WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women’s lacrosse squad won a back-and-forth battle with the Vanderbilt University Commodores (6-5, 3-2 BIG EAST), 18-11, Saturday afternoon at Cooper Field. With the victory the Hoyas improve to 6-7 overall and 4-1 in BIG EAST Conference play.
“We played pretty well on both ends of the field,” said Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried. “I think the ball movement on offense was really key and, at the end of the day, draw controls in the second half really picked us up. We were also pretty resilient and didn’t give up goals in the second half. We were able to get a rebound, or a stop and a clear and another position possession on our end.”
Sophomore attacker Taylor Gebhardt (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) led the way for the Hoyas with four goals and one assist for five points, while classmate Morgan Ryan (Maplewood, N.J./Oak Knoll School) managed a hat trick. Freshmen Michaela Bruno (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) and Emily Ehle (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) each posted two goals, while Bruno tallied two assists and Ehle managed one. Sophomore midfielder Francesca Whitehurst (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country School) rounded out those with multiple goals as 10 different Hoyas scored a point.
Georgetown outshot Vanderbilt, 39-24, and pulled in 18 draw controls to Vandy’s 13. The Hoya defense forced 15 Commodore turnovers and the goalkeepers combined for five saves on the afternoon.
The Commodores got on the board first before freshman midfielder Natalie Lynch (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West) evened the score at 25:25. Whitehurst came down off of the draw and hit one more to give the Hoyas the 2-1 lead. However, Vanderbilt answered right back with a 3-0 run to make it 4-2.
At 22:50, junior midfielder Georgia Tunney (Towson, Md./Notre Dame Prep) found the back of the cage from Ehle to cut the lead to one and spark a 3-0 Hoya run. Junior midfielder Rachel Rausa (Ambler, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) tied it back up with a diving goal off of the draw, and Gebhardt added an unassisted tally at 20:34. Vandy answered off of the draw as the teams totaled 10 goals in the first 10 minutes of play.
A Hoya shot hit the post at 19:24, and came right back to Ehle on the left side who fired it in as the Hoyas regained the lead. The teams would finally settle as both went cold for the next eight minutes.
The Dores added one more at 11:33, but Ehle tallied her second of the contest at 6:19 on a pass from Bruno to make it 7-6 in favor of the Blue & Gray. . Bruno added one of her own off of a rebound with 3:12 left in the half. In the final seconds, Georgetown went for one shot, and Gebhardt delivered to make it 9-6 on a 3-0 run as the Hoyas led at the half.
Vanderbilt scored in the first minute of the second half, but Ryan answered at 28:06 to regain the three-goal advantage. Senior attacker Kate Snouffer (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr School) then hit her first of the contest, but a 2-0 Vanderbilt run cut the lead to two, 11-9, and forced a Hoya timeout.
Georgetown came out of the timeout and scored as Bruno fought her way in on the left side and got it past the keeper. The Blue & Gray continued to look dangerous as Gebhardt had her back to the cage and spun to her right to get the goal and make it 13-9.
Following a lull, a Commodore turnover gave GU the ball and the offense worked it to Gebhardt for her fourth of the game and handing Georgetown its largest lead to that point.
In the final 10 minutes, Vanderbilt would mount a comeback, but the dagger came at 7:12 when a scramble pulled Vandy keeper Lily Argyle out, and Ryan scooped it up before firing in the empty net to make it 15-10. She then added one more two minutes later as the Blue & Gray pulled away.
In the final minutes, junior midfielder Hannah Seibel (Hanover, N.H./Hanover) and Whitehurst both found the back of the cage making the final 18-11.
The Hoyas will continue their homestand on Wednesday afternoon as the squad hosts Cincinnati at 1 p.m. at Cooper Field. Live stats and a webcast featuring Monika Moore and Jeremy Huber will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.