Feb. 17, 2017
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's lacrosse squad (1-1) will host the No. 2/2 University of Maryland Terrapins on Saturday afternoon in the team's home opener at Cooper Field. The opening draw is scheduled for 1 p.m.
On Wednesday, the Hoyas used a balanced attack to down the George Washington University Colonials at the Mount Vernon Athletic Complex. Sophomore midfielder Francesca Whitehurst (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country School) led the way with five goals and one assist as well as 10 draw controls in the contest as the Hoyas pulled away in the second half.
Following Whitehurst, junior midfielder Hannah Seibel (Hanover, N.H./Hanover) posted three goals and an assist, while junior midfielder Rachel Rausa (Ambler, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) and sophomore midfielder Morgan Ryan (Maplewood, N.J./Oak Knoll School) managed two goals apiece. In total, nine different Hoyas scored a point in the game.
Georgetown outshot George Washington, 38-15, and pulled in 17 draw controls to GW's six. The Blue & Gray went 4-of-7 on free position attempts and forced 18 Colonial turnovers. In the cage, senior goalkeeper Maddy Fisher (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) had eight saves on the afternoon.
Whitehurst and sophomore attacker Taylor Gebhardt (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) are leading the team in scoring with seven points apiece. Whitehurst has it on five goals and two assists, while Gebhardt has tallied three goals and four assists on the season. Ryan has also managed five goals for the year.
Fisher has played all 120 minutes in the cage with 22 saves to her credit after stopping 14 shots in a season-opening loss to Delaware.
A balanced offense and stingy defense led the Terps to a 13-3 win over William & Mary to start the season last Saturday. Senior attacker Caroline Wannen, junior attacker Kacie Longo and sophomore midfielder Jen Giles each found the back of the net twice. Sophomore goalie Megan Taylor made eight saves while allowing just three goals vs. the Tribe.
The Terps were the 2016 national runners up after falling to UNC, 13-7, in last year's NCAA championship game. It was their lone loss of the season.
Georgetown is 4-22 all-time against Maryland and 1-11 at home. Last year, the Hoyas fell, 18-8, early in the season in College Park. The last meeting in the District was a 12-3 Georgetown loss during the 2015 campaign.
The opening draw is scheduled for 1 p.m., at Cooper Field. Live stats and a webcast featuring Jeremy Huber and Monika Moore will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.