Perhaps no one was more surprised than Ricky Mirabito.
With Navy and Georgetown extended to overtime, Mirabito, a sophomore attackman for the Hoyas, found himself with the ball alone in front of the Midshipmen's cage.
Mirabito, labeled by Hoyas coach Dave Urick as one of the top two finishers on the team, put a shot past Navy junior goalkeeper Tommy Phelan with 1:42 left in the extra period to send No. 7 Georgetown to an 11-10 upset of the No. 3 Midshipmen before 7,135 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis yesterday.
"I definitely thought there would be a second slide [from a defenseman], and I was going to have to throw it cross-crease," Mirabito said of his third goal of the game and first career game-winner for the Hoyas. "It's a scramble situation, and they're out of position. It was just luck."
Georgetown (5-2) has won the past five meetings with Navy. The Hoyas have won four straight, including an 11-7 upset of then-No. 1 Duke a week ago.
The Midshipmen (8-2), whose six-game winning streak ended, won the faceoff to begin overtime, and senior Nick Mirabito - Ricky's brother - and sophomore midfielder Patrick Moran (Severn) both took shots that went wide right of Georgetown senior goalie Miles Kass.
Hoyas sophomore midfielder Chris Schuville picked up a ground ball and passed to senior attackman Brendan Cannon, who spotted Ricky Mirabito alone for the game-winner.
Mirabito's heroics overshadowed Navy's furious rally to send the game into overtime.
Georgetown scored five of the game's first six goals and had an 8-3 advantage with 7:04 left in the third quarter. But the Midshipmen scored seven of the next nine goals, tying the score at 10 when sophomore midfielder Basil Daratsos bounced a shot from eight yards out with 38.9 seconds left in regulation.
"I'm pleased we battled back from being down 8-3," Navy coach Richie Meade said. "I'm not pleased we were down 8-3. It's an awful tall task to ask a group to come back five goals in the second half on a team like Georgetown."
Cannon led all scorers with four points on a goal and three assists, and Hoyas senior attackman Andrew Baird (Loyola) had three goals. Moran paced the Midshipmen with three goals, and senior attackman Gregory Clement and Nick Mirabito each added two goals and an assist.
Baird nearly ended the game in regulation when he caught a long clearing pass from Kass and fired the ball at a backpedaling Phelan (13 saves). The goalie deflected the shot with his left ankle in the final seconds.
"Didn't want an old high school teammate scoring on me at the buzzer," joked Phelan, a Loyola graduate. "Could never live that down."
Phelan made his second consecutive start in place of Matt Coughlin. The junior who started Navy's first eight contests participated in warm-ups, but the coaching staff chose to let Coughlin's injured right hamstring rest and heal.
Georgetown 3 3 3 1 1 - 11
Navy 1 2 4 3 0 - 10
Goals: G-Mirabito 3, Baird 3, Brancaccio 2, Cannon, D'Agnes, Samperton; N-Moran 3, Clement 2, Mirabito 2, Daratsos 2, Bitter. Assists: G-Cannon 3, Dowd, Kahoe, Shuler; N-Lennon 2, Clement, Mirabito, Boyle, Higgins. Saves: G-Kass 9; N-Phelan 13.