G-town clinches share of Big East title
Hoyas capture 10th regular season championship in 11 years
WASHINGTON D.C. -- No. 16 Georgetown (9-7, 7-1 Big East) won a share of the Big East regular season title on Sunday with a 9-8 victory against Rutgers (9-7, 3-5 Big East) at Yurcak Field. The victory also clinched the top seed in the Big East Tournament which begins Thursday and will be held at Georgetown's Multi-Sport Field.
"We showed a lot of resolve by playing to the end today and I thought we scrapped well," said Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried. "Winning a Big East regular season championship is always special and it's a huge accomplishment for this program."
The championship didn't come easy as the Scarlet Knights attempted to spoil Georgetown's day. The Hoyas started strong as sophomore attacker Dina Jackson hit a free position shot within the first three minutes and freshman midfielder Hannah Franklin added another as GU took a 2-0 lead.
The Scarlet Knights had an answer, scoring twice to tie it up at 9:23 before sophomore midfielder Kelsi Bozel scored at 5:27. Rutgers matched the Blue & Gray in the waning minutes of the half as the teams went into the break tied at three.
Sophomore midfielder Sophia Thomas started it off in the second half with a goal less than two minutes in. However, Rutgers quickly took its first lead of the contest with a 2-0 run.
The Hoyas came back and moved ahead when Thomas and senior attacker Kathleen Dwyer both found the back of the cage. The squads traded goals, but another 2-0 Scarlet Knights run gave them the lead with ten minutes remaining on the clock.
Georgetown found a way, however, as Franklin netted her second score of the game and senior Jacqueline Giles assisted to tie it at eight. The game winner came with 2:08 remaining when the pair connected once again and Giles scored making the final 9-8.
Three Hoyas had two goals each and Franklin led the squad with two goals and an assist. GU outshot Rutgers, 21-15, and forced 17 turnovers.
This is Georgetown's 10th Big East regular season title in the past 11 years and the fourth time in five tries that the squad has been the top seed in the conference tournament.