HAVERHILL — The only team in the Division 3 North bracket without a winning record, No. 10-seeded Georgetown proved the legitimacy of its tournament berth with a convincing 9-2 win over Whittier Tech yesterday.
“We talk all season about having vision about where we’re going and so we played a difficult schedule,” Georgetown head coach Andrew Boepple said. “It wasn’t the overall record that we wanted, but we knew that it was going to help us in the end. We talk about the postseason as it being a whole new season, so to us right now we’re 1-0 and we are looking at every other team as the same.”
After a sluggish and frustrating first quarter in which several shots were fired to no avail, Georgetown (8-11) trailed Whittier Tech (14-7) by a score of 1-0 after Tyler Tannian scored on his team’s first shot of its first offensive possession.
“I think it was a slow start for us, but we picked it up as the game went on,” Boepple said. “There’s definitely some things we need to clean up in terms of staying out of the box and cleaning up our substitutions, but in terms of the effort, I think it was there and it showed.”
From then on, an array of opportunities began to pay dividends as Mike Gochakowski’s two quick second-quarter goals began a stretch of six consecutive for the Royals. Captain Alex Brannon gave Georgetown a 3-1 lead before Nick Depasquale found the net twice. Gochakowski would then score his third of the quarter as time expired in the first half to give his team a 6-1 intermission lead.
“I think their goalie played well, but we had plenty of shots on goal,” Depasquale said. “I think we had the game the whole time. We were controlling it; we were possessing the ball the whole game.”