Jeff Fountain picked an opportune time to rediscover his game.
In just his second game as a starting attackman, the Lutherville native and St. Paul’s graduate pumped in three goals in Georgetown’s 9-8 overtime win against visiting Navy on Sunday at Multi-Sport Field in Washington. His last goal was the game winner with 2:04 left in the extra session.
Fountain, a converted midfielder, said he was eager to improve on his zero-goal, one-assist performance in the Hoyas’ 11-10 overtime loss to Lafayette on Feb. 16.
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“I had a tough week last week,” he said. “I didn’t play as well as I would’ve liked to. So I really put an emphasis into this week of practice to play faster and play harder and capitalize on my opportunities.”
The emergence of Fountain and fellow starter sophomore Reilly O’Connor has convinced coach Kevin Warne and his staff to use senior attackman Travis Comeau – who registered 17 goals and four assists in 13 starts last season – as either a fourth attackman or a midfielder on the second line.
“Jeff’s been a pleasant surprise,” said Warne, Maryland’s former defensive coordinator. “He’s one of our most energetic guys. He’s always the first one running, he’s always out at early shooting. He’s doing all the little things that we want. So he’s doing a great job, and it’s paid off.”
Fountain said he’s honored that Warne and offensive coordinator Matt Rewkowski have enough trust in him to start with O’Connor and senior Brian Casey.
“I try to work as hard as I can every day,” Fountain said. “I try to put my best effort forward and show the coaches that I care and that I want to be out there and contribute to the team.”
Casey, a preseason All-Big East team selection who led Georgetown in scoring last year with 35 points on 20 goals and 15 assists, said Fountain has earned his place as a starter.
“Jeff’s great. The kid works extremely hard all the time,” Casey said. “He’s always rah-rah, pumping everybody up. If you miss a pass or something like that, he’ll be the first one to say ‘Come on,’ and he’s positive all the time. He’s just a great player and a great teammate all the time.”