No. 14 Georgetown Defeated by Louisville in Big East Play

WASHINGTON The No. 14 Georgetown women's lacrosse squad (3-6, 0-1 Big East) fell just short Saturday afternoon, 14-13, in the team's Big East Conference opener against the University of Louisville Cardinals (7-3, 1-0 Big East) at Multi-Sport Field. After a back-and-forth battle, the Hoyas couldn't find the answer in the closing minutes.

"I think across the board, they (Louisville) played with more desire and more confidence," said Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried. "We had our moments, but they had that momentum and it made a difference.

Junior attacker Caroline Tarzian (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) led the way with five goals, while senior midfielder Kelyn Freedman (Newtown Square, Pa./Radnor) and senior attacker Meghan Farrell (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Visitation) both had two goals and an assist each.

The Hoyas outshot the Cardinals (27-23) and forced 17 UofL turnovers, but lost the battle on draw controls, 19-10, and went just 2 of 8 on free position shots. Sophomore goalkeeper Megan McDonald (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) took the loss in the cage with one save to her credit.

The Cardinals opened the scoring in the first two minutes, but sophomore attacker Corinne Etchison (Eldersburg, Md./McDonogh School) tied it up on a low unassisted goal at 25:39. This sparked a 2-0 run as Freedman took it down the field to Tarzian for the score. However, the lead was short lived as the Cards found the back of the cage off of the ensuing draw control and hit a free position shot just minutes later.

UofL made it a 3-0 run at 18:19, but Farrell answered curling left and scoring to pull GU within one. Tarzian scored through a crowd to tie it at four midway through the first as neither team could gain a significant advantage.

Louisville once again took a lead, but senior midfielder Hannah Franklin (Phoenix, Md./McDonogh School) matched it with a score on the right side tying it at five. In the final six minutes of the half, the Cards scored a pair of goals, but a late Tarzian tally made it 7-6, cutting the lead to one at the break.

UofL scored less than a minute into the second half and then added one more to take its largest lead of the game, 9-6, at 27:42.

Freedman stopped the momentum with a free position goal and then put back her own shot to score a second. Her back-to-back tallies sparked a 3-0 run including one from Tarzian.

The teams traded goals as Farrell managed her second of the game and Caputo notched her first. A Louisville free position and two more in the run of play gave the cardinals the 14-11 advantage.

With the minutes ticking away, Tarzian came up with a goal at 4:09 and Franklin pulled Georgetown within one, 14-13, at 2:38.

However, the Blue & Gray wouldn't find the equalizer eventually falling, 14-13.

The Hoyas will be back in action hosting the No. 12/13 University of Pennsylvania on Tuesday in a neutral-site game at McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Md., at 6:30 p.m.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. University of Louisville recorded its second upset of a top-20 opponent this season, beating No. 14 Georgetown 14-13 on the road Saturday in Washington, D.C.

Faye Brust scored two of her game-high five goals late in the second half, providing Louisville (7-3) with a three-goal cushion and what proved to be an insurmountable lead. The victory, which pushes Louisville to 1-0 in Big East play and is the Cardinals' first in eight tries against Georgetown, proceeds Louisville's upset decision over No. 18 Denver on March 1.

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