No. 15/14 Hoyas to Host No. 2/2 North Carolina
March 16, 2012
WASHINGTON - The No. 15/14 Georgetown University women's lacrosse squad (2-3) will host the No. 2/2 University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (8-0) in a Saturday afternoon matchup at Multi-Sport Field. The Hoyas are looking to bounce back after some tough losses against ranked opponents.
On Wednesday, Georgetown dropped a 16-12 decision to the Johns Hopkins University Blue Jays. Once again, Georgetown tallied more shots (36-26) and more ground balls (15-11) while forcing 15 Blue Jay turnovers to GU's nine, but the telling stat was the Hoyas' 0-of-8 performance on free position shots as well as allowing a number of early JHU goals. Four players scored multiple goals for the Blue & Gray, but it was not enough.
Junior attacker Dina Jackson (Potomac, Md./Bullis) and freshman attacker Caroline Tarzian (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) are currently leading the team in scoring with 13 and 11points, respectively. Junior midfielders Sophia Thomas (Lutherville, Md./Maryvale Prep) and Kelsi Bozel (Hunt Valley, Md./Notre Dame Prep) both have 10 points on the year. Senior defender Kelly Barnes (St. David's, Pa./Radnor) has 11 caused turnovers and Bozel has notched 10 draw controls. Sophomore goalkeeper Barb Black (Ruxton, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) has notched a squad-best 20 saves.
As of the last NCAA stat report, the Hoyas lead the nation in caused turnovers averaging 14.5.
Second-ranked North Carolina got four goals and two assists from senior Becky Lynch and four goals from sophomore Abbey Friend and won 14-9 at eighth-ranked Virginia on Saturday afternoon. With the win, Carolina's fifth in a row over the Cavaliers, UNC improved to 8-0 this season and 1-0 in Atlantic Coast Conference play.
Lynch is leading the team with 18 goals and 15 assists for 33 points. She is followed by senior midfielder Laura Zimmerman who has 22 goals and 10 assists on the year for 32 points. Friend rounds out the top three with 28 goals and two assists for the season. Lauren Maksym has played eight games in the cage with 40 saves.
The Hoyas are 9-8 against the Tar Heels with the first meeting coming in 1996. At home, GU is 6-3, but has lost the past four meetings which included just one home contest. Last year, the Hoyas fell, 13-10, in North Carolina. Georgetown's last win was in overtime at home in 2006 by a score of 8-7.
The opening draw is scheduled for 1 p.m., at Multi-Sport Field.
Live stats and a webcast featuring Chuck Timanus will be available at www.GUHoyas.com. The game will also be broadcast tape delayed on Verizon FiOS.