WOMEN'S LACROSSE | Tigers Triumph in Ranked Battle
Published: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 00:02
The No. 10 Georgetown women’s lacrosse team (1-1) suffered a 14-10 upset loss Saturday at No. 20 Towson (2-0). The Hoyas fell into a 6-0 hole in the first eight minutes of the game that turned out to be too much to overcome. The Hoyas could not seem to find their usual rhythm all game and struggled to find the back of the net, losing by a final score of 14-10 despite taking 34 shots to the Tigers’ 21.
“Give all the credit to Towson,” Head Coach Ricky Fried said according to Georgetown Sports Information. “They came out ready to play, and it’s difficult to dig yourself out of a 6-0 hole.”
All three of Georgetown’s goalkeepers received playing time in the loss while senior co-captain Barb Black got the start and was credited with the loss. Black allowed four goals early in the game and was replaced by freshman Maddy Fisher. Fisher played 42 minutes in net and made only three saves while allowing nine goals for the Hoyas. Sophomore Megan McDonald finished the game, giving up a goal and not making any saves.
After the weak start for Georgetown, the team picked up the pace and rallied to within four goals at halftime. Sophomore attack Corinne Etchison started the comeback, scoring a goal assisted by freshman attack Colleen Lovett.
The Tigers notched two more goals but the Hoyas responded with three goals of their own in the last four minutes of the first half. Junior attack Caroline Tarzian began the run with an unassisted goal and senior midfielder and co-captain Kelyn Freedman followed with two quick goals, one off a free position shot and the other unassisted. Georgetown entered halftime down 8-4.
The break seemed to give the Hoyas the rest they needed, as senior midfielder Meghan Farrell scored a quick goal just two minutes into play. The momentum did not last long, however, as Towson rallied once again and scored three unanswered goals ,which stretched the lead back to six.
The Hoyas regained some life in the last 15 minutes of play, but the final push came too late, and the game ended in a 14-10 win for the Tigers.
The draw control was a major factor in the game. The Hoyas did not find the overwhelming success they had in their first game against Delaware. Georgetown won 13-of-25 draws, but it also turned the ball over 13 times. While the majority of draws favored the Hoyas, the number of turnovers ultimately hurt the team.
Georgetown relies on consistency and ball control to play its game and it was unable to do either against Towson.
The Hoya defense was lead by junior Adrianna Devine, who had two ground balls, caused two turnovers and collectively caused 15 Towson turnovers. The group also went 10-for-10 on clears throughout the game. Although the Tigers got off to a strong start, the unit adapted well and only allowed eight goals after the first eight minutes of play.
While the Blue and Gray wish they could have the game back, they did take some positives from the match. Not only did the defensive squad adapt well, but also the offense was able to generate many shots on goal. Towson junior goalkeeper Kelsea Donnelly made a career-high 14 saves and played all 60 minutes in the net for the Tigers.
Georgetown will play its next game against No. 17 Princeton (0-1) on Saturday at 3 p.m. in New Jersey. Princeton will play its second game of the season this Wednesday against state rival Rutgers.
Princeton lost to No. 6 Loyola this Saturday 15-10. Though the Blue and Gray will have limited exposure to the Tigers, Georgetown is fortunate to be the second game of a two-game week for Princeton. With a long week to prepare for the contest, the Hoyas will be sure to focus on possession and shot control in hopes of earning their second win.
Still early in the season, Georgetown will look to get back on track and prove it warranted its lofty preseason ranking.