No. 14 Hoyas Sprint Past Bearcats for Big East Victory

CINCINNATI University of Cincinnati senior midfielder Rachel Mercier (Catonsville, Md./Chapelgate Christian Academy) continued her goal-scoring streak as the UC lacrosse team (3-7, 0-3 Big East) was defeated by No. 14 Georgetown (7-4, 3-1 Big East), 22-4, on Thursday afternoon at Nippert Stadium. Mercier finished with two points on one goal and one assist.

GU scored the first eight goals of the contest before giving up its first goal with 17:10 on the clock. The rest of the game was all Hoyas, as the Bearcats could not overcome Georgetown's offense, which outshot UC, 32-9.

The Bearcats travel for a pair of games next weekend. Cincinnati takes on Villanova on Friday, April 13 at 4:00 p.m. followed by a meeting with Rutgers on Sunday, April 15 at 12:00 p.m.

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WASHINGTON No. 14 Georgetown downed Cincinnati (3-8, 0-4 Big East), 22-4, on Thursday afternoon at Nippert Stadium. The Hoyas were dominant the entire game, opening the three-game road trip with a victory. Georgetown is now 7-4 overall and 3-1 in Big East Conference play.

"We played well on both ends of the field and in all facets of the game today," said Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried. "We had a lot of contributions from a lot of different people, and I was happy to get players real game experience."

With two goals in the first minute of the game, the Hoyas set the pace early. Georgetown opened the contest with an 8-0 run and allowed just two goals in the first half.

Junior attacker Dina Jackson (Potomac, Md./Bullis) started it out just 17 second in, and the Hoyas never looked back. Big East Honor Roll candidate Kelsi Bozel (Hunt Valley, Md./Notre Dame Prep) added another in the first minutes to keep GU rolling.

Jackson and graduate student Kristen Coleman (Potomac, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) traded goals over the next ten minutes to make it 6-0, before Bozel added another at 19:20. Freshman attacker Caroline Tarzian (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) completed the run at 18:34 to give the Blue & Gray the eight-goal advantage.

Following UC's score, Tarzian and sophomore midfielder Meghan Farrell (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Visitation) both found the back of the cage before the Bearcats struck again at 3:22 to make it 10-2.

The Hoyas added three goals before the end of the half with sophomores Jody Cumberpatch (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis), Courtney Caputo (Philadelphia, Pa./Springside School) and Kelyn Freedman (Newtown Square, Pa./Radnor) all scoring to make it 13-2 at the break.

The second half was much of the same as the Blue & Gray opened with a 7-0 run. Tarzian started it out just 16 seconds in and senior midfielder Erin Lovett (Wantagh, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) added another to make it 15-2. Cumberpatch and Caputo both scored their second of the game, before junior midfielder Sophia Thomas (Lutherville, Md./Maryvale Prep) made it 18-2.

Sophomore attacker Reilly Woodman (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephen's & St. Agnes) tallied two in a row prior to the Bearcats hitting their third of the contest at 10:55 to make the score 20-3.

After a six-minute scoring lull, the Hoyas continued to grow the lead as freshman midfielder Mollie Caputo (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville Manlius) found the back of the cage at 5:50 and junior attacker Evan O'Neill (Ho-Ho Kus, N.J./Northern Highlands Regional) scored at 4:27.

Cincinnati scored one more making the final 22-4. It marked the second-consecutive game with 20 or more goals and the Hoyas' highest point total of the season.

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