April 1, 2011
STORRS, Conn. - The No. 17 Georgetown University women's lacrosse squad defeated the University of Connecticut Huskies (6-4, 0-2 BIG EAST), 14-12, on a cold and rainy day in Storrs, Conn. After an early second-half spurt from the Huskies, Georgetown came back to take control and get the eventual victory to improve to 3-5 overall and 2-0 in BIG EAST play.
Offensive was the name of the game in the first half as both squads found the back of the cage on a majority of possessions, and neither squad could gain more than a two-goal advantage. Senior Jacqueline Giles (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) started the scoring and after an answer by the Huskies, freshman Kelyn Freedman (Newtown Square, Pa./Radnor) made it 2-1.
The Huskies managed a three-goal run making the score 4-2, but both sophomore Sophia Thomas (Lutherville, Md./Maryvale Prep) and Freedman found the back of the cage to tie it up. Georgetown and UConn traded goals for the final 15 minutes as Thomas scored three and sophomore Dina Jackson (Potomac, Md./Bullis) added one making it 8-7 on Thomas' fourth goal of the half with 12 seconds on the clock.
UConn came out hot in the second half, staging a four-goal run to take an 11-8 lead. A pair of scores by senior captain Jordy Kirr (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr School) energized the Hoyas who allowed just one more goal before putting together a four-goal run of their own to close out the game. Thomas and Freedman each had two goals during the run, making the final 14-12.
Thomas led the way for the Hoyas with a career-best six goals, while Freedman added four. Kirr had a big game with two goals and four assists for six points.
The Blue & Gray outshot UConn, 29-24, and GU picked up one more ground ball, 9-8. The Huskies had 21 turnovers, while the Hoyas committed 14. Freshman Barb Black (Ruxton, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) took the win in the cage with three of Georgetown's four saves.
The Hoyas will be back in action on Sunday hosting Yale University to begin a four-game home stand. The opening draw is scheduled for 2 p.m., at Multi-Sport Field. Live stats and a webcast featuring Chuck Timanus will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.