[BIG EAST TOURNAMENT] A golden goal from senior Ryan Finley -- his 20th goal of the season -- in the 109th minute gave No. 5 Notre Dame a 3-2 win over No. 6 Georgetown in the Big East final Sunday afternoon at PPL Park. The Irish overcome a one-goal deficit twice to clinch their third conference championship. Nick Besler had tied the contest with 32 seconds left in regulation when he scored his first career goal.
“This was a great final,” said Notre Dame head coach Bobby Clark. “It was two very good teams and that made it very exciting. It showed a lot of character for us to come back from a goal down twice. I’m very proud of the team today.
“To have a good game you need two good teams and Georgetown is a very good team. I thought we opened the game well, but then I thought they took over after the TV break in the first half. We lost our rhythm. We got back into it in the second half. I thought we finished strong in overtime and we looked like the team that was most likely to win the game.”
Georgetown struck first in the 39th minute when Andy Riemerscored off a deflection in the penalty box for its first goal against Notre Dame in the last four meetings between the two schools.
Finley produced the equalizer in the 51st minute from 16 yards out, but Georgetown went ahead again in the 82nd minute on Riemer’s second goal of the day.