April 5, 2013
WASHINGTON - It has been close to two weeks since the No. 9/9 Georgetown women's lacrosse team (7-2; 2-0) last played a game. The Hoyas defeated Louisville on March 24 and now return to action against BIG EAST rival No. 15/15 Loyola (Md.) (5-5; 2-0) on Saturday, April 6, at noon. The game will be played as the first game of a lacrosse doubleheader at Loyola's Ridley Athletic Complex, with the Loyola men facing Fairfield following the women's game.
"Coming off our extended break the team is fresh and hungry," stated Head Coach Ricky Fried. "Loyola matches up pretty evenly with us so it should be a very good game. We need to play well as a team and pay attention to detail, if we do that we will continue to do well this season."
Georgetown has been highly successful in BIG EAST play since women's lacrosse became a league sport in 2001. In the 13 seasons of BIG EAST women's lacrosse play GU has won 69 of 77 games for an 89.6% win percentage, and have been regular season champions in 10 of 12 campaigns. The Hoyas have amassed a 45-8 (84.9%) record in league games since Head Coach Ricky Fried came on board in 2005.
Against No. 20/20 Louisville at Multi-Sport Field on March 24 the Hoyas used a 5-2 second half scoring surge to break open a 9-9 halftime tie. With the win Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried recorded his 100th win at the helm of the Hoyas. It was a very physical contest as 52 fouls were called in the game with 33 on Louisville and seven yellow cards issued to the Cardinals. In the game Caroline Tarzian (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) netted her third five-goal game of the season and freshman Corinne Etchison (Eldersburg, Md./McDonogh School) had her second three-goal game. Also helping the cause was senior Rosie Corcoran (Point Lookout, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) with a career high four assists.
GU's scoring offense ranks 10th nationally for goals per game (14.0), which is also tops in the BIG EAST. Tarzian is the Blue and Gray's leading goal scorer with 24. Her 2.67 goals per game is third in the conference and 45th in the nation. Tarzian also ranks seventh in the league for points per game (3.78). Keyln Freedman (Newtown Square, Pa./Radnor) is second on the team with 20 goals, which eclipses her 2011 career high of 19. The Hoyas rank second in the BIG EAST for shots per game (29.44) and shots on goal per game (23.00). GU has outshot eight-of-nine opponents.
Defensively the Hoyas are limiting opponents to 9.56 goals which ranks 30th in the nation.
GU's Kelsi Bozel (Hunt Valley, Md./Notre Dame Prep) and Freedman have controlled the draws, collecting 27 and 26 respectively. Georgetown's average of 13.78 draw controls a game is third in the BIG EAST and 14th in the nation.
This will be the eighth consecutive year that the Hoyas and Greyhounds have matched up against each other. The Greyhounds were Georgetown's first ever varsity opponent back in 1977. GU holds a 7-6 all-time series lead. The Blue and Gray have won three of the last four meetings. Last season Loyola won a 15-14 overtime affair in Washington. GU outshot Loyola, 36-28, and was ahead in draw controls 19-14. Both Tarzian and Sophia Thomas (Lutherville, Md./Maryvale Prep) tallied four goals apiece but Loyola's Annie Thomas scored the game-winner with 37 seconds left in overtime.
Loyola has built at 5-5 overall record and a 2-0 mark in BIG EAST league play this season. The Greyhounds are on a three-game winning streak after defeating UMBC 13-7 on Wednesday, March 27. Loyola also boasts wins against Louisville, Cincinnati, Towson and Penn State. Three of Loyola's losses have come by a single goal. Loyola has six players with 10 or more goals, led by sophomore Hannah Schmitt with 19 scores.
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