Barb Black's huge save off a Villanova free position shot with three minutes to play. (Photo by Tim Flatley)
April 21, 2013
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University's No. 8/8 women's lacrosse team (11-3; 5-1) earned a tight 6-5 victory at Villanova (5-9; 0-6). The Hoyas and Wildcats were tied at five with 12 minutes to play before Rosie Corcoran (Point Lookout, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) scored the game winner with over nine minutes remaining. It was the 10th consecutive win for the Hoyas over the Wildcats but the closest margin since an 11-10 Hoya win in 1997.
"Villanova came out and played with great passion and enthusiasm," commented Head Coach Ricky Fried. "They really worked hard on senior day."
Corcoran led the Hoyas in points with three off a goal and two assists. Caroline Tarzian (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) had a team high two goals and now has a team leading 30 goals this season. Goalkeeper Barb Black (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) made three saves, including a game saver on a free position shot when Villanova was attempting to tie the score with three minutes to play.
In a defensive game Georgetown took 22 shots compared to VU's 12. The Hoyas were called for 25 fouls with VU committing 14. Georgetown won 6-of-13 draws and helped force Villanova into 17 turnovers compared to GU's 11. Only two free position shots were taken all game, one by each team.
Georgetown fell behind early 2-0 and did not score a goal until Kelsi Bozel (Hunt Valley, Md./Notre Dame Prep) hit her only score of the day with 7:16 remaining in the half, assisted by Corcoran. The Hoyas knotted the game at two, 19 seconds before half, when Tarzian took a feed from Corinne Etchison (Eldersberg, Md./McDonogh School) and nailed her first of two goals on the day.
Two unassisted goals to start the second half built the Hoyas a two-goal lead. Sophia Thomas (Lutherville, Md./Maryvale Prep) scored less than two minutes in and Tarzian tallied two and a half minutes later. With a 4-2 lead GU gave up a goal to VU's Jackie Froccaro, her third of four on the day, before Meghan Farrell (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Visitation) answered back with an assist from Corcoran.
Clinging to a 5-3 lead with 20 minutes to play Georgetown allowed two unanswered scores and the game was tied at five with 12 minutes on the clock. The game winner came when GU's Corcoran slid through the Wildcat defense and Kelyn Freedman (Newtown Square, Pa./Radnor) found her for the go-ahead score with 9:34 remaining.
The final nine mintues played out with both teams earning possession multiple times but neither team converting a score. GU's Thomas earned a free position shot with 5:56 to play but could not convert. Villanova grabbed the ground ball and called a timeout. A free position attempt by the Wildcats with 3:24 to play proved the clinching defensive play for Georgetown as goalie Black stopped Kelsey Denihan's shot and the Hoyas ran out the final three minutes.
Georgetown next comes home for the first time in four weeks to face UConn on Friday, April 26, at Multi Sport Field at 4 p.m.
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