March 5, 2013
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University's No. 11/8 women`s lacrosse program (4-0) earned a 15-8 victory against No. 18/rv Stanford (2-2) in Palo, Alto, Calif. It is the fourth straight win for the Hoyas, matching their best start since 2008 when GU started 5-0. Georgetown now owns a 4-0 all-time mark against the Cardinal. Sophomore Caroline Tarzian (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) scored five goals for the second game this season to lead Georgetown's offense.
Georgetown held its third straight opponent to 10 goals or less and scored over 11 goals for the fourth consecutive game. The Hoyas found themselves down 4-2 early before ripping off four unanswered goals and then never surrendered the lead. Georgetown put the game away in the middle of the second half when its offense exploded for five straight goals to build a 15-7 lead with just over 12 minutes remaining.
The Hoyas and the Cardinal traded goals in the first two minutes of the contest as Stanford opened the scoring but GU's Tarzian scored her first of five to tie the score. Stanford then regained its lead and built a 3-1 advantage with over 20 minutes left in the first half. GU senior Dina Jackson (Potomac, Md./Bullis) sliced the lead to one before Stanford rebuilt a two-goal edge two minutes later.
At the 15:49 mark in the first stanza Georgetown began a four goal run to take the lead for good. Tarzian started the barrage off an assist from senior Rosie Corcoran (Point Lookout, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) and then Corinne Etchison (Eldersberg, Md./McDonogh School) scored her first of three. Two more goals by Georgetown, the first from junior Meghan Farrell (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Visitation) off an assist from senior Kelsi Bozel (Hunt Valley, Md./Notre Dame Prep) and the second from junior Kelyn Freedman (Newtown Square, Pa./Radnor), gave the Blue and Gray a 6-4 lead.
Stanford closed the margin to one with Rachel Ozer scoring her second of four on the afternoon. Georgetown retook a two-goal lead when Tarzian netted a score with 34 seconds remaining in the half. Georgetown carried a 7-5 lead into the break.
Within the first two and half minutes of the second half Georgetown opened a four goal lead, 9-5, as Tarzian and Corcoran each added to the scoring total. The Cardinal continued to battle, cutting GU's lead to three with 26:11 to play.
Hoya senior Sophia Thomas (Lutherville, Md./Maryvale Prep) netted her second score of the season to give Georgetown a more comfortable lead at 10-6. The Cardinal made one last run at Georgetown as they cut the margin to 10-7 with just over 21 minutes to play.
It was the next nine minutes that closed the game out for Georgetown as GU ripped off five unanswered goals with two scores coming from Etchison, and one each off the sticks of Tarzian, Farrell and Jackson. With the Hoyas holding a 15-7 lead Stanford tallied one more score before the game concluded.
The stellar Hoya defense held the Cardinal to 20 shots, the second straight game GU has limited its opponent to 20 shots. GU took 28 shots on the day and won 15-of-25 draws. The Hoyas held a slight advantage in ground balls with 15 compared to Stanford's 14. Georgetown made good on 15-of-16 clear attempts.
Georgetown next faces #6/5 Duke at home on Saturday, March 9 at 2:30 p.m. at Multi-Sport Field.