WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's lacrosse squad (1-2) could not complete a comeback, falling to the No. 2/2 University of Maryland Terrapins (2-0) on Saturday afternoon in the team’s home opener at Cooper Field. The Hoyas came back from a big deficit twice, but couldn’t regain the lead.
“We needed to play with more discipline, which led to us being inconsistent,” said Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried. “When you are inconsistent against a team like Maryland, they execute well and will take advantage. I’m really happy with the fight we showed throughout the game, we kept battling back, but we need to learn from our mistakes so we can move forward. Those are the growing pains you have with a young team.”
Freshman attacker Emily Ehle (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) and sophomore attacker Taylor Gebhardt (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) scored three goals apiece. Ehle added an assist for four points in the game. Junior midfielder Georgia Tunney (Towson, Md./Notre Dame Prep), sophomore midfielder Francesca Whitehurst (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country School) and sophomore attacker Morgan Ryan (Maplewood, N.J./Oak Knoll School) managed two goals each.
The Hoyas were outshot, 34-28, but picked up 14 ground balls to UMD’s 13. On the draw, Maryland managed 19, while the Blue & Gray pulled in 13. Fouls were 49-22 as the Hoyas played a physical game. The Terps took advantage going 6-of-12 on free position shots, while GU hit 4-of-9. Maryland also held an 11-7 advantage in saves.
The Hoyas got on the board first as Ryan hit a free position shot just 40 seconds in. The lead was short lived, however, as the Terps answered with a 3-0 run to make it 3-1 at 26:29. At 24:24, Gebhardt stopped the run with a score off of a free position shot. Unfortunately, the momentum swung back to the Terps as Maryland staged a 6-0 run spanning 16 minutes as the Blue & Gray went down by seven goals, 9-2.
At 6:18, it all changed as an unassisted goal from Whitehurst sparked a 5-0 run to end the half. Following Whitehurst’s goal, Tunney managed back-to-back scores. The first was an errant shot that trickled in to make it 9-4. She followed that up with a free position goal to keep the run alive.
Later in the half, Ehle went low to score her first of the game. In the final minute, Ehle added one more on the assist from freshman midfielder Natalia Lynch (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West) to make it 9-7 at the break and close out a 5-0 run spanning more than six minutes.
Maryland opened the second with a 4-0 run, but a goal by freshman midfielder Liza Liotta (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul’s School for Girls) with the assist from Ehle stopped the run at 19:53.
The Hoyas tried to regain the momentum from the first, but it did not last as Maryland came right back with a 4-0 run of its own.
With 8:08 to go in the game, Whitehurst took the ball down off of a foul and found the back of the cage to make it 17-9. This sparked a 5-0 run as Gebhardt quickly put one in the goal off of a free position shot and then added another unassisted tally in the run of play to make 17-11.
On the next possession, Ryan grabbed the ricochet from a shot off of the post and fired it right back in to help the comeback with 2:27 to play. Following a Hoya timeout, Ehle ran to the center and looked low again to send it in and pull GU within four.
The comeback would be too little, too late as time ran out resulting in the 17-13 final.
Georgetown will host the No. 19/19 Towson University Tigers on Wednesday afternoon. The opening draw is scheduled for 4 p.m., at Cooper Field. Live stats and a webcast featuring Jeremy Huber and Monika Moore will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.