May 11, 2014
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The Georgetown University women's lacrosse team put together a huge effort, but couldn't hang on in a 10-8 loss to the third-seeded University of North Carolina Tar Heels (14-4) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Saturday at Fetzer Field. The Hoyas took a second-half lead, but couldn't stop the reigning national champs to finish the season 11-9.
"Our kids played really hard and stuck to the game plan," said Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried. "All you can ask for is an opportunity to win at the end of the game, and in that respect, they did a great job. You have to give Carolina credit for stepping up and producing when it mattered, but I'm really pleased with our team's effort, happy with how our seniors showed up and sad for them that it has to end on a day like this."
Junior attacker Caroline Tarzian (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) led the way with three assists, while senior attacker Reilly Woodman (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephen's and St. Agnes) and senior midfielder Hannah Franklin (Phoenix, Md./McDonogh School) posted two goals apiece.
Georgetown outshot UNC, 22-17, and had 12 draw controls to the Tar Heels' eight, but had 14 turnovers in the game.
Freshman goalkeeper Maddy Fisher (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) took the loss in the cage with four solid saves on the afternoon.
UNC opened the scoring at 23:18 with a shot low into the goal. The Tar Heels led despite Georgetown holding possession early on. Freshman attacker Colleen Lovett (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) evened the score at 18:37 coming in from the far left corner of the field off of a restart.
The Blue & Gray pulled in the next draw control, but a turnover resulted in a fast break for the Tar Heels who quickly countered. The goal sparked a 3-0 run as UNC gained momentum.
Georgetown didn't back down, however, as the attackers put together a perfect play in a man-up situation with senior attacker Jody Cumberpatch (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) passing from behind the goal to Woodman cutting to the goal to make it 4-2 at 8:03.
With a minute to go in the half, the Tar Heels found the back of the cage, but the Blue & Gray answered with two huge goals just 32 seconds apart.
Georgetown gained possession on the draw and Woodman managed to take it down herself and score. On the next play, Georgetown got the ball off of a scramble and it went to senior midfielder Courtney Caputo (Philadelphia, Pa./Springside School) who sent it into the goal giving GU a one-goal deficit at the half, 5-4. The Blue & Gray had trailed by three with 1:09 to go.
The momentum didn't waver as the second half began as Woodman pulled in the opening draw. She passed it down to Tarzian who found Franklin. The midfielder connected tying it at five just 15 seconds into the half and continuing the 3-0 run.
UNC passed it around and found the good shot to get it past Fisher taking the lead back at 25:02. Georgetown caused turnovers in the ride and was patient on the offensive end, passing it around to get the right look. At 17:56, sophomore midfielder Kristen Bandos (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Academy of Notre Dame of Namur) was isolated on the right side and sent it in to tie the score once again.
Possession continued to work in favor of the Hoyas and after setting up the right play, Tarzian passed it to Franklin who found the back of the cage giving GU its first lead of the afternoon, 7-6.
The reigning national champs wouldn't back down with a 3-0 run. A goal at 8:31 brought it back to even and UNC scored eight seconds later off of the draw to take the 8-7 lead. A free position goal put the Blue & Gray down by two with 5:25 remaining.
With time winding down, the Hoyas had to take some chances, allowing another Tar Heel score. Georgetown forced a turnover and got one more chance. Tarzian took advantage finding senior midfielder Meghan Farrell (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Visitation) open for the goal to make it 10-8 with 46 seconds left.
The Hoyas pulled in the draw, but couldn't find the answer eventually falling, 10-8, and being eliminated from the NCAA Tournament.
The Blue & Gray finished the tournament with an impressive mark of 28-29 clears over two games.
Georgetown completes the season with a record of 11-9 and its second-consecutive NCAA Tournament berth. The Hoyas will lose nine seniors, but return a wealth of talent next season.