WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women’s lacrosse team (4-7, 2-1 BIG EAST) fell to the Temple University Owls (9-2, 2-1 BIG EAST), 11-9, in a BIG EAST Conference matchup at Cooper Field. GU trailed by as many as four, but a late run tied the game at nine before the Owls found the game winner.
“We didn’t play 60 minutes,” said Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried. “We gave ourselves a chance to win at the end by coming back and fighting hard, but we need to make sure we’re playing the same way regardless of the score, regardless of the time on the clock, regardless of the opponent and not decide when it’s important for us to play.”
Sophomore midfielder Francesca Whitehurst (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country School) led the way with four goals, four draw controls and two caused turnovers. Sophomore attacker Morgan Ryan (Maplewood, N.J./Oak Knoll School) added three goals as well as two draw controls. On defense, senior goalkeeper Maddy Fisher (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) managed three saves while sophomore Haelle Chomo (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier) stopped two shots.
The Hoyas outshot Temple, 30-20, and the squads pulled in 11 draw controls apiece. GU went 4-of-6 on free positions, while forcing the Owls into 0-for-3 shooting on free position attempts. The defense also forced 16 TU turnovers.
The Owls got on the board first, but Whitehurst pulled in the ensuing draw and buried it in the back of the cage to tie it at one just 23 seconds later. Temple answered with two as it would prove to be a back-and-forth affair.
The Hoyas had opportunities, but would not score again until 14:42 when sophomore attacker Taylor Gebhardt (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) was awarded a free position and nailed it to pull the Blue & Gray within one, 3-2. This would spark a 2-0 run as a goal from Lynch in the middle of the crease tied the game at three with 12:46 remaining in the first.
After 10 scoreless minutes for both squads, Temple added a late goal and the Owls went into the break leading by one, 4-3.
Georgetown opened the scoring in the second as Whitehurst hit a free position shot just three minutes in. Off of the ensuing draw, Temple scored which sparked a 3-0 run.
Trailing by three, Whitehurst managed her second of the half shooting from the left side to cut the lead to two, 7-5.
The Owls continued to have an answer coming down and scoring off of the draw. TU then added one more as GU went down by four, 9-5.
Ryan stopped the run with a free position goal at 17:32. She added one more on a missed free position that went off of the post. Ryan picked it up and fired it back in to make it 9-7.
Whitehurst cut the lead to one at 7:10 as she went down the left side and got past keeper, Maryn Lowell, to make the score 9-8. Ryan then tied the game at nine with 3:31 remaining on a free position goal as GU battled back. It was a 4-0 run for the Blue & Gray including three scores from Ryan.
The Hoyas had a chance following a Whitehurst interception, but the squad couldn’t connect. Playing a man up, Temple took the ball the length of the field and scored to take a 10-9 lead with 1:12 left in the contest. The Owls would add one more in the waning seconds of play to make the final 11-9.
The Hoyas will continue league play on Wednesday as the squad travels to Villanova University for a 7 p.m. matchup against the Wildcats. Live stats and a webcast will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.