March 1, 2014

No. 13 Georgetown Edges Princeton in OT

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PRINCETON – Caroline Tarzian scored the only goal in overtime to give the No. 13 Georgetown women's team a 17-16 at Princeton on Saturday.

Call it a bit of redemption for the junior attack, and for the Hoyas after a 14-10 loss at Towson.

"I had a terrible game last week, and I definitely learned from it, and other people on our team learned from it," Tarzian said. "If we try to do too much and try to force it, it's not going to work. Especially the way we play offense. You don't have to do it yourself. I'm so fortunate to have amazing teammates that can do it too."

A balanced attack that featured six multiple-goal scorers, and a timely stop by a freshman goalie put Georgetown back on the winning track.

"We were lucky enough to take a step back up this week," said Tarzian, who had a pair of goals in the win. "When we went into overtime, there was no way we were losing. We lost last week. We can't lose two in a row, just can't do it. It's too early to lose twice in a row."

The Hoyas controlled the ball through both overtime periods to improve to 2-1 while dropping the Tigers to 1-2. It's the first win at Princeton for the Hoyas since 2002, when Georgetown won, 15-13, also in overtime. Saturday's win snapped an eight-game winning streak for Princeton.

"After losing last week, we knew we had to win this week," said Tarzian. "That's what it came down to. In overtime, Princeton's a talented team and we're a talented team, and in overtime it comes down to who wants it more. Six minutes isn't a lot of time to play. It could go either way."

Meghan Farrell and Corinne Etchison had three goals apiece for Georgetown. Hannah Franklin, Kelyn Freedman, Natalie Miller and Tarzian had two goals apiece.

"I thought our offense did well," said Georgetown coach Ricky Fried. "It was efficient. I thought defensively, we made some errors. They have some really good athletes that go to goal hard, and I thought we extended ourselves when we didn't need to and they took advantage of it. I think we fouled way too much and gave them 8-meter opportunities."

Princeton rallied once in each half from four-goal deficits to force overtime. Alexandra Bruno led Princeton with four goals, Olivia Hompe had three goals and three assists and Anya Gersoff had two goals. Georgetown held Tewaaraton Award candidate Erin McMunn to a goal and assist, but the goal came with 1:36 left in regulation to knot the game, 16-16.

Princeton scored six of the final eight goals in regulation to come back, and had a chance to win it when Bruno fired low with four seconds left in the game. Georgetown freshman goalie Maddy Fisher came up with the save, one of four she had while playing the second half.

"I was really excited," Fisher said. "I know how our team can play and I knew we were capable of winning. We just had to execute and I think we showed it."

It was all Georgetown in overtime. Fisher did not have to face a shot in overtime as Princeton could not win a draw and added to their woes with a penalty card.

"We had a freshman come up with a save to get us into overtime," Fried said. "I think that was a huge thing for our confidence. From there, with them getting the card, it made it tough for them to come back."

Fried played Barb Black in the first half, and she made one save. He is still looking to firm up the goalie position.

"It's a game-by-game thing." Fried said. "They both offer different things. And we have another goalie, Meg McDonald, who's right there. It's going to be what we feel is best for the team."

Caroline Tarzian scored the game-winner in overtime, sending Georgetown past Princeton. (Kevin P. Tucker)

The Hoyas have given up 31 goals through three games, and they remain on the road to play at Duke next week. Georgetown is confident its defense will get on the right page.

"They're going to come around," Tarzian said. "I think they came around more today than they have in the past. I think we're getting better."

Until then, there is quite an offense developing.

"We're playing a lot of different people this year," Tarzian said. "There are a lot of hands in our goals. You can see that in our stats. A lot of people are scoring, a lot of people are getting time on the field. I think it gives everyone confidence to come out with a whole team win like this."

Tarzian is working to find her moments. She has been a big scorer over her first two seasons. She led Georgetown in scoring last year and was second as a freshman. What Tarzian saw last week was that she doesn't have to do it all, and if she tries, it could hurt the team.

"The way that we play, it doesn't have to be up to one person," Tarzian said. "I learned quickly last week after having a real off-game and trying to do too much.

"I went 2-for-8 last week. That's a terrible stat. You don't want to have that in your column. I was trying to do too much. We were down early and I tried to take it into my own hands, and when you have people good enough, there's no reason to do that."

Fried is pleased in her development. She is starting to understand how she can help the team even if she's not the one scoring.

"She realizes it's a long season and the more people that get involved now the easier it'll be for her in the long run," Fried said. "It takes a lot of character to step back and say I'd rather be scoring a lot of goals and taking a lot of shots, but I'm going to play within the scope of the team.

"She's maturing as a player and a leader on the offensive end. She's a little more controlled and a little less frantic. She's an emotional player. She's able to be a little more less peaks and valleys and to control that more."

It would have been easy to fall back into that trap when Princeton mounted its rally, to think that she had to be the one to provide a goal. Tarzian waited for the right moment, and long after her first goal in the opening minutes of the game, she supplied the game-winner in overtime.

"We were fortunate it swung our way and fortunate we were able to take care of the ball," Tarzian said. "We really wanted it after last week and losing it. I think it was a huge step for our momentum this year."

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