April 18, 2009

Hoyas Drub Cincy, No. 1 in Big East

from press release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Georgetown University Women's Lacrosse squad accomplished one of its 2009 season goals on Saturday, returning to the top of the BIG EAST Conference. The No. 7/6 Hoyas defeated Cincinnati (5-10, 0-7 BIG EAST), 18-6, to win the BIG EAST Regular Season Co-Championship and earn the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament. Georgetown completed the regular season 11-4 with a 6-1 record in the BIG EAST to tie Syracuse for the title.

The championship marks the fourth under Head Coach Ricky Fried after a one-year hiatus. The win also marks the second time in three seasons that the Hoyas will enter the tournament as the top seed.

"The team's hard work really paid off, we had a goal at the beginning of the year to win the regular season and we did. I'm proud of the team for setting their mind to something and it becoming a reality," said Fried. "We set other goals this year and now we need to refocus on those and the tournament."

Attacker Molly Ford (Reisterstown, Md./Notre Dame Prep) started things early for the Hoyas hitting two quick goals in the opening three minutes. Jacqueline Giles (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) and Ashby Kaestner (Trappe, Md./Saints Peter and Paul) both added scores to give GU a 4-0 lead.

The Bearcats got on the board at 22:34, but Georgetown quickly answered as Erin Lovett (Wantagh, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) and Ford both found the back of the cage to make it 6-1.

Cincinnati staged a two-goal run with goals just a minute apart, but that would be the end of the scoring for the Bearcats after a timeout from Fried.

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GU finished off the half with six straight goals including two from Allie Hubschmann (Short Hills, N.J./Oak Knoll). Logan McCraw (Malvern, Pa./Conestoga), Jordy Kirr (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr Academy), Kaestner and Ford also notched scores. Ford finished the half with four goals as the Hoyas went into the break leading 12-3.

Georgetown continued the ten-goal run in the second half, rattling off four straight to take a 13-goal lead. Giles connected on her second of the game, while Mary Beth Brophy (Berwyn, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) added a score. Hubschmann then fired two hard shots into the net making it, 16-3.

In the final 15 minutes the Bearcats managed three goals, but it wouldn't be enough as Sarah Seats (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's School) and Kathleen Dwyer (Winnetka, Ill./Loyola Academy) both scored making the final, 18-6, and giving GU the title.

Ford and Hubschmann both finished with four goals for the game, while Kaestner and Giles had two apiece. The Hoyas outshot the Bearcats 35-13 and had four more ground balls.

Georgetown will face fourth-seeded Louisville on Friday evening in the BIG EAST Tournament semifinal game. This will be the first year the Hoyas will not face Notre Dame in the opening round.

"We're excited to be playing at home," said Fried. "Not only will it be great to be on our home turf in front of our fans, it's nice to be home during finals week so the girls have more time to study. We're excited to be playing under the lights again because we have very good memories from the first game earlier this season."

The Hoyas and Cardinals will play the second game of the evening; a Syracuse/Notre Dame matchup will open the event at 5:30 p.m. Live stats and a webcast will be available at www.BIGEAST.org, both semifinal games will be televised tape delayed on Verizon FiOS.

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