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Q&A: Catching up with Georgetown attackman and St. Paul's graduate Jeff Fountain

By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

5:24 PM EST, February 20, 2014

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Each week, The Baltimore Sun will publish a Q&A with a college lacrosse player or coach to get you better acquainted with the player and his/her team. Today's guest is Georgetown attackman Jeff Fountain, a Lutherville native and St. Paul's graduate who ranks third on the team in points with four. The 5-foot-7, 175-pound senior scored the game-winning goal in the Hoyas' 9-8 overtime decision over Navy on Saturday and will lead the team into Saturday's noon game against Towson at Johnny Unitas Stadium.

The team is off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2007. How would you describe the mood around the locker room?

Yeah, there's a sense of excitement, but we still don't feel like we've accomplished any of our goals yet. It's early in the season and there's still a lot of lacrosse to play. I think the guys are pretty excited to get after it this weekend against Towson.

What is the goal for 2014?

The expectation — and has been before I even got here — is to make the tournament. We haven't done that in the past couple years, and it's definitely something that we harp on a lot. We want to get back there.

Since advancing to the NCAA tournament quarterfinals every year between 2002 and 2007, Georgetown has not qualified for the postseason. How disappointing has that been?

It's been pretty disappointing, but it's something you've got to work hard on in the offseason. Sometimes you come up short, but it's definitely an expectation. We would love to get back there

Can this team make the NCAA tournament?

I definitely think we have another opportunity where we can be successful this year. We have a lot of great players and some pretty good depth, a good freshman class. So I definitely think we have team that can maybe push beyond the regular season.

How important was Saturday's victory over Navy?

It was exciting. We know that when we step out on the field, that if you're going to play against those guys, it's going to be a battle. When you play guys in the service, you know they're going to play really hard for 60 minutes, and you know that every play is going to be its own battle. So we knew they were going to be great, and they really put forth a great effort.

How did it feel to score the game-winning goal with 2 minutes, 8 seconds left in overtime?

It was awesome. The opportunity presented itself and I happened to capitalize. But it couldn't have been possible without [fifth-year senior] Tyler Knarr at the faceoff X, and [junior goalkeeper] Jake Haley had an outstanding game. I think he had 15 saves. So it definitely couldn't have been possible without those guys.

You scored the game-winner in overtime last year against Navy. How unique is that?

I don't know. My team makes it possible for me to have the opportunity. So I've got to credit those guys.

What do you remember from Saturday's game-winning goal?

I actually didn't have the opportunity to watch the ball go in. I got hit as I shot, and I fell and heard the team explode behind me. That's when I knew it had gone in. It was exciting and a feeling of relief.

Any thoughts on playing close to home when the team visits Towson this Saturday?

It's always great to go back to Baltimore and play. I've played there once before in high school, and it's a great stadium and venue. It's just awesome to go back to your hometown and play some lacrosse.

edward.lee@baltsun.com