Jan. 31, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's lacrosse team was picked to finish first in the BIG EAST Conference by the league's coaches in the 2014 preseason poll released Thursday. Six Hoyas were selected as a part of the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team with senior midfielder Kelyn Freedman (Newtown Square, Pa./Radnor) and junior attacker Caroline Tarzian (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) as unanimous selections.
Freedman was named First Team All-BIG EAST and Second Team All-South Region for the first time in her career a season ago. The midfielder was also selected to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll twice last year. She was second on the team in goals with 31 and third in points with 41. Freedman was second on the team in draw controls with 46, which ranks as the 10th best total in GU history, and had a team-high eight free position goals.
Tarzian was a 2013 IWLCA Third Team All-American, First Team All-South and an All-BIG EAST First Team selection. She set new career highs and led the team in goals and points with 36 and 50, respectively. Tarzian was one of 25 nominees for the 2013 Tewaaraton Trophy and was a three time BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll selection. It was her first All-American honor. She started all 19 games on attack and has not missed a start in her 36-game career.
Senior goalkeeper Barb Black (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) has been a stalwart in the cage for the past three seasons. Last year, she started all 19 games with 96 saves to her credit as well as 22 ground balls. She is among the career leaders in saves with 257 ranking her eighth all time. She has had two-career nods to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll.
Senior midfielder Hannah Franklin (Phoenix, Md./McDonogh School) played in all 19 games with 10 starts last season. The midfielder had 25 goals with four assists for 29 points to tie for fifth on the squad. She also tied for the lead with eight free position goals and picked up 19 ground balls along with 14 draw controls and 10 caused turnovers. After five goals in two games, she earned a spot on the BIG EAST All-Tournament Team last season.
Junior Adrianne Devine (Loudonville, N.Y./Shaker) received the nod to the preseason team after earning GU's Bulldog Award a season ago. As a sophomore Devine started all 19 games on defense. She was second on the team in caused turnovers with 20 and had 28 ground balls as well as 13 draw controls. Devine also had one assist on the season.
Junior defender Casey McGowan (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) was selected to the BIG EAST squad earning the team's Most Improved Player award after making a significant impact as a sophomore. McGowan started all 19 games for the Hoyas after playing in just four a year prior. She picked up 23 ground balls and caused nine turnovers while grabbing as many draw controls. On offense McGowan posted one assist.
Freedman, Black and Franklin were named captains for the 2014 squad.
Georgetown earned 49 points from the league's eight head coaches including all seven eligible first-place votes. Connecticut was selected second with 40 points and one first-place vote, while Louisville with 39 points rounded out the top three. Rutgers (30), Temple (24) and Villanova (22) were fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively while Cincinnati and Marquette tied for the final spots with 10 points apiece.
The Blue & Gray was also selected No. 9 by Inside Lacrosse in the Brine Women's Media Poll and No. 9 in the nation by Lacrosse Magazine in the publication's preseason poll.
The Hoyas lost nine players from last year's squad that returned the Blue & Gray to the NCAA Championship. Georgetown earned the sixth seed and a first round bye in the 2013 NCAA Championship. GU compiled a 13-6 overall record and a 6-2 mark in BIG EAST play. Georgetown returns four of its top five scorers along with three of four starting defenders in 2014.
Georgetown will start off 2014 hosting the University of Delaware Blue Hens on Feb. 15. The opening draw is at 1 p.m., at Multi-Sport Field.