March 15, 2014
WASHINGTON - The No. 12/16 Georgetown University women's lacrosse squad (3-3) suffered a tough 18-11 loss to the No. 1/1 University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Tar Heels (9-0) Saturday afternoon at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Hoyas came back late, but it wasn't enough to take down the top-ranked Tar Heels.
Georgetown had four players tally two goals apiece as senior attacker Meghan Farrell (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Visitation), senior attacker Reilly Woodman (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephen's and St. Agnes), senior midfielder Kelyn Freedman (Newtown Square, Pa./Radnor) and sophomore attacker Corinne Etchison (Eldersburg, Md./McDonogh School) all had two points on the afternoon.
The Blue & Gray was close in shots (31-29) and draw controls (17-14), while holding the advantage in both turnovers forcing 12 as well as free position shots going 3-of-5.
Three keepers saw time in the cage for the Hoyas combining for seven saves.
A 7-1 Tar Heel run opened the game and put the Blue & Gray into an early hole. The lone goal came at 18:26 on a Farrell free position shot.
With ten minutes to go in the half, GU managed back-to-back tallies from Farrell and sophomore midfielder Annie Heagerty (Huntington Bay, N.Y./St. Anthony's), but UNC answered with a 4-1 run.
In the final two minutes, Freedman and Woodman both found the back of the cage, with Heagerty assisting on the last score to make it 11-6 at the break.
The second half opened similar to the first as the Tar Heels came out firing with a 6-0 run making it 17-6 and resulting in UNC's largest lead of the afternoon.
Freedman stopped the momentum with an unassisted tally at 16:00, but North Carolina answered to once again push the deficit to 11.
That would be UNC's final score of the game, however, as Georgetown mounted a comeback in the closing minutes.
Woodman started the 4-0 run as sophomore midfielder Natalie Miller (Wayne, Pa./Radnor) and junior attacker Caroline Tarzian (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) both hit goals. Etchison's score with 11 seconds to go in the game made it 18-11 which would stand as the final on the afternoon.
The win gave the Tar Heels their 13-consecutive victory dating back to last season and marking the longest streak in program history. The result also snapped a streak for the Blue & Gray with the previous three contests being decided by one goal.
The Hoyas have now faced five-consecutive ranked opponents including four on the road going 2-3 in the stretch. The tough schedule will continue as GU has two more ranked opponents on its slate in the next two contests.
Georgetown will be back in action on Friday as the squad hosts No. 14/14 Johns Hopkins at 7 p.m., at Multi-Sport Field. Live stats and a webcast will be available through www.GUHoyas.com. The contest marks the beginning of a three-game homestand for the Blue & Gray.