March 9, 2013
WASHINGTON - With just seconds left to play, the No. 11/8 Georgetown University women's lacrosse team (4-1) had an opportunity to tie the game against No. 6/5 Duke University (6-1) on Saturday at Multi-Sport Field. The last shot was saved as the Hoyas fell, 11-10, for the team's first loss of the season after a late comeback.
"Duke played a strong game and we hurt ourselves by making mistakes," said Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried. "When you do that against a quality opponent, it's tough to recover."
Georgetown trailed by three with 3:20 remaining after a Duke score. On the ensuing draw control, the Hoyas managed to come down and set up a play for junior midfielder Kelyn Freedman (Newtown Square, Pa./Radnor) to pull within two, 11-9.
The Hoyas once again gained possession, but a turnover looked like it was all over. Junior midfielder Hannah Franklin (Phoenix, Md./McDonogh School) turned it around forcing the turnover on the other end and after a timeout, a play for sophomore attacker Caroline Tarzian (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) was the right call as she hit the free position goal with 57 seconds remaining.
Duke got the last draw control, but the Georgetown defense forced a late turnover for one last chance. A foul with five seconds left gave the Hoyas the free position attempt, which was saved making the final 11-10 as GU's comeback wasn't quite enough.
To beging the game, Duke scored less than two minutes in, but the Blue & Gray managed to trade goals early on. At 26:38, senior midfielder Sophia Thomas (Lutherville, Md./Maryvale Prep) attacked the goal as Tarzian found her to tie it.
After almost a ten-minute lull, the teams hit back-to-back scores once again with a Blue Devil goal at 17:52 and an answer from Tarzian a minute later.
At 16:06, Duke heated up to stage a 4-1 run spanning five minute to take a three-goal lead. Freshman attacker Corinne Etchison (Eldersburg, Md./McDonogh School) was the lone Hoya scorer during the stretch.
After both teams going scoreless for eight minutes, GU closed out the half with a pair of goals and Duke managed just one. Senior midfielder Kelsi Bozel (Hunt Valley, Md./Notre Dame Prep) hit an unassisted tally at 3:42, and after Duke scored on a long stall, senior attacker Dina Jackson (Potomac, Md./Bullis) found the back of the cage with no time on the clock to make it 7-5 in favor of the Blue Devils at the break.
The second half started much like the first as the teams traded goals in the opening minutes. Graduate student Erin Lovett (Wantagh, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) scored at 26:05, but Duke continued to have an answer with back-to-back tallies.
Georgetown wasn't backing down as senior attacker Rosie Corcoran (Point Lookout, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) found the back of the cage and Freedman slid it in while falling down to pull GU within two, 10-8.
Both defenses then buckled down as the minutes ticked away. Still nursing a two-goal advantage, Duke began to stall with five minutes remaining and a goal at 3:22 made it tough for the Hoyas to get back in it. The goal ended a 20-minute scoring drought for the Blue Devils.
Georgetown got the ensuing draw control and went to goal as Freedman scored her second of the afternoon to pull the Hoyas within two with 2:19 remaining. It ended a 15-minute drought for Georgetown.
The game played out as the Hoyas battled to tie it, but came up short falling 11-10 at the final horn.
Tarzian led the way for Georgetown with two goals and three assists, while Freedman added a pair of goals. Nine different Hoyas scored a point for the Blue & Gray.
Thomas had four draw controls for the afternoon and Jackson added three.
On defense, Georgetown had eight caused turnovers and junior goalkeeper Barb Black (Ruxton, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) managed three saves.
The Hoyas will be back in action on Wednesday as the team travels to Baltimore, Md., to take on the Johns Hopkins University Blue Jays. The game is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m., and will be broadcast live on ESPNU.