After a dominant first-half performance against Cincinnati (2-12, 0-4 Big East), in which the Hoyas exploded for seven goals, the Georgetown women’s lacrosse team (4-9, 3-1 Big East) stumbled to an 8-4 win Saturday at MultiSport Facility.
With this win and Georgetown’s victory over Villanova last Wednesday, the Hoyas have managed consecutive wins for the first time this season.
The Hoyas scored the game’s first five goals and held the Bearcats scoreless for over 16 minutes in the first half.
Led by senior attacker Caroline Tarzian, Georgetown got off to a quick start, recording three points in the first 11 minutes of the game. Tarzian put the Hoyas on the board first with 24:36 left in the first half by cutting to the outside right and scoring.
While Tarzian’s second point was a result of shooting low around the goalie off a free position, her third point came by picking up an assist after finding junior midfielder Kristen Bandos cutting in front of goal.
“We rode really well,” Tarzian said. “I think we held them to 50 percent clearing, which is awesome. And we also did a good job on draw controls. We played fast — faster than we normally play. And it’s a good Big East win; we’re trying to win our conference, and it’s the only way we can keep moving on.”
The Hoyas’ fourth goal came with 18:28 left in the first half on a solo effort from senior midfielder Lauren Schwalje. Schwalje beat the goalie and nailed a shot in the top corner of the goal after burning her defender by juking inside.
While the Hoyas were off to a hot start, the Georgetown defense stymied the Cincinnati offense in the first half, forcing 12 turnovers while allowing only one goal.
Senior defender Adrianne Devine led the Hoya defense and put up key plays that in turn helped the offense. Devine picked off a pass on the offensive end with 15:36 left in the first half, then provided an assist to junior midfielder Natalie Miller to give Georgetown a 5-0 advantage.
After tallying its seventh goal with 15.9 seconds left in the first and leading 7-1, Georgetown seemehalf d poised to hand Cincinnati another blowout loss. But the Hoyas, who earned 21-3 and 20-5 wins the last two years, struggled to score in the second half and only managed one goal.
“Honestly, I think that we were just satisfied with being up 7-1,” Tarzian said. “You play down to your opponents sometimes, and we definitely took a rest. We shot one for nine, which is terrible. … We’re 100 percent a better team, and it was a little disappointing [from] halfway through the game to only be able to score one goal and give up a couple.”
Five saves from Cincinnati junior goalkeeper Meg Gulmi kept the Bearcats in the game during the second half, and the Hoyas’ lead dwindled to 7-4 with under nine minutes left in regulation.
Head Coach Ricky Fried was unhappy with the offensive performance, noting that the team’s shooting did not improve from the Villanova game, a match in which Georgetown were 9-of-31 shooting. Despite being 8-of-18, Fried thought that the overall defensive performance was solid.
“We played the score, and we got lazy,” Fried said. “Their goalie had some nice saves, [I’ll] give her some credit. But a lot of it is that we played the score, and didn’t play with the same intensity, the same enthusiasm and the same energy level that we did in the first half. … On the defensive end, giving up three goals in a half is not bad. So I’m not going to be too disappointed about that.”
Georgetown sophomore goalkeeper Maddy Fisher, who had five saves in the game, prevented Cincinnati from gaining any more momentum with two saves in the final period of the game.
Freshman midfielder Hannah Seibel scored a goal with 5:21 remaining to effectively end the Cincinnati run, and secure the Georgetown win.
Georgetown’s third conference victory lifts the team to third place in the Big East, trailing Florida (11-4, 5-0 Big East) and Connecticut (8-5, 3-1 Big East).
The Hoyas next play Connecticut at 4 p.m. on Wednesday at MultiSport Facility.