No. 20 Hoyas topple No. 13 Syracuse
Strong second-half play leads Georgetown to victory
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- No. 20 Georgetown used a 7-0 second-half run to defeat No. 13 Syracuse (5-7, 3-1 BIG EAST), 12-8, on a rainy Saturday at Multi-Sport Field. The Hoyas came back from a three-goal deficit to get the victory and improve to 7-5 overall as well as 5-0 in Big East play. It marked the fifth consecutive win for the Blue & Gray.
"In the second half we didn't change anything, it was execution," said Head Coach Rick Fried. "We controlled the ball better, held possession for longer and made some big saves and big stops."
The Orange opened the second half with consecutive goals in the first five minutes. Trailing by three, 8-5, the Hoyas staged a 7-0 run holding Syracuse scoreless for more than 25 minutes.
Sophomore Dina Jackson bookended the run with a goal at 24:25 off of a free position as well as one with 3:39 remaining. Following Jackson's score, freshman Hannah Franklin connected making the score 8-7.
A trio of free position shots gave the Hoyas the lead as senior captain Mary Beth Brophy hit two and sophomore Kelsi Bozel added one making it 10-8 with 8:33 remaining. Senior Jacqueline Giles and Jackson closed out the scoring making the final 12-8.
Defense was a key to the second-half run as the squad disrupted possession on the ride and freshman goalkeeper Barb Black came up with a number of huge saves late in the half.
The teams traded goals throughout the first half. Georgetown trailed, 3-1, at 24:19, but sophomore Sophia Thomas and Jackson managed to tie it up.
Scores from Bozel and senior captain Jordy Kirr put Georgetown ahead by one, however, the Orange managed two goals before the half to make it 6-5 at the break.
Georgetown outshot Syracuse, 26-17, and had 13 more ground balls. The defense forced 16 turnover and Black finished with five saves on the game.
Jackson led the Hoyas with five points on three goals and two assists, while Brophy tallied her second-consecutive hat trick.