Towson unable to keep pace with Georgetown, falls, 15-8

Hoyas' transition game, 32 turnovers help close Tigers' season at 11-5

College Lacrosse

May 17, 2004|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

WASHINGTON - At one point in yesterday's NCAA men's tournament first-round game against Georgetown, Towson coach Tony Seaman angrily removed his hat and swiped it across the grass at Harbin Field.

The Tigers were getting beat at their own game and Seaman knew it.

A team that normally thrives on a frenetic, up-and-down pace, Towson instead watched fifth-seeded Georgetown score seven goals in transition and two more in extra-man situations to post a 15-8 victory before 1,511.

The Hoyas (11-3) advance to play fourth-seeded Syracuse on Sunday in Ithaca, N.Y. Towson's season ended at 11-5.

"They played the best game I saw them play all year today," Seaman said. "We prepared for transition and that's where they hurt us. We prepared for their defensive pressure and that's where they hurt us. They played an all-around wonderful game. I didn't see them do too many things wrong."

Hoyas senior attackman Neil Goldman, a former high school standout at Mount Hebron, where his coach was current Towson assistant Jeff Doolan, scored a career-high five goals to go with an assist. Four goals came in transition and the other came when Georgetown had a man advantage.

Leading only 4-3 after Tigers senior Peyton Chane got inside the Hoyas defense for a goal early in the second quarter, Georgetown ran off seven of eight goals - four in transition, four from Goldman.

"We are where we are now because we play very good defense and have a very good faceoff guy, but today, the transition goals certainly helped," Hoyas coach Dave Urick said.

The Tigers' offense had plenty of chances as senior Ben DeFelice and freshman Matt Eckerl took 16 of 26 faceoffs off Hoyas junior Andy Corno, the nation's leading faceoff specialist.

But the Tigers' offense, never appearing comfortable against a quick and aggressive Hoyas defense, squandered many chances with 32 turnovers. Towson was held scoreless for nearly 22 minutes spanning the second and third quarters.

Tigers junior Reed Sothoron was very sharp again with 14 saves, but he didn't stand a chance on the majority of the 15 goals, as Hoyas were camped right on the doorstep.

"I think they could have scored 30 if Reed wasn't our goalie," Seaman said.

Even on extra-man situations, the Tigers couldn't stop the Hoyas as midfielder Brice Queener scored with his team short-handed to give Georgetown a 9-3 lead.

Goldman then all but sealed it when he intercepted an errant Towson pass around midfield and came in untouched before beating Sothoron.

"All week long, we worked on [transition], but obviously we didn't do a very good job," Seaman said. "We like to run, too, but 90 percent of the time we had transition today, their No. 6 [Andrew Braziel] either intercepted the ball, picked the ball off the ground or knocked the ball to the ground. I think he caught more of our passes than we did."

Towson 2 1 1 4 - 8

Georgetown 4 2 5 4 - 15

Goals: T-Pfarr 2, Myers 2, Griebe, Chane, Cunningham, Bacon; G-Goldman 5, Casey 2, White, Hajj, Miaritis, Denihan, Cannon, Langtry, Osier, Queener. Assists: T-Mull 2, DeFelice, Engelke; G-Morin 2, Shooshan, Goldman, Hajj, Denihan, Queener, Garnett, Trapp, White. Saves: T-Sothoron 14; G-D'Andrea 10, Owen 2.

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