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Rist, Rosenberry the Heroes As Georgetown Defeats Syracuse

A match between No. 11 Georgetown and No. 4 Syracuse, played on Shaw Field Sunday afternoon, entered sudden death overtime and ended when senior midfielder Jared Rist scored on a corner kick by senior midfielder and co-captain Tyler Rudy.

Rist used his head to put the ball past the near post on the team’s ninth corner kick of the day in the 94th minute of the Georgetown’s Sweet Sixteen match against the Syracuse (16-4-1). That score won the game for Georgetown (14-4-4), who advances to the next round of the NCAA tournament.

The game between the Hoyas and the Orangemen was as close as any played on Shaw Field this season. Both offenses created chances in an open, back-and-forth contest, both backlines performed superb emergency defending and both teams could have walked away with the win. A pair of heroic goals, an 80th minute equalizer by junior defender and co-captain Keegan Rosenberry and the sudden death winner by Rist, were just enough to give Georgetown the victory.

After a scoreless but eventful first half, Syracuse took the lead in the 55th minute when a quick short corner caught the Georgetown defense unorganized. Sophomore forward Alex Halis worked his way past several defenders before shooting to the far post and into the side netting.

Initially, the response by the Hoyas was poor. The team struggled to maintain possession in its own half, let alone to generate chances to tie the game. When sophomore forward Alex Muyl, junior forward Brandon Allen and senior midfielder Austin Martz re-entered the match with about 15 minutes remaining, however, the run of play began to shift.

Rudy sent the Hoyas’ eighth corner kick of the match long, over the 6-yard box and to the head of Rosenberry, who buried the opportunity and tied the match at 1-1. The final 10 minutes of regulation then passed with only half chances for either side.

When overtime started, it seemed as though Syracuse would be the team to end the game with a walk-off goal. A poor clearance by Hoya keeper and senior co-captain Tomas Gomez nearly saw the Orangemen do just that. But a corner kick by Rudy and a timely play at the near post by Rist in the 94th minute was all it took for Georgetown to advance.

The Hoyas will play their next game against No. 22 Virginia (10-6-2) next Saturday. Virgina upset top-seeded Notre Dame Sunday evening 1-0. The match will be played at Shaw Field.

Check in at thehoya.com for a recap of Sunday’s victory and a preview of Georgetown’s next match.

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The DOs and DON’Ts of Bracketology

Selection Sunday has passed, but the play-in games for the NCAA Tournament don’t begin until Tuesday.  That means that today, sports fans across the country become “bracketologists,” in their efforts to fill out the perfect NCAA Tournament bracket.  While we can’t guarantee perfect results, Paranoia is here to try and help you win that bracket pool you’re in, with some Do’s and Don’ts of filling out your bracket.

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Will the Selection Committee Show Georgetown the Love?

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For the past two years the talk this time of year on the Hilltop centered on what seed the Hoyas would get in the NCAA tournament, and whether it was possible to get a No. 1 seed. This year the conversation has shifted to whether the Hoyas can get in, and it’s looking like the Georgetown’s numbers may leave Michael Slive and the selection committee as bewildered as their up and down play has. Now Bleacher Report is getting in on the debate.

If the 15-12 Hoyas win their last two regular season Big East games against St. John’s and Depaul—and there’s no reason they shouldn’t—they will finish with an 8-10 league record.

The unwritten rule used by the seeding committee is pretty clear: “Every team must go .500 or better in conference play or they’re not going dancing.”

However, Georgetown isn’t just “every” team.

ESPN has jumped back on the bandwagon (relatively) too, putting the Hoyas as the top “bubble” team in the Big East. Don’t get your hopes up too fast though. Joe Lunardi doesn’t have The Hoyas anywhere to be found on the bracket and the rest of The Worldwide Leader still thinks the Hoyas need two wins in the Big East tournament next week on top of two wins this week to get in the dance.

And for extra credit here’s College Hoopsnet’s Bubble Board

Obviously the numbers will mean nothing with a loss to St. John’s tonight or Saturday to DePaul, but it is still interesting to think that, with all the frustration this season, the numbers still have Georgetown in the mix.

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