Sixth-Ranked Georgetown Women's Lacrosse Falls to Duke, 13-9
DURHAM, N.C. (March 25) -- The Georgetown University women's lacrosse team, ranked sixth in the nation, fell to the fifth-ranked Blue Devils of Duke University on Saturday, March 25, at Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C. The Hoyas move to 4-2 on the season, while Blue Devils improve to 5-2.
The Blue Devils trailed by one early in the game, but surged back to take the lead for good with under three minutes remaining in the first half. Senior Tricia Martin and freshman Lauren Gallagher led Duke in scoring with five goals apiece, while junior All-American midfielder Sheehan Stanwick (Baltimore, Md./Notre Dame Prep) and senior attacker Jori Keating (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) led Georgetown with two goals each.
Junior midfielder Sarah Oglesby (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's) put the Hoyas on the scoreboard first just two minutes in the game. Duke charged back with two goals by Gallagher within a three minute span to take a 2-1 lead. The Blue Devils had the opportunity to go up 3-1 on a free position shot, but GU goalie Bowen Holden (Jr., Lincoln, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury) recorded one of her 18 saves in the game. The Hoyas were able to march down the field and knot the score at 2-2 off a goal from senior attacker Kristen Baer (Norristown, Pa./Plymouth Whitemarsh). The two teams exchanged goals over the next 11 minutes of play. With the score tied at 4-4, Martin fired two back-to-back goals in the last three minutes of the first period to give Duke a 6-4 advantage at the half.
Gallagher opened up the second stanza with two goals within five minutes to put the Blue Devils up 8-4. Georgetown pulled within one on three-consecutive goals, two by Keating and the third by sophomore attacker Erin Elbe (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City). Unfortunately, that would be as close as the Hoyas would get (8-7), as Claire Finn and Martin each scored goals to push the Blue Devils' lead to three (10-7). The Hoyas fought back to cut the lead to two with a goal from junior midfielder Caitlin McLean (Jenkintown, Pa./Jenkintown), but Duke won the following draw and was able to take five minutes off the clock before a goal by Kate Kaiser. Martin added another goals with 6:00 minutes remaining in the game to stretch the Duke lead back to four. Georgetown kept the pressure on and it paid off with a goal by freshman midfielder Elizabeth Ryan (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park) with just under five minute left in the game, however a goal from Gallahger with 42 seconds on the clock sealed the 13-9 victory for the Blue Devils.
Duke outshot Georgetown by a 43-27 margin, however, the Hoyas held a 35-34 edge in ground balls and a 15-9 advantage on draw controls.
SCORE BY HALVES: 1 2 OT TOTAL Georgetown 4 5 0 9 Duke 6 7 0 13 GOALS Georgetown: Jordan Keating 2, Sheehan Stanwick 2, Kristen Baer 1, Erin Elbe 1, Caitlin McLean 1, Sarah Oglesby 1, Elizabeth Ryan 1. Duke: Tricia Martin 5, Lauren Gallagher 5, Claire Finn 2, Kate Kaiser 1. ASSISTS Georgetown: Erin Elbe 2, Sarah Oglesby 1, Elizabeth Ryan 1. Duke: Kate Soulier 2. SHOTS Georgetown: 23. Duke: 43. SAVES Georgetown: 18 Bowen Holden (13 GA). Duke: 9 (9 GA). TEAM RECORDS: Georgetown (4-2); Duke (5-2)