February 11, 2011

NCAA Preview: No. 6 Georgetown

by Clare Lochary | Special to Lacrosse Magazine Online

The February issue of Lacrosse Magazine features an extensive NCAA lacrosse preview, from Division I through Division III, plus in-depth features on the top-ranked Syracuse men and the snake-bitten Cal women. Lacrosse Magazine Online (laxmagazine.com) examines the key players, strengths, weaknesses, best- and worst-case scenarios, sleepers, what's new, what's not and rival coaches' takes on each of the top 10-ranked teams in Division I men's and women's lacrosse.

MEN: 10 COR | 9 HOF | 8 DUKE | 7 UND | 6 PTON | 5 MD | 4 SB | 3 UNC | 2 UVA | 1 CUSE
WOMEN: 10 UND | 9 JMU | 8 PENN | 7 UVA | 6 GTOWN | 5 CUSE | 4 DUKE | 3 UNC | 2 NW | 1 MD

NO. 7 GEORGETOWN

Jordy Kirr makes Georgetown's offense go, as her 30 goals and 17 assists a year ago attest.

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Head Coach: Ricky Fried
Conference: Big East
2010 Records: 13-6, 8-0
2011 Opener: Saturday, March 5 vs. Northwestern | Schedule

KEY PLAYERS

A Jordy Kirr (Sr.)
The tiny All-American (5'0") packs a big punch for the Hoyas' attack as the top returning scorer (30g, 17a). "She's going to be our leader on the offensive end," said Fried.

D Logan McCraw (Sr.)
McCraw is a veteran defender who led her team with 40 ground balls and 32 caused turnovers last season.

M Kelly Barnes (Jr.)
Barnes got plenty of minutes as an underclassman and earned a rep as a defensively-minded player who anchors Georgetown's powerful presence between the lines.

STRENGTHS

• Excellent midfield with good depth
• Great freshman class, including top recruit Kelyn Freedman, has huge upside

WEAKNESSES

 • Three-year starter in goal graduated
• Lack of diversity on attack

BEST CASE

At least one attacker – a rookie or an upperclassman like junior Kathleen Dwyer – blossoms as a first-rate feeder who can get the ball to Kirr, Jackson, and Jacqueline Giles, and home-field advantage in the conference tourney helps them to a good seed in the postseason.

WORST CASE

The Hoyas' strong midfield can't counterbalance a thin attack and a new goalie's growing pains, and they get eaten alive by their ultra-competitive schedule.

SLEEPER

A Dina Jackson (So.)
Jackson is a tough 1v1 attacker, who will hopefully make up for the loss of Molly Ford and Ashby Kaestner to graduation.

RIVAL COACH'S TAKES

"I think the goalie transition will be hard for them but they won't have any problems scoring goals."

"Unfulfilled potential. Very methodical on offense. Always have good players."

"A great presence on the field, they work well as a unit and return many of their starters from last season. They seem to have more grit than in the past."

WHAT'S NEW?

The Hoyas will host the Big East tournament for the first time, beginning May 5.

WHAT'S NOT?

The field defense has a familiar look, with McCraw and juniors Ashley Hunter and Carly Napora, who both cracked the starting line-up last season.

64:41

Total minutes played last season by senior goalie Lauren Thomas, the presumptive starter who played in just five games and will have to stave off a challenge from freshman Barb Black.


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