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The pace was fast and furious, but once Georgetown College women's lacrosse coach Brandon Davis got his defense settled the style played well into the Tigers hands. In the final match of the club season, GC defeated Wilmington College 26-13. It was 12-10 Georgetown at the break.
"A college match high score is usually 15 goals or so, but both teams were scoring frenetically in the first half," Davis said. "We were making stops defensively, but I could see in our defenders the excitement in how well we were translating on offense.
"In our first 10 offensive possessions we had nine goals, so the ladies were really trying to get it quickly to the offensive side. Once I got them to play control ball and make better passes, we outscored Wilmington 14-3 in the second half."
Merrisa Heraldson led the way with nine goals, one assist and four draw controls. Lizza Jonas found her rhythm after four years of not playing lacrosse. The senior had seven goals, one assist, five draw controls, two caused turnovers and two interceptions.
Taylor Young chipped in with five goals and an assist. Captain Kaysie Smith had four goals, three assists and five draw controls.
Amber Hunley and Lindsey Woosley each had a goal, while Hunley – a Scott County native – had an assist and one draw control as well.
Kristin Shenk did an awesome job in goal with 17 saves and defensively Jordan McClure caused two turnovers and had two groundballs.
"This was a great game to end this first year with," Davis said. "We saw a lot of balance and contribution from the entire team."
It has been an intriguing first season as Tiger Nation became familiar with the sport and Davis began to shape the foundation for his team. The Orange & Black finished 5-6 and only two of those loses were lopsided affairs. Georgetown lost the other four by an average of 2.75 goals.
The team was a mixture of recruits and current students. The injury bug took a bite out of the Tigers' roster, but all-in-all it was a good first year.
"We have to start somewhere and to be just one game under .500 isn't bad," Davis said. "We made adjustments we weren't expecting to have to make and players stepped up to make this successful. Now we bring in our second recruit class, move into a league and see how we do in our first varsity season.
"I know the foundation is there and am very excited for what the future holds."