WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's lacrosse team fell to the No. 2/2 University of Florida Gators (12-1, 3-0 BIG EAST), 14-7, Saturday afternoon at Cooper Field. It was GU's first conference loss of the season moving the squad to 1-1 in BIG EAST play and 3-8 overall.
"We're making correctable errors, and it's not that we have to do anything dramatically different other than execute better," said Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried. "That's a focus issue, and a commitment issue on the player's part. We're athletic enough and skilled enough, we just need to execute better "
Senior attacker Corinne Etchison (Eldersburg, Md./McDonogh School) led the way with two goals and one assist, while sophomore midfielder Hannah Seibel (Hanover, N.H./Hanover) added one goal and one assist.
The Hoyas were outshot, 30-22, and pulled in 11 draw controls to Florida's 12. Both teams committed 14 turnovers and the Blue & Gray went 2-for-5 on free position attempts. The three Florida keepers combined for 12 saves, while the two GU keepers managed six.
The Gators came out firing, scoring two quick goals and forcing a Hoya timeout. The GU defense buckled down and began to slow Florida's pace and at 22:04, Etchison scored the free position goal to cut the lead to one, 2-1.
Florida answered with a trio of scores, but the Hoyas continued to push. The defense forced a turnover and junior attacker Kate Snouffer (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr School) got the ball in the middle of the field. She found freshman attacker Taylor Gebhardt (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) coming down the left side who hit the back of the cage to make it 6-2. The momentum was short lived, however, as Florida scored off of the ensuing draw control.
In the final minute, the Gators managed one more as GU went into the break trailing, 8-2.
The second half began much like the first as Florida scored a pair of quick goals to move ahead by eight. At 20:27, Etchison had a shot saved, but the rebound came right back to her and she buried it to make it 10-3.
Florida had an answer off of the draw as the squad found the back of the net just seconds later. The Gators added one more at 10:33 before Georgetown fired back. Etchison found freshman midfielder Francesca Whitehurst (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country School) on the left side who went to the top right corner of the cage to make it 12-4.
The Gators responded again making it a 10-goal game as the clock began to run. The Blue & Gray didn't give up as senior midfielder Kristen Bandos (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Academy of Notre Dame of Namur) took the clear and went right to goal to score her first of the game and make it 14-5 with five minutes remaining.
The Bandos goal sparked a 3-0 run when freshman attacker Mariah Matheis (Darien, Conn./Darien) got the ball on the right side from sophomore midfielder Hannah Seibel (Hanover, N.H./Hanover) on the free position attempt and buried it. GU got the ball off of the draw and Seibel ran in for one of her own just a minute later to make It 14-7 with 1:31 left in the contest.
That would be the final score as GU couldn't find one more to make the final 14-7.
The Blue & Gray will be back in action on Wednesday evening as the squad begins hosts BIG EAST Conference-foe Villanova University at Cooper Field. The opening draw is schedule for 7 p.m. Live stats and a webcast will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.