College Park, Md.
College Park, Md.? The No. 1 Georgetown University women?s lacrosse team, off to its best start in the history of the 26-year old program, extended its win streak to 8-0 with a 10-6 victory over No. 9 Maryland (6-5) at Ludwig Field on Wednesday, April 3. Despite the near-freezing temperatures and strong winds, the Hoyas were fueled by solid performances on both offense and defense. Senior attacker Erin Elbe (Garden City, N.J./Garden City) scored four goals and an assist and junior attacker Wick Stanwick (Baltimore, Md./Notre Dame Academy) added three goals and an assist to lead Georgetown in scoring, while sophomore midfielder Gloria Lozano (Pittsburgh, Pa./Sewickly Academy) won three draws and chipped in two goals. Sophomore midfielder Kelly Coppedge led Maryland with three points on two goals and an assist.
The first half was a back and forth affair, with both teams trading goals. Anne Collins gave Maryland a 1-0 lead five minutes into the game off an assist from Coppedge, but Elbe countered two minutes later to tie the game at 1-1. Junior attacker Tracy Weickel (Huntington, N.Y./Huntington) put the Hoyas up by one at 18:54, however, Sonia Judd knotted the score at 2-2 at 16:31. Elbe struck again 30 seconds later with an unassisted tally to make the score 3-2 and Maryland responded with a goal from Coppedge to tie the game for the third time of the night. The Hoyas stepped up with a pair of goals to take the lead. Stanwick provided the first goal, unassisted,l at 12:22 and Lozano notched the second with just 16 second on the clock off an assist from Weickel. The Hoyas looked as though they would take a two-point lead at 5-3 into intermission, however, the Terrapins' Courtney Hobbs won the draw and raced down the field to score with seven seconds left in the period to make the score 5-4 at halftime.
Maryland got on the scoreboard first in the second half when Hobbs connected on a free position shot at 24:21 to tie the score for the fourth time of the game at 5-5. Georgetown answered by firing up its offense and clamping down defensively. The Hoyas began to control the draw which ignited the attack. GU reeled off three straight goals, two by Elbe and one by Stanwick, to take an 8-5 lead with 22:03 to go in the contest. Coppedge would score once more for the 'Terps at 19:33, but it would be the last goal of the day for Maryland. Georgetown tallied back-to-back goals at 12:29 and with just 56 seconds left to seal a 10-6 victory. Stanwick notched the first unassisted, then fed Lozano for the second. The Hoyas held the Terrapins to just three shots in the final 12 minutes.
Senior Chandler Vicchio (Baltimore, Md./Mount de Sales Academy) had a terrific night in goal for the Hoyas, coming up with big saves at key moments. Vicchio rejected eight Maryland shots on the evening while allowing just six goals. Juniors Alexis Venechanos and Cara Gorman shared goaltending duties for the Terrapins. Venechanos made four save while allowing nine goals and Corman tallied three saves and gave up one goal.
Maryland held a slight 22-21 advantage in ground balls and a 23-20 edge on shots on goal. The Terrapins won 12 draw controls to the Hoyas?six. That statistic proved to be extremely important as GU won just one draw control in the first half. Georgetown held a 7-2 advantage in caused turnovers.
Georgetown returns to action on Saturday, March 7, when No. 5 North Carolina pays a visit to Kehoe Field for a Noon game.
Shots: GU 20
Saves: GU 8
Draw Controls: GU 6
Groundballs: GU 18
Turnovers: GU 5
Caused Turnovers: GU 7
Fouls: GU 14