April 26, 2008
South Bend, Ind. - Sophomore Molly Ford's game-winning goal with 46 seconds left in the third overtime lifted the No. 3 seeded Georgetown University women's lacrosse team to a 15-14 come-from-behind victory over second seed Notre Dame on Friday night in the BIG EAST Tournament semifinals. The Hoyas rallied back from a 9-2 first half deficit and outscored the Irish 7-3 in the second period.
Ford (Reisterstown, Md.) finished with four goals and three assists to match a career-high with seven points. Freshman Jordy Kirr (Baltimore, Md.) also finished with seven points and matched a career-high with three goals.
Sophomore Ashby Kaestner (Trappe, Md.) netted four goals to go along with an assist while winning a game-high six draw controls. Freshman Logan McCraw (Malvern, Pa.) came off the bench and recorded three ground balls and three draw controls.
Sophomore Caitlin Formby (Towson, Md.) compiled eight saves.
Georgetown (11-5) earns its second consecutive trip to the BIG EAST Tournament Championship Game against top seed Syracuse (15-2) on Sunday, April 27 at noon. The contest will be televised live on the CBS College Sports Network (formerly CSTV). The Orange was a 22-7 winner over No. 4 seed Rutgers in Friday's opening semifinal game.
It will mark the second straight season that the Hoyas and the Orange will square off in the title game.
Georgetown improves to 7-2 in overtime games under fourth-year head coach Ricky Fried.
Notre Dame dominated play through the opening 15 minutes and took a 6-0 lead. Shaylyn Blaney had three goals during the span while Jane Stoeckert recorded a goal and an assist.
"We started the game playing tentative and were a bit surprised by the pace of Notre Dame's offense," said Fried. "I was thinking if we can get to within four or five goals going into the halftime, we'll be okay.
"In the second half, I think our kids just showed a lot of character," added Fried. "We were able to gut it out on draw controls. Our ride was great across the field and we caused a lot of turnovers. It looked like we were able to dictate the pace of the game. We were pretty confident with what we were doing because of the comeback."
The Hoyas won six of the last seven draws to close the first half and GU scored four of the last five goals of the half to close to within 10-6 at intermission. Kaestner scored three goals during the stretch with freshman Allie Hubschmann (Short Hills, N.J.) tallying an unassisted goal as well. A pair of quick GU goals in the second half cut it to two, 10-8 in the early minutes after intermission. Blaney scored her career-high fifth goal of the game 4:12 into the second half. It was her 40th of the season and gave the Irish an 11-8 lead. Georgetown battled and tied the game at 11-11 with 18:51 left in the contest as Hubschmann netted her career-high third score of the evening on a free position feed from Ford. Freshman Mary Beth Brophy (Berwyn, Pa.) tied the game at 12-12 with 5:21 remaining in regulation on an unassisted goal.
Hoya freshman Maggie Trautman (Mystic, Conn.) took the ensuing draw and senior Patty Piotrowicz (Plymouth Meeting, Pa) was credited with winning the draw. The Hoyas took their first lead of the game, 13-12 with 4:21 left in regulation. Kirr was credited with the score as she put home a score following a pass from Ford. Caitlin McKinney knotted the contest at 13-13 with a free position goal with just 1:17 left in regulation.
Scioscia gave the Irish a one-goal advantage, 14-13 eight seconds into the first OT. Fifteen seconds later, Kirr tied the game at again, 14-14.
Both teams had offensive possessions in both the second and third overtime periods but couldn't convert until Kaestner connected with Ford for the game-winner.