May 16, 1999
TOWSON, Md. – The fifth-seeded Georgetown Hoyas used three unanswered goals in the third period, breaking a 7-7 halftime tie, to beat #14 Notre Dame in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships Sunday in Towson, Md. With the loss, the Irish ended their season with a 8-6 record, while the Hoyas improved to 12-2.
Notre Dame opened the game by scoring first when senior Chris Dusseau took a pass from Todd Ulrich on the left side. The Hoyas answered back a few minutes later after Andy Flick scored an unassisted goal from the right side. Dusseau then notched his second goal of the game to give the Irish a 2-1 lead. Georgetown retook the lead with three goals in a row, before Notre Dame’s Steve Bishko scored an unassisted goal just before the end of the quarter to pull the Irish within one at 4-3.
After Notre Dame’s Brad Owen knotted the game at 4-4 with an unassisted goal at the 14:40 mark in the second quarter, the two teams continued to stay close with ties at 5-5, 6-6 and 7-7 heading into halftime. The third quarter was all Georgetown, however, as the Hoyas tallied three unanswered goals to give them a 10-7 edge going into the fourth quarter.
The Irish finally got on the board for the first time in the second half when Brad Owen scored his third goal of the game with 10:45 left in the fourth quarter. The three-goal lead after the third, however, proved to be insurmountable as the Hoyas edged the Irish in fourth quarter scoring (4-3) to take home a 14-10 victory.
The 14 goals were the most the Irish had given up all season and the first time in the past five games that an opponent had reached double-digits. The 14-10 loss also marked the second time this season that the Irish had suffered a four-goal defeat to the Hoyas. In the two teams’ first meeting back on April 10 at Notre Dame, Georgetown once again outscored the Irish in the second half (8-4) to take home a 12-8 win, after the two teams were tied 4-4 at halftime.
The season-ending loss dropped Notre Dame to 1-8 all-time in NCAA tournament play and marked the last game for 10 Irish seniors including Dusseau, who finished as the second-leading goal scorer in Notre Dame history with 115.