Marquette failed to record a goal for the first 20 minutes and almost all of the final nine minutes as they lost to Georgetown, 12-8, in Thursday afternoon's Big East tournament semifinal game. The #2 seeded Hoyas advance to Saturday's championship game against top seeded Denver, while #3 seed MU's season is likely over.
That 20 minute stretch to open the game sounds awfully bad, but in fairness to head coach Joe Amplo and his team, Marquette only trailed 4-0 when Conor Gately finally put a ball past GU's Nick Marrocco. They couldn't get it closer than three by halftime, though, as Blaine Fleming returned to the lineup and popped two goals on either side of a pair from Georgetown's Joe Bucci. Still, being down 6-3 at the half after trailing 4-0 is a halfway decent recovery.
The third quarter belonged to the boys in blue and gold, for the most part. Yes, Georgetown opened and closed the scoring for the period with goals from Stephen Quinzi and Craig Berge, but in the middle of that, Marquette scored three straight to make it 7-6 for a little while, including the first career goal from defenseman Dan Mojica. He ended up in the offensive end as Marquette made a transition and after he couldn't find an open teammate to make a safe pass to, he danced his long stick in on Marrocco and buried a shot to make it 7-5.
Ryan McNamara's 23rd goal of the season started the scoring in the fourth quarter and made it a 8-7 game favoring the Hoyas with 9:21 to play. All Marquette had to do was match Georgetown's scoring for the remainder of regulation and find a way to get just one extra goal to tie things up, or two if they wanted to avoid overtime. That didn't happen, though, as Bo Stafford scored 70 seconds later and then again less than two minutes after that to make it a 10-7 game with six and a half to play. That's a problem, and that problem got even worse as Georgetown tacked on two more to take a five goal lead with a bit more than two minutes remaining. Andy DeMichiei got a man-up goal with 16 seconds left for Marquette, but that was essentially an afterthought.
The loss drops Marquette to 10-6 on the season, and likely staring at the end of the season. It's impossible to know how the NCAA selection committee will react, of course. With a 3-6 record in their last nine games, including a bad loss to Bellarmine and ugly losses to obvious tournament teams like Notre Dame, Duke, and Denver in that stretch, it's hard to see how the NCAA sees fit to make the Golden Eagles one of the eight at large teams. The NCAA selection show will be aired on ESPNU at 8pm Central time.
We'll send you out on the Big East Digital Network's highlight package for the game: