Georgetown with a huge third quarter sparks 20-13 victory. The Marquette Golden Eagles (0-3) faced a daunting task. They trekked to the Nation’s Capital to attempt to upset the #4 Georgetown Hoyas. The Golden Eagles appeared to have the upset in their focus. Marquette surprised everyone but themselves and matched Georgetown in this up-tempo affair.
Morgan Macko (1g) put Marquette up at 13:35. Georgetown went on a power rush fueled by Peter Thompson (1g), Dylan Hess (4g), Zachary Geddes (1g) who was assisted by the star of the game, James Reilly. More on him in a bit. Marquette saw and raised with Griffin Fleming (2g,3a), Ryan Fazio (4g) with a pair, and Colin O’Donnell (1g,2a) to give the visitors a 5-3 lead at the end of one.
Georgetown snapped back with Jake Carraway (3g,1a), a man-up tally from Nicky Petkevich (3g,2a), and an even-strength marker from Petkevich to change the lead to Georgetown at 6-5. Devon Cowan (3g,1a) knotted it at 6-6 but Declan McDermott (3g) followed by TJ Haley (1g,5a) boosted Georgetown to an 8-6 edge. You had to know Marquette was fighting back and Griffin Fleming on the advantage and Fazio with just six ticks on the clock ended the 8-8 half.
At 14:17, Fleming hit Connor McClelland to put The Golden Eagles up by one at 9-8. Unfortunately for Marquette, the game didn’t end at that point. Carraway, Graham Bundy Jr. (3g,1a), Colin Munro (1g) and McDermott seized control for the Hoyas, 12-9.
Cowan hit his 8th to stop the outburst but, Dylan Hess, Carraway, Petkevich, another from Hess, and finally Bundy Jr. closed the third with a 17-10 Georgetown advantage. More of the same in the fourth with Bundy Jr., another man up from McDermott and the 12th goal of the last 13 in the second half from Hess made it an insurmountable lead, 20-10. To their credit, Marquette kept battling. They were rewarded with markers from Zach Granger (1g), Fazio, and Cowan getting his hat trick.
Georgetown FoGo, James Reilly set a school record and recorded 26 faceoff wins to go with his assist. Owen McElroy for Georgetown turned aside 10 shots as did counterpart, Gabe Stein. For the Golden Eagles, Griffin Fleming recorded his career-high of five points. Ryan Fazio also had his career with 4 goals. Total face-offs heavily favored the Hoyas, 30 of 36. Georgetown with a huge third quarter sparks a 20-13 victory.