WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's lacrosse squad (2-5) fell, 14-6, to the No. 12/13 University of Pennsylvania Quakers (5-1) on Saturday at Franklin Field. It was the first contest of a four-game road swing for the Blue & Gray.
"I'm disappointed," said Georgetown Head Coach Fried. "Penn beat us in every aspect of the game. We need to find a way to play with more intensity and passion."
Junior midfielder Georgia Tunney (Towson, Md./Notre Dame Prep) led the way for the Hoyas with four goals and one assist for five points in the contest. Senior attacker Kate Snouffer (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr School) and sophomore attacker Taylor Gebhardt (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) added one apiece.
The Hoyas were outshot, 36-15, and committed 21 turnovers to Penn's 15. The Quakers held the 13-9 advantage in draw controls, and picked up 21 ground balls to GU's 14.
On defense, senior goalkeeper Maddy Fisher (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) made 11 stops, and senior defender Jenny Schwalje (Setauket, N.Y./St. Anthony's) was impressive with two caused turnovers, two ground balls and two draw controls.
Tunney opened the game with a goal at 26:36 to give the Hoyas a 1-0 lead, but the Quakers answered just 20 second later with the equalizer. The Penn goal sparked a 3-0 run as the Quakers made it 3-1 at 19:37.
Tunney ended the momentum at 14:32 scoring her second of the afternoon as sophomore midfielder Francesca Whitehurst (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country School) found her in traffic to pull the Blue & Gray within one. However, Penn came right down and added four more to make it 7-2. This would stand as the teams went into the break.
Georgetown opened the second half the same way the squad opened the game as a loose ball went to Snouffer in the middle who fired to find the back of the cage and make it 7-3. The score would not begin a comeback, however, as Penn came back to tally two quick back-to-back scores.
Off of the ensuing draw control, the ball was collected by freshman Liza Liotta (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls). It was passed around before it was in the possession of Tunney at the eight-meter line. She penetrated the middle and fired to make it 9-4 with 18:03 to play. Tunney wasn't done yet, as a long shot from the left side caught Penn keeper, Britt Brown, off guard to pull GU within four, 9-5.
The Quakers had something left in the tank and added two more goals to pull away and make a comeback out of reach for the Blue & Gray. In the final seven minutes, Gebhardt tallied her first of the game, but Penn answered with three of its own. GU could never recover, making the final 14-6.
Georgetown will open BIG EAST Conference play next Saturday as the squad travels to Indianapolis, Ind., to take on league-newcomer Butler University in the Bulldogs' first season of intercollegiate play. The opening draw is scheduled for 1 p.m. Fans can follow the live stats at www.GUHoyas.com.