May 3, 2013
WASHINGTON - After a come from behind 16-14 victory against Loyola (Md.) in the BIG EAST Women's Lacrosse Semifinals on Thursday night the No. 6/6 Georgetown University women's lacrosse team (13-4) now faces top seed No. 5/5 Syracuse (15-3) in the finals on Saturday, May 4, at 1 p.m. at Multi-Sport Field. This marks the fifth time Georgetown has made it to the finals and it will be the fourth time GU and SU have met for the championship.
Saturday's game will be shown live on CBS Sports Network with Ben Holden on play-by-play and Georgetown's own Sheehan Stanwick Burch as color analyst.
Live stats can be found at www.BIGEASTLax.com
In Thursday night's 16-14 semifinal win over Loyola the Hoyas opened a 9-4 lead early in the second half before the Greyhounds ripped off six straight for their first lead of the contest. After three ties and two lead changes, GU notched five unanswered to seize the game. Kelsi Bozel and Hannah Franklin each scored three times while defender Adrianne Devine recorded three caused turnovers.
The last time GU was in the championship game was 2010 and GU defeated the Orange 13-11. The path was the same as this year as GU defeated Loyola by two in the semifinals that year as well, 11-9. Georgetown's record is 1-3 in the finals, with two losses to Syracuse and one to Notre Dame.
Syracuse and Georgetown have played 21 times with GU owning a 14-7 advantage. SU has won three straight, including this year's 13-7 game and last year's 7-6 victory in the BIG EAST Championship Semifinals. Caroline Tarzian had two score in this season's earlier matchup. The series has had five one goal games and two overtime games.
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 6-5. The Hoyas are 5-2 in semifinal games and 1-3 in the finals. GU snapped a streak of two straight semifinal losses with its 16-14 victory against Loyola on Thursday. In the history of the tournament the Hoyas are 1-3 against Syracuse, 2-2 versus Notre Dame, 1-0 against Louisville and 2-0 versus Loyola (Md.).
BIG EAST Award Winners
Five Hoyas earned All-BIG EAST honors as announced at the league banquet on Wednesday, May 1. Caroline Tarzian, Kelyn Freedman and Ashley Hunter all earned First Team honors while Sophia Thomas and Kelsi Bozel were Second Team selections.
Spread out the Scoring
The Hoyas have six players with 20 or more goals. Caroline Tarzian leads the way with 34, Kelyn Freedman has 29, Hannah Franklin 23, Sophia Thomas 22, Dina Jackson 20 and Meghan Farrell 20.
Kelyn Freedman and Kelsi Bozel are dominating the draw control. Bozel leads the team with 46 and Freedman has 44. As a team the Hoyas have won 227-of-409. Bozel's 46 ranks as the ninth best total in GU single season history and Freedman's 44 ranks 11th. Bozel is 6th in career draws with 131.
The Hoyas have fallen behind in 12 of their 17 games, including Thursday with Loyola. GU came back to win eight of the 12 with the largest comeback coming against UConn, when GU fell behind 4-1.
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 106-56. He is seven wins away from tying former Head Coach Kim Simons as GU's all-time winningest coach.
GU is 6-2 at Multi-Sport Field. The average margin of victory at home was 4.3 goals. GU's only home losses were a one goal defeat by Duke, 11-10, and a 13-7 loss to `Cuse.