May 1, 2014
Georgetown 16, UConn 8
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Second-seeded Georgetown will look to become just the second team to claim a BIG EAST Women's Lacrosse Championship on its home field on Saturday after defeating third-seeded Connecticut, 16-8, on Thursday evening in the BIG EAST Semifinals at Multi-Sport Field in Washington, D.C. After entering halftime tied 5-5, GU outscored UConn 11-3 over the final 30 minutes to punch its ticket to the final for the second consecutive season and sixth time overall.
The Hoyas held the Huskies to just one goal through the first 20 minutes of the second half, scoring seven of their own during that span, to jump out to a 12-6 lead as time wound down. Georgetown led by as many as nine (16-7) as freshman Maddy Fisher made six crucial stops in the cage over the final 30 minutes and eight total in what was her sixth win of the season.
Georgetown jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead to open the game before UConn responded with three-straight goals to knot it up, 3-3, midway through the first. GU's Caroline Tarzian notched a pair of goals while Ally Fazio of Connecticut scored twice as well prior to intermission. UConn's Shannon Nee made nine saves in the first, one shy of the BIG EAST Championship single-half record, and went on to finish with 12 for the game.
GU's Kelyn Freedman started the scoring blitz in the second half , nearly six minutes into the period, before Reilly Woodman and Tarzian added two more goals apiece, while Molly Caputo and Courtney Caputo each found the back of the net during Georgetown's decisive stretch.
The Huskies were hamstrung by 18 turnovers, including four caused by GU's Adrianne Devine, while the Hoyas committed just eight miscues, including two over the final 30 minutes.
Tarzian finished with four goals and two assists for a game-high six points, while Fazio and Kacey Pippitt totaled three points apiece for the Huskies.
Georgetown improved to 7-6 all-time in BIG EAST Championship games, while Connecticut fell to 0-1.
Syracuse is the only team in league championship history to win a BIG EAST Championship on its home turf, doing so in the inaugural tournament in 2007 at the Carrier Dome.
The Hoyas are 1-4 in the BIG EAST Final, defeating Syracuse 13-11 in 2010 for their lone league crown. GU fell to the Orange, 14-7, in last season's title match which was also played at Georgetown's Multi-Sport Field. Top-seeded Louisville is making its first appearance in the championship game after defeating No. 4 seed Rutgers, 17-6, in the day's first Semifinal. The Cardinals defeated Georgetown during the regular season, 14-13, in both teams' BIG EAST-opener on March 29 in Washington.