April 23, 2016
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WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's lacrosse team held on to defeat the Marquette University Golden Eagles (6-10, 3-3 BIG EAST), 13-12, Saturday afternoon at Cooper Field. With the tight victory, the Hoyas improve to 4-2 in BIG EAST play and 6-9 overall.
"This was a great way for our seniors to end their regular season career on Cooper Field," said Georgetown Head Coach Ricky Fried. "It's really rewarding to see each of them contribute. You never know how senior day is going to go, it's an emotional day, but I thought they handled it well and stepped up."
Freshmen Taylor Gebhardt (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) and Francesca Whitehurst (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country School) both led the way with three goals and one assist apiece, while senior midfielder Kristen Bandos (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Academy of Notre Dame of Namur) added one goal and two assists. Whitehurst made NCAA history in the contest. The freshman scored back-to-back goals to open the second half, tallying them just six seconds apart. That differential tied the NCAA record for fastest consecutive goals by the same team, and marked the second time ever that the same player scored both. The last was Sarah Mollison for the University of Maryland in 2011.
The Hoyas outshot the Golden Eagles, 25-24, and had 15 draw controls while allowing 11 by MU. The defense forced 13 Marquette turnovers, and GU went 3-for-5 on free position shots. The two GU keepers combined for eight saves in the game.
The Hoyas started strong as junior goalkeeper Maddy Fisher (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) opened the game with a save, and that resulted in a fast break down the field. Whitehurst found graduate student Morgan Rubin (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr School) in the middle of the field and she hit the back of the cage as GU took the 1-0 lead less than a minute into the contest.
Marquette evened the score, and then took the lead. However, Gebhardt managed to tie the game on the assist from sophomore midfielder Hannah Seibel (Hanover, N.H./Hanover) as the teams continued to battle.
The Golden Eagles had a golden chance at the 20:44 mark when Fisher was called for the foul and pulled out of the net giving MU a clear shot at the free position goal and making it 3-2.
The lead didn't last long as Whitehurst received the pass from Bandos to tie the game at three at the 19:31 mark. Bandos continued to find the open player, as she hit Gebhardt and GU regained the lead, 4-3. A hard foul then gave senior attacker Corinne Etchison (Eldersburg, Md./McDonogh School) the free position attempt and she took advantage of it going right and hitting low as the ball trickled in to make it 5-3.
A turnover resulted in an MU goal, cutting the Hoyas lead to one and sparked a 3-0 run as MU took back the lead, 6-5, at 10:53.
After the 11-minute scoring drought, it was senior attacker Kelsey Perselay (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) that tied the game back up and Gebhardt then added her third of the contest to make the score, 7-6, at 3:18.
One more by Perselay gave the Blue & Gray the two-goal lead. However, Marquette streaked down the field and scored as the buzzer sounded to make it 8-7 going into the break.
The Hoyas came out fired up in the second half as Whitehurst made NCAA history. Her back-to-back goals just six second apart in the first minute gave GU the 10-7 lead.
Despite the momentum, MU kept battling, staging a 2-0 run of its own to cut the lead to one, 10-9. Etchison took the pass from junior attacker Colleen Lovett (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) and found the back of the cage for her second of the afternoon as GU clung to the lead.
Marquette had an answer and went on a 3-0 run to take the 12-11 lead and force a Hoya timeout. Out of the break, GU came down and scored as Gebhardt found Bandos cutting to the middle to tie the contest at 12.
At 4:34, Rubin was knocked down in front of the goal after a long possession and nailed the free position shot to give the Hoyas the 13-12 lead late. The defense stood strong and held on over the final minutes for the big victory.
The Hoyas will close out the regular season next weekend as GU travels to Temple University for a 1 p.m., matchup. Live stats and a webcast will be available at www.GUHoyas.com. The game will finalize seedings for the BIG EAST Championship.