WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women’s lacrosse squad continued its winning ways on Wednesday afternoon with a 19-7 victory over the University of Cincinnati Bearcats (5-9, 1-5 BIG EAST) at Cooper Field. With the victory, the Hoyas improved to 7-7 overall and 5-1 in BIG EAST play to remain at second place in the league.
“This was a solid BIG EAST win with contributions from many sources,” said Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried. “I was happy to see us continuing to improve and gaining momentum going into an important weekend.”
Sophomore attacker Taylor Gebhardt (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) led the way with five goals, while senior attacker Kate Snouffer (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr School) and sophomore midfielder Francesca Whitehurst (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country School) both tallied hat tricks. Snouffer also added two assists and Whitehurst managed one. In total, 10 Hoyas scored a point in the victory.
On defense, senior goalkeeper Maddy Fisher (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) was awarded the victory with eight saves to her credit. Freshman midfielder Natalie Lynch (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West) posted three caused turnovers in the win.
Georgetown outshot Cincinnati, 33-18, and pulled in 18 draw controls to the Bearcats’ nine. Both squads committed 17 turnovers in the contest.
The Hoyas opened the game with a 3-0 run as Whitehurst scored an unassisted tally less than a minute in, and then Snouffer hit back-to-back goals. A Cincinnati score stopped the run, but the Blue & Gray came right back with a pair of goals from Gebhardt to make it 5-1.
Following a four-minute drought, Cincy scored its second of the contest at the 19-minute mark. This was followed by a Gebhardt goal from Snouffer before the Bearcats added one more to pull within three.
At 13:12, Gebhardt made it four in the half and sparked a 7-1 run to close out the stanza. Freshman attacker Michaela Bruno (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) hit the unassisted goal, followed by a Bearcat answer. Junior midfielder Georgia Tunney (Towson, Md./Notre Dame Prep) then found the back of the cage before sophomore attacker Morgan Ryan (Maplewood, N.J./Oak Knoll School) and junior midfielder Hannah Seibel (Hanover, N.H./Hanover) managed goals. Whitehurst nailed the free position goal at 7:58, and a fast break from Ryan to freshman Emily Ehle (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) at 3:34 closed out the half with the Hoyas leading 13-4.
Junior midfielder Rachel Rausa (Ambler, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) opened the scoring at 20:45 with a score from Tunney to make it a 10-goal game. As the clock ran down, Snouffer scored her third of the game on the assist from Ehle before the Bearcats answered. Tunney came right back and managed an unassisted tally.
Cincinnati found an answer off of the ensuing draw control which sparked a 2-0 Bearcat run to make it 16-7.
After a quiet start to the second half, Gebhardt scored her fifth goal of the game to move the advantage back to 10, 17-7. This was followed by a Whitehurst goal from Snouffer and then a score by sophomore attacker Mariah Matheis (Darien, Conn./Darien) making the final 19-7.
The Hoyas will continue league play with a contest at Marquette University on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET. Live stats and a webcast will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.