Enormous First Half Sends Georgetown Past Hopkins
from press release
BALTIMORE, Md. - Georgetown University's No. 11/8 women's lacrosse team (5-1) built an 8-2 halftime advantage at No. 12/10 Johns Hopkins (4-2) on its way to a 15-8 victory. It marked the third road victory for the Hoyas. Junior Kelyn Freedman (Newtown Square, Pa./Radnor) set a new career high with five goals. "We did a great job of controlling the tempo tonight especially in the first half," stated Head Coach Ricky Fried. "In the second half Hopkins made a run but then our centers and players outside the circle starting controlling the draws again. It was a good win."
GU outshot its sixth straight opponent, 29 to 26. The Hoyas controlled 15-of-25 draws and were successful on 6-of-7 free position shots. Hopkins only had one free position shot. Junior keeper Barb Black (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) earned her fifth win in goal and had five saves, many coming at point blank range.
After Freedman won the opening draw, the Hoyas took a 1-0 lead with Hannah Franklin (Phoenix, Md./McDonogh School) hitting a free position shot. After another win on the ensuing draw the Hoyas jumped to a two goal lead when Franklin hit her second free position shot.
It looked like Georgetown was about to open a three goal margin when Meghan Farrell (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Visitation) caused a turnover and found Corinne Etchison (Eldersberg, Md./McDonogh School) streaking toward the goal with JHU's goalie out of the cage. Etchison's shot looked good but Jays' keeper Cosette Larash made an amazing diving save.
Riding the momentum from the tough stop JHU cut the lead to 2-1 with 23:47 remaining. The Hoyas then ripped off five unanswered starting with a Farrell to Erin Lovett (Wantagh, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) score. Freedman then scored three straight, and GU held a 6-1 advantage. Two of Freedman's scores were off assists from Etchison; the other was a free position shot. The fifth score came after Caroline Tarzian (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) forced a turnover from JHU's goalie which led to Dina Jackson's (Potomac, Md./Bullis) ninth score of the year.
GU and JHU traded goals over the final 10 minutes of the half. Rosie Corcoran (Point Lookout, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) placed a shot between the goalie's legs to put the Hoyas up 8-2 at the break. The six goal halftime lead was GU's largest of the year.
The second half started just like the first as the Hoyas won the draw, earned a free position shot and Freedman scored her fourth of the day into the top right corner. A strong run down the middle by Tarzian and a perfect pass from Jackson extended the Hoya lead to 10-2. Hopkins responded minutes later before Corcoran netted her second score after corralling a ball that ricocheted off the cage.
The Hoyas then built a nine goal margin, 12-3, their largest of the year, when Tarzian scored off a pass from Farrell. The Jays scored two straight before Tarzian scored her third of the evening. Hopkins again put in two unanswered to cut the Hoya lead to 13-7 with eight minutes to play. A yellow card on Hopkins gave the Hoyas a man advantage and GU responded with a free position goal from Freedman.
A great defensive play by Farrell, drawing a charge on the right sideline, with six minutes remaining allowed the Hoyas to record one more score and close out the game. Farrell was rewarded for her defensive hustle by scoring off a Freedman pass. Hopkins put one more goal in before the game finished.
The Hoyas next travel to No. 3/3 North Carolina on Saturday, March 16, for a 1 p.m. showdown
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