Following its spring break trip to storm-ridden Boston, the Georgetown men’s lacrosse team might have hoped that better weather would help bring a better result in Tuesday night’s trip to Mount St. Mary’s. There was no such luck for the Hoyas, however, as the Blue and Gray (2-3, 0-0 Big East) fell 14-6 to the Mountaineers (4-4, 0-0 NEC) in Emmitsburg, Md.
The loss snapped a 14-game win streak versus Mt. St. Mary’s and wrapped up a disappointing five-day stretch for Georgetown, which also fell at Harvard 8-6 on Saturday in a game delayed by winter storms. The Hoyas will now enter Big East play with a losing record and the need to right a ship veering quickly off course.
Head Coach Kevin Warne is focusing on taking constructive lessons from the recent setbacks to push team development forward before the Hoyas’ next outing.
“The past two games have shown us some things that we need to work on,” Warne said. “Within those two losses, you always try to take something positive from them, and we’ve done some good things at times in both of those games, but this week at practice has really been based around what we need to do to be successful.”
The Blue and Gray never led in Tuesday’s matchup, falling behind less than two minutes into the game. Georgetown was able to equalize at 2-2 with 7:52 remaining in the first quarter when senior attack Travis Comeau gathered a pass from senior midfielder Jason McFadden, but the advantage was back to the Mount a mere 44 seconds later when Daniel Stranix gave the hosts a 3-2 lead.
From that point forward, the Hoyas were seemingly stuck in neutral while the Mountaineers kept on climbing. The game was still up for the taking as the Blue and Gray trailed just 6-3 at the half, but a 4-0 third quarter run gave Mount St. Mary’s a commanding 10-3 edge heading into the final session.
By the final whistle, Mount St. Mary’s had stretched its lead to a game-high eight despite a pair of fourth-quarter scores from senior attack Brian Casey. The Mountaineers finished with a decisive 39-19 advantage in shots and 28 groundballs to the Blue and Gray’s 17. Jeff Fountain was the only other Hoya to score multiple times in the game, finishing with two scores.
A bright spot as of late has been redshirt junior Tyler Knarr, whose 63.2 percent success rate in face-offs is sixth-best in the NCAA. The long stick midfielder went a career best 12-for-16 in Saturday’s shortcoming at Harvard, earning a selection to the Big East’s weekly honor roll.
The Blue and Gray as a whole were better in Cambridge last Saturday, battling back to tie Harvard at 5-5 midway through the third quarter. The Crimson responded with the next two goals, however, and nursed a 7-6 lead into the fourth quarter. The Hoyas’ offense was unable to make a breakthrough in the fourth quarter, despite a 9-6 shot advantage in the period. Casey again led the Hoyas with two goals.
Georgetown must now prepare to host an undefeated Providence squad on Saturday in both teams’ Big East debut. The Hoyas will take the remainder of the week to take a look at the game tapes and recognize areas for potential improvement.
“We need to step away from worrying about our opponent and worry about us more,” Warne said. “That’s no disrespect to Providence, but we need to get better, because we feel like at times, we’ve been shooting with mistakes that are very correctable. If we can correct those mistakes, we have a better chance at having success.”
Face-off with the Friars is set for noon Saturday at Multi-Sport Field.