March 10, 2017
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's lacrosse squad (2-4) will travel to Philadelphia, Pa., to take on the No. 12/13 University of Pennsylvania Quakers (3-1) on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Franklin Field. The game will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network, fans can watch with a paid subscription.
On Tuesday, sophomore midfielder Francesca Whitehurst (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country School) was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for her efforts over the past two games. Whitehurst posted three goals, five assists and five draw controls in a 1-1 week for the Blue & Gray.
The sophomore had two goals and two assists for four points as well as pulling in three draw controls in an 11-10 overtime loss at then-No. 18/18 Johns Hopkins University last Wednesday. On Saturday, the Hoyas notched another in the win column with an 11-6 victory over George Mason University at home. Whitehurst posted one goal and a team-best three assists for four points as well as two draw controls and a caused turnover in the victory.
Whitehurst leads the team in scoring with 17 points on 10 goals and a squad-best seven assists this season. Sophomore attacker Taylor Gebhardt (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) has 16 points on the year with a team-high 12 goals and four assists, while sophomore attacker Morgan Ryan (Maplewood, N.J./Oak Knoll School) rounds out the top three with 11 goals and two assists for 13 points. There are six Hoyas currently scoring in double figures in points.
On defense, senior goalkeeper Maddy Fisher (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) has 43 saves to her credit after stopping 14 shots in a season-opening loss to Delaware. Senior defender Jenny Schwalje (Setauket, N.Y./St. Anthony's) has forced a team-best 11 caused turnovers.
The Quakers are coming off a 17-9 win over Lehigh at Ace Adams Field at Penn Park on March 7. Saturday's contest will be the third in a four-game homestand for Penn. The Quakers are led by Alex Condon who has 15 goals and five assists on the year for 20 points. Caroline Cummings is second with 14 points on 12 goals and two assists. The Quakers have ranked as high as No. 10 in the country this season.
Georgetown is 1-3 all-time against Penn and 1-1 in Philadelphia. The Quakers have won the past three meetings including a 15-8 contest in 2015 at Franklin Field, and a 15-8 loss at Cooper Field a season ago. Last year, Penn jumped out to a 5-1 lead and GU was never able to recover. Gebhardt had two goals and an assist in the loss.
The opening draw is scheduled for 1 p.m. Fans can watch the webcast or follow the live stats at www.GUHoyas.com.