March 25, 2011

Georgetown Women Use Big First Half to Win Big East Opener

from press release

WASHINGTON -- The No. 13 Georgetown University women's lacrosse team opened BIG EAST play with a victory over the Villanova University Wildcats (4-3, 0-1 BIG EAST) on Friday evening under the lights at Multi-Sport Field. The Hoyas used a big first half to cruise to the 17-12 win to improve to 2-4 on the season and 1-0 in conference play.

"I was pleased with the way we performed in the first half, I think our starters played as well as they have all season," said Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried. "In the second half I think we made some mental mistakes, but it was good to get a lot of people minutes and to see some different looks to the lineup."

Georgetown opened the game with a goal by senior captain Jordy Kirr (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr School). The Wildcats tied it up, but that would be as close as they would come as the Hoyas staged an 11-1 run over 20 minutes. The Blue & Gray dominated possession hitting on three free position shots and tallying four unassisted scores.

In the run, senior Jacqueline Giles (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) led the way with three goals while sophomore Kelsi Bozel (Hunt Valley, Md./Notre Dame Prep), freshman Hannah Franklin (Phoenix, Md./McDonogh School) and sophomore Sophia Thomas (Lutherville, Md./Maryvale Prep) added two each. Kirr and sophomore Dina Jackson (Potomac, Md./Bullis) made the total 11.

The Wildcats managed one before the half making the score 12-3 at the break. In the second half, the Hoyas started strong adding three more scores including one from Jackson and two by Thomas giving the Hoyas a 12-goal lead, their largest of the contest.

Throughout the second half, the staff began to mix up the lineup giving players opportunities for minutes. The changes allowed the Wildcats to get back in the game, but the squad was never within striking distance.

At 11:24, freshman Meghan Farrell (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Visitation) scored a goal and Giles added her fourth at the five-minute mark making the final 17-12. Thomas led the Hoyas with five points on four goals and an assist, while Giles added four scores. Bozel managed four points on two goals and as many assists.

GU outshot Villanova, 31-18, and picked up five more groundballs as well as nabbing one more draw control. Freshman Barb Black (Ruxton, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) had the win in goal with one save to her credit.

Georgetown will be back in action on Sunday at No. 12 Princeton University

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