March 5, 2014
WASHINGTON - The No. 14/16 Georgetown University women's lacrosse team (3-1) upset the No. 6/6 Duke University Blue Devils (3-3), 11-10, Wednesday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium. Junior attacker Caroline Tarzian (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) scored the game winner with five seconds remaining to improve the Blue & Gray to 3-1 on the season.
"The biggest thing for us is that they dominated draw controls and we were able to find other ways to win instead of simply outscoring people which we've done in previous games," said Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried. "A game like this helps us get better and, with our schedule, it helps us stay focused which will make a difference down the road."
Georgetown had four different players hit two goals apiece for balanced scoring. The Hoyas were outshot and had fewer draw controls, however the defense forced 11 Blue Devil turnovers which made the difference.
Senior goalkeeper Barb Black (Ruxton, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) had two saves in the cage.
The Blue Devils got on the board less than a minute into the contest, but Georgetown tied it up at 26:24 as senior midfielder Hannah Franklin (Phoenix, Md./McDonogh School) hit a free position shot.
Duke hit back-to-back scores to take a lead, but once again the Blue & Gray had an answer.
The Hoyas staged a 5-1 run spanning 11 minutes starting with a tally from sophomore midfielder Natalie Miller (Wayne, Pa./Radnor). She was followed by a goal from Tarzian as well as one by senior midfielder Courtney Caputo (Philadelphia, Pa./Springside School). After Duke score, Miller assisted on a goal from senior midfielder Kelyn Freedman (Newtown Square, Pa./Radnor) and Franklin rounded it out with a free position make the score 6-4.
The Georgetown defense was key double teaming Duke's top scorers.
"In the first 10 minutes, we were a little frantic, but they regrouped and played together as a unit and make Duke work for their shots," said Fried.
The squads traded goals in the closing minutes of the half as senior attacker Meghan Farrell (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Visitation) scored at 2:35 to make it 7-5 at the break.
Duke opened the second half just like the first, but Freedman's free position from the middle and a Farrell tally right off the ensuing draw control made it 9-6.
The Blue Devils didn't back down and came right back with a 4-0 run of their own spanning just two and a half minutes to cut the lead to one, 10-9, with 17:11 left to play.
The game belonged to Georgetown as sophomore attacker Corinne Etchison (Eldersburg, Md./McDonogh School) found the equalizer at 6:14 on an unassisted goal.
This set up the final exciting minutes as the defense stood strong and the Blue & Gray had possession as the seconds ticked down.
With 10 seconds left, Tarzian was fouled setting up a free position on the right side. She went to the middle and shot right over the keeper to find the back of the net and get the game winner, 11-10.
The win marked the end of a three-game road trip for the Hoyas against all ranked opponents where GU went 2-1. It was just the second time the Hoyas have defeated the Blue Devils under Fried and the first time on the road. Georgetown will be back in action on Sunday as the squad hosts Stanford University at 1 p.m., at Multi-Sport Field. Live stats and a webcast will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.
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