BALTIMORE - The Georgetown University women's lacrosse squad (3-6) closed out nonconference play with an 11-7 loss to the Loyola University (Md.) Greyhounds (2-6) on Wednesday at the Ridley Athletic Complex. The Hoyas staged a late run to pull within three, but could not complete the comeback.
“Loyola played hard, aggressively and had us on our heels for a majority of the game, but there was a point where our players had enough and showed what they are capable of,” said Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried. “Unfortunately, playing hard for 18 minutes isn’t enough in a 60 minute game.”
Sophomore attacker Taylor Gebhardt (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) led the way with three goals, while sophomore attacker Morgan Ryan (Maplewood, N.J./Oak Knoll School) added a pair of goals and sophomore midfielder Francesca Whitehurst (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country School) managed three assists.
On defense, senior goalkeeper Maddy Fisher (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) managed two saves, while sophomore Haelle Chomo (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier) managed six in 27:04 minutes of action. Freshman midfielder Natalia Lynch (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West) had two caused turnovers on the backline.
The Greyhounds dominated the first half with a 6-0 lead at the end of the period. Georgetown had its chances, but the back of the goal remained elusive as the squad was blanked due to four saves from Loyola goalkeeper Kady Glynn. Fisher did come up with some big stops in the net with two saves in the first stanza.
Loyola opened the second with a pair of scores, before a keeper change put Chomo in the cage. She came up with two big stops and passed out to Whitehurst on the second. The midfielder streaked up the field and found Gebhardt waiting next to the cage. Gebhardt dodged once and fired for GU’s first goal of the game.
The Greyhounds added one more, but at 17:55 Ryan connected on the free position shot from the right side for the unassisted tally to make it 9-2. That sparked a 7-1 run for the Blue & Gray as Whitehurst found senior attacker Kate Snouffer (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr School) across the crease and the senior finished to the far post to pull the Hoyas within six, 9-3.
Two more came in the following minutes as a junior midfielder Hannah Seibel (Hanover, N.H./Hanover) hit Ryan at 10:04, and Whitehurst went across the crease to Gebhardt who one-timed it in to make it 10-5 with 9:31 remaining in the game. Gebhardt was on a roll with her back-to-back goals as she curled around the goal and fired low.
Loyola called timeout, but out of the break, freshman attacker Emily Ehle (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) came around the back of the cage and scored to pull Georgetown within three, 10-7.
That would be the final score, however, as Loyola added one more to make it 11-7 at the horn. The Hoyas will continue BIG EAST Conference play and close out a four-game road swing on Saturday as the squad travels to the University of Connecticut at 1 p.m. Live stats and a webcast will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.