April 15, 2015
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's lacrosse squad (5-9, 4-1 BIG EAST) hung on to defeat the University of Connecticut Huskies (8-6, 3-2 BIG EAST), 13-12, on Wednesday afternoon at Multi-Sport Field. With the victory, the Hoyas clinched a berth in the BIG EAST Tournament to be held in Storrs, Conn., April 30 and May 2.
The game winner was drawn up in a timeout with 36 seconds to go. Junior midfielder Kristen Bandos (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Academy of Notre Dame of Namur) flashed to the middle and the defender was forced to choose who to cover leaving her wide open to receive the ball from senior attacker Caroline Tarzian (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City). Bandos buried it in the top left corner to get the goal with 15 seconds remaining.
"This win was huge for the team because it puts us in the BIG EAST Tournament which is our only way to continue to play in the postseason," said Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried. "It was a huge win for us today and I thought we showed a lot of resilience as we didn't play very well, we showed a lot of toughness."
Bandos led the way with five goals, including the game winner, while senior defender Adrianne Devine (Loudonville, N.Y./Shaker) added a hat trick. Sophomore attacker Colleen Lovett (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) managed a goal and three assists, as seven different Hoyas scored a point in the contest.
The Hoyas tied the Huskies in shots at 27, and dominated the draw with 16 to UConn's 11. Connecticut held the 15-12 advantage on ground balls and GU forced 10 Husky turnovers while committing 15.
Sophomore goalkeeper Maddy Fisher (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) took the win in the cage with eight saves in the contest.
Three minutes into the game, a UConn turnover deep in Georgetown territory gave the Hoyas the ball back as junior midfielder Natalie Miller (Wayne, Pa./Radnor) passed it to Bandos who hit the goal to make it 1-0.
The Hoya ride was solid forcing a number of Husky turnovers but with no goals to show for it. After 12 scoreless minutes, the Huskies tallied back-to-back goals to take the lead off of the break.
Off of the ensuing draw, Devine got the ball and went around almost the entire UConn defense to take it herself and score, tying it at two. The defender added one more minutes later after she caused a turnover and took it coast to coast. She didn't get the shot off, but was fouled and connected on the free position to give the Hoyas back the lead.
Georgetown got the next draw and it went to junior attacker Corinne Etchison (Eldersburg, Md./McDonogh School) who found the back of the net again to make it 4-2. The two-goal lead was short lived as a foul gave UConn the ball on the draw and the squad took it down to score cutting the deficit to one. The Huskies once again tied it 6:40 as the squads were battling to maintain momentum.
It was Lovett to hit a go-ahead goal at 3:09 as she went through four defenders to find the back of the cage and give the Hoyas the 5-4 lead with 3:09 to go in the first half. Etchison added another less than a minute later as Lovett assisted. Tarzian then capped off the 3-0 run with a free position goal at 1:06.
The Blue & Gray went into the locker room leading 7-4 at the half.
Bandos opened the scoring just 16 seconds into the second half as she came down and found the back of the cage to make it 8-4.
UConn answered with a 3-0 run, but at 16:30, Bandos managed the hat trick on an assist from Lovett to regain the two-goal advantage, 9-7.
The Huskies wouldn't back down quickly matching and then tying it after a Hoya turnover. At 13:06, Tarzian was awarded a free position attempt. Instead of shooting, she found Bandos on the right side of the cage and dropped it to her for her fourth of the game and the Hoya lead.
It continued to be back and forth as both keepers made some huge saves, but UConn snuck in a goal at 11:26 to tie it at 10 and then another trickled in at 6:34 as the Huskies took the late lead.
Devine managed the hat trick after she boxed out a defender on the draw and drew the foul. She then took the ball right to goal and tied it at 11. Senior attacker Sammy Giordano (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) hit a goal at 4:09 as Lovett assisted once again making the score 12-11.
The Hoyas looked to stall, but a turnover gave it back to UConn and the squad hit a free position low to tie the contest as 12 with 1:47 to go.
Georgetown won the draw and got a shot off before calling a timeout to draw up the game-winning play and get the 13-12 victory.
The Hoyas will be back in action on Saturday as the squad travels to Milwaukee, Wis., to take on the Marquette University Golden Eagles. The opening draw is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET. Live stats will be available through www.GUHoyas.com.