WASHINGTON - The No. 25/RV Georgetown University women's lacrosse team fell, 18-6, to the No. 13/11 University of Pennsylvania Quakers (6-0) Saturday afternoon at Cooper Field. It was the third contest in GU’s six-game homestand as the Blue & Gray drops to 4-2 overall.
“You have to give Penn credit,” said Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried. “They came out fired up in the second half and executed, and we didn’t respond.”
Junior attacker Taylor Gebhardt (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) led the way for the Hoyas with three goals in the contest as six Hoyas tallied a point in the game. Sophomore midfielder Natalia Lynch (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West) was solid on both ends of the field with one assist and three caused turnovers. Junior midfielder Francesca Whitehurst (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country School) managed an assist and three draw controls, while classmate Haelle Chomo (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier) took the loss in the cage with nine saves on the afternoon.
The Hoyas were outshot, 32-24, but picked up 19 ground balls to Penn’s 15. The difference came on the draw as the Quakers pulled in 20 draw controls to GU’s five. Georgetown committed 19 turnovers while forcing 17 from Penn.
The Quakers opened the scoring with back-to-back goals over the first nine minutes of play. However, GU answered back as sophomore attacker Emily Ehle (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) managed the unassisted tally at 17:11.
Penn would score two more goals to make it 4-1 with 9:04 remaining in the half. The Hoyas came roaring back with a 3-0 run spanning less than two minutes to tie the game at four.
Gebhardt started it off with an unassisted goal at 4:52 and she was followed by a score from junior attacker Morgan Ryan (Maplewood, N.J./Oak Knoll School) who took the pass from Lynch. At the 3:11 mark, Gebhardt notched her second of the contest to tie it up.
The Quakers added one before the half as Penn led, 5-4, at the end of the first.
The second half was a different story for the Blue & Gray as a Quaker goal in the first minute sparked a 6-0 run. The Hoyas tried to regain momentum with a goal from sophomore attacker Michaela Bruno (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) at the 14:27 mark, however, Penn answered right back as the Quakers put together another large 7-0 run.
Gebhardt hit the hat trick in the final seconds of the game resulting in the 18-6 final.
The Hoyas will be back in action on Saturday as the squad opens BIG EAST Conference play against the Villanova Wildcats. The opening draw is scheduled for 1 p.m. Live stats and a webcast featuring Monika Moore will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.