No. 15/14 Hoyas Down No. 17/16 Towson in Home Opener
Feb. 23, 2013
WASHINGTON - The No. 15/14 Georgetown University women's lacrosse squad defeated the No. 17/16 Towson University Tigers (0-2), 13-10, Saturday afternoon at Multi-Sport Field. Sophomore attacker Caroline Tarzian (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) led the way with five goals as the Hoyas improved to 2-0 on the season with the team's first win over a ranked opponent this year.
"Today was a momentum builder for us," said Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried. "This wasn't a make or break game with the second game of the season, but I think beating a quality opponent on our field and the way we beat them says a lot about where we are right now as a team. If we can continue to build, it will bode well for us in the future."
Towson scored first, but the Hoyas answered with a pair of scores from Tarzian and junior midfielder Kelyn Freedman (Newtown Square, Pa./Radnor).
The Tigers answered just four minutes into the game as the scoring was fast and furious, but the Hoya offense was just as powerful. Tarzian took over in a minute span with a goal at 25:15 and assisting on a score by senior attacker Dina Jackson (Potomac, Md./Bullis School) to make it 4-2.
A Freedman goal was sandwiched between a pair of Tiger scores as Towson pulled within one, 5-4 at the 19:10 mark.
The Georgetown offense closed out the half on a high note holding with a 4-0 run including two goals from Tarzian and scores from freshman attacker Corinne Etchison (Eldersburg, Md./McDonogh School) as well as junior midfielder Hannah Franklin (Phoenix, Md./McDonogh School).
The defense came up big holding Towson scoreless for the final 19 minutes of the half. Georgetown went into the break leading, 9-4.
The big plays continued in the second as senior attacker Rosie Corcoran (Point Lookout, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) scored five minutes in with the assist by Tarzian.
The Towson scoring drought ended at 14:55 on a goal by Paige Duncan, but the GU defense had done its job holding the Tigers scoreless for more than 24 minutes.
The Towson goal sparked a 3-0 run to make it 10-7, but Freedman hit a goal on the assist by Franklin with 12 minutes remaining to get the offense going.
The Tiger offense tried to make up for the drought with one more, but Franklin took it herself faking out a defender to make the score 12-8 with 9:13 remaining.
As the final minutes of the game wound down, possession became key and despite late scores by Towson the Hoyas managed to hold the ball making the final 13-10.
Tarzian led all scorers with seven points on five goals and two assists. Franklin and Freedman both tallied a pair of goals, while Corcoran added one goal and two assists on the afternoon for three points. Senior midfielder Sophia Thomas (Lutherville, Md./Maryvale Prep) had a solid performance on the field with four draw controls, two caused turnovers and two ground balls.
Senior goalkeeper Barb Black (Ruxton, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) took the win in the cage with two saves to her credit.
The Hoyas will welcome the Princeton University Tigers to Multi-Sport Field on Friday, March 1 for a 4 p.m. matchup. Live stats and a webcast featuring Chuck Timanus will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.