No. 5 Orange Tops No. 8 Hoyas to Claim Big East Season Title

WASHINGTON With No. 8 Georgetown (12-4; 6-2) honoring its eight seniors before the game the Hoyas rode the early momentum to a 2-0 lead five minutes into its contest with No. 5 Syracuse (14-3; 8-0). The Orange responded with eight unanswered and held off the Hoyas in the second half to win 13-7.

Georgetown ends the regular season with its best record in the past three seasons, 12-4, and tied for second with Loyola (Md.) in the Big East regular season standings at 6-2.

"We had too many mistakes which offset the good things we were doing," stated Head Coach Ricky Fried. "When you play a team the caliber of Syracuse you cannot make costly turnovers. We will move on and look forward to playing in the Big East Championship this week."

The Hoyas turned the ball over 19 times against Syracuse and were 10 of 15 on clears. SU had 11 turnovers and were 13 of 17 on clear attempts. Syracuse outshot Georgetown 32 to 20. Georgetown goalie Barb Black (Ruxton, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) had 10 saves. The Hoyas did control the draw winning 14 of 22. Sophomore Caroline Tarzian (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) led the Hoya scoring effort with two goals and five other Hoyas had one score each. Syracuse's Kayla Treanor netted a game high six goals.

The game opened with senior Kelsi Bozel (Hunt Valley, Md./Notre Dame Prep) winning the game's opening draw control. After a SU foul Bozel found fellow senior Sophia Thomas (Lutherville, Md./Maryvale Prep) streaking down the middle for an early Hoya goal just 24 seconds into the contest. Syracuse had two possessions to even the score but a shot hit the pipe, which was followed by GU senior defender Ashley Hunter (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephen's & St. Agnes) stripping the ball.

Hannah Franklin (Phoenix, Md./McDonogh School) scored her fifth goal of the weekend, four against UConn, and expanded the Hoya lead four minutes later after dodging to the middle and hitting a bounce shot for the tally. Georgetown gave up two goals in the next four minutes after which the game remained tied at two for seven scoreless minutes. Syracuse netted five more unanswered goals during the first half's final 13 minutes and held a 7-2 lead at halftime.

Immediately in the second half Syracuse upped its lead by one before Georgetown responded. Two scores by the Hoyas in less than a minute gave life back to the squad. Kristen Bandos (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Academy of Nortre Dame de Namur) drove up the middle and Rosie Corcoran (Point Lookout, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) found her from behind the cage ending 27 scoreless minutes for the Blue and Gray. Tarzian, 54 seconds later, put one in high over the SU goalie's stick and GU was down just four, 8-4.

A Hoya turnover in their offensive end led to Cuse re-establishing a five goal lead. The Hoyas continued to fight, hitting two straight, the first after a Kelyn Freedman (Newtown Square, Pa./Radnor) draw control win which led to a Corcoran from Meghan Farrell (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Visitation) tally. Farrell then took a Freedman assist under a minute later and shot inside the low left post and the Hoyas were down three, 9-6.

Georgetown cut into the Orange lead one more time in the half when Tarzian took a free position attempt pass from Thomas and the score was 10-7. The three goal deficit was as close as Georgetown would get the remaining 19 minutes, as turnovers in the offensive end led to three more Orange scores.

With the loss Georgetown will be the second seed in the 2013 Big East Championship held on Georgetown's Multi-Sport Field this Thursday, May 2, and Saturday, May 4. Syracuse is the top seed while Loyola (Md.) is seeded third and Connecticut is seeded fourth. It will be the seventh consecutive season Georgetown has been in the Big East Championship and the Hoyas will face Loyola (Md.) at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 2. Syracuse and UConn will meet earlier that day at 5:30 p.m.

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