May 1, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's lacrosse team (12-4; 6-2) plays host to the 2013 BIG EAST Women's Lacrosse Championship and face third seed Loyola (Md.) (10-7; 6-2) on Thursday night, May 2, in the second game of a double-header. No. 1 seed Syracuse takes on No. 4 seed UConn in the earlier game. Both games will be played at GU's Multi-Sport Field with the first game's draw scheduled for 5:30 p.m. and the second game tentatively set to begin at 8:15 p.m.
Both semifinal games will be shown live on BIGEAST.tv with HoyaVision voice Chuck Timanus on the call. Live stats can be found at www.BIGEASTLax.com
This past week Georgetown secured its spot in the BIG EAST Championship with a 9-6 win over UConn on Friday. Hannah Franklin tied a career high with four goals and GU outscored the Huskies 8-2 after falling behind 4-1. With the first seed in the tournament on the line GU lost to Syracuse 13-7 on Sunday. The Hoyas opened a 2-0 lead but went scoreless for 27 minutes and fell behind 8-2.
The Greyhounds were Georgetown's first ever varsity opponent in 1977. GU holds an 8-6 all-time series lead. The Blue and Gray have won four of the last five meetings, including an 11-9 victory in the semifinals of the BIG EAST Championship in 2010. Loyola is the two-time defending BIG EAST Championship winner. Earlier this year on April 6, Georgetown defeated Loyola 14-11 in Baltimore. Senior Sophia Thomas scored four goals for the second straight season against the Greyhounds. In five games against Loyola Thomas has 13 goals.
BIG EAST Championship History
Georgetown has been to all seven BIG EAST Championships and last won the title in 2010 with a 13-11 win over Syracuse. Georgetown's overall record in the championship is 5-5. The Hoyas are 4-2 in semifinal games and 1-3 in the finals. GU has lost its previous two semifinal affairs, including last season's 7-6 loss to Syracuse. In the history of the tournament the Hoyas are 1-3 against Syracuse, 2-2 versus Notre Dame, 1-0 against Louisville and 1-0 versus Loyola (Md.).
Caroline Tarzian was one of 25 players on the Tewaaraton Trophy Nominee List as released on Friday, April 26.
BIG EAST Success
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 73 of 83 games for an 87.9% win percentage, and have been regular season champions in 10 of 13 campaigns. GU has been undefeated in seven of those seasons, the last time in 2010. The Hoyas have amassed a 49-10 (83.1%) record in league games since Head Coach Ricky Fried came on board in 2005.
The Hoyas enter the BIG EAST Championship ranked as high as they have been all season, ranking sixth in the deBeer Poll and sixth in the IWLCA Poll.
The Hoyas check in on the latest NCAA RPI index, as of April 30, at No. 6. The only other league team in the top 10 is Syracuse at No. 4.
Two Hoyas have scored a point in every game this season for GU's 24th ranked scoring offense (12.5 goals per game). Kelyn Freedman and Rosie Corcoran have each notched at least one point in all 16 games. Freedman has 10 multi-goal games this year while Corcoran has six multi-assist games.
Leading the Offense
Caroline Tarzian is leading the Hoya goal scoring while Rosie Corcoran is tops in assists. Tarzian has 33 goals and 46 points while Corcoran has a team high 22 helpers. Last season Tarzian was second on the squad in goals with 34. Corcoran's 22 assists are a career high, only handing out a total of eight in the prior three seasons.
Five Hoyas have started all 16 games on defense. Ashley Hunter, Adrianne Devine, MJ Coyle, Casey McGowan and goalie Barb Black have helped hold opposing teams to 9.12 goals a game. GU has limited eight opponents to eight goals or less, including three of their last four.
Freshman Corinne Etchison has played in all 16 games this year and is tied for fourth in assists with eight, tied for seventh in goals with 16 and is eighth in points with 24. She has three multi-goal games with a career high of three against both Stanford and Louisville.
Hitting the Century Mark
Head Coach Ricky Fried, in his ninth season at Georgetown, reached his 100th win against Louisville. His overall record as the leader of the Blue and Gray is 105-56. He is eight wins away from tying former Head Coach Kim Simons as GU's all-time winningest coach.
GU went 5-2 at Multi-Sport Field. The average margin of victory at home was 6.4 goals. GU's only losses were a one goal defeat by Duke, 11-10, and a 13-7 loss to `Cuse in the regular season finale.