WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women’s lacrosse team defeated the Villanova University Wildcats (3-11, 1-3 BIG EAST), 18-7, Wednesday evening at Cooper Field. With the win, the Hoyas improved to 2-1 in BIG EAST play and 4-8 overall.
“It was important that we won, but how we won was important too,” said Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried. “We came away with a big team effort today. Everybody contributed, and that showed itself on the scoreboard.”
Senior attacker Kelsey Perselay (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) led the way with four goals and one assist, while junior attacker Colleen Lovett (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) added three goals and two assists. It was a total team effort with 11 different Hoyas tallying a point.
The Hoyas outshot the ‘Cats, 34-20, and both teams pulled in 13 draw controls apiece. The defense was outstanding as Villanova committed 14 turnovers and the Blue & Gray went 5-for-8 on free position attempts. The two GU keepers combined for 10 saves in the game.
“This game developed confidence in who we are and developed the makeup of our team, this gives us momentum going into the next couple of games,” said Fried.
Georgetown opened the scoring at 28:07 as graduate attacker Morgan Rubin (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr School) fed senior midfielder Kristen Bandos (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Academy of Notre Dame of Namur) right next to the cage to make it 1-0. Freshman attacker Taylor Gebhardt (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) gave GU the 2-0 lead at 18:39 as she hit the free position goal.
The Wildcats got on the board at 16:38, but Georgetown answered right back as freshman midfielder Francesca Whitehurst (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country School) fired one in from the right side to make it 3-1.
The defense made the difference in the contest as junior goalkeeper Maddy Fisher (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) came up with a number of big stops, but VU managed one to make it 3-2.
Sophomore midfielder Georgia Tunney (Towson, Md./Notre Dame Prep) dodged through the Wildcat defense to once again make it a two-goal contest and spark an 8-1 run. The ride worked as the defense forced a turnover in the middle of the field and gave Lovett the 1v1 on the left side with the assist from Perselay. Another turnover gave GU the 6-2 lead as senior attacker Corinne Etchison (Eldersburg, Md./McDonogh School) scored her first of the game from Lovett. Etchison had back-to-back goals hitting another to make it 7-2 less than two minutes later.
Whitehurst streaked down the right side and got it to Etchison who looked inside for Perselay. She used her height to go over the defense and score. The Wildcats stopped the momentum, however, with a goal off of the ensuing draw.
The Hoyas continued to battle as Rubin tallied her second of the game on the assist from sophomore midfielder Hannah Seibel (Hanover, N.H./Hanover). In the final minute of the half, a Villanova foul gave GU the ball back and Lovett found Rubin wide open on the left side to make it 10-3. A free position goal with four seconds left from Lovett gave the Blue & Gray the eight-goal lead.
GU took that into the break leading, 11-3.
Nova scored first in the second half cutting it to five, 11-6, with a three-goal run. Perselay stopped the momentum with the free position goal at 18:56, and added a second at 17:43. Off of the ensuing draw, Bandos got the ball and was taken down near the cage. She fired in shot to make it 14-6 as the Blue & Gray was on a 3-0 run.
Perselay continued her offensive dominance as she picked up the rebound on the free position and fired back in to continue the run. Off of the draw, Bandos pulled it out of the scrum and passed to Lovett who shot it high for the goal to make it 16-6.
Whitehurst hit her second of the game at 11:10 as Rubin fed her near the goal. Villanova stopped the run with a goal at 8:50.
Late in the game, junior attacker Kate Snouffer (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr School) took the feed from sophomore attacker Caroline Drusano (Towson, Md./Notre Dame Prep) and hit it to make the final 18-7 as the Hoyas managed the victory.
The Blue & Gray hits the road for a Saturday matchup at the University of Cincinnati. The opening draw is scheduled for noon. Live stats will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.