March 17, 2017
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's lacrosse squad (2-5) will travel to Indianapolis, Ind., to take on the Butler University Bulldogs (1-7) on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Varsity Field. The contest is the BIG EAST Conference opener for both squads, and the first league game in program history for the Bulldogs.
Georgetown fell, 14-6, to the No. 12/13 University of Pennsylvania Quakers on Saturday at Franklin Field. It was the first contest of a four-game road swing for the Blue & Gray.
Junior midfielder Georgia Tunney (Towson, Md./Notre Dame Prep) led the way for the Hoyas with four goals and one assist for five points in the contest. Senior attacker Kate Snouffer (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr School) and sophomore attacker Taylor Gebhardt (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) added one apiece.
The Hoyas were outshot, 36-15, and committed 21 turnovers to Penn's 15. The Quakers held the 13-9 advantage in draw controls, and picked up 21 ground balls to GU's 14.
Sophomore midfielder Francesca Whitehurst (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country School) leads the team in scoring with 19 points on 10 goals and a squad-best nine assists this season. Tunney has 17 points on the year with a team-high 14 goals and three assists, while Gebhardt has 17 points on 13 goals and four assists. There are six Hoyas currently scoring in double figures in points.
On defense, senior goalkeeper Maddy Fisher (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) has 54 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 13 caused turnovers.
Butler ended the nonconference portion of their schedule on Thursday afternoon with a 14-9 loss to the Central Michigan Chippewas. The Bulldogs led 4-1 early in the action, but would face a five-goal deficit at the half. The surge by CMU in the final stages of the opening half would get them the win as the two teams finished the second half tied up 4-4. Butler had four different players come up with two goals each. Emily Annand, Madison Christian, Journey Fischbeck and Ashley Lizzi all tied for the team lead in scoring. Lizzi added two assists to her stat line to post a game-high four points. The only other assist for BU was credited to Fischbeck.
This will be the first meeting between the squads as Butler is in its inaugural season of NCAA play.
The opening draw is scheduled for 1 p.m. Fans can follow the live stats at www.GUHoyas.com.