WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's lacrosse squad (3-6, 1-0 BIG EAST) will travel to Storrs, Conn., to take on the University of Connecticut Huskies (3-5, 0-1 BIG EAST) on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the George J. Sherman Family-Sports Complex. The contest will close out a four-game road trip for the Blue & Gray.
On Wednesday, GU closed out nonconference play with an 11-7 loss to the Loyola University (Md.) Greyhounds at the Ridley Athletic Complex. The Hoyas staged a late run to pull within three, but could not complete the comeback.
Sophomore attacker Taylor Gebhardt (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) led the way with three goals, while sophomore attacker Morgan Ryan (Maplewood, N.J./Oak Knoll School) added a pair of goals and sophomore midfielder Francesca Whitehurst (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country School) managed three assists.
On defense, senior goalkeeper Maddy Fisher (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) managed two saves, while sophomore Haelle Chomo (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier) managed six in 27:04 minutes of action. Freshman midfielder Natalia Lynch (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West) had two caused turnovers on the backline.
Earlier in the week, senior captains Kate Snouffer (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr School) and Jenny Schwalje (Setauket, N.Y./St. Anthony’s) were both named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for their efforts the week prior.
Snouffer led the way for the Hoyas with a career-best four goals and three assists for seven points in an 18-2 victory over Butler University last weekend. The contest was the BIG EAST Conference opener for both squads, and the first league game in program history for the Bulldogs. Schwalje posted one caused turnover, and the defense held its opponent to the lowest point total of the season.
Whitehurst leads the team in scoring with 26 points on 12 goals and a squad-best 14 assists this season. Gebhardt has 24 points on the year with a team-high 19 goals and five assists, while junior midfielder Georgia Tunney (Towson, Md./Notre Dame Prep) has 19 points on 16 goals and three assists. There are six Hoyas currently scoring in double figures in points.
On defense, Fisher has 70 saves to her credit playing a majority of the minutes in goal. Schwalje has forced a team-best 14 caused turnovers.
UConn started off 0-1 in conference play, after dropping a 20-10 decision to the No. 3 Florida Gators. The Huskies kept it close in the first half and only trailed by four at the halftime break, but Florida outscored UConn 11-5 in the second half to pull ahead in the end. UConn went 3-4 in nonconference play.
Georgetown is 16-2 all-time against the Huskies and 6-2 on the road, however, the Hoyas have lost the past two meetings and the last three decisions have all been by one goal. Last year, GU fell in Storrs, 9-8. The season prior, the squads split as the Blue & Gray won, 13-12, in the District, but lost in the BIG EAST Semifinal in Connecticut by a score of 11-10.
A webcast and live stats will also be available at www.GUHoyas.com.