April 5, 2014
WASHINGTON - The No. 19/RV Georgetown University women's lacrosse squad (4-7, 1-1 BIG EAST) picked up its first BIG EAST Conference win of the season with a 12-5 victory over the Marquette University Golden Eagles (5-6, 1-1 BIG EAST) Saturday afternoon at Multi-Sport Field. Georgetown used a 7-0 second half to get past the Golden Eagles and snap a six-game skid.
"The biggest thing to take away from this game is that when we do play with confidence and we are composed, we're really good," said Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried. "When we're hectic, when we're trying to make something happen we can be average. Today, for 15 minutes of the game, we were really good and that showed on the scoreboard."
Senior midfielder Kelyn Freedman (Newtown Square, Pa./Radnor) led the way with a career-high six goals, while six additional players found the back of the cage for the Blue & Gray. Freshman Maddy Fisher (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) tallied her first-career victory with three saves on the afternoon.
Georgetown held significant advantages in shots (34-10), ground balls (25-17) and draw controls (12-7), while forcing 20 Golden Eagles turnovers. GU was especially impressive in the second half allowing just two MU shots.
Georgetown started the scoring just a minute in with senior midfielder Hannah Franklin (Phoenix, Md./McDonogh School) hitting a free position, but Marquette answered at 25:45. Freedman fired one in from the middle of the field taking the pass from a falling Natalie Miller (Wayne, Pa./Radnor), but once again, MU had an answer.
At 10:58, Freedman added her third receiving the ball from junior attacker Caroline Tarzian (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City). Just a minute later, Tarzian found the back of the cage to make it 4-2.
Marquette stopped the momentum with a goal of its own, but Freedman powered her way through the crease splitting two defenders to make it a two-goal game.
As the minutes ticked down, a pair of late MU goals tied it up to make it 5-5 at the break.
The second half started rocky for the Blue & Gray as it continued to look like anyone's game. Early in the second, Fisher made a point-blank save off of a 3-on-2 to keep it even and that save sparked the Hoyas to a 7-0 run.
"That save was the biggest momentum changer of the game," said Fried. "It gave us momentum and was a really big turning point when things were pretty tight."
Freedman started it out with a free position goal at 22:24 and after some good defensive play, GU added one more. Senior midfielder Meghan Farrell (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Visitation) then scored on the left to make it 7-5.
Junior midfielder Mollie Caputo (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) scored her first goal of the year at 11:48 and Freedman added another free position goal to give GU the four-goal advantage.
Freedman and junior attacker Sammy Giordano (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) both found the back of the cage in the run of play forcing MU to call timeout. It was Giordano's first goal of the season and the second of her career.
Senior attacker Jody Cumberpatch (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) rounded it out with a goal with 2:30 left in the game as the Blue & Gray cruised to the 12-7 victory.
Georgetown will be back in action on Friday as the squad has a two-game road trip next weekend. GU will be at the University of Connecticut on Friday at 4 p.m., and follow that up with a contest at Rutgers University on Sunday at 1 p.m. Live stats will be available for both games at www.GUHoyas.com.