Hoyas dig way past Navy

Trunz's dominance on faceoffs gives Georgetown quarterfinal date with No. 1 Virginia

Georgetown 9 Navy 7

College lacrosse

May 15, 2006|By MIKE PRESTON | MIKE PRESTON,SUN REPORTER

WASHINGTON -- Attackmen Andrew Baird and Matt McBride scored unassisted goals in the final seven minutes to lead Georgetown to a 9-7 win against Navy yesterday. But it was midfielder Christiaan Trunz who powered the Hoyas to the opening-round victory in the NCAA Division I men's tournament.

Stymied by Navy faceoff specialist William Wallace in the first quarter as the Midshipmen took a 3-0 lead, Trunz dug Georgetown out of the deficit by winning 11 of the game's final 15 faceoffs, as the fifth-seeded Hoyas outscored unseeded Navy 7-3 during the final two quarters.

As Trunz went, so did Georgetown.

The junior from Manhasset, N.Y., controlled the ball, and the Hoyas controlled the game. Combined with failed clears from Navy and failure to execute a key extra-man situation late in the third quarter, Georgetown won its third straight against Navy and forced Mids coach Richie Meade to have to wait until next year for his 100th career victory.

"I thought it was the type of game we thought it was going to be. Their two guys on the wings are very physical and very athletic," Meade said of the faceoff situations. "William did a good job and popped a couple of them out a couple of times. Their wing guys may have been a little niftier than our guys. They had more experience than our guys."

And Georgetown had Trunz.

Before yesterday's game, Trunz had struggled early in the season on faceoffs but was making steady progress, and Navy had won 57.5 percent. When Wallace dominated early, it looked as if Navy might make a serious run. Trunz came on in the second quarter and dominated the second half.

"When facing guys like William Wallace that are excellent faceoff guys, it's easy for him to get in rhythm, and he got in a rhythm in the first quarter," Trunz said. "I had to change up my clamp to get him out of feeling comfortable with his. Once he started thinking a little bit, started changing up what he did, then I was able to go back to my clamp and start taking advantage of it."

Trunz kept the Hoyas in the game long enough for Baird and McBride to finish off Navy. Baird, a sophomore from Loyola, dodged Navy defenseman Jordan DiNola from the right of the goal and just outside the crease to score with 6:25 left in the game to put the Hoyas ahead 8-7.

With 4:39 left, McBride took a shot from 12 yards out just before taking a wicked hit from Navy long-stick midfielder Chris Barnard. As the shot crashed into the back of the net, McBride crumpled to the ground and stayed down without moving. He walked off the field minutes later on his own.

"There were some defensive lapses in the third quarter, and in the game," Meade said. "It wasn't like it was an epidemic, but we gave them too many chances."

Navy had its own chances to put Georgetown away. The best came late in the third quarter. Ahead 5-4, the Mids had a 30-second extra-man advantage but never got off a shot. Instead, Baird scored a short-handed goal with 2:30 left to tie the game at 5.

Besides the early lead, Navy could never get more than a one-goal lead in the second half.

The Mids couldn't clear the ball, especially in the first half, when they failed on eight of 17 attempts. Georgetown had a ferocious 10-man ride, and Navy turned the ball over 25 times.

"We made them work really hard to get it out. They had one or two, if not more, violations where didn't get it out in 20 seconds," Georgetown coach Dave Urick said. "That's a tribute to guys hustling and riding very hard. That's something our attackmen do very well. They hear it from us early in the year; you don't ride, you don't play. They take that to heart."

The Hoyas (12-2) probably lost top defensive midfielder Mike White for the rest of the tournament with a knee injury suffered with 9:33 left in the first quarter. Georgetown will play No. 1 Virginia in the quarterfinals Sunday at Towson.

Navy finished its season 11-4.

"I just told our guys in the locker room, when they got here in 2003 as plebes, the program isn't what it is now," Meade said. "There was a time, back in the '80s, when people kind of feared playing Navy. That kind of respect went away for a couple of years, and since these guys got here, we've gotten it back."

mike.preston@baltsun.com

Navy 3 1 2 1 - 7

Georgetown 0 2 4 3 - 9

Goals: N-Dingman 3, Birsner 2, Looney, Mirabito; G-Baird 2, Paolisso 2, BCannon, Casey, Denihan, McBride, Samperton. Assists: N-Looney 2, Birsner, Mirabito, Wallace; G-BCannon 2, Baird, Denihan, Samperton. Saves: N-Russell 10; G-Kass 6. A: 2,455.

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