March 16, 2013
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University's No. 11/8 women's lacrosse team (5-2) climbed back from a six goal deficit against No. 3/3 North Carolina (7-1) but was unable to retake the lead and lost 17-11. GU cut the Tar Heel advantage to one, 11-10, with 19 minutes remaining but UNC outscored GU 6-1 to close out the contest. It was the first road loss of the year for Georgetown and the most goals GU has given up this year.
The Tar Heels were the first team all season to outshoot the Hoyas, taking 28 to GU's 26 shots. GU also lost the draw control battle, 19-11, and was behind in ground balls, 16-11. The Hoyas did force 15 turnovers and only committed 12. In the cage Barb Black (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) had nine saves while UNC was credited with nine.
Georgetown scored the game's initial goal when Kelsi Bozel (Hunt Valley, Md./Notre Dame Prep) netted her first of two, off a free position shot. Over the next 15 minutes the Tar Heels recorded seven unanswered. GU took four shots during the UNC run but Tar Heel goalie Lauren Maksym, made three saves.
After falling behind 7-1 the Blue and Gray were able to close the margin with three straight scores. Dina Jackson (Potomac, Md./Bullis) started the string with an assist from Adrianne Devine (Loudonville, N.Y./Shaker), her first of the year. A free position goal from Sophia Thomas (Lutherville, Md./Maryvale Prep) cut the deficit to four and Caroline Tarzian (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) scored with an assist from Thomas to draw GU within three and force a UNC timeout.
Over the final nine minutes of the first half the Tar Heels added three more goals to enter the break with 10. Georgetown was able to notch two more scores in the same span. Kelyn Freedman (Newtown Square, Pa./Radnor) recorded a free position tally and Meghan Farrell (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Visitation) scored her first of three with an assist credited to Bozel. At halftime GU was down four, 10-6.
UNC added a score within the first 30 seconds of the second half and were up five before Georgetown began its comeback bid. The Hoyas posted four consecutive goals and closed within one with 19 minutes to play. Rosie Corcoran (Point Lookout, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) started the barrage and she was followed by a Bozel score from Tarzian. Down 11-8 at that point Farrell netted two straight, assisted by Bozel and Reilly Woodman (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephen's and St. Agnes) respectively, and the Hoyas were as close as they had been since the first seven minutes.
North Carolina went on another scoring run, recording five unanswered over a six minute period and built a 16-10 lead. Tarzian notched her second of the day off a pass from Corcoran with 5:07 to play but the Tar Heels held the Hoyas off the scoreboard the remainder of the game and were able to add one more score.
The Hoyas host two BIG EAST opponents in the upcoming week. On Friday, March 22, GU plays Cincinnati at 4 p.m. Then on Sunday, March 24, the Hoyas host Louisville in a 1 p.m. affair. Both contests will be played at Multi-Sport Field in the middle of Georgetown's campus.