WASHINGTON - The No. 25/RV Georgetown University women's lacrosse team (5-2, 1-0 BIG EAST) defeated the Villanova University Wildcats (5-3, 0-1 BIG EAST), 19-10, Saturday afternoon at Cooper Field in both teams’ first game of BIG EAST Conference play. It was the fourth contest in a six-game homestand for the Blue & Gray.
“Conference games are really important so it is good to come away from today 1-0,” said Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried. “I am really pleased with how we went out and executed what we wanted to do playing against a team with a lot of momentum. We were able to focus on ourselves and not the other team which is something we have been emphasizing.”
Sophomore attacker Emily Ehle (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) led the way for the Hoyas with four goals and three assists for seven points in the contest as 11 Hoyas tallied a point in the game. Junior attacker Taylor Gebhardt (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) managed four goals and one assist, while junior midfielder Francesca Whitehurst (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country School) posted one goal and three assists. Sophomore attacker Michaela Bruno (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) and senior midfielder Hannah Seibel (Hanover, N.H./Hanover) both managed hat tricks, respectively, and junior attacker Morgan Ryan (Maplewood, N.J./Oak Knoll School) rounded it out with two goals and one assist.
The Hoyas outshot Villanova, 45-31, and pulled in 19 draw controls to ‘Nova’s 13. Georgetown committed 15 turnovers while forcing 17 from the Wildcats. Junior goalkeeper Haelle Chomo (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier) had a career day in the cage with 14 saves to her credit while also picking up her fifth win of the season.
The Wildcats scored early with a free position goal, but Bruno took over and had a number of good looks before scoring at 25:08 to tie the game at one. Ehle scored next on the pass from Gebhardt as the Blue & Gray took the quick lead, and Bruno added her second of the game forcing a Villanova timeout.
Villanova managed a goal out of the timeout, but Ehle nailed back-to-back scores. Off of the ensuing draw control, Whitehurst picked it up and went to goal to make it 6-2 and force another Wildcat timeout. Villanova ended the 3-0 run with a goal at 12:26, but Seibel answered back with her first of the game as the Blue & Gray never allowed ‘Nova to gain momentum.
Bruno scored on the free position shot prompting a Villanova goalkeeper change, but the shift came on offense as the Wildcats managed back-to-back tallies. Georgetown answered right back as Seibel, Gebhardt and Ryan combined for four quick scores to give the Hoyas the seven-goal advantage. That 12-5 score would stand at the half.
Similar to the first half, the Wildcats scored first to begin the second half. Ehle and Ryan came right back with a pair of goals but ‘Nova added one more as the squad would not go away quietly. Gebhardt managed her second tally of the game at 14:54, and then graduate student Cristina McCarthy (Rockville, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross/James Madison) hit her first of the contest. Gebhardt then added two more as the Blue & Gray began to pull away.
The Wildcats had one more score in them, but senior captain Sarah Cheney (Loudonville, N.Y./Shaker) added her first of the game. Villanova scored late making the final 19-10.
The Hoyas will be back at Cooper Field in the second game of a doubleheader with the men on Wednesday evening. Georgetown will host Loyola University of Maryland at 7 p.m. Live stats and a webcast featuring Monika Moore will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.