April 17, 2015
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's lacrosse squad (5-9, 4-1 BIG EAST) will play in its BIG EAST Conference road finale this weekend with a matchup against the Marquette University Golden Eagles (4-11, 0-5 BIG EAST) in Milwaukee, Wis., on Saturday at Hart Park.
On Wednesday, Georgetown hung on to defeat the University of Connecticut Huskies, 13-12, 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.
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.
Earlier in the week, sophomore goalkeeper Maddy Fisher (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week. Additionally, Tarzian earned a spot on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll.
Fisher anchored a Georgetown defense which led the Hoyas to their first set of back-to-back wins of the season last week. In over 110 minutes in the cage, the sophomore goalkeeper boasted a .619 save percentage, stopping 13 shots in victories over Villanova and Cincinnati. Fisher surrendered just eight goals over the two-game span for a 4.35 goals against average in a pair of key BIG EAST victories.
Tarzian led the Georgetown offense with four goals, three assists, five ground balls and five draw controls in wins over Villanova and Cincinnati. The senior had an impressive all-around game in the 9-5 win at Nova, totaling two goals, two assists, four ground balls and four draw controls.
Tarzian leads the Hoyas in scoring with 29 points on 19 goals and 10 assists. Lovett has managed 17 goals and nine assists for 26 points. Bandos rounds out the top three with 22 points on 21 goals and one assist.
Junior midfielder Kelsey Perselay (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) leads the squad with 30 draw controls, while senior defender Casey McGowan (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) has picked up a team-best 26 ground balls. Devine has also posted 22 caused turnovers on the defensive end of the field.
Fisher has seen a majority of the minutes in the cage with 81 saves to her credit.
Marquette was able to put together an impressive second-half run, but a six-goal deficit coming out of halftime was just too much to overcome as host Vanderbilt University hung on for an 11-7 win at the VU Lacrosse Complex Wednesday afternoon.
Hayley Baas and Claire Costanza combined for five goals to lead a balanced Golden Eagle attack that outshot the Commodores, 29-19. Vandy scored in the opening 20 seconds of the game and proceeded to build an 8-2 lead at halftime before Marquette made its second-half run. MU outshot VU 18-7 over the final 20 minutes, which led to a 7-3 margin on the scoreboard.
The Hoyas are 2-0 all-time against Marquette, and 1-0 on the road. The young program is in its third season and third in the BIG EAST Conference. Last year, Georgetown downed MU, 12-5, at Multi-Sport Field. In the inaugural meeting, the Hoyas came away with the 13-7 victory.
The opening draw is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET. Live stats will be available through www.GUHoyas.com.