No. 16 Georgetown Hands No. 6 Loyola First Loss

BALTIMORE No. 16 Georgetown went on a 5-1 run that covered more than 14 minutes in the second half, and the Hoyas handed No. 6 Loyola its first loss of the 2011 season, 15-13, on Tuesday night at Ridley Athletic Complex in Big East Conference play.

Hannah Franklin scored on a free-position shot with 17:36 for the Hoyas (8-5 overall, 6-0 Big East) to tie the game 11-11 and start the run.

Kelsi Bozel put Georgetown up at 12:26, and Jacqueline Giles gave the Hoyas a two-goal lead, 13-11, with 12:26 to play.

Grace Gavin scored one of her three goals at 11:28 to momentarily stem the tide for Loyola (12-1, 4-1), but Kathleen Dwyer and Franklin added Georgetown goals at 5:14 and 3:34, respectively, to add to the Hoyas' lead.

Meg Decker scored 3;23 for Loyola, but Georgetown held the Greyhounds scoreless from that point forward.

A back-and-forth first half saw neither team lead by more than two goals. Loyola went ahead, 3-1, on Abby Rehfuss' second goal of the game at 18:24, but Georgetown scored four in a row, capped by a Kirr goal, to take a 5-3 advantage with 11:23 before the break.

The teams traded goals 1 for 1 for the rest of the half. Decker scored with 2:23 for Loyola, sending the teams to the locker room with Georgetown ahead, 9-8.

The Hoyas' lead was short-lived, however, in the second half. Taryn VanThof won the opening draw of the second half, raced into the offensive zone and scored down the right alley, tying things up at 9-9 just nine ticks into the period.

Kirr used a Bozel assist at 26:13 to put Georgetown in front by a goal, but Decker scored on a VanThof assist, and VanThof scored her second of the game at 24:16 on a free-position shot to give Loyola the lead.

Neither team would score for nearly seven minutes until Franklin's goal ignited the Georgetown 5-1 run.

The Hoyas outshot Loyola, 32-22, and five Georgetown players Sophia Thomas, Franklin, Dwyer, Kelyn Freedman and Kirr each scored twice.

Gavin and Decker led Loyola with three each, while VanThof, Rehfuss and Mary Heneberry all scored twice.

The Greyhounds return to Big East play on Saturday when they travel to Piscataway, N.J., to face Rutgers at 1 o'clock. Loyola returns to Ridley on Friday, April 29, to host Syracuse at 7 o'clock.

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BALTIMORE, Md. No. 16 Georgetown clinched a berth in the Big East tournament and remained perfect in conference play with a 15-13 victory over No. 6 Loyola Tuesday evening at the Ridley Athletic Complex.

The Hoyas handed the Greyhounds their first loss of the season as the squad dropped to 12-1 and 4-1 in conference play, while Georgetown improved to 8-5 overall with a mark of 6-0 in the Big East.

"Today was a team win against a very talented Loyola squad," said Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried. "This was a crucial Big East game against a good team and we were fortunate to get the victory. I was proud of the way we played today."

Possession worked in Georgetown's favor as the Blue & Gray was on offense for much of the game. Draw controls made the difference as GU held a 16-14 advantage and also forced 14 turnovers in the ride.

"Possession was important today, and so was our scrappiness," said Fried. "We were very scrappy which gave us a number of second chances and the ability to hold onto possession."

Loyola jumped out with a 3-1 run to open the second half taking the 11-10 lead at 24:16. Georgetown senior Jordy Kirr (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr School) connected with sophomore Kelsi Bozel (Hunt Valley, Md./Notre Dame Prep) for GU's first assist of the game.

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