The Washington Times - April 8, 2012, 01:37PM

Looking back at Georgetown’s 13-12 overtime loss to St. John’s with a few observations. …

1. Georgetown’s Big East tournament hopes are in severe peril. Yes, the Hoyas can still make it to the conference’s first four-team tournament, but it’s not going to be easy.


The best route? Beating Syracuse and Rutgers and having Syracuse lose to Notre Dame. That would do it, but any time the best route is winning in the Carrier Dome, it isn’t easy.

The Hoyas would lose a tiebreaker to St. John’s, which still has conference doormat Providence to come on its schedule. The Hoyas would lose a tiebreaker to Villanova as well.

A 2-4 league mark won’t cut it for Georgetown. At 1-2, that means snagging two wins over the next three weeks. It won’t be easy.

2. Brian Tabb had a career day. The Hoyas have muddled along as a mostly average faceoff team all season. But Tabb was 19-for-23 off the bench, setting a personal best for wins in a game and moving within 10 faceoff victories of taking over second on Georgetown’s career list.

Georgetown had the better of play in the middle of the field throughout the day. A surplus of athleticism helped, but Tabb’s dominance certainly played a role as well.

3. St. John’s is impressively spunky. Despite the fact St. John’s restarted its lacrosse program in 2005, this was the first time I’d had the chance to see the Red Storm in that span. That isn’t a giant surprise; St. John’s hadn’t won more than five games in any of those seasons before this year.

The Red Storm snagged win No. 6 on Saturday, and did so in an eye-catching way. St. John’s didn’t make a ton of jaw-dropping plays, but its passing was crisp, its extra-man was efficient and its ability to both build a 7-3 lead and erase a two-goal hole in the final minute of regulation stood out. With a young roster, the pieces are in place to at least contend for an NCAA tournament berth in the near future.

4. In a related note, the influence of Massachusetts is obvious in the Red Storm’s program. Red Storm coach Jason Miller worked as an assistant under Massachusetts coach Greg Cannella. Assistant Dan Paccione is a UMass grad. It’s not hard to see a reflection of the Minutemen while watching St. John’s.

The Red Storm was constantly hustling Saturday, even if at times they were out-talented. They didn’t win a ton of faceoffs the last three quarters, but snagged two incredibly important ones (after closing within 12-11 and again to open overtime). They didn’t get every groundball, but snagged a lot of important ones. And they kept coming, over and over again.

St. John’s isn’t perfect, but it certainly is not a pushover. That, too, sounds a lot like UMass in many, many seasons.

5. This felt a lot like a few of Georgetown’s stumbles against Penn State. Think back to especially 2008 but also 2009, when the Hoyas’ season ended with an overtime loss to Penn State outfits it was probably better than. Those teams were capable of playing at a rapid pace and scoring goals in bunches when needed, and it paid off with a pair of 12-11 victories.

This game was played a month earlier on the schedule, but the upshot is about the same. The Hoyas will be hard-pressed to revive their postseason hopes (at the NCAA level as well as in the conference); if they can’t, they’ll look back at this past week (and especially Saturday) as a major factor in their downfall this year.

—- Patrick Stevens