Natalie Miller

Women's Lacrosse

Hoyas Open BIG EAST Play Against Vanderbilt

March 27, 2015

WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's lacrosse squad (1-7) will host the Vanderbilt University Commodores (3-7) on Saturday afternoon at Multi-Sport Field in a noon matchup. The Hoyas return to Multi-Sport after a three-game road swing. The contest will also be GU's BIG EAST Conference opener.

The Hoyas led early, but couldn't hold on falling, 12-8, at No. 16/19 Loyola University's Ridley Athletic Complex Wednesday evening in Baltimore, Md.

Freshman midfielder Hannah Seilbel (Hanover, N.H./Hanover) led the way with two goals, while senior attacker Caroline Tarzian (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) added a goal and an assist for the Blue & Gray. Seven different players tallied a point for the Hoyas in the loss.

Georgetown was outshot, 25-21, but held the slight 17-16 advantage in ground balls. Loyola pulled in 14 draw controls to GU's eight and forced 12 Hoya turnovers.

Sophomore goalkeeper Maddy Fisher (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) took the loss in the cage with four saves, junior keeper Megan McDonald (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) added two saves in the final 16 minutes.

Tarzian and junior midfielder Kristen Bandos (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Academy of Notre Dame of Namur) are leading the Hoyas in scoring with 13 points apiece. Bandos has a team-best 12 goals and one assist, while Tarzian has tallied 10 goals and three assists. Sophomore attacker Colleen Lovett (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) has eight goals and a squad-best four assists for 12 points to round out the top three.

Junior midfielder Kelsey Perselay (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) and senior defender Adrianne Devine (Loudonville, N.Y./Shaker) lead the squad with 13 draw controls each, while senior defender Casey McGowan (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) has picked up a team-best 16 ground balls. Devine has also posted 11 caused turnovers on the defensive end of the field.

Fisher has seen a majority of the minutes in the cage with 34 saves to her credit.

The Commodores suffered a 13-3 loss to No. 20/20 Johns Hopkins on Wednesday at Homewood Field. Hindered by 18 turnovers and a season-low three goals on 19 shots, Vanderbilt never led and dropped its seventh straight game.

Meggie Ramzy, Jill Doherty and Amanda Lockwood each scored and freshman defender Margaret Fee dished out the first two assists of her career. Goalkeeper Maddie Kratz made her fourth start and set a career high with 13 saves, including seven in the first half. Senior captain Alex Duckenfield had three caused turnovers and two ground balls.

This is Vanderbilt's first season in the BIG EAST Conference after the American Lacrosse Conference dissolved in May of last year after a 13-year run.

The Hoyas are 6-0 all-time against the Commodores, but have not met since 2002. Georgetown won the last meeting, 19-5, at home on March 8, 2002. The Hoyas are 4-0 at home in the series.

The opening draw is scheduled for noon at Multi-Sport Field. Live stats and a webcast will be available through www.GUHoyas.com.

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