Caroline Tarzian

Women's Lacrosse

Georgetown Downs Vanderbilt in BIG EAST Opener

March 28, 2015

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WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's lacrosse squad (2-7, 1-0 BIG EAST) hung on to a first-half lead to down the Vanderbilt University Commodores (3-8, 0-2 BIG EAST), 10-6, on Saturday afternoon at Multi-Sport Field. It was Georgetown's BIG EAST Conference opener and the team's return to campus after a three-game road swing.

"Right now, these BIG EAST games are the most important of our season," said Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried. "We had a rough start to the season, but the last three games we've continued to improve and we want to be playing our best as we move forward. We want to remember from here on as opposed to here back and conference gives us the opportunity to attain the goals we set for ourselves at the beginning of the year."

Sophomore attacker Colleen Lovett (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) led the way with her third-career hat trick as well as one assist for four points. Junior attacker Corinne Etchison (Eldersburg, Md./McDonogh School) and senior attacker Caroline Tarzian (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) added two goals and two assists apiece as eight different Hoyas tallied a point in the contest.

The Hoyas outshot the Commodores, 26-24, and the teams tied on the draw with nine each. Vandy held the 19-14 advantage on ground balls and forced 16 Hoya turnovers while committing 15.

Sophomore goalkeeper Maddy Fisher (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) took the win in the cage with an impressive 11 saves in the contest.

The Hoyas got on the board six minutes in when senior midfielder Lauren Schwalje (Setauket, N.Y./St. Anthony's) hit the free position goal to make it 1-0. After some solid defense, GU made it 2-0 at the 19-minute mark as a foul gave Lovett the ball and she sent it to Etchison who slid in on the left side to give the Hoyas the two-goal lead.

Georgetown made it 3-0 as freshman midfielder Georgia Tunney (Towson, Md./Notre Dame Prep) found Etchison again on the left and she went low to find the back of the cage.

Fisher continued to look solid in the goal with a number of big stops to keep the game scoreless.

The Commodores scored their first of the game on a free position shot at 9:51. After a long scoring drought for both sides, Tarzian scored her first goal of the game with under a minute to go in the half.

Both teams got a shot off before the break and the Hoyas would go into the half leading, 4-1.

It was Vanderbilt that got on the board first with a man-up goal just 30 seconds into the second half to cut the lead to two.

The Hoyas answered on the next draw control as senior attacker Sammy Giordano (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) faked in the middle of the crease to find the back of the cage on an assist from junior midfielder Natalie Miller (Wayne, Pa./Radnor). GU added one more off the draw as Etchison took the draw and sent it to Lovett to make it 6-2 just a minute and 30 seconds into the second half.

The barrage of goals continued as Vanderbilt scored back-to-back goals to cut the lead to two.

It was Lovett with her second goal of the day to regain the three-goal lead on an assist from Tarzian. However, the Commodores were not going away quietly adding another score at 21:08.

Freshman midfielder Hannah Seibel (Hanover, N.H./Hanover) scored at the 19-minute mark, but the momentum was short lived as Vanderbilt responded just seconds later.

Lovett made it three for the day on a free position goal at 16:46, and Tarzian added her second at 3:38 as the Hoyas eventually cruised to the 10-6 victory.

The Hoyas will be back in action on Wednesday for their final non-conference game of the season. Georgetown will host the No. 1/1 University of Maryland Terrapins at Multi-Sport Field. The opening draw is scheduled for 7 p.m. Live stats and a webcast will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.

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