April 20, 2016
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's lacrosse squad (5-9, 3-2 BIG EAST) lost a heartbreaker to the University of Connecticut Huskies (12-2, 6-0 BIG EAST) Wednesday afternoon in Storrs, Conn. The Hoyas came back late to tie the game at eight, but a UConn goal in the final seconds resulted in the 9-8 loss.
Freshman attacker Francesca Whitehurst (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country School) led the way for the Blue & Gray with two goals and an assist. Her two scores were a part of the second-half Georgetown comeback to take the lead with 6:04 left in the game. Midfielder Kristen Bandos (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Academy of Notre Dame of Namur) and senior attacker Corinne Etchison (Eldersburg, Md./McDonogh School) added two goals apiece.
Georgetown outshot Connecticut, 27-23, and won an impressive 13 draw controls to UConn's six. GU committed 16 turnovers and forced 15 Husky giveaways.
Junior Maddy Fisher (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) and senior Megan McDonald (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) split time in the cage with Fisher posting two saves, and five to McDonald's credit.
The Hoyas opened the scoring off of the opening draw as senior attacker Kelsey Perselay (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) made it 1-0 just 16 seconds in. Bandos added a second goal a minute later as GU jumped out to the quick 2-0 lead. UConn cut it to one, but freshman attacker Taylor Gebhardt (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) tallied her first of the game at 15:31 to make it 3-1.
The Huskies put together a 4-0 run to take their first lead of the game. Etchison stopped the momentum with a goal late in the first half cutting the lead to one, 5-4. The Blue & Gray had a chance in the final seconds of the half, but couldn't connect as Georgetown went into the break trailing, 5-4.
Despite some big saves early in the second half, it was UConn that got on the board with a score at 25:48 to move ahead by two, 6-4. Etchison tallied her second of the game at 19:53 as the Blue & Gray pulled within one.
UConn scored again, but a goal from Bandos at 13:18 sparked a 3-0 run as Whitehurst hit her first of the contest at 11:11 to tie the game at seven. The freshman continued to push as the defense came up with stops, and Whitehurst added another at 6:04 to give GU its first lead since early in the game.
The Huskies weren't going away quietly, however, as a goal at 3:22 tied the game once again. They continued to battle as a yellow card at midfield with 20 seconds remaining gave UConn the restart, and the man up advantage. Grace Nolan streaked down the field and found the back of the cage to put the Huskies ahead, 9-8, with 17 seconds left and forcing Georgetown to call timeout.
The Blue & Gray got the shot off, but couldn't score to eventually fall, 9-8.
Georgetown will close out its home schedule with a 1 p.m., contest on Saturday at Cooper Field against the Marquette Golden Eagles. Live stats and a webcast will be available at www.GUHoyas.com. There will be a Senior Day ceremony prior to the opening draw honoring the members of the Class of 2016.