Women's Lacrosse Heads to Marquette and Notre Dame

M.J. Coyle has started all 10 games on defense for GU and helped limit opponents to 9.7 goals.

April 11, 2013

WASHINGTON - The No. 8/8 Georgetown women's lacrosse team (8-2; 3-0) returns to action this weekend with games at Marquette and No. 6/5 Notre Dame. The Hoyas have played three consecutive league games heading into their matchup with Marquette, who does not play in the BIG EAST Conference this season, on Friday, April 12, at 5 p.m. After Marquette, GU travels to Notre Dame on Sunday, April 14, at 1 p.m. The ND game will be the second game of a double header, following the Georgetown men versus ND at 11 a.m.

The Last Meeting
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April 21, 2012
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No. 15/12 Georgetown Falls to No. 7/6 Notre Dame in Double Overtime
The No. 15/12 Georgetown University women's lacrosse squad fell, 7-6, to the No. 7/6 University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish (12-2, 5-2 BIG EAST) on Saturday in double overtime at Multi-Sport Field. The Hoyas had chances near the end, but couldn't capitalize on opportunities to drop to 8-6 overall and 4-3 in the BIG EAST Conference.

This past Saturday, Georgetown and Loyola played a back and forth affair that saw nine ties and seven lead changes before Georgetown closed out a 14-11 win. With the win GU stayed undefeated in league play. The Hoyas were led by Sophia Thomas (Lutherville, Md./Maryvale Prep), Kelyn Freedman (Newtown Square, Pa./Radnor) and Ashley Hunter (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephen's & St. Agnes). Thomas, who was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll this week, and Freedman carried the day offensively combining for six goals and two assists, while Hunter was the defensive stopper with four ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Three Hoyas have scored a point in every game this season for GU's 10th ranked scoring offense (14.0 goals per game). Freedman, Tarzian and Rosie Corcoran (Point Lookout, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) have all notched at least one point in all 10 games. Freedman is the only Hoya to score a goal in every game and has eight multi-goal games this year totaling 12 for her career. Tarzian also has eight multi-goal games and 10 in her two seasons. Corcoran meanwhile is the leader in assists with 14 and had a season high five points against Louisville.

Georgetown's defense, led by senior Hunter, junior M.J. Coyle (Kensington, Md./Holy Child) along with sophomores Adrianne Devine (Loudonville, N.Y./Shaker) and Casey McGowan (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) has limited opponents to just 9.7 goals per game, which ranks 36th in the nation. Junior goalkeeper Barb Black (Ruxton, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) has 47 saves and ranks ninth all-time at Georgetown with 206 in her career.

In the latest BIG EAST statistics Georgetown ranks in the top three in six categories. GU is tops in fewest fouls (18.9), second in goals (14.0), second in fewest turnovers (12.4), second in points (20.4), third in draw controls (13.8) and third in shots (29.4).

With this being Marquette's first season of women's lacrosse it will be the inaugural match-up between the Golden Eagles and the Hoyas. The Golden Eagles are 2-10 in 2013 with wins over Coastal Carolina and Detroit. This past Sunday Marquette lost 21-2 at Louisville. Claire Costanza is Marquette's offensive leader with 30 points (11 g, 19 a).

The Irish have not lost yet this season, 10-0, and are 4-0 in BIG EAST play. They have played two one-goal games, winning 12-11 at Vanderbilt and 16-15 at Louisville. Last Sunday ND won 13-6 at Cincinnati. Jenny Granger and Jaimie Morrison have 35 and 34 points, respectively, and rank ninth and 10th in the BIG EAST for points per game. Barbara Sullivan is the conference leader in ground balls with 36.

Notre Dame and Georgetown have met 18 times, with GU owning an 11-7 advantage. In 10 of the meetings the winning margin has been two goals or less, including three overtime affairs. The Irish are currently on a three game winning streak against the Blue and Gray, including a 7-6 double overtime win in D.C. last season. In the game GU's Corcoran tied the game at six with three minutes to play but the Irish hit the winner with 40 seconds remaining in the second OT. Georgetown's last win against the Irish came on April 3, 2010.

Both games will have live stats available through GUHoyas.com and there will be free live video on UND.com. http://hqplayer.nbcsports.com/Player.html?PID=117



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