GENEVA, N.Y. - Down by three goals to Cornell University with less than 10 minutes to play, Georgetown reeled off the final five goals to squeeze out a 14-12 win yesterday in their NCAA North Division first-round playoff clash at Hobart College.
Hoyas midfielder Scott Doyle (Rockville, Georgetown Prep) set off the finishing kick with the last of his four goals, and senior attack Andy Flick polished it off by putting three of his game-high five past Big Red goalie Justin Cynar.
Flick's score with 2:19 remaining, a wide-open shot from the left flank, proved to be the winner.
Georgetown enjoyed a 54-24 shot advantage, but was nearly single-handedly beaten by Cynar, who made 19 saves, many spectacular.
By contrast, Hoyas goalie Scott Schroeder handled just four attempts.
The Hoyas never had it easy. They held a hefty 30-10 edge in shots at halftime, yet a slim 6-5 lead - and they were fortunate to have that.
Sean Steinwald had staked Cornell to a 5-2 lead in the early stretches of the second quarter by whipping in three goals and assisting on another.
However, Georgetown went on a 4-0 run to close the half, beginning at the 9:49 mark when Doyle ripped a 30-footer in just under the crossbar.
The teams were tied 9-9 after the third period, but early in the fourth Cornell popped in three quick goals to take a 12-9 lead.
But the Hoyas struck back, with Scott Urick tying the game with 2:47 left when he was left unchecked to beat Cynar from close range."I just tried to get one off as quickly as I could," said Urick. "I just hoped that he didn't know where it was going, like I didn't."