May 3, 2012
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The Georgetown University women's lacrosse squad (9-7, 5-3 BIG EAST) had six players named All-BIG EAST Conference on Wednesday evening at the league's annual banquet. Three earned first team honors, while three more were named to the second team for a total of six. Fourth-seeded Georgetown will open semifinal play on Thursday against top-seeded Syracuse.
Senior defender Kelly Barnes (St. David's, Pa./Radnor) was one of three Hoyas named to the first team. The co-captain leads the squad in ground balls with 43 and ranks third on the team in caused turnovers forcing 21. She is the leader of the defense and has started all 16 games this season for the Blue & Gray. Barnes earned a nod to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll already this season. This is her third selection to the all-conference squad and the second to the first team.
Junior midfielder Sophia Thomas (Lutherville, Md./Maryvale Prep) also earned a spot on the first team. Thomas is leading the squad in scoring with a team-best 38 goals along with eight assists for 46 points. The midfielder has three game winning goals and has hit three free position shots. Already this year, Thomas was named a Tewaaraton Trophy nominee, the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week and has been named to the weekly honor roll. This is her second nod to the All-BIG EAST First Team.
Junior midfielder Kelsi Bozel (Hunt Valley, Md./Notre Dame Prep) rounded out the first team honorees. Bozel ranks third on the team in scoring with 25 goals and a squad-best 10 assists to her credit for 35 points. She has also captured 37 draw controls to lead the Blue & Gray. Bozel has earned a nod to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll already this year and is a two-time All-BIG EAST honoree. It is her first nod to the first team.
Junior attacker Dina Jackson (Potomac, Md./Bullis) was named to the second team for the second-consecutive year. Jackson ranks fourth in scoring for the Hoyas with 26 goals and six assists totaling 32 points on the year. The attacker has started all 16 games for Georgetown.
Junior defender Ashley Hunter (Fort Washington, Md./St. Stephen's & St. Agnes) received a spot on the second team after a solid campaign. Hunter has started all 16 games on defense and ranks second in caused turnovers with 23 as well as second in ground balls picking up 22. After earned two BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll awards so far this season, this honor marks Hunter's first-career All-BIG EAST selection.
Freshman attacker Caroline Tarzian (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) was one of just six freshmen to receive All-BIG EAST honors. She is second on the squad in scoring with 32 goals and nine assists for 41 points in her rookie year. Tarzian has also connected on a team-high five free position shots. The freshman had one nod to the weekly honor roll this year.
All four of Georgetown's players named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST squad earned a place in the postseason honors including Barnes, Bozel, Jackson and Thomas.
Senior from each squad in attendance as well as the BIG EAST Academic All-Stars from each team were also recognized on Wednesday evening.
The opening draw on Thursday is scheduled for approximately 8:15 p.m., at the Carrier Dome. It will follow the first semifinal featuring No. 2 Loyola (Md.) and No. 3 Notre Dame. The game will be televised live on CBS Sports Network with Todd Harris and GU alum Sheehan Stanwick Burch calling the action. Live stats will also be available through GUHoyas.com.