May 9, 2010

Courtesy of Georgetown

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - The Georgetown University women's lacrosse squad (13-5) made history on Saturday as the Hoyas downed the Syracuse University Orange (13-6) 13-11 to win the BIG EAST Tournament Championship for the first time in program history. The Hoyas proved the fourth time was the charm winning the conference after four-straight appearances in the championship game.

The win also marked GU's undefeated run through the BIG EAST and their 10th-straight victory marking the longest streak in program history. Molly Ford (Reisterstown, Md./Notre Dame Prep) was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player with six goals over two games, while Ashby Kaestner (Trappe, Md./Saints Peter and Paul), Caitlin Formby (Towson, Md./Notre Dame Prep), Jordy Kirr (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr Academy) and Logan McCraw (Malvern, Pa./Conestoga) were all named to the All-Tournament squad.

"I have to say it was a huge team victory for us and a great team effort again," said Head Coach Ricky Fried. "When an aspect of our game wasn't going well other people picked it up. I'm really happy for the seniors because they've been through so much and they really deserve this."

Mary Beth Brophy (Berwyn, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) and Kaestner connected on the give and go in the opening possession, but Syracuse scored on the other end as the game was poised to be a shootout. Ford hit an unassisted shot after GU forced a big turnover minutes later, however, Syracuse answered.

After the ensuing draw control, Ford came right down and found the back of the cage to once again take a one-goal lead. The Orange scored off of a free position, but a restart on the other end from Bunny O'Reilly (Philadelphia, Pa./Springside School) gave Kirr her first point of the game.

Syracuse didn't stay down for long, however. The Hoyas then scored two in a row after a textbook one-timer by Kaestner from Kirr behind the goal and a pickup by Dina Jackson (Potomac, Md./Bullis) following a beautiful run upfield from defender Logan McCraw (Malvern, Pa./Conestoga).

The Orange came back with back-to-back goals less than a minute apart, but once again Kaestner put GU ahead with a free position and Ford hit with a low spin on the left side. Syracuse scored in the final minute to make it 8-7 at the break.

SU opened the second half with a pair of scores, but Georgetown posted a 3-0 run to move ahead and gain momentum. Sophia Thomas (Lutherville, Md./Maryvale Prep) tied it at nine with an unassisted tally and the Ford put GU ahead taking the pass from Kelsi Bozel (Hunt Valley, Md./Notre Dame Prep). Kirr then found the back of the cage receiving the ball from sophomore Erin Lovett (Wantagh, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) as a number of Hoyas got into the act on offense.

SU stopped the run, but after eight scoreless minutes Kirr managed to get one in on a diving shot and Lovett had almost the exact same play off the draw to make it 13-10. The Orange capitalized on a turnover cutting the lead to two at 1:58

Ford had a team-high four goals and Kirr posted three goals and one assist for four points. Kaestner had two goals and one assist for three points. GU outshot Syracuse 25-22, but had fewer ground balls (12-9) and draw controls (14-12). Formby had five saves in the net.

Georgetown has earned the conference's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. The selection show to announce the pairings will air on CBS College Sports on Sunday at 10 p.m. The bracket will also be posted at immediately following the selection show. The opening rounds games will be held next weekend.