WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's lacrosse squad (9-7, 7-1 BIG EAST) will travel to Gainesville, Fla., to take on the No. 2/2 University of Florida Gators (14-2, 8-0 BIG EAST) in the regular season finale on Saturday at 1 p.m. The contest will solidify seeding for the BIG EAST Championship and also decide the regular season champion.
Two sophomores earned BIG EAST honors on Tuesday. Francesca Whitehurst (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country School) was named the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Week for the third-consecutive week. Additionally, Morgan Ryan (Maplewood, N.J./Oak Knoll School) received the BIG EAST Attacker of the Week award.
In GU’s biggest win of the season, Whitehurst stuffed the stat sheet with five points off a goal and four assists, seven draw controls, a caused turnover and a ground ball. Georgetown topped then-No. 13/13 Denver, 9-7, with one of Whitehurst’s four dishes coming on the game-winning goal with 11:51 remaining.
Ryan garnered her first weekly award after leading the Hoyas in the Denver win. The sophomore attacker totaled five points off four goals and an assist, adding a caused turnover and a ground ball. Ryan scored Georgetown’s final two goals, including the game winner, as the Hoyas remained in contention for a BIG EAST regular season title and the No. 1 seed in the conference championship.
Whitehurst leads the team in scoring with 47 points on 28 goals and a squad-high 19 assists as well as a team-leading 64 draw controls. Sophomore attacker Taylor Gebhardt (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) is tied for second with a team-high 35 goals and nine assists for 44 points. Ryan is also tied for second with 32 goals and 12 assists for 44 points to round out the top three. There are 10 Hoyas currently registering double figures in points.
On defense, senior goalkeeper Maddy Fisher (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) has 100 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 20 caused turnovers.
Florida senior defender Caroline Fitzgerald was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday. The senior collected three ground balls, won one draw control, and caused one turnover in the Gators' 15-5 win, marking Temple’s lowest scoring output in BIG EAST play this season. With her three ground balls, Fitzgerald became Florida's all-time leader in the category with 143 in her career. The Gators clinched at least a share of their third consecutive BIG EAST regular season title with the win at Temple, and are guaranteed a top-two seed in the BIG EAST Championship.
The Hoyas are 1-5 all-time against the Gators and 1-2 on the road. Last year, Florida won both meetings as Cooper Field as GU fell 14-7 during the regular season and 11-8 in the BIG EAST Semifinals. The last contest in Gainesville was an 18-4 Georgetown loss during the 2015 season. GU’s lone win came during the 2010 season on the road as the Blue & Gray came away with the 13-11 victory.
The opening draw is scheduled for 1 p.m. Live stats and a live WatchESPN webstream will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.