No. 5 Syracuse, No. 7 Hoyas Tangle for BIG EAST Championship Sunday at Noon
April 27, 2008
South Bend, Ind. - The No. 3 seed Georgetown University women's lacrosse team (11-5) will duel with top-seeded Syracuse (15-2) on Sunday, April 27 in the BIG EAST Tournament Championship Game with an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament on the line. The first draw control is set for noon inside Notre Dame Stadium. The contest can be seen live on the CBS College Sports Network (formerly CSTV) with Jason Knapp and Sheehan Stanwick Burch on the call.
It marks the second consecutive season that the Hoyas and Orange have squared off in the league championship game.
The Hoyas advanced to the title game with an amazing 15-14 three-overtime victory over second-seed Notre Dame in Friday night's semifinal game. It was the biggest come-from-behind victory for the Hoyas this season as GU trailed the Irish, 9-2 in the first half.
Sophomore Molly Ford (Reisterstown, Md.) netted the game-winner with 46 seconds left in the third OT. Ford finished with four goals and three assists to match a career-high with seven points. Freshman Jordy Kirr (Baltimore, Md.) also finished with seven points and matched a career-high with three goals.
Sophomore Ashby Kaestner (Trappe, Md.) netted four goals to go along with an assist while winning a game-high six draw controls. Freshman Logan McCraw (Malvern, Pa.) came off the bench and recorded three ground balls and three draw controls.
Sophomore Caitlin Formby (Towson, Md.) compiled eight saves.
Series with the Orange ...
Georgetown holds a 10-2 all-time record over Syracuse but the Orange has won the last two meetings. The Hoyas won 10 straight games from 1999 through last year's regular season. SU toppled Georgetown 12-7 in the first-ever BIG EAST Tournament Championship Game on April 29, 2007 in the Carrier Dome. Syracuse then ran past the Hoyas, 18-3 at the Carrier Dome earlier this season on April 5. Georgetown has tallied double figure goals in nine of the 12 meetings.
Quick Hits ... Freshman Jordy Kirr's four assists on Friday upped her season total to 33 assists. She now ranks second on the school's single-season assists list tying Sarah Zorzi, who accomplished the feat in 2006.
Late in regulation of the Notre Dame game, senior Zan Morley suffered gash just under her chin. Morley received three stitches to close a wound and returned to the game. She is expected to be back in the starting lineup on Sunday.
Junior midfielder Megan Bloomer has been suffering from flu-like symptoms all weekend. She started on Friday but was limited to just two minutes of action. Bloomer saw some time in a local South Bend hospital Friday morning to receive an IV and is feeling considerably better. She is listed as a game time decision for Sunday.
Freshmen Logan McCraw (Malvern, Pa.) and Mary Beth Brophy (Berwyn, Pa.) saw a lot of action on Friday replacing Bloomer. The duo combined for a goal, four ground balls, three draws and two caused turnovers.
Georgetown improved to 7-2 in overtime games under fourth-year head coach Ricky Fried with Friday's victory.
The Hoyas allowed 10 first half goals to the Irish on Friday. It was just the second time this season that GU yielded 10 goals (Apr. 5 at Syracuse). Friday's win was also the second time this season that Georgetown rallied to win when trailing at the half (at Denver).
Sunday's game will be the second-ever Division I game to feature two teams ranked in the top ten that are coached by men. Georgetown ranks seventh in the latest IWLCA national poll while the Orange ranks fifth. In addition to Fried roaming the Georgetown sidelines, Syracuse is led by lacrosse hall of famer Gary Gait.
Junior defender Jordan Trautman (Mystic, Conn.) and sophomores Molly Ford (Reisterstown, Md.) and Ashby Kaestner (Trappe, Md.) earned a spot on the All-BIG EAST First Team while sophomore goalkeeper Caitlin Formby (Towson, Md.) and freshman Jordy Kirr (Baltimore, Md.) garnered all-league Second Team honors as announced at the pre-tournament banquet on Thursday night.