- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 1, 2005

Depth delivered a victory for Georgetown.

Nick Miaritis scored four goals and Pete Cannon added three as the sixth-ranked Hoyas doubled up Rutgers 14-7 yesterday at North Kehoe Field.

The Hoyas (9-3, 4-1 ECAC) turned a surprisingly tight game into a rout with an impressive 9-1 run, capitalizing on their improved midfield shooting, faceoff specialist Andy Corno’s dominant play (14-for-20) and a seemingly endless supply of midfielders against the Scarlet Knights (4-8, 1-4).

“We noticed that they didn’t run that many guys compared to our team where we’re running three lines of midfield, five defensemen, a few extra attackmen,” Miaritis said. “We knew toward the end of the game our legs were going to be with us. They played real strong the first three quarters, but we kept running. That’s why coach [Dave Urick] works us like he does.”

Georgetown opened up a two-goal lead twice in the first half, but the Scarlet Knights rallied to tie both times. However, Brice Queener deposited a 7-yarder eight seconds before halftime to give the Hoyas the edge and a hint of what was to come.

Miaritis scored early in the third quarter on an open look created when his defender slipped on the water-logged field. Cannon then added a goal off a slick pass from Queener to make it 7-4 before Rutgers got a goal back.

The Scarlet Knights never got closer. Cannon and Trevor Casey scored before the end of the quarter, and Miaritis delivered an extra-man sidearm salvo to bump the lead to 10-5. By the end, the Hoyas’ depth was even more apparent, with reserves Keith Schroeder, Andrew Baird and Mat Wilson scoring in the rout.

The late-game troubles were a microcosm of Rutgers’ frustrating season. The Scarlet Knights, who have made the NCAA tournament the last two years, simply wore out at the end of the game.

“Depth’s been a factor all year,” Rutgers coach Jim Stagnitta said. “We’ve been banged up. We have a couple kids that are out for the year. We have a couple kids that got dinged up today. It’s not just depth, but quality of depth. They definitely could keep coming, and we got tired. We don’t go as deep as they do, that’s for sure.”

Georgetown wound up shooting 28 percent (14-for-50), hardly a picture of efficiency but still better than the team’s 21 percent for the year.

More importantly, it marked the first time all season the Hoyas posted 12 goals in back-to-back games — an especially good trend with the postseason starting in two weeks.

“After the Vermont and Mount St. Mary’s games [in early April], the shot totals were written up in the locker room,” Miaritis said. “It was way too many, and there weren’t enough goals.”

The Hoyas are in decent shape to reach their ninth consecutive NCAA tournament berth even before next Sunday’s regular-season finale at home against Penn State (8-5, 4-1). Yet Georgetown doesn’t seem like a team certain of anything in its future unless it can craft more impressive performances like yesterday’s.

“We told our guys we still have to play our way in,” Urick said. “We can’t assume too much. … The Penn State game now becomes, I think, a real big game for them and for us.”

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