WOMEN'S LACROSSE | Franklin and Black Lead Hoyas Against Delaware
Published: Friday, February 21, 2014
Updated: Friday, February 21, 2014 02:02
The Georgetown women’s lacrosse team (1-0) had an outstanding start to its season Saturday in a huge 19-11 win over Delaware (1-1). Eight different Hoyas scored, and two goalkeepers saw time in the net. Sophomore attack Corinne Etchison and senior midfielder Hannah Franklin netted four goals a piece. Both goalkeepers — senior Barb Black and freshman Maddy Fisher — each recorded two saves on the day.
Both Black and Franklin were named to the Big East Honor Roll this week after their performances in the win. The award is Black’s third of her career and Franklin’s second. The co-captains led the team as Franklin finished with five points and Black notched the win.
The Blue and Gray started the game strong, going on a 6-1 run just minutes into the first half. They then would to control the game: They held a 13-8 lead at half-time and allowed Delaware a mere three goals in the entire second half of play.
“We wanted to possess the ball longer [in the second half]” Head Coach Ricky Fried said. “We did a really good job on the draw controls and had a number of possessions, but they were quick and it resulted in a lot of goals. We wanted to work on possessing the ball and maintaining possession, which I thought we did a very good job of in the second half.”
Although it was the Hoyas first game of the season, the team did not display any signs of nerves and were not timid. They also did not show any signs of rust in their first outing as it completed crisp passes and had 39 shots.
The team’s dominate play continued into the second half as it scored six more goals and controlled a majority of the draws. Georgetown was not challenged by Delaware as it cruised to the victory.
“I thought we played hard. I though there were a lot of positives in the sense of the pace that we played, the confidence that we seemed to play with, but at the same time, I think there’s a lot of things that we can still work on and improve on, which for our first game is a good place to be,” Fried said.
After the impressive win, Georgetown looks ahead to Saturday as the Hoyas take on No. 20 Towson at 3 p.m. in Towson, Md. The Tigers dominated their first game of the season on Wednesday against University of Maryland-Baltimore County, 11-6.
This is the beginning of Georgetown’s three-game road trip, which are all against ranked teams. Although Towson has claimed the last spot in the NCAA rankings, the skilled team is bound to move up in the polls this season.
The Tigers are coming off of a successful season in which they not only won the CAA Championship, but also earned multiple awards for their inspiring play. Redshirt senior attack Ashleigh Rohrback was named co-CAA Player of the year, senior defender Kaitlin Sheridan was named CAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player and junior goalkeeper Kelsea Donnelly received second-team all CAA.
Neither team is in full form this early in the season as both are still making adjustments, therefore the matchup is sure to come down to execution. Whichever side can stick to its game plan is likely be victorious. The Hoyas have not played a game since Feb. 15 and therefore will be more well rested than the Tigers who last played Wednesday.
“We don’t have a lot to prepare for them on. It’s going to come down to who executes their own game plan better and that’s going to continue to be our focus for us to improve. The big emphasis from baskets down low.
Defensively, Georgetown made little progress from its previous game at St. John’s, giving up easy transition baskets and uncontested three-pointers. For a team that prides itself on strong defense, it has been that end of the court that has failed the Hoyas over the past two games.
The Hoyas also struggled to stay disciplined on defense. Senior guard Markel Starks, who finished with 13 points, picked up three fouls in the first half. Georgetown also found itself in the bonus with 12 minutes remaining in the game. Bowen and Trawick both fouled out, while Hopkins and Starks finished with four fouls each.
A bright spot for the Hoyas, once again, was Smith-Rivera. The sophomore has shown that he has broken out of his shooting slump, which seems like ancient history now. Typically, Starks has been a higher volume shooter than his backcourt counterpart, but on Thursday Smith-Rivera was the offensive focal point — perhaps a sign of things to come both at the end of this year and the next.
The task for Georgetown now is clear. If it is unable to beat a Seton Hall team that is unlikely to qualify for the national tournament, Georgetown does not have much of a case for itself. The problems are evident: poor defense, a lack of discipline, few real scoring threats and overall inconsistency. If the Hoyas want to make the national tournament, then they will likely need to win the Big East championship to earn the automatic bid to the postseason.
But that is a problem for critics and writers — not for players and coaches. The only game that matters to the team now is, and should be, it’s home match against Xavier this Saturday. A quick turnaround will be difficult but necessary — and potentially season saving.