It may not yet feel like spring, but the No. 15 Georgetown women’s lacrosse (1-0, 0-0 Big East) season is now in full swing as the team prepares to face No. 17 Towson (0-1, 0-0 Colonial) in the season home opener this Saturday.
After a 16-12 victory last week over Delaware, the Hoyas are hoping to keep their momentum going with a win over a talented Tigers team this weekend. Though Towson may sit below Georgetown in the rankings, they are a tenacious team that played its way into the NCAA tournament at the end of last season.
Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried, therefore, is prepared for a close game.
“They’re a blue-collar physical team, very talented and they’re going to go after you,” Fried said. “So I think we have to keep our composure and focus on doing the little things on a consistent basis even after we make a mistake.”
In early-season games, mistakes are inevitable as teams adjust to the competition. That was certainly the case for the Hoyas, who made some uncharacteristic passing errors during their opening game against the Blue Hens.
Those kinds of slip-ups, Fried explained, could be attributed above all to simple first-game nerves.
“I think it was a combination of being tentative and having a lot of adrenaline,” he said. “We got safe with some of our passes, so we threw them short. We wanted to make sure our teammates caught passes and therefore we didn’t throw very good passes sometimes.”
But despite the occasional dropped pass, Fried was pleased with his team’s speed, aggression and especially their teamwork.
“We had 12 scorers for 16 points. Our offense doesn’t revolve around one person — everybody is involved,” Fried said. “You know, very similar to — and I don’t want to compare it exactly to them — the men’s basketball team. The ball moves, and when you have the shot you take the shot, when you have a pass you make the pass. Every player has to make the most of that opportunity.”
No matter the emphasis on team play, however, there were definitely some standout players in Saturday’s opener.
Freshman attacker Corinne Etchinson was the most notable among them, tallying two goals and two assists in her first game as a Hoya, while junior midfielder Kelyn Freedman racked up three goals and one assist.
Fried is predicting big things this season for Freedman, who was named to the Big East weekly honor roll for her performance against Delaware.
“She has gone through some injuries, and I think she is feeling 100 percent for the first time going into the season and she is feeling really good about that,” Fried said. “She has a couple years under her belt, so she knows exactly what we are expecting of her.”
Freedman and other upperclassmen may be comfortable with their individual roles on the squad, but Saturday’s showdown against Towson is going to help the Blue and Gray continue to figure out their identity as a team.
Playing ranked opponents early in the season isn’t always seen as an advantage, but Fried is looking forward to seeing what his team is made of as play begins.
“Very rarely do you have a statement game in the second game of the season,” Fried said. “This is a statement game because of the opponent we are playing, where they’re ranked and how they play. So I think it going to tell us a lot about ourselves.”
The opening draw between Georgetown and Towson is slated for 1 p.m. at MultiSport Facility.