- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 3, 2002

BALTIMORE These are not the high-scoring Georgetown Hoyas that college lacrosse fans have grown accustomed to over the past three seasons. The current team plays tight defense and, with little offensive firepower, must take care of the ball on offense and capitalize on its opportunities.
Seventh-ranked Georgetown did two of the three yesterday, and managed an 8-5 win over No.15 Cornell in a steady rain before 500 at Homewood Field.
The Hoyas (2-0), behind a defense led by goalie Scott Schroeder (10 saves) and long-stick midfielder Kyle Sweeney, stifled the Big Red's offensive schemes. The Hoyas' offense did not fare as well and could not find its shooting accuracy it had 47 shots, 32 in the first half. Cornell (0-1) preseason All-American goalie Justin Cynar lived up to the hype and expectations and recorded 13 saves.
"Thirty two shots and two goals, that might be a record," Hoyas midfielder Steve Dusseau said. "My hats off to Cynar he's one of the best goalies we'll see. … We kept missing the cage, and it made [Cynar] look better. We need to shoot for the net instead of shooting as hard as we can."
For the second week in a row, Georgetown found itself in a tight game late and responded. Last week the Hoyas overcame a two-goal deficit and fourth-quarter deadlock to drop Ohio State 10-8. Yesterday Georgetown led 2-0 at halftime before Cornell rebounded with two goals. Georgetown took a 3-2 lead late in the third quarter a and 4-3 lead into the fourth.
Will the Hoyas live on the edge and play close games all season?
"I like to think not," Sweeney said. "But it's good to know our team will come out and win in the fourth quarter."
Which is exactly what the Hoyas did as they took control of the game in the final 15 minutes. A little more than three minutes in, Hoyas attackman Mike Hammer shot from five yards out, beating Cynar low to make it 5-3. Less than two minutes later, Neal Goldman scored his second goal of the game and the Hoyas were ahead 6-3.
All-American midfielder Dusseau added his second goal for a four-goal advantage. Cornell answered with two quick goals, but it was not enough. Hammer scored his second with 1:40 left to seal the game. Cornell got a pair of goals from midfielder Galen Beers and attackman Sean Greenhalgh.
"We are going to need to fight and scratch for everything we get," Hoyas coach Dave Urick said. "It's the nature of our team."

Johns Hopkins 8, Princeton 5
BALTIMORE Third-ranked Johns Hopkins got two goals from freshman midfielder Kyle Harrison and outscored top-ranked Princeton 6-1 over a 26-minute span midway through the game to help the Blue Jays snap the defending national champions' 11-game win streak in the season opener for both teams.

Duke 9, Maryland 8 (2OT)
DURHAM, N.C. Freshman Matt Monfett scored his first career goal with two seconds left in the second overtime to lift the ninth-ranked Blue Devils (2-0, 1-0 ACC) over the fifth-ranked Terrapins (2-1, 0-1).
Ryan Moran led Maryland with the first three goals of his career and Mike Mollot added a goal and three assists.

UNC 11, Navy 10 (6OT)
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. North Carolina's Pat Jackson intercepted a clearing pass and scored into an empty Navy net with 21 seconds remaining in the sixth overtime to give the Tar Heels (3-0) a dramatic victory over the Midshipmen (2-1).
The game is believed to be the longest in collegiate lacrosse history.
Jackson's heroics came after Navy goalkeeper Jon Higdon made his 11th save of the overtime periods, as well as his 19th of the game. As Higdon came out of his goal to lead the Navy clear attempt, his pass from about 15 yards outside of the goal was intercepted by a jumping Jackson with one hand. Jackson came down with the ball then whipped it 40 yards from the left side of the field into the middle of the Navy net.

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