Georgetown Uses Late Run to Sink Loyola in Big East Semifinals
from press release
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's lacrosse team (13-4; 6-2) hosted Loyola (Md.) (10-8) in the semifinals of the BIG EAST Championship and after seeing a halftime lead slip away GU scored five straight during a six minute stretch late in the second half and secured a 16-14 victory. It marked the second time Georgetown has defeated Loyola in the tournament and pushed Georgetown's all-time record in semifinal games to 5-2.
The second seeded Hoyas move on to the finals to play first seed Syracuse, a 19-6 victor against UConn earlier, on Saturday, May 4 at 1 p.m. on Multi-Sport Field.
"Loyola played extremely hard tonight and got us back on our heels in the second half," stated Head Coach Ricky Fried. "I was very happy with the way we responded to that pressure. Once we started winning possession again our confidence came back and we were able to get the win."
Sophomore Hoya defender Adrianne Devine (Loudonville, N.Y./Shaker) had a strong defensive game with three caused turnovers and three ground balls. Second Team All-BIG EAST Kelsi Bozel (Hunt Valley, Md./Notre Dame Prep) and Hannah Franklin (Phoenix, Md./McDonogh School) each had a team high three goals.
Georgetown held a slim shot advantage 29 to 27 while Loyola won 17-of 32 draws. Both teams were credited with five saves apiece and each team made goalie changes. GU's Barb Black (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) earned the win and had all five saves but freshman keeper Megan McDonald (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) saw 10 minutes in the second half. Loyola's starting goalie Molly Wolf gave up 13 goals and backup Natalia Angelo had three goals against her.
The first half saw the Hoyas build an early 4-1 advantage. Georgetown controlled the game's first five draws which led to multiple scores. First team All-BIG EAST Caroline Tarzian (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) opened the scoring less than two minutes in. Rosie Corcoran (Point Lookout, N.Y./Sacred Heat Academy) scored next off a free position attempt pass from Erin Lovett (Wantagh, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial). The Greyhounds did knock one in before GU netted two more.
Corcoran scored her second of the night after receiving a pass behind the cage and maneuvering to the front and shooting low for the Hoyas third tally. Bozel weaved through the UConn defense for a score with 21:56 remaining, giving GU a 4-1 lead.
The Huskies managed another score after earning their first win at the draw when Loyola's Annie Thomas caught goalie Black out of the cage. Three unanswered from Georgetown started with First Team All-BIG EAST Kelyn Freedman (Newtown Square, Pa./Radnor) battling through defenders for a score, which was followed by Franklin curling through the middle of the defense and receiving a Corcoran pass before ripping a shot into the right side of the net. Two big saves from Black allowed Second Team All-BIG EAST Sophia Thomas (Lutherville, Md./Maryvale Prep) to finish the Hoya scoring run with 15:25 left in the first half.
Two scores from UConn and a final goal from GU's Bozel ended the first half with Georgetown in the lead 8-4. The Hoyas had outshot Loyola 17-10 and won 8-of-13 draws in the first 30 minutes.
Coming out of the break Georgetown jumped on a Loyola turnover and Franklin hit an unassisted score, forcing Loyola to make a change at goalie 54 seconds into the second half. Down 9-4 the change at goalie ignited the Loyola team as the Greyhounds exploded for six unanswered goals. With 15:51 to play in the game the Hoyas found themselves down for the first time 10-9.
It went back and forth for the next six minutes. Bozel tied the game at 10 off a free position shot and after a Loyola goal Thomas bounced between defenders and tied the game again. Loyola took its last lead after Kara Burke corralled a pipe shot and quickly found the net for a 12-11 lead.
Five straight from the Hoya offense seized the momentum for the Blue and Gray. Lovett shot low off a free position attempt to knot the game at 12 with 9:41 remaining. After a Loyola turnover caused by First Team All-BIG EAST Ashley Hunter (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephen's & St. Agnes) a quick transition led to Corinne Etchison (Eldersberg, Md./McDonogh School) scoring. Franklin then buried her third of the evening. A draw control win by Reilly Woodman (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephen's & St. Agnes) turned into a spinning stick score from Freedman and Dina Jackson (Potomac, Md./Bullis) gave Georgetown a 16-12 lead with 3:26 to play.
Loyola made one final push and scored twice in less than a minute. Holding a slim two goal lead with two minutes to play Loyola won the draw but the ball was knocked loose and GU's Thomas grabbed the ground ball, which allowed the Hoyas to run out the remainder of the game.