No. 15 Georgetown Uses 6-0 Run to Top Delaware in Opener

NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware trailed No. 15 ranked Georgetown by a single goal five minutes into the second half in its season opener Saturday at Delaware Stadium, but the Hoyas reeled off six straight goals to take control and continued on for a 16-12 victory.

The Blue Hens (0-1), who feature a lineup with just one senior for third-year head coach Kateri Linville, outscored Georgetown (1-0) 4-1 over the final four minutes but it wasn't enough to pull off the comeback.

Delaware sophomore Caitlin McCartney, the 2012 Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Year, picked up right where she left off as she led the Blue Hens with a career-high five goals and also dished out an assist. McCartney has now recorded seven hat tricks and 13 multiple-goal games in just 16 career outings.

Chelsea Fay added two goals and an assist for the Blue Hens while Allison Hahn added two goals, Shannon Burns scored a goal and added three draw controls, and freshman Alison Karwoski contributed eight draw controls in her collegiate debut.

“We fought hard and played a competitive game today,” said Linville. “This was a good character builder for us but we have to work on playing start to finish. Georgetown's experience showed. I was happy see how competitive we can be, but we need to execute better.”

The Hoyas took advantage of a balanced effort as nine different players scored a goal led by three each from Kelyn Freedman and Kelsi Bozel and two each from Corinne Etchison, Hannah Franklin, and Kristen Bandos. Etchison also dished out two assists.

Georgetown outshot the Hens 33-24 and posted advantages of 23-17 on groundballs and 17-13 on draw controls.

McCartney and Hahn each scored goals for the Hens in the first 10 minutes to tie the score at 2-2, but the Hoyas scored four of the next five goals to take a 6-3 advantage. Delaware fought back to narrow the gap to 7-6 on a goal by McCartney with 1:45 left in the opening half, but Franklin and Freedman each scored a goal in the final 69 seconds of the half as GU took a 9-6 lead at the break.

Hahn and Fay each scored a goal in the first five minutes of the second half as the Hens pulled to within 9-8, but that was as close as UD would get as Georgetown reeled off six straight goals over the next 19 minutes to take an insurmountable 15-8 lead with 6:21 left. Bozel and Bandos each scored two goals for Georgetown during the run.

Delaware will play an exhibition game this Monday, Feb. 18, against the Wales National Team at Delaware Stadium before continuing play Feb. 22 at Monmouth.

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WASHINGTON – Georgetown opened the 2013 season with a 16-12 victory against the Delaware Blue Hens (0-1) Saturday afternoon in Newark, Del. The Hoyas led by one before a 6-0 second-half run secured the win to improve the Hoyas to 1-0 on the season.

"I'm happy with the outcome since it was our first game of the season," said Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried. "We were tentative early, but we gave a consistent effort and really picked it up in the second half playing well on both ends of the field."

The teams traded goals throughout much of the first half. At 17:57, the Blue & Gray staged a 4-1 run that was sparked by a goal from freshman attacker Corinne Etchison (Eldersburg, Md./McDonogh School). Junior midfielder Hannah Franklin (Phoenix, Md./McDonogh School) and junior midfielder Kelyn Freedman (Newtown Square, Pa./Radnor) both found the back of the net before Etchison bookended the run to make it 6-3 at 11:39.

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