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Georgetown College women's lacrosse team hosted a play day this past Saturday and notched the programs first victories. The Tigers bested Xavier University and University of Cincinnati's club team.
"These two games show a lot of growth from our match with Centre a few weeks ago and even from game to game Saturday," said GC coach Brandon Davis. "We never trailed and really worked well together consider how long we've been working."
The Tigers handed Xavier a 10-4 setback to start the day and ended the day with a 17-9 win over Cincinnati. UC won the match between the two Ohio school's 15-14.
"Our defense was tremendous all day and just allowed one goal in the first half to Xavier," Davis said. "We saw Liz (Roberts) really become a field general."
The freshman goalie was directing the defensive unit in front of her, while waiting for the offensive explosion.
"Centre scored 16 on us in the first half," Davis said. "In both games, we allowed just five first half goals and 13 total."
Brooklyn Fox and Joy Thompson were two of the defensive players with which Davis was pleased. Offensively, Taylor Young, Merrisa Heraldson, Kaysie Smith, Amber Hunley, Aleisha Stiltner and Willy Robinson had break out days.
The first four tallied at least a goal against Xavier and all six got into the mix against Cincinnati.
"We were a bit slow starting out against Xavier," Davis said. "We only had four goals in the first half, but came out on fire in the second half and never really slowed the rest of the day.
"They were more of a unit against Cincinnati. Taking advantage of matchups and finding the best way collectively to push the attack, as evidenced by six people scoring."
Young finished with eight goals to lead the team, while Heraldson had seven and Smith netted six. Hunley, a Scott County native, Robinson and Stiltner all had two.
"It was a great day," Davis said. "As you build a program you want to see steps forward and confidence built and kept. I think Saturday was all of that for us.
"We saw Liz become the vocal leader we need in the back. We saw our offensive group start reading the game and working together to attack. We had Kaysie and Amber dominating the draw circle. As a coach, it is those things that make you really proud."
Georgetown returns to action this Sunday in another play day at Baldwin-Wallace College where the team plays its final four games of the fall season.