Feb. 29, 2012
WASHINGTON - The No. 18/17 Georgetown University women's lacrosse squad (1-0) won its season opener, 16-7, over the University of Delaware Blue Hens (2-2) on a rainy Wednesday afternoon at Multi-Sport Field. Led by four goals from junior Dina Jackson (Potomac, Md./Bullis) and three from classmate Sophia Thomas (Lutherville, Md./Maryvale Prep), the Hoyas came back from an early deficit to get the victory.
"Obviously we feel good coming away with a victory, I'm impressed with how hard Delaware played for the entire game," said Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried. "Clearly there are some things we need to work on, but overall I'm very pleased for our first time out playing a game."
Delaware was already three games into the season and it showed in the opening minutes as the Blue Hens took a 2-0 lead. Georgetown quickly found its footing with a 7-0 run to gain a 7-2 advantage.
Freshman attacker Caroline Tarzian (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) started it out and graduate student Kristen Coleman (Potomac, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) added the tying score as two newcomers notched the first two goals of the season. Jackson tallied two of the next three as a shot by sophomore Kelyn Freedman (Newtown Square, Pa./Radnor) was sandwiched in between. Junior Kelsi Bozel (Hunt Valley, Md./Notre Dame Prep) rounded out the run as GU looked solid in the first.
Jackson had the first-half hat trick with a man-up goal with just nine seconds remaining in the half to make it 7-2 at the break.
Delaware started the second much like the first tallying two quick scores. The Blue & Gray answered with a 3-0 run including goals from Thomas, sophomore Jody Cumberpatch (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) and senior captain Erin Lovett (Wantagh, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial). This gave the Hoyas their largest lead of the game to that point at 10-4.
The Blue Hens weren't going down quietly, however, notching three consecutive goals to pull within three with 9:57 remaining in the contest.
The Hoya defense regrouped and managed to hold Delaware scoreless for the rest of the game and the offense found its shot closing out the contest with a 6-0 run.
Tarzian, Jackson and Bozel all notched goals, while Thomas added two more for the hat trick on the afternoon. Junior Evan O'Neill (Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J./Northern Highlands Regional) scored a man-up goal with 38 seconds remaining in the game making the final 16-7.
The Hoyas outshot the Blue Hens, 53-20, and had 27 ground balls to the Blue Hens' 18. GU held a 15-10 advantage in draw controls and forced 25 Delaware turnovers with 18 caused.
Sophomore Barb Black (Ruxton, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) was solid in the cage with nine saves in 60 minutes of play.
Georgetown will open BIG EAST Conference play on Saturday as the Hoyas travel to Villanova University for a noon matchup. Live stats will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.