April 24, 2009

Georgetown Scores Season-High 21 in Victory

from press release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Georgetown University women's lacrosse squad continued to roll Friday evening as the Hoyas defeated the Louisville Cardinals in the semifinals of the BIG EAST Championship at Multi-Sport Field. The No. 1 Hoyas (12-4) downed the fourth-seeded Cardinals (9-6) 21-12, to advance to the championship game on Sunday against No. 3 Notre Dame. It marks the third consecutive season that GU will play in the championship. Georgetown is the only team in the BIG EAST to have participated in every championship game played in league history.

The Hoyas were one score shy of the conference record for goals in a game as they continued to showcase a potent attack. GU is averaging 17.2 goals per game in its last five outings. The 21 goals in the win over Louisville was a season high.

Georgetown opened the scoring just two minutes in with a goal from Jordy Kirr (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr Academy) and Ashby Kaestner (Trappe, Md./Saints Peter and Paul) tallying the assist. Louisville answered with three-straight scores to take a, 3-1, lead.

Looking at the first deficit against Louisville in program history, Kaestner tied it up with shots off of the draws just 12 seconds apart, but the Cardinals came back with one more at 18:12.

That would be Louisville's last big push of the half as the Hoyas posted a 7-0 run including two goals from Molly Ford (Reisterstown, Md./Notre Dame Prep). Also contributing was Megan Bloomer (Paoli, Pa./Conestoga), Jacqueline Giles (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron), Sarah Seats (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's School), Allie Hubschmann (Short Hills, N.J./Oak Knoll) and Kelly Barnes (St. David's, Pa./Radnor). GU went into the break with a commanding, 10-4, lead.

Kaestner kept it going in the second half with a goal to make it an 8-0 run, but Louisville snapped the streak at 28:28. Kirr put her second of the game away eight minutes later, but Louisville once against answered with a pair of its own.

Hubschmann tallied her second of the contest but the Cardinals matched it midway through. Erin Lovett (Wantagh, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) and Ford made it a 3-0 run at 10:53 as GU held the six-goal advantage.

Louisville pulled within five, but that would be as close as they would get as Ford rattled off two more and Kirr added another.

Kaestner then made it four for the night while Hubschmann added her third and Giles notched her second on the evening. Louisville scored in the final minute making the final, 21-12.

"I was happy to see so many people get involved tonight, we showed that we have more than just three players that can score. If teams choose to faceguard Molly, Ashby and Jordy, there are a lot of other people that can step up which shows how incredibly deep we are," said Head Coach Ricky Fried.

Ford and Kaestner led all scorers with seven points each. Ford had five goals and two assists, while Kaestner added four goals and three assists. Six different Hoyas had multiple goals, nine scored and 11 tallied points. Georgetown out-shot the Cardinals, 44-29, and had seven more draw controls. GU also had just 11 turnovers and forced 19. Bergan Foley led Louisville with five points. This was UofL's first season in the BIG EAST and just second in Division I.

Since the championship started in 2007, Georgetown has been the top seed once before and played in both championship games falling to Syracuse both seasons. The Hoyas are 9-3 all-time against the Fighting Irish and defeated them earlier in the regular season in South Bend, Ind., coming back from a big halftime deficit to get the victory.

"We aren't going to change much when we play Notre Dame," said Fried. "We'll continue to play our up-tempo game because we have so much depth we can run people in and out. They (Notre Dame) dominated possession tonight against Syracuse which really made a difference, so we will focus on gaining and controlling possession."

Georgetown will face Notre Dame in the championship on Sunday at 1 p.m., at Multi-Sport Field. The game will be televised live on CBS College Sports featuring former Hoya Sheehan Stanwick broadcasting. Live stats will also be available through the BIG EAST website at women's lacrosse championship central. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children. Students from a BIG EAST institution with a valid student ID get in free.

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