March 10, 2012
WASHINGTON - For the second game in a row, the No. 15/12 Georgetown University women's lacrosse squad played a ranked opponent tough, but couldn't come away with the win as the Hoyas dropped a 14-7 decision to the Duke University Blue Devils (7-2) on Saturday in Durham, N.C. The Blue & Gray had more shots and fewer turnovers, but couldn't capitalize on chances to move to 2-2 on the season.
"Give them credit because Duke is a quality opponent, and we played hard for 60 minutes," said Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried. "Once again it just comes down to making the most of the opportunities that we generate."
Duke opened the contest with two quick goals, but the Hoyas soon evened the score. Senior midfielder Erin Lovett (Wantagh, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) took the pass from sophomore attacker Reilly Woodman (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephen's and St. Agnes) to start it off and less than a minute later junior midfielder Kelsi Bozel (Hunt Valley, Md./Notre Dame Prep) added an unassisted tally to knot it at two.
The Blue Devils answered with a pair of scores, but once again the Hoyas had an answer. Sophomore midfielders Kelyn Freedman (Newtown Square, Pa./Radnor) and Hannah Franklin (Phoenix, Md./McDonogh School) both managed unassisted goals to make it four all.
Georgetown had the momentum, but that was quickly lost as a trio of yellow cards forced GU to play two players down at one point and at least one man down for the remainder of the half. Duke took advantage of the situation, rattling off three scores before the break to make it 7-4 at the half.
The Blue Devils scored first in the second half, but junior midfielder Sophia Thomas (Lutherville, Md./Maryvale Prep) answered with GU's first free position goal of the afternoon.
Looking at a three-goal deficit with 20 minutes remaining, the Hoyas had time to come back. Unfortunately, the opportunity was cut short as Duke staged a 4-0 run to make the score, 12-5, with 11:44 left in the game.
The teams traded goals in the final ten minutes as Bozel notched her second of the afternoon at 10:17 and junior attacker Dina Jackson (Potomac, Md./Bullis) scored the free position goal at 5:33 to make the final, 14-7.
Georgetown tallied more shots (31-23) and more ground balls (15-13) while forcing 14 Blue Devil turnovers to GU's nine, but the telling stat was the Hoyas' 2-of-15 performance on free position shots.
Sophomore goalkeeper Barb Black (Ruxton, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) took the loss in the cage with three saves on the afternoon.
The Hoyas will be back in action on Wednesday, March 14 for a game under the lights at Multi-Sport Field against the John's Hopkins University Blue Jays. The opening draw is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Live stats and a webcast featuring Chuck Timanus on the call will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.