Women's Lacrosse to Play Princeton in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament
May 3, 2009
Washington, D.C. - The Georgetown women's lacrosse squad continued its season Sunday evening with an at-large bid into the 2009 NCAA Tournament. The Hoyas will face the eighth-seeded Princeton Tigers on Sunday, May 10 at Class of 1952 Stadium in the opening round of the tournament.
"We're excited have the opportunity to keep playing, we now have a one-game season ahead of us to focus on," said Head Coach Ricky Fried. "It's nice to see our hard work rewarded, we think we set ourselves up with a tough schedule and it paid off. We're now prepared to face anyone in the country."
The NCAA Selection Committee hands out eight at-large bids paired with the eight squads that receive an automatic bid by winning their respective conference to make up the sixteen-team field. The top eight teams are seeded.
2009 marks the Hoyas' 11th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and the fourth under Fried. Georgetown has advanced out of the first round eight times and made two appearances in the national championship game in 2001 and 2002.
The Hoyas finished the season with a record of 13-5 and a mark of 6-1 in the BIG EAST. GU advanced to the conference tournament final, but fell to Notre Dame, 12-10. Georgetown has played six teams in the NCAA Tournament field and defeated three of them including fifth-seeded Duke, sixth-seeded Notre Dame and seventh-seeded Syracuse.
GU is 6-8 all-time against Princeton, the teams' last meeting was a 9-8 Georgetown victory in 2008 to close out the regular season. The squads have met twice before in the NCAA Tournament, both times the Tigers prevailed. In 1998 GU fell, 12-11, in overtime in the opening round and in 2002 Princeton downed Georgetown in the championship game by a score of 12-7.
The Tigers are 13-3 on the season with losses to three NCAA Tournament squads; Duke, Penn and Maryland. Princeton is led by Holly McGarvie who has 32 goals and 19 assists on the season for 51 points.
Times and ticket information for Sunday's game will be announced later this week. The winner will advance to play the winner of No. 1 Northwestern against UMass.