WASHINGTON - Five Georgetown University women’s lacrosse players were named All-BIG EAST as announced by the league office on Wednesday. Sophomore midfielder Francesca Whitehurst (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country School) was named the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year as two Hoyas were named to the first team, and three earned a spot on the second team. The second-seeded Blue & Gray will open BIG EAST Championship play on Thursday evening against the third-seeded University of Denver at Villanova Stadium.
Whitehurst was one of two Hoyas named to the first team while also earning individual honors. She leads the team in points with 47 on 28 goals and a squad-best 19 assists. The midfielder has also pulled in 67 draw controls to rank first on the team and is second with 15 caused turnovers. She scored five goals in a win over George Washington earlier this season and also had four goals in a loss to Temple University. She ranks among the all-time leaders in draw controls with 76 to her credit as a sophomore.
Whitehurst was a three-time BIG EAST Midfielder of the Week recipient this season and also earned a pair of nods to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll.
Last year, she was a Second Team All-BIG EAST honoree and she was a 2017 Preseason All-BIG EAST selection.
Sophomore attacker Morgan Ryan (Maplewood, N.J./Oak Knoll School) was named to the first team for her efforts this season. Ryan is second on the team in scoring with 45 points on 33 goals and 12 assists which ranks her second on the squad in helpers. She has also tallied 15 draw controls, 17 ground balls and five caused turnovers.
Ryan was named the BIG EAST Attacker of the Week on April 25 after leading the Blue & Gray with four goals in the victory over then-No. 13/13 Denver. This is her first BIG EAST postseason honor.
Sophomore attacker Taylor Gebhardt (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) earned a spot on the second team. Gebhardt is second on the squad in scoring with a team-high 36 goals and nine assists for 45 points. She has also scored 12 free position goals to lead the Blue & Gray.
Gebhardt has had some high-scoring results this season with five goals in a win over Cincinnati and four goals in the victory over Vanderbilt. This is her first postseason honor from the conference.
Junior Hannah Seibel (Hanover, N.H./Hanover) was also named to the second team. The midfielder is fifth on the team in scoring with 16 goals and 10 assists for 26 points on the season. Seibel is second on the squad in draw controls pulling in 25, and has caused 15 turnovers to rank second. She also has 18 ground balls to her credit.
Seibel has tallied a hat trick on three occasions this season. This is her first postseason honor.
Senior defender Jenny Schwalje (Setauket, N.Y./St. Anthony's) rounded out the Hoya honorees earning a spot on the second team. The team captain leads the squad in caused turnovers with 21 and is often charged with stopping the opposition’s top threat in the Hoyas’ zone defense.
She was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on March 21. This is her first postseason honor.
The BIG EAST Championship semifinal games are scheduled for Thursday, May 4 at Villanova Stadium. The fourth-seeded Owls will battle the top-seeded Gators from the University of Florida at 4:30 p.m., while the second-seeded Hoyas will face the third-seeded Denver at 7 p.m. Both games can be seen live on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN) and live stats will be available at www.BIGEAST.com.
The Hoyas are 3-0 all-time against Denver, this is the first meeting in postseason play. Earlier this season, GU downed the then-No. 13/13 Pioneers at home, 9-7. Whitehurst stuffed the stat sheet with five points off a goal and four assists, seven draw controls, a caused turnover and ground ball. One of Whitehurst’s four dishes came on the game-winning goal. Ryan totaled five points off four goals and an assist, adding a caused turnover and ground ball. Ryan scored Georgetown’s final two goals, including the game winner.
The championship is scheduled for Saturday, May 6 at Villanova Stadium at 2:30 p.m. It can be seen live on FOX Sports 2.
To watch BEDN, download the FOX Sports GO app for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire tablets and phones and select Windows devices to view BIG EAST Digital Network games on-the-go. The FOX Sports GO platform can also be accessed at FOXSportsGO.com on desktops.