WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's lacrosse squad doubled the Drexel University Dragons (1-2), 16-8, on Saturday at Vidas Field. With the victory, the Hoyas are 2-1 on the young season and now head into a six-game homestand.
“Today was a good team win,” said Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried. “We played with a lot of energy and I’m excited about our improvement. I’m looking forward to watching this team grow together.”
Sophomore attacker Michaela Bruno (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) led the way with three goals and three assists for six points in the contest. She was followed by junior attacker Morgan Ryan (Maplewood, N.J./Oak Knoll School) who posted three goals and an assist. Sophomore midfielder Natalia Lynch (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West) also managed the hat trick as well as a squad best six draw controls on the afternoon. Eight different players scored a goal in the game for the Blue & Gray.
The Hoyas outshot the Dragons, 27-20, and pulled in 16 draw controls to Drexel’s nine. The Blue & Gray forced 15 Dragon turnovers, but committed 14 in the contest. GU was 3-of-5 on free position shots and junior goalkeeper Haelle Chomo (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier) took the win in the cage with nine saves on the afternoon.
The Hoyas jumped out to a 3-0 lead scoring the trio of goals in the first five minutes, keeping the Dragons on their heels. The squads settled in as Georgetown maintained the advantage and Drexel began to have more possession. The Hoya defense was effective in holding the Dragons scoreless.
At the 17:43 mark, Ryan notched her first of the game to break the drought and make it 4-0 for the Blue & Gray. Bruno then added her second of the contest, forcing a goalkeeper change for the Dragons. Drexel got on the board with 10 minutes left in the half, and then added one more to cut the Hoya advantage to three, 5-2.
Junior midfielder Francesca Whitehurst (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country School) ended the momentum with a free position goal at the 8:34 mark and then Lynch managed her second of the contest as the Blue & Gray continued to roll. It was junior attacker Taylor Gebhardt’s (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) first of the game at the 5:40 mark that made it 8-2 as the Georgetown offense was connecting on opportunities.
Bruno made it a hat trick late in the first, and senior midfielder Rachel Rausa (Ambler, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) managed a free position goal to make it 10-2 in favor of the Hoyas heading into the half.
Lynch scored in the first five minutes of the second half, and senior attacker Hannah Seibel (Hanover, N.H./Hanover) then added her second of the contest. It was Ryan that made it a 10-goal game for the Hoyas, but Drexel came right back and notched a score to make it a single-digit advantage. Whitehurst managed her second of the contest at 13:40 as the Blue & Gray pulled away.
In the final 10 minutes, Ryan hit one more to make it 15-5. Down the stretch the Dragons managed back-to-back scores, but the effort was too little too late as sophomore attacker Emily Ehle (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) tallied the man-up goal and the Hoyas cruised to the 16-8 victory.
The Hoyas will begin a six-game homestand on Wednesday as the squad hosts the No. 22/RV Johns Hopkins Blue Jays at 3:30 p.m. at Cooper Field. A webcast featuring Monika Moore and live stats will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.