- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 27, 2003

No. 6 Georgetown 8, No. 8 Rutgers 4
Georgetown might not earn an automatic bid to next month's NCAA tournament, but there's little doubt the Hoyas will get an opportunity to make a run in the postseason.
Jordan Vettoretti scored three goals yesterday as Georgetown doubled up Rutgers before 1,111 at Harbin Field to post its first win over a team in this week's top 10 and improve its position for next month's NCAA tournament.
The Hoyas (10-1, 4-1 ECAC) will earn the ECAC's automatic berth if Rutgers upsets Massachusetts on Saturday. A victory earns UMass (12-1, 3-1) the bid.
"I thought that this game would be a pivotal game for the selection committee to look at," said Georgetown coach Dave Urick, whose team lost to the Minutemen on April 19. "We have a shot to win the league, but we can't count on other people taking care of what we missed out on the opportunity to do."
The four goals were the lowest offensive output of the season for Rutgers (9-4, 2-2), which has lost two straight since an overtime win April12 at Syracuse.
After an even and entertaining first half, the Hoyas began to wear down Rutgers. Early in the third period, Georgetown attackman Mike Hammer burst past defenseman Joseph Duncan and faked goalie Greg Havalchak three times before scoring for a 5-3 lead.
Vettoretti scored with 6:44 left in the quarter to give Georgetown its first three-goal lead, but Rutgers' Delby Powless scored in transition two minutes later to pull the Scarlet Knights within 6-4.
Rutgers lost all three faceoffs in the fourth quarter and had little chance to rally. Neal Goldman and Vettoretti scored in a 80-second span midway through the quarter to increase the Hoyas' cushion.
As it has for much of the season, Georgetown struggled to convert many of its scoring opportunities. The Hoyas had 41 shots and for the season have scored on 22 percent of their shots (113-for-513).
"If we were able to hit our shots, this game could have been over a lot sooner than it was," Vettoretti said. "It all comes down to us shooting pretty poorly lately. We work on it, but come toward the end of the season, I think we're going to have to pick that up to beat some of these other teams."
Georgetown defenseman Kyle Sweeney, who has played with a bum ankle for a few weeks, hobbled off the field late in the fourth quarter but said after the game he would play when the Hoyas visit Maryland tomorrow night.
No. 3 Virginia 11, No. 15 Penn State 10
CHARLOTTESVILLE Matt Ward scored four goals and Tillman Johnson made 15 saves as the Cavaliers (10-2) held off the Nittany Lions (6-6).
Navy 12, No. 16 Army 11
ANNAPOLIS Joe Bossi, Greg Conklin and Ian Dingman all scored two goals as the Midshipmen (6-7) defeated the Cadets (7-6)
Dartmouth 13, No. 2 Princeton 6
PRINCETON, N.J. Andrew Goldstein made 17 saves as the Big Green (10-2, 4-1) threw the Ivy League title race into flux with a stunning upset of the Tigers (9-3, 4-1).
No. 4 Massachusetts 14,No. 7 Syracuse 13 (OT)
AMHERST, Mass. Jeff Zywicki scored with 1:10 left in overtime to lift the Minutemen over the Orangemen (7-5) for the first time since 1981.

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