Georgetown closes out regular season with home victory against St. John's
WASHINGTON -- Senior Bo Stafford scored four goals as No. 13 Georgetown avoided a late run to defeat St. John's 13-10 on Senior Day at Multi-Sport Field.
The Red Storm (3-11, 1-4 Big East) closed to within one goal in the fourth quarter before senior Joe Bucci extended the Hoyas' (9-5, 4-1 Big East) lead back to two goals. Bucci, Stafford and senior attack Reilly O'Connor combined for four goals down the stretch to clinch a victory in their last regular season home game.
"Everyone contributed [to this win]," Stafford said. "We're a full team right now. It was a little sloppy at times, but every segment picks us up, whether Nick Marrocco makes a big save or our defense makes a big stop. Our transition middies do a great job, Charlie McCormick had a big goal for us, it's just a team effort and I'm just happy to come out of Senior Day with a win."
Senior Anthony Heaton went 10-for-19 at the faceoff X with seven ground balls, while graduate student Gabriel Mendola went 5-for-8. Freshman goalie Nick Marrocco made 11 saves to record his ninth victory of the season.
The Hoyas freshmen class provided plenty of firepower as midfielder Ryan Hursey and attack Zeke Morrill each scored two goals, while midfielder Craig Berge scored a goal and had two assists.
Freshman attack Stephen Quinzi scored first, picking up a rebound off of a St. John's save, then found the back of the net to put GU in front 1-0 at the 13:27 mark in the first quarter. The Red Storm's Stefan Diachenko scored an extra-man goal at 10:12 to quickly tie the game at one goal apiece.
The Red Storm added two more goals by the 8:08 mark in the first, including SJU's second extra-man goal of the game to take a quick 3-1 lead.
After a GU timeout, Berge halted the St. John's run, freezing a defender and blasting a shot into the back of the net to bring GU within one goal. Bo Stafford tied the game with 1:16 left in the first on the assist from O'Connor.
Morrill put GU in front with his first collegiate goal during an extra-man opportunity. The Blue & Gray offense continued their 6-0 run, as senior midfielder Charlie McCormick scored a fast break goal to extend the lead to two. Hursey spun around a defender and scored, before Stafford added the final goal of the half to take a comfortable 7-3 lead into the break.
St. John's would not go away quietly, scoring a pair of early goals to cut the Hoya lead to two at 7-5. Hursey ended the run with his second goal of the game, but Diahchenko answered moments later as GU escaped the third quarter with an 8-6 lead.
Morrill scored his second man-up goal of the game to extend the lead to three, but Diachenko scored his fifth of the game and attack Eric DeJohn added another to bring the Red Storm within one at 9-8.
Bucci gave the Hoyas some breathing room, finding his way to the cage for a goal at the 7:36 mark in the fourth. Stafford scored two more, with his final goal coming after the Red Storm had pulled their goalie. O'Connor added one final goal with 1:25 left in the game to seal the Hoyas' 13-10 win.