WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's lacrosse squad battled over a rain-soaked field to get the 18-15 victory of the Saint Joseph’s University Hawks (0-1) Saturday afternoon at Cooper Field. Second-half runs gave momentum to both squads, but the Blue & Gray was able to hold on to pick up its first win of the season.
“There were some things we did really well and there are clearly some things we have to work on to get better, but I liked the energy that we played with throughout the game,” said Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried. “Offensively, we executed pretty well but I think the bottom line is that we needed more stops on defense. At the end of the day, there is no such thing as a bad win.”
Junior Taylor Gebhardt (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) led the way with four goals, while sophomore Michaela Bruno (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) added three goals as well as five draw controls. Sophomore Emily Ehle (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) had a goal and a squad-high four assists and junior midfielder Francesca Whitehurst (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country School) managed three goals along with a team-best nine draw controls.
The Hoyas outshot the Hawks, 32-20, and pulled in 21 draw controls to SJU’s 15. The Blue & Gray forced 20 Saint Joe’s turnovers, but committed 18 in the contest. GU was 5-of-9 on free position shots and combined for nine saves in the cage. Sophomore Haelle Chomo (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier) picked up her first career victory.
The Hoyas opened the scoring with a goal from Bruno in the first two minutes of play. Saint Joe’s answered back, but the Blue & Gray quickly put together a 5-0 run sparked by a free position from Gebhardt and including a pair of scores from senior Rachel Rausa (Ambler, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham).
Midway through the half, it was the Hawks that found momentum as the squad put together a 5-1 run of their own. Senior midfielder Hannah Seibel (Hanover, N.H./Hanover) broke up the run with a goal making it it 7-6 in favor of the Blue & Gray with 2:15 left to play.
With 18 seconds on the clock, Gebhardt netted her second of the half to make it 8-6 going into the break.
Saint Joe’s scored first to begin the second half, but much like the first half, Georgetown came roaring back with a 5-0 run sparked by a free position goal from Bruno.
SJU would regain the momentum with another huge 6-1 run as Whitehurst tried to slow the Hawks. Saint Joe’s would pull within one, 14-13. It was a score from sophomore Natalia Lynch (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West) and the assist from Ehle at 14:08 that gave Georgetown some breathing room.
The Hawks would answer, but Gebhardt came right back with an unassisted tally. One more SJU goal made it 16-15, but goals from Ehle and Seibel finished off the game as well as a huge save by keeper Micheline DiNardo (Rye, N.Y./Rye) making the final, 18-15.
The Hoyas will head out on the road on Saturday as the squad plays at Towson. The opening draw is scheduled for 3 p.m., and live stats as well as a webcast will be available through www.GUHoyas.com.