No. 1 Maryland Outlasts No. 16 Georgetown

WASHINGTON No. 16 Georgetown fell in a tough loss to the No. 1 Maryland (18-0), 8-5, Thursday evening at Multi-Sport Field. The game was the final regular season home game and senior day for the Blue & Gray, who are now 8-7 overall with one conference game remaining on Sunday at Rutgers University.

The Hoyas went into the game with a plan to slow the pace and did just that. Despite staying within striking distance, Georgetown was unable to find the back of the cage late in the game.

"I thought we executed our game plan very well," said Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried. "We ran the called plays, outshot them and had fewer turnovers, however, shooting 5 of 20 makes it difficult to win games."

The Terps looked to be in control early taking a quick 3-0 on almost their first three possessions by the 15-minute mark. The Hoyas ran a methodical offense which ran the clock and limited Maryland touches.

The Blue & Gray got on the board at 10:20, when senior captain Jordy Kirr (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr School) connected with sophomore Dina Jackson (Potomac, Md./Bullis) pulling the Hoyas within two.

Maryland managed one more before the end of the half making the score 4-1 at the break.

The Terps scored first in the second half, but the Hoyas came right back as senior Kathleen Dwyer (Winnetka, Ill./Loyola Academy) hit a free position shot at 17:57.

Maryland scored two more goals giving the Terps their largest lead of the contests, 7-2, with 12:09 remaining.

The deficit sparked momentum for the Hoyas who won the ensuing draw control and went down to score as senior Jacqueline Giles (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) connected on the free position. Classmate Mary Beth Brophy (Berwyn, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) mimicked her just a minute later to pull the Hoyas within three.

The Hoyas had a number of chances as the clock ticked down, but couldn't find the back of the cage.

In the final two minutes, Maryland's Brian Phillips and Georgetown sophomore Kelsi Bozel (Hunt Valley, Md./Notre Dame Prep) both scored making the final 8-5.

Four of Georgetown's five goals were tallied by seniors in their final regular season game at Multi-Sport Field.

The Blue & Gray outshot Maryland, 20-13, and went 8 of 8 on clear attempts while tying the Terps in draw controls at seven apiece.

The Hoyas will close out the regular season at Rutgers University on Sunday in the final Big East matchup of the year. The opening draw is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. Brittany Dipper tied a career high with 12 saves to anchor yet another solid defensive showing as No. 1 Maryland derailed No. 16 Georgetown, 8-5, Thursday night.

With the defense running on all cylinders, the Terrapin attack took full advantage of the few opportunities it was allotted, netting eight of the 13 shots it attempted as Georgetown controlled the majority of the possession via the stall tactic. Katie Schwarzmann led Maryland (18-0) with four goals. Sarah Mollison added two goals and extended her streak to 63 consecutive games with a point.

The Terps picked right up where they left off in the second half of the ACC title game Sunday, outscoring Georgetown 4-1 in the first stanza and sinking four of the mere seven shots it took in the stanza. Maryland jumped out to a 3-0 lead, courtesy of goals from Schwarzmann, Mollison and Alex Aust, and never looked back. Georgetown (8-7) managed four second-half goals, with two coming via free position attempts.

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