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7-1 Halftime Deficit Proves Too Large for Hoyas

The Georgetown women’s lacrosse team (0-2) played a tough, evenly-matched game against No. 11 Princeton (3-0), losing 11-7 in its first home game of the season. The Hoyas have had two weeks since their season-opening contest at the University of Delaware. Since that 17-5 loss, the team had only played a half in an exhibition game in against Scotland before the remainder of the game was cancelled due to heavy snow

The Hoyas trailed 7-1 after the first half but rallied to close the game to just four by the final whistle. Princeton had 28 shots and 16 ground balls. Georgetown took just two fewer shots than Princeton and recovered 23 ground balls.

Senior attacker Caroline Tarzian scored the first goal of the game and quickly put Georgetown on the score board, but the Hoyas fell behind after a run of three goals scored by Princeton sophomore Olivia Hompe, two from senior Erin McMunn, one from sophomore Anna Doherty and one from freshman Haley Giraldi.

Tarzian scored twice in the first minute of the second half, and sophomore attacker Colleen Lovett scored two minutes later, making the score 7-4 with Princeton still in the lead. Lovett scored another unassisted goal, and freshman midfielder Hannah Seibel scored for Georgetown with 10:20 left to narrow Princeton’s lead to 10-6.

Tarzian scored her third goal of the game with 6 minutes left but also received a yellow card with 3 minutes remaining. A quick goal from Princeton midfielder Anya Gersoff assisted by senior midfielder Erin Slifer with 36 seconds left ended the game.

Georgetown frequently took advantage of a deep bench to keep fresh legs on the field. Freshmen attacker Amanda Ignatio, midfielder Kathryn Dunn and midfielder Georgia Tunney all saw playing time Saturday. Junior goalkeeper Maddy Fisher played the whole game for Georgetown, saving eight shots and picking up three ground balls.

The Blue and Grey will play George Mason away on Wednesday before returning home to play Towson the following weekend.

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Difficult Schedule Awaits Women’s Lacrosse in 2015

After months of preparation and “fall ball,” the Georgetown women’s lacrosse preseason is in full swing as the team prepares for the 2015 season. Last season, the Hoyas finished with a winning record of 11-9 (6-1 Big East) and were ranked ninth in the NCAA Tournament. But this year they are striving for more.

The schedule is full of tough opponents, including Princeton on Feb. 28, Duke on March 11, Johns Hopkins on March 21 and Loyola Maryland on March 25, all of whom made the Sweet 16 in last season’s NCAA Tournament.

The Hoyas’ first game of the season will be against The University of Virginia on Feb. 7, which made it to the semi-finals last year before losing to Syracuse. The team will face reigning champion Maryland on April 1 and will play Big East rivals Villanova on April 8 and Marquette on April 18 as the season comes to a close.

As Head Coach Ricky Fried enters his 11th season, he brings impressive experience to the team. He became the winningest coach in program history during the 2014 season. The Hoyas have added 10 new freshmen to their roster while two of the captains — senior attacker Caroline Tarzian and senior defender Adrianne Devine — were named Third Team Preseason All-American by in early September. Continue reading

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Women’s Lax Rapid Recap: Georgetown at Duke, March 5

The No. 14/16 Georgetown women’s lacrosse team (3-1) defeated No. 6/6 Duke (3-3) on Wednesday, 11-10, on a goal by junior attacker Caroline Tarzian with five seconds remaining.

The Hoyas had a balanced scoring attack, with four different players scoring two goals against the Blue Devils. Duke went up 3-1 early in the game, but Georgetown answered with a 5-1 run of its own, started with a goal by sophomore midfielder Natalie Miller. Georgetown went into the half leading 7-5, and eventually built that lead up to 9-6 on goals by senior midfielder Kelyn Freedman and senior attacker Meghan Farrell. However, that lead did not last long, as Duke went on a 4-0 run to take the lead with 17 minutes remaining. Georgetown tied it up on a goal by sophomore attacker Corinne Etchison, setting up the dramatic finish. Tarzian was fouled with 10 seconds remaining, and hit a shot over the keeper to net the game winner with 5 seconds left.

The Hoyas got two goals apiece from Tarzian, Freedman, Farrell, and senior midfielder Hannah Franklin. Miller, Etchison and senior midfielder Courtney Caputo each contributed one goal to the winning cause. Georgetown’s defense came up big, forcing 11 Duke turnovers, which made up for being outshot 19-16.

The Hoyas’ next game is at home against Stanford on Sunday, March 9 at 1 pm.

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Rapid Recap: Women’s Lax Seals Big East Tourney Berth with Season-Ending Win

The Hoyas’ (9-7, 5-3 Big East) finished their home season on a high note on Saturday as they beat Big East rivals Rutgers (9-7, 4-4 Big East) by a score of 9-7 to clinch a berth in the Big East tournament. Before the game, Georgetown took time to honor their four seniors along with graduate student Kristen Coleman, who would all be playing their final home game.

Georgetown went into the locker room down 5-4 after the Scarlet Knights got out to an early three-goal lead just over 11 minutes into the contest. The Hoyas then settled down on defense and were able to rally and tie the game at 4, before a late Rutgers goal sent the Scarlet Knights into the half with a lead. The Blue and Gray tried to fend off a Rutgers charge in the beginning of the second half, but the team found itself down 7-5 with 20 minutes remaining in the game.

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Rapid Recap: Women’s Lax Almost Doubled up by Terps

The 15th-ranked Hoyas suffered a tough defeat in their final non-conference game of the season on Wednesday, losing to No. 5 Maryland by a score of 19-10. The loss drops Georgetown’s record to 8-7 overall (4-3 Big East) on the season.

GU quickly assumed control in the early going, as Erin Lovett won the opening draw and immediately scored an unassisted goal to put the Hoyas up. Lovett’s tally would only spark a strong reaction by Maryland, however, as the Terps would go on to score seven unanswered goals to set the tone for the rest of the first half.

After freshman midfielder Caroline Tarzian finally broke Georgetown’s scoring drought at the 14:05 mark, Maryland ensured that the Blue and Gray wouldn’t pick up any momentum, scoring three more unanswered. A Sophia Thomas goal with 12 ticks left ended the period on a positive note for the Hoyas, but the team still found themselves down big, 12-3, at the break.

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Rapid Recap: Women’s Lacrosse Doubled Up by No. 2 ‘Cuse

Outscored in both halves, the Blue and Gray suffered a tough 22-11 loss to No. 2 Syracuse. The loss snaps the Hoyas’ four game win streak and brings their record to 8-5 overall and 4-1 in the Big East.

Unfortunately for the Hoyas, they simply couldn’t stop the ‘Cuse offense. The Orange came out strong in the first half with 14 goals, more than doubling the Blue and Gray’s respectable total of six. Every time the Blue and Gray managed a tally, their opponents responded quickly and kept the Hoyas at arms’ length. Syracuse finished the second half with 8 goals, while the Hoyas scored only 5 more.

Erin Lovett led Georgetown with a hat trick while Kelsi Bozel and Sophia Thomas followed with two goals apiece. Freshman Caroline Tarzian had a productive day as well, finishing with one goal and one assist. Dina Jackson Maggie Brown and Kelyn Freedman each scored once as well.

Despite their balanced attack, Georgetown was out-saved between the pipes. Syracuse goaltenders combined for 14 saves, while Hoya sophomore Barb Black was only able to stop eight attempts from the Orange offense. Defensively, Syracuse also had more clears than the Hoyas. The Orange was also able to secure more ground balls giving them the possession advantage throughout the contest.

On a positive note, the Hoyas were able to control 21 draws throughout the game to Syracuse’s 14. And, although they were not able to find the back of the goal, the Blue and Gray tallied 31 shots on goal, only one less than their opponent.

Georgetown’s schedule doesn’t get much easier, as the No. 8 Fighting Irish will be in DC next weekend to take on the Blue and Gray. The game is scheduled for 2:30 Saturday.