WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women’s lacrosse squad used a first-half run to gain an advantage and never looked back defeating the George Mason University Patriots (1-1), 11-6, on Saturday afternoon at Cooper Field. With the win, the Hoyas improve to 2-4 on the season.
“It’s good to get in the win column and give us some confidence going into spring break,” said Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried. “We have a week before our next game which will give us some time to keep working a make improvements.”
Junior midfielder Georgia Tunney (Towson, Md./Notre Dame Prep) led the squad with three goals and an assist, while sophomore attacker Morgan Ryan (Maplewood, N.J./Oak Knoll School) added two goals and two assists. Freshman midfielder Liza Liotta (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul’s School for Girls) and sophomore attacker Taylor Gebhardt (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) managed two goals apiece.
The Hoyas outshot the Patriots, 26-22, and forced 22 GMU turnovers. George Mason held an, 11-8, advantage in draw controls and picked up 19 groundballs to GU’s 17. Georgetown tallied seven saves to Mason’s 10.
Neither squad could get on the board initially as both had opportunities, but just couldn’t find the back of the cage. Mason broke the deadlock at 21:25 with a goal to make it 1-0. At 19:27, Ryan hit a goal on a pass from Seibel to tie it up at one as the Hoyas gained momentum.
The Ryan tally sparked a 5-0 run for the Blue & Gray as Liotta scored back-to-back goals less than a minute apart to make it 3-1. Freshman attacker Emily Ehle (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) assisted on the first, and Tunney assisted on the second as the Hoyas were firing. At 14:08, sophomore midfielder Francesca Whitehurst (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country School) took the ball down the field and found Ryan who spun to her right and shot to add another. The final Hoya goal of the half came at 3:34 from Tunney with the assist from Ryan.
The Patriot defense buckled down and the offense swung the momentum back with a goal in the last minute of play. Georgetown went into the half leading 5-2.
Early in the second half, Whitehurst scored to make it a four-goal advantage. Off of the ensuing draw, George Mason came back with a goal of its own as the Patriots continued to battle.
Tunney notched her second of the game at 24:25 nailing the free position shot to move the score to 7-3. This was followed by a goal from freshman attacker Michaela Bruno (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) as junior midfielder Hannah Seibel (Hanover, N.H./Hanover) penetrated and found the freshman on the left side. It marked Bruno’s first intercollegiate goal. Once again, the Patriots came down and answered to pull the lead back to four, 8-4.
At 19:09, Whitehurst went across the field to find Tunney who found the back of the cage for her third of the game. The sophomore added another helper at 15:37 as she found Gebhardt to make it 10-4.
Mason scored two goals in the final five minutes, but the Blue & Gray got one more from Gebhardt at 1:43 making the final 11-6.
The Hoyas will have the week off before traveling to Philadelphia, Pa., for a matchup against the No. 10/13 University of Pennsylvania Quakers on Saturday, March 11 to begin a four-game road trip. The opening draw at Franklin Field is scheduled for 1 p.m. Live stats and a webcast will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.