The No. 19 Georgetown women’s lacrosse team broke its six-game losing streak in impressive fashion with a 12-5 win over Marquette (5-6, 1-1 Big East) on Saturday. Although the game was tied at five apiece at halftime, the Hoyas (4-7, 1-1 Big East) went on a seven-goal run in the second half to lead them to victory. Georgetown was powered by senior midfielder Kelyn Freedman, who scored a career-high six goals on the afternoon and freshman goalkeeper Maddy Fisher, who stopped three shots en route to the first win of her young career.
Though Fisher did not face many shots, she came up with big saves and interceptions. Her biggest save came with a little less than 19 minutes remaining in the game when she denied Marquette freshmen attack Amanda Bochniak in a one-on-one opportunity. The stop kept Georgetown in front by one and keyed the team’s run.
“I think [Fisher] probably had the biggest momentum changer of the game with the one-on-one save with [Bochniak] coming down on a fast break,” Head Coach Ricky Fried said. “I think that excited the team, relaxed the team — I’m not sure which — but it was able to give us some momentum at a really big turning point when things were pretty tight.”
The first half of the game was played relatively evenly with neither team gaining an advantage. Just over a minute into the game, senior attack Hannah Franklin scored off a free-position shot to put the Hoyas on the board. Marquette quickly answered as last week’s Big East Offensive Player of the week, sophomore attack Claire Costanza, notched her first of the game. The Blue and Gray dominated ball possession, but the team was unable to gain the lead, and the teams went into the locker room knotted at five.
Halftime proved to be beneficial for the Hoyas as they came out strong. But once again, Georgetown had trouble converting goals. However, with 22 minutes remaining, Freedman scored on a free-position shot to give the Hoyas the 6-5 lead. The play began when Fisher intercepted a pass in Georgetown’s defensive zone and created the up-field opportunity.
In the last 13 minutes of the game, the floodgates opened for Georgetown and what was once a tight game turned into a rout. The run started when senior attack Meghan Farrell battled through three Marquette defenders to find her way to the goal on a quick turnaround shot. Less than two minutes later, junior midfielder Mollie Caputo tallied her first of the season to make it 8-5.
Next, Freedman scored her fifth and sixth goals of the game within a minute and a half of each other. Her final goal increased the Hoya lead to five. Although Georgetown had key individual performances, Fried was more impressed with the teamwork.
“I think it’s partly her teammates finding her in the right positions and while she shot 60 percent, so that’s pretty good on the day. I think that has a lot to do with it. Our offense isn’t geared toward one person, but when people have the opportunity, they have to make the most of it,” Fried said. “I thought Kelyn did a really good job today of making the most of the opportunities instead of trying to create things and force things.”
Georgetown’s scoring did not end there. Junior attack Sammy Giordano scored her first of the season on an assist from freshman attack Colleen Lovett. Marquette goalkeeper Sarah Priem, who played the entire 60 minutes, came far out of the goal circle, allowing Giordano to slip one past her. Senior attack Jody Cumberpatch added the last goal of the game to give the Hoyas a 12-5 victory over the Golden Eagles. It was Cumberpatch’s fourth goal of the season.
“I think the biggest thing from this game to take away is that when we do play with confidence and we are composed, we’re really good,” Fried said. “When we’re hectic, when we’re hoping and trying to make something happen, we can be average, and today for 15 minutes of the game, we were really good and that showed on the scoreboard.”
Georgetown once again won the statistical battle including, shots (34-10), ground balls (25-17), draw controls (12-7) and forced turnovers (20-12). More importantly, however, the Hoyas were able to capitalize on this dominance and grab the win.
With their first Big East victory under their belt, the Hoyas are now looking forward to a crucial two-game road trip this weekend. On Friday, they will take on the University of Connecticut (7-4, 2-0 Big East) and on Sunday, Rutgers (6-6, 0-2 Big East). If Georgetown can turn its first victory in a month into a winning streak, it will go a long way toward finishing in the top four in the conference and qualifying for the Big East tournament.