Mount beats Hoyas in D.C. for 1st time in nearly 25 years


WASHINGTON — If the Mount St. Mary's men's lacrosse team was going to collect its first win since Feb. 12, the squad had to fight off Georgetown — and history.

The Mountaineers had dropped 16 of the previous 17 meetings with the Hoyas. On top of that, they hadn't beaten Georgetown in the nation's capital since May 4, 1991.


That streak of eight road losses came to an abrupt end Tuesday evening as Mount St. Mary's stunned the Hoyas, 11-8, before an announced 517 at Cooper Field.

The Mountaineers (2-2) scored four goals in the final five minutes to earn their first victory since they defeated Delaware, 14-11. They also exorcised some ghosts of past losses and took a 17-16 lead in their all-time series with Georgetown.


"This was a good battle, a nip-and-tuck battle," coach Tom Gravante said. "And that's what I hoped for, that we wouldn't get caught up in the history of the game where we don't really beat Georgetown. One of the players just said that the gap has been closed and I guess we're one up on them at 17-16. But in terms of my career with them, we don't really beat them just because of where they are and where we are. I wanted them to get beyond that."

While Gravante was dealing with history, his players were more concerned with the present.

"We really needed a win," fifth-year senior attackman Mark Hojnoski said. "We've been working super hard in practice. We just wanted to come out and execute our offense. We put a new offense in and it seemed to pay off. We were in, I wouldn't say desperation mode, but we really wanted to be where we are now."

Hojnoski played a significant role in the Mount St. Mary's win, leading all scorers with six points on five goals and one assist. He scored the goal that gave his team a 9-8 lead with 2 minutes, 19 seconds left in the fourth quarter and then added an insurance goal with 39 seconds remaining.

Hojnoski was aided by senior midfielder Justin Gosnell, who recorded two goals and two assists after having posted just one goal and one assist in his first three games, and freshman Chris DiPretoro, who scored three goals in his first start at attack.

Defensively, the Mountaineers were anchored by senior goalkeeper Frankie McCarthy, who made a game-high 13 saves in his 2016 debut. During one man-down sequence late in the third quarter, McCarthy, who replaced sophomore Matt Vierheller, stopped sophomore attackman Zeke Morrill and junior midfielder Devon Lewis on back-to-back shots.

"It gives me a lot of confidence moving forward," McCarthy said. "Not a knock on anyone we play in the future, but we knew Georgetown was going to be one of the more difficult teams we played this season. Getting this win was huge for us."

The Hoyas — who dropped to 0-3 for the first time since 1985 — had eight different players score, and senior midfielder Peter Conley and freshman attackman Daniel Bucaro each had one goal and two assists. But Conley conceded that they might have overlooked Mount St. Mary's in anticipation of Saturday's home contest against No. 9 Hofstra (2-0).

"Honestly, I think we came out and took this team lightly from the beginning," he said. "You just can't do that, especially as a team that's 0-2. We're a young team and had a bunch of stupid turnovers early in the game that cost us. You can't let a team like this stick around like that late in the game because anything can happen. When you're facing an underdog, they're playing loose and playing free, and we were tight."

Georgetown coach Kevin Warne was similarly displeased with the team's effort.

"Outplayed, outhustled, they wanted to play harder than us," he said. "That's a good team, too. Watching them on film at Towson, I said, 'Mount St. Mary's is going to be good.' Tommy does a great job over there. Those guys played harder than us, and that's the way it is. Unbelievably, uncharacteristic amount of turnovers on our offensive end. I felt like we couldn't do anything today. Those guys trail-checked us, chased us, and the same issues haven't changed in the last two games. So we've got some work to do."



Nation women

No. 3 Florida 11, No. 2 Syracuse 10: Mollie Stevens scored the winner on an assist from Sammi Burgess (McDonogh) with 4:54 left in overtime as the visiting Gators (5-0) beat the Orange (5-1).

Stevens gave Florida a 10-9 lead with 4:11 left in the game before Syracuse's Halle Majorana, a Maryland transfer, tied the score with 2:46 left to force overtime.

Burgess scored twice in the first half; her second goal gave the Gators a 6-4 lead with 1:40 left in the half. Syracuse used a 3-0 run in the second half to take a 9-7 lead with 15:45 left in the game.

Mary-Sean Wilcox (Notre Dame Prep) made nine saves for the Gators.

The victory was the Gators' second over the No. 2-ranked team. Florida, then No. 8, beat then-No. 2 North Carolina, 16-15, on Feb. 20.

Nation men

No. 19 Rutgers 15, Wagner 7: The Scarlet Knights (4-0) used a 7-0 run in the second quarter to pull away from the host Seahawks (1-3).

The loss was Wagner's third straight.

Rutgers was led by Jules Heningburg (4 goals, 1 assists), Adam Charalambides (2 goals, 3 assists) and Scott Bieda (3 goals, 1 assist).

Baltimore Sun staff contributed to this article.

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