Jan. 23, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's lacrosse team was picked to finish fourth in the BIG EAST by the league's coaches in the 2012 preseason poll released Wednesday. Seniors Kelsi Bozel (Hunt Valley, Md./Notre Dame Prep), Ashley Hunter (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephens & St. Agnes) and Sophia Thomas (Lutherville, Md./Maryvale Prep) were selected as a part of the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team with Thomas as a unanimous selection.
Thomas was a second team IWLCA All-America honoree a season ago marking her second All-America honor and her first-career nod to the second team. She was also named First Team All-South Region by the IWLCA.
As a junior, Thomas earned her second All-BIG EAST First Team award and second all-region honor. She led the squad in scoring with a team-best 38 goals along with eight assists for 46 points. The midfielder had three game winning goals and hit three free position shots. Thomas was named a Tewaaraton Trophy nominee, the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week and was named to the weekly honor roll.
Thomas was a Third Team All-America selection as a sophomore making her one of just 15 players in program history to earn All-America honors twice in her career.
Bozel was a First Team All-BIG EAST honoree a season ago and has evolved into a leader for the Hoyas. Last year, the midfielder ranked third on the team in scoring with 26 goals and a squad-best 10 assists to her credit for 36 points. She also captured 38 draw controls to lead the Blue & Gray. Bozel earned one nod to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll in 2012 and was a two-time All-BIG EAST honoree. In her career, she ranks among the all-time leaders in draw controls with 85.
Hunter was a Second Team All-Region honoree after a solid junior campaign. The defender started all 17 games and ranked second in caused turnovers with 24 as well as second in ground balls picking up 26. Hunter earned two BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll awards and was named Second Team All-BIG EAST. She has appeared in 53 career games with 47 starts and notched 57 caused turnovers in three seasons.
Both Bozel and Hunter were named captains for the 2013 squad.
Georgetown earned 44 points from the league's nine head coaches. Syracuse, Loyola (Md.) and Notre Dame took the first three spots.
The Blue & Gray was also selected No. 13 by Inside Lacrosse and No. 14 in the nation by Lacrosse Magazine in the publication's preseason poll. The Hoyas were one of four BIG EAST squads in the top 20.
Georgetown finished the season with a record of 9-8 overall and a mark of 5-3 in BIG EAST Conference play. The Hoyas lose five seniors next season but return their top six scorers and bring in a talented class of eight.
Georgetown will start off 2013 at the University of Delaware Blue Hens on Feb. 16. The Hoyas will open at home on February 23 against Towson University at 1 p.m.