March 18, 2009

Georgetown Shares Wealth, Drubs Mason

from press release

FAIRFAX, Va. - Led by three players with four goals each, the Georgetown University women's lacrosse squad got the 16-10 victory over the George Mason Patriots (2-4) Wednesday evening in Fairfax, Va. The Hoyas had just a one-goal advantage at the half, but looked strong in the second to leave the field with the win and improve to 5-2 on the season. The contest marked the first in a four-game road trip for the nationally-ranked squad.

Jacqueline Giles (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) started things off for the Hoyas with a pair of goals in the opening two minutes. Unfortunately, George Mason came right back with two of its own to tie it up at 25:11.

Georgetown then staged a 3-0 run started off by Giles from the free position shot at 21:58. Molly Ford (Reisterstown, Md./Notre Dame Prep) and Mary Beth Brophy (Berwyn, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) added scores to give GU a three-goal advantage.

Three goals wouldn't be enough, however, as the Patriots answered with five straight tallies to take its first lead of the game.

With a little over five minutes remaining in the half, Ashby Kaestner (Trappe, Md./Saints Peter and Paul) took matters into her own hands and stopped the GMU run with a goal right off of the draw. She gained possession on the next play and passed to Jordy Kirr (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr Academy) to tie it at seven. Finally, Kaestner was awarded the free position at 1:48 and hit to make it 8-7 in favor of the Hoyas at the break.

Giles once again started things to open the second half connecting on the eight meter shot at 26:39. The Patriots came back with one goal but freshman Erin Lovett (Wantagh, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) and Ford both took control for the Hoyas. The goal marked the first of Lovett's intercollegiate career.

The Patriots managed to stay in the game for much of the half but the Georgetown offense kept rolling to secure the win. Kaestner and Ford each added two more while Kirr contributed a score making the final 16-10.

Kaestner, Ford and Giles each had four goals for the Hoyas while Kaestner added a team-best three assists. Georgetown outshot George Mason 33-24 and had four more ground balls as well as a 17-11 advantage on the draw. The Hoya defense forced 24 Patriot turnovers. Caitlin Formby (Towson, Md./Notre Dame Prep) was awarded the win in goal with eight saves for the game.

GU now prepares for No. 8/6 North Carolina on Saturday afternoon down in Chapel Hill, N.C. The game is slated to begin at 1 p.m.

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