BIG EAST Rivals Rutgers and Villanova Next for Women's Lacrosse
April 18, 2013
WASHINGTON - For the third straight weekend the No. 8/8 Georgetown women's lacrosse team goes on the road. Georgetown has not been home since a March 24 clash with Louisville. The Hoyas have built a 5-2 mark away from home and are 2-1 thus far in this five game stretch of away games. This Friday, April 19, the Hoyas visit Rutgers for a 3 p.m. game at RU"s Stadium Complex and then on Sunday, April 21, GU goes to Villanova for a 1 p.m. contest at Villanova Stadium.
This past weekend the Blue and Gray split a pair of games in the Midwest. The Hoyas won 13-7 at Marquette and fell 13-12 at No. 5/6 Notre Dame. Senior Tewaaraton Trophy candidate Sophia Thomas (Lutherville, Md./Maryvale Prep) led the Hoyas' scoring effort with three goals in each game. At Marquette the Hoyas built a first half lead and the defense never allowed the Golden Eagles to get closer than four scores. In the Notre Dame game a four all tie at half turned into a shootout in the final 30 minutes. GU was down four with less than one minute to play but scored three times and controlled the draw with 12 seconds to go but could not get the tying score.
Also helping the Blue and Gray dictate tempo has been its ability to control draws. The Hoyas rank 12th in the country for draw controls with 14.08 per game. GU has won 169-of-305 draws. Freedman and Kelsi Bozel (Hunt Valley, Md./Notre Dame Prep) have been the leaders in DCs with 35 and 32, respectively. Freedman's total of 35 is tied for the 21st best single season in Hoya history and Bozel is sixth all-time in career draw controls with 117. Thomas has also contributed significantly with 19 this year.
Defensively GU's opponents have committed 203 turnovers with GU forcing 109. On average Georgetown opponents commit 13.25 turnovers per game which ranks second in the BIG EAST. The defense has also limited opponents to a lowly 61% rate in successful clears. Adrianne Devine (Loudonville, N.Y./Shaker) is GU's leader in caused turnovers with 14 and both Meghan Farrell (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Visitation) and Ashley Hunter (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephens & St. Agnes) are one away with 13 apiece.
Georgetown is 19-3 all-time against the Scarlet Knights and has won 13 straight, stretching back to 1999. Last year the Hoyas won a 9-7 affair in D.C. Tarzian had a game high four goals and an assist to lead GU. The series with Villanova has been owned by the Hoyas as well, with GU boasting a 10-5 all-time mark. GU is riding a nine game winning streak against the Wildcats, including an 18-6 win at Nova in 2012. Dina Jackson (Potomac, Md./Bullis) had four goals in the game. The Hoyas are 5-3 all-time at Villanova, not having lost there since the 1996 season.
Rutgers is coming off a 9-6 victory against Villanova and is 9-4 overall and 1-3 in BIG EAST play. Katrina Martinelli is RU's leading scorer with 29 goals and 38 points. Goalie Lily Kalata is tops in the BIG EAST for goals against average with 7.00 (goalies with over 100 minutes played). She has 76 saves this season.
Villanova is 5-7 and has yet to win a league game, 0-4. The Wildcats are on a four-game losing streak, falling to Rutgers, Connecticut, Syracuse and Notre Dame. VU plays Loyola on Friday, April 19, prior to the Georgetown game. Jackie Froccaro leads VU in goals with 28 while Jessica Mucci is the team leader in points with 43, including 31 assists.
Both games will have live stats available through GUHoyas.com.