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NINTH-RANKED GEORGETOWN HOLDS OFF RETRIEVERS, 18-10
Ninth-ranked Georgetown withstood a game UMBC mid-game rally, and held off the Retrievers, 18-10, in Washington, DC. The Hoyas improved to 4-2, 2-0 in the ECAC, while the Retrievers fell to 1-3, 0-2. GU jumped out to a 6-2 first quarter lead, and extended it to 7-2 28 seconds in the second stanza. But UMBC would outscore the hosts, 6-2 over the next 15 minutes. Trailing 9-6 at intermission, Josh Gerber scored an extra-man goal 34 seconds into the third quarter and Gavin Stringer converted a Justin Smith pass at the 2:32 mark to trim the deficit to 9-8. But the Hoyas rebounded with five consecutive third quarter scores, before Gerber got on the board as the horn expired to make it 14-9 entering the final quarter. Despite winning four straight draws, and forcing five Hoya fouls, it was the home team which capatalized on their chances, scoring four goals to open the quarter, before Gerber closed the scoring with an extra-man goal in the final two minutes of play. Gerber and Stringer each had three goals and an assist to lead UMBC. Other multiple point scorers were Jon Harasym and Justin Smith, with a goal and an assist each, and freshman Travis Tomczak with two assists. Steve Dusseau (5 goals, 4 assists) and Mike Hammer (4 goals, 4 assists) were a devastating duo for Georgetown. Tim Flanagan made 21 saves, while allowing 18 goals in 57 minutes of action. UMBC looks for its first ECAC win of the year when it hosts Penn State next Saturday at 1pm. The game will be televised live by WMAR-TV.