- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 19, 2002

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. Almost an hour after Georgetown's heartbreaking 14-13 loss to fourth-seeded Princeton in the NCAA men's lacrosse Division I quarterfinals yesterday, Hoyas midfielder Trevor Walker only had one thing on his mind the shot that didn't fall.
With the score tied at 13 with 22 seconds left, Walker sprinted toward the cage and shot low on Princeton goalie Julian Gould. Gould stopped it with his feet, and Princeton eventually controlled possession, and got the game winner with four seconds remaining before 5,561 at Hofstra Stadium.
"[The play] keeps running through my head," said Walker, who scored four goals. "I saw an opportunity and I took it."
In the first quarterfinal here, second-seeded Syracuse held on to defeat Duke 10-9 to advance to its NCAA-record 20th straight final four. The Orangemen (13-2) overcame a 3-for-23 showing in the faceoff circle with a tenacious and opportunistic offense, led by Mike Powell (four assists).
The Blue Devils (8-7) had a chance to tie in the final minutes but could not get a shot on goal. Kevin Cassese shot high and Duke, which had an extra-man opportunity with 1:29 to play, could not convert. Syracuse defender John Glatzel secured the win when he checked Dan Chemotti's stick near the crease with 28 seconds remaining. Syracuse, which secured just 20 groundballs to Duke's 47, will play the winner of today's Virginia-Cornell matchup in Saturday's national semifinals.
Princeton in its third straight final four and the defending national champion will play the winner of today's game between top-seeded Johns Hopkins and Massachusetts. It looked like it would be fifth-seeded Georgetown (12-3), though, which would advance after it tied the score at 13 with 44 seconds left on a goal by Walid Hajj. The Hoyas climbed back from an early 7-2 deficit and a 10-6 halftime disadvantage.
But Princeton coach Bill Tierney is a master in one-goal situations in the NCAA tournament. His teams are now 13-1 in NCAA games decided by one goal, and the Tigers (9-4) have won their last five tournament games by that margin.
The Tigers called timeout with 13 seconds to go after the Hoyas' failed opportunity, and Ryan Boyle restarted 30 yards from the goal. Kyle Sweeney, who started the play marking Boyle, was screened, and Georgetown was forced to switch defenders. From there it was all Boyle, who made an assortment of dodges to get free five yards from the goal, and he buried the game winner with just four seconds left.
"It was a great pick," said Boyle, who had two goals and three assists. "I thought [Sweeney] would run through it."
Steve Dusseau, one of the favorites for Player of the Year, was blanketed by Princeton defenseman Damien Davis. Dusseau was held to just one goal and one assist. But Princeton's sliding package was centered on Dusseau, and the attention he received opened up space for other players, namely Walker and Mike Hammer. Hammer scored four goals, and Phil Vincenti added two goals and two assists for Georgetown.
Sean Hartofolis led Princeton with four goals, all of which came in the first half. Josh White and B.J. Prager each had three goals, while Owen Daly added two for the Tigers. Gould recorded 10 saves for Princeton, while Georgetown goalie Scott Schroeder stopped eight.
Despite a lackluster first-half defensive performance by Georgetown which allowed seven second-quarter goals it had a chance to enter halftime down just two. But Dusseau was stoned on the doorstep of the crease by Gould, and the Tigers controlled possession and called timeout with 25 seconds remaining in the half. The Tigers set up a play, and Brad Dumont found Hartofolis for his final goal of the half and Princeton took a 10-6 lead into halftime.
"There is a lot of disappointment in our locker room right now," Georgetown coach Dave Urick said after the game. "I'm not sure there's a team that played harder [than us this year]."

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