May 9, 2014

Freedman's Overtime Strike Springs Georgetown

by Maddie Salamone | LaxMagazine.com

In-Game Blog Replay

 

 (Kevin P. Tucker)

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Georgetown emerged victorious over Johns Hopkins in the first overtime win of the 2014 NCAA Tournament. The Hoyas were able to avenge the loss they suffered to Hopkins in a similar overtime game during the regular season.

It was an exciting game all around, with fast-paced offense and aggressive defense. Both teams showed an ability to feed tight passes to the inside and it made for some great goals off assists. All six of Hopkins' assists came from Taylor D'Amore, who surpassed the 300-point mark in the final game of her career.

Heading into halftime, Georgetown led 6-4, but Hopkins was able to make up the deficit and tie the game at 8-8, which sent the game into overtime. Kelyn Freedman's unassisted goal, in the first half of overtime, turned out to be the game-winner for the Hoyas in an evenly matched game.

Turnovers by both teams made the game feel more like a track meet, at times, and both coaches expressed some disappointment in their teams' performances. Hopkins struggled to clear the ball against an effective Georgetown ride and the Hoyas had a costly number of turnovers on their offensive end.

Hopkins Head Coach, Janine Tucker, cited these mistakes as the reason for the loss, acknowledging, "Georgetown was a little bit better than us today. I thought we were a little bit sloppy."

Heartbroken by the loss after such a great season, Tucker expressed, "Our girls fought to the bitter end and I was very proud of their effort, but I think we needed to clean a few things up to be able to get that win. So, I'm really disappointed, but I'm certainly proud of the effort."

Both coaches credited the other team's battle, but it was Georgetown who was able to clinch the win.

Heading into Sunday's game against UNC, Head Coach, Ricky Fried, would like to see Georgetown's shooting percentage improve. The Hoyas outshot Hopkins 21-16, with Caroline Frederico recording an impressive nine saves in goal.

"We need to finish those shots if we're going to beat a team the caliber of Carolina," said Fried, "We did a great job between the thirties in clearing and riding. But the big thing is that when we have possession we have to take advantage of those things."

Georgetown will face UNC in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday at 1 P.M. in Chapel Hill, NC.


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