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Merrisa Heraldson busted up a seven all game Friday afternoon in the NAIA Women's Lacrosse Invitational semifinals. The junior scored one of her four goals, igniting a burst which halted No. 3 Lawrence Technological University as the No. 2 Tigers roared to a 12-8 victory, punching a ticket for the second-year program's first national championship final appearance.
GC will play No. 4 Davenport University 1 pm Saturday in Greenville, S.C.
"It was a heck of a game and I'm proud of the way we just kept going," said Tigers' coach Brandon Davis. "Every time Lawrence Tech came at us, we had a response from someone. It was a total team effort today."
Georgetown scored five of the final six goals capped off by Kat Leighty's goal with two minutes left. Heraldson led the team with four goals, while Avery Blackmon had three goals and three assists.
Bea Cameron scored three of the first four Georgetown College women's lacrosse goals in the NAIA Invitational Tournament quarterfinals in Greenville, S.C. The senior assisted on the other and it was all GC from the start against Tennessee Wesleyan College. The No. 2 Tigers (13-3) raced out to a double-digit lead two-thirds of the way through the first half and took a 21-6 victory at Sirrine Stadium.
"It's a good first win, but we have more business to take care of," said GC coach Brandon Davis. "This is our best postseason showing. It was nice to have Kaysie Smith back on the field. We played well as a team, now we refocus for Friday."
Georgetown has a rematch with Lawrence Technological University at 10 am with a chance to advance to the finals on the line. These two teams met a week ago in the NWLL semifinal game. The Blue Devils (15-7) won that match-up, but the Tigers won the first meeting this season.
The rematch of the 2015 NWLL National Tournament third place game did not disappoint Thursday afternoon in the opening round of the 2016 tournament. Georgetown College women's lacrosse built a large enough cushion and held on against No. 7 Robert Morris University – Chicago. The No. 2 Tigers (12-2) won 8-7 to advance to the semifinals for the second straight season. They will face No. 3 Lawrence Technological Institute, an 18-5 winner in its first round game, 7:30 pm Friday in Grand Rapids, Mich.
"We knew it was going to be a tough game," said GC coach Brandon Davis. "There isn't a team here that isn't a top-notch program. It was our first game in almost a week with a lot of extra distractions with travel, hotels and the banquet. With a young team that can be scary, but we focused in and took care of business."
Georgetown College women's lacrosse celebrated the 2016 season at the NWLL tournament banquet, kicking off the games starting today. Senior Bea Cameron highlighted the evening for the Tigers by being name the program's first national Defensive Player of the Year.
The midfielder was second on the team in groundballs with 58 this season and caused a team-high 38 turnovers. Her speed was advantageous on the offensive side, where she won 25 draw controls, netted 15 goals and dished out eight assists. She helped the Tigers to an 11-2 mark and a number two seed in this week's national tournament.
Cameron also received her second first-team All-American honors and joining her there were freshmen Avery Blackmon and Rachel Kidwell.
It was a tall task and a valiant effort as Georgetown College women's lacrosse faced one of its toughest foes just shy of 18-hours after wrapping up its semifinal match in the NWLL South Region Conference Tournament.
The No. 2 Tigers (11-2) battled No. 1 SCAD-Savannah (11-1), falling 17-11. Both losses this season are to the Bees, who have been atop the NWLL and NAIA poll all year.
"It's a tough turnaround, but that's postseason play," said GC coach Brandon Davis. "We have to use what we learned in these two games as we enter our national tournament schedule. We were good about that last year, I have no doubt we can do the same this year."
It was back and forth from the onset as the teams traded early goals. Taylor Vaccaro netted two of her game-tying high four goals helping SCAD to a 3-2 advantage. Her second goal connected just shy of eight minutes in and broke up a 2-2 tie. Georgetown never pulled even again.
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