April 14, 2013
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University's No. 8/8 women's lacrosse team (9-3; 3-1) fell behind by four goals at No. 6/5 Notre Dame with three minutes remaining but time ran out on the Hoya comeback attempt and GU lost its first league game 13-12. It was the fourth straight loss Georgetown has suffered against the Irish and the second consecutive season the margin has been a single score.
Statistically the Hoyas dominated, outshooting Notre Dame 37 to 22, winning 17-of-27 draws and forcing 21 turnovers. But GU failed to score enough goals, succeeding on only 3-of-10 free position shots and losing the ground ball battle 22 to 17.
Sophia Thomas (Lutherville, Md./Maryvale Prep) for the second straight game led the Hoyas with three scores while two other Hoyas had multiple scores with Meghan Farrell (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Visitation) and Kelsi Bozel (Hunt Valley, Md./Notre Dame Prep) each netting two. Casey McGowan (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) was the team leader in draw controls with three and Rosie Corcoran (Point Lookout, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) led the squad in assists with three and ground balls with three.
"We were able to dictate the tempo of the game but our shooting was off," commented Head Coach Ricky Fried. "By the time we were able to convert scores the time ran out."
The first half ended in a tie at four apiece even though the Hoyas had outshot the Irish 17 to 8 and forced the Irish goalie to make eight saves. Georgetown opened an early 3-1 lead after Notre Dame tallied the first score of the day. Bozel knotted the score at one off a free position shot just under six minutes into the game.
Two more scores from GU, first Hannah Franklin (Phoenix, Md./McDonogh School) unassisted and then Corinne Etchison (Eldersberg, Md./McDonogh School) off an assist from Kelyn Freedman (Newtown Square, Pa./Radnor) gave the Blue and Gray a two goal margin, 3-1, with over 15 minutes remaining.
The Irish netted the next three scores as the half was winding down but Thomas took a Corcoran pass and tied the game at four with 58 seconds left till break.
It was a tough start to the second half for GU as Notre Dame tallied four unanswered in a five minute span and opened an 8-4 lead. The Hoya response was four unanswered of their own. Thomas started the first of two second half comebacks with a free position score. Caroline Tarzian (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) and Corcoran then teamed up and Kristen Bandos (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Academy of Nortre Dame de Namur) scored her first career goal before Dina Jackson (Potomac, Md./Bullis) combined with Corcoran to tie the contest at nine.
With 14 minutes to play and the game all even the Irish ripped off three straight for an 11-8 cushion. GU's Farrell and Franklin teamed up for a score before Notre Dame netted two more. GU found itself in a 13-9 hole with just over three minutes to play.
The second Hoya comeback of the game started with Farrell's second score of the day with 54 seconds to go. Thomas then hit her third score with 39 seconds remaining. Down 13-11 Bozel recorded her second tally and the Hoyas found themselves one goal away from the tie with 13 seconds to go. The ensuing draw was won by McGowan but GU was unable to get off a final tying shot attempt.
The Hoyas next face Rutgers on Friday, April 19, at 4 p.m. The game will be GU's fourth straight road game.