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Georgetown College women's lacrosse continues to reap the rewards of hardwork and dedication. Following the National Women's Lacrosse League National Tournament championship game, a 12-member all-tournament team was announced.
The No. 3 Tigers represented one-sixth of that team with Bea Cameron and Merrisa Heraldson earning the honor.
"It's an honor, especially knowing that these awards are secondary to our players," said GC coach Brandon Davis. "Every one of my student-athletes puts team first and that is why we've accomplished what we have."
Georgetown College women's lacrosse finished up its inaugural season with a bang. The No. 3 Tigers (12-4) quickly formed a competitive rival with defending national champion Robert Morris University – Chicago (13-6). In the rubber match between the two programs for National Women's Lacrosse League National Tournament third place, it was Georgetown's late rally that sealed the deal.
Merrisa Heraldson, held in check most of the day, rotated off draw control and caught the start from Laura Cuseo. The right hand side opened up and with 3.2 seconds remaining one of the top scorers in the nation gave GC the 14-13 win.
"We made some adjustments as our offense was a bit stagnant in the second half," said Tiger coach Brandon Davis. "As we went to overtime we had Laura start taking draws and after Robert Morris tied it the field just opened right for Merrisa to do the rest."
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."