WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women’s lacrosse team (5-7, 3-1 BIG EAST) won a back-and-forth game against the Villanova University Wildcats (3-8, 1-3 BIG EAST), 14-13, on Wednesday at Villanova Stadium. After trailing by as many as three, Georgetown came back and held on for its third BIG EAST Conference victory of the season.
“You have to give Villanova a lot of credit, they played really hard,” said Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried. “There are still things we need to improve upon, but I was pleased that we played well enough to pull out a win.”
Three Hoyas tallied hat tricks as sophomore midfielder Francesca Whitehurst (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country School), freshman attacker Michaela Bruno (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) and freshmen midfielder Natalie Lynch (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West) all had three goals apiece. On defense, sophomore Haelle Chomo (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier) got the win with three saves to her credit. The Hoyas outshot Villanova, 29-24, and pulled in 16 draw controls to VU’s 13. Georgetown went 7-of-12 on free positions, and forced 18 ‘Nova turnovers.
Lynch opened the scoring just four minutes in as she hit the first to make it 1-0. Freshman attacker Emily Ehle (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) managed her goal at 24:28 as she curled around the left side to score and put the Hoyas ahead by two. Less than a minute later, the Wildcats scored their first of the contest and then added one more as the home team began to battle back.
Georgetown ended the run at 22:10 as Ehle found sophomore attacker Morgan Ryan (Maplewood, N.J./Oak Knoll School) on the right side to put GU up again by one, and Whitehurst then added a free position goal. The Wildcats didn’t back down, however, with a 5-0 run of its own to take the lead, 7-4, as the defense struggled to stop shots.
Whitehurst stopped the run with her second free position goal of the evening at 9:32 sparking a 4-0 run. The defense forced a turnover and, on the other end, junior midfielder Hannah Seibel (Hanover, N.H./Hanover) found Lynch cutting to the middle to pull GU within one less than a minute later. Whitehurst then added one more free position goal to tie the game back up at seven. Bruno followed with a good dodge before burying it to regain the lead for the Blue & Gray and then one more to make it 9-7.
Villanova managed one in the final minute to make it 9-8 at the break.
The Wildcats opened the scoring in the second half with a 3-0 run to take an 11-9 lead. Bruno answered back with her third of the game to pull within one, and then sophomore attacker Taylor Gebhardt (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) nailed a free position shot to tie it at 11. Lynch made it a 3-0 run at 13:14 to help the Hoyas gain the advantage once again.
A Villanova goal at 11:41 tied the game, but Tunney came up big with the free position shot at 8:14 as the Hoyas fought to hold on to a lead.
With the shot clock winding down, Seibel went one-on-one with her defender and found the back of the cage to give the Hoyas some breathing room, 14-12, with 4:52 to play. In the final 10 seconds, the Wildcats added one more to mount a comeback, but the defense held on for the 14-13 victory.
Georgetown will return to Cooper Field on Saturday as the squad hosts Vanderbilt at 1 p.m. Live stats and a webcast featuring Jeremy Huber and Monika Moore will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.