Feb. 14, 2014
WASHINGTON - The No. 10/9 Georgetown University women's lacrosse squad will open the 2014 season on Saturday against the University of Delaware Blue Hens at Multi-Sport Field. The Hoyas finished 13-6 last season and 6-2 in BIG EAST play earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The Hoyas return a strong midfield and backline full of veterans as well as talent up front. Newcomers will fill any voids in front of a veteran goalkeeper.
On the offensive end of the field, the Blue & Gray is full of experience with 4 of the top 5 scorers from a season ago returning. This includes junior attacker Caroline Tarzian (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) who led the way with 36 goals and 14 assists for 50 points. She was followed by senior Rosie Corcoran and then senior midfielder and captain Kelyn Freedman (Newtown Square, Pa./Radnor) who had 31 goals and 10 assists for the year to tally 41 points. Rounding out the top five were senior midfielder Meghan Farrell (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Visitation) and senior captain and midfielder Hannah Franklin(Phoenix, Md./McDonogh School) who had 31 and 29 points, respectively.
On the attack sophomore Corinne Etchison (Eldersburg, Md./McDonogh School) and senior Reilly Woodman (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephen's and St. Agnes) both tallied points and will move into a larger role this season. In the midfield, senior Courtney Caputo (Philadelphia, Pa./Springside School), junior Mollie Caputo (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville Manlius) and sophomore Kristen Bandos(Bryn Mawr, Pa./Academy of Notre Dame of Namur) should all see increased minutes.
On defense, the loss of Ashley Hunter will leave a hole, but returning are the three starters in junior Adrianne Devine (Loudonville, N.Y./Shaker), junior Casey McGowan (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) and senior captain MJ Coyle (Kensington, Md./Holy Child). The three started all 19 games last season and will play significant roles on defense. Senior Maggie Brown (Woodside, Calif./Menlo School) and junior Betsy Holland(Huntington, N.Y./St. Anthony's) both saw a lot action last year and will push for minutes.
Senior captain goalkeeper Barb Black (Ruxton, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) started all 19 games last season playing 1,069 minutes in goal with 96 saves. She will be pushed by sophomore Megan McDonald(Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) who saw action in six games last year.
Despite the experience up front, the coaching staff is expected a number of players to push each position as younger student-athletes and a talented freshman class look for minutes throughout the year.
The Hoyas were selected No. 10 in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association's Preseason Poll, No. 9 in the Brine Women's Media Poll and No. 9 by Lacrosse Magazine. Additionally, the Blue & Gray was selected to finish first in the BIG EAST Conference Preseason Coaches Poll. Six Hoyas also earned spots on the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team.
Last season, Delaware was 10-6 on the season and 4-3 in the Colonial Athletic Conference, narrowly missing the CAA Tournament. The Blue Hens had two All-Region players, three CAA-All Conference and two All-Rookie Team members. Delaware fell to North Carolina, but beat Duke in preseason exhibition play.
Last year, Georgetown opened the season at Delaware and won, 16-12, to take a 2-0 lead in the series. Freedman and Kelsi Bozelboth tallied the hat trick, while Etchison added two goals and as many assists.
The opening draw is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Multi-Sport Field. Live stats and a new and improved webcast will be available through www.GUHoyas.com.