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Five early goals for Davenport University (16-3) was the undoing for Georgetown College in the National Women's Lacrosse League semifinals. It did not bode well against a No. 2 Panther team the No. 3 Tigers (11-4) struggled to find the back of the net. In two meetings, they managed just seven goals. DU handed Georgetown a 15-3 setback.
GC finishes the season with a battle against West Region foe Robert Morris University in the three-four game 4 pm EST Saturday. This will be the rubber match as the Tigers took the regular season showdown and a week ago the Eagles won the conference tournament championship.
In 13 games, GC has 233 goals – almost a third of a goal every minute.
Bea Cameron has a competitive drive unmatched by most. The senior helped to spark a historic win for Georgetown College women's lacrosse. The No. 3 Tigers (11-3) are in their first year and Thursday evening tallied win one in a national tournament. They defeated No. 6 Tennessee Wesleyan College (12-3) 16-8 in the quarterfinals of the National Women's Lacrosse League National Tournament in Belleville, Ill.
"Just another step," said GC coach Brandon Davis. "Bea got us off to a great start, but everyone was huge. Even when Tennessee Wesleyan seemed to have the momentum, we never let down or showed any fear."
Cameron opened the game with a goal just more than two minutes into action. The senior finished with two goals and four assists, two coming in a stretch as Georgetown opened a 10-goal lead.
Georgetown College women's lacrosse may be in its first varsity season, but the ripples through the program will be felt for years to come. More fruition of the team's hard work and dedication were recognized Wednesday night at the National Women's Lacrosse League national tournament banquet.
The No. 3 Tigers (10-3) collected six different honors including five of the top 36 athletes in the 21-team league.
"It is a testament to what these young ladies have committed to this season," said GC coach Brandon Davis. "It hasn't always been easy or comfortable, but nothing worth it ever is and these athletes have bought into that and made all this happen."
The NWLL West Region Tournament finals might not have ended the way the No. 3 Georgetown College Tigers (10-3) planned, but it also might be the spark needed heading into next week's national tournament.
GC battled defending national champions Robert Morris University all day, coming back several times and taking a late lead. Unfortunately, the Eagles (11-4) had the final rally with two goals inside the final minute for a 12-11 win.
"That was a hard fought game right there," said Tiger coach Brandon Davis. "I was proud of their heart and hopefully we use this to learn. This doesn't end our season. We keep working and churning toward the next goal we have."
Georgetown has struggled this season when teams slow the pace down, however, Saturday the team responded well to RMU's attempt to control tempo.
Georgetown College women's lacrosse offensive production was balanced in the first and second half, however it was the defensive stand that was a huge factor in the 23-10 victory Friday. The No. 3 Tigers (10-2) advance to the NWLL West Region Tournament Finals 2 pm Saturday against Robert Morris, 15-10 winner of the first semifinal.
"Once we started clamping down defensively things were clicking as usual," said GC coach Brandon Davis. "Anytime you start to see teams for the second time, things will be more difficult, but if we can hold teams down I know our offense will come through."
Oklahoma Baptist struck first, tallying two goals. However, Georgetown rallied back. The teams exchanged goals when Lauren Bruun-Bryant started an onslaught from which OBU (11-4) never recovered.
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