April 22, 2016
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's lacrosse squad (5-9, 3-2 BIG EAST) will host the Marquette University Golden Eagles (6-9, 3-2 BIG EAST) on Saturday afternoon at Cooper Field in a 1 p.m. BIG EAST Conference matchup. The contest is GU's final home game of the season. There will be a short ceremony honoring the seniors prior to the opening draw.
On Wednesday, the Hoyas lost a heartbreaker to the University of Connecticut Huskies in Storrs, Conn. The Blue & Gray 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.
On Tuesday, Bandos was named the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Week and junior attacker Colleen Lovett (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) earned a spot on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll.
Bandos led Georgetown to wins over Villanova and Cincinnati last week, stuffing the stat sheet with four goals, two assists, five ground balls, four draw controls and three caused turnovers. The senior was 3-for-3 in free position shots, including 2-for-2 against the Bearcats in a 10-5 victory.
Lovett notched a hat trick in each win last week while adding a pair of assists against Villanova in the 18-7 victory. She scored on six of her eight shots as the Hoyas topped the Wildcats and Cincinnati.
Bandos, Etchison and Whitehurst lead Georgetown in scoring with 29 points apiece. Bandos has a squad-best 25 goals and four assists, Etchison has tallied 18 goals and a team-high 11 assists, while Whitehurst has managed 19 goals and 10 helpers. Bandos leads the squad with 36 draw controls, while senior defender Kassandra Bowling (Monkton, Md./Bryn Mawr School) has tallied a team-leading 15 caused turnovers.
Junior Maddy Fisher (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) and senior Megan McDonald (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) have shared the time in goal with 14 appearances each this season. Starting for the Hoyas, Fisher has recorded 43 saves, while McDonald has secured 54 stops.
Marquette showed resolve for the second-straight game as it erased another second-half deficit en route to an 11-7 win over Vanderbilt University at Valley Fields on Wednesday. The win was MU's sixth of the season, setting a new program record.
Allison Lane was one of three MU players with a hat trick, including her game-tying goal at the 8:25 mark. Grace Gabriel also finished with three goals including the eventual game winner that came just 30 seconds after Lane's goal. That was all the Golden Eagles needed to pick up their third BIG EAST win.
Georgetown is 3-0 all-time against the Golden Eagles and 1-0 at home. The Hoyas defeated Marquette, 12-5, at home in 2014. Last season, GU won by a score of 8-7 in Milwaukee.
The opening draw is scheduled for 1 p.m. Live stats and a webcast will be available at www.GUHoyas.com. There will be a short ceremony prior to the start of the game honoring the 2016 members of the senior class.