WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's lacrosse squad (4-6, 2-0 BIG EAST) remaining unbeaten in BIG EAST Conference play with a 14-6 win over the University of Connecticut Huskies (3-6, 0-2 BIG EAST) on Saturday at the George J. Sherman Family-Sports Complex. The contest closed out a four-game road trip for the Blue & Gray.
“Our mentality today was really good, it was one of the best team wins we’ve had in a long time,” said Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried. “I was most proud of how we continued to fight regardless of the previous play. We didn’t allow one play to dictate our mood or the next play and that’s why we continued to fight and scrap. It was a much-needed team win.”
Sophomore attacker Morgan Ryan (Maplewood, N.J./Oak Knoll School) led the way with six points on three goals and three assists in the contest. Junior attacker Hannah Seibel (Hanover, N.H./Hanover) managed four points with three goals and one helper, while senior attacker Kate Snouffer (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr School) added two goals and as many assists for four points on the afternoon. Sophomore attacker Taylor Gebhardt (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) rounded out those with multiple points tallying two goals in the game.
On defense, senior goalkeeper Maddy Fisher (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) tallied a career-best 15 saves playing all 60 minutes for the Hoyas. Senior defender Jenny Schwalje (Setauket, N.Y./St. Anthony’s) led the backline with a pair of caused turnovers.
The Hoyas were outshot, 29-24, but held the slight 12-11 advantage in draw controls. The Huskies forced 26 GU turnovers, while the Georgetown defense tallied 17 takeaways. The Blue & Gray was a perfect 3-for-3 on free position shots.
The Huskies opened the scoring with a pair of goals just 32 seconds apart to take a 2-0 lead. Georgetown answered with a 3-0 run as a score by Seibel sparked the momentum. Ryan added one a minute later, and a free position goal by Gebhardt at 19:59 gave GU its first lead of the contest.
UConn answered to tie it up, but the lead would be short lived. Fisher came up with a big stop on a free position, and the Blue & Gray came down and converted on the other end to regain the advantage, 4-3, with 7:33 left in the first half.
With four minutes remaining, the Huskies had a goal called off due to a violation. The Hoyas took advantage of the draw control as freshman attacker Michaela Bruno (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) found the back of the cage to make it a two-goal lead. Seibel managed her second of the game off of a free position with 1:19 left in the half, and GU went into the break leading, 6-3.
The momentum continued in the second as Snouffer scored off of the opening draw of the half to give the Hoyas a four-goal lead. UConn managed its first of the half at 26:40, but the Hoyas answered back as junior midfielder Georgia Tunney (Towson, Md./Notre Dame Prep) found the back of the cage.
UConn added another to the score to pull the Huskies within three, 8-5, but back-to-back goals from Gebhardt and junior midfielder Rachel Rausa (Ambler, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) made it 10-5 and held on the GU’s comfortable lead.
At 8:11, Snouffer tallied her second of the game off of a Husky miscue and the Hoyas went up by six, 11-5. Despite a UConn answer, the Blue & Gray kept cruising as Seibel found keeper Grace Beshlian out of the net and shot low for the empty-net score to make it 12-6 with 3:39 remaining.
Minutes later, Ryan scored in the run of play, and junior attacker Sarah Cheney (Loudonville, N.Y./Shaker) added her third of the season at 1:26 to make the final, 14-6. In total, the Hoyas tallied a 6-1 run over the final 15 minutes of the game to pick up the victory.
The Hoyas will return home next weekend as the squad hosts Temple University on Saturday at 1 p.m., at Cooper Field. A webcast featuring Jeremy Huber and Monika Moore as well as live stats will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.