WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's lacrosse squad (3-5, 1-0 BIG EAST used a big first-half run to defeat the Butler University Bulldogs (1-8, 0-1 BIG EAST), 18-2, on Saturday at Varsity Field in Indianapolis, Ind. The contest was the BIG EAST Conference opener for both squads, and the first league game in program history for the Bulldogs.
“This was a good team win to help us begin conference play,” said Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried. “It was nice to get contributions from a lot of different people. I was also happy with our second half. We played cleaner and minimized our errors.”
Senior attacker Kate Snouffer (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr School) led the way for the Hoyas with a career-best four goals and three assists for seven points in the contest. Sophomore attacker Taylor Gebhardt (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) added three goals and one assist for four points on the afternoon, while sophomore midfielder Francesca Whitehurst (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country School) tallied two goals and two assists. Rounding out those with multiple goals were junior midfielder Georgia Tunney (Towson, Md./Notre Dame Prep) and freshman midfielder Natalia Lynch (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West) who had two goals apiece. In total, 12 different Hoyas tallied a point.
The Hoyas outshot Butler, 41-4, and forced 25 Bulldog turnovers while committing just 13. The Blue & Gray held the 15-7 advantage in draw controls, and picked up 24 ground balls to BU's 10.
On defense, senior goalkeeper Maddy Fisher (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) managed one save as three difference keepers saw action.
The Hoyas scored just a minute into the game as Snouffer got GU on the board with an unassisted tally. This sparked an 8-0 run over the first 16 minutes including three goals and two assists from Snouffer in the run as well as a goal and an assist from sophomore attacker Morgan Ryan (Maplewood, N.J./Oak Knoll School) and two assists by freshman attacker Emily Ehle (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy).
Butler scored its first goal at 13:12, but Georgetown came back as Lynch scored back-to-back goals from Ryan and Snouffer to make it 10-1 at the break.
Just nine seconds into the second half, Whitehurst came down and fired from freshman attacker Michaela Bruno (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) to spark a 5-0 run. Gebhardt tallied two goals in the spurt while sophomore attacker Mariah Matheis (Darien, Conn./Darien) and Tunney each had one.
The Bulldogs’ second score of the contest came at the 10:23 mark. It would prove to be their last as GU rattled off three more before the end of the game including a goal and an assist from freshman midfielder Liza Liotta (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul’s School for Girls) making the final 18-2.
This was the largest goal total for the Hoyas since an 18-7 victory against Villanova a season ago.
Georgetown will continue its four-game road trip and close out nonconference play with a game at Loyola University (Md.) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Baltimore, Md. The game will be broadcast live on the Patriot League Network and fans can follow the live stats at www.GUHoyas.com.