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Georgetown College women's lacrosse was averaging just more than 16 goals per game coming into Saturday's Senior Day with Davenport University. The No. 4 Tigers (6-2) have only twice been held under 10 goals, both losses.
The No. 2 Panthers (8-1) controlled the pace and had a great game from goalie Samantha Powers in a 13-5 win over GC. Davenport broke the Tigers spirit with three early scores in the second half and held GC scoreless in a half for the first time all season.
Georgetown rallied to tie the game late in the first half, 5-5. Davenport responded with one final goal for a 6-5 edge at the break, then exploded. The Panthers scored three in less than two minutes and added a fourth before 10 minutes were gone in the half.
She should be playing high school. However, fortunately for Georgetown College women's lacrosse, Doreen Brabble graduated in December. The Florida native elected not to play her final season in high school, ready to be a part of history in Kentucky.
The first-semester freshman is doing just that, and despite not being a goalie is one of the nation's best. Brabble was key as the No. 4 Tigers (6-1) defeated another No. 1 Friday night. Savannah College of Art and Design came to Toyota Stadium as the top team in the nation. The Bees (6-2) had a furious rally come up short 13-12. In large part because of three monumental saves by Brabble in the final five minutes.
"She was phenomenal tonight," said GC coach Brandon Davis. "The saves Doreen made helped secure that win. I couldn't be more proud."
Georgetown College women's lacrosse team wasted no time in dominating previously unbeaten and fellow top 10 team Oklahoma Baptist University Monday night. OBU struck first, but it was a short-lived advantage. The No. 4 Tigers trailed 32 seconds before unleashing five goals in just under three minutes on their way to a 23-9 win. The divisional win runs GC's record to 3-0, while Oklahoma Baptist falls to 1-1.
The Buffaloes (6-1) made it interesting with three straight goals of their own and a 5-4 deficit. Merrisa Heraldson scored three of the next five GC goals, while OBU managed just one in that stretch that put the game away. The sophomore finished with a new-career and game-high 12 goals.
In what is the most grueling part of the early schedule, the No. 4 Tigers (5-1) tallied another win in less than a 48 window which included a bus ride and a flight.
Georgetown College women's lacrosse faced a much different opponent Friday in a rain soaked battle with Converse College at iHigh.com Field. The No. 4 Tigers (3-1) like to play uptempo. The weather conditions were already against them in this and the Valkyries style of control also stalled the very potent offense. In three wins, GC amassed 54 goals. Friday, Converse held them to five. The visitors left victorious 9-5.
"Hats off to Converse," said Tiger coach Brandon Davis. "We knew the game plan, but just couldn't execute it tonight. This should really be a good learning moment for our team especially as we prepare to hit the toughest stretch endurance wise this coming week."
Due to weather, GC has been forced to cancel or postpone several early season games. Friday started a stretch of three games in four days – two of which are on the road in Illinois and Oklahoma.
Georgetown College women's lacrosse had another first Monday in just its third game of the 2015 season. The No. 4 Tigers (3-0) trailed. NCAA Division II Ursuline College opened with a goal in the first 13 seconds.
GC responded with four straight goals and never looked back. The Arrows (0-1) made it interesting at different spurts before falling 17-11.
"We had to battle today and it was good to see the way we responded," said Tiger coach Brandon Davis. "This was Ursuline's first game of the season and you could see the team was ready to go. The Arrows jumped out quick, but my team took the shot and battled. We trailed for a little over 10 minutes, but once we gained control it was ours."
Lauren Bruun-Bryant scored her first of five goals to equal the score and Merrisa Heraldson put the Tiers ahead for good less than a minute later.
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