WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's lacrosse squad (1-1) used a balanced attack to down the George Washington University Colonials (0-2) on Wednesday at the Mount Vernon Athletic Complex. Sophomore midfielder Francesca Whitehurst (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country School) led the way with five goals and one assist as well as 10 draw controls in the contest as the Hoyas pulled away in the second half.
“This was a good midweek victory,” said Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried. “We made some adjustments at halftime and executed those in the second half. I thought we shot a lot better in the second as well.”
Following Whitehurst, junior midfielder Hannah Seibel (Hanover, N.H./Hanover) posted three goals and an assist, while junior midfielder Rachel Rausa (Ambler, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) and sophomore midfielder Morgan Ryan (Maplewood, N.J./Oak Knoll School) managed two goals apiece. In total, nine different Hoyas scored a point in the game.
Georgetown outshot George Washington, 38-15, and pulled in 17 draw controls to GW’s six. The Blue & Gray went 4-of-7 on free position attempts and forced 18 Colonial turnovers. In the cage, senior goalkeeper Maddy Fisher (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) had eight saves on the afternoon.
The Hoyas opened the scoring as sophomore attacker Taylor Gebhardt (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) found Whitehurst on the right side to make it 1-0 just two minutes into the contest. A mere two minutes later, junior midfielder Georgia Tunney (Towson, Md./Notre Dame Prep) self-started after a foul and weaved toward the cage getting it past keeper Adele Wise to make it 2-0.
Off of the ensuing draw, GW came down and scored to cut it to one. Georgetown continued to fight as Seibel’s free position shot made it 3-1 at 23:21. Once again, the Colonials answered to cut it to one but the defense forced a turnover and Whitehurst took it in to make it 4-2 at 19:45 and force a GW timeout.
Midway through the first, Rausa added one of her own spinning to her left and firing to make it a three-goal advantage. This was her first of two as, after a Colonial yellow card, Seibel found her in the middle of the crease to make it 6-2. With eight minutes to go, Whitehurst took it to the center and found the back of the cage to put the Hoyas ahead by five.
The Colonials added a goal, but a score from junior attacker Sarah Cheney (Loudonville, N.Y./Shaker) made it 8-3 at the half. The defense was also solid in the first with Fisher coming up with five saves.
Georgetown continued to build the lead as Gebhardt hit a goal less than two minutes into the second half. Another free position goal from Seibel made it 10-3, however, GW wasn’t done with back-to-back scores to pull within five with 20 minutes to play in the game.
The Hoyas stopped the run as Whitehurst found Ryan who fired a laser to gain the momentum back and made it 11-5 in favor of the Blue & Gray. Whitehurst, Ryan, Seibel and freshman midfielder Liza Liotta (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul’s School for Girls) each added a goal in the closing minutes. It capped off a 6-0 run for the Hoyas and made the final 16-5.
Georgetown will host the No. 2/2 University of Maryland Terrapins on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Cooper Field. Live stats and a webcast featuring Jeremy Huber and Monika Moore will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.