WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women’s lacrosse team (4-7, 2-1 BIG EAST) will travel to Villanova, Pa., to take on the Villanova University Wildcats (3-7, 1-2 BIG EAST) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Villanova Stadium. The Hoyas are currently tied for second in BIG EAST Conference play.
On Saturday, GU fell to the Temple University Owls, 11-9, in a BIG EAST matchup at Cooper Field. GU trailed by as many as four, but a late run tied the game at nine before the Owls found the game winner.
Sophomore midfielder Francesca Whitehurst (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country School) led the way with four goals, four draw controls and two caused turnovers. Sophomore attacker Morgan Ryan (Maplewood, N.J./Oak Knoll School) added three goals as well as two draw controls. On defense, senior goalkeeper Maddy Fisher (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) managed three saves while sophomore Haelle Chomo (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier) stopped two shots.
The Hoyas outshot Temple, 30-20, and the squads pulled in 11 draw controls apiece. GU went 4-of-6 on free positions, while forcing the Owls into 0-for-3 shooting on free position attempts. The defense also forced 16 TU turnovers.
Whitehurst leads the team in scoring with 30 points on 16 goals and a squad-high 14 assists. She also has a team-leading 44 draw controls. Sophomore attacker Taylor Gebhardt (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) and Ryan are tied for second with 27 points apiece. Gebhardt has a team-high 22 goals and five assists, while Ryan has tallied 20 goals and seven assists. There are seven Hoyas currently registering in double figures in points.
On defense, Fisher has 75 saves to her credit playing a majority of the minutes in goal. Senior defender Jenny Schwalje (Setauket, N.Y./St. Anthony’s) has forced a team-best 15 caused turnovers.
On Saturday, Villanova fell to Marquette, 20-6, after the Golden Eagles Marquette established an early lead with nine unanswered goals to begin the game. Freshman midfielder Kim McDonough registered her first career on the day hat trick to lead the Villanova offense. Sam Scarfogliero caused four Marquette turnovers and scooped five ground balls to continue her impressive senior season for the Wildcats.
The Hoyas are 14-5 all-time against the Wildcats and 7-3 on the road. Last year, GU won by a score of 18-7 at Cooper Field as Kelsey Perselay led the way with four goals. The last meeting in Pennsylvania was a 9-5 victory during the 2015 season. Villanova is the site for this year’s BIG EAST Championship to be held May 4 & 6.
Live stats and a webcast for Wednesday’s contest will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.