Feb. 28, 2012
WASHINGTON - The No. 18 Georgetown University women's lacrosse squad will open the 2012 season on Wednesday against the University of Delaware Blue Hens at Multi-Sport Field. The Hoyas finished 9-8 last season and 7-1 in BIG EAST play en route to winning the BIG EAST Regular Season Championship.
The squad has one of its most athletic teams in years returning to the Hilltop. With a solid group of letterwinners coming back, as well as a talented freshman class, this is a team that has the potential to make waves on the national scene.
The midfield will be the heart of the squad after losing just starter to graduation. Similar to last year, the Hoyas have so many talented middies that the coaching staff will have two interchangeable lines.
Leading the way is senior captain Erin Lovett (Wantagh, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) who will return to the field after an injury forced her to sit out the 2011 season. Joining her is preseason All-American Sophia Thomas (Lutherville, Md./Maryvale Prep). Thomas was a Third Team All-America honoree a season ago and has already received Preseason All-America and All-BIG EAST recognition this year.
With the loss of Jordy Kirr and Jacqueline Giles, the Hoyas will look to bolster the attack with a number of student-athletes. Junior Dina Jackson (Potomac, Md./Bullis) is Georgetown's second-leading returning scorer. She started in all 17 games last year and was an All-BIG EAST honoree with 25 goals and four assists for 29 points on the season. Classmate Rosie Corcoran (Point Lookout, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) also returns after playing two years in the midfield she will join the attack.
Defense will be a key for the Hoyas as they return all but one starter. Leading the way will be senior captain Kelly Barnes (St. David's, Pa./Radnor). Barnes has already received Preseason All-America and All-BIG EAST honors. Joining her will be senior captain Carly Napora (Columbia, Md./McDonogh School) and junior Ashley Hunter (Fort Washington, Md./St. Stephen's and St. Agnes) who return as some of the top defenders on the squad.
Goalkeeper Barb Black (Ruxton, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) started a majority of games last season playing 770 minutes in goal with 61 saves.
Georgetown finished last season with a record of 9-8 after winning the BIG EAST Regular Season Championship for the fourth-consecutive year. GU was ranked No. 18 in the final poll from Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association.
The BIG EAST coaches picked the Blue & Gray to finish first in the conference's preseason poll. GU was ranked No. 13 in the deBeer Women's Media Preseason Poll and No. 15 by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association.
Delaware is 2-1 on the season. The Blue Hens defeated Lehigh, 11-7, and Villanova, 11-7, already this season. To open the year, Delaware fell to Maryland by a score of 21-4. Freshman midfielder Caitlin McCartney is leading the team with nine goals and one assist for ten points. Freshman goalkeeper Alex Zaugra has 21 saves in the cage.
This is the first meeting between the squads.
The opening draw is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Multi-Sport Field. Live stats and a webcast featuring Chuck Timanus will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.