Feb. 15, 2013
WASHINGTON - The No. 15/14 Georgetown University women's lacrosse squad will open the 2013 season on Saturday against the University of Delaware Blue Hens at Delaware Stadium. The Hoyas finished 9-8 last season and 5-3 in BIG EAST play.
The Hoyas return a strong midfield full of veterans as well as talent up front. Despite the loss of some key defenders, newcomers will fill the void in front of a pair of veteran goalkeepers.
On the offensive end of the field, the Blue & Gray is full of experience with 14 of the top 15 scorers from a season ago returning. This includes senior midfielder Sophia Thomas (Lutherville, Md./Maryvale Prep) who led the way with 38 goals and eight assists for 46 points. She was followed by sophomore attacker Caroline Tarzian (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) who had 34 goals and nine assists for the year to tally 43 points. Rounding out the top three was senior captain Kelsi Bozel (Hunt Valley, Md./Notre Dame Prep) posting 26 goals and a team-high 10 assists for 36 total points.
On attack along with Tarzian, senior Dina Jackson (Potomac,Md./Bullis School) is expected to contribute after starting all 17 games last season and ranking fourth on the team in scoring with 27 goals and six assists for 33 points. Additionally, junior Jody Cumberpatch (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) will return to the lineup after 17 starts, seven goals and ten assists a season ago.
The midfield will run two lines as in the past with Thomas and Bozel joining graduate student captain Erin Lovett on one. Lovett managed 14 goals and ten assists playing in all 17 games last year. The second is made up of a trio of junior including Maggie Brown (Woodside, Calif./Menlo School), Kelyn Freedman (Newtown Square, Pa./Radnor) and Hannah Franklin (Phoenix, Md./McDonogh School). All three saw significant time last year and are expected to continue to contribute.
On defense, the loss of Kelly Barnes and Carly Napora will be tough along with combatting preseason injuries. Senior Ashley Hunter (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephen's and St. Agnes) is the lone returning starter after appearing in all 17 games last season. The coaching staff has worked to fill the vacancies as Hunter runs a less experienced line than the Hoyas have seen in years.
Senior goalkeeper Barb Black (Ruxton, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) started all 17 games last season playing 981 minutes in goal with 100 saves. She will be pushed by classmate Abby Bisbee (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr School) who saw action in seven 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 BIG EAST coaches picked the Blue & Gray to finish fourth in the conference's preseason poll. GU was ranked No. 14 in the deBeer Women's Media Preseason Poll and No. 15 by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association.
Last season, Delaware was 5-12 on the season and 3-4 in the Colonial Athletic Conference, narrowly missing the CAA Tournament. The Blue Hens return two All-Region players, three CAA-All Conference and five All-Rookie Team members. Delaware fell to both North Carolina and Duke in preseason exhibition play.
Last year, Georgetown opened the season hosting the Blue Hens and won, 16-7, to take a 1-0 lead in the series. Thomas and Jackson both tallied the hat trick, while Bozel added two goals and as many assists.
The opening draw is scheduled for noon at Delaware Stadium. Live stats and a webcast will be available through Delaware's athletic website.