up opportunity with 10:25 left. Two minutes later, the Hoyas responded, regaining their two-goal lead, 7-5.
Once the time dropped under four minutes, Georgetown fell apart defensively. In one minute, the Greyhounds found the back of the net three times. By 2:49, Loyola captured the lead and headed into the fourth period up 8-7.
The fourth period was more evenly played than the third. The Greyhounds extended their lead to 9-7 with a goal from Lindley, but Carraway responded with a goal of his own a minute later. Heading into the final 10 minutes, the Hoyas only trailed by a goal with the score at 9-8.
Carraway’s fourth goal of the game with 4:34 left in the fourth period tied the game for Georgetown, but the Hoyas’ comeback attempt was short-lived. Loyola scored a minute later, earning a 10-9 lead. With less than a minute left, the Greyhounds iced the game, scoring their 11th and final goal of the game.
Georgetown will face No. 16 Villanova (7-4, 6-4 Big East) in the first round of the Big East tournament May 6. The Hoyas are currently the two-time defending Big East tournament champions, having won the competition in 2018 and 2019. The 2020 Big East tournament was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Hoyas hope to move forward from this defeat and emerge victorious once more.