Surging Georgetown Gives Loyola First Loss
from press release
Midfielder Sophia Thomas was one of five Georgetown players with two goals Tuesday, as the No. 16 Hoyas defeated No. 6 Loyola 15-13.
BALTIMORE - The No. 16 Georgetown University
women's lacrosse squad clinched a berth in the BIG EAST Tournament
and remained perfect in conference play with a 15-13 victory over
the No. 6 Loyola University (Md.) Greyhounds Tuesday evening at the
Ridley Athletic Complex. The Hoyas handed the Greyhounds their
first loss of the season as the squad dropped to 12-1 and 4-1 in
conference play, while Georgetown improved to 8-5 overall with a
mark of 6-0 in the BIG EAST.
"Today was a team win against a very talented Loyola squad," said Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried. "This was a crucial BIG EAST game against a good team and we were fortunate to get the victory. I was proud of the way we played today."
Possession worked in Georgetown's favor as the Blue & Gray was on offense for much of the game. Draw controls made the difference as GU held a 16-14 advantage and also forced 14 turnovers in the ride.
"Possession was important today, and so was our scrappiness," said Fried. "We were very scrappy which gave us a number of second chances and the ability to hold onto possession."
Loyola jumped out with a 3-1 run to open the second half taking the 11-10 lead at 24:16. Georgetown senior Jordy Kirr (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr School) connected with sophomore Kelsi Bozel (Hunt Valley, Md./Notre Dame Prep) for GU's first assist of the game.
The Hoyas put together a three-goal run spanning almost 13 minutes to go ahead by two goals, 13-11. Freshman Hannah Franklin (Phoenix, Md./McDonogh School) started it off with a free position goal, while Bozel and senior Jacqueline Giles (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) added two more.
In the final 11 minutes, both squads notched a pair of scores and the Hoyas were able to hang on for the 15-13 victory.
Loyola scored to open the game, but senior defender Logan McCraw (Malvern, Pa./Conestoga) countered less than two minutes later. The Greyhounds took a two-goal lead, and the Hoyas answered with a 4-0 run including scores by freshman Kelyn Freedman (Newtown Square, Pa./Radnor) as well as seniors Kathleen Dwyer (Winnetka, Ill./Loyola), Mary Beth Brophy (Berwyn, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) and Kirr.
For the final ten minutes of the first half, the squads traded goals as neither could mount a significant lead. Sophomore attacker Dina Jackson (Potomac, Md./Bullis) hit a free position at 8:14 and classmate Sophia Thomas (Lutherville, Md./Maryvale Prep) added a pair of goals in the closing minutes. Freedman also had her second of the contest as the Hoyas went into the locker room ahead, 9-8.
Georgetown had 10 different players score a goal with five Hoyas tallying two scores. The Blue & Gray held a 32-22 advantage in shots and was 3-of-7 on draw controls.
The victory marked the first win over a top-ten opponent since last year when Georgetown downed No. 9 Syracuse at the Carrier Dome, 10-9 to clinch the BIG EAST Regular Season Title.
The Hoyas will continue on the road with a trip to the University of Notre Dame on Saturday.
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