March 3, 2012
WASHINGTON - The No. 18/17 Georgetown University women's lacrosse squad won its BIG EAST Conference opener on Saturday defeating the Villanova University Wildcats (1-3, 0-1 BIG EAST), 18-6, at Villanova Stadium. The Hoyas used a 9-0 run to close out the first half to secure the victory and improve to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in conference play.
"We're very pleased with today's result, we played well, had balanced scoring and got a lot of people in the game," said Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried. "It's a good to start out conference with a win, it sets the tone."
Georgetown scored the first three goals of the game to take a 3-0 lead six minutes in. The Blue & Gray let their guard down for just a moment, and it allowed the Wildcats an opportunity to get back in the game. Villanova rattled off three-straight goals to tie it at 15:28.
The Hoyas stopped the VU run with a goal from junior attacker Dina Jackson (Potomac, Md./Bullis), one of four for her in the game, and started a run of their own.
Sophomore midfielder Hannah Franklin (Phoenix, Md./McDonogh School) added back to back scores and classmate Kelyn Freedman (Newtown Square, Pa./Radnor) made it 7-3 on an assist from Franklin. Freshman attacker Caroline Tarzian (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) continued her impressive rookie season with a goal at 3:19 before graduate student Kristen Coleman (Potomac, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) tallied the true hat trick with three-consecutive goals to make the score 11-3.
Jackson closed out the scoring in the first as the teams went into the break with the Hoyas leading, 12-3.
The Blue & Gray continued the 12-0 run that spanned two halves with three more goals to open the second. Freedman scored her third of the game before Jackson tallied back-to-back goals making the score 15-3.
Nova stopped the bleeding with a score at 20:49, but the Hoyas weren't done tallying three more over a nine-minute span. Junior midfielder Kelsi Bozel (Hunt Valley, Md./Notre Dame Prep) hit a free position and sophomore midfielder Courtney Caputo (Philadelphia, Pa./Springside School) notched her first-career goal at 12:50. Junior midfielder Sophia Thomas (Lutherville, Md./Maryvale Prep) rounded out the Hoya scoring with Georgetown's final goal of the game at 9:31 on an assist from sophomore midfielder Maggie Brown (Woodside, Calif./Menlo School).
The Wildcats tallied two late scores to make the final 18-6.
Jackson led the way with four goals, while Freedman and Coleman added three apiece.
Defensively, senior Kelly Barnes (St. Davids, Pa./Radnor) had a good day with three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Sophomore goalkeeper Barb Black (Ruxton, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) got the win in the cage with one save to her credit.
The Hoyas outshot the Wildcats, 34-15, and had 13 ground balls to Nova's six. The defense also forced 23 Villanova turnovers.
Georgetown will be back in action on Wednesday as the squad begins a tough stretch with six ranked opponents in the next six games. The stretch starts with the No. 4/5 University of Florida Gators at Multi-Sport Field. The opening draw is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Live stats and a webcast featuring Chuck Timanus will be available at www.GUHoyas.com. The game will also be broadcast tape delayed locally on Verizon FiOS.