May 1, 2011

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Georgetown Captures Big East's Top Seed

from press release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The No. 16 Georgetown University women's lacrosse team (9-7, 7-1 BIG EAST) won a share of the BIG EAST Regular Season Title on Sunday with a 9-8 victory over the Rutgers University Scarlet Knights (9-7, 3-5 BIG EAST) at Yurcak Field. The victory also clinched the top seed in the BIG EAST Tournament which begins Thursday and will be held at Georgetown's Multi-Sport Field.

"We showed a lot of resolve by playing to the end today and I thought we scrapped well," said Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried. "Winning a BIG EAST Regular Season Championship is always special and it's a huge accomplishment for this program."

The championship didn't come easy as the Scarlet Knights attempted to spoil Georgetown's day. The Blue & Gray started strong as sophomore attacker Dina Jackson (Potomac, Md./Bullis School) hit a free position shot within the first three minutes and freshman midfielder Hannah Franklin (Phoenix, Md./McDonogh School) added another as GU took a 2-0 lead.

The Scarlet Knights had an answer, tying it up at 9:23 before sophomore midfielder Kelsi Bozel (Hunt Valley, Md./Notre Dame Prep) scored at 5:27. Rutgers matched the Blue & Gray in the waning minutes of the half as the teams went into the break tied at three.

Sophomore midfielder Sophia Thomas (Lutherville, Md./Maryvale Prep) started it off in the second half with a goal less than two minutes in. However, Rutgers quickly took its first lead of the contest with a 2-0 run.

The Hoyas came back and moved ahead when Thomas and senior attacker Kathleen Dwyer (Winnetka, Ill./Loyola) both found the back of the cage. The squads traded goals, but another 2-0 Scarlet Knights run gave them the lead with ten minutes remaining on the clock.

Georgetown found a way, however, as Franklin netted her second score of the game and senior Jacqueline Giles (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) assisted to tie it at eight. The game winner came with 2:08 remaining when the pair connected once again and Giles scored making the final 9-8.

Three Hoyas had two goals each and Franklin led the squad with two goals and an assist. GU outshot Rutgers, 21-15, and forced 17 turnovers.

This is Georgetown's 10th BIG EAST Regular Season Title in the past 11 years and the fourth time in five tries that the squad has been the top seed in the conference tournament.

The tournament begins on Thursday at Multi-Sport Field with No. 2 Syracuse against No. 3 Loyola in the first game at 5:30 p.m., and the No. 1 Hoyas taking on No. 4 Notre Dame in the second contest at approximately 8:15 p.m. Both games will be televised live on CBS College Sports and live stats will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.


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