Tuesday Recap: Watson’s Five Goals Lead Georgetown Past Loyola

(Photo Courtesy of Georgetown Athletics)

In a Tuesday night battle in Washington, D.C. the Georgetown Hoyas continued down the path they have all season, defeating the Loyola Greyhounds 14-7. It marked the Hoyas’ first win over the Greyhounds since 2015 and their first win at home in the series since 2007.

Leading wire to wire, the Hoyas leaned on the star power that has carried them to a now 11-1 record this season. Dylan Watson ended the day with five goals on 11 shots while Owen McElroy made 12 saves in cage with a 63% save percentage. James Reilly went 13-for-24 (54%) at the faceoff dot and Will Bowen caused three turnovers.

After a first quarter that saw the Hoyas get up 3-0 and hold the Greyhounds to just 10 shots (2 on cage), the tide looked like it might be turning the way of Loyola. A Kevin Lindley score off a busted Georgetown clear broke the ice for the Greyhounds and a pair of scores from Seth Higgins and Davis Lindsey followed, knotting things all up at three.

The sophomore Lindsey ended the day with a team-high five points (2G/3A) for Loyola in what has been his best performance to date. But neither of those other scores or feeds led to the Greyhounds tying things up or even coming close to striking distance.

Following that Loyola spurt to open the second quarter, it was all Georgetown. Four consecutive Hoya goals, which included an insane quick around the world goal from Watson off an Alex Trippi feed, ended the half and pushed the Georgetown lead to 7-3. They then built upon that with three more goals to open the third quarter, pushing the Hoyas’ run to seven and their lead out to 10-3.

In the final 22:12 of the game, the two sided went 4-4. But it wouldn’t matter as the Hoyas had put things out of reach already. Loyola twice cut the deficit to five goals, but that was the closest the Greyhounds ever got in those final 30-plus minutes after tying things all up at three.

Either Lindsey and Lindley were involved in each of the Greyhounds’ four second half goals. Lidsey scored one of those second half goals and assisted Lindley on another, which helped him end the day with two goals and one assist.

Sam Shafer played all but final 4:45 minutes of the game in cage for the Greyhounds and made 17 saves. Bailey went 7-for-11 at the dot and took all but two of the draws in the first half, as well as the first of the third quarter. He didn’t see any action after that.

Loyola ended the day with 36 shots and put 19 of them on cage. Georgetown took 56 shots with 33 of them coming on cage. The Hoyas also won the ground ball battle 39-32 and had 13 caused turnovers to Loyola’s 25. 11 of those Greyhound turnovers were caused.

Georgetown (11-1, 3-0 Big East) has two games left in the regular season as they host St. John’s on Saturday before traveling to Villanova a week later.

Loyola (5-7, 4-2 Patriot League) will travel to Colgate on Saturday before facing Lehigh in their regular season finale.

Binghamton Clinches America East Tournament Spot

The Binghamton Bearcats defeated the NJIT Highlanders 18-8 on Tuesday afternoon to clinch their first America East Tournament berth since 2017. The Bearcats are the second team in the league to clinch a spot in the postseason, joining Vermont.

Kevin Winkoff led the way with six goals and two assists for eight points in Tuesday’s win. Matthew DeSouza went 10-for-14 (71%) at the dot and Teddy Dolan made 19 saves in cage.

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