May 3, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's lacrosse team (10-8) put together a valiant effort, but couldn't come away with a victory in the closing minutes falling 9-8 to the University of Louisville Cardinals (15-3) in the BIG EAST Championship game at Multi-Sport Field Saturday afternoon. The Hoyas await the announcement of the NCAA Tournament field on Sunday to find out if the season will continue.
"At this point in the season, it's not what we didn't do, a lot of the credit goes to Louisville for fighting hard," said Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried. "I'm really proud of our effort today and we just came up a little short."
Senior midfielder Hannah Franklin (Phoenix, Md./McDonogh School) led the way with two goals as seven different Hoyas scored. Georgetown outshot Louisville, 25-23, picked up more ground balls (18) and forced 10 Cardinal turnovers, but the 11-8 difference in draw controls showed that possession ruled the afternoon.
Freshman goalkeeper Maddy Fisher (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) had seven saves in the cage. Fisher came up with a number of key stops down the stretch to keep it close for the Blue & Gray.
Franklin opened the scoring by curling around the cage to make it 1-0, but the Cards countered with four scores as Faye Brust went on a tear.
Sophomore midfielder Natalie Miller (Wayne, Pa./Radnor) stopped the run with a goal at 14:01 and senior midfielder Kelyn Freedman (Newtown Square, Pa./Radnor) made it 4-3 with a free position shot. It was then junior attacker Caroline Tarzian (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) who slid into the crease to tie the game at four.
Brust took the Cards on her back and hit back-to-back scores to give UofL the 6-4 lead going into the break. Her six goals in the half were a career high.
The Blue & Gray opened the scoring again in the second half as sophomore midfielder Kristen Bandos (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Academy of Notre Dame de Namur) pulled the Hoyas within one after bouncing in a goal.
The Cardinals made it a two-goal game, but freshman attacker Colleen Lovett (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) found the back of the cage at 18:24 to keep GU in the hunt. However, UofL continued to find a way to keep the Blue & Gray at bay as Louisville scored four minutes later and then added another at 9:29.
Georgetown called a timeout with a three-goal deficit, and coming out of the break, senior attacker Reilly Woodman (Alexandra, Va./St. Stephen's and St. Agnes) took it down and scored.
With 59 seconds to go, Franklin tallied her second on the afternoon to pull GU within one. The final draw went to Louisville and Georgetown couldn't turn the Cards over falling 9-8 at the final horn.
The Hoyas had four players named to the BIG EAST All-Tournament Team including Tarzian, Freedman, Franklin and Fisher.
The NCAA Tournament Selection Show will be streamed live on NCAA Live Sunday, May 4 at 9 p.m. ET.