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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.
Georgetown College women's lacrosse team in its first varsity season went through the West Region undefeated and picked up eight honors Thursday afternoon at the league tournament.
The Tigers (9-2) had first team attacker Lauren Bruun-Bryant, midfielder Merrisa Heraldson, defender Kaysie Smith and goalie Doreen Brabble.
Earning honorable mention was Bea Cameron as a midfielder. The senior was not done with awards though as she did get NWLL West Region Defensive Player of the Year.
Kaysie Smith outscored the visiting Asbury University Eagles by herself Monday in the rain. The junior netted six goals as Georgetown College lacrosse rolled 19-5, finishing off a perfect regular season in conference play.
"It has been one of our most potent weapons all season," said GC coach Brandon Davis. "Multiple players can have a break out game. People see that Merrisa (Heraldson) and Lauren (Bruun-Bryant) are our leading goal scorers, so they might key on them. That is okay with us because it just opens space for others such as Kaysie or Bea (Cameron) or any number of our middle field and attackers."
Georgetown College women's lacrosse finished its regular season road swing with a pair of games within roughly a 20-hour period. The No. 3 Tigers (8-2, 5-0) showed no signs of the exhaustion such a trip can have as they dominated Lindenwood University Belleville in the final game Sunday, winning 27-5.
All five of the Lynx goals happened in the first half as Georgetown held a 19-5 edge at the break.
"It was a good weekend, where we learned a lot about ourselves in a very short time period," said GC coach Brandon Davis. "When you only have one substitute in a very fast-paced game, quick turnarounds can be worrisome. However, we showed a lot of our conditioning and heart to pick up two lopsided wins all while having to travel on a bus and sleep in hotels."