WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's lacrosse team will open NCAA Championship play on Friday in a first round matchup. The Hoyas earned one of 13 at-large berths and will face Virginia Tech at 3 p.m. The game will be hosted by the University of North Carolina and played at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, N.C.
This marks Georgetown's 15th trip to the NCAA Tournament, but the first since 2014. The Blue & Gray is 14-14 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. The furthest the Hoyas have advanced is to the championship game in both 2001 and 2002. In GU's last appearance in 2014, the Hoyas defeated Johns Hopkins, 9-8, in overtime in the opening round before falling to UNC 10-8 in the second round. Those games were both played at UNC's Fetzer Field as GU returns to the Tar Heel State for the 2018 tournament.
The Hoyas are 12-6 on the season and earned the second seed in the BIG EAST Championship, falling to Denver in the semifinals. The team is currently ranked 24th in the IWLCA Coaches Poll and 19th in the Cascade Women’s Division I Media Poll.
Junior attacker Taylor Gebhardt (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) leads the offense with 60 points on 50 goals and 10 assists. She is followed by sophomore attacker Michaela Bruno (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) who has managed 41 goals and 11 assists for 52 points. Sophomore midfielder Natalia Lynch (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West) has 25 goals and 13 assists for 38 points as well as 76 draw controls and 21 caused turnovers, while junior attacker Morgan Ryan (Maplewood, N.J./Oak Knoll School) has notched 21 goals and 11 assists for 32 points. Senior midfielder Hannah Seibel (Hanover, N.H./Hanover) rounds out the top five with 30 points on 21 goals and nine assists.
Virginia Tech (13-6) is in the midst of the program’s best season, racking up 13 wins for the first time which included five ACC victories. The 2018 squad placed four players on the league’s First Team and won a game in the ACC Tournament for the first time. Tech’s NCAA Tournament bid is the program’s first. The Hokies are one of two teams that will be making their NCAA debut in 2018, joining Mercer, the SoCon Champions.
The Hoyas have built a 2-6 record against the 27-team field this year with wins over Denver (8-7) and Johns Hopkins (15-14). Georgetown is 4-0 all-time against the Hokies, but the squads have not met since 2004. They have never played in the NCAA Tournament.
The matchup against Virginia Tech is set for Friday at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, N.C. at 3 p.m. The Tar Heels' longtime home stadium, Fetzer Field, is under renovation this year and will reopen in 2019. Carolina played its 2018 home games at Kenan Stadium, home of the UNC football team, but that facility is not available next weekend due to commencement exercises.
The winner of the game will face the second-seeded Tar Heels on Sunday at 1 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for both seniors and students aged 7 through 17, and can be purchased through the UNC Ticket Office.