WASHINGTON - The No. 25/RV Georgetown University women's lacrosse team (4-1) will host the No. 13/11 University of Pennsylvania Quakers Saturday afternoon at Cooper Field. The opening draw is scheduled for 3 p.m. The game is the second in a doubleheader with the Hoya men who will face Hobart College at noon.
Junior Francesca Whitehurst (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country School) was named the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Week on Tuesday when the league announced its weekly awards. Whitehurst tallied five points with four goals and one assist in a 2-0 week for the Blue & Gray. She also managed nine draw controls and two ground balls. Georgetown defeated then-No. 19/20 Johns Hopkins, 15-14, and the junior managed three goals and one assist as well as six draw controls. In a 12-8 victory over Delaware on Saturday, Whitehurst managed a goal, three draw controls and a caused turnover.
In the win over Delaware, sophomore attacker Michaela Bruno (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) led the way with a career-high five goals in the victory. Sophomore attacker Emily Ehle (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) and senior midfielder Hannah Seibel (Hanover, N.H./Hanover) tallied two assists apiece and junior attacker Morgan Ryan (Maplewood, N.J./Oak Knoll School) managed a goal and an assist. It was a total team victory as 10 different players scored a point for the Blue & Gray.
Bruno leads the offense with 16 goals and five assists for 21 points on the season. She is followed by Ehle who has five goals and a squad-high 12 assists for 17 points. Junior attacker Taylor Gebhardt (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) is third with 13 goals and one assist for 14 points, while sophomore midfielder Natalia Lynch (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West) rounds out the top four with 10 goals and two assists for 12 points on the year. The Hoyas have six players scoring in double figures on the season.
Whitehurst has pulled in 31 draw controls to go along with nine goals and one assist, while freshman defender Mollie Miller (Alexandria, Va./Saint Stephens & Saint Agnes) and Lynch have both caused four turnovers on the season. In goal, junior Haelle Chomo (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier) has played a majority of the minutes with 34 saves on the season.
The Quakers are 5-0 on the season defeating Drexel, 16-11, on Tuesday. A 10-0 second-half run allowed Penn to cruise to the victory and its fifth-consecutive win. The Quakers have victories over both Delaware (12-5) and Johns Hopkins (12-11) this season, whom Georgetown has also defeated.
The Hoyas are 1-4 all-time against the Quakers, but 0-1 at home falling 15-8 during the 2016 season. Last year, Georgetown lost, 14-6, in Philadelphia.
Georgetown is back in the national rankings for the first time since the 2015 season. The team is ranked No. 17 in Lacrosse Magazine. Additionally, the Hoyas (4-1) moved into the national rankings sitting at No. 25 in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) poll and are receiving votes in the Cascade Women’s Division I Media poll.
The opening draw is scheduled for 3 p.m. Live stats and a webcast featuring Monika Moore will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.