- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Georgetown faceoff specialist Christiaan Trunz didn’t win half of his draws with Delaware’s Alex Smith. Still, his solid play prevented the All-American from beating the Hoyas.

Trunz was a respectable 7-for-17 against Smith to help the Hoyas roll past the visiting Blue Hens 11-5 at Multi-Sport Field.

“He did what we asked him to do; we asked him to make a groundball out of it,” Georgetown coach Dave Urick said. “We thought if we could create a groundball off the faceoff and not give up a clean opportunity, we would get our share of the groundballs. If you can get close to half against this guy, then I think we have to be happy.”

Senior Dave Paolisso scored three goals for the No. 8 Hoyas (3-1), who raced to an 8-1 lead and never were seriously challenged by the ninth-ranked Blue Hens (7-1).

Smith’s stellar play in the faceoff game propelled Delaware into the NCAA tournament last year and into the top 10 early this season. The junior had won 75.3 percent of his draws and grabbed 78 groundballs before yesterday.

Trunz, though, was content to leave it to his wings to snare loose balls and prevent the Blue Hens from generating any unsettled opportunities.

“We know that his clamp is his speciality and he likes to push it to create a lot of offense,” Trunz said. “One of the first things we did was make sure [we stopped] the break to give our defense a chance to relax. We cut off the break at first, and then it was all about scrapping and hustling, and that’s what our team has been about the whole time.”

The Hoyas looked nothing like the team that struggled badly in its season opener against Maryland last month. Instead, Georgetown exhibited patience on offense (despite 11-for-46 shooting for the game) and enjoyed solid production from its first midfield line of Paolisso, Pete Cannon (two goals and an assist) and Matt McBride (two assists) as it won its third straight.

No. 4 Navy 11, Lafayette 6

ANNAPOLIS — Ian Dingman scored three goals and Nick Mirabito added two goals and two assists as the Midshipmen dominated early before shaking off a sluggish finish to defeat the Leopards at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

The Mids (5-0, 2-0 Patriot League) raced to a 7-1 lead by early in the second quarter to dispatch the undermanned Leopards (1-4, 0-1). However, Navy’s mix of sloppy play and liberal substituting helped Lafayette get closer in the second half.

“I would have liked to see us play with more focus and concentration longer into this game,” Navy coach Richie Meade said. “We played well in the first quarter and well into the second quarter, and then we just flattened out a little bit.”

Navy, one of five remaining undefeated teams in Division I, outshot Lafayette 33-19 in the victory.

“Luckily we came through unscathed,” Dingman said. “We’re just learning we can’t stop playing halfway through or a third of the way through a game. You have to play the whole time. We have to do that from here on out.”


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