March 9, 2012
WASHINGTON - The No. 15/12 Georgetown University women's lacrosse squad (2-1) will travel to Duke University on Saturday for a 1 p.m., matinee at Koskinen Stadium against the No. 4/3 Blue Devils. The Hoyas are looking to bounce back from a tough loss to the No. 5/7 University of Florida on Wednesday afternoon.
Earlier this week, senior defender Kelly Barnes (St. Davids, Pa./Radnor) was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll. Barnes anchored a defense that averaged 6.5 goals-allowed last week, along with six ground balls and four caused turnovers. She notched an assist in GU's season-opening 16-7 victory over Delaware on Wednesday along with three ground balls and two caused turnovers. In the win at Villanova on Saturday, Barnes managed three ground balls and two caused turnovers as the Hoyas cruised to the 18-6 decision.
In the 12-9 loss to Florida, freshman attacker Caroline Tarzian (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) led the way with three goals and an assist, while sophomore attacker Jody Cumberpatch (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) added two goals and an assist. Graduate student attacker Kristen Coleman (Potomac, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) rounded out the multiple-goal scorers with two to her credit.
Sophomore midfielder Hannah Franklin (Phoenix, Md./McDonogh School) had the all-around line with five ground balls, three caused turnovers and one draw control on the afternoon. Sophomore Barb Black (Ruxton, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) took the loss in goal with four saves.
Junior attacker Dina Jackson (Potomac, Md./Bullis) and Tarzian are currently leading the team in scoring with nine and eight points, respectively. Barnes and junior midfielder Sophia Thomas (Lutherville, Md./Maryvale Prep) both have a squad-best seven caused turnovers. Jackson has six draw controls to her credit this season. Black has notched a squad-best 15 saves.
As of the last NCAA stat report, the Hoyas lead the nation in scoring margin (10.50) and caused turnovers (16.50), rank third in both scoring offense (17.0) and scoring defense (6.5), and are seventh in ground balls (20.50).
The Blue Devils are 6-2 winning their last two over then-No. 8 Princeton, 12-9, and Stony Brook, 9-8. In the most recent win over Stony Brook, the team found itself down by two with 16:53 to play, but the Blue Devils put together 4-1 run to close out the game for a 9-8 victory. Redshirt senior Emma Hamm and freshman Kerrin Maurer led Duke with three points each, while rookie Taylor Trimble also added two goals for the Blue Devils.
Mauer is leading the team with 14 goals and 14 assists for 28 points. She is followed by junior attacker Mackenzie Hommel and Hamm who both have 18 points on the year. Senior goalkeeper Mollie Mackler has played in all eight games in the cage with 53 saves.
The Hoyas are 7-12 against the Blue Devils and 3-6 on the road. Last year at Multi-Sport Field, the Hoyas fell, 13-5. In the last game in North Carolina in 2010, Georgetown lost, 10-8.
The opening draw is scheduled for 1 p.m., at Koskinen Stadium.
Live stats and a pay-per-view webcast will be available on Duke's athletic website.