No. 13/14 Georgetown Posts Strong Victory Over BIG EAST-Rival Connecticut
March 30, 2012
WASHINGTON - The No. 13/14 Georgetown University women's lacrosse squad had a big day on offense as the team scored 21 goals in the 21-11 victory over the University of Connecticut Huskies (6-3, 0-2 BIG EAST) Friday afternoon at Multi-Sport Field. The Hoyas had seven different players score goals to improve to 6-4 overall and 2-1 in BIG EAST play.
"We came out strong today and it was a good team effort," said Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried. "There are still some things we need to clean up, but overall I'm really pleased with the hustle plays we made today."
Georgetown got going early with a goal from sophomore midfielder Hannah Franklin (Phoenix, Md./Mcdonogh School) just 50 seconds into the game off the draw control win from junior attacker Dina Jackson (Potomac, Md./Bullis). UConn fired back forty seconds later tying the score, 1-1.
UConn looked to control the pace after evening the score, forcing a Georgetown turnover in the midfield and setting up the offense for several minutes. The Huskies scored their second goal off a series of passes to find the open player behind the net. Kiersten Tupper made a spin move around the goal to take the 2-1 lead.
Junior midfielder Sophia Thomas (Lutherville, Md./Maryvale Prep) charged down the field off the draw control win and fired into the top right corner to make the score 2-2. Thomas struck again just minutes later with a low shot between the goalie's legs.
Freshman attacker Caroline Tarzian (Garden City,N.Y./Garden City) scored with 17:37 left in the first half after some miscommunication by the Husky defense and sophomore midfielder Kelyn Freedman (Newton Square, Pa./Radnor) found the back of the net 17 seconds later to make the score 5-2.
Jackson tallied her second of the game with half of the first period gone to make it 6-2 Georgetown.
Both teams played an aggressive defensive ride, leading to several minutes of back and forth action during the end of the first half.
Tarzian scored her second of the match off a pass from Jackson to make it a five-goal Georgetown lead with eight minutes remaining. Freedman became the third Hoya with two goals just over a minute later to give the Blue & Gray an 8-2 lead.
The Huskies ended their 7-0 scoring drought with two minutes left in the first half with M.E. Lapham driving through the middle to score an unassisted goal. UConn struck again thirty seconds later to cut the lead to four. Georgetown carried the 8-4 lead into the end of the half.
After 30 minutes of play, the Hoyas held an advantage in shots (16-8) and draw controls (10-3).
Jackson notched her second of the game two minutes into the second half. Junior midfielder Kelsi Bozel (Hunt Valley, Md./Notre Dame Prep) took advantage of a transition opportunity on the next possession to make the score 10-4. Freedman recorded her third goal just minutes later.
The Huskies got back in the offensive action with 24:41 remained on a goal from Tupper, but Tarzian converted on the free position attempt to record a hat trick with just over 23 minutes remaining in the game. Georgetown took the 13-5 advantage off a UConn foul with a bounce shot from Franklin.
Lapham scored the sixth UConn goal on the fast break to narrow the seven-goal Hoya lead with 18 minutes left; she scored again one minute later, forcing a Georgetown timeout.
Bozel racked up her third of the game after beating one UConn defender and firing a shot just under the pipe to make it a 14-7 Georgetown lead with 15 minutes left in the second.
The Huskies fought back with a goal off a failed clear by the Blue & Gray.
Jackson became the third Hoya with a hat trick at the 12:27 mark in the second with a rocket into the upper-right, retaining the seven-goal lead for Georgetown. Freedman made it an eight-goal lead two minutes later off a scramble in front of the net.
Lapham tallied her fourth goal of the game after splitting a pair of Georgetown defenders, but Bozel responded with a goal of her own with 8:19 left.
Thomas used the draw control win to charge down the field and scored for her third goal of the game to make the score 17-10. Franklin and Tarzian rallied for a goal apiece soon after to make the score 19-10 with just over six minutes remaining in the game.
UConn midfielder Jordan Christopher kept the Huskies alive with a goal off the draw control at 5:53. However, Jackson then raced down the field off the draw control to record the 20th goal for the Hoyas.
Sophomore midfielder Courtney Caputo (Philadelphia, Pa./Springside School) made it 21 goals for the Hoyas with a minute left on a free position attempt to make the final 21-11.
Jackson, Tarzian and Freedman tallied four goals apiece, while Jackson added an assist for five points in the game. Bozel had the all-around performance with three goals and a squad-best five draw controls. Sophomore goalkeeper Barb Black (Ruxton, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) notched the win in the cage with five saves.
GU outshot UConn, 38-21, and had the 23-11 advantage in draw controls.
The last time Georgetown score 20 or more goals was in a 20-7 victory at Villanova University in 2010.
The Hoyas will open a three-game road trip on Thursday at the University of Cincinnati at 3:30 p.m., ET at Nippert Stadium. Live stats and a webcast will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.