BALTIMORE, Md. — No. 16 Georgetown clinched a berth in the Big East Tournament and remained perfect in conference play with a 15-13 victory against the No. 6 Loyola University (Md.) Greyhounds Tuesday evening at the Ridley Athletic Complex. The Hoyas handed the Greyhounds their first loss of the season as the squad dropped to 12-1 and 4-1 in conference play, while Georgetown improved to 8-5 overall with a mark of 6-0 in the Big East.
“Today was a team win against a very talented Loyola squad,” Georgetown head coach Ricky Fried said. “This was a crucial Big East game against a good team and we were fortunate to get the victory. I was proud of the way we played today.”
Possession worked in Georgetown’s favor as the Blue & Gray was on offense for much of the game. Draw controls made the difference as GU held a 16-14 advantage and also forced 14 turnovers in the ride.
“Possession was important today, and so was our scrappiness,” said Fried. “We were very scrappy which gave us a number of second chances and the ability to hold onto possession.”
Loyola jumped out with a 3-1 run to open the second half taking the 11-10 lead at 24:16. Georgetown senior Jordy Kirr connected with sophomore Kelsi Bozel for GU’s first assist of the game.
The Hoyas put together a three-goal run spanning almost 13 minutes to go ahead by two goals, 13-11. Freshman Hannah Franklin started it off with a free position goal, while Bozel and senior Jacqueline Giles added two more.
In the final 11 minutes, both squads notched a pair of scores and the Hoyas were able to hang on for the 15-13 victory.
Loyola scored to open the game, but senior defender Logan McCraw countered less than two minutes later. The Greyhounds took a two-goal lead, and the Hoyas answered with a 4-0 run including scores by freshman Kelyn Freedman as well as seniors Kathleen Dwyer, Mary Beth Brophy and Kirr.
For the final 10 minutes of the first half, the squads traded goals as neither could mount a significant lead. Sophomore attacker Dina Jackson hit a free position at 8:14 and classmate Sophia Thomas added a pair of goals in the closing minutes. Freedman also had her second of the contest as the Hoyas went into the locker room ahead 9-8.
Georgetown had 10 different players score a goal with five Hoyas tallying two scores. The Blue & Gray held a 32-22 advantage in shots and was 3-of-7 on draw controls.
The victory marked the first win against a top-10 opponent since last year when Georgetown downed No. 9 Syracuse at the Carrier Dome 10-9 to clinch the Big East regular season title.