April 30, 2011

Emala, Weiss Lead Hoyas Over Rutgers

from press release

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - Davey Emala (Baltimore, Md./Gilman) had two goals and a career high six assists and Brett Weiss (Phoenix, Md./Boys' Latin) registered his first career hat trick, as the Georgetown University men's lacrosse team (6-7, 3-2 BIG EAST) defeated Rutgers (5-9, 0-5 BIG EAST) 12-9 on Saturday night at Yurcak Field at Rutgers.

Travis Comeau (Red Deer, Alberta/Hill Academy) had two goals and Rickey Mirabito (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Forks) had two assists, to help the Hoyas keep its perfect record against the Scarlet Knights intact, improving to 14-0 all-time.

Jack Davis (Glen Ridge, N.J./Glen Ridge) made nine saves to earn the victory for the Hoyas and Tyler Knarr (Eagleville, Pa./LaSalle College High School) went 8-of-14 in the face-off circle. Dan Hostetler (Ellicott City, Md./River Hill) caused five turnovers and Barney Ehrmann (Baltimore, Md./Gilman) picked up seven ground balls for the Hoyas.

Rutgers started strong, winning the opening face-off that led to a Kevin Hover goal less than a minute into the game, but the goal was enough to wake up the Hoyas who took control for much of the remainder of the first half.

Weiss scored his first of two first half goals on an assist from Emala with 12:30 on the clock to tie the score at one goal apiece. Max Seligmann put the Hoyas in front, taking the ball from just in front of the midfield line and speeding past two defenders on the way to the team's second goal. Weiss scored his second goal of the game, as Travis Comeau flipped the ball behind his back to Emala who found Weiss 15 feet in front of the cage for the open shot, giving the Hoyas a 3-1 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter started the same way the first ended, as GU thwarted a Rutgers clear with Comeau intercepting a pass from behind the Scarlet Knights' cage before flipping the ball into an empty goal. Zack Angel built the lead to four, ripping a side arm shot past the goalie and Rickey Mirabito pushed the lead to five goals on Emala's assist after GU stopped another Rutgers clear attempt.

The Scarlet Knights would score twice late in the second quarter to cut into the Hoyas lead, sending the Hoyas into halftime with a 6-3 lead.

In the third quarter, Emala scored on a pass from Bobby Boyle on the fast break to open the lead back to four, but Rutgers scored two goals less than 15 seconds apart to cut the lead to two, 7-5. Weiss scored his third goal of the game in a man up situation, blasting a shot past the goalie on the assist from Mirabito to increase the lead to three goals.

Scott Klimchak and Mike Diehl would not let Georgetown pull away, each scoring late in the third quarter to bring Rutgers within a goal, the closest the game had been since the 9:12 mark in the first quarter. Emala would answer with 34 seconds remaining in the third quarter on an unassisted goal to put the Hoyas up 9-7 at the end of three.

Comeau opened the fourth quarter with a goal, as he picked up a rebound in front of the cage and scored his second of the game to put the Hoyas up by three goals, at 10-7. Ryan Shuler (Chevy Chase, Md./Georgetown Prep) and Dan McKinney (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna) added fourth quarter goals to help the Hoyas seal a 12-9 victory.

NOTES: Emala's six assists was one short of the Georgetown single-game record of seven, set by Chris Remington against Villanova on April 10, 1993.

Georgetown will conclude the 2011 season at Multi Sport Field on Saturday, May 7 when they take on No. 9/10 Villanova at 7 p.m. The Hoyas will honor each of the teams seniors during a ceremony prior to the game.

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