March 27, 2012
WASHINGTON - The No. 13/14 Georgetown University women's lacrosse squad defeated cross town-rival American University (6-5), 17-11, on Tuesday evening at Multi-Sport Field. Five different players had multiple goals for the Blue & Gray which is now 5-4 on the season.
"We did some good things on either end of the field, but I think we need to clean some things up in the midfield," said Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried. "Offensively, we shot really well until about 10 minutes left in the game when we started throwing the ball at the goal. Defensively, especially in the second half, we really stepped it up and played more of a team defense."
It truly was a game of runs as both teams gained momentum at different times. Georgetown sophomore attacker Jody Cumberpatch (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) opened the game with a goal, but it was the Eagles that found a way with three-consecutive scores to take a 3-1 lead.
The Hoyas quickly regained control staging a 9-0 run to take a 10-3 lead with 11:20 remaining in the half. Freshman attacker Caroline Tarzian (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) started it out and junior midfielder Kelsi Bozel (Hunt Valley, Md./Notre Dame Prep) added her first of the game. Tarzian hit her second before sophomore midfielder Kelyn Freedman (Newtown Square, Pa./Radnor) made it 5-3.
Graduate student attacker Kristen Coleman (Potomac, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) scored at 15:07 and she was followed by junior midfielder Sophia Thomas (Lutherville, Md./Maryvale Prep) who won BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honors on Monday. Bozel notched her second of the game at 13:02 before sophomore midfielder Hannah Franklin (Phoenix, Md./McDonogh School) rounded out the run making the score 10-3.
American answered with a 5-1 run of its own scoring three goals before Bozel hit at 1:56. This was followed by two more Eagle scores to make it 11-8 at the break.
Georgetown widened the gap early in the second with four-consecutive goals to open the half. Franklin scored less than a minute in and junior attacker Dina Jackson (Potomac, Md./Bullis) added one at 25:37. Tarzian and Thomas both tallied goals in the next two minutes as GU went ahead 15-8 tying its largest lead of the contest.
The Eagles fought back, but it wasn't enough as the squads traded goals in the final 22 minutes. Coleman and Bozel both scored for the Blue & Gray making the final, 17-11.
Bozel led the way for Georgetown with four goals and an assist, while Tarzian and Coleman added three goals each. Cumberpatch had two assists in the game.
Bozel also managed a squad-high four draw controls and freshman defender Megan Marinelli (Northport, N.Y./Northport) posted three caused turnovers to lead the team.
Georgetown outshot American, 30-29, and forced 21 turnovers. Sophomore goalkeeper Barb Black (Ruxton, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) took the win in the cage with 10 saves to her credit.
The Hoyas will be back in action on Friday as the squad hosts the University of Connecticut in a BIG EAST matchup. The opening draw is scheduled for 4 p.m., at Multi-Sport Field.
The game will be televised tape delayed on Verizon FiOS. Live stats and a webcast featuring Chuck Timanus will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.