- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 9, 2003

Georgetown could win several games through attrition this season, a fact Penn State learned the hard way yesterday.
The sixth-ranked Hoyas used a deep midfield, dominance on faceoffs, an uptempo offense and a 7-0 midgame surge to upend the No.13 Nittany Lions 11-9 at Kehoe Field.
Midfielder Walid Hajj scored a career-high four goals for the Hoyas (2-0, 1-0 ECAC), who for the second straight week controlled the second half against a team with less depth.
"I think they got a little tired, and I think we had some depth that helped us," said coach Dave Urick, whose Hoyas scored 11 goals in the second half of its opener against Cornell. "That pace of the game was exactly what we wanted, and sometimes it takes awhile for it to take its toll."
Penn State (1-2, 0-1) led 6-5 at halftime, but the Nittany Lions unraveled in the third quarter. Mike Hammer scored for the Hoyas from 5 yards out to tie it less than four minutes in, and Hajj followed with an unassisted goal three minutes later. Phil Vincenti later sandwiched two goals around another score by Hammer to give Georgetown a 10-6 lead entering the final quarter.
Throughout the quarter, the Nittany Lions mustered no offense simply because they didn't have possession. The Hoyas' Andy Corno, who was not expected to play because of a thumb injury, won 15 of his 20 faceoffs and kept the ball away from Penn State's offense for much of the second half. Georgetown ran three midfield lines throughout the game, gradually wearing down the Nittany Lions' defense.
It could have been worse for Penn State if senior goalie Chris Garrity hadn't made 22 saves, several from point-blank range.
When Penn State did get its few chances, Georgetown's defense shut them down. The Nittany Lions went scoreless for the first 23 minutes of the second half against goalie Rich D'Andrea (eight saves) and a close defense anchored by Pat Collins.
As clean as the second half was for the Hoyas, the first half was just as sloppy. Georgetown was plagued by turnovers, and the Nittany Lions' defensive scheme flustered the Hoyas' attack unit of Neal Goldman, Hammer and Jordan Vettoretti. None had a point before the break after combining for 13 against Cornell.
Fortunately, Hajj picked up the slack. The junior, who missed all seven of his shots in the opener, scored three goals in the first 17 minutes to keep the Hoyas in the game.
"They were kind of fake sliding," Hajj said. "They were coming hard, and I kind of capitalized on that."
Meanwhile, the Nittany Lions had trouble taking advantage of the Hoyas' miscues. Particularly glaring were Penn State's problems clearing the ball.
"You live and die by pushing the pace, and we're a team that likes to push it, but we have never cleared that poorly," Penn State coach Glenn Thiel said. "They're a great riding team, they put pressure on outlets, but we just did not handle their pressure. We turned it over too many times in the middle of the field, and that's usually our game."
Penn State played well for much of the first half and capitalized on a pair of transition opportunities just before halftime. Corno, though, won the faceoff after Marshall Feldman's goal in the last minute of the first half and scored seven seconds later to pull the Hoyas within 6-5 and squash the visitors' momentum.
No. 1 Virginia 10, No. 5 Princeton 7
PRINCETON, N.J. Chris Rotelli scored four goals as the Cavaliers defeated the Tigers.
Coming off a win at Syracuse, Virginia (3-0) scored four of the game's last five goals. The Tigers (0-2) went 1-for-8 on extra-man opportunities.
No. 3 Maryland 12, No. 17 Towson 8
TOWSON, Md. Joe Walters scored four goals and Brian Hunt three as the Terps (2-0) remained unbeaten in 11 road games against the Tigers (1-2) .
No. 7 UMass 10, No. 9 Navy 9
AMHERST, Mass. Jeff Zywicki's goal with 2:46 left as the Minutemen (3-0) nipped the Midshipmen (3-1). Navy's Ian Dingman's shot with five seconds caromed off the pipe, securing the win for Massachusetts in the ECAC opener for both teams.

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