Photo by Tere Poplin
Greenville, S.C. – (Box Score | Invitational Schedule) No. 2 Georgetown (Ky.) scored seven second half goals to defeat No. 3 Lawrence Tech (Mich.), 12-8, in the semifinals of the 2016 NAIA Women’s Lacrosse National Invitational Friday morning at Sirrine Stadium.
With the win, Georgetown (14-3) advances into the finals of the national invitational and will face the winner of No. 1 SCAD Savannah (Ga.) and No. 4 Davenport (Mich.) Saturday at 1 p.m. EDT.
Lawrence Tech got on the board first as Kadijah Kalo found Alyssa Shaver in front of the cage for a goal three minutes in. Just over a minute later, Georgetown’s Taylor Irwin converted a free position shot to even the score 1-1. First Team All-American Avery Blackmon netted three straight goals – in a two minute span – to give the Tigers a 4-1 lead. Kalo scored two of the next three goals to spark a 3-0 run to tie the game at 4-4 with 6:19 left in the opening period.
Georgetown added free position goal later in the half to take a 5-4 lead into the break.
Georgetown held a 7-3 advantage in draw controls and a 6-4 edge in ground balls during the opening 30 minutes.
The Tigers add a pair of goals in the first five minutes of the second half to extend their lead 7-4. Shaver – a first-team All-American – scored three-straight goals for Lawrence Tech to tie the game at 7-7 midway through the half.
Georgetown scored five of the final six goals for the 12-8 final.
The Tigers had six different players score at least one goal, led by Merrisa Heraldson who netted a team-high four. Blackmon scored three goals, dished out three assists, and scooped eight draw controls, while Rachel Kidwell made nine saves, including six in the second half, to pick up the win in the cage.
Shaver registered a team-high six goals in the loss for Lawrence Tech. The Flint, Michigan native ends the season with 101 goals and 114 points. Kalo tallied four points, while goalkeeper Marie Klonowski registered seven saves.
Lawrence Tech is eliminated from the National Invitational and ends the year with a 15-8 record.
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