Georgetown 15, Towson 14

May 12, 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The No. 5 seeded Georgetown University women's lacrosse team won a gutsy 15-14 victory over Towson University on Thursday, May 12, at North Kehoe Field in NCAA Tournament First Round action. With the victory, the Hoyas advance to the quarterfinals where they will meet No. 4 seed Dartmouth College on Sunday, May 15, in Hanover, N.H.

The Hoyas sealed the victory by winning draw controls and fighting for every loose ball in the second half, executing a near-perfect stall with 4:45 to go and a key interception by freshman midfielder Patty Piotrowicz.

Sophomore Coco Stanwick led Georgetown in the hard-fought victory with five goals, bringing her season goal total to 58. Senior midfielder Allison Chambers added two goals and an assist to the winning effort, while Catherine Elbe, Lauryn Bernier, Hollis Pica, Brittany Baschuk, Lauren Redler, Paige Andrews, Laura Cipro and Lucy Poole added one goal apiece. Shannon Witzel led the Tigers with five goals on the afternoon, while Caitlin Marshall tallied three.

Towson got off to a quick start with three-straight goals from a trio of players. Marshall put up the first score with an unassisted goal just one minute, 30 seconds into the game. Amy Middleton struck next at 22:42, followed by a goal from Becky Trumbo at 20:29 off a Witzel assist. GU junior midfielder Paige Andrews came off the bench and immediately made her presence known as she caught a pass from Pica and fired it into the cage to make the score 3-1. That would ignite the Hoya offense as Georgetown reeled off four-straight tallies after Andrews'. Poole found the back of the net at 18:39. Chambers then set up Redler for the score at the 15:52 mark, followed by an unassisted goal from Cipro, who capitalized on a Towson turnover. Redler won the next draw and Stanwick hit the inside of the net at 12:53 to make the score 4-3 in favor of the Hoyas. The Tigers fought back with Witzel hitting back-to-back goals to knot the score at 5-5, but Georgetown answered with a three-goal run. Oliphant found a cutting Baschuk for the score at 5:53, and then Elbe set up Stanwick a minute later. Chambers slipped a shot past Towson goalkeeper Mandy Correy to give the Hoyas an 8-5 lead at the 1:02 mark. It would prove to be short-lived as Towson recorded three-consecutive goals in a 19-second stretch to knot the score at 8-8.

Georgetown came out firing in the second half, scoring three goals in quick succession. Elbe wasted no time in scoring the first goal of the period with just 48 seconds ticked off the clock. Stanwick stepped up with the next goal at 28:58, with Bernier picking up the assist. Bernier gave GU an 11-8 advantage 50 seconds later with an unassisted goal, but Caitlin Marshall's shot hit the top corner of the net for the score, followed shortly by Witzel's third goal of the day at 25:28 to pull the Tigers within one at 11-10. Pica and Chambers added two more goals for the Hoyas at 23:25 and 20:53, respectively. Chambers' goal came off a free position shot. Every time the Hoyas would take what looked like control of the game, the Tigers would fight back. This time with another three-goal run, all off free position shots. Martha Dwyer, Witzel and Middleton connected on their penalty shots to take a 14-13 lead with 12:49 to go in the game. Elbe found Stanwick at the top of the arc for the score at 11:17 to tie the game for the fourth time of the day at 14-14. Stanwick hit her fifth goal of the contest with 4:45 left to give the Hoyas a 15-14 edge, and then the Hoyas went into a stall to preserve the lead. The stall was effective until the Hoyas turned the ball over with just 22 seconds left in Georgetown territory. With a terrific defensive effort from BIG EAST Defender of the Year Chloe Asselin, and a key caused turnover from Piotrowicz with 20 seconds remaining in the game, the Hoyas got the ball back and held on the for the win,

Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fired started sophomore goalkeeper Maggie Koch for the first time this season, but subbed in senior Sarah Robinson with eight seconds to go in the first period and left her in for the entire second half. Koch made two saves and allowed seven goals, while Robinson rejected five shots and allowed seven goals. Mandy Correy played all 60 minutes in the cage for Towson, making eight saves and allowing 15 goals.

Towson held a 29-28 edge in shots and a 30-26 advantage in ground balls. The Tigers also posted six more draw controls than the Hoyas (18-12). Towson was 3-5 from the eight-meter mark, while the Hoyas were 2-3.

GOALS Georgetown: Coco Stanwick 5, Allison Chambers 2, Catherine Elbe 1, Lauryn Bernier 1, Hollis Pica 1, Brittany Baschuk 1, Lauren Redler 1, Paige Andrews 1, Laura Cipro 1, Lucy Pool 1. Towson: Shannon Witzel 5, Caitlin Marshall 3, Amy Middleton 2, Becky Trumbo 2, Martha Dwyer 1, Erin Cayea 1.
ASSISTS Georgetown: Catherine Elbe 2, Lauryn Bernier 1, Allison Chambers 1, Sarah Oliphant 1, Hollis Pica 1. Towson: Krin Boghosianin 1, Martha Dwyer 1, Amy Middleton 1, Shannon Witzel 1.
SAVES Georgetown: 2 Maggie Koch (7 GA), 29:52 min.; 5 Sarah Robinson (7 GA), 30:08 min Towson: 8 Mandy Corry (15 GA), 60 min.
SHOTS Georgetown: 28. Towson: 29
GROUND BALLS Georgetown: 26. Towson: 30.
CAUSED TURNOVERS Georgetown: 11. Towson: 5.
DRAW CONTROLS Georgetown: 12. Towson: 18.
TURNOVERS Georgetown: 12. Towson: 22.
FOULS Georgetown: 30. Towson: 10.

-- Courtesy Georgetown