May 1, 2014
WASHINGTON - The second-seeded Georgetown University women's lacrosse team (10-7) used a big 10-1 second-half run to overpower the third-seeded University of Connecticut Huskies (10-7), 16-8, Thursday evening in the BIG EAST Championship semifinals held at Multi-Sport Field. The Blue & Gray has advanced to the championship game against the top-seeded University of Louisville Cardinals on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
"We didn't do anything differently in the second half, but we finished the shots that we got and in the first half we had gotten good opportunities but the combination of Shannon Nee playing well and us not shooting particularly well combined for just six goals," said Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried.
Sophomore attacker Corinne Etchison (Eldersburg, Md./McDonogh School) and junior attacker Caroline Tarzian (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) both tallied four goals in the contest as eight different Hoyas scored.
Both teams pulled in 13 draw controls, but possession was a key as Georgetown was 16-of-16 on clears and the Huskies were 8-of-17. The GU defense forced 18 UConn turnovers and outshot the Huskies, 31-21.
Freshman goalkeeper Maddy Fisher (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) took the win in the cage with eight saves to her credit including a number of big stops in the second half to keep the momentum alive.
Tarzian opened the scoring at 26:47 on an unassisted tally on the right side. Tarzian caused a turnover on the ride as senior attacker Meghan Farrell (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Visitation) got the ball and sent it to Etchison who easily countered to make it 2-0. Farrell added one of her own at 16:52 as the Blue & Gray started the contest with a 3-0 run.
The Huskies found an answer, however, with a three-goal run spanning less than two minutes to tie it.
Tarzian ended the run with an unassisted goal at 10:05 and senior midfielder Kelyn Freedman (Newtown Square, Pa./Radnor) hit a free position goal to give the Blue & Gray some breathing room.
In the closing minutes of the half, UConn found a way to get two goals back to tie it at five going into the break.
Freedman broke the deadlock at 24:07 as the Hoyas passed the ball looking for a good shot and Tarzian found Freedman charging into the middle. The Huskies came right back on the ensuing draw to get one of their own.
UConn came up with the next draw, but senior defender Adrianne Devine (Loudonville, N.Y./Shaker) intercepted a pass allowing a Hoya jailbreak. Senior attacker Reilly Woodman's goal was called back due to a foul, but she hit the free position to make it 7-6. Woodman added one more goal less than a minute later to give the Blue & Gray momentum.
Junior midfielder Mollie Caputo (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville Manlius) and senior midfielder Courtney Caputo (Philadelphia, Pa./Springside School) added scores and Tarzian managed her third and fourth of the game as the Hoyas were on a roll with a 6-0 run that was sparked by Devine's interception.
Looking at a six-goal lead with 10 minutes remaining, UConn stopped the run after a Hoya timeout. However, GU kept on shooting as senior attacker Jody Cumberpatch (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) found the back of the cage at 7:36 and Etchison hit a true hat trick to make it 16-7.
UConn connected in the final minute as the Hoyas cruised to the championship game on the 16-8 victory.
The Hoyas will face Louisville on Saturday in the BIG EAST Conference Championship Game at 2:30 p.m., at Multi-Sport Field. The game will be televised live on FOX Sports 2 and live stats will be available at www.GUHoyas.com. Tickets are available through GU's athletic ticket office.