- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 25, 2007

Georgetown players cascaded onto the field after yesterday’s victory at Maryland as if they had reached the final four.

It’s a bit early for that, but the No. 4 Hoyas earned the next best thing.

Georgetown toppled the Terrapins for the first time in series history, overcoming an extended scoring drought to collect an 8-6 victory at Maryland’s Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.

“I feel good for our older guys,” Georgetown coach Dave Urick said. “I think they felt they had the weight of the world on their shoulders, a monkey on their back, whatever cliche you want. It’s been a long time coming for them.”

The Terps (2-1) had taken five meetings in the past four years, including three consecutive lopsided season openers. And it initially looked like the teams would combine for another ugly February game, only this time with Georgetown (1-0) winning handily.

Yet Maryland produced a crisp third quarter, scoring three quick goals and adding another on long pole Brian Farrell’s dart in transition. The Terps dominated the middle of the field and freshman goalie Brian Phipps (nine saves) grew comfortable, and they seemed ready to cap the rally after Chris Feifs’ goal early in the fourth.

“We dug ourselves a pretty good hole and the good part for our team is we all took a part of the shovel to dig ourselves out,” Maryland coach Dave Cottle said.

Georgetown, though, finally recovered and Dan D’Agnes scored the go-ahead goal from the left wing with 9:02 left. Maryland nearly tied it just more than two minutes later, but Drew Evans’ nifty charge was nullified when he was ruled in the crease.

The Terps had chances to tie — three shots in a 16-second span in the final 90 seconds — but were done in by two turnovers in the last minute, the second which led to Brendan Cannon’s semi-open net goal.

The Hoyas had raced to a 5-1 lead, and when Maryland showed a pulse when Danny Gallagher scored in transition with 6:08 left in the second, the goal was nullified by a three-minute illegal stick penalty.

Less than two minutes later, Georgetown freshman Andrew Brancaccio scored his third goal of the half.

“It’s your responsibility as a player to make sure your stick is legal and there’s absolutely no excuse for that,” said Cottle, who lost to Georgetown for the first time in 17 meetings. “That is our fault and it’s his fault and he didn’t play after that.”

But the rest of the Terps did, making the final half an encouraging sign for a team still seeking answers as it tries to replace several offensive stalwarts from last season.

“If we didn’t have the illegal stick and we didn’t have that goal taken away in the crease, there’s a possibility we could have won,” defenseman Steve Whittenberg said. “Getting out of a 6-1 hole against a team like Georgetown, it says something about our team.”

No. 8 Virginia 15, Stony Brook 7

STONY BROOK, N.Y. — Danny Glading and Jack Riley both scored four goals to help the Cavaliers (1-1) shake off a season-opening loss to Drexel and blow past the Seawolves (0-1).

No. 10 Navy 9, Lafayette 4

EASTON, Pa. — Ian Dingman scored three goals and Billy Looney added two as the Midshipmen (2-0, 1-0) defeated the Leopards (0-2, 0-1) in their Patriot League opener.

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