April 25, 2013
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University's No. 8/7 women's lacrosse team (11-3; 5-1) returns home for the first time in four weeks to host two top 20 BIG EAST opponents. On Friday, April 26, at 4 p.m. the Hoyas host No. 17/16 Connecticut (13-1; 5-1) on Multi-Sport Field. GU closes the regular season on Sunday, April 28, against No. 5/5 Syracuse (12-3; 6-0) at 1 p.m.
Both opponents have already secured a berth in the 2013 BIG EAST Women's Lacrosse Championship hosted by Georgetown on May 2 and 4. With a win in either game Georgetown will also lock up a spot in the championship for the seventh consecutive season.
Last weekend Georgetown went 2-0 with a dominant 13-5 win at Rutgers and a close 6-5 victory at Villanova. GU held an 11-1 lead against the Scarlet Knights early in the second half and won going away. Meghan Farrell (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Visitation) had a team high three scores. At Nova the going was not as easy; the teams were tied with two goals each at halftime and were tied at five with just over 12 minutes to play. Corcoran had the Blue and Gray's game winning score with nine minutes remaining and goalie Barb Black (Ruxton, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) had a free position shot save with three minutes to go, securing the Hoya victory. Corcoran finished the day with a team high three points off one goal and two assists and Black made five saves.
Georgetown is one of three BIG EAST teams ranked in the top 10 of the NCAA's RPI index released on April 23. The Hoyas rank sixth in the nation with Syracuse (4) and Notre Dame (10) joining them in the top 10.
Defense has helped lead the Hoyas to victory in three of their last four games, holding three opponents to seven goals or less. Leading that defense has been Adrianne Devine (Loudonville, N.Y./Shaker), who was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll this week. It was the eighth week this season that a Hoya earned a spot on the honor roll and the first for Devine in her career. Devine has been a starter in all 14 games. She is first on the squad in ground balls with 21 and the leader in caused turnovers with 16. Devine is fourth in draw controls and notched her first career assist at North Carolina.
Caroline Tarzian (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City), Kelyn Freedman (Newtown Square, Pa./Radnor) and Corcoran continue to lead the Hoya offense. Tarzian leads the team in goals and points with 30 and 43 respectively. Freedman is second in goals (26) and third in points (34). Corcoran is the Hoya leader in assists with 20 and second in points with 35. In the conference Tarzian is eighth for goals per game (2.14) and Corcoran is sixth in assists (1.43).
The Hoyas are 12-0 all-time against the Huskies, playing once a season since 2001. Only one game has been decided by two or fewer goals and that was a 14-12 win by GU in 2011. Last season in Washington, D.C. the Hoyas scored a season high 21 goals in a 21-11 victory. Seven different Hoyas scored and three, Tarzian, Freedman and Jackson, scored four times. This season UConn is 13-1 overall and 5-1 in the BIG EAST with the only loss at Syracuse, 18-7. Goalie Shannon Nee, current BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week, has an 8.65 goals-against average which is third in the BIG EAST and midfielder Lauren Kahn leads the team in goals and assists with 32 and 22 respectively.
Syracuse and Georgetown have played 20 times with GU owning a 14-6 advantage. GU has won four of the last seven but SU took both contests last year, a 21-11 win in the regular season and a 7-6 victory in the BIG EAST Championship Semifinals. Lovett led the Hoyas with three scores at Syracuse and Tarzian had two in the semifinal affair. The series has had five one goal games and two overtime games. Syracuse is 12-3 overall and undefeated in BIG EAST play, 6-0. SU's Alyssa Murray, current BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week, is 12th in the nation for points per game (4.67) and goalie Kelsey Richardson is sixth in the nation with a 7.54 goals-against average.
Live stats and a webcast featuring Chuck Timanus will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.