WASHINGTON, D.C. - No. 2 seed Georgetown (13-4) beat No. 3 seed Loyola 16-14 in the second semifinal of the BIG EAST women's lacrosse championship held at Georgetown University. With the win the Hoyas advance to the title game of the league tournament and will face No. 1 seed Syracuse (15-3) on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET. The game will be televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network.
GU trailed 12-11 with 10:35 left and scored five goals in a row to pick up the win. Five different Georgetown players accounted for the scores, including junior Hannah Franklin. She finished with three goals, including two in the second half. Georgetown senior teammate Kelsi Bozel also scored three times during the game.
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The Hoyas led 9-5 at halftime before Loyola (10-8), the two-time defending tournament champion, mounted a comeback. Annie Thomas (four points, two goals) and Kara Burke (three goals) fueled the rally with a goal as the Greyhounds tallied their first lead of the contest, 10-9 with 15:51 left in regulation. The teams traded scores and were tied 10-10, 11-11 and later 12-12. Overall there were four ties in the contest.
Each team tallied 13 ground balls, while Loyola held a 17-15 edge in draw controls.
Loyola awaits word on an at-large berth to the NCAA Championship. The selection show is on Sunday evening, May 5 at 9 p.m. ET on www.NCAA.com.
Georgetown will be aiming for its first title since 2008 when it meets Syracuse on Saturday. The Orange are in search of their first crown since 2008 and third overall.
Earlier this week in the regular-season finale, Syracuse beat Georgetown 13-7 on April 28 in Washington, D.C.
2013 BIG EAST Women's Lacrosse Championship
Hosted by Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Semifinals, May 2 - streamed live on www.bigeast.tv
#4 seed Connecticut 6, #1 seed Syracuse 19
#3 seed Loyola 14, #2 seed Georgetown 16
Title Game, May 4 - broadcast on the CBS Sports Network
Georgetown vs. Syracuse at 1 p.m. ET