WASHINGTON – A 7-0 second-half run propelled the twelfth-ranked Princeton Tigers (4-3) to a 12-11 victory against No. 13 Georgetown at Princeton Stadium. The Hoyas had a big second-half run of their own, but they could not stop the Tiger counter attack. GU falls to 2-5 on the season, in which it has played five ranked opponents.
A five-goal run to start the second half looked to have the Hoyas on the right track as Georgetown took a 9-5 lead. In a six-minute span, GU managed five goals, two from Dina Jackson, two from Jacqueline Giles and a score by Sophia Thomas.
However, Princeton’s run during 19 minutes of the second half would prove to be the Hoyas’ undoing.
Cassie Pyle and Jaci Gassaway teamed up to assist on each other’s goals within two minutes of each other to start the Tigers’ comeback. Maisie Devine and Lizzy Drumm converted on back-to-back free-position attempts to even the game at 9-9 with 16:23 to play.
Charlotte Davis would give Princeton back the lead, 10-9, at 11:52 with another transition goal. Then, six minutes would pass before Pyle would push Princeton’s lead to two at 5:55, and Barb Previ seemingly sealed the win for Princeton at 3:38 after a turnover led to a good clear for the Tigers.
But Georgetown came close to forcing an extra period as Kathleen Dwyer and Jordy Kirr scored in the final minute, making the score 12-11.
With goals from Pyle, Lizzy Drumm and Gassaway, Princeton jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, including scoring a pair of goals in the first ten minutes. The Blue & Gray had a number of chances, but just couldn’t convert as the Tigers made it 3-0.
Midway through the half, Dwyer connected on a free position shot to notch GU’s first score of the game, and Hannah Franklin added one of her own a few minutes later to pull the Hoyas within one.
Princeton answered with a goal when Charlotte Davis scored in transition to make it 4-2 at 7:49, but Rosie Corcoran once again pulled the Blue & Gray within a goal at 6:19. Dwyer evened the score with her second free position of the afternoon, but once again, the Tigers had an answer.
Kaitlyn Mauritz would score her second goal of the season to give the Tigers a 5-4 lead at halftime.
Pyle would lead the Tigers with four points with a hat trick and an assist. Gassaway had three points on two goals and a helper while Davis and Drumm had two goals apiece and Devine had a goal and an assist. Erin Tochihara had 10 saves and led the team in ground balls with three.
Dwyer led the Hoyas with three goals while Jackson added two goals and an assist. The Hoyas outshot the Tigers, 28-22, and picked up one more groundball as well as holding a 14-9 advantage in draw controls. Barb Black took the loss in the net with four saves on the afternoon.