NCAA First Round: Georgetown Tops Yale in Offensive Bout

(Photo Courtesy of Georgetown Athletics)

Washington, D.C., was witness to an absolute offensive clinic on Saturday evening with the Georgetown Hoyas and Yale Bulldogs combining for 36 goals.

Georgetown came out on top in the offensive fire-fest with a 19-17 victory.

Tucker Dordevic led Georgetown with six goals on the day. Brian Minicus had seven points off four goals and three assists while Nicky Solomon had six points off five goals and one assisst.

Danny Hincks had 10 saves with a 37% save percentage for the Hoyas. Jame Reilly went 15-for-29 (51%) at the dot.

Yale saw Chris Lyons have four goals while Leo Johnson and Matt Brandau had identical stat lines of six points off three goals and two assists.

Nicholas Ramsey went 20-for-36 (55%) at the faceoff dot. Jared Paquette made 12 saves with a 38% save percentage.

After a back and fourth start that saw each side continually answer each other, Yale found a way to break free. Max Krevesky made it a 3-3 game off a Leo Johnson feed and on the very next possession Chris Lyons beat Will Bowen off the dodge from behind, got above GLE, and stung the back of the cage to give Yale its first lead of the day.

Logan Soelberg and Kyle Zawadzki each found the back of the cage over the next few minutes before Matt Brandau and Thomas Bragg got in on the party to extend the Bulldogs’ run to six goals and push their lead out to 8-3 at the end of the first quarter. Aiding in that big Yale run, Nicholas Ramsey went 4-for-6 (66%) during those final seven minutes and change of the frame. He went 7-for-12 (58%) overall in the first quarter, going up against a Georgetown squad with a gimpy James Reilly serving as its main faceoff option.

However, just when it looked like the tide was shifting away from the home team Hoyas, the script filpped.

Tucker Dordevic, with a defender draped all over him, ended the Hoyas scoring drought within the first minute of the second frame. Will Godine grabbed the ground ball off the ensuing faceoff and took it to the cage himself. The sequence helped to spark a 7-1 second quarter for the Hoyas in which they pulled ahead 10-9 late in the frame off a Nicky Solomon score.

Dordevic took matters into his own hands for much of that second frame, scoring four of the Hoyas’ seven second-quarter goals. James Reilly took all but two faceoffs during that second quarter to help the Hoyas go a much more even 4-for-9 (44%) at the dot through those 15 minutes. The Hoyas outshot Yale 18-5 in the second frame.

Scores from Brian Minicus and Dordevic pulled the Hoyas ahead 12-9 early in the third. However, this shootout was far from over.

Matt Brandau found Chris Lyons for a score to break the dry spell for Yale. Carson Kuhl and Leo Johnson followed with goals of their own to make it a 12-12 game. It marked the first of what would be five ties through the second half of play.

A separate Yale three-goal run was bookended by Johnson scores and saw Brandau find the back of the net in between. The result was Yale getting ahead 15-13, which marked its biggest lead since the second quarter. That lead didn’t last long, however, with Graham Bundy, Jr., putting home the second goal during a three-goal Hoyas run to tie it a 15-15 heading into the fourth.

In that final frame, it would be Nicky Solomon and Brian Minicus who showed up big for the Hoyas. Solomon capped that aforementioned Georgetown three-goal run early in the final frame to make it a 16-15 game. Later in frame, Brian Minicus answered a Yale score to make it a 17-16 game with 9:05 left. He then did it again to out the Hoyas up 18-17 with 3:49 remaining.

With Reilly winning the ensuing faceoff, Georgetown ended that possession with a Solomon goal to put the Hoyas up by two (19-17) with 2:32 remaining. Solomon’s score ended being the final tally of the day as both the Hoyas and Bulldogs came up empty on their final possessions.

Georgetown moves to the NCAA Quarterfinals where they will face Virginia.


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