March 21, 2012
WASHINGTON - The No. 13/12 Georgetown University women's lacrosse squad continued its tough stretch through ranked opponents defeating a second with an 11-9 victory over the No. 8/9 University of Pennsylvania Quakers (4-2) on Wednesday evening at Franklin Field. Junior midfielder Sophia Thomas (Lutherville, Md./Maryvale Prep) scored six goals to help the Blue & Gray improve to 4-3 on the season.
"This was a quality win against a very good team," said Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried. "We're proud of the work we did tonight, but we need to keep going at it to be more consistent in our performance."
Thomas scored early and often hitting an unassisted tally just ten seconds into the contest. After a scoreless 12 minutes, Penn answered with two goals to take the lead. At 12:33, freshman attacker Caroline Tarzian (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) connected on a free position shot to tie it at two.
The lead continued to seesaw back and forth, with neither squad gaining a significant advantage. At 6:12, the Quakers scored the go ahead. Off of the ensuing draw control, Thomas scored on the assist from senior midfielder Erin Lovett (Wantagh, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) and junior midfielder Kelsi Bozel (Hunt Valley, Md./Notre Dame Prep) added one more to make it 4-3.
Penn tied it once more before the break, but the Blue & Gray had an answer as Thomas and Bozel both scored before half to make the score 6-4 in favor of the Hoyas.
The Quakers opened the second with a goal just 40 second in, but Bozel tallied her third of the contest off of a free position. Penn then staged a two-goal run to tie it at seven with 14:12 left to play as the Hoyas were forced to battle on the road.
The answer came in a three-goal run spanning four minutes to give GU its largest lead of the game. Thomas started it out at 13:51 on the assist from junior attacker Dina Jackson (Potomac, Md./Bullis). Lovett added a score a minute later on the assist from Tarzian who also assisted on the third goal of the run scored by Thomas making it 10-7.
Penn tried to get back in the game scoring back-to-back goals to pull within one with 5:44 remaining. However, Thomas tallied her sixth of the game at 3:05 for some breathing room to make the final, 11-9.
Thomas led the way with six goals as well as one assist for seven points. Bozel added three goals and Tarzian had one goal and a team-best three assists.
The defense was also solid with senior Kelly Barnes (St. David's, Pa./Radnor) notching four ground balls and three caused turnovers. Goalkeeper Barb Black (Ruxton, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) came up with some crucial saves and totaled six for the game.
Georgetown will be back in action on Saturday as the squad hosts the No. 13/NR Loyola University (Md.) Greyhounds in a BIG EAST matchup. The opening draw is scheduled for 4 p.m., at Multi-Sport Field.
Live stats and a webcast featuring Chuck Timanus will be available at www.GUHoyas.com. The game will also be broadcast tape delayed on Verizon FiOS.
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