Georgetown coach Dave Urick had all of the fourth quarter Saturday at Byrd Stadium to come to terms with the totality of his team’s 20-8 loss to Maryland.
Unsurprisingly, there wasn’t much anyone could ask afterward to trip him up.
Well, besides what went right for the Hoyas (1-1).
“I’m kind of scratching my head on that one a little bit,” Urick said.
Indeed, the second half was downright dismal for Georgetown, which absorbed its largest margin of defeat since a 20-8 setback to Virginia in the 2006 NCAA quarterfinals. That was also the last time the Hoyas yielded 20 goals.
It was hardly the sort of early-season outing Georgetown was seeking, particularly considering the program’s recent arc. After reaching 11 straight NCAA tournaments, the Hoyas have missed the 16-team field in each of the last three seasons.
If Saturday was any indication, Georgetown has plenty of work ahead of it if it is to avoid an extension of that unwanted streak.
Granted, many of the problems can be pinned on lack of possession in the second half; Maryland won 15 of 20 faceoffs after the break.
But there are plenty of ugly numbers to highlight Georgetown’s woes. The Hoyas took nine shots in the second half while Maryland scored 14 times after the break. The Terps held the groundball edge in the second half by a whopping 29-12 margin.
The absence of attackman Zac Guy didn’t help matters. Guy suffered a thumb injury in the Hoyas’ opening defeat of Jacksonville, and Urick said he was hopeful Guy could be ready to return in early April.
Still, one player (with the possible exception of a dominant faceoff man) wasn’t changing the outcome against Maryland. The Hoyas play eight of their first 10 away from home, a brutal and unforgiving setup possessing the possibility for more games like Saturday’s.
“We have to lean heavily on our leadership and our guys who have been around for a while and put this in the rear-view mirror,” Urick said. “We have to learn from it, for sure. We can’t sit around and feel too sorry for ourselves. Our schedule is such that we’re going to be looking at a lot of teams of this caliber. We’re going to need to deal with it to be able to get better.”
—- Patrick Stevens