March 17, 2012
WASHINGTON - Following some tough losses to ranked opponents, the No. 15/14 Georgetown University women's lacrosse team (3-3) was in need of a win. The Blue & Gray managed to do just that on Saturday with a thrilling 9-8 comeback victory over the No. 2/2 University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Tar Heels (8-1) at Multi-Sport Field. The win improved Georgetown to 3-3 overall while handing the Tar Heels' their first loss of the season.
"Today was a good team effort, we stuck to the game plan and plugged away at them with a workman-like effort," said Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried. "A win like this builds your confidence which I think we needed tremendously. The coaches knew we could play at this level, but I think the girls needed to experience beating a team of this caliber to believe they are at that level."
Staring at an 8-5 three-goal deficit with 15 minutes remaining in the contest, the Blue & Gray packed it in on defense and took advantage on offense to stage a four-goal run.
Sophomore midfielder Kelyn Freedman (Newtown Square, Pa./Radnor) hit an unassisted tally at 12:17 to start things off and classmate Hannah Franklin (Phoenix, Md./McDonogh School) pulled Georgetown within one just a minute later on a free position shot.
Junior attacker Dina Jackson (Potomac, Md./Bullis) tied the game at 5:36 slicing through the defense for an unassisted goal. The game winner came from junior midfielder Sophia Thomas (Lutherville, Md./Maryvale Prep) who finished a good look at the cage at 2:42 for the go-ahead goal.
Clinging to a one-goal advantage, the defense continued to stay strong and UNC's final look at the cage with just seconds remaining ricocheted off of the pipe as the Hoyas hung on for the 9-8 victory.
The Tar Heels opened the contest with two quick scores, but the Blue & Gray answered as Franklin hit her first of the afternoon at 20:31 on the assist from graduate student Kristen Coleman (Potomac, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross).
UNC quickly made the score 3-1, but the Hoyas put together a three-goal run to take their first lead of the game. Franklin scored at 16:20, before senior midfielder Erin Lovett (Wantagh, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) found the back of the cage two minutes later. Coleman tallied the go-ahead at 14:25.
The lead was short lived as UNC tied it up 25 seconds later, but Georgetown had already proved it could play with the Tar Heels.
North Carolina finished out the half with a three goal run as the squads went into the break with UNC leading, 6-4.
Franklin opened the second half with a goal, but North Carolina's Becky Lynch hit two quick scores giving the Tar Heels a three-goal advantage. GU's final run of the game would be enough as the Hoyas found a way to win.
Franklin led the way for Georgetown with four goals to her credit, while Coleman added a goal and an assist. Freedman had four draw controls on the afternoon and junior defender Ashley Hunter (Fort Washington, Md./St. Stephen's & St. Agnes) added a squad-best four ground balls.
Georgetown was outshot, 21-17, but had more ground balls (12-9) and a 10-8 advantage on draw controls. Sophomore goalkeeper Barb Black (Ruxton, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) took the win in the cage with six saves.
"The defense played well today," said Fried. "It was a team effort with everyone having each other's backs. We made them earn their goals today."
The win is the first over a ranked opponent for the Hoyas this season.
Georgetown will be back in action on Wednesday as the squad travel to Philadelphia to take on the No. 9/9 University of Pennsylvania Quakers. The opening draw at Franklin Field is scheduled for 7 p.m. Live stats and a webcast will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.
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