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The Denver Pioneers got their first victory over a ranked opponent with a 13-7 win over Georgetown in the most highly-anticipated Big East game thus far. The Pioneers’ win ends the Hoyas’ 10-game winning streak and hands them their first loss since the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament against Yale.
Denver also keeps the trend going to beating Georgetown in their first meeting of the season, which they have done every year since 2018. However, unlike a normal year, the second meeting between these two won’t be in the Big East Tournament in May but in late April during the second-to-last week of the regular season. Georgetown won the second meeting of the season in both 2018 and 2019.
Led by a four-goal outing from Jack Hannah and a 12-save performance from Jack Thompson, Denver never gave the Hoyas much room to operate once they got up. Ethan Walker also had five points (3G/2A) in the win while Jackson Morrill dished out four assists.
Georgetown started the game quick, as Jake Carraway cashed in on a failed Denver clear in the opening minute of the contest and Declan McDermott followed up with a rip off a TJ Haley feed less than a minute later. But that’s about all Georgetown would get the entire game: quick starts. They also started the third quarter with a Declan McDermott goal and the fourth with two straight from Peter Thompson and Graham Bundy Jr.
Putting only 19 of 46 shots on cage, having ten unforced turnovers (17 turnovers overall), and going 11-for-15 (73%) in the clearing game wasn’t going to get the Hoyas very far, even if they did hold an edge in the ground ball battle (30-23) and James Reilly nearly broke even (11-for-23) at the faceoff dot.
Following Georgetown’s quick start, Denver settled in themselves and rattled off seven consecutive goals, including a hat trick from Jack Hannah, over the next 11-plus minutes of play to take a 7-2 lead midway through the second. They went into the half up 8-4 after Ethan Walker put in a cross-field pass from Alex Simmons in the final seconds of the half to answer a two-goal Georgetown run.
Denver continued to push the gas in the second half and didn’t appear to slow down until the final buzzer sounded. The Pioneers ended the third quarter on a three-goal run and the fourth on a two-goal run to officially seal the deal.