WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's lacrosse squad (8-7, 6-1 BIG EAST) downed the Marquette University Golden Eagles (4-11, 2-5 BIG EAST) on Saturday at Valley Fields, 19-11, in a BIG EAST Conference matchup. With the win, the Hoyas have solidified a BIG EAST Championship berth. The tournament will be held May 4 and 6 in Villanova, Pa.
“We played hard against a team that’s really scrappy with a lot on the line today,” said Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried. “I was happy to see contributions from all over the field and to have us play with a lot of energy and heart. It’s always good to wrap up another BIG EAST Championship berth.”
Sophomore attacker Morgan Ryan (Maplewood, N.J./Oak Knoll School) led the way with three goals and two assists, while junior midfielder Hannah Seibel (Hanover, N.H./Hanover) added three goals and one assist. Sophomore midfielder Francesca Whitehurst (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country School) tallied a hat trick and pulled in four draw controls. In total, nine Hoyas scored a point in the victory.
On defense, senior goalkeeper Maddy Fisher (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) was awarded the victory with seven saves to her credit. Seibel also had a squad-best four caused turnovers.
The Hoyas outshot Marquette, 35-27, but lost the draw control battle, 18-14. The Blue & Gray forced 18 MU turnovers and picked up 23 ground balls.
Marquette opened the scoring at 29:20, but the Hoyas came right back as Seibel found Ryan at 27:44 to tie it up. The teams would continue to trade goals early in the contest as GU found an answer for every Marquette score. Whitehurst tied it at two at 20:10, and Seibel scored one of her own at 18:14 before the Golden Eagles tied it at three at 11:51.
A goal from freshman attacker Emily Ehle (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) at 10:11 gave the Blue & Gray the lead, but MU came right back with a pair of scores to make it 5-4 in favor of Marquette.
That would be the last MU goal, however, as Georgetown staged a 4-0 run over the final four minutes of the half. Ehle found Ryan at 4:09 to tie the game, and then Seibel buried a free position shot. Two minutes later, Whitehurst weaved through the defense for an unassisted tally on the right side, and a free position goal from Sophomore attacker Taylor Gebhardt (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) with 13 seconds left to play made it 8-5 at the half.
Much like the first half, the Golden Eagles scored first in the second stanza to cut the Georgetown advantage to two. The squad then added one more to make it a one-goal game. Junior midfielder Rachel Rausa (Ambler, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) had the answer as she nailed the free position shot at 22:55 which would spark a 4-0 run. Ryan fought through defenders at 21:47 to make it a three-goal game, and then freshman midfielder Liza Liotta (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul’s School for Girls) managed her first of the game. Rausa followed that up with another free position goal as the Hoyas were buzzing.
Marquette ended the run with a goal, but Ehle and freshman attacker Michaela Bruno (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) answered with scores to make it 14-8. In the final 10 minutes, MU added two goals to cut the lead to four. The Golden Eagles called timeout hoping to put together a comeback.
That wouldn’t be the case as another goal from Liotta sparked a 4-0 run that included scores from Bruno, Whitehurst and senior attacker Kate Snouffer (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr School) to make it 18-10 as GU pulled away.
Marquette scored with under two minutes to play, but Seibel managed the hat trick with a goal at 1:40 to make the final 19-11.
The Hoyas will have the week off before hosting the University of Denver in the home finale on Saturday, April 22 at 1 p.m. at Cooper Field. The game will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network with Monika Moore calling the action. Live stats will also be available at www.GUHoyas.com.