March 5, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. -
The No. 18 Stanford women's lacrosse team lost a physical game against No. 11 Georgetown, 15-8, Tuesday evening at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.
Stanford (2-2) received a big offensive effort from the reining Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Offensive Player of the Week, Rachel Ozer, who led the team with five points on four goals and an assist. Ozer has tallied a team-high 18 points with 12 goals and six assists on the season.
Georgetown (4-0) had a strong offensive day of its own, tallying 15 goals on 28 shots. The Hoyas finished the second half on a 6-2 scoring run, including a span of five consecutive goals in eight and a half minutes.
Freshman Lucy Dikeou was strong defensively for the Cardinal, causing three turnovers, picking up three ground balls and one draw control. Anna Kim led Stanford in draw controls with four and also scored a goal for her fifth on the year.
Ozer opened the game's scoring just 1:31 into the first half. However, Georgetown would respond 25 seconds later with its first of the game from sophomore Caroline Tarzian. It was Tarzian's first of five goals on the day as she led the Hoyas in scoring.
Stanford ran into foul trouble with the game knotted at one apiece, with Rachel Kalick and Nina Swanson receiving yellow cards less than a minute and a half apart. However, Stanford was able to endure the pressure of being down a player and did not allow Georgetown to score during that span.
"We were playing tough in the first half and had some good things and we let out emotions get involved a little bit," said head coach Amy Bokker.
The Cardinal regrouped after the bookings and netted two consecutive goals from Anna Kim and Kyle Fraser to put Stanford up 3-1.
After trading a goal each, Georgetown went on a four-goal run to take its first lead of the game and stretch it to a 6-4 advantage. The Hoyas got a goal from Tarzian 34 seconds before the half ended to take momentum and a 7-5 lead into the break.
Georgetown continued to put on the pressure in the second half and added two goals to start the period before Ozer scored her third on the day to stop the Hoyas' scoring run.
Stanford had difficulty shutting down the Georgetown offense that maintained a majority of the possession in the second half and converted eight goals on 13 shots.
The Cardinal will look to regroup as it prepares for conference play against first-year MPSF competitor, the University of Southern California, on Friday, March 8 at 3 p.m. at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. Bokker said she expects her team to take the game against Georgetown as a learning experience and will bounce back and refocus on the goals it is trying to accomplish this season.
"We want to focus on winning a conference championship, and this is the first step to doing that, so we'll come out fired up and ready to play USC on Friday," said Bokker.