WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's lacrosse squad (1-3) could not overcome a second-half run, falling to the No. 17/18 Towson University Tigers (2-2), 13-8, on Wednesday afternoon at Cooper Field. It was a physical game with 70 total fouls and 13 yellow cards between the two teams.
“The biggest aspect of the game was execution as a whole,” said Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried. “I think the biggest thing is that we played emotionally and we let Towson dictate the tempo of the game and how it was going to be played. It got us out of character tonight.”
GU was outshot, 33-23, but tied the Tigers in draw controls with 11 each. Towson forced 21 Georgetown turnovers and gave up the ball just 16 times. The Blue & Gray did hold a 14-10 advantage in saves and went 5-of-7 on free position shots.
The Tigers opened the game with a 3-0 run spanning the first five minutes. At 21:49, Seibel connected on a free position to end the momentum and make the score 3-1. Just two minutes later, sophomore attacker Taylor Gebhardt (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) curled around the back of the cage and fired to pull the Blue & Gray within one.
A Towson goal midway through the half made it 4-2. That would be the final goal for both teams for the next 10 minutes as neither could find the back of the cage. Fisher and the defense came up with some big saves, and on the other end, Georgetown was just not on target.
At 6:36, Tunney broke the deadlock as she caused a turnover, picked it up and ran it down for the score to pull GU within one. The Tigers scored one final goal before the half, and at the break, GU trailed by two, 5-3.
Towson opened the second half with a goal at 28:35 to go back to a three-goal advantage and spark a 5-0 run to make it 10-3.
The Hoyas finally stopped the momentum with a free position goal from Cheney at 18:37 and another from junior midfielder Rachel Rausa (Ambler, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) just one minute later, but the Blue & Gray had an uphill battle ahead of it.
The Tigers came right back and answered with three of their own, but GU had a little left in the tank. Tunney and sophomore attacker Morgan Ryan (Maplewood, N.J./Oak Knoll School) tallied back-to-back free position goals to cut the lead to five, 13-7, in the final eight minutes.
Seibel tallied her second goal of the game on an unassisted shot at 1:29, but it was too little, too late as Georgetown eventually fell, 13-8.
The Hoyas will have a week off and will travel to No. 18/17 John Hopkins University on Wednesday, March 1 at 5 p.m. The game will be televised live on ESPNU and live stats will be available at www.GUHoyas.com