March 12, 2016
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's lacrosse team (1-5) fell to the No. 16/19 University of Pennsylvania Quakers (5-1), 15-8, on Saturday afternoon at Cooper Field. It was GU's return to Cooper Field after a four-game road swing and the Blue & Gray's fifth-consecutive ranked opponent.
Senior midfielder Kristen Bandos (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Academy of Notre Dame of Namur) led the way with three goals, while freshman attacker Taylor Gebhardt (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) added two. The Hoyas were outshot, 26-22, but had 17 draw controls to the Quakers' eight. Turnovers made the difference as Penn forced 16 and GU forced eight.
Penn struck first, but it was Bandos who connected on the free position shot at 26:42 to tie the game at one. The Quakers responded after a Hoya turnover, and then added two more to make it a 3-0 run before the Blue & Gray was forced to call a timeout.
With Penn leading 5-1, Bandos scooped up the draw control and passed it to graduate attacker Morgan Rubin (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr School) who looked to the left corner and found senior attacker Corinne Etchison (Eldersburg, Md./McDonogh School) curling around the goal. Etchison buried the shot to make it 5-2 midway through the first half.
The Quakers added two more, but GU didn't stop pushing as Gebhardt got the ball off of the draw and found the back of the cage to make it a four-goal game.
A Penn goal in the final few minutes made it 8-3 at the break.
Off of the opening draw, freshman midfielder Francesca Whitehurst (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country School) took it down the field and into the net to cut it to four.
The Quakers matched the score, but on the next possession a shot was saved by Penn keeper Britt Brown. The ball bounced out and was tipped back in by Rubin to make it 9-5.
Penn went on a roll with a 4-0 run, but GU ended it at 15:56 as Gebhardt had the ball on the restart and passed it in to a charging Bandos for her second of the game. The Hoyas got the ball off the draw, and a yellow card gave Bandos the free position attempt. She hit it to make it 13-7 as the Blue & Gray looked to make a comeback.
Gebhardt added her second score of the afternoon after another Penn goal as the Quakers had an answer for each Hoya advantage. Georgetown couldn't find the answer late as the Hoyas fell, 15-8.
The Hoyas will be back in action on Wednesday against local rival George Mason University at 6 p.m., in Fairfax, Va. The game will be available online through PatriotVision.