May 10, 2014
NEW YORK, N.Y. – BIG EAST fans were treated to bonus lacrosse on Friday night as Georgetown and Louisville both used extra periods to secure NCAA Championship First Round victories. Playing in Chapel Hill, N.C., the Hoyas avenged an early season loss to Johns Hopkins by eliminating the Blue Jays, 9-8, to earn the right to face third-seeded and host North Carolina. The Cardinals defeated Ohio State, 11-10, in sudden-death overtime and will face fifth-seeded Northwestern at the Wildcats’ field.
GEORGETOWN 9, JOHNS HOPKINS 8 (OT)
Kelyn Freedman led the way with a hat trick including the game winner in overtime, while Jody Cumberpatch added a pair of goals.
On the defensive end of the field, Adrianne Devine had five caused turnovers and freshman goalkeeper Maddy Fisher managed five saves in the contest.
Georgetown outshot JHU, 27-16, and picked up 21 ground balls to the Blue Jays, 11.
Georgetown's Freedman got the draw and the squad held the ball the first 2:45 of overtime. With 15 seconds on the clock, Freedman powered her way toward the goal and shot high for the unassisted tally to give the Blue & Gray the 9-8 advantage. On the draw control that followed, Woodman picked it up as GU controlled possession.
The clock stopped and the teams switched sides as the third draw control of overtime was set up. Hopkins got the draw and took a good shot, but it went wide and Georgetown gained possession. With 1:13 left on the clock, the Blue & Gray held the ball as Hopkins furiously tried to force a turnover. GU calmly kept the ball and managed to hold on for the 9-8 victory.
It marked the Blue & Gray's first NCAA Tournament victory since 2006 giving Georgetown an all-time record of 14-13 in NCAA games. This is also the second-consecutive year that the Hoyas will play in the second round of the tournament.
The win was Georgetown's eighth one-goal decision of the season and fourth overtime contest. GU has a record of 2-2 in extra time this year and is 4-4 in one-goal games. The regular season meeting against Johns Hopkins was an 11-10 overtime decision in favor of the Blue Jays.
Georgetown also faced UNC earlier this year and lost 18-11 in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Tar Heels are the reigning national champs.
LOUISVILLE 11, OHIO STATE 10 (2OT)
Nikki Boltja scored the game-winning goal in the second overtime, pushing the University of Louisville women's lacrosse team past 10th-ranked Ohio State 11-10 on Friday night in the NCAA Tournament first round in Evanston, Ill.
Boltja finished with a game-high four goals along with three assists in helping Louisville (16-3) to not only its 12th-straight victory, but also the Cardinals' first NCAA Tournament win in school history. The Cardinals advance to face No. 5-seed Northwestern on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET in the NCAA second round.
After Kaylin Morissette won her eighth draw control of the game in the second overtime session, Louisville quickly pushed the ball into Ohio State's territory. Following the second of two Buckeyes fouls, Boltja drew a free-position attempt.
Without hesitation, the whistle blew and Boltja slotted the ball past Ohio State (13-7) goalkeeper Tori DeScenza from the near side to the far post for the game-winning score with 4:37 remaining in the sudden victory overtime.
The Cardinals' goalkeeper Ashley Herbst, who improved to 11-3, also played a major role in the victory. After subbing in late in the second half, the senior played for the duration of the contest and made a huge save late in regulation and also collected a ground ball to preserve the win.
Both Laura Patterson and Cortnee Daley finished with four ground balls apiece, and Patterson tallied one of the team's six caused turnovers.
Collectively, Louisville outshot Ohio State 28-14, finished with a 21-10 advantage in ground balls, and forced the Buckeyes into 16 turnovers.
The victory over the Buckeyes comes after the Cardinals fell at Ohio State 12-11 earlier this season in Columbus.