No. 8 Hoyas Hold Off No. 20 Louisville
from press release
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University's No. 8/8 women's lacrosse team (7-2; 2-0) earned its second consecutive BIG EAST victory by defeating No. 20/20 Louisville (7-3; 0-2) 14-11 at Multi-Sport Field. With the game tied at nine after the first half the Hoyas used a 5-2 scoring advantage in the second half to secure the victory. Sophomore Caroline Tarzian (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) had her third five goal game of the season along with one assist to lead the Blue and Gray. Louisville's Kaylin Morissette also scored five goals on the day.
In a very physical game Georgetown battled through 33 fouls and seven yellow cards by Louisville. The Hoyas were called for 19 fouls and one yellow card. On the day the Cardinals were able to win 14-of-27 draws but GU won the ground ball battle 16-13. Adrianne Devine (Loudonville, N.Y./Shaker) led GU in ground balls with three. The Hoyas were able to force Louisville into 19 turnovers and a 10-of-22 success rate on clears.
"These past two games have been good tests for us with the Friday-Sunday turnaround," stated Head Coach Ricky Fried. "We stepped up against a good team in the second half and made stops when we needed them."
The Hoyas never trailed in the game but the first half was played evenly as both teams entered halftime knotted at nine. Georgetown jumped out to a 3-0 lead four minutes into the contest. Senior Dina Jackson (Potomac, Md./Bullis) began the scoring with a Tarzian assist. Two straight unassisted scores gave the Hoyas a three goal lead, Sophia Thomas (Lutherville, Md./Maryvale Prep) netted one and Jackson buried her second. Cincinnati responded with two unanswered before Tarzian scored her first of five.
Holding a 4-3 lead with just over 15 minutes to play Kelyn Freedman (Newtown Square, Pa./Radnor) scored off a free position shot and then assisted Rosie Corcoran (Point Lookout, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) to build a 6-3 Hoya lead. Louisville then began to control the draw and ran off three straight goals to tie the contest. Georgetown matched the Cardinals three goal run with one of their own to open a 9-6 lead. Corinne Etchison (Eldersberg, Md./McDonogh School) hit two of the scores and a Tarzian goal was sandwiched in between.
Down three with 10 minutes remaining in the half Louisville once again scored three unanswered including the tying score with three seconds left on the clock.
For the second time in the game the Hoyas regrouped after giving up three straight goals by netting three consecutive themselves to start the second half. Corcoran fed Tarzian just 50 seconds into the stanza to regain the lead. Freedman then streaked up the middle and jumped high into the air in front of the crease and buried her second goal. Tarzian scored again and GU held a 12-9 lead with 22:29 to play.
The Cardinals were not done, pulling within one goal, 12-11, at the 12 minute mark. The Cardinals then forced a failed clear and UL's Morissette had a one-on-one with GU keeper Barb Black (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls). It was Black who won the encounter making a spectacular save which allowed GU to score the next two. Etchison opened a two goal lead before Tarzian netted her final goal of the day.
Louisville made one more run at the Hoya defense but Black had another fantastic stop with just over five minutes remaining. GU ran out the final minutes with crisp passing and movement in the offensive end of the field.
Georgetown does not play again until Saturday, April 6, when it faces another conference foe in Loyola (Md.). The game will be played in Baltimore, Md. and start time is scheduled for noon.
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