May 4, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's lacrosse team (10-8) received a berth in the 2014 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship as announced on Sunday on NCAA.com. The Hoyas earned one of 13 at-large berths and will face Johns Hopkins University on May 9. The game will be played at the University of North Carolina's Fetzer Field on Friday, May 9 at 5 p.m.
"This is new life for us, a fresh start," said Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried. "It's a new season and hopefully the competitiveness of our schedule has prepared us for these games."
This marks Georgetown's 14th trip to the NCAA Tournament and the eighth time in the past 11 seasons. Georgetown is 13-13 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. The furthest the Hoyas have advanced is to the championship game in both 2001 and 2002. GU was last in the tournament a season ago when the Hoyas lost in the second round to Virginia, 10-8, at home.
This is the second season that the women's tournament involves 26 teams and the Hoyas have built a 2-8 record this year against teams in the tournament, with two of those contests going into overtime and six of the matchups decided by one goal. GU has wins over Duke and Princeton this year.
Georgetown is 8-8 all-time against Johns Hopkins and has won seven of the last nine meetings. The squads have never played in the NCAA Tournament.
The teams met earlier this year and JHU came away with the 11-10 overtime win at Multi-Sport Field. The Hoyas led by one through 20 minutes of play until the Blue Jays scored with 41 seconds remaining. The team then found the answer in overtime to get the victory. Hopkins scored five of the last six goals of the game.
Georgetown had three players post two goals apiece as senior midfielder Kelyn Freedman (Newtown Square, Pa./Radnor), senior midfielder Courtney Caputo (Philadelphia, Pa./Springside School) and senior midfielder Hannah Franklin (Phoenix, Md./McDonogh School) all tallied a pair.
The game was evenly matched as the Hoyas outshot the Blue Jays (26-17), had more draw controls (13-12) and went 3-for7 on free position shots. Freshman goalkeeper Maddy Fisher (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) took the loss in the cage in her first-career start with six saves to her credit.
A total of two BIG EAST teams earned a berth in the 2014 NCAA Tournament as Louisville received the league's automatic qualifying bid.
The matchup against Johns Hopkins is set for Friday at Fetzer Field on the campus of UNC at 5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased through the UNC athletic department. The winner of the game will face the third-seeded Tar Heels on Sunday at 1 p.m.
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