April 26, 2013
WASHINGTON - An early deficit awoke the No. 8/7 Georgetown University women's lacrosse team (12-3; 6-1) and the Hoyas outscored No. 17/16 Connecticut (13-2; 6-2) 8-2, after falling behind 4-1 early in the first half. With the victory Georgetown secured a berth in the 2013 BIG EAST Women's Lacrosse Championship for the seventh consecutive season. This year's BIG EAST Championship will be hosted by the Hoyas next week on May 2 and May 4 at Multi-Sport Field. The Hoyas improved their home record to 5-1 and handed the Huskies their second loss of the season.
"Both teams played an exciting game," commented Head Coach Ricky Fried. "UConn came out ready to play and jumped on us early. It was great to see our team battle back from that early deficit. Our defense did an outstanding job all game and we are happy about getting a win over a very talented Husky program. We are thrilled to secure a spot in the BIG EAST Championship next week."
Junior Hannah Franklin (Phoenix, Md./McDonogh School) led the Hoyas to their 13th straight victory against UConn by tying her career high with four goals. Five other Hoyas netted a goal in the game as GU outshot UConn 16 to 14. Draws proved to be a deciding advantage for GU as the Hoyas won 11-of-17 with Kelyn Freedman (Newtown Square, Pa./Radnor) grabbing a game high of four. The Hoya ride limited UConn to just 9-of-22 clear attempts and GU keeper Barb Black (Ruxton, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) had four saves.
UConn took advantage of early turnovers to open a three goal lead five minutes into the contest. It was 14 minutes into the game before the Hoyas lit up the scoreboard. Franklin streaked down the middle and despite having her first shot saved she picked up the rebound and tallied GU's initial score. UConn responded and held a 4-1 advantage with 13:38 remaining. From that point on Georgetown outscored Connecticut 8-2.
The Hoya comeback began with senior Sophia Thomas (Lutherville, Md./Maryvale Prep) scoring unassisted for her 19th score of the season. Two more scores in the first half allowed Georgetown to enter halftime tied at four. Freedman buried a free position shot high over UConn's goalie with seven minutes to play and Franklin made another strong cut up the middle and received a perfect pass from Meghan Farrell (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Visitation) to tie the contest.
Three unanswered to open the second half built a 7-4 Hoya lead. Farrell dodged left and scored just over a minute into the half. Sophomore Caroline Tarzian (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) nailed her team high 31st of the year four minutes later off a Rosie Corcoran (Point Lookout, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) pass. Franklin made two dodges and ended the scoring run with an unassisted score at the 23:32 mark.
Both teams traded goals the remainder of the game. UConn scored first before Franklin hit her fourth of the day with a helper from Freedman. With over 13 minutes to play and Georgetown holding a slim 8-6 lead GU's Dina Jackson (Potomac, Md./Bullis) made two dodges to get to the middle of the field and ripped a goal to give the Hoyas more breathing room.
In the game's final 13 minutes Georgetown controlled the majority of possession but UConn did have opportunities to edge closer only to be denied by strong Hoya defense. Georgetown goalie Black made a spectacular free position shot save for the second straight game with three minutes to play, quelling any final Husky comeback.
Georgetown stays home for its final regular season game this Sunday, April 28, at 1 p.m. against No. 5/5 Syracuse. It will be the final home game for nine Hoyas who have amassed 43 wins in their careers and are 26-5 in league play.