Jan. 26, 2017
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's lacrosse team was picked to finish third in the BIG EAST Conference by the league's coaches in the 2017 preseason poll released Thursday. Additionally, sophomore midfielder Francesca Whitehurst (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country School) was a unanimous selection to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team.
Whitehurst earned a spot on the All-BIG EAST Second Team last season in her rookie campaign. She tied for the squad lead in scoring with 34 points on 23 goals and 11 assists, and was 2-for-5 on free position shots. The midfielder was also ranked third on the squad in draw controls with 19 as well as posting 19 ground balls and six caused turnovers.
Whitehurst was named the BIG EAST Freshman of the Week on March 1, and was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll on April 26. She also earned GU's Sheehan Stanwick Rookie of the Year award.
Already this season, she has been named Inside Lacrosse Preseason Third Team All-American.
Georgetown earned 63 points from the league's 10 head coaches to sit third behind reigning BIG EAST women's lacrosse champion Florida with 81 points and nine first place votes. The University of Connecticut was selected second with 68 points. The newest affiliate member of BIG EAST women's lacrosse, Denver, claimed fourth with 55 points, followed by 2016 BIG EAST Championship runner-up Temple in fifth with 45. Marquette (sixth, 41), Vanderbilt (seventh, 40), Villanova (eighth, 31) and Cincinnati (ninth, 17) round out the returners, while Butler, in its first season of sponsoring women's lacrosse, finished in 10th with nine points. The Commodores claimed the final available first place vote.
The Hoyas finished the 2016 season with a mark of 6-11 overall and 4-3 in conference play, which earned a BIG EAST Championship berth. The squad graduated eight seniors and one graduate student, but returns two of its top three scorers in 2017.
Georgetown will start off the 2017 season by traveling to the University of Delaware on Feb. 11. The team will face six squads that finished 2016 ranked in the top 20 nationally as well as six NCAA Tournament qualifiers.